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Mice fed fast food get noticeably stupider, scientists warn

Image by Andrea Leopardi via UnsplashIn some unfortunate medical news, it turns out that eating lots of delicious calorie- or sugar-rich snacks and junk foods can likely lead to neurological and cognitive impairments later in life.A massive literature review by University of Southern California, Los Angeles scientists pulled the results from dozens of mouse studies…

Huawei could have wiretapped KPN

Saturday, April 17, 2021 – 10:00 Chinese technology company Huawei would have had free access to KPN’s mobile network in the past and could eavesdrop on all conversations. De Volkskrant writes this based on a secret report from 2010 which their editorial staff reviewed. According to the newspaper, Huawei was able to eavesdrop on mobile…

Smartphones can detect solar storms

solar storms in space can be picked up by iOS and Android smartphones, meaning billions of people have a personal geomagnetic storm detector — but the signals threaten to interfere with future location-based applications.Hoping to get the public more involved in science, study author Sten F. Odenwald, an astronomer at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center,…

Paternoster Lift

Paternoster elevator in The Hague, when it was still in operation A paternoster (, , or ) or paternoster lift is a passenger elevator which consists of a chain of open compartments (each usually designed for two persons) that move slowly in a loop up and down inside a building without stopping. Passengers can step…

Alienware Doesn’t Want You to Buy an AMD Ryzen PC

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Once upon a time (specifically, the early 2000s), certain manufacturers and OEMs were so terrified of what Intel might do to them if they sold AMD products, they went to ridiculous lengths to hide the fact that they did so.…

Everything Easy is Hard Again (2018)

February 9, 2018 This talk was given on October 12, 2017 at Mirror Conf in Braga, Portugal, and again on February 9, 2018 at the Awwwards Conference in Berlin. This past summer, I gave a lecture at a web conference and afterward got into a fascinating conversation with a young digital design student. It was…

Canada Proposes New Regime to Block and Deindex Pirate Sites

Home > Law and Politics > The Canadian Government is exploring different options to tackle online piracy through new legislation. One of the proposals is to make it easier for copyright holders to obtain injunctions to block pirate sites and have these deindexed by search engines. Through a newly launched public consultation, lawmakers ask for…

WinGet is terrible. I want AppGet back

It’s been almost a year that Keivan Beigi shut down the AppGet project in response to shenanigans by the Windows App Model team. Microsoft was going to use the concepts and ideas behind AppGet to build WinGet without giving credit to Keivan. That’s just rude.It’s a year later and we can now safely conclude that…

First of its kind study pits psilocybin against a common antidepressant

Can psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms, match the depression-combatting capabilities of a commonly prescribed antidepressant? The first head-to-head comparison, conducted by scientists at the Center for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London and published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, indicated that the psychedelic reduced the symptoms of condition at least…

A top audio engineer explains NPR’s signature sound (2015)

What makes NPR’s broadcast sound so crisp and bright, while many local public radio stations have a bassier, boomier tone? Adam Ragusea, host of our podcast The Pub, wanted to find out, so he recently interviewed the guy who should know best — Shawn Fox, senior director of audio engineering at NPR. This is an edited…

‘Whitest ever’ paint reflects 98% of sunlight

By Victoria GillScience correspondent, BBC Newsimage copyrightPurdueimage captionProf Xiulin Ruan with a sample of his “ultra-white” paintScientists in the US have developed a paint significantly “whiter than the whitest paint currently available”. Tests carried out by researchers at Purdue University on their “ultra-white” paint showed it reflected more than 98% of sunlight. That suggests, the…