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The ongoing plans to make Mars our next home could be closer than we earlier thought. A new study suggests that terraforming of Mars could cost just a thin sheet of aerogel. Now that’s totally mind-blowing, right? Derived from a gel, aerogel is a synthetic porous lightweight material which its liquid component has been replaced with a gas, making it mostly composed of air. Scientists in the new study are proposing that the material could be used to create a greenhouse and to protect a garden in Mars from harmful radiation while suffi...
The ongoing Facebook FTC battle could be over already as the commission agrees to end its latest probe into the social media’s privacy challenges for a fine of $5 billion. The Republican majority carried the 3-2, party-line vote by FTC commissioners which will be finalized after a review by the Justice Department’s civil division, according to The Walls Street Journal. A $5 billion payout for Facebook settlement seems like a huge sum, however, the company earlier had about $3 billion sets aside to cover whatever costs the settlement...
The latest gaming consoles and titles often dominate talk among teenagers and adults at public gatherings aside from topping the wish lists of many. This technology-induced culture has provoked many researchers into investigating how games influence people’s behavior. Some studies indicate that sexualized female game characters could cause body dissatisfaction among female gamers alongside aggression towards women, with many other reports related to social skills and mental health. Do sexualized female game characters actually turn ga...
Earth’s closest companion, the moon, which is the only place beyond Earth where humans have set foot, won’t always be there, say an international team of researchers. The scientists explained a condition where a moon would escape the orbit of its host planet and began to orbit the host star instead, and proposed a hypothetical new type of world they referred to as “ploonet.” The condition is not peculiar to the Earth-Moon relationship. Ploonets could be the answer to many unusual astronomical phenomena, the team thinks. And our own M...
According to the VRT NWS report, 153 of the 1,000 audio files it listened to “were conversations that should never have been recorded and during which the command 'OK Google' was clearly not given.”

Google Home is sending your private recordings to Google workers

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According to the VRT NWS report, 153 of the 1,000 audio files it listened to “were conversations that should never have been recorded and during which the command 'OK Google' was clearly not given.”[...]
The Hayabusa 2 has successfully landed on a faraway asteroid - the Ryugu asteroid to collect samples that could give insights into the evolution of the solar system. The successful landing met with cheer and applause at the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). “The touchdown is successful,” Jaxa spokesman Takayuki Tomobe said. This is the second touchdown for the Hayabusa 2 which has returned to the Ryugu asteroid to collect matter that can shed light into what the solar system was like 4.6 billion years ago. JAXA said that...
A Russian biologist is planning to help couples with deafness due to heritable mutations in their GJB2 gene by creating CRISPR babies that can hear from their embryos. Denis Rebrikov in June told Nature he planned CRISPR editing the human embryo and equally bring them to term. Until now, only He Jiankui, a Chinese scientist, has been able to produce CRISPR babies. The scientist claimed that the edits would prevent the babies from inheriting HIV from their fathers. Rebrikov told New Scientist last week Thursday that he has five...
With people’s security consciousness skewed towards the personal computer, cybercriminals are now turning to Android malware for financial fraud. Last year, Anubis banking trojan made headlines after getting onto Android devices through infected downloads from the Google Play Store. The banking apps malware would request for permission to use the accessibility service of the victim’s Android device, from which it would steal banking apps login credentials, payment cards, and e-wallets. Anubis was enabled by a “dropper,” BianLian that ...
Microsoft has spent this week teasing people with a series of tweets that are so confusing that you would probably feel like you are watching an episode of Stranger Things season 3. On July 1st, Microsoft began by announcing an updated Windows 1.0 version. The tweet said, “Introducing the all-new Windows 1.0, with MS-Dos Executive, Clock, and more.” Considering that Windows 1.0 is decades old and is the first Windows version, the tweet managed to create intrigue among followers. Comments came flooding in – Super Mario gifs to referen...