Month: July 2021

Review: The Green Knight weaves a compelling coming-of-age fantasy quest

Enlarge / Dev Patel stars as Gawain—nephew to King Arthur and an aspiring knight—in The Green Knight, filmmaker David Lowery’s mesmerizing adaptation of the 14th-century anonymous poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. (credit: A24) The tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, immortalized in a 14th-century anonymous poem, is among the most popular …

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With help from Google, impersonated Brave.com website pushes malware

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Scammers have been caught using a clever sleight of hand to impersonate the website for the Brave browser and using it in Google ads to push malware that takes control of browsers and steals sensitive data. The attack worked by registering the domain xn--brav-yva[.]com, an encoded string that uses what’s known …

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World Brain: Wells, Welles, Orwell, and the role of information in society

Enlarge Between November 1936 and November 1937, H.G. Wells gave a series of lectures in Great Britain, France, and the US about the world’s impending problems and how to solve them. The lectures were first published under the title “World Brain” in 1938, and they’re sweeping in scope. Wells argued for rearranging both education and the …

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Electric cars have much lower life cycle emissions, new study confirms

Enlarge / If we’re serious about decarbonizing, the internal combustion engine has to go by 2030-2035, according to a new study. (credit: Reinhard Krull/EyeEm/Getty Images) If you listen to electric vehicle naysayers, switching to EVs is pointless because even if the cars are vastly more efficient than ones that use internal combustion engines—and they are—that …

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3G-only Kindles begin their long, slow death this year

Enlarge / 2007-era Kindles had a pretty good fourteen-year run—but we imagine there are some 2016-era Kindle Oasis (8th-gen) owners feeling pretty salty about their free 3G broadband going away right now. (credit: Mel Melcon via Getty Images / NineFiveSeven / Jim Salter) This Wednesday, Amazon sent a notification email to customers who bought early …

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Jeff Bezos loses attempt to block the Moon-landing contract NASA gave to SpaceX

Enlarge / Jeff Bezos holds aviation glasses that belonged to Amelia Earhart at a press conference about his flight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard on July 20, 2021, in Van Horn, Texas. (credit: Getty Images | Joe Raedle) The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) today rejected Blue Origin’s attempt to block the lunar-landing contract that …

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Evolutionary chaos as butterflies, wasps, and viruses have a three-way war

Enlarge (credit: iStock / Getty Images) We’re currently watching—often in horror—what happens as a virus and its hosts engage in an evolutionary arms race. Measures to limit infectivity and enhance immunity are selecting for viral strains that spread more readily and avoid at least some of the immune response. All of that is easily explained …

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Scarlett Johansson sues Disney, says Disney+ release of Black Widow broke contract

Enlarge / A billboard above the El Capitan Entertainment Centre promoting Marvel Studios’ Black Widow on June 22, 2021, in Hollywood, California. (credit: Getty Images | AaronP/Bauer-Griffin) Scarlett Johansson sued the Walt Disney Company yesterday, alleging that it breached her contract by releasing Black Widow on Disney+ the same day it was released in theaters. …

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Huawei’s latest flagship phone has HarmonyOS, a Qualcomm SoC, and no 5G

The Huawei P50 Pro, in several colors. Despite facing down a global chip shortage, a US export ban, and plummeting market share, Huawei is still plowing ahead and announcing its next flagship smartphone, the Huawei P50 Pro. The phone, which was teased back in June, is the company’s first smartphone launching with HarmonyOS, Huawei’s in-house operating …

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