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Star Trek: Lower Decks S2 trailer promises more scrappy underdog adventures

Our favorite ensigns are back with more wacky hijinks in the second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks. The animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks was one of our favorite TV shows of 2020, so we’ve been looking forward to its second season. We won’t have long to wait. S2 drops next month on Paramount+, and …

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SpaceX to launch the Europa Clipper mission for a bargain price

NASA has selected SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy to launch the Europa Clipper, the first mission to conduct detailed reconnaissance of the Jovian moon. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann ] After years of speculation, NASA officially announced Friday that SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy would launch what is arguably the space agency’s most important Solar System exploration mission of the 2020s—the …

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Researchers demonstrate that malware can be hidden inside AI models

Enlarge / This photo has a job application for Boston University hidden within it. The technique introduced by Wang, Liu, and Cui could hide data inside an image classifier rather than just an image. (credit: Keith McDuffy CC-BY 2.0) Researchers Zhi Wang, Chaoge Liu, and Xiang Cui published a paper last Monday demonstrating a new technique …

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Maker of dubious $56K Alzheimer’s drug offers cognitive test no one can pass

Enlarge / The exterior of the headquarters of biotechnology company Biogen in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (credit: Getty | Boston Globe) Do you ever forget things, like a doctor’s appointment or a lunch date? Do you sometimes struggle to think of the right word for something common? Do you ever feel more anxious or irritable than you …

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Teardown reveals how much capacity Apple’s $99 MagSafe Battery Pack has

The inside of the MagSafe Battery Pack. This week, Apple launched the MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. But until the product found its way into peoples’ hands, there were some unknowns. Some of those questions have now been answered in a new …

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Archaeologists find ancient Egyptian warship sunk near Alexandria

Enlarge (credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities) Twenty-four hundred years ago, Heraklion was ancient Egypt’s largest port on the Mediterranean Sea. Today, the ancient city lies submerged beneath Abu Qir Bay, a few kilometers off the coast of Alexandria. Archaeologists recently discovered the wreck of a warship from the city’s final years buried in the …

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New bill strips Facebook, Twitter of Section 230 immunity for spreading vaccine falsehoods

Enlarge (credit: CHANDAN KHANNA / AFP) A new bill introduced Thursday would hold Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies responsible for amplifying conspiracies and falsehoods about vaccines, COVID cures, and other health misinformation. “For far too long, online platforms have not done enough to protect the health of Americans,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), one …

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Three Formula E motors and a DTM engine combine in the Audi RS Q e-tron

Audi Sport is trying something new in 2022 with an attempt at the Dakar Rally using this wild-looking creation. [credit: Audi Sport ] Audi’s DTM program—think the German equivalent of NASCAR—ended at the end of 2020, and 2021 is the German automaker’s final year in Formula E. But the investment that Audi Sport made in …

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Google’s Wear OS 3 update plans will leave most existing devices behind

Enlarge / A Wear OS watch. (credit: Ron Amadeo) Google has provided a few more details about its upcoming Wear OS update plans. As we’ve reported, Google and Samsung are teaming up to resurrect the struggling Wear OS. Samsung is ditching Tizen watches and bringing its Exynos SoCs to the Wear OS platform, and Google …

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