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Fight over hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate ends with 153 workers out of a job

Enlarge / Houston Methodist Hospital at the Texas Medical Center campus in Houston, Texas. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) After staging weeks of protest and being called “reprehensible” by a federal judge, 153 workers of a Houston-based hospital system lost their jobs Tuesday for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Houston Methodist hospital system had placed …

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Ahoy, there’s malice in your repos—PyPI is the latest to be abused

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Counterfeit packages downloaded roughly 5,000 times from the official Python repository contained secret code that installed cryptomining software on infected machines, a security researcher has found. The malicious packages, which were available on the PyPI repository, in many cases used names that mimicked those of legitimate and often widely used packages …

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24,000 years on ice weren’t enough to kill

Enlarge / After thawing out, these tiny creatures started making clones of themselves. (credit: Michael Plewka) Rotifers are microscopic freshwater-dwelling multicellular organisms. They’re already known to withstand freezing (even in liquid nitrogen), boiling, desiccation, and radiation, and the group has persisted for millions of years without having sex. The humble yet remarkably hardy bdelloid rotifer …

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Climate-driven coastal flooding in the US likely to get worse suddenly

Enlarge Our warming planet is melting lots of ice and heating the waters of the oceans, creating a clear trend of rising oceans. In some areas of the US, this is starting to cause what’s called nuisance flooding, where high tides cause coastal flooding even in the absence of storms. As the oceans continue to …

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Xbox cloud upgrade is live: Series X power on your browser for over 260 games

Enlarge / Xbox Game Streaming works on a wide variety of devices—and they all now benefit from Microsoft’s upgraded servers. (credit: Aurich Lawson | Getty Images | Microsoft) Microsoft’s bullishness about Xbox as a cloud-gaming platform got a lot bolder on Tuesday with the surprise launch.of a previously teased change: an upgrade to the server …

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Once-dreaded Alpha variant is falling fast—Delta and Gamma take over

Enlarge / People line up outside Bridge Park Community Leisure Center to receive the COVID-19 vaccines in Brent, northwest London, June 19, 2021. A new wave of coronavirus infections is “definitely under way” in England due to the Delta variant first identified in India, a British government advisory scientist said Saturday. (credit: Getty | Xinhua …

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The “loser, B-grade supervillains” are back in new The Suicide Squad trailer

It’s Jia Courtney’s smiling Aussie face, introducing the latest trailer for The Suicide Squad, in which he reprises his role as Captain Boomerang. [credit: YouTube/Warner Bros. ] Australian actor Jai Courtney introduces a new “early access” trailer from Warner Bros. for director James Gunn’s forthcoming The Suicide Squad, in which Courtney reprises his role as Captain Boomerang …

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SiFive’s brand-new P550 is one of the world’s fastest RISC-V CPUs

Enlarge / SiFive’s “Essential” family is stripped down to the minimal configurations and performance necessary for standard microcontroller duty. “Intelligence” adds AI/ML acceleration, and the new “Performance” family offers just what it says on the tin. (credit: SiFive) Today, RISC-V CPU design company SiFive launched a new processor family with two core designs: P270 (a …

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