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Trump admin. overrules CDC director on extending ban on cruises

Enlarge / Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), attends an event about coronavirus vaccine development in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 15, 2020, in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty | Drew Angerer) Trump administration officials have once again sidelined the head of the country’s leading...

Greenland is about to lose ice faster than any time since the last ice age

Enlarge / Clouds obscure the waters off Greenland's southwest coast. (credit: NASA EO) While the GRACE satellites were active, their incredibly precise gravity measurements tracked a loss of about 280 billion tons of ice from Greenland each year. That's glacial land ice that raises sea level as it flows into the ocean—and it's vanishing at a remarkable...

SpaceX Starlink brings Internet to emergency responders in wildfire areas

Enlarge / A Starlink user terminal and wildfire-devastated areas seen in images shared by Washington State's Emergency Management Division. (credit: Washington Emergency Management Division) SpaceX Starlink is providing Internet access to Washington State emergency responders in areas ravaged by wildfires. The group has deployed seven Starlink user...

Cyberpunk studio breaks promise, forces overtime on developers

We opted to only share images from the game's gussied-up trailer that actually resemble what we saw in the hands-off demo. CD Projekt Red has gone back on a promise that developers wouldn't be required to work overtime or face so-called "crunch time" in the run-up to November's planned release of Cyberpunk...

Mercedes-Benz’s newest electric city bus uses solid-state batteries

Mercedes-Benz's latest articulated bus is the eCitaro G, and it is available with solid-state batteries. [credit: Mercedes-Benz ] Lithium-ion battery technology has made impressive gains over the years. Today's cells are cheaper than they've...

Delta IV Heavy rocket delayed again, raising concerns of aging infrastructure

Delta IV Heavy nestled in its Mobile Service Tower before launch of the NROL-44 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office. [credit: Trevor Mahlmann for Ars ] United Launch Alliance has been attempting to launch a spy satellite for the...

Senator asks DHS if foreign-controlled browser extensions threaten the US

Enlarge / Photo illustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images (credit: Getty Images) A US senator is calling on the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm to assess the threat posed by browser extensions made in countries known to conduct espionage against the US. “I am concerned that the use by millions of Americans of foreign-controlled...

HP G2 Omnicept: Enterprise-grade VR whose sensors can read “cognitive load”

The HP G2 Omnicept Edition looks a lot like the standard HP G2, but it comes with an additional slew of sensors. Visible at the top here is a heartrate tracker, while the eye-related trackers are built around the lenses. [credit: HP ] We're...

Conservative unease with science is global, but extreme in the US

Nothing says "scientist" like test tubes. (credit: Håkan Dahlström / Flickr) On Tuesday, the Pew Research Center released survey results that represent a picture of how the publics of 20 different countries view science and the technologies it enables—or at least how those countries viewed science and tech immediately before the pandemic struck....

Intel, Heidelberg University team up to bring Radeon GPU support to AI

Enlarge / Machine learning doesn't actually have a face. But if it ever does, we'd like that face to look something like this. (credit: Alex Knight) We've been following Intel's oneAPI—an artificial intelligence development platform designed to abstract hardware away from the task of developing AI code—with great interest since its launch last November....

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