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Consiguen microorganismos que capturan y enriquecen uranio

Consiguen microorganismos que capturan y enriquecen uranio
Investigadores españoles han mejorado genéticamente algas y microorganismos de agua dulce y de mar y conseguido que capturen y enriquezcan uranio, capacitándolos para limpiar residuos nucleares, obtener el preciado uranio 235 y aprovechar las colas de uranio…

Consiguen microorganismos que capturan y enriquecen uranio
Investigadores españoles han mejorado genéticamente algas y microorganismos de agua dulce y de mar y conseguido que capturen y enriquezcan uranio, capacitándolos para limpiar residuos nucleares, obtener el preciado uranio 235 y aprovechar las colas de uranio.

[ From Linley Newsletter ] Bitmain SoC Brings AI to the Edge

[ From Linley Newsletter ] Bitmain SoC Brings AI to the Edge
With the Bitcoin-mining gold rush over, mining-ASIC firms must reinvent themselves. For leader Bitmain, that means building an AI business while continuing to invest in mining ASICs. After developing two neural-network-accelerator chips under the Sophon brand, the company in 4Q18 shipped its first SoC designed for edge systems. The Sophon BM1880 can function as a standalone SoC, or it can serve as a low-power coprocessor. Bitmain offers several low-cost developer kits using the chip, including a USB stick.
By Bob Wheeler
The BM1880 comprises multiple CPUs along with a tensor processing unit (TPU) and video engine. Dual Arm Cortex-A53 CPUs handle application code while a single RISC-V CPU performs real-time duties. Bitmain rates the TPU, which includes 2MB of SRAM, at one trillion operations per second (TOPS) for 8-bit-integer (INT8) data. Designed for surveillance cameras, the video engine can decode two 1080p H.264 streams. The chip provides numerous I/O interfaces for memory, host, camera, and audio connections. Packaged in a 14mm FCBGA, the BM1880 dissipates 2.5W (typical) using a 28nm process.
The BM1880 competes with Intel’s Movidius Myriad X processor, which targets the same vision-processing applications, offers similar AI performance, and dissipates the same power. Myriad X differs, however, by handling raw video from up to eight MIPI camera interfaces, whereas the BM1880 handles streams from USB-video-class (UVC) cameras. Technical merits may prove secondary, however; China is the largest market for surveillance cameras and Chinese OEMs may prefer a domestic chip supplier.

The Linley Group
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[ From Linley Newsletter ] Intel Zaps Some Coffee Lake GPUs

[ From Linley Newsletter ] Intel Zaps Some Coffee Lake GPUs
Sometimes less is more, so Intel is shipping new PC processors without integrated graphics, following a similar move by AMD last year. Designated with an “F” suffix in the model name, these desktop processors in the 9th-Gen Core S-series employ the same die as existing Core S-series products (Coffee Lake) but disable the on-chip Intel GPU. In addition to competing with AMD’s similarly configured Ryzen 2000-series processors, the new chips should run cooler, increase the effective capacity of Intel’s overtaxed fabs, and attract gamers and content creators who prefer the higher performance of external graphics cards.
By Tom R. Halfhill
With little fanfare, Intel rolled out five of these processors in the Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and Core i9 tiers. Some began shipping in January, and the rest will follow later this quarter. All are manufactured in the company’s newest 14nm++ technology. They have four to eight CPUs, base clock frequencies of 2.9GHz to 4.0GHz, and thermal design power (TDP) ranging from 65W to 95W. Their microarchitecture is unchanged from other Coffee Lake designs. The flagship Core i9-9900KF, like its integrated twin, offers the highest boost frequency (5.0GHz) of any PC processor and is the only F-model with Hyper-Threading.
By disabling the GPU, Intel is targeting gamers and others who use discrete graphics cards from AMD or Nvidia. It also increases fab capacity, because Intel can salvage some die that have defective logic in that die area. With the long-delayed 10nm technology still many months away, and the 14nm fabs struggling to meet demand, the F-models effectively boost production yields.

The Linley Group
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Sitting in the Linux cockpit

Sitting in the Linux cockpit
Linux Cockpit is a web-based interface that provides graphical administrative access to a system. Here’s a look at what it allows you to control…

How to use Linux Cockpit to manage system performance
Linux Cockpit is a web-based interface that provides graphical administrative access to a system. Here’s a look at what it allows you to control.

Dell EMC Launches All-Flash Isilon F810

Dell EMC Launches All-Flash Isilon F810Today Dell EMC announced that it has expanded its flagship unstructured data storage system, Isilon, with another new all-flash version. The new Dell EMC Isilon F810 will bring all-flash performance to help users …

Hubble Shows off the Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune

Hubble Shows off the Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune
Like Earth, Uranus and Neptune have season and experience changes in weather patterns as a result. But unlike Earth, the seasons on these planets last for years rather than months, and weather patterns occur on a scale that is unimaginable by Earth standards. A good example is the storms that have been observed in Neptune and Uranus’ atmosphere, which include Neptune’s famous Great Dark Spot. During its yearly routine of monitoring Uranus and Neptune, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope (HST) recently provided updated observations of both planets’ weather patterns. In addition to spotting a new and mysterious storm on Neptune, Hubble provided a fresh look at a long-lived storm around Uranus’ north pole. These observations are part of Hubble‘s long-term mission to improve our understanding of the outer planets…

Hubble Shows off the Atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune – Universe Today
New images from Hubble have shown some interesting seasonal developments on Neptune and Uranus

Airbus To Stop Production Of A380 Superjumbo Jet

Airbus To Stop Production Of A380 Superjumbo Jet
European aerospace behemoth Airbus has announced it will stop building its A380 superjumbo jet after the plane’s biggest customer, Dubai-based Emirates Airline, cut its order by 39 planes…

Airbus To Stop Production Of A380 Superjumbo Jet
The European company says it has no reason to continue production after its biggest customer cut back its orders. Despite much fanfare, the double-decker plane has struggled to find a market.

Shlayer Malware Disables macOS Gatekeeper to Run Unsigned Payloads

Shlayer Malware Disables macOS Gatekeeper to Run Unsigned Payloads
A new variant of the multi-stage Shlayer malware known to target macOS users has been observed in the wild, now being capable to escalate privileges using a two-year-old technique and to disable the Gatekeeper protection mechanism to run unsigned second stage payloads. Shlayer was first observed in action by Intego’s research team which found it being distributed as part of a malware campaign during February 2018, disguising as a fake Adobe Flash Player installer like many other malware families targeting the Mac platform…

Shlayer Malware Disables macOS Gatekeeper to Run Unsigned Payloads

Google Gets Aggressive, Pledges $13B for US Data Centers and Offices

Google Gets Aggressive, Pledges $13B for US Data Centers and Offices
Google CEO Sundar Pichai pledged to spend more than $13 billion this year on data centers and offices in the U.S. This will include “major expansions” in 14 states and “tens of thousands” of new employees, Pichai wrote in a blog post. He added that “2019 marks the second year in a row we’ll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.” For comparison, in 2018 the tech giant invested $9 billion in facilities and hired more than 10,000 people in the U.S…

Google Gets Aggressive, Pledges $13B for US Data Centers and Offi

OpenOffice Zero-Day Code Execution Flaw Gets Free Micropatch

OpenOffice Zero-Day Code Execution Flaw Gets Free Micropatch
A micropatch is now available for a zero-day OpenOffice code execution vulnerability which can be triggered via automated macro execution following a mouseover event when viewing a maliciously crafted ODT document. Using an exploit for this zero-day vulnerability, potential attackers can issue a directory traversal attack against users of all versions of OpenOffice and all LibreOffice releases up to and including 6.0.6/6.1.2.1. However, the OpenOffice 0day which is currently tracked as CVE-2018-16858 and received a CVSS3 Base Score of 7.8 from Red Hat, has been fixed by The Document Foundation in the LibreOffice 6.0.7/6.1.3 release after receiving a report from security researcher Alex Inführ who discovered the issue…

OpenOffice Zero-Day Code Execution Flaw Gets Free Micropatch

Red Hat drops MongoDB out of Satellite

Red Hat drops MongoDB out of Satellite
Red Hat is prising MongoDB out of its Satellite infrastructure management platform in favour of PostgreSQL. The open source vendor made the announcement in a blog post yesterday saying it would “standardize on a PostgreSQL backend” and that it wanted to ensure users “were not caught by surprise as this is a change to the underlying databases of Satellite”…

Red Hat drops MongoDB out of Satellite • DEVCLASS

The “Impossible” Tech Behind SpaceX’s New Engine

The “Impossible” Tech Behind SpaceX’s New Engine
Followers of the Church of Elon will no doubt already be aware of SpaceX’s latest technical triumph: the test firing of the first full-scale Raptor engine. Of course, it was hardly a secret. As he often does, Elon has been “leaking” behind the scenes information, pictures, and even video of the event on his Twitter account. Combined with the relative transparency of SpaceX to begin with, this gives us an exceptionally clear look at how literal rocket science is performed at the Hawthorne, California based company…

The “Impossible” Tech Behind SpaceX’s New Engine

New Map of Dark Matter Breaks Scientists’ Understanding of Physics – “The results appear to challenge…

New Map of Dark Matter Breaks Scientists’ Understanding of Physics – “The results appear to challenge current understanding of the fundamental laws of physics.”
Scientists have created a vast new map that explores how structures of dark matter have grown during the life of the universe — and they claim it could upend the current understanding of physics. “If further data shows we’re definitely right, then it suggests something is missing from our current understanding of the Standard Model and the general theory of relativity,” Kavli Institute physicist Chiaki Hikage said in a press release…

New Map of Dark Matter Breaks Scientists’ Understanding of Physics
“The results appear to challenge current understanding of the fundamental laws of physics.”

Mysterious Quantum Rule Reconstructed From Scratch

Mysterious Quantum Rule Reconstructed From ScratchThe Born rule, which connects the math of quantum theory to the outcomes of experiments, has been derived from simpler physical principles. The new work promises to give researchers a better grip on the…

Weather Service Doubles Up on Cray Supercomputer

Weather Service Doubles Up on Cray Supercomputer
When it comes to weather forecasting and climate modeling, supercomputer maker Cray has plenty of stories to tell… To add to that bucket, South African Weather Service’s (SAWS) has performed a major upgrade of its Cray XC30 supercomputer, doubling its computational horsepower and tripling the system’s storage capacity. The expanded system now has 48 Xeon-powered compute blades and 1.8 petabytes of ClusterStor storage. The upgrades were delivered in March 2018 and the entire system was relocated to a new datacenter the following month…

Weather Service Doubles Up on Cray Supercomputer
When it comes to weather forecasting and climate modeling, supercomputer maker Cray has plenty of stories to tell… To add to that bucket, South African

A Startling Find: Astronomers Discover Two ‘Warm Saturns’

A Startling Find: Astronomers Discover Two ‘Warm Saturns’
Space scientists just found a pair of Saturn-like planets that have the heat on high. The two worlds orbit the star TOI-216 in the constellation Dorado, 580 light years away. That’s unfathomably far from Earth—approximately three-and-a-half quadrillion miles. Though official confirmation awaits, researchers say they’re virtually certain both are out there…

A Startling Find: Astronomers Discover Two ‘Warm Saturns’
They made the detections with TESS data.

Airbus despide al “Super Jumbo”, su emblemático avión gigante para 850 pasajeros

Airbus despide al “Super Jumbo”, su emblemático avión gigante para 850 pasajeros
El fabricante aeronáutico Airbus anunció el fin de la producción del A380, un emblemático avión gigante con capacidad para hasta 850 pasajeros en servicio desde 2007, debido a la falta de pedidos. Los últimos aparatos serán entregados en 2021…

Airbus despide al Super Jumbo, su emblemático avión gigante para 850 pasajeros

[ Incredible ] Trillion-dollar-valued Amazon pays $0 in income taxes for 2018, gets multi-million refund…

[ Incredible ] Trillion-dollar-valued Amazon pays $0 in income taxes for 2018, gets multi-million refund
Trillion-dollar-company Amazon skated through 2018’s tax filings without paying a cent for the second year in a row. The e-commerce behemoth, which made $11 billion last year, will pay no taxes at all, thanks to 2017’s tax reform…

Trillion-dollar-valued Amazon pays $0 in income taxes for 2018, gets multi-million refund
Trillion-dollar-company Amazon skated through 2018’s tax filings without paying a cent for the second year in a row. The e-commerce behemoth, which made $11 billion last year, will pay no taxes at all, thanks to 2017’s tax reform.

You Can Now Run Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 3

You Can Now Run Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 3
Raspberry Pi is finally ready for the full Windows 10 experience. A new installer lets you put Windows 10 on Arm, including the Pi. And it’s made by the same people who got Windows 10 on Arm onto Lumia 950 and 950 XL handset. Windows Latest first reported the news…

You Can Now Run Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 3

Waymo’s self-driving cars needed a lot less human intervention in 2018

Waymo’s self-driving cars needed a lot less human intervention in 2018
Waymo likes to boast that its self-driving cars can handle tough situations, and now it has some extra data to back up its claims. The California DMV has published manufacturers’ reports for autonomous vehicle disengagements…

Waymo’s self-driving cars needed a lot less human intervention in 2018
New data shows that Waymo’s self-driving cars are much better at staying in control under extreme situations, though its rivals have work to do.

LG G8 ThinQ leak shows the flagship phone from every angle

LG G8 ThinQ leak shows the flagship phone from every angle
We might see LG’s G7 ThinQ successor in a little over a week — so naturally, leaks have already started pouring out of the company and onto the internet. One of those leaks is a group of images showing the upcoming G8 ThinQ from every angle…

LG G8 ThinQ leak shows the flagship phone from every angle
A new set of leaked LG G8 ThinQ images shows that the upcoming flagship will look like its predecessor.