Science X Newsletter Thursday, Dec 26

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In leap for quantum computing, silicon quantum bits establish a long-distance relationship

Inputs to the motor cortex make dexterous movements possible in mice

Researchers identify that mosquitoes can sense toxins through their legs

Intermittent fasting: live 'fast,' live longer?

Leaked benchmarks show Intel Tiger Lake's speed

New study: Adaptive cruise-control and other driver-assistance systems may increase distracted driving

Twitter Android app milked for matching phone numbers, accounts

SMAC in the DARQ: five trends shaping tech in 2020

'Ring of fire' eclipse wows across Asia

In an African forest, the enduring mystery of a giant butterfly

Brain tumor organoids may be key to time-sensitive treatments for glioblastomas

Proton therapy lowers risk of side effects in cancer compared to traditional radiation

High BMI may improve cancer survival

Report links recommended physical activity levels to lower risk of seven cancers

Seeing the new Star Wars? Be careful what you wish for

Physics news

In leap for quantum computing, silicon quantum bits establish a long-distance relationship

Imagine a world where people could only talk to their next-door neighbor, and messages must be passed house to house to reach far destinations.

Astronomy & Space news

'Ring of fire' eclipse wows across Asia

Skywatchers from Saudi Arabia and Oman to India and Singapore were treated to a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse Thursday.

Technology news

Leaked benchmarks show Intel Tiger Lake's speed

What's in store for Intel processors? Life after Ice Lake? For a replay of Ice Lake's presence, Hot Hardware reminded readers that Ice Lake was one of the two families of 10th generation mobile processors that were released over the summer; the other was Cornet Lake, but Ice Lake won more attention.

New study: Adaptive cruise-control and other driver-assistance systems may increase distracted driving

Drivers familiar with using adaptive cruise-control and other driver-assistance systems are more likely to drive while distracted, a new study says.

Twitter Android app milked for matching phone numbers, accounts

Ibrahim Balic has become a name Twitter will certainly remember. The researcher discovered a flaw in a Twitter Android app that resulted in the sorry gift of matching 17 million phone numbers, when he uploaded them, with accounts.

SMAC in the DARQ: five trends shaping tech in 2020

In 2020, will the wow factor return to consumer hardware? Will blockchain and 5G punch into the mainstream? Or will the world unify against Big Tech's tax-avoiding practices?

US proposes remote ID requirement for drones

US regulators on Thursday unveiled a proposal to require privately operated drones to use remote identification—a kind of electronic license plate—as part of efforts to ensure airspace safety.

5G arrived in Chicago in 2019. What will happen with the fifth generation of wireless in 2020?

Wireless companies will continue developing their 5G networks in Chicago in 2020, but it will be years before most consumers take advantage of the ultrafast download speeds.

How Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney changed the video game industry

It would be hard to find a local company that's made more of an impact around the world in recent years than Epic Games.

Inside YouTube's year of responsibility

YouTube spent 2019 answering critics with some of the most drastic changes in its 15-year history. With each step, it gave those activists, regulators and lawmakers more reasons to attack its free-wheeling, user-generated business model.

Thai officials say prison cameras were hacked, broadcast

Authorities in Thailand say they are investigating an apparent online break-in by a computer hacker that allowed him to broadcast surveillance video from inside a prison in the country's south.

Rust Belt region banks on becoming hub for electric vehicles

The day Youngstown's steel mills began shutting down 40 years ago remains fresh in the minds of those who live in the blue-collar corner of Ohio. Community leaders don't want the recent closing of General Motors' massive assembly plant to leave that same lingering gloom.

Amazon workforce surges for holiday spree

Amazon said Thursday it added some 250,000 employees to handle operations for "record" holiday sales for the online giant.

2020: What's to come in technology—AirPods Pro, Oculus Quest return to stores

Those AirPods Pros that you coveted before the holidays?

The end of the road: 7 tech products that died in 2019

Here today, gone tomorrow. With the rapid pace of innovation and competition constantly entering the technology stratosphere, some products don't always last. As 2019 closes out, here are seven notable tech products that shut down this year.

YouTube will shine even more attention on learning in 2020

Mention YouTube to a parent, and you get several thoughts. At best, it's a babysitter and an educational resource.

Amazon says holiday shopping broke records this year Inc. said its holiday season this year was "record breaking" with billions of items shipped and "tens of millions" of Amazon devices like the Echo Dot sold.

Nissan's No.3 to quit in blow to revival efforts

The senior executive in charge of plans to revive crisis-hit Nissan has decided to quit just weeks after taking the job, sending the carmaker's stock plunging more than three percent on Wednesday.

Game review: 'Phoenix Point' is chaotic and delightful

Despite the controversy surrounding its jump to the Epic Games Store, I've had my eye on "Phoenix Point" for quite a while. Created by Jullian Golop, one of the minds behind the original "XCOM" series, "Phoenix Point" takes the tried and true "XCOM" formula and introduces new ideas and concepts that help really freshen it up a bit. The game isn't perfect by any means, but what Snapshot Games has managed to create is both a triumphant return to the formula for Gollop, and also a technical nightmare at times.

Early data point to bubbly US holiday sales

Early data on the 2019 holiday shopping season released Thursday suggest Santa Claus was a bit more generous this year as he shifted more into omnichannel mode.

German union vow new Lufthansa strike 'in coming days'

A German cabin crew union said on Thursday it would call a fresh strike at Lufthansa "in the coming days", raising the spectre of travel chaos during the busy end-of-year holiday season.

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