Spinning black holes may prefer to lean in sync

Spinning black holes may prefer to lean in sync

Enlarge / A simulation of a black hole merger. LIGO/Caltech/MIT/Sonoma State (Aurore Simonnet) I was pretty excited when LIGO, the giant double-eared gravitational wave observatory in the US, detected the first gravitational waves. When Virgo came online, triangulating gravitational wave signals became possible, and gravitational wave astronomy became a reality. Once the initial excitement of seeing individual events died away, it was only a matter of time and statistics before scientists started pulling new insights out of the data. A pair of new papers has looked at black hole merger statistics, and the papers’ results suggest that there might be... Read More
Google Pixel 6a rumored to launch in May

Google Pixel 6a rumored to launch in May

Google is rumored to launch a midrange Pixel 6a later this year featuring the in-house Tensor chipset and less impressive camera hardware than the flagship Pixel 6 phones. Earlier rumors said the device will not launch before August but well-known tipster Max Jambor thinks otherwise saying the device will be official come May. Past Pixel A-series phones like the 5a 5G and the 4a came in August so this would be quite the shift by Google. Pixel 6a render Apart from the Tensor chipset, Pixel 6a is said to share the same basic design as its more expensive... Read More
Bitcoin drops to six-month low as investors dump speculative assets

Bitcoin drops to six-month low as investors dump speculative assets

Bitcoin dropped to a six-month low on Saturday, extending a steep fall recorded in the previous session as the cryptocurrency market was swept up in a powerful shift by investors out of speculative assets. The price of the biggest digital token by market value fell 4.3 percent in the European morning on Saturday to $35,127, the lowest level since July 2021. Bitcoin has now lost almost a quarter of its value this year. Other cryptocurrencies have also come under intense selling pressure, with an FT Wilshire index of the top five tokens excluding bitcoin down 30 percent in the first... Read More
Dark Souls 3 exploit could let hackers take control of your entire computer

Dark Souls 3 exploit could let hackers take control of your entire computer

A dangerous remote code execution (RCE) exploit found in Dark Souls 3 could let a bad actor take control of your computer, according to a report from Dexerto. The vulnerability only puts PC gamers who play online at risk and may potentially affect Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2, and the upcoming Elden Ring. The exploit was seen in action during The__Grim__Sleeper’s Twitch stream of Dark Souls 3 online. At the end of the stream (1:20:22), The__Grim__Sleeper’s game crashes, and the robotic voice belonging to Microsoft’s text-to-speech generator suddenly starts criticizing his gameplay. The__Grim__Sleeper then reports that Microsoft PowerShell opened by... Read More
Police Find Monkeys That Escaped After Pennsylvania Car Crash

Police Find Monkeys That Escaped After Pennsylvania Car Crash

One of the missing monkeys.Photo: Courtesy Pennsylvania State Police Pennsylvania State Police were scouring an area near Danville in the central part of the state on Friday and Saturday in a search for three high-profile subjects. The authorities were clear: The public was not to attempt to look for or get near the subjects on the run. This was not a case of dangerous criminals on the loose, but rather a trio of monkeys. The search began on Friday after a trailer truck carrying 100 cynomolgus macaque monkeys from Mauritius on their way to a research laboratory was involved in a... Read More
A white supremacist website got hacked, airing all its dirty laundry

A white supremacist website got hacked, airing all its dirty laundry

Enlarge / Patriot Front members spray painting in Springfield, Illinois. Unicornriot.ninja Chat messages, images, and videos leaked from the server of a white supremacist group called the Patriot Front purport to show its leader and rank-and-file members conspiring in hate crimes, despite their claims that they were a legitimate political organization. Patriot Front, or PF, formed in the aftermath of the 2017 Unite the Right rally, a demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one of the attendees rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 35 others. PF founder Thomas Rousseau started the group after an image... Read More
vivo Y21A goes official with Helio P22 SoC and 5,000 mAh battery

vivo Y21A goes official with Helio P22 SoC and 5,000 mAh battery

vivo’s been busy this month expanding its product portfolio in India as the company launched five smartphones in the Asian country – V23, V23 Pro, Y21T, Y33T, and Y21e. But vivo’s not done yet as the phone maker introduced one more handset in India, dubbed vivo Y21A – successor to the Y20A announced in India in December 2020. However, the vivo Y21A isn’t an entirely new smartphone. Just like the Y33T is a version of the Y21T with a few different specs, the Y21A shares its design and most of the specs with the Y21e. vivo Y21e... Read More
Airline CEOs make U-turn, now say 5G isn’t a big problem for altimeters

Airline CEOs make U-turn, now say 5G isn’t a big problem for altimeters

Enlarge / Airbus 320 cockpit. Getty Images | Skyhobo The Federal Aviation Administration’s fight against AT&T’s and Verizon’s new 5G deployment appears to be coming to a temporary close, with the FAA having cleared about 78 percent of US planes for landing in low-visibility conditions. Airline CEOs are striking an upbeat tone, with one saying the process of ensuring that airplane altimeters work in 5G areas is “really not that complicated.” Over the past week, the FAA announced clearances for 13 altimeters that can filter out 5G transmissions from the C-band spectrum that is licensed to wireless operators, accounting for those... Read More