ReHacked #47: $360+B BTC wipe, WiFi security vulnerabilities, spoiler-free list of 20 science movies and more

As much as $365.85 billion was wiped off the entire cryptocurrency market though it did pare some losses. Bitcoin, ether and XRP were all sharply lower.

ReHacked #47: $360+B BTC wipe, WiFi security vulnerabilities, spoiler-free list of 20 science movies and more
A 15th-century Italian fresco by an anonymous painter depicting "The Triumph of Death." Medieval disease is generally considered a trifecta of infection, malnutrition, and injuries sustained in warfare or accidents.

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Bitcoin (BTC) price falls after Tesla stops car purchases with crypto #blockchain

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the electric vehicle maker would suspend car purchases using bitcoin, citing environmental concerns.

As much as $365.85 billion was wiped off the entire cryptocurrency market though it did pare some losses. Bitcoin, ether and XRP were all sharply lower.

Musk said Tesla will not be selling any bitcoin and intends to use it for transactions “as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy.”

Movies Every Physics Student Should Watch #culture #science

Physics movies affect many of us powerfully due to the combined impact of scenery and music, technical detail and philosophical dialogue, futuristic lighting and a multitude of other special effects, all of which elicit deep feelings and even help us to reflect back on our lives.

The following is a spoiler-free list of 20 science movies that everyone should be watching in their lifetime. For movie buffs: public rating, cast and summary of these films have also been given. Let us know in the comments below that which one is your favourite sci-fi movie?

Study finds alarming levels of ‘forever chemicals’ in US mothers’ breast milk #health

A new study that checked American women’s breast milk for PFAS contamination detected the toxic chemical in all 50 samples tested, and at levels nearly 2,000 times higher than the level some public health advocates advise is safe for drinking water.

The findings “are cause for concern” and highlight a potential threat to newborns’ health, the study’s authors say.

Learn Python the Right way #programming #learning #ebook #free

We think that people who want to learn to code using Python should
  • Learn in a no-setup environment so they can focus on code.
  • Learn computer science fundamentals.
  • Practice by building real-world projects.
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A security researcher found Wi-Fi vulnerabilities that have existed since the beginning #security

The security researcher who discovered the Krack Wi-Fi vulnerability has discovered a slew of other flaws with the wireless protocol most of us use to power our online lives. The vulnerabilities relate to how Wi-Fi handles large chunks of data, with some being related to the Wi-Fi standard itself, and some being related to how it’s implemented by device manufacturers.

A(x56) - URL Lengthener #software #fun

Are you tired of your URLs being just too darn short? Worry no further, as has got your back. No need to be anxious about people thinking the size of your URL is too small, as it will guaranteed be the largest one around. So what are you waiting for? Give it a go!

FBI Has Gained Access to Sci-Hub Founder's Apple Account, Email Claims #privacy #copyrights

Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan reports that she has received a worrying email, ostensibly from Apple, revealing that law enforcement has demanded and gained access to her account data. The email indicates an FBI investigation although the precise nature of any inquiry remains unclear.

Sci-HubAs the world’s leading distributor of millions of otherwise ‘paywalled’ research papers, Sci-Hub is often described as “The Pirate Bay of Science”.

Cyber attack 'most significant on Irish state' #security

A cyber attack on Irish health service computer systems is "possibly the most significant cybercrime attack on the Irish state", a minister has said.

Speaking on broadcaster RTÉ, Ossian Smyth said the attack "goes right to the core of the [health] system".

However, he also said that it was "not espionage".

The Missing Semester of Your CS Education · the missing semester of your cs education #programming #learning

Classes teach you all about advanced topics within CS, from operating systems to machine learning, but there’s one critical subject that’s rarely covered, and is instead left to students to figure out on their own: proficiency with their tools. We’ll teach you how to master the command-line, use a powerful text editor, use fancy features of version control systems, and much more!

China lands its Zhurong rover on Mars #space

China has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars, state media announced early on Saturday.

The six-wheeled Zhurong robot was targeting Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet's northern hemisphere.

The vehicle used a combination of a protective capsule, a parachute and a rocket platform to make the descent.

Universal basic income to be tested in Wales #society #economy

A universal basic income scheme is to be trialled in Wales, meaning adults, regardless of their means, will receive a regular sum of money.

The idea is that this would cover the basic cost of living.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the pilot would "see whether the promises that basic income holds out are genuinely delivered" in people's lives.

But the Conservatives said Wales should not become "a petri dish for failed left-wing policies".

Was cancer really less likely in a pre-industrial world? #history #health #longread

Pre-industrial Britain wasn’t exactly carcinogen free: People regularly consumed alcohol, were exposed to indoor pollutants spewed out by wood and coal fires, and faced the risk of cellular mutations as they aged. But the threat of cancer markedly increased when carcinogens such as tobacco (first introduced in Britain in the 16th century) and pollution caused by industrial activities (beginning in the 18th century) were introduced into everyday life.

The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill #health #longread

All pandemic long, scientists brawled over how the virus spreads. Droplets! No, aerosols! At the heart of the fight was a teensy error with huge consequences.

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