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Laser Fusion Reactor Approaches ‘Burning Plasma’ Milestone

Iwastheone shares a report from Science Magazine: In October 2010, in a building the size of three U.S. football fields, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory powered up 192 laser beams, focused their energy into a pulse with the punch of a speeding truck, and fired it at a pellet of nuclear fuel the size of a peppercorn. So ... Read More »

‘Smart’ Doorbells For Sale On Amazon, eBay Came Stocked With Security Vulnerabilities

The U.K.-based security company NCC Group and consumer advocacy group Which? have found vulnerabilities in 11 “smart” doorbells sold on popular platforms like Amazon and eBay. CyberScoop reports: One flaw could allow a remote attacker to break into the wireless network by swiping login credentials. Another critical bug, which has been around for years, could enable attackers to intercept and ... Read More »

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Scores As Netflix Most-Watched Scripted Limited Series To Date

“The Queen’s Gambit,” a Netflix exclusive about an orphan chess prodigy, set the record as the most-watched scripted limited series to date on the streaming platform — with 62 million member accounts tuning in to the show in the first 28 days, according to the company. Variety reports: There’s a caveat, though: The way Netflix reports viewing is based on ... Read More »

Apple Makes Another Concession On App Store Fees

Apple said on Monday that companies that offer digital classes or virtual events through iPhone apps won’t have to use Apple’s App Store in-app purchases through June 2021, enabling them to charge their customers directly without Apple’s 30% commission fee. CNBC reports: Apple said the extension was to help businesses by giving them more time to transition in-person events to ... Read More »

Psilocybin and Migraine: First of Its Kind Trial Reports Promising Results

An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: A first-of-its-kind exploratory study, led by researchers from Yale School of Medicine, has found a single dose of the psychedelic psilocybin can reduce migraine frequency by 50 percent for a least two weeks. The preliminary trial was small, with follow-up work necessary to validate the results, but the promising findings suggest ... Read More »