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Is the Coronavirus Just Getting Better at Airborne Transmission?

A New York Times science/global health reporter reminds us that “Newer variants of the coronavirus like Alpha and Delta are highly contagious, infecting far more people than the original virus.” But then they add that “Two new studies offer a possible explanation: The virus is evolving to spread more efficiently through air.” Most researchers now agree that the coronavirus is ... Read More »

Ransomware Gangs are Complaining That Other Crooks are Stealing Their Ransoms

“Cyber criminals using a ransomware-as-a-service scheme have been spotted complaining that the group they rent the malware from could be using a hidden backdoor to grab ransom payments for themselves,” reports ZDNet: REvil is one of the most notorious and most common forms of ransomware around and has been responsible for several major incidents. The group behind REvil lease their ... Read More »

Tesla Vehicle Deliveries Hit Another Record In Q3, Beats Analysts’ Estimates

Tesla announced that it’s delivered a new record number of electric cars in its third quarter, according to Reuters, “beating Wall Street estimates after Chief Executive Elon Musk asked staff to ‘go super hardcore’ to make a quarter-end delivery push.” Slashdot reader McGruber shared Reuters’ report: Tesla has weathered the chip crisis better than rivals, with its overall deliveries surging ... Read More »

New ‘Babylon 5’ Reboot Being Developed By Original Creator J. Michael Straczynski

Back in 2014 Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski answered questions from Slashdot’s readers. And now this week, long-time Slashdot reader Jaegs writes: According to many sources and the Babylon 5 creator/writer/director/producer himself, J. Michael Straczynski (JMS), the CW — partly owned by the original Babylon 5 producer and rights holder, WarnerMedia — will be rebooting the popular franchise. JMS ... Read More »

Can High-Powered Lasers Unlock the Secrets of Strong Field Quantum Electrodynamics?

Phys.org reports that a newly published theoretical/computer-modeling study “suggests that the world’s most powerful lasers might finally crack the elusive physics behind some of the most extreme phenomena in the universe — gamma ray bursts, pulsar magnetospheres, and more.” The study comes from an international team including researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy ... Read More »