Voyager Spacecraft Detect An Increase In the Density of Space Outside the Solar System

As Voyager 2 moves farther and farther from the Sun, the density of space is increasing. "It's not the first time this density increase has been detected," notes SciencAlert. "Voyager 1, which entered interstellar space in 2012, detected a similar density gradient at a separate location." From the report: Voyager 2's new data show that not only… Read More »

Posted on 20 October 2020 | 2:00 am

QAnon/8Chan Sites Back Online After Being Ousted By DDoS-Protection Vendor

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A few dozen QAnon and 8chan-related sites were knocked offline temporarily yesterday when a DDoS-protection vendor disabled their access, according to an article by security reporter Brian Krebs. The websites [...] are connected to the Internet via the US-based ISP VanwaTech, which in turn… Read More »

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 10:30 pm

A Group of Materials Called Perovskites Could Be a Game-Changer For Solar Power

Researchers from Australia have discovered that the widely acclaimed mineral perovskite can be used to transform the solar industry through cheaper and more efficient photovoltaics. The Independent reports: Perovskite, which is forged deep within the Earth's mantle, has been hailed for its unprecedented potential to convert sunlight into… Read More »

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 9:02 pm

IKEA To Buy Back Used Furniture In Recycling Push

Last week, the BBC reported that IKEA, the world's biggest furniture business, is planning to launch a scheme to buy back your unwanted furniture you no longer need or want. From the report: Under the plan, it will offer vouchers worth up to 50% of the original price, to be spent at its stores. The "Buy Back" initiative will launch to coincide… Read More »

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 8:25 pm

Google Confirms the Nest Secure Has Been Discontinued

Google's Nest Secure alarm system, which was discussed on Slashdot for featuring an unlisted, disabled microphone, has been discontinued by Google, though it will continue functioning. Android Police reports: Google released the Nest Guard in 2017 as a simple security system with motion sensors and a keypad, but it never received an upgrade, even… Read More »

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 7:45 pm

Chess's Cheating Crisis: 'Paranoia Has Become the Culture'

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: In one chess tournament, five of the top six were disqualified for cheating. In another, the doting parents of 10-year-old competitors furiously rejected evidence that their darlings were playing at the level of the world No 1. And in a third, an Armenian grandmaster booted out for suspicious… Read More »

Posted on 19 October 2020 | 7:02 pm