The Download: transphobic panic, and the US-China chip war

When Jay told his mom he was bisexual at 14, she was supportive. But when he came out as transgender a few years later, she pushed back. YouTube videos and online forums soon convinced her that she was right to feel that way. A trans “contagion” called “rapid-onset gender dysphoria,” spread through social media, had […]

Inside the software that will become the next battle front in US-China chip war

EDA software is a small but mighty part of the semiconductor supply chain, and it’s mostly controlled by three Western companies. That gives the US a powerful point of leverage, similar to the way it wanted to restrict access to lithography machines—another crucial tool for chipmaking—last month. So how has the industry become so American-centric, […]

Australia kills its COVIDSafe app. What went wrong?

By Stan Karanasios and Alemayehu Molla, Contributors. 18 August 2022, 11:31 am On August 9 2022, Australia’s COVIDSafe app was officially decommissioned, and all its features removed. People were encouraged to uninstall the app. Reports of its closure have made international news. On ceasing COVIDSafe, health minister Mark Butler said the “Albanese government acted to […]

Update Chrome now to patch actively exploited zero-day

Enlarge / It’s a good time to restart or update Chrome—if your tabs love you, they’ll come back. Getty Images reader comments 24 with 21 posters participating Share this story Google announced an update on Wednesday to the Stable channel of its Chrome browser that includes a fix for an exploit that exists in the […]

Tiny caps can measure activity in lab-grown minibrains

Until now, scientists haven’t been able to study brain organoids beyond just a few cells. While the organoids are spherical, the conventional tools to study them—microelectrode array plates, which contain electrodes to measure electrical activity—are flat. This new microcap, created by a team from Johns Hopkins University, can wrap around a brain organoid, allowing researchers […]

iOS VPNs have leaked traffic for more than 2 years, researcher claims

Getty Images reader comments 41 with 29 posters participating, including story author Share this story A security researcher says that Apple’s iOS devices don’t fully route all network traffic through VPNs as a user might expect, a potential security issue the device maker has known about for years. Michael Horowitz, a longtime computer security blogger […]

The Download: electric planes, and trans men’s fertility

Scientists have known for years that light pollution is growing and can harm both humans and wildlife. In people, increased exposure to light at night disrupts sleep cycles and has been linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease, while wildlife suffers from interruption to their reproductive patterns, increased danger and loss of stealth. Astronomers, policymakers, and […]

Growing the industry: Belonging

Victoria MacLennan. 17 August 2022, 10:51 pm As you have read elsewhere the Prime Minister recently said that our industry (by 2040) will create 137,000 new additional jobs for women, 93,000 new additional jobs for Māori and 48,000 new additional jobs for Pacific Peoples. Awesome news! But…. for women, Māori, Pacific People, anyone from a […]

This is what’s keeping electric planes from taking off

The company plans to start in niche markets—like hopping across fjords in Scandinavia. These routes are difficult to replace with ground transport, and in some countries, like Norway, they could be subsidized by the government. Forslund says that these trips are just the beginning, though, and the goal is to expand regional flying globally. Even […]