New Apple Leak Reveals Stunning MacBook Air

Following on from reports of new screen technology being planned for next year’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops, an all-new ‘affordable’ MacBook Air is also being prepared for launch.

The details come from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and builds on his recent work around the mini-LED technology that will be coming to the Mac laptops next year. Hartley Charlton reports:

“…Kuo explained that two new MacBook Pro models equipped with an all-new form factor design are expected to launch in 2021, and a new “affordable” ‌MacBook Air‌ is expected in 2022, all with ‌Apple Silicon‌ chips and mini-LED displays. …Kuo also

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New Apple Leak Reveals Microsoft’s MacBook Nightmare

Following on from reports of new screen technology being planned for next year’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops, an all-new ‘affordable’ MacBook Air is also being prepared for launch.

The details come from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and builds on his recent work around the mini-LED technology that will be coming to the Mac laptops next year. Hartley Charlton reports:

“…Kuo explained that two new MacBook Pro models equipped with an all-new form factor design are expected to launch in 2021, and a new “affordable” ‌MacBook Air‌ is expected in 2022, all with ‌Apple Silicon‌ chips and mini-LED displays. …Kuo also

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A ‘tsunami’ for astrophysics: New Gaia data reveals the best map of our galaxy yet

Astronomers were hit today (Dec. 3) with a huge wave of data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia space observatory.

Those researchers can now explore the best-yet map of the Milky Way, with detailed information on the positions, distances and motion of 1.8 billion cosmic objects, to help us better understand our place in the universe. 

“Gaia data is like a tsunami rolling through astrophysics,” said Martin Barstow, head of the physics and astronomy department at the University of Leicester, who is part of Gaia’s data processing team. He was speaking at a virtual news conference held today, at which another Gaia researcher, Giorgia Busso of the Leiden Observatory in the Netherlands, also told reporters that this data has produced “a revolution” in many fields of astrophysics, from the study of galactic dynamics like stellar evolution to the study of nearby objects like asteroids in the solar

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New Study from Qualtrics and PwC Reveals How CIOs are Future-Proofing the Workforce Technology Experience

SALT LAKE CITY and SEATTLE, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — New research released today from Qualtrics, the leader in employee experience and creator of the experience management (XM) category, and PwC, reveals how IT executives and senior technology leaders are playing a critical role in helping their workforce navigate the global pandemic and driving employee engagement, enablement, and productivity.

Findings from the Qualtrics and PwC study of more than 200 U.S. IT executives provide a framework for how leaders have shifted their technology investments during COVID-19 as a result of employee feedback and insights, and how those priorities indicate a broader trend in enabling the workforce of the future. (Study results can be found here)

Key takeaways:

  • IT executives have accelerated digital transformations within their organization and are taking appropriate actions to meet the needs of employees. 95% of IT ‘Leaders’ said they increased the frequency of employee
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Research reveals how a fungal infection activates inflammation — ScienceDaily

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have identified the mechanisms behind inflammasome activation driven by infection with the fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. Fungal infection, especially with A. fumigatus, is a leading cause of infection-associated deaths in people with compromised immune systems. The work provides clues to a potential therapeutic approach for treating infectious and inflammatory disorders. The findings were published online today in Nature.

“Inflammasomes are important sentinels of an organism’s innate immune defense system,” said corresponding author and founding member of the inflammasome field Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, Ph.D., of the St. Jude Immunology department. “Our prior work showed that fungal pathogens activate the inflammasome, but the exact mechanism of action for inflammasome engagement was unknown.”

To understand these mechanisms for A. fumigatus, the scientists looked for pathogen-associated molecular patterns, which can stimulate the innate immune response by activating the inflammasome. The scientists focused on NLRP3, the most-studied inflammasome

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NASA reveals Earth’s ‘mini-moon’ 2020 SO is definitely just space junk

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This photo from 1964 shows a Centaur upper-stage rocket. Space object 2020 SO is one of these.


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Welcome back, Surveyor 2 Centaur rocket booster. We just got a new chapter in a bittersweet space saga that involves a fiery launch, a doomed moon mission and decades of space wanderings. 

A rocket booster NASA used to launch the Surveyor 2 lunar lander in 1966 has returned to us for a temporary spin as a mini-moon in orbit around Earth. When scientists spotted it in September, they named it 2020 SO. On Wednesday, NASA announced the strange object has been positively identified as the ’60s booster.

While the booster did its job admirably back in 1966, the lander didn’t survive a crash landing on the moon’s surface.   

The booster’s specific orbit around the sun tipped astronomers

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Leaked Galaxy Buds Pro image reveals new rounded design

An image of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Buds Pro true wireless earbuds has leaked, thanks to noted leaker Evan Blass.





© Image: Evan Blass


You can see the apparent image of the headphones at the top of this post. They look to have a more rounded shape than the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus. Here’s an image of what the Galaxy Buds Plus look like, for comparison:



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Blass also posted a render that apparently shows the case for the Galaxy Buds Pro — a render looks similar to a diagram of the case found in recent FCC filings for the Galaxy Buds Pro. Instead of the more oblong shape of the case for the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Buds Plus, the case for the Galaxy Buds Pro looks to be more of a square with rounded corners, like the one for Samsung’s bean-shaped Galaxy Buds

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How are older adults coping with the mental health effects of COVID-19? Analysis reveals resilience in many individuals and what factors may be driving it — ScienceDaily

Older adults are especially vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic — with higher risks of severe complications and death, and potentially greater difficulties accessing care and adapting to technologies such as telemedicine. A viewpoint article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association notes that there’s also a concern that isolation during the pandemic could be more difficult for older individuals, which could exacerbate existing mental health conditions. Information gathered over the past several months suggests a much more nuanced picture, however.

“Over the spring and summer of 2020, we were struck by a number of individual studies from all over the world that reported a consistent theme: Older adults, as a group, appeared to be withstanding the strains on mental health from the pandemic better than all other age groups,” said lead author Ipsit Vahia, MD, medical director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Services and the

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New research reveals ‘megatrends’ that will affect forests in the next decade — ScienceDaily

A group of experts from academic, governmental and international organisations have identified five large-scale ‘megatrends’ affecting forests and forest communities, published today in Nature Plants. These are likely to have major consequences — both positively and negatively — over the coming decade.

Around the world, 1.6 billion people live within 5km of a forest, and millions rely on them for their livelihoods, especially in poorer countries. They are also home to much of the world’s biodiversity, and regulate key aspects of the carbon cycle. In short, forests are vital in global and national efforts to combat climate change and biodiversity loss, and eradicate hunger and poverty.

Despite their importance, research on forests and livelihoods to date has mainly focused on understanding local household and community-level dynamics — identifying the links between human and natural systems at the regional and global scales is critical for future policy and action.

The

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Hyundai Motor Group Reveals New Dedicated EV Platform

Hyundai Motor Group (HMG) is hardly new to producing electrified vehicles. In fact it even has a platform that is specifically designed for that purpose that underpins the current Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro. But that platform is actually a compromise that was designed to be available with hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric (BEV) powertrains. With its new Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), Hyundai is following in its footsteps of rivals such Volkswagen Group, GM and Ford in developing an architecture fully optimized for BEVs.

These modern BEV platforms reverse one of the most prevalent trends of the last 40 years with the

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