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    NFS vs SMB vs CIFS: File storage protocols defined

    We take a close look at NFS and SMB – the key file storage access protocols – and weigh up their pros, cons and suitability to differing datacentre environments By Antony Adshead, Storage Editor Published: 04 Oct 2022 Network file system (NFS), server message block (SMB) and common internet file system (CIFS) are all file

    Walmart, CVS face trial for putting sham homeopathic products next to real meds

    Pharmacy giants CVS and Walmart will have to face trials over claims that placing ineffective homeopathic products alongside legitimate over-the-counter medicines on store shelves deceives consumers into thinking that the pseudoscientific products are akin to evidence-based, Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs. The claims come from the nonprofit organization Center for Inquiry (CFI), which filed nearly

    Scientists discovered something unexpected about Platinum

    Gold was thought to remain stable forever; however, a new WSU Institute for Shock Physics study found that it changes into a different related crystal structure under enough shock wave pressure. The study, in which scientists tested humankind’s most valuable metals to determine how much pressure they could take, revealed something unexpected about Platinum. Scientists

    CIO interview: James Fleming, Francis Crick Institute

    Francis Crick Institute CIO discusses how Europe’s largest biomedical research institute has co-developed a framework for data sharing By Cliff Saran, Managing Editor Published: 03 Oct 2022 10:00 The Francis Crick Institute has hundreds of global partnerships that require controlled access to sensitive health data. Its current CIO is James Fleming, who joined the research

    The Best Gear for Your Home Emergency Kit

    You can leave the batteries in this one, even if you're using alkalines. When not using the Divide+, you can rotate the battery compartment to separate the batteries from the contact terminals so they won't corrode in storage. There's also a foldaway wire handle so you can hang it on a carabiner or a hook.If

    New data reveals severe impact of European contact with Pacific islands

    Pacific island nations suffered severe depopulation from introduced diseases as a consequence of contact with European vessels, a new study from The Australian National University (ANU) shows. The research, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, indicates population declines were a lot larger than previously thought. According to the study, the main island of Tonga

    The Sky Needs Its ‘Silent Spring’ Moment

    Darkness was falling at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside Tucson, Ariz. At this hour Michelle Edwards, the observatory’s associate director, would usually be inside prepping for a night on the telescope. But on this evening last December she stood alongside me in the twilight, watching two worlds collide. As the stars came out, electric lights

    Razer Teases a New Handheld Gaming Console

    Razer wants to Switch it up. The maximalist manufacturer of gaming hardware announced this week that it is developing a new handheld gaming device with 5G connectivity. The creation is the result of a partnership between Razer, Verizon, and Qualcomm. Verizon execs announced the partnership at the Mobile World Conference event in Las Vegas, Nevada

    A Hidden Flaw – Unlocking Better Batteries for Electric Vehicles

    Researchers have discovered a crucial reason why solid-state batteries are prone to failureFixing a hidden flaw might lead to improved batteries for electric cars.When compared to traditional lithium-ion batteries, solid-state batteries provide quicker charging, higher range, and longer lifespan, and could play a key role in electric vehicles. However, solid-state batteries are prone to failure due

    TC Game: Unscramble “Nigerian”

    game By Ngozi Chukwu Oct 01, 2022 Image source: Techcabal Get the best African tech newsletters in your inbox TC Daily Next Wave Events Weekender More from this author Newsletters This week: Sky.Garden faces shut down Ngozi Chukwu Consumer Tech TC Game: Guess the loan app Ngozi Chukwu Consumer Tech The Seven search-changing features Google

    Moon asteroid impacts mirrored on Earth, study

    Impact glasses found in lunar soils provide a possible window into the impact history of the inner solar system. However, their use for precise reconstruction of this history is limited by an incomplete understanding of the physical mechanisms responsible for their origin and distribution and possible relationships to local and regional geology.  A new study

    The EU wants to put companies on the hook for harmful AI

    The EU is creating new rules to make it easier to sue AI companies for harm. A bill unveiled this week, which is likely to become law in a couple of years, is part of Europe’s push to prevent AI developers from releasing dangerous systems. And while tech companies complain it could have a chilling

    Evidence of social relationships between chimpanzees, gorillas

    A long-term study led by primatologist Crickette Sanz at Washington University in St. Louis reveals the first evidence of lasting social relationships between chimpanzees and gorillas in the wild. Drawn from more than 20 years of observations at Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo, researchers documented social ties between individual chimpanzees and gorillas

    How Star Trek’s Lieutenant Uhura Overcame Astronomical Odds

    Insights puzzleBy Pradeep MutalikSeptember 30, 2022Readers rescued a Star Trek crew from a probabilistic predicament armed only with the power of mathematical reasoning.Our puzzle task last month was to save a Star Trek surface party of eight led by the Enterprise Communications Officer Lieutenant Uhura (played by the late Nichelle Nichols). The crew is imprisoned

    Uganda struggles to contain Ebola variant with no approved vaccine

    More than 50 cases have been identified so far in an outbreak linked to the Sudan variant of Ebola virus, which has no approved treatment or vaccine Health 30 September 2022 By Jason Arunn Murugesu Medical workers disinfect beds at an Ebola treatment centre in Mubende, UgandaXinhua/Shutterstock There are growing fears that the latest outbreak

    The Download: text-to-video AI, and China’s big methanol bet

    What’s happened: Meta has unveiled an AI system that generates short videos based on text prompts. Make-A-Video lets you type in a string of words, like “A dog wearing a superhero outfit with a red cape flying through the sky,” and then generates a five-second clip that, while pretty accurate, has the aesthetics of a