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Science finally reveals why champagne bubbles so elegantly

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Champagne is a very fancy drink, and part of what makes it so fancy is the way that it bubbles so elegantly. For decades scientists have wondered why the drink bubbles the way it does, those bubbles often rising in straight lines. Now, new research claims to finally figured out the science behind champagne bubbles and what makes them rise so beautifully.

We all know how fizzy drinks work, creating bubbles in the liquid that quickly rises to the top. We see it in sparkling water when the bubbles explode like fireworks in the night sky. We also see it in beer when the bubbles clump up, spreading across the surface area of the liquid. But champagne has always been a bit different. Instead of clumping up or exploding, it bubbles up in straight lines, almost like an assembly line.

The researchers also determined that you can control how the bubbles move by changing how many surfactants are in the liquid. This new research is finally giving scientists the answers to why this happens. Understanding the science behind champagne bubbles might seem silly, but scientists say it could help us better understand how bubbles work in areas like near deep-sea vents.

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According to the new study, the bubbles – and how they travel upward – in champagne react this way because of their increased amount of soap-like components. These compounds are known as surfactants, which are fatty acids that are also part of what makes champagne so palatable, Science Alert reports.

Understanding the science behind champagne bubbles is a funny thing to write about. But as I noted above, there are many reasons why this kind of research is important. Not only does it answer a curious question that has baffled scientists for a long while, but understanding why champagne bubbles the way it does could help us determine why other substances bubble how they do.

I mentioned deep-sea vents above, which often release methane bubbles into the ocean and make it dangerous to get close to so that they can gather samples. With this research, they can possibly determine the surfactant levels without having to take direct samples just by looking at how the bubbles move. We could also see this method used in other ways, like monitoring the tanks in water treatment systems.

The findings of the science behind champagne bubbles are detailed in a study published in Physical Review Fluids.

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How to find your contacts in Gmail

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Google's Gmail is one of the most popular email clients. Having a Gmail account also means the same username/password combination can log you into the various Google apps you might use under your Google account. You can find and manage your contacts from Gmail via Google's separate Contacts app, but you can also do it inside Gmail.

Since email is an inescapable chore, Gmail is a good place to start to manage your contacts. And since you might be using Gmail on iPhone and Android, having your contacts saved in your main Google account makes sense. Therefore, Gmail might also be the best place to find contact information for people in your life.

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6 new Netflix releases I’ll be watching next week, including Part 2 of Manifest Season 4

Manifest on Netflix

As we wind down the month of May, the newest batch of Netflix releases that we have to look forward to includes our final goodbye to Manifest (for real this time), plus a host of new comedies, international titles, and much more -- highlights of which we'll get into below as part of our latest weekend look-ahead.

And in addition to the new recommendations of what to watch below, don't forget to check out some of our other recent Netflix coverage highlights if you need more ideas, including:

Netflix releases Manifest Season 4 Part 2

Moving right along, let's start with the reminder that Netflix show cancellations are an increasingly common occurrence these days, with the streaming giant frequently angering large and disparate fandoms that are left reeling when the company pulls the plug on a show. It's much less common for the streamer to bring a show back from the dead -- though there are plenty of high-profile exceptions to that rule.

Manifest, from creator Jeff Rake, is perhaps the best example of this.

Manifest on Netflix

Melissa Roxburgh and Matt Long in "Manifest." Image source: Netflix

A show that ran for three seasons on NBC originally, before the network abruptly cancelled it (leaving the story unresolved), Manifest's legion of fans drawn to the show's potent mix of drama, sci-fi, and spirituality mounted a grassroots campaign to revive the show -- organizing themselves to such a degree that they turned it into a surprise Netflix hit, and gave Netflix no choice but to bring it back to life for one more season.

On June 2 -- a key date, of course, that Manifesters know as the Death Date for passengers on Flight 828 -- Netflix is releasing the final 10 episodes of Manifest, just one of many instances where Netflix got fully on board, no pun intended, with the mythology around the show. Netflix announced the release date for this final batch of episodes, for example, back on April 7, which was the date in 2013 when the Montego Air Flight 828, so central to the show's storyline, took off from Jamaica.

"I couldn’t be more excited for June 2nd," Rake wrote on Twitter. "I wish I could be with all of you as you watch the final batch. This is our story. This is our ending. Thanks to you. Enjoy."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gNzLjYwCE

What else to watch

I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson (Season 3): Comedian Tim Robinson's zany sketch show returns with six episodes that showcase the SNL vet's zany and off-the-wall comic sensibilities, with guest stars this time around, including Jason Schwartzman, Tim Meadows, Fred Armisen, Will Forte, and Beck Bennett, to name just a few. Release date: May 30.

The Days: Netflix's version of the HBO masterpiece Chernobyl revisits the nuclear accident that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant over seven days in 2011. The catastrophe was set in motion by a powerful earthquake, followed by a tsunami. Release date: June 1.

Blood and Gold: World War II movies don't get much more violent and pulse-pounding than this quasi-homage to Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, from director Peter Thorwarth. The plot: "At the bitter end of WWII, a German deserter and a young woman are drawn into bloody battle with a group of Nazis hunting for hidden gold." Now streaming.

Mixed by Erry: Music, nostalgia, and ambition combine to form a gem of an Italian-language Netflix original film, about an aspiring DJ and his two brothers. They go from smuggling self-made mixtapes in the Naples of 1980 to being record producers wanted by the law. Release date: May 31.

One more Netflix new release to check out

This final Netflix release coming next week that I want to mention isn't a piece of original content from the streamer, like the titles above. I want to spotlight it, regardless, because this third-party action thriller also hits Netflix next week (on June 1) -- and I remember it getting my pulse racing when I saw it in the theater years ago.

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The Kingdom, from 2007, stars Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman, and Jennifer Garner, and it's about a team of US government agents sent to destroy a terrorist cell in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia (the titular kingdom).

Ignore the critics on this one (The Kingdom has a 51% critics' score on Rotten Tomatoes) and add it to your list anyway when Netflix releases it in just a few days. There's a reason The Kingdom has a much stronger 76% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, based on more than a quarter million user reviews. It's got a decent story for fans of military thrillers, and the protracted gun battle and rescue mission over the final, eh, 30 minutes or so of the movie basically had me on the edge of my seat and my heart racing nonstop.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7xGu-SnWUk

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WWDC 2023: How to watch Apple’s first event of the year

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Apple's WWDC 2023 keynote will take place on June 5. The company recently announced that the press conference will start at 10 a.m. PDT. Here's everything you need to know about where to watch the Apple event and all the in-depth sessions for developers.

  • Apple website: It will be possible to watch the WWDC keynote at apple.com/events;
  • Apple Developer app: The Developer app, which is available for the iPhone, Apple TV, iPad, and Mac, will stream WWDC. It also lets you explore all WWDC 2023 has to offer, including sessions, videos, activities in Slack, 1-on-1 labs, and more;
  • Apple TV app: On your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV, you can find the Apple event on June 5 on the TV app. The special keynote will be highlighted on the day of the event.;
  • YouTube channel: The official link isn't out yet, but you can subscribe to Apple's official YouTube channel here.

After the conclusion of the stream, you will be able to rewatch the archived stream of the keynote online as well. In addition, the company has invited some developers, media, and other guests to watch the pre-recorded keynote from Apple Park.

Apple will hold in-depth sessions from June 6-9 following the keynote address. Developers will be able to watch up to 175 in-depth session videos about the WWDC 2023 keynote announcements with the latest tools and technologies to give developers a chance to learn how they can create the next generation of apps and games.

What to expect from Apple's WWDC 2023 keynote

Apple will preview the latest operating system updates for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and Mac. It's also possible that Apple will unveil the operating system for its rumored mixed-reality headset. BGR has guides for all of these likely announcements:

Besides that, Apple could use WWDC 2023 to announce new products, including the headset. Click the link below for more on what we expect from the event.

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Last year’s Tonga volcano eruption was so big it disrupted satellite signals in space

underwater volcano eruption

Early last year, a massive underwater volcano erupted, creating a powerful shockwave of plasma bubbles that were strong enough to disrupt radio communications in space, a new study has revealed. The 2022 Tonga volcano eruption hit in January when the large, cone-shaped, undersea volcano erupted with a very violent explosion of force.

The eruption generated massive, record-breaking volcanic plumes, one of which Space.com reports reached over 35 miles tall. The eruption also triggered a series of tsunamis throughout the oceans as far as the Caribbean. It’s considered the most powerful natural explosion in over a century, with reports that it rivaled the strength of a large U.S. nuclear bomb.

While prior research into the 2022 Tonga volcano eruption found that it created atmospheric waves powerful enough to disturb the ionosphere, this new research showcases just how far those waves reached, and just how devastating they were to satellite signals orbiting our planet.

secret military spacecraft satelliteImage source: JohanSwanepoel / Adobe

It has long been speculated that powerful volcanic eruptions and other volcanic activity could disrupt the F-region of the ionosphere. This region of the atmosphere contains the highest concentration of ions found in the atmosphere. When the Tonga volcano erupted last year, it appears the eruption was so strong it created “equatorial plasma bubbles” in the ionosphere, essentially creating holes GPS and communication signals couldn’t break through.

This new research, which is published in the journal Scientific Reports. But the researchers didn’t just prove that eruptions like the 2022 Tonga volcano eruption can create these bubbles in the atmosphere. They also showcased that these bubbles can extend far beyond what was previously speculated, with the researchers noting that they reached an altitude of at least 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles).

The scientists also discovered that the eruption created a sudden rise in the density of electrons and an increase in the ionosphere’s height, which appeared hours before the initial shockwave hit. This fast response, they believe, may be tied to the atmosphere waves created from the eruption interacting with the electrically charged ions found within the ionosphere.

As such, it's possible that the 2022 Tonga volcano eruption led to a blackout within GPS and even communication signals, something we've become accustomed to seeing from solar flares.

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Fantastic Four’s biggest cast rumor even confuses Elizabeth Olsen

Wanda in Doctor Strange 2 clip.

Fantastic Four is one of the most exciting MCU projects when it comes to rumors and speculation. And it's for the most unexpected reason too. People aren't discussing the film's plot or the Fantastic Four's place in the grander story. The main topic is the mysterious Fantastic Four cast, which Marvel has yet to reveal. I have high hopes that Marvel will announce the actors playing the four superheroes at Comic-Con, but there's no guarantee it'll happen, especially if Marvel delays multiple MCU projects.

But we have plenty of Fantastic Four cast rumors, including a report that says Marvel has chosen its actors. All sorts of interesting names are part of these Fantastic Four rumors, but they can also be confusing. And it looks like Elizabeth Olsen, whose character already killed John Krasinski's Mister Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is also somewhat confused. Some spoilers might follow.

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The Days wants to be Netflix’s version of the HBO masterpiece Chernobyl

The Days on Netflix

I can still remember how flippantly, at first, I panned HBO's 5-episode Chernobyl series back in 2019 before actually giving it a chance, thinking that there couldn't possibly be anything that would make me want to watch what would surely be a bleak and depressing TV show about a nuclear power catastrophe in the Soviet Union. Obviously, how wrong I was, because the show -- coming just a year before the coronavirus pandemic -- ultimately hooked us all thanks to a binge-worthy narrative mixing avarice, power, politics, and a cautionary tale about over-reliance on the state. The show was so good, in fact, I'm not surprised Netflix is about to try its own version of the same thing four years later in the form of The Days -- which, having learned my lesson, I'll obviously be checking it out, albeit with reservations).

The Days, which will have 8 episodes, is coming next week (on June 1), and this series revisits the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan that unfolded over seven days in 2011. Unlike with Chernobyl, though, it wasn't human failing that set this new accident in motion. It was, rather, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami that triggered the crisis central to The Days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQkb7fCr2bQ

The official synopsis for this Netflix series promises a snapshot of "what really happened on that day and in that place," by incorporating the perspectives of the government, corporate entities, and first-line responders who risked their lives to respond to the crisis.

Where The Days also has an opportunity to shine, in my opinion, is by doing what HBO's Chernobyl did -- specifically, in universalizing the crisis with the introduction of characters like the main scientist, as well as the old man with the cane. A state apparatchik, he was an avatar of the Soviet bureaucracy who menacingly reminded Chernobyl plant executives that "this is our moment to shine." Viewers had no idea, of course, that we were about to see a real-life version of that scene's delusion unfold in short order. In HBO's Chernobyl, In Netflix's The Days, and during the pandemic year of 2020, the irresistible force of government ineptitude meets the immovable object of a cataclysmic disaster. Death and almost incalculable suffering ensue.

The Days on Netflix

A scene from the Netflix series "The Days." Image source: Netflix

Hubris, the failure of government institutions, black swan events -- they're all the kinds of things that contribute to powerful storytelling. Mostly because the thing that links them all together are the lessons that we keep failing to learn, over and over again.

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Roborock S8 Pro Ultra review: Self-sufficient cleaning

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S8 Pro Ultra

Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Roborock S8 Pro Ultra offers excellent cleaning performance and is extremely self-sufficient -- but all at a high price.

Pros

  • Extremely self-sufficient
  • Excellent cleaning performance
  • App works well
  • Good-looking design
  • Super smart features

Cons

  • Expensive
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Tesla is hard at work on the Optimus, a humanoid robot that it claims could one day take care of all the menial tasks that we mere humans don't want to do -- like cleaning, manual labor, and so on. But until it's actually released, we'll have to make do with slightly less advanced robots to take care of our cleaning -- and perhaps the best of those is the new Roborock S8 Pro Ultra.

The Roborock S8 Pro Ultra aims to do as much of the work of cleaning your floors, and maintaining itself, as possible. But it's also... very expensive, and while it gets close to allowing you to completely forget about it, there are some compromises to make.

Here are my thoughts after using the vacuum for a few weeks.

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra design

If you've seen a Roborock vacuum before, you won't be surprised by the design of this one, at least when it comes to the vacuum itself. It's a large circular vacuum that measures 13.8 inches in diameter and 3.8 inches tall, which isn't that much bigger than other robotic vacuums, but not smaller either.

On top of the vacuum, you'll get the LiDAR sensor, which the vacuum uses in conjunction with cameras to map out your home and detect obstacles. Also on the top of the vacuum are three buttons -- a home button, a power button, and a mop only button, which doubles as a child lock.

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra LiDARImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

On the bottom of the vacuum are the six cliff sensors that it uses to prevent falling off edges, along with a side brush for edges, main brush, and mop mount.

The real heft, of course, comes from the docking station. The docking station has a large entrance, with three large sections on the top. One of those is for clean water, which is used to clean the floors and the mop pad; another for the dustbin, which the vacuum empties into; and another for dirty water, which accumulates during the mop cleaning phase. You'll need to find a place for the docking station, however, we were able to hide it in a corner.

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra DockedImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The vacuum is available in either all-white or all-black. We're reviewing the all-white model, however, they both look great. The device is made entirely from plastic, but it seems strong enough. Of course, we didn't drop-test it.

Generally, the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra looks and feels good. It doesn't radically change the design of the robotic vacuum, but design only matters so much.

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra setup and app

Setting up the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra, thankfully, is relatively easy. You'll start by putting together the pieces of the docking station and setting the vacuum on the docking station to charge. We found that it took a few hours to charge fully, so you may want to look for something else to do while you wait.

You'll also want to set the device up in the app, which is also pretty easy. You'll start by downloading the Roborock app and creating an account, then follow the on-screen instructions and add the vacuum to your account, which will include holding down two of the buttons on the vacuum to initiate Wi-Fi pairing.

Once it's charged, of course, you'll want the device to run free and create a map of your home. While it does this, you'll probably want to make sure that there are cables and other things that could jam it up lying around -- just during the map creation. Once the map is created, it'll automatically split rooms up, and you can manually name them, split more rooms, and so on. You can also create no-go zones -- so you can put those cables back and make sure the vacuum doesn't chew them up.

Using the app, in general, is pretty easy. There's a home screen where you can see your vacuum or vacuums if you have multiple. Tap on the vacuum, and you'll be taken to a map view, where you can send the vacuum to clean a room or zone or clean the home as a whole. You can also dive into the settings menu to create schedules for the vacuum, set how often it cleans the mop pad, set obstacle avoidance settings, and more. The settings are very in-depth and comprehensive, and I recommend going through those settings when you first set up the vacuum.

The schedules, in particular, are quite helpful. You can create multiple schedules, and have the vacuum clean the whole home, rooms, or zones only, and so on. And you can set up Siri Shortcuts, which means you'll be able to clean a part of the home using only your voice or a quick button on your phone. The vacuum works natively with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra features

The biggest thing that sets the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra apart from much of the competition is how self-sufficient it is.

Like many other modern robotic vacuums, the S8 Pro Ultra automatically empties dirt from its smaller dustbin into a larger dustbin in the dock. The S8 Pro Ultra also automatically refills the water tank from the tank in the dock, and it cleans and dries the mop pad itself. In other words, the only time you'll have to interact with it is to refill the clean water tank and empty the dirty water tank, which I had to do after around four or five cleans of a living room, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a bathroom. That's equivalent to around once a month with once-per-week full cleans.

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra DockImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

Unfortunately, unlike most of Roborock's other mopping vacuums, the S8 Pro Ultra doesn't allow you to remove the mop mounting plate, making it much harder to remove the mop pad. Presumably, this is because the vacuum cleans the mop pad. However, some might want to remove it for cleaning high-rise carpet, considering the vacuum's VibraRise 2.0 system only lifts the mop pad by 5mm. I don't have much carpet in my home, so this wasn't a concern for me.

It has some great automatic cleaning features too. The device is able to automatically raise and lower the mop pad depending on whether it's cleaning hard floors or carpet. And, it has a dual brush system on the bottom that's built to better pick up dirt.

Roborock S8 Pro UltraImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The S8 Pro Ultra is one of the smartest vacuums on the market, and it shows. It also has a good battery life -- the vacuum is able to last a few hours on a single charge, and it had over 60% battery remaining after a full clean of the main floor of my home. It should have enough for even larger homes, and if not, the vacuum will simply return back to the dock to charge before picking up where it left off.

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra cleaning performance and use

The vacuum offers three main cleaning modes -- a vacuum and mop together mode, vacuum mode, and mop mode. Within those modes, you can tweak mopping intensity and vacuum suction, allowing you to set things to the way you want them.

Roborock S8 Pro Ultra ButtonsImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

While cleaning, the vacuum had no problem making its way around my home, and displayed excellent obstacle avoidance. Even without a no-go zone, the vacuum carefully avoided my cat's water bowl, ensuring that not a drop of water was spilled.

Generally, the cleaning performance on the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra was excellent. With day-to-day dirty and dust, I found the floors to look sparkly clean after every cleaning session. Part of that has to do with the fact that the vacuum regularly cleans the mop pad, returning to the docking station mid-clean to ensure that it doesn't simply track dirt around your home on a dirty mop pad. It takes a few minutes to clean the pad each time it does so.

Like any robotic vacuum, the S8 Pro Ultra is definitely built for day-to-day cleaning more than for huge spills, but it can certainly clean medium-sized spills without any issues. Big, sticky messes, however, should probably be manually cleaned, as the S8 Pro Ultra won't get everything. This is normal for a robotic vacuum, though.

After a number of cleans, I was told to empty the dirty water tank, and that water was indeed very dirty, It smelled bad, too -- and I was honestly quite surprised to see how much dirt it picked up from my generally clean home.

Conclusions

The Roborock S8 Pro Ultra is a killer robotic vacuum that pushes the boundaries in automatic cleaning. It's more hand-off than ever, delivers excellent cleaning performance, and has a range of super-smart and super-helpful features.

All that at a high price, though. At $1,600, the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra is one of the more expensive machines on the market. If you're willing to spend some serious cash on a top-tier robotic vacuum, you'll love the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra.

The competition

If you don't want to spend quite as much, there are some other options out there. You could, for example, go for another device in the Roborock S8 lineup, which won't come with the same high-tech dock, but still offers excellent cleaning performance and great smart features.

There's another option that does have many of the same features, however -- the Ecovacs Deebot X1 Omni. It also self-cleans the mop pad, has an arguably more stylish dock and a great app. I generally prefer the Roborock app, and it has better mopping performance, so I think it's the better option here.

Should I buy the Roborock S8 Pro Ultra?

Yes. It's the best robotic vacuum on the market right now.

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What do the EU’s new gender pay gap rules mean for your startup?

It’s been 66 years since the EU first introduced the principle of equal pay for male and female employees conducting work of equal value. Yet, the gender pay gap stubbornly persists in the bloc. Women earn, on average, around 13% less than men, with significant variations among member states. To narrow this gap, the European Parliament and Council recently approved a set of new rules that establish binding pay transparency measures. For the first time in the union’s history, this legislation also tackles intersectional discrimination (on the combined basis of ethnicity, race, religion, etc.) and addresses the rights of non-binary…

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Opinion: Tech lords threatening to pull services should stop crying wolf

Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, really wants AI regulation. Truly, madly, deeply, he wants it. Because of safety and stuff. Unless, of course, it’s the type of regulation that he doesn’t want. If that’s the case, he’ll threaten to withdraw his services instead. Altman issued the warning this week during a tour of European regulators. He said OpenAI could “cease operating” in the EU if it can’t comply with the bloc’s impending AI Act. The 38-year-old is particularly worried about the plans for “high-risk” systems. Under the current proposals, OpenAI’s ChatGPT and GPT-4 models would both be designated high-risk,…

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BMW’s new electric 5 Series lets you play games while charging the car

BMW has partnered with Swiss gaming platform AirConsole to bring in-car gaming to its new all-electric 5 Series.   Drivers and passengers can play the games to kill time while the vehicle is charging, for example. Sadly, but probably for the best, you can’t play while the car is moving.  In addition to the new BMW 5 Series, which debuted this week, the AirConsole app will be rolled out in other BMW vehicles. The service has been available on TVs for some time, but this is the first time it has been available in a car.   To use the gaming…

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Dutch startup targets European intercity air taxi service from 2027

Dutch aviation startup ELECTRON Aviation has inked an agreement with Twente Airport, in the next step of its plans to launch a zero-emissions short-haul flight service from 2027.  The startup’s planned fleet of electric air taxis will transport up to four passengers at a time to various European cities within a 500km radius of the airport.  “To be clear, that gets you to Berlin, London, or Paris, all in under 2 hours,” said Josef Mouris, CEO and co-founder of ELECTRON.  The startup’s Electron5 plane, which is still in the prototype phase, will fly at around 300km/h with a max range…

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‘Digital bridge’ between brain and spine enables paralysed man to walk again

Over a decade ago, a cycling accident left Gert-Jan Oskam paralysed after causing him a spinal cord injury. Now, he’s able to stand and walk again thanks to an innovative brain-spine interface (BSI) developed by a team of Swiss neuroscientists. To walk, the brain must send a command to the region of the spinal cord that’s responsible for movement control. But a spinal cord injury interrupts this communication. “Our idea was to reestablish this communication with a “digital bridge”, an electric communication between the brain and the region of the spinal cord that is still intact,” said Professor Grégoire Courtine,…

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GDPR turns 5: Meta has amassed €2.5B in fines — over 50% of the total

GDPR turned five this week — and celebrated in customary style: by slapping Meta with another eye-watering fine. At a record-breaking €1.2bn, the punishment was the perfect self-gift for the EU regulation. For Meta, however, it marks another miserable anniversary. According to research by Privacy Matters, Mark Zuckerberg’s demonic brainchild has accrued over half of the €4bn in total GDPR fines. After amassing a staggering €2.5bn across seven separate penalties, it’s safe to say that Meta won’t be attending the birthday party. But it wasn’t likely to have got an invite anyway. The social media behemoth has been feuding with…

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London crowned tech king of the world

London has been named the world’s most high-tech city, according to Z/Yen Group’s seventh edition of the Smart Centres Index, published today.   The British capital secured the top spot for its world-leading financial services, deep talent pool, quality of its business environment, and international reputation. Climbing from second place, London was joined in the top five by New York, San Francisco, Zurich, and Lugano. Oxford came in seventh place, putting four European cities in the top 10.  The news that London has taken the top tech title from New York will undoubtedly be welcomed by British PM Rishi Sunak, who…

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Britain’s deepest mine could unlock secrets to permanent settlement on Mars

You might already know that humans are planning to permanently settle on Mars sometime in the near future. When and how that will happen is anyone’s guess, but scientists at the University of Birmingham believe some of the answers could lie beneath our feet.       The researchers have set up a laboratory 1.1km underground in Britain’s deepest mine to investigate how scientific and medical operations would take place in the challenging environments of Mars and the Moon.    The lab is located in a 3,000m3 tunnel network adjacent to the Boulby Underground Laboratory, a deep underground research facility in Yorkshire focused on…

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