A story about a strange ‘magic switch’ at MIT

The Jargon Paper is “a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang that illuminates many aspects of hacker tradition, folklore, and humor.” The first version was written in 1975 by Raphael Finke, a computer scientist at Stanford University. It was maintained by different people and hosted on different computers over the years, but in recent decades the …

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Around the planetary disk star AS 209

Astronomers may have discovered the youngest planet ever discovered in our galaxy

Scientists studying the young star AS 209 have detected gas in a planetary disk for the first time, suggesting that the star system may host a very young Jupiter-mass planet. The scientific image in the study shows (right) speckled light emission from other empty gaps in the highly structured seven-ringed disk (left). Image credit: ALMA …

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About a million children in London given polio boosters after virus detected in sewage

‘Silent’ spread of polio in New York prompts CDC to consider additional vaccinations for some people

The case was identified in Rockland County, which has alarmingly low polio vaccination rates. Dr. José Romero, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, noted that most people with polio are asymptomatic and can therefore unknowingly spread the virus. “There are many people in the community who are infected with polio. …

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The best Apple back-to-school sales of 2022: Save on Macbooks, iPads, AirPods, and more

The new school year means many new and returning students will be buying some expensive tech to prepare for class — including a ton of Apple products. We all know those aren’t cheap, so we scoured a few different sites for discounts and sales to help lighten the load on our wallets. If you’re not …

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Covid: COVID-19 can increase heart attack risk within a year of infection

Covid has consumed people’s lives in a way reminiscent of wartime. With the state bloated due to lockdown measures, people are eager to return to freedom. While it’s easy to dismiss Covid as an inconvenience, evidence suggests it’s prudent to take it more seriously. That’s because the effects of the virus can be devastating months …

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Scientists discover ancient source of oxygen that may have fueled life on early Earth

The powerful earthquake that shook the Earth about 3.8 billion years ago ripped apart the crust, allowing chemical reactions to unfold deep within the fractured rock.These responses are caused by seismic activity, water and near-boiling temperaturea new study suggests, may have provided oxygen for some of the world’s earliest life forms. This oxygen is packaged …

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