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Iranians are paying for US sanctions with their health

CNN - 5 hours 50 min ago
Ali only had two hours to save his baby's life. He careened through traffic and sped along highways to an east Tehran government pharmacy. When he saw some 800 people queued outside the facility, he dropped to his knees. Like him, they were waiting to obtain state-funded medications.

Study reveals why zebras have stripes

CNN - 6 hours 1 min ago
A new study finds that a zebra's stripes protect the animal from blood-sucking insects, as well as acting as camouflage.

District’s VA Medical Center in bottom 10 percent of agency hospitals

Washington Post - 6 hours 3 min ago
The latest report from the inspector general is enough for District Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) to declare she is "fed up.” She plans to call for congressional hearings into the facility, which has been dogged by difficulties for years.

Rocket Report: Virgin seeks funds, SpaceX lunar launch, no Boca Chica wall

Ars - 6 hours 3 min ago

Enlarge / The Rocket Report is published weekly. (credit: Arianespace)

Welcome to Edition 1.37 of the Rocket Report! Lots of news this week about plans to develop smallsat launchers, from India to Australia to the United Kingdom. We also have some serious shade throwing from Blue Origin's Jeff Bezos, who doesn't think a flight near (but not above) the Karman line will come without an asterisk.

As always, we welcome reader submissions, and if you don't want to miss an issue, please subscribe using the box below (the form will not appear on AMP-enabled versions of the site). Each report will include information on small-, medium-, and heavy-lift rockets as well as a quick look ahead at the next three launches on the calendar.

India smallsat launcher to fly later this year. Indian space officials have confirmed that their new Small Satellite Launch Vehicle will attempt its first flight in "July or August" of this year, The Economic Times reports. The rocket will carry two Indian defense satellites for the mission, each weighing about 120kg. The rocket has undergone a complete technical review, officials said.

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In this dystopian novel, the Wall gets built — and the emergency is real.

Washington Post - 6 hours 3 min ago
John Lanchester’s “The Wall” is a nightmare vision of a near-future Britain.

TSMC on Course to Secure 5nm Chip Orders for 2020 iPhones

MacRumors - 6 hours 5 min ago
Apple chipmaker TSMC will miniaturize its fabrication process to 5 nanometers in a bid to secure orders for Apple's processors in its 2020 iPhones, according to industry sources cited in a DigiTimes report.

TSMC recently confirmed that it plans to invest $25 billion towards volume production of 5nm chips by 2020, and today's report backs expectations that those chips are likely headed for Apple's smartphones next year.
Despite its dim business and industry outlook this year, TSMC claimed it is making progress in the development of sub-7nm process technologies with plans to move a newer 5nm EUV process to volume production by 2020 well on track.Previous successes in miniaturization have seen TSMC remain Apple's exclusive supplier of A-series chips for the last three years, beginning with the A10 Fusion chip in the iPhone 7/7 Plus, and continuing with the A11 Bionic chip in the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X, and the A12 Bionic in the iPhone XR/XS/XS Max.

The A10 Fusion chip is 16nm, the A11 Bionic is 10nm, and the A12 is a 7nm chip. The "A13" 5nm chip destined for this year's iPhones is also based on 7nm technology, but is expected to be the first chip to use extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV), which allows for a more microscopic chip layering process.

The Taiwanese manufacturer has been gradually shrinking the size of its dies for several years now, allowing it to offer packages that are widely considered to be superior to that of other chipmakers, including Samsung and Intel.

End users can expect Apple's mobile chip designs and TSMC's continued packaging advancements to improve performance, battery life, and thermal management in future iPhones.

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Jussie Smollett Rehearsed His Own Assault, Prosecutors Say

NY Times - 6 hours 13 min ago
The Chicago police said Thursday that the “Empire” actor, upset over his salary, staged a fake assault with the help of two brothers.

How Australia’s Image Went from Crocodile Dundee to $39 Hand Soap

NY Times - 6 hours 19 min ago
The evolution of Antipodean hip.

Kraft Heinz loses big after announcing SEC investigation

CNN - 6 hours 22 min ago
Kraft Heinz had one of the worst days imaginable Thursday.

Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar on 2020

CNN - 6 hours 35 min ago
Hillary Clinton held meetings in early February with former Vice President Joe Biden and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar to talk about the 2020 presidential election, a source close to the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee tells CNN.

Adobe Issues Premiere Pro Fix for Bug That Caused Blown-Out MacBook Pro Speakers

MacRumors - 6 hours 48 min ago
Adobe has released an update for Adobe Premiere Pro via the Creative Cloud app to resolve an audio issue that left some users with blown-out MacBook Pro speakers.

Earlier this month, we reported on an issue affecting a significant number of Premiere Pro users whereby the software suddenly caused loud, distorted audio to play through their MacBook Pro speakers, resulting in permanent damage. In many cases, the issue arose when users were editing the audio settings of video clips.

Adobe initially advised at least one customer to try disabling the MacBook Pro's microphone in Premiere Pro by selecting No Input under Preferences > Audio Hardware > Default Input, but the issue persisted for some users.

On February 19 Adobe told users on its community support forum that it was "aware of the issue" and "was working on a solution that will help users mitigate risk." This issue has now apparently been resolved in a version 13.0.3 update pushed to Premiere Pro users today via the Creative Cloud app. From the release notes:
Fixed issues with Premiere Pro that reduce noise interaction and help minimize possible impact.While Adobe is urging all users to update their software, there's still no word on how affected users might be recompensed following damage to their Macs.

As a result of the bug, one user took his MacBook Pro to the Genius Bar at an Apple Store in Canada and was given $600-plus repair quote for his 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro. The price is so high because Apple has to replace the entire top case assembly containing the speakers, keyboard, trackpad, and battery.

We reached out to both Adobe and Apple for comment on the issue earlier this month but have yet to hear back. We'll update this article if we hear more.

Tags: Adobe, Adobe Creative Cloud
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Power Up: Democrats are unafraid to inhale in 2020's Pot Primary

Washington Post - 6 hours 50 min ago
The electorate has changed on federal legalization.

Israel's privately funded moon mission lifts off

CNN - 6 hours 52 min ago
Israel's non-profit SpaceIL launched its spacecraft from Florida's Cape Canaveral Thursday on board a Falcon 9 rocket, in a bid to become the fourth country to make a soft landing on the moon.

Space probe fires bullet into asteroid

CNN - 6 hours 52 min ago
A Japanese space probe has fired a "bullet" into an asteroid as part of a mission to collect rock samples from the celestial body.

Buying Abroad, With a Logo

NY Times - 6 hours 54 min ago
A growing number of home buyers are choosing to live in corporate-branded communities, with companies from Marriott to Porsche ready to greet them.

Modern Love: How Bibliophiles Flirt

NY Times - 6 hours 56 min ago
They loved each other, but she harbored a shameful secret: She had stopped reading books.

China and Russia have deep financial ties to Venezuela. Here’s what’s at stake.

Washington Post - 7 hours 3 min ago
It's a tale of two creditors — each with distinct foreign policy goals.
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