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Shane has been writing for SlashGear since June 2009. His writing has been published in several well known outlet such as Laptop Magazine and Computer Shopper. Email

Microsoft warns users to beware of a new ransomware trick

Microsoft warns users to beware of a new ransomware trick

In recent months multiple high-profile large companies in the US have fallen victim to ransomware attacks. In at least two high-profile cases, the company has paid out millions of dollars to the attackers to get their data back. As hackers make more money using ransomware tactics, the incidence of attacks increases. Microsoft is now warning users to beware of phishing emails that attempted to trick them into downloading ransomware software.

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INFINITI reveals the all-new 2022 QX60 SUV launching this fall

INFINITI reveals the all-new 2022 QX60 SUV launching this fall

INFINITI has revealed its all-new, next-generation family SUV called the 2022 INFINITI QX60. The all-new QX60 will go on sale this fall and is one of the most successful models the company produces, with over 400,000 units sold since it first debuted. The automaker says the SUV has been updated for 2022 with modern artistry and craftsmanship.

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New discovery sheds light on magnetic sensing in birds

New discovery sheds light on magnetic sensing in birds

Humans are only able to use five senses to perceive the world around us. In the animal world, many are also able to sense the magnetic field of the earth. Researchers have reported new findings on magnetic sensing in birds and recently presented their research. Scientists at the University of Oldenburg in Germany and Oxford in the UK have been gathering evidence that suggests the magnetic sensing of migratory birds like European robins is based on a specific light-sensitive protein in the eye.

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Newly developed condenser harvests water from humidity 24/7

Newly developed condenser harvests water from humidity 24/7

All around the world, people live in harsh arid climates or areas where there is very little clean and available drinking water. Researchers at ETH Zürich developed a condenser to be used in countries where water is in short supply. It's the first zero-energy solution that harvests water directly from the atmosphere throughout the entire 24-hour daily cycle.

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Mars Ingenuity Helicopter marks the successful completion of its eighth test flight

Mars Ingenuity Helicopter marks the successful completion of its eighth test flight

NASA JPL has shared a tweet with a selfie taken by the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter. The picture was snapped during the helicopter's eighth test flight on Monday of this week. While NASA isn't sharing a wealth of details about the eighth test flight, what it has said is that the helicopter flew for 77.4 seconds over a distance of 160 meters.

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Amber-encased ant discovered with a new type of fungal parasite attached

Amber-encased ant discovered with a new type of fungal parasite attached

One of the best ways that scientists can discover small fossilized insects and plants is encased within amber. Amber can save the specimen just as it was the day it stepped into the gooey medium. A new research study has been published focusing on an interesting discovery of a fossilized ant with a new genus and species of fungal parasite growing out of it.

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A new analysis of the surface of Venus hints the planet might be geologically active

A new analysis of the surface of Venus hints the planet might be geologically active

Scientists have performed a new analysis of the surface of Venus that has revealed evidence of tectonic motion. That evidence comes in the form of crustal blocks that have jostled against each other like broken chunks of pack ice on Earth's lakes and oceans. Researchers say that the movement of those blocks could indicate that Venus is geologically active and give insights into exoplanet tectonics and early tectonic activity on Earth.

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Galaxy S21 firmware update begins rolling out in the US addressing serious issues

Galaxy S21 firmware update begins rolling out in the US addressing serious issues

A couple of significant issues has plagued many owners of the Galaxy S21 smartphone in the US. One of the problems with the smartphone has to do with camera lag impacting owners of the Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra. Some of those users have been dealing with another issue that led to device overheating.

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2013 Chevy Silverado monster truck known as Mayhem lands at auction

2013 Chevy Silverado monster truck known as Mayhem lands at auction

Most people have probably been driving down the highway minding their own business and run across a truck of some sort lifted up high and rolling around on large wheels and tires. While a lifted truck is a common sight on roads all around the country, most of those trucks, no matter how tall, don't exactly qualify as a monster truck.

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Radio signals coming from the nightside of exoplanets could reveal planetary details

Radio signals coming from the nightside of exoplanets could reveal planetary details

So far, in the search for exoplanets, scientists have been unable to detect radio signals coming from those planets. However, they believe that radio signals from distant solar systems could give astronomers valuable information about the characteristics of the planet they emanate from. A research paper published by Rice University scientists has outlined a better way to determine which exoplanets are most likely to produce detectable radio signals based on activity within the magnetosphere on the nightside of the planet.

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New evidence suggests Earth has a 27.5 million year geological activity cycle

New evidence suggests Earth has a 27.5 million year geological activity cycle

A new study has been published by researchers at NYU that investigates geological activity on Earth over massive timescales. Researchers analyzed 260 million years of major geological events and found clusters that recur at an interval of 27.5 million years. The geologists say the earth follows the 27.5 million year cycle giving the planet a type of pulse.

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NASA shares Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite’s first data

NASA shares Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite’s first data

NASA's Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite has been in orbit and performing its checkout and calibration phase for the last six months. With all of the testing complete, NASA has now made the first data collected by the satellite available to users. The two data streams will be available to the public on June 22.

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