Science and Technology News: 3 November 2021

3 November, 2021

Latest Science Technology news:

  1. According to the Microsoft Detection and Response Team (DART), an uptick in password spray assaults targeting privileged cloud accounts and high-profile identities such as C-level executives has been seen. Digital Hacker
  2. Using high-speed lasers, researchers have created new data storage tech that could write and keep 500TB of data on a CD-sized glass disc. The 5D storage tech has higher writing speeds that might make it feasible to large-scale archiving projects. Yahoo News
  3. Apple has patched a security flaw in macOS that Microsoft researchers found could be used to install a malicious kernel driver, otherwise known as a ‘rootkit’. ZDnet
  4. Earth’s atmosphere has a unique ability to cleanse itself by way of invisible molecules in the air that act as minuscule cleanup crews. The most important molecule in that crew is the hydroxyl radical (OH), nicknamed the “detergent of the atmosphere” because of its dominant role in removing pollutants. When the OH molecule chemically interacts with a variety of harmful gases, including the potent greenhouse gas methane, it is able to decompose the pollutants into forms that can be removed from Earth’s atmosphere.
  5. In a paper published Thursday, October 28 in Scientific Reports, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution found that changes in the concentration of eDNA in the ocean accurately reflects the movement of creatures as they travel between the twilight zone and surface.”A major finding of our paper is that the eDNA signal doesn’t go away immediately if the animal moves up or down in the water column,” said Elizabeth Andruszkiewicz Allan.
  6. The Apple Mac Mini M1 is available on a discount on Amazon. Apple-designed M1 chip for a giant leap in CPU, GPU, and machine learning performance. 8-core CPU packs up to 3x faster performance to fly through workflows quicker than ever. Price: ₹57,990.00, You Save: ₹6,910.00 (11%). Price may vary depending on day of access.


Compiled from Google Trends


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