Science and Technology News: 4 November 2021

4 November, 2021

Latest Science Technology news:

  1. This year, the annual Taurid meteor shower is expected to peak during the late evening of Nov. 4 and last through the early morning of Nov. 5, producing spectacular streams of stars in the sky. People
  2. A group of European researchers are working on methods that goes from sunlight and air to kerosene. Thanks to a small installation on the roof of a lab in Zurich, the team has been producing small amounts of different fuels using some mirrors and a handful of reaction chambers. Ars Technica
  3. Beijing is charging forward toward potential revolutions in the areas of extracting energy in space and mining space materials and could leave the US behind, former CIA space analyst Tim Chrisman has said in an interview. JPost
  4. A group of scientists from Syracuse University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Riverside, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, the University of New Mexico, the University of Ottawa, the University of Science and Technology of China, and Stanford University recently co-authored a paper on the Late Ordovician mass extinction (LOME), the first or oldest of the “big five” mass extinctions. Natureworld
  5. A recent report from The Information suggests that Apple TV+’s subscriber numbers hover around 40M worldwide, with roughly half of those being paid users. Research firm Parrot Analytics suggests that Apple TV+’s share of the on-demand streaming market rose in 2021 to 5.4%, up from 3.5% a year earlier, making it the fifth-largest distributor of digital original series in the world. Imore
  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.


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