November 28, 2020

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Microplastics have been discovered in snow and stream water close to the summit of Mount Everest, scientists have revealed.

The polyester, acrylic, nylon and polypropylene fibres were present in samples collected on the mountain and on the valley below.

Some were present in samples from the Balcony of Mount Everest which is 8,440 metres above sea level – representing the highest recorded microplastics ever found on Earth.

Scientists say the materials found are increasingly being used to make high performance outdoor clothing commonly used by climbers, as well as the tents and climbing ropes used in attempt to scale the mountain.

As a result, they suggest the fibres could have fragmented from larger items during expeditions to reach the summit.

Climbers tents made from acryllic at Camp IV during the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition

Climbers tents made from acryllic at Camp IV during the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition. (Credits: PA)

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Despite being Apple’s latest smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series 6 is already seeing some huge discounts ahead of Black Friday. Various styles and configurations are discounted as low as $329.98 with as much as $120 off some of the higher-end models. With so many new all-time low prices across the board, there’s lot sort through so we’ve done the hard work for you and listed all of the best discounts below. Don’t miss these deals.

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  • Pfizer and BioNTech confirmed they will file with the FDA for emergency use authorization on Friday, after announcing the final Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine results a few days ago.
  • The experimental drug proved to be highly effective in the final testing stage, and it had minimal side effects.
  • The FDA will inspect the full data and should issue an Emergency Use Authorization quickly.
  • Immunizations in the US could start within the next few weeks.

Pfizer and BioNTech shared the final efficacy results from their Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trial a few days ago, revealing that the drug might be even better than what interim data showed. The two companies announced the vaccine is 95% effective and doesn’t have any severe side effects. They also said they would seek regulatory approval within days. It turns out they meant it, as Pfizer and BioNtech confirmed they plan to file with the FDA … Read the rest

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Pfizer will apply for emergency permission to distribute its covid-19 vaccine in the US and is ready to start shipping the shots within “hours” of getting a government green light, the firm said today. It is the first such application from any of the makers of covid-19 vaccines that are currently in development.

If it is approved, the first people to get the shot are likely to be doctors, nurses, and other front-line workers, and that could happen before Christmas, according to the drug giant. Pfizer is also sharing information with regulators in Canada, the European Union, and Japan.

In a statement, Pfizer’s CEO, Albert Bourla, said the vaccine’s development took “248 long days and nights,” involving 43,661 volunteers at 150 locations in the US, Turkey, and South Africa. Pfizer claims its vaccine has proved to be 95% effective in its final trials.

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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris met with Gov. Gavin Newsom over the Creek fire in California on September 15. | Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle/Getty Images

Will Gov. Gavin Newsom listen?

Some of California’s biggest political donors are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to choose a woman of color to fill the seat of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Given how rare it has been for a Senate seat in the country’s largest state to become vacant, California leaders have been hard at work trying to lobby Newsom ever since Harris was chosen for the Democratic ticket this summer. And now the lobbying is becoming more public.

On Monday, about 150 of the state’s biggest women donors will ratchet up the pressure with a public letter to Newsom saying that he should not replace Harris with a white woman, never mind a man.

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Customers were left reeling after receiving their long-anticipated Plays Station 5 only to find bags of rice and other odd items (Picture: Getty, Twitter)

Amazon UK customers awaiting the delivery of the new Playstation 5 have been left reeling when they were greeted by bags of rice instead of the sleek games console.

Thieves appear to have stolen PS5s before they were delivered on Thursday and Friday this week.

Disappointed buyers who had ordered months in advance took to Twitter to share their dismay and utter confusion, after discovering their £450 console was replaced with random items such as foot massagers, cat food, and George Foreman grills.

Other customers reported packages had mistakenly been marked as delivered when they hadn’t received anything.

MTV journalist Bex April May tweeted about her ordeal when Amazon marked her PS5 order as ‘missed’ around Thursday afternoon even though no attempt at delivery had been made.… Read the rest

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Kohl’s is always a contender when it comes to which store has the best Black Friday deals. Of course, while it does have a major focus on categories like fashion, home decor, and kitchen essentials, every year’s Black Friday sale at Kohl’s also brings deals on toys, tech, and more. Best of all, many of Kohl’s Black Friday deals can even score you free Kohl’s Cash to use during a future purchase. Save some now, and save again later.

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Black Friday is starting early this year, and Kohl’s already has tons of tech, home decor, appliances, kitchen essentials, fashion, and more on sale! Don’t miss out by shopping late.

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  • PS5 “Queued for Download” bug has a solution that doesn’t require a factory reset.
  • If you’re having trouble downloading games or apps on your new PS5, try starting up in safe mode and rebuilding the database, which PlayStation Support suggests in a tweet.
  • Sony has yet to announce when or if a software update will permanently fix this bug.

Shortly after the PlayStation 5 launched in the US and other regions last week, early adopters began reporting a bug that was affecting their ability to download games on the new console. A number of PS5 owners discovered that when they hit the Download button for select games and apps on the PlayStation Store or in the Game Library, the console would either say it was “Queued for Download” and never actually start downloading the files, or the download would suffer an error before it even started. Either way, it became … Read the rest

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump fired Chris Krebs, who was one of the government’s most senior cybersecurity officials. Trump fired him—by tweet—because Krebs had thoroughly debunked election disinformation, much of which came from the White House itself.

Trump had appointed Krebs director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in 2017. CISA is charged with protecting American critical infrastructure, a vast domain ranging from elections technology to vaccine manufacturing and government systems. Many of the United States’ most sensitive networks fall under CISA’s purview. With Krebs out and Trump’s presidency ending, where does that leave one of America’s most important cybersecurity agencies?

A years-long bipartisan effort to remake the way the US government works in cyberspace could soon push CISA into an elevated role as the nation’s lead cybersecurity agency with a bigger budget, a strengthened position, and louder White House support. The future role of … Read the rest

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Gimlet’s Lydia Polgreen tells Peter Kafka about how her parent company Spotify plans to turn music listeners into podcast devotees.

Spotify wants to own the podcasting space, and it’s made that clear with a series of high-profile acquisitions and deals over the past two years — including the Ringer, Gimlet, Joe Rogan, and, most recently, Megaphone. Its next goal: get more of its 300 million users to start listening to podcasts.

Peter Kafka talked to Gimlet Media’s new head of content, Lydia Polgreen, about how she plans to achieve that at the Code Media@Home series.

“Our goal is to get people into the habit of listening to content on Spotify that’s not music,” Polgreen said. While the growth of podcasts has been strong, it’s still a tiny fraction of overall listening for the service. She pointed to … Read the rest

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