In the last 3 days ChatGPT read 3091 top news stories and gave 9 of them a significance score over 7.
Read their summaries in daily newsletter.


(12 + 116)

  1. [6.5]
    Google faces scrutiny over AI mishaps, CEO replacement calls (Business Insider + 2)

    Google is facing public scrutiny after AI mishaps, including a stock-tumbling image generator pause. Analysts and former employees are calling for CEO Sundar Pichai's replacement, citing concerns about Google's AI competitiveness and leadership. Despite Pichai's successful tenure, there are growing doubts about Google's future. Gartner predicts a 25% drop in traditional search by 2026 due to AI alternatives. The company is developing a new AI-powered search, but concerns about long-term prospects persist.

  2. [6.9]
    CDC shortens COVID isolation, raises concerns about public health (The Associated Press + 6)

    The CDC announced that Americans with mild COVID-19 symptoms can end isolation after one day without fever. COVID-19 dropped from the 3rd leading cause of death to 10th in 2023. The change aligns with flu guidelines. Critics fear it may endanger vulnerable people. The CDC previously reduced isolation from 10 to 5 days in late 2021. The new guidelines emphasize prevention and caution. Some experts worry about employers pressuring sick employees to return to work.

  3. [6.5]
    Total solar eclipse on April 8 across North America (The Associated Press + 4)

    On April 8, a total solar eclipse will darken a 115-mile-wide path across North America, from Mexico to eastern Canada. Mexico and Texas offer the best odds of clear skies, but weather is unpredictable. Cities and towns along the path are planning watch parties and activities. Airlines and cruise ships are offering special experiences. Eclipse chasers recommend flexibility and making the eclipse part of a vacation. Post-eclipse traffic is a concern.

  4. [6.0]
    Meta stops paying Australian news publishers, sparking backlash (ABC News + 3)

    Meta, owner of Facebook, will stop paying Australian news publishers for content, leading to the shutdown of Facebook's news tab features in Australia and the US. The move has sparked backlash from the government and news outlets. The decision comes after the government introduced a media bargaining bill, requiring tech giants to pay for displaying news. Meta claims news isn't a priority for users and will not renew agreements due to declining user engagement. This could impact news visibility and potentially lead to an increase in fake news circulation. The loss of deals is a major blow to public interest journalism, with concerns over the financial impact on news organizations. There's a possibility of another news block on Meta's platforms if the government designates it.

  5. [7.5]
    Global obesity rates have surged, surpassing one billion (The Hindu + 10)

    A study in The Lancet reveals global obesity rates among children and adults have surged. The number of obese individuals worldwide has surpassed one billion, with 159 million children and adolescents and 879 million adults affected in 2022. Obesity has become the most prevalent form of malnutrition, surpassing underweight cases. In India, both obesity and underweight coexist, with increasing rates of abdominal and general obesity.

  6. [6.1]
    VR detects early Alzheimer's signs through spatial navigation impairments (Neuroscience News + 4)

    A study by UCL researchers used VR to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s in 100 at-risk adults. Spatial navigation impairments were found to precede traditional cognitive decline symptoms, particularly in men. This could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment, crucial for new anti-amyloid therapies. The findings suggest spatial navigation changes may be the earliest diagnostic signal for Alzheimer’s, potentially decades before other symptoms. The study was published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

  7. [6.1]
    British PM warns of "mob rule" amid Israel-Hamas protests (CTV News + 5)

    British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned of "mob rule" amid protests against the Israel-Hamas war, drawing criticism from human rights groups. Over 30,000 Palestinians and 1,200 Israelis were killed in the conflict. Protests in London have been mostly peaceful, but tensions have risen, leading to arrests and threats against lawmakers. Sunak announced a £31 million fund to enhance security for politicians. The government has faced criticism for restricting peaceful protests in recent years.

  8. [6.3]
    Vladimir Putin warns NATO, dismisses Western warnings, proposes family support (The Guardian + 10)

    In his state of the nation speech, Vladimir Putin warned NATO against sending troops to Ukraine, threatening a potential nuclear conflict. He dismissed Western warnings of a Russian attack on Europe as "nonsense" and claimed Russian forces were "liberating new territories." Putin also addressed Russia's population decline and proposed financial measures to support large families. The speech was broadcast live across Russia ahead of the upcoming presidential elections.

  9. [6.6]
    Thousands attend Navalny's funeral, sparking detentions and controversy (The Associated Press + 13)

    Thousands attended Alexei Navalny's funeral in Moscow, with mourners including his mother and mother-in-law. Police presence was heavy but calm. Spontaneous memorials were destroyed in several Russian cities. At least 106 people were detained at events across Russia. Navalny's widow, Yulia, was not seen at the funeral. His body's release was a battle with authorities. Many Western leaders blamed his death on Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a claim the Kremlin rejected.

  10. [6.6]
    Smokehouse Creek fire: largest in Texas, 2nd largest in US (The Guardian US + 7)

    The Smokehouse Creek fire has burned over 1m acres in Texas and Oklahoma, making it the largest wildfire in Texas and the second-largest in US history. Two women and numerous cattle have died, along with destruction of farmland, homes, and businesses. Dry conditions and strong winds have fueled the fire, with 15% containment. Climate change may be a factor. Critical fire weather conditions are expected over the weekend.

  11. [6.7]
    Ultra-processed foods linked to multiple health conditions, urge action (Newsweek + 11)

    A new study in The BMJ links ultra-processed foods to over 30 health conditions, including a 40-53% increased risk of anxiety and common mental disorders, 50% increased risk of cardiovascular disease-related deaths, and 12% greater risk of Type 2 diabetes. These foods account for over half of daily calorie intake in the U.S. The study is an umbrella review of 45 meta-analyses involving nearly 10 million people. Researchers urge action to minimize consumption.

  12. [7.8]
    Over 100 Palestinians killed near Gaza City, aid needed (The Guardian + 41)

    Over 100 Palestinians were killed near Gaza City as they gathered around aid trucks. Israel's military denied shooting into crowds, claiming most died in a crush or were run over by trucks. Gaza health officials reported at least 112 killed and 280 injured. The US president warned the incident could complicate ceasefire talks. The death toll from Israeli attacks on Gaza has surpassed 30,000, with over 70,000 injured. The UN described a "blockade within a blockade" in northern Gaza. The US defense secretary stated that over 25,000 women and children had been killed by Israel since October 2023. The situation has led to widespread malnutrition and severe shortages of medical supplies, clean water, and shelter. The UN's undersecretary for humanitarian affairs described the situation as "life draining out of Gaza at terrifying speed." Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan called for more aid to reach Gaza and greater international pressure on Israel to reach a ceasefire deal. The head of Unrwa stated that barely 100 trucks a day of aid reached Gaza in February, compared to 500 before the war started in October. Israel tightened a years-long blockade after Hamas's attack, leading to widespread hunger and looming famine. The UN described the situation as a "man-made widespread hunger" and "unprecedented human-made famine."


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  1. [6.1]
    Meningococcal B cases rising in Australia, vaccine not free (ABC News)

    Meningococcal B cases are rising in Australia, with 1 in 10 resulting in death and 1 in 4 causing permanent disability. The vaccine isn't free in most states, but there are calls to add it to the childhood immunization schedule. Urgent medical attention is crucial, as symptoms can rapidly escalate. Meningococcal B is the main strain in Australia, with over 100 cases in 2023. Some states offer free vaccines, while others require payment.

  2. [6.2]
    Russia's A-50 planes grounded after Ukraine conflict losses (Newsweek + 1)

    Russia has grounded its A-50 early warning and control planes after losing two within a month in the Ukraine conflict. Each plane costs over $300 million. The loss is a significant setback for Moscow's war effort. The U.K. Ministry of Defense stated that Russia's situational awareness and air support capabilities are degraded. Russia is considering repurposing aircraft and bringing back mothballed airframes to mitigate the gap. Ukraine claims to have downed 14 Russian aircraft in 14 days.

  3. [6.1]
    President Biden's approval ratings are declining (The New York Times)

    A recent New York Times and Siena College poll shows President Biden trailing behind Donald J. Trump with 43% support compared to Trump's 48%. Only 25% of voters believe the country is moving in the right direction, and twice as many voters feel Biden's policies have personally hurt them. The poll also reveals dissatisfaction with the economy and a 47% strong disapproval of Biden's job handling. There are warning signs for Biden within the Democratic coalition, with Trump better unifying his party.

  4. [6.4]
    Brain Technologies' Natural AI generates interfaces for 4 million functions (WIRED)

    Brain Technologies' AI assistant, Natural AI, can generate interfaces for over 4 million functions. The company has received interest from manufacturers and is the only AI company invested in by the Emerson Collective. Sierra, a startup developing AI-powered agents, believes that in the future, a company's AI version will be as important as its app or website. A Phone, A Friend founders aim to humanize the relationship with AI.

  5. [6.2]
    Aerospace industry's metal particles may harm the planet (Business Insider)

    Satellites and spacecraft are leaving metal particles in the stratosphere, raising concerns about potential harm to the planet. About 10% of stratospheric particles now come from the aerospace industry. These particles could seed polar stratospheric clouds, potentially damaging the ozone layer. With the space industry rapidly growing, scientists are eager to understand the implications. Aerospace debris could make up 50% of stratospheric particles within a few decades. This raises the urgency to comprehend their impact.

  6. [6.2]
    Clean energy technologies limited global emissions, with EVs leading (

    The International Energy Agency's analysis shows that without EVs, solar, wind, and nuclear, global emissions in the last five years would have been three times larger. In 2023, energy-related emissions rose by 410 million tonnes, but the continued expansion of clean energy technologies limited the increase. Advanced economies saw a record fall in emissions, with at least half of electricity generation coming from low-emissions sources. Clean energy deployment in the past five years has substantially limited increases in demand for fossil fuels. EVs accounted for 1 in 5 new car sales globally in 2023.

  7. [6.2]
    Huawei's Mate X3 and X5 use impact-resistant polysiloxane screens (South China Morning Post)

    Huawei's Mate X3 and X5 phones feature a flexible inner screen using a non-Newtonian fluid, polysiloxane, which hardens upon impact. The material, inspired by starch's impact-absorbing properties, offers 92% transparency and a five-star impact resistance certificate. The technology aims to prevent shattered screens in foldable phones, with the Mate X5 showing a fourfold improvement in performance. The material can resist impacts from everyday items dropped from a height of one meter.

  8. [7.2]
    India eliminates extreme poverty, credits government policies for success (Mint)

    India has officially eliminated extreme poverty, with a sharp decline in headcount poverty ratio and a 2.9% real per capita consumption growth since 2011-12. Rural growth at 3.1% outpaced urban growth at 2.6%. The report credits the government's strong policy thrust on redistribution and publicly funded programs for inclusive growth. The data also show a significant decline in both urban and rural inequality. The milestone has positive implications for global poverty headcount rates.

  9. [6.5]
    Nvidia surpasses Saudi Aramco in market capitalization (Mint)

    Nvidia has surpassed Saudi Aramco to become the world's third-largest company by market capitalization, reaching a value of over $2 trillion for the first time on March 1. The stock rose 4% after an upbeat report from Dell Technologies, and Nvidia's CEO predicts artificial general intelligence could arrive in as little as five years. He also mentioned the need for more chip factories to support the AI industry's expansion.

  10. [6.0]
    Specific gut bacteria predict cancer immunotherapy response (News-Medical.Net)

    A study published in Nature Medicine on 1 March reveals that specific gut bacteria strains can predict positive responses to combination immunotherapy in cancer patients. The research, conducted by the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, identified a microbiome signature that can be used to develop personalized cancer treatments. The study used samples from a large Australian clinical trial and found that the microbiome impacts treatment response.

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    Ryeqo approved for endometriosis, pending PBS subsidy (ABC News)

    The Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved Ryeqo, the first new treatment for endometriosis in 13 years. The drug, pending PBS subsidy, costs approximately $135 per month. Endometriosis affects one in seven women and causes symptoms like heavy bleeding and severe pain. Ryeqo, a single-pill alternative, is aimed at managing symptomatic endometriosis by suppressing hormone production. However, its high cost may create an economic burden for patients.

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    Eli Lilly's weight-loss drug could generate billions in sales (Investor's Business Daily)

    Eli Lilly's new weight-loss drug could generate over $62 billion in 2030 sales, with a potential increase to $81 billion when factoring in next-generation drugs. Analyst Geoff Meacham raised the stock's price target to 1,000, citing a competitive advantage over rivals. Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk lead the obesity treatment space, with a projected 7% of U.S. adults using GLP-1 agonist drugs for weight loss by 2030. The stock has a 29% year-to-date increase and a Relative Strength Rating of 95.

  13. [6.1]
    Genetic influences on early language development impact cognition and health (Neuroscience News)

    A study on language development in early childhood reveals genetic influences on vocabulary size and its impact on future literacy, cognition, and neurodevelopmental conditions like ADHD and ASD. Genetic factors affecting vocabulary size in infancy and toddlerhood were identified, with implications for educational and therapeutic interventions. The study highlights a developmental shift in genetic associations with ADHD symptoms, emphasizing the need for understanding early linguistic development for future mental health and cognitive abilities.

  14. [6.0]
    Childhood and adult adversity increase mental illness risk (Neuroscience News)

    A recent study from Saint Louis University found that childhood adversity increases the risk of mental illness later in life, while adult adversities are linked to psychiatric disorders and cognitive decline. Nearly 40% of individuals experience childhood adversity, and almost 80% experience adulthood adversity. Higher education can mitigate the negative impacts of adversity. The study emphasizes the importance of addressing and discussing stress and adversity throughout life stages.

  15. [6.2]
    Coalition secures Red Sea amid Houthi attacks, China uninvolved (VOA Asia)

    A coalition of about two dozen countries, including the U.S. and the U.K., is working to secure the Red Sea as Iranian-backed Houthi militants continue attacks on international shipping. About 15 commercial ships have been damaged since mid-November. China, despite being a major player in Red Sea trade, has not joined the coalition. The Chinese navy has escorted Chinese ships through the Red Sea and is reportedly sending a fleet to the Gulf of Aden.

  16. [6.0]
    Sepsis is the leading cause of preventable child deaths (ABC News)

    Jenni Barber sings a final song to her son, George, who died of sepsis at the age of three. A study revealed sepsis as the leading cause of preventable deaths in Queensland children, with at least 748 deaths from 2004 to 2021. The research aims to raise awareness and prevent future deaths. Symptoms of sepsis include labored breathing and mottled skin. The study's findings may underestimate the true scale of the problem.

  17. [6.4]
    Russia amassing forces near eastern Ukraine, prompting urgent need for Western aid (The Associated Press + 1)

    Russia is amassing forces near Chasiv Yar in eastern Ukraine, aiming to advance in the Donetsk region. Ukrainian forces report facing continuous attacks and overwhelming Russian firepower. Ukraine signed a 2 billion euro security agreement with the Netherlands, prioritizing air defense and artillery. Despite limited resources, Ukrainian forces are adapting to Russian tactics. In February, Ukraine shot down 13 Russian aircraft. The need for Western aid to counter Russian tactics is urgent.

  18. [6.2]
    Ukraine faces challenges as Russia's invasion continues (The Guardian)

    Ukrainian President Zelenskiy faces a critical year as Russia's invasion enters its third year. A Russian pilot defector was killed in Spain, possibly by Russian assassins. French President Macron suggested sending ground troops to Ukraine, but faced opposition. A Ukrainian refugee shared her family's journey. Ukraine needs over $40bn in aid, while Russia's economy has fared relatively well during the war.


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  1. [7.4]
    CDC updates recommendations for respiratory virus protection, including COVID-19 (CDC)

    The CDC released updated recommendations for protecting against respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV. The guidance emphasizes vaccination, good hygiene, and staying home when sick. It also provides specific recommendations for cleaner air and returning to normal activities after illness. Enhanced precautions are advised for five days after resuming normal activities. The guidance also includes considerations for higher-risk individuals. The focus is on limiting disease spread and protecting against severe illness.

  2. [6.6]
    Horse domestication history in the Americas reshaped by study (ABC News)

    An international group of researchers, including Native American elders, has reshaped the history of horse domestication in the Americas. Their study, published in Science, blends traditional knowledge with advanced genomics and archaeological data. The research confirms that horses evolved in the Americas, contradicting previous beliefs. The study's seismic findings open new research possibilities and highlight the importance of listening to traditional perspectives. The team plans to honor a deceased co-author by supporting Native American students in related fields.

  3. [6.1]
    AI's growing role in startups, notable fundraises, and industry trends (TechCrunch)

    The article discusses the increasing influence of AI in startups, with examples like FlowGPT, Inkitt, and Notable fundraises include Fervo Energy's $221 million for geothermal energy and Photoroom's $43 million for AI photo editing. A new trend sees startups assisting others in their shutdown processes. Google faced criticism for depicting the Founding Fathers as a multicultural group. Apple abandoned its self-driving car project. Byju Raveendran confirmed his position as CEO of Byju's. Stripe's valuation reached $65 billion.

  4. [6.2]
    KSHV manipulates enzymes to induce cancer, potential treatment implications (News-Medical.Net)

    Cleveland Clinic researchers discovered Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) manipulates human enzymes to induce cancer. The virus affects 10-20% of global cancers and is prevalent in North America, Northern Europe, and Northern Africa. The study led by Dr. Zhao found that inhibiting the virus's metabolic pathway with existing drugs reduced tumor size and increased cancer survival rates in preclinical models. The findings have implications for treating other virus-induced cancers.

  5. [6.5]
    Recent booster shot reduces COVID risk by over 50% (News-Medical.Net)

    A nationwide study from September 2023 to January 2024 found that the most recent COVID-19 booster shot reduces adults' risk of moderate or severe COVID by over 50%. The study evaluated protection against emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to the JN.1 variant. The authors recommend staying up to date with recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including receiving the updated booster. The CDC may recommend future boosters on an annual schedule.

  6. [6.2]
    South Australia launches state-based Voice to Parliament (ABC News)

    South Australia's inaugural state-based Voice to Parliament, led by Commissioner Dale Agius, aims to provide Aboriginal people with direct representation. The model includes 46 elected First Nations representatives forming six local Voices, with a focus on addressing community issues. The success of the Voice will be measured by its impact on Closing the Gap targets. Early voting for the elections opens on March 6, with 113 candidates vying for 46 seats. Voting is non-compulsory, and the electoral commission will begin counting on March 25.

  7. [6.5]
    AgZen's RealCoverage reduces pesticide use, benefiting farmers and the environment (TechCrunch)

    AgZen, a company developed from MIT research, has created RealCoverage, an AI-based solution that optimizes pesticide use in agriculture. It claims to reduce chemical usage by up to 50%, lowering input costs for farmers while maintaining crop health and yield. The technology has been tested for over three years and may help mitigate environmental impacts. AgZen plans to launch RealCoverage commercially this year, offering a lease-to-own program to make it financially accessible for farmers.

  8. [6.1]
    Discovery of antibodies targeting hidden influenza virus region (Xinhua + 1)

    Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health have discovered antibodies targeting a hidden region of the influenza virus, termed the "dark side." This region on the neuraminidase protein head is vulnerable to antibody binding and inhibits virus propagation. Human antibodies isolated from recovered individuals inhibited various flu viruses in lab tests and protected mice from lethal infection. The discovery could lead to new vaccine and therapeutic strategies.

  9. [6.2]
    Dr. Yiannis Chatzizisis uses advanced technology to improve heart treatments (University of Miami)

    Dr. Yiannis Chatzizisis is using AI, computational simulations, and extended reality to model patient heart structures at the Center for Digital Cardiovascular Innovations. The technology helps physicians make treatment plans and perform complex heart procedures. Dr. Chatzizisis' work is funded by grants from the NIH, industry, and philanthropy. The center's research aims to accelerate cardiovascular procedures and improve patient outcomes. The technology can also assist in medical education and training.

  10. [6.5]
    Global CO2 emissions hit record high, inflation rates vary (Financial Times)

    In 2023, global carbon dioxide emissions from energy reached a record high of 37.4bn tonnes. US inflation eased to 2.4% in January, while the eurozone saw a 2.6% inflation rate in February. UK house prices rose, and 117 MPs urged funding for victims of the infected blood scandal. Economic growth in Brazil stalled, and China's manufacturing activity slowed for the fifth consecutive month. Elon Musk sued OpenAI for breach of contract. The University of Texas photographed a bird listed as 'lost' after 20 years.

  11. [6.2]
    NCDPA recommends '5-2-1-0' rule to combat childhood obesity (The Hindu)

    The Non Communicable Diseases Prevention Academy (NCDPA) recommends the '5-2-1-0' rule to combat childhood obesity, advocating for five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of screen time, one hour of physical activity, and zero consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and ultra processed foods. By 2030, it's estimated that one in 10 obese children will be from India. Globally, obesity has increased 4.5 times from 1990 to 2022. The academy emphasizes the need for healthier lifestyles and measures such as front-of-pack labeling and advertising bans on unhealthy foods.

  12. [6.1]
    AI training perception gap between leadership and employees revealed (CNBC)

    Research reveals a gap in AI training perception between leadership and employees. 73% of executives believe their company fully embraces generative AI, but only 37% of employees report receiving training. Executives cite lack of AI skills as a top barrier to deployment. Successful companies are 2.2 times more likely to integrate AI and have formal training programs. To bridge the gap, a combination of strategy, training, and operationalized workflows is essential. Job redesigns and prioritizing learning are crucial for AI's productivity potential.

  13. [6.2]
    Spotify introduces $9.99/month audiobooks tier for U.S. free users (TechCrunch + 1)

    Spotify introduces a $9.99/month "Audiobooks Access Tier" for U.S. free users, offering 15 hours of audiobook streaming from a collection of over 200,000 titles. This move aims to upsell audiobooks, compete with Audible, and make the Premium product more appealing. Since launching audiobooks for Premium subscribers, Spotify has seen a 45% increase in free users interacting with audiobook content daily. Spotify has over 600 million monthly active users and 236 million paid subscribers.

  14. [6.5]
    The Inflation Reduction Act invests in green infrastructure, benefiting Texas (Newsweek)

    The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provides $500 billion in investment for infrastructure necessary for a transition to a green economy. Texas benefits the most, receiving $131 billion by 2030. Repealing the act would see states like Texas lose out economically to foreign countries like China. It could also inadvertently keep the price of domestic fossil fuels higher. Repealing the IRA would have a "chilling effect" on commercial investments, potentially costing Texas tens of thousands of jobs.

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    Vulnerability in Apple's Shortcuts app requires immediate update (The Straits Times)

    The Cyber Security Agency of Singapore warns of a vulnerability in Apple's Shortcuts app, affecting devices running macOS Sonoma versions earlier than 14.3, iOS versions before 17.3, and iPadOS versions before 17.3. The flaw could allow third parties to access sensitive information without user consent. Users are advised to update their devices immediately and enable automatic software updates. The vulnerability could allow access to photos, contacts, files, and clipboard data.

  16. [6.2]
    Tome Biosciences emerges with $213M funding for PASTE technology (

    Tome Biosciences, founded in 2021, emerged from stealth mode with $213 million in funding. Their PASTE technology, based on programmable genomic integration, allows precise DNA insertion. CEO Rahul Kakkar calls it the "final maturation of genomic sciences." The platform, combining CRISPR-Cas9 with proprietary integrases, can insert over 30kb of genetic code with unprecedented precision. Kakkar believes it will revolutionize gene and cell therapies, potentially treating rare monogenic diseases with a single drug.

  17. [7.3]
    Air pollution causes 7 million deaths annually, surpassing major diseases (The Guardian)

    Seven million people die annually due to air pollution-related illnesses, surpassing Aids, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Less than 1% of international funding addresses air pollution. The Clean Air Fund reports Chad, Iraq, and Pakistan as the most polluted countries. Calls for a global fund for air pollution are growing, aiming to reduce non-communicable diseases. Epic plans to launch a fund to address data gaps, aiming to raise $4m-$8m annually. Investment coherence is needed to drive both climate and non-communicable disease agendas.

  18. [6.1]
    UK imposes sanctions on "extremist Israeli settlers" for human rights abuses (The Guardian)

    The UK imposed sanctions on four "extremist Israeli settlers" accused of "egregious abuses of human rights" against Palestinians. The UN recorded 590 attacks in the West Bank since Hamas's 7 October attack on Israel. The UK Foreign Office stated unprecedented levels of violence by "extremist settlers" and announced strict financial and travel restrictions against the individuals. Settler attacks have forced families to abandon their homes and land. Israeli rights group Yesh Din reported 2023 as the "most violent" year for settler attacks.

  19. [6.4]
    11,400 in shelters after 7.6 quake in Japan (The Japan Times)

    Around 11,400 people remain in evacuation shelters in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on New Year's Day. The disaster resulted in 241 deaths and 75,000 damaged homes. 18,880 homes still lack running water, and 790 suffer power outages. 29,200 volunteers registered, but only 5,426 worked due to limited working hours and travel. The government is constructing 3,522 temporary homes, with 302 to be completed by February's end.

  20. [6.7]
    Mobile World Congress 2024 featured innovative tech and gadgets (CNBC + 1)

    The Mobile World Congress 2024 showcased innovative tech, including Motorola's bendable smartphone, Lenovo's see-through laptop, and Tecno's expandable screen. Humane's AI Pin and Oppo's Air Glass 3 also debuted. Xiaomi introduced a professional photography kit for its Xiaomi 14 smartphone, while Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Ring. Additionally, Tecno presented a robot dog, and Xiaomi displayed its SU7. The event highlighted the future of mobile technology.

  21. [6.3]
    India approves $15 billion investment for semiconductor plants (CNBC)

    India has approved the construction of three semiconductor plants with over $15 billion investment to boost chip fabrication capabilities. Tata Electronics will partner with Taiwan's Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp for a $11 billion plant in Gujarat, focusing on 28-nanometer technology. Another $3.26 billion plant in Assam will develop advanced semiconductor packaging technologies. India aims to become a major chip hub, attracting foreign firms to set up operations.

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    UnitedHealth identifies Blackcat as responsible for healthcare cyber attack (The Verge)

    UnitedHealth has identified Blackcat as the group behind a cyber attack that disrupted healthcare providers nationwide. The attack led to a week-long outage of the United-owned Change Healthcare system, affecting electronic pharmacy refills and insurance claims. Blackcat has claimed credit for multiple hacks and is now targeting the healthcare system. The US government has offered a $15 million reward for information on the group. The breach could last for weeks, impacting millions of patient records.

  23. [6.8]
    US stock markets hit record highs driven by AI (The Guardian + 2)

    US stock markets hit record highs on Friday, driven by AI enthusiasm. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq set records, with Nvidia reaching a $2tn market value for the first time. All three major indexes marked their fourth straight month of gains. The S&P 500 gained 41.16 points (0.81%) to 5,137.43, while the Nasdaq rose 183.02 points (1.14%) to 16,272.22, and the Dow Jones increased by 90.43 points (0.24%) to 39,088.11.

  24. [6.0]
    Chinese government takes measures to stabilize struggling stock market (Mint)

    Chinese stocks have struggled post-Lunar New Year, prompting Beijing to take measures to restore confidence. Actions include a record 25 basis point cut in the key mortgage reference rate, state-backed funds supporting the market, and a change in the head of the securities regulator. The "national team" bought $9.7 billion of shares, and regulators are tightening trading restrictions. The People’s Bank of China provided 150 billion yuan for housing and infrastructure projects.

  25. [6.4]
    Alibaba's EMO AI generates lifelike actors and singers (Mashable)

    Alibaba's Institute for Intelligent Computing released EMO, an AI video generator that turns still images into lifelike actors and singers. EMO's demo includes Sora singing a Dua Lipa song and Audrey Hepburn speaking Lili Reinhart's audio. EMO outperforms NVIDIA's Audio2Face in emoting and facial realism. EMO's model uses a large dataset and a diffusion-based approach without 3D models. It supports multiple languages and accurately emotes during pauses. The system's capabilities are impressive, but its impact on the acting industry is concerning.

  26. [6.2]
    Russia allegedly using private militias to control European immigration (The Telegraph)

    Russia is allegedly using private militias to control immigration into Europe, aiming to influence elections and destabilize the continent. Intelligence documents reveal plans for a "15,000-man strong border police force" to control migrant flow. In the UK, 52,530 illegal migrants entered in the year to June 2023, up 17% from the previous year. Asylum grants hit a record high in 2023 due to a post-pandemic backlog.

  27. [6.2]
    Bitcoin price surge causes app crash, crypto market cap grows (TechCrunch)

    Bitcoin's price surged over $60,000, causing Coinbase's app to crash. Telegram introduced a rewards plan using toncoin on the TON blockchain. Nigerian crypto users faced exchange difficulties. Bitcoin and ether rose by 23.6% and 18%, respectively, with the total crypto market cap reaching $2.34 trillion. Notable funding includes Silence Laboratories securing $4.1 million and Initia raising $7.5 million. Ethereum-based Etherfi raised $27 million.

  28. [6.0]
    Biden and Trump visit border, McConnell retires, GOP impeachment struggle (The Independent)

    President Biden and Donald Trump visit the US-Mexico border amid a surge in undocumented migrants. Trump accuses Biden of border failure and advocates for strict immigration policies. Biden blames Republicans for blocking a border deal and plans to meet with border patrol agents. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announces retirement, sparking a race to replace him. House GOP lawmakers struggle to justify the Biden impeachment inquiry after Hunter Biden's deposition.

  29. [6.3]
    Ray Dalio comments on stock valuations, home prices rise (The Australian Financial Review)

    In the financial markets, Ray Dalio commented on stock valuations, with Alphabet and Meta seen as cheap and Tesla as expensive. National home prices rose by 0.6% in February. ASX futures were up 2 points, and the AUD was at 64.96 US cents. Capital Economics forecasts the 10-year US Treasury yield to fall to 4% by the end of 2024. Vanda Research noted a decline in retail purchases and institutional investors driving recent gains. Advanced Micro Devices' shares surged nearly 8%.

  30. [6.5]
    Rice University develops rapid, accurate malaria test for rural areas (News-Medical.Net)

    Rice University researchers developed a rapid, accurate malaria test, detecting Plasmodium falciparum histidine-rich protein 2 in whole blood. Results are available in 15 minutes and accessible via a smartphone app. The test is 12 times faster and simpler than commercial tests, with similar accuracy. It's designed for rural areas, potentially saving lives by enabling early detection and treatment of severe cases. The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

  31. [7.2]
    Powerful blizzard hits California, bringing record snowfall and chaos (The Guardian US + 2)

    A powerful blizzard hit California, bringing double-digit feet of snow, 190mph wind gusts, and a tornado. Ski resorts reported up to 44 inches of snow in 24 hours, with up to 10ft expected in some areas. 100 miles of I-80 were closed, and 33,000 households lost power. Yosemite national park closed, and 6 million people are under winter storm warnings. The snowfall could benefit California's water supply.

  32. [7.5]
    El Niño to cause record-breaking temperatures in 2024 (The Guardian + 2)

    In 2024, El Niño is expected to cause record-breaking temperatures in the Amazon, Alaska, India, the Philippines, and the Caribbean. A 90% chance exists that global temperatures will set a new record. The event will heighten the risk of year-round marine heatwaves, wildfires, and coastal erosion. El Niño's impact is exacerbated by human-caused global sea level rise and the rising levels of carbon dioxide. The study was published in Scientific Reports.

  33. [6.0]
    Risk management strategies reduce mortality in BRCA1/2 carriers (Medpage Today)

    Two cohort studies in JAMA Oncology found that risk management strategies, such as MRI surveillance for breast cancer and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) for ovarian cancer, significantly reduced mortality in women with BRCA1/2 sequence variations. MRI surveillance was associated with a 77% reduction in breast cancer mortality, while BSO was linked to a 68% decrease in all-cause mortality. These findings support the use of these strategies and highlight the need for equitable access and coverage.

  34. [6.1]
    Researchers identify two distinct evotypes of prostate cancer (The Guardian)

    Prostate cancer, affecting 1 in 8 men, is the most common cancer in men. Researchers have identified two distinct evotypes of adenocarcinoma, the most common type of prostate cancer, using genome sequencing and AI. Patients with one evotype were twice as likely to have a recurrence and metastasis. This finding could lead to tailored treatments and potential drug discoveries. Further research will explore associations with patient factors.

  35. [6.1]
    Homes in Aberdeen face evacuation due to crumbling Raac (The Independent + 1)

    Hundreds of homes in Aberdeen, Scotland, face evacuation due to crumbling reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (Raac). Around 4 million non-residential buildings in the UK and some social housing used Raac, which has a lifespan of only 30 years. Aberdeen City Council is moving occupants to alternative accommodation at an initial cost of £3m. The council is considering rebuilding or demolishing affected homes. Last year, councils and housing associations were advised to review their stock for Raac.

  36. [6.0]
    Generative AI poses threat to misinformation in US election (The Verge)

    The article discusses the impact of generative AI on misinformation and lies in the context of the upcoming US presidential election. It highlights the potential for AI to create believable fake images, audio, and possibly video. The piece also touches on past instances of media manipulation and the challenges in combating misinformation, especially in the context of online speech and existing policies.

  37. [6.1]
    India's economy is growing, but global factors may hinder (CNN + 1)

    India's GDP grew 8.4% in Q4 2023, exceeding expectations. The economy expanded 7.7% in 2023, with a projected 6.5% growth in 2024. Ultra-rich Indians are expected to increase by 50% by 2028. India is set to become the world's third-largest economy by 2027. The government is investing in infrastructure to support growth. However, global factors and lending restrictions may slightly slow growth.

  38. [6.2]
    Bitcoin and ether prices surged in February 2024 (CNBC)

    Bitcoin and ether prices surged in February, with bitcoin up 47% and ether up more than 50% for the month. On the final day of February, bitcoin was over 4% higher at $62,901.93, while ether advanced over 6% to $3,483.33. Bitcoin had surged to $64,000 before a pullback to about $60,000 due to long liquidations. This marks a winning month for both cryptocurrencies.

  39. [6.6]
    Sarah Everard's murder was "entirely preventable" due to police failures (The Guardian + 3)

    The Angiolini inquiry found that Sarah Everard's murder was "entirely preventable" due to police failures. Wayne Couzens, her murderer, should never have been hired as a police officer. The report calls for urgent reform to address policing culture and practices. Women's groups demand accountability and action from the government and police. They emphasize the need to root out misogyny and ensure transparency and accountability in policing. The report is described as "devastating" and "seriously damning".

  40. [6.7]
    1.5 billion people globally have hearing loss, projected to rise (News-Medical.Net)

    The United Nations reports over 1.5 billion people globally have hearing loss, projected to rise to 2.5 billion by 2030. Hearing loss impacts mental health, leading to isolation, depression, and cognitive decline. Untreated hearing loss can cause social exclusion and increase the risk of dementia. Early intervention and support, including hearing aids and counseling, can mitigate these effects. Addressing hearing loss is crucial for mental well-being.

  41. [6.1]
    Microsoft introduces DirectSR API for seamless multi-vendor super resolution (The Verge)

    Microsoft has introduced the DirectSR API to seamlessly integrate super resolution AI-upscaling features from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel for game developers. This API enables multi-vendor super resolution through a common set of inputs and outputs, supporting Nvidia DLSS, AMD FidelityFX, and Intel XeSS. It aims to provide a smoother, more efficient experience across hardware, eliminating the need for developers to write code for each upscaling technology.

  42. [6.7]
    US investigates Chinese vehicle imports for national security risks (ABC News + 2)

    The US is investigating whether Chinese vehicle imports pose national security risks due to concerns about connected car technology collecting sensitive data. President Biden called it an "unprecedented action" and directed the Commerce Department to respond to the risks. The investigation will also consider autonomous vehicles. The administration is considering imposing new tariffs on Chinese-made vehicles and facing pressure to restrict Chinese electric vehicle imports from Mexico. The Chinese embassy has criticized the proposals.

  43. [6.3]
    Newborn Screening Programme in Hyderabad detects 5 genetic disorders (The Hindu)

    A Newborn Screening Programme was launched at Niloufer Hospital in Hyderabad to detect five genetic disorders: Congenital Hypothyroidism (1 in 811), G6PD Deficiency (1 in 932), Biotinidase Deficiency (1 in 1475), Galactosemia (1 in 1340), and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (1 in 2009). The heel prick test is conducted within 24-48 hours after birth, with results in 5-7 days. The initiative aims to screen all babies born in public hospitals, where 52% of Indian births occur.

  44. [6.4]
    Business leaders urge Jeremy Hunt to fix UK childcare system (The Guardian)

    Business leaders urge Jeremy Hunt to fix the UK's childcare system, potentially boosting the economy by £11bn. The government's April deadline for additional financial help for childcare providers is causing chaos. The BusinessLDN lobby group calls for urgent action to clarify funding and transform the expensive childcare system. Research shows funding for childcare places could increase employment by 250,000 and boost UK GDP by £11.3bn annually.

  45. [6.0]
    Macron supports Ukraine, open to sending Western troops ( + 1)

    At the Ukraine summit in Paris, President Macron declared support for Ukraine, including the possibility of sending Western troops. This marks a significant shift from his previous diplomatic approach. France is concerned about Russia's aggressive behavior and the potential consequences of a Russian victory. Macron's stance has faced criticism at home and from allies. The EU and NATO have increased defense spending and are cooperating to support Ukraine. Ireland has contributed non-lethal assistance and military training to Ukraine.

  46. [6.3]
    Ireland's Covid-19 journey and future vaccine developments (

    On February 29, 2020, Ireland confirmed its first Covid-19 case. Experts now reflect on the past four years. They expected the virus to spread widely, but were surprised by the rapid availability of vaccines. The virus evolved as anticipated, becoming more transmissible. The current Covid climate sees reduced severity and lower risks for healthy individuals. Experts predict ongoing vaccine development and annual boosters for flu and Covid. Preparedness for future health crises is crucial.

  47. [6.3]
    Diabetes research needs $10 million emergency funding in Australia (Diabetes Australia)

    Diabetes Australia and researchers urge the Australian government to allocate $10 million in emergency funding for diabetes research due to a 35% decline in National Health and Medical Research Council funding over the past decade. Currently, 2 million Australians have diabetes, with costs to the healthcare system at $3.4 billion annually. The number of people with diabetes is projected to reach 3.6 million by 2050.

  48. [6.2]
    Cloud-integrated wearable device monitors postpartum women's health parameters (Advanced Science News)

    A new cloud-integrated wearable device, developed by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois, monitors postpartum women's health parameters, potentially saving lives. The device, worn over the sternum, tracks heart rate, blood oxygen levels, respiration, temperature, and blood pressure. It alerts doctors of any issues, providing peace of mind for patients and their families. The study group consisted of 20 postpartum Black women. The research was published in Advanced Science.

  49. [6.0]
    TGA bans compounding pharmacies from replicating weight loss drugs (ABC News + 1)

    Australia's TGA will ban compounding pharmacies from making off-brand versions of weight loss drugs Ozempic and Mounjaro due to safety concerns. The move follows a loophole enabling pharmacies to replicate the drugs, leading to supply shortages. The TGA cited risks including unreported side effects and challenges in ensuring product quality. Patients with compounded medications are advised to consult their doctors. Investigations are ongoing, and legislative changes are being advocated for better public protection.

  50. [6.2]
    Bitcoin nears all-time high, driven by ETFs and purchases (The Guardian + 1)

    Bitcoin is nearing its all-time high, up 50% this year at over $63,000. Recent gains are driven by new Bitcoin ETFs, large client inflows, and anticipation of the April halving event. MicroStrategy's 3,000 bitcoin purchase also contributed. Yesterday, bitcoin approached $64,000 before finishing above $60,000. Today, growth data from India, Canada, and Switzerland, and the US PCE index are expected. Germany's unemployment and inflation reports, and the Bank of England's mortgage approvals data are also due.

  51. [7.4]
    Antarctic sea ice at historic lows, melting poses risks (The Straits Times + 4)

    Antarctic sea ice hits historic lows for 3 years, with minimum extent under 2 million sq km, lowest in 46 years. Melting ice could lead to catastrophic sea level rise. Nearly half of ice shelves reduced in volume, releasing trillions of tons of meltwater. Scientists warn of irreversible damage due to human-caused global warming. Global temperatures already 1.2 deg C hotter than pre-industrial levels. Urgent action needed to limit warming.

  52. [6.5]
    Israel halts visas for humanitarian workers in Palestinian territories (The Guardian)

    Israel has halted visas for international humanitarian workers in occupied Palestinian territories, affecting aid delivery to Gaza. Dozens of workers have left or risk deportation. Emergency response teams are particularly affected. The visa block is unprecedented, affecting over 150 jobs. UN aid workers also face restrictions. Without action, all foreign humanitarian workers will have to leave by autumn. The UK has called for visa renewals. UNRWA is unable to deliver aid to northern Gaza.

  53. [6.5]
    In 2023, over 25,000 UK companies became insolvent (Financial Times)

    In 2023, over 25,000 UK companies became insolvent, a 14% increase from 2022. The rise is attributed to inflation, higher interest rates, and a tight labor market. While smaller businesses accounted for most insolvencies, larger companies are also facing financial strain. Sectors like real estate, construction, and technology are affected. The Bank of England's 14 interest rate hikes and EY's research support predictions of more financial difficulties for large companies.

  54. [6.0]
    Google's Pixel 8 wins 'Best Smartphone' at MWC (The Indian Express + 2)

    The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona concludes with Google's Pixel 8 series winning the 'Best Smartphone' award at the Global Mobile Awards. The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro outperformed competitors like iPhone 15 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S23. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset won the 'Breakthrough Device Innovation' award, and Samsung's Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra was named 'Best Connected Consumer Device.' The Magic V2 RSR Porsche Edition foldable phone won 'Best in Show' for its unique design.

  55. [6.1]
    Gene GTF2I linked to social behavior, potential autism treatments (Neuroscience News + 1)

    Researchers at UC San Diego have identified the gene GTF2I as a key factor in social behavior, particularly in Williams syndrome and autism. Using brain organoids, they found that GTF2I alterations lead to significant neural development issues, impacting social interaction capabilities. This discovery offers potential for treatments targeting GTF2I expression, potentially aiding individuals with autism. The study also contributes to understanding human social evolution and cooperation.

  56. [6.2]
    Biden and Trump visit border, address migrant surge (The New York Times + 4)

    President Biden and former President Trump visited the U.S.-Mexico border, with Biden challenging Trump to help pass a bipartisan bill to crack down on border crossings. Migrant encounters have more than doubled compared to the Trump years. Biden called for unity, while Trump blamed Biden for border lawlessness. The border crisis has defied easy solutions, and Biden is considering executive action to curtail asylum at the border.

  57. [6.0]
    Russia's invasion of Ukraine has caused significant casualties (The Hub at Johns Hopkins)

    Two years after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, over half a million people have been killed or wounded. Western support is crucial for Ukraine's resistance, with the US and NATO providing significant military aid. The conflict has divided European countries, weakening Europe and NATO. Complacency towards the war is dangerous, and scholars can help counter Russian propaganda. The invasion has also exposed the limitations of the "rules-based international order" in deterring aggression.

  58. [6.0]
    Varda Space Industries successfully tests in-space manufacturing (ScienceAlert + 4)

    Varda Space Industries' W-1 spacecraft successfully landed at the Utah Test and Training Range on February 21, 2024, after reentry speeds reached Mach 25. The capsule, part of a Rocket Lab Photon spacecraft, was used to test in-space manufacturing technologies, producing ritonavir, an antiviral drug. The company aims to make low Earth orbit more accessible to commercial industries. The capsule and pharmaceutical product were successfully brought back on the first attempt.

  59. [6.8]
    COVID-19 booster program for 2024 announced by Australian Government (Australian Medical Association)

    Australian Government accepts ATAGI's advice on COVID-19 vaccination program for 2024. Booster doses every 6 months for adults 65+ or severely immunocompromised aged 18-64, and every 12 months for other adults. Children aged 5-17 severely immunocompromised can receive a single dose this year. Healthy children and teenagers don't need a booster in 2024. Boosters can be given with annual influenza shot. Vaccines are free and widely available.

  60. [6.2]
    NASA's DART mission reshaped asteroid moonlet Dimorphos ( + 2)

    NASA's DART mission successfully reduced the time it takes the moonlet Dimorphos to orbit its larger asteroid companion by 33 minutes. New research shows the impact may have reshaped Dimorphos, ejecting 0.5-1% of its mass and redistributing 8%. The findings will inform future asteroid exploration and collision mitigation strategies. The study was published in Nature Astronomy. The team plans to validate their models with data from the upcoming ESA Hera mission.

  61. [6.0]
    Extensive coral bleaching in southern Great Barrier Reef confirmed (ABC News + 2)

    Two studies confirm extensive coral bleaching in the southern Great Barrier Reef due to warmer than average water temperatures. James Cook University and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority conducted separate surveys, finding moderate to severe bleaching around the Keppel Islands and Gladstone region. Aerial surveys revealed extensive and uniform bleaching across all reefs. Scientists will conduct in-water surveys over the next three to four weeks to assess the damage.

  62. [6.3]
    Britain launches campaign to boost childhood vaccination rates (The Straits Times + 1)

    Britain is launching a campaign to boost childhood vaccination rates due to a worsening measles outbreak. Routine childhood immunizations have been falling, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The UK Health Security Agency aims to reverse this trend through a media campaign. Measles cases in England have risen to 650 since Oct 1, with a post-pandemic low in vaccine uptake. The World Health Organization's 95% coverage target remains unmet.

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    Brainwaves during sleep aid in cleansing the brain (Neuroscience News)

    A recent study from Washington University reveals that brainwaves during sleep play a crucial role in cleansing the brain by facilitating the movement of cerebrospinal fluid, effectively removing waste. This discovery could lead to delaying or preventing neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Understanding and enhancing this process could also improve sleep quality and overall brain health. The findings were published in Nature on Feb. 28, 2024.

  64. [6.1]
    North Korea's spy satellite is operational, raising concerns (ABC News)

    North Korea's first spy satellite, Malligyong-1, is "alive" and under Pyongyang's control, confirmed by a Netherlands-based space expert. The satellite raised its orbit from 488km to 497km, indicating functionality. South Korea and the US will conduct military drills in response to North Korea's evolving nuclear threats. North Korea has conducted six rounds of missile tests this year. The country has not responded to the announcement of the upcoming drills.

  65. [6.3]
    Retired Australian politician targeted by foreign spies, raising concerns (ABC News + 2)

    ASIO's annual threat assessment revealed a retired Australian politician was cultivated by foreign spies, attempting to infiltrate the highest levels of Australian politics. The Turnbull government's 2018 espionage laws may not apply, and ASIO may not pursue legal action due to revealing tactics. The revelation has sparked debate and concern among politicians and the public, highlighting the shift in national security threats. ASIO's message emphasizes the need for vigilance and support in countering foreign interference.

  66. [6.2]
    Yemen's Houthi rebels sink ship, impacting global inflation and aid (The Independent + 4)

    A ship attacked by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, the Rubymar, has sunk in the Red Sea after taking on water for days. The sinking could affect global inflation and aid shipments to the region. The vessel, carrying fertilizer and fuel, posed an ecological threat. The Houthis have targeted ships in the Red Sea since November, demanding Israel stop combat operations in Gaza. Despite U.S.-led airstrikes, the rebels remain capable of significant attacks.

  67. [6.4]
    De facto moratorium on solar geoengineering remains in place (The Verge + 3)

    After heated talks at the United Nations Environment Assembly, a de facto moratorium on solar geoengineering remains in place. The tactic, which involves launching particles into the sky to reflect sunlight and cool the planet, is controversial. The hottest year on record was in 2023, and despite this, planet-heating emissions reached a record high. A startup's experiments in Mexico and the US have sparked concerns, leading to calls for international rules to govern geoengineering efforts.

  68. [7.0]
    UN report suggests Covid-19 may have originated from lab (The Telegraph)

    A UN report suggests Covid-19 may have originated from a research-related incident. The Wuhan Institute of Virology, 8 miles from the outbreak, had a history of risky experiments. The report calls for better regulation of such research to prevent future pandemics. The task force recommends international scrutiny and new protocols for high-risk experiments. The team will collaborate with the WHO to implement these changes. The report took a year to produce.

  69. [6.9]
    CDC recommends 3rd COVID shot for 65+ to combat variants (VOA Learning English + 1)

    U.S. health officials recommend an additional COVID-19 vaccine shot for Americans 65 and older, citing high death and hospitalization rates in this age group. The CDC advises waiting at least four months after the last shot. The new guidance aims to increase vaccine uptake. The latest vaccine targets the XBB.1.5 virus variant. Only 22% of U.S. adults and 42% of older adults have received the updated shot. COVID-19 still poses serious risks, with over 20,000 weekly hospitalizations and 2,000 deaths.

  70. [6.3]
    Apple intensifies focus on GenAI, redirecting resources and investing heavily (TechCrunch + 3)

    Apple CEO Tim Cook announced at the annual shareholders meeting that the company will "break new ground" in GenAI this year. Apple has redirected staff from its EV project to GenAI initiatives. The company plans to upgrade Siri and Spotlight with GenAI models and is exploring AI-powered features for Keynote, Apple Music, and Xcode. Apple has also published open source models and tools for GenAI-powered software. Apple is intensifying its focus on GenAI, with reports of a $1 billion annual investment.

  71. [6.4]
    TikTok and Universal Music deadlock over royalties and AI (Financial Times + 2)

    TikTok's negotiations with Universal Music have failed, leading to a deadlock over money, copyrights, and AI-generated songs. Universal, controlling a third of the world's music, stopped licensing to TikTok last month. The impasse could silence millions of songs. TikTok offered a "low single-digit" percentage of ad revenue, while Universal seeks a 20% cut, and wants royalties to go to human musicians, not AI. The dispute affects artists and users, and could impact music revenues for years.

  72. [6.0]
    NRL launches American expansion in Las Vegas (The Guardian + 1)

    The NRL is launching its American revolution in Las Vegas with a double-header showcase at Allegiant Stadium. The event aims to tap into the $180bn American gambling market and attract US broadcasters and sponsors. NFL legend Tom Brady and Hollywood stars Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman are involved. The NRL seeks global recognition and riches, but faces challenges with player transgressions and the potential for off-field drama. This is the first of five NRL assaults on the US.