Indian Government Tells Starlink to Stop Selling Satellite Internet Until It Gets a License to Do So

The Indian government didn’t mince words in a recent message to Elon Musk’s Starlink: Get a license before offering satellite internet services in the country.Read more…

Spotify Pulls Plug on Car View Feature, Offers Users No Alternative

If you got in your car and suddenly found that Spotify’s Car View feature had mysteriously disappeared, I’m sorry to say that no, it’s not a bug. Spotify actually announced—although “whispered” would be more accurate—that it was killing Car View more t…

Creepy Humanoid Robo-Artist Gives Public Performance Of Its Own AI-Generated Poetry

When people worry about robots coming to take their jobs, I don’t think “poet” is what they had in mind. Enter Ai-Da, a highly realistic, AI-driven robot firmly rooted in the uncanny valley that can paint, draw, sculpt, and, yes, write its own poetry. …

‘Squeezed’ light might produce breakthroughs in nano-sized electronics

It’s one thing to produce nanoscale devices, but it’s another to study and improve on them — they’re so small they can’t reflect enough light to get a good look. A breakthrough might make that possible, however. UC Riverside researchers have built technology that squeezes tungsten lamp light into a 6-nanometer spot at the end of a silver nanowire. That lets scientists produce color imaging at an “unprecedented” level, rather than having to settle for molecular vibrations.

The developers modified an existing “superfocusing” tool (already used to measure vibrations) to detect signals across the entire visible spectrum. Light travels in a flashlight-like conical path. When the nanowire’s tip passes over an object, the system records that item’s influence on the beam shape and color (including through a spectrometer). With two pieces of specrtra for every 6nm pixel, the team can create color photos of carbon nanotubes that would otherwise appear gray.

This ability to compress light is notable by itself, but the inventors see it playing an important role in nanotechnology. Semiconductor producers could develop more uniform nanomaterials that find their way into chips and other densely-packed devices. The squeezed light could also improve humanity’s understanding of nanoelectronics, quantum optics and other scientific fields where this resolution hasn’t been available.

A New Witcher Clip Will Remind You of Witcher 3’s Best DLC

The second season of Netflix’s The Witcher is almost upon us, and that means more of Henry Cavill’s brooding (and not quite eternally grunting) Geralt of Rivia and his new, youthful charge Ciri. With a promise of more monsters to meet the business end …

Emerging Omicron Coronavirus Variant Has Officials Worldwide on the Defensive

Authorities worldwide have started taking steps to contain the spread of the new coronavirus variant Omicron as the holiday season enters full swing. On Friday, the World Health Organization recognized the heavily mutated coronavirus variant, which was…

3D-printed ‘living ink’ could lead to self-repairing buildings

Never mind 3D-printing organs — eventually, the material could have a life of its own. Phys.orgreports scientists have developed a “living ink” you could use to print equally alive materials usable for creating 3D structures. The team genetically engineered cells for E. Coli and other microbes to create living nanofibers, bundled those fibers and added other materials to produce an ink you could use in a standard 3D printer.

Researchers have tried producing living material before, but it has been difficult to get those substances to fit intended 3D structures. That wasn’t an issue here. The scientists created one material that released an anti-cancer drug when induced with chemicals, while another removed the toxin BPA from the environment. The designs can be tailored to other tasks, too.

Any practical uses could still be some ways off. It’s not yet clear how you’d mass-produce the ink, for example. However, there’s potential beyond the immediate medical and anti-pollution efforts. The creators envisioned buildings that repair themselves, or self-assembling materials for Moon and Mars buildings that could reduce the need for resources from Earth. The ink could even manufacture itself in the right circumstances — you might not need much more than a few basic resources to produce whatever you need.

Book of Boba Fett Trailer Hypes Its Helmeted Antihero’s Return to Crime

We’re now a month away from The Book of Boba Fett, the first spinoff to The Mandalorian that sees the return of Temuera Morrison’s helmeted bounty hunter. With Jabba dead and a power vacuum in the galaxy’s crime underworld, the green-armored Mandaloria…

HBO Max uploaded the censored TV version of ‘Birds of Prey’ by mistake

HBO Max has uploaded another alternative DC Comics movie cut, but it won’t brag about this one. As CBR and The Verge note, WarnerMedia comms executive Johanna Fuentes has confirmed HBO Max accidentally uploaded the censored TV version of the 2020 movie Birds of Prey. While it’s listed as the R-rated version from theaters, play it and you’ll get the same ‘family-friendly’ edit you’d see on TNT.

Fuentes promised that HBO Max would upload the R-rated movie, although she didn’t provide a timeline. That uncensored take will be the only version on the service, the exec added, and it has been available for about a year.

It’s not clear how the slip-up occurred. We’ve asked WarnerMedia for comment. With that said, HBO Max certainly isn’t averse to foul language or violence. This is an embarrassing moment for a streaming provider still in its early stages, but it doesn’t represent a sudden change of heart.

Birds of Prey Gets Censored on HBO Max, Will Get Re-Uncensored

Perhaps you decided to spend the holiday weekend watching some good old fashioned superhero violence in the form of last year’s pretty good (and perhaps poorly named) Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on HBO Max. If y…