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This is today’s edition of The Download our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology.

What’s next for mRNA vaccines

As the covid pandemic began, we were warned that wearing face coverings, disinfecting everything we touched, and keeping away from other people were some of the only ways we could protect ourselves from the potentially fatal disease.

Thankfully, a more effective form of protection was in the works. Scientists were developing new vaccines at rapid speed: sequencing the virus behind covid in January, and starting clinical trials of vaccines using messenger RNA in March. Vaccination efforts took off around the world by the end of 2020.

As things stand today, over 670 million doses of the vaccines have been delivered in the US. But while the first approved mRNA vaccines are for covid, similar vaccines are being explored for a whole host of other infectious diseases, including Malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, and Zika—and they could even help to treat cancer. Read the full story.

—Jessica Hamzelou

Why 2023 is a breakout year for batteries

If you stop to think about it for long enough, batteries start to sound a bit like magic. Seriously, tiny chemical factories that we carry around to store energy and release it when we need it, over and over again? Wild.

But magic aside, batteries are set for a starring role in climate action, both in powering EVs and in storing electricity generated by wind turbines and solar panels. There are significant challenges in making them cheaper and more efficient, but 2023 might be the year when some dramatically different approaches to batteries could see progress. Read the full story.

—Casey Crownhart

Casey’s story is from The Spark, our weekly newsletter delving into batteries, climate and energy technology breakthroughs. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Wednesday.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Chinese researchers are claiming to have broken encryption
If they’re right, it’s a significant turning point in the history of quantum computers. (FT $)
The tricky legality of police hacking encryption to catch criminals. (Wired $)
What are quantum-resistant algorithms? (MIT Technology Review)

2 We’re not monitoring covid like we used to
But the virus is still killing thousands of people each week. (Economist $)
The new XBB.1.5 sub-variant is rapidly spreading across the US. (CNN)
The Chinese government’s covid death toll is being questioned. (BBC)

3 Coinbase has agreed to pay US regulators $50 million
The crypto exchange is alleged to have violated anti-money laundering laws. (The Verge)

4 Amazon is laying off 18,000 workers 
It’s the highest number of people let go by a tech company in the past few months. (WSJ $)
Staff will have to wait two weeks to find out. (Insider $)
Salesforce is cutting 10% of its workforce, too. (Reuters)

5 Twitter verification is still busted
Paying $8 for a blue check doesn’t actually verify someone’s identity after all. (WP $)

6 Apple has launched a series of audiobooks narrated by AI
Sparking an instant backlash from authors and voice actors. (The Guardian)
NYC’s education department has banned access to ChatGPT. (Motherboard)
It could, however, prove helpful in spotting the early signs of Alzheimer’s. (IEEE Spectrum)
What’s next for AI. (MIT Technology Review)

7 EVs are unnecessarily powerful
Automakers are missing their opportunity to make the next generation of cars safer. (The Atlantic $)
How about a flying taxi instead? (Axios)

8 Consumer products are poorer quality these days
You can thank the rising cost of manufacturing and the era of fast fashion. (Vox)

9 They don’t make MP3 blogs like they used to
TikTok is a poor substitute for the void they’ve left. (New Yorker $)

10 Shitposting has finally reached LinkedIn
That said, it’s still more authentic than some of the platform’s wildest posts. (Vice)

Quote of the day

“Put me there, please. That sounds like a delightful environment to live in.”

—Danielle Venne, a musician and electric vehicle sound designer, reflects on how urban life will become much quieter once EVs become the predominant mode of transport to The Guardian.

The big story

The great chip crisis threatens the promise of Moore’s Law

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June 2021

A year into the covid-19 pandemic, Apple showed off a custom-designed M1 chip which packed 16 billion transistors on a

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By: Rhiannon Williams
Title: The Download: mRNA vaccines, and batteries’ breakout year
Sourced From: www.technologyreview.com/2023/01/05/1066289/download-mrna-vaccines-batteries-breakout-year/
Published Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2023 13:10:00 +0000

Baller Awards

‘Shogun’ and ‘Hacks’ Win Big at the 2024 TCA Awards

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The Television Critics Association has announced the winners of its landmark 40th TCA Awards, with two shows standing head and shoulders above the rest during the 2023-2024 television season. Each year, the organization celebrates the exemplary programs that debut within a season, as its membership of over 230 professional television journalists from across the United States and Canada vote for the defining series and stars in several categories. For this iteration, the big winner of the evening was FX’s period piece adaptation Shgun, which scored four wins from the five categories it was nominated in, while Max’s standout comedy Hacks took second place with two wins.

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By: Ryan O’Rourke
Title: ‘Shogun’ and ‘Hacks’ Win Big at the 2024 TCA Awards
Sourced From: collider.com/tca-awards-winners-2024/
Published Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2024 02:00:12 GMT

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle forced to grin and bear it as Serena Williams makes brutal joke about them for daring to breathe

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When it comes to the Windsor Royal family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have always been outsiders. Since their wedding, the famous couple have made a point to stand apart from their more controversial family members. A decision that is not doing them a whole lot of good.

Harry and Meghan are acutely aware of the ugly history behind the English monarchy. Its violent past of colonialism added rumors of racism against Meghan when she officially joined the family. It has been years since the couple separated themselves from the family and have been building their roots in America. But so far, their tiniest decision and smallest step has been blown out of proportion by the British media as a calculated plan to defy the Royals or malign their reputation — a trend that has not gone unnoticed, especially by those who remain close to Harry and Meghan.

And it did become a point of discourse on July 11, 2024, at the ESPY Awards where famed athlete Serena Williams and Meghan’s close friend took the stage and poked fun at the dilemma of the couple is forced to live every day.

The controversy the Duke of Sussex riled up by not refusing to accept the renowned Pat Tillman award for the Invictus Games is well known. Harry was bashed by many, including Pat Tilman’s mother, for his Royal lineage, the many troubles he is currently embroiled in, and according to many, for not meeting the demands of the award that is given to those that make “remarkable civic contributions” and exhibit “extraordinary fortitude and spirit of service.” Along with these criticisms, Harry has also been accused of trying to hog the limelight while Prince William and Kate Middleton attempt to navigate life after her cancer diagnosis.

Whew! In short, the couple can’t do anything right as per the naysayers, something which Williams hilariously drew attention to in her speech.

“Please, Harry and Meghan, try not to breathe too much tonight. Because this is my night and I don’t want to be overshadowed by accusations you guys are taking up too much oxygen.”

On the surface, as Williams is a friend of the couple, her comments should have been in good fun. But all it did was put a spotlight on Harry’s tricky relationship with his family where he and his wife are often absent from Royal events as the Crown deems their presence “distracting.” During the joke, both Harry and Meghan smiled politely, but on the inside, they were probably wondering about the next storm Williams’ comment would bring for them. Anyway, unfortunately, they are used to this — politely accepting blame and criticism despite their charitable works and attempts to use their privilege for a good cause.

And they would be right to fear the repercussions of Williams’ little joke. After all, Meghan’s products getting promotion from friends on the very day Kate broke her oath of isolation to mark her presence at the Trooping Colors also cursed the Duchess of Sussex with the blame for trying to upstage her sister-in-law. The fact that Kate only made the announcement of her impending arrival mere hours ago — or how, allegedly, Harry and Meghan were not updated about this development in advance — did nothing to diffuse the renewed Meghan-bashing.

While the savage joke at their expense did earn Williams’ a few rounds of laughter, there is no guarantee that the quip won’t give trigger the ire of the British Royal Family once again.

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By: Apeksha Bagchi
Title: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle forced to grin and bear it as Serena Williams makes brutal joke about them for daring to breathe
Sourced From: wegotthiscovered.com/celebrities/prince-harry-and-meghan-markle-forced-to-grin-and-bear-it-as-serena-williams-makes-brutal-joke-about-them-for-daring-to-breathe/
Published Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2024 11:49:46 +0000

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The Ultimate Guide to Luxurious Shaving: A Closer Look at Captain Fawcett’s Premier Shaving Gift Set

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In the world of men’s grooming, shaving is more than just a daily ritual; it’s an art form that demands the finest tools and products to achieve perfection. Captain Fawcett, a brand renowned for its commitment to traditional grooming excellence, offers two remarkable shaving gift sets that cater to the discerning gentleman: the Faux Shave Brush, Razor & Soap Gift Set. Let’s dive into what makes these set exceptional and why they should be a staple in every man’s grooming arsenal.

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The Faux Shave Brush, Razor & Soap Gift Set

Elegance and Simplicity in One Package

For those who seek elegance and simplicity in their shaving routine, the Faux Shave Brush, Razor & Soap Gift Set is an outstanding choice. This set encapsulates the essentials of a refined shaving experience, presented in a stylish and practical manner.

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What’s Inside:

  1. Razor – This set features a sleek, modern razor designed for ease of use and superior performance. Its balanced weight and ergonomic design make it a pleasure to handle, ensuring a close, comfortable shave every time.
  2. Shaving Brush – The faux shave brush included in this set is crafted with synthetic bristles that offer the softness and performance of natural hair without compromising on durability. Its design ensures a rich lather and gentle application, enhancing the shaving experience.
  3. Shaving Soap – The shaving soap in this set is carefully formulated to create a thick, luxurious lather. It softens the beard and protects the skin, facilitating a smooth, irritation-free shave. The soap’s subtle fragrance adds a touch of sophistication to your morning routine.

Why Choose the Faux Shave Brush, Razor & Soap Gift Set?

This set is ideal for the gentleman who appreciates a no-nonsense approach to grooming without sacrificing quality and style. It provides all the essentials needed for a superior shave, packaged in a way that exudes elegance and simplicity.

Conclusion

The Faux Shave Brush, Razor & Soap Gift Set from Captain Fawcett is exceptional choices for anyone looking to elevate their shaving experience. Whether you are drawn to the rich tradition of Italian barbering or prefer a straightforward, elegant approach to grooming, these sets offer the perfect blend of quality, craftsmanship, and luxury. Treat yourself or the special man in your life to the gift of a superior shave, and transform a daily routine into a moment of indulgence and sophistication.

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Title: The Ultimate Guide to Luxurious Shaving: A Closer Look at Captain Fawcett’s Premier Shaving Gift Set
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