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Neanderthals may have been shallow free divers, suggests a new study

Enlarge / Because Mediterranean smooth clams live up to their name, their shells produce a cleaner cutting edge than others. (credit: Villa et al. 2020) There may be a little more evidence to suggest that Neanderthals waded, swam, and even dove to gather resources along the shores of the Mediterranean. A new study claims Neanderthals …

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A Georgia election server was vulnerable to Shellshock and may have been hacked

(credit: Jason Riedy / Flickr) Forensic evidence shows signs that a Georgia election server may have been hacked ahead of the 2016 and 2018 elections by someone who exploited Shellshock, a critical flaw that gives attackers full control over vulnerable systems, a computer security expert said in a court filing on Thursday. Shellshock came to …

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Nemesis brings alien impregnation horror to your tabletop—and it works

Enlarge / The intruders are… unpleasant. (credit: Awaken Realms) Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. You’re roused early from cold sleep. The ship’s hibernatorium—and likely the remainder of the ship—is running on half power. There’s a body nearby. More accurately, there’s a …

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A $100 million investment pulls an EV startup out of stealth mode

Enlarge / Arrival’s first model, due out later this year, can carry 500 cubic feet of stuff and cover 200 miles between charging stops. (credit: Arrival) Hyundai and Kia announced Thursday that they are investing $111.5 million in Arrival, a startup British automaker building electric delivery vans. The three companies will jointly develop vehicles and …

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Smart homes will turn dumb overnight as Charter kills security service

Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum vehicle. (credit: Charter) Charter is killing its home-security service and telling customers that security devices they’ve purchased will stop working once the service is shut down on February 5. The impending shutdown and customers’ anger at Charter—a cable company also known by the brand name “Spectrum”—has been widely reported over the …

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Biden wants Sec. 230 gone, calls tech “totally irresponsible,” “little creeps”

Enlarge / Former Vice President Joe Biden poking at a mobile phone in October 2019. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP | Getty Images) Former Vice President Joe Biden is calling for one of the primary laws defining how Internet content is regulated to be “revoked,” adding that the “little creeps” who run some of Silicon Valley’s biggest …

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