The idea of threats to Earth from outer space sounds like science fiction, but at some level our planet has always been vulnerable to them — think of the giant asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Fortunately, such occurrences are extremely rare; but other natural phenomena, such as solar storms, can strike from space much more frequently. These have little direct effect on living things, but they can wreak havoc on electronic systems we increasingly depend on, particularly satellite-based technologies. To make matters worse, the proliferation of human-made satellites has created a space hazard of its own, as the loads of orbiting debris have the potential to destroy other satellites. Related: Debris from SpaceX rocket launch falls on farm in central Washington In the U.S., tackling these threats is the responsibility of several organizations: Both NASA and the U.S. Space Force tracks space debris; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric … [Read more...] about How are asteroids, space weather and space debris detected before they hit Earth?
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Hong Kong customs officials have reportedly seized a huge cache of Nvidia's new 30HX cryptomining processors (CMPs) that may have been destined for large, illicit cryptomining operations in the interior of the country. The seizure, which was first reported on MyDrivers , was of around 300 of Nvidia's new CMP, the 30HX, which has appeared online briefly but are difficult if not impossible to find anywhere. According to VideoCardz , the 30HX has only been produced by third-party manufacturers Palit and Gigabyte, and even then not in very large quantities. There's speculation that the cards might even be special order-only and not mass-produced. While there hasn't been an official statement from Hong Kong authorities about the seizure, it could be due to China's crackdown on large cryptomining farms that have set up shop in the interior of the country, specifically in regions like Inner Mongolia where electricity prices are especially cheap. The farms appear to have caused … [Read more...] about See the 300 Nvidia cryptomining GPUs seized by Hong Kong customs officials