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Microsoft fixes the Excel feature that was wrecking scientific data

In 2020, scientists decided just to rework the alphanumeric symbols they used to represent genes rather than try to deal with an Excel feature that was interpreting their names as dates and (un)helpfully reformatting them automatically. Yesterday, a member of the Excel team posted that the company is rolling out an update on Windows and …

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Indian state government fixes website bug that revealed Aadhaar numbers and fingerprints

A security researcher says a bug on an Indian state government website inadvertently revealed documents containing residents’ Aadhaar numbers, identity cards, and copies of their fingerprints. The bug was fixed last week after the security researcher disclosed the bug to local authorities. Sourajeet Majumder found the bug in the West Bengal government’s e-District web portal …

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How a Zero-Gravity Omega Watch Repair Revolutionized NASA’s Space Station Fixes

Since 2000, the International Space Station has sped through space at 17,500 mph, 260 miles above our heads, affording its rotation of seven astronauts to gaze on the vast majority of Earth every 90 minutes. Don Pettit, wearing his Omega Speedmaster, using a still camera to photograph the topography of a point on Earth from …

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