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A Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Is Coming—Here’s How It Works

A Once-a-Month Birth Control Pill Is Coming—Here’s How It Works

In the US, more than 15 million Americans will spend a few seconds every day locating and swallowing a birth control pill. If the tablet—a cordial of contraceptive hormones that trick the body into thinking it’s pregnant—is swallowed during the same three-hour window each day, the method is pretty close to ironclad. But get off-schedule…
The Birth of Legacy Software – How Change Aversion Feeds On Itself

The Birth of Legacy Software – How Change Aversion Feeds On Itself

Here’s a common pattern that I see play out very often in software teams: There is a need to change the existing system behavior to accomplish new functionality.  The software engineer looking at the task realizes that the existing design isn’t well suited to the change needed. They suggest design changes and refactoring, as part…

The Birth of Standard Error (2013)

Earlier today Stephen Johnson, in a mailing list run by the The Unix Heritage Society, described the birth of the standard error concept: the idea that a program's error output is sent on a channel different from that of its normal output. Over the past forty years, all major operating systems and language libraries have…
Space birth startup’s CEO halts project over ‘serious ethical, safety and medical concerns’

Space birth startup’s CEO halts project over ‘serious ethical, safety and medical concerns’

Netherlands startup SpaceLife Origin’s mission to become the “first company that will make human reproduction in space safely possible” has been put on pause. CEO Kees Mulder says serious “ethical, safety and medical concerns” with two of SpaceLife Origin’s planned missions have caused him to pull back and reevaluate the idea, which was announced in…

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Apple faces supply challenge for ‘iPhone 12’ antenna tech – AppleInsider

By Mikey Campbell Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 04:55 pm PT (07:55 pm ET) Apple is expected to increase reliance on liquid crystal polymer (LCP) flexible printed circuit (FPC) antenna technology with its next-generation iPhone, due out in 2020, but a dearth of suppliers poses a risk to production, according to TF Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.iPhone…

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