Butterflies already in decline suffer WORST year on record | Nature | News

There were hopes that all butterflies would bounce back after the summer of 2016, the fourth worst year in 42 years of records, with many spring species emerging earlier than usual following a warm start to 2017. But a cold snap at the end of April and a gloomy wet summer hit many species which are already struggling as a result of a loss of habitat and climate change, making it the seventh worst year on record, experts said. The insects need warm, dry weather during periods when they are…

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Google Chrome update could spell the END of passwords | Tech | Life & Style

Google Chrome has confirmed plans to join a new industry standard which proposes an alternative to the traditional alpha-numeric password. Dubbed WebAuthn, the new open standard is already supported in the latest version of Firefox. Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge will support WebAuthn in upcoming software updates, scheduled to launch in the coming weeks. The widespread support of WebAuthn is the latest step in a longterm project to move users away from traditional passwords and adopt more secure login methods like biometrics and USB tokens. WebAuthn will make these secure…

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