Briefly informed: gas surcharge, Apple Studio Display, rapid charging station, cell death

The CDU and CSU do not want to accept the federal government’s regulation for a state gas surcharge. The deputy head of the Union faction, Jens Spahn, told the dpa that people with low incomes had been waiting for real relief for months. That doesn’t go together. On Thursday evening, the cabinet had agreed on the gas levy, which will lead to price increases for gas customers from autumn. Criticism of the surcharge also came from industry. VDA President Hildegard Müller emphasized that the federal government should have made the energy industry more responsible for fair burden sharing. Instead, companies and private consumers should be burdened beyond measure.

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Apple has responded with a firmware update following reports of audio playback issues on its Studio Display. The fix that has now been published addresses an annoying problem that caused the audio to drop out in the meantime and lead to distortion, static noise or even audio that played too quickly or too slowly. It was the second prominent error in the Studio Display. The first concerned the integrated 12 megapixel webcam. Apple also improved this with firmware.


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The energy provider E.on is planning 2000 new ultra-fast charging points across Europe by the end of 2024. They are to be supplied by the South Tyrolean charging station manufacturer alpitronic as part of a strategic partnership. Both the expansion of existing locations and the construction of new public stations and stations for business customers of E.on for charging fleets of cars, vans and heavy commercial vehicles are planned. The partners also have an improvement in the communication between the vehicle, fast charging station and billing system as well as Plug&Charge on the program.

Until now, medicine has thought that cells die quickly after the death of a living being. An experiment using organs from a pig now shows that this is not always true: the team’s technology at Yale University School of Medicine successfully restored blood circulation and repaired previously damaged cells. The research, published in the journal Nature, could pave the way for keeping human organs for transplant viable longer because they are in better condition after removal. New methods could also be developed for the treatment of strokes and heart attacks.

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