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A New Type of Aurora Has Been Discovered by Citizen Scientists

A collaboration between physicists and citizen scientists has led to the discovery of a previously unknown form of Northern Lights. Dubbed “the dunes,” the spectacular auroral form is providing new insights into Earth’s upper atmosphere.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Meteorology, Northern Lights, Citizen Science, Atmospheric Science, Auroras


Over 55 Climate Scientists Call BS on Joe Biden's Claim No Scientists Support Bernie Sanders' Climate Plan

Over 55 scientists have signed an open letter rebuking Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden’s claim that the climate plan rival contender Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders supports, the Green New Deal, isn’t supported by anyone in the scientific field.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Joe Biden, Vermont, Bernie Sanders, Environmental Justice, Tech Policy, Green New Deal


Amateur stargazers capture new form of northern lights

Aurora enthusiasts in Facebook group discover new phenomenon in FinlandA new form of the northern lights has been captured by amateur enthusiasts, researchers have revealed.The phenomenon of glowing green lights rippling across the night sky, also known as the aurora borealis, have long captivated the public and experts alike. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Astronomy, Science, Northern Lights Holidays, Aurora


Doctor Who's Showrunner Wants You to Know That the New Time Lord Is No Joke

We take it you’ve heard the news about the Doctors Who?Read more...
Tags: Science, Doctor Who, Bbc, Bbc America, Chris Chibnall, Jo Martin


Airlines Announce Flight Cancelations Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

As an outbreak of coronavirus that reportedly originated in Wuhan, China continues to spread, U.S. airlines are beginning to be impacted by travel advisories and a decrease in demand for flights to China.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Science, China, Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines, Wuhan China, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus


The coronavirus' crown-like spikes give the virus family its name — here's what it looks like

The coronavirus family includes SARS, the common cold, and the 2019-nCoV strain responsible for the current outbreak.
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NASA's space shuttle Challenger exploded 34 years ago today, killing its 7-person crew. Photos reveal Challenger's legacy.

NASA's space shuttle Challenger completed 10 missions before it broke apart during a launch in 1986, killing seven astronauts.
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The Wuhan coronavirus has killed 131 people and infected more than 4,600. Here's everything we know about the outbreak.

Chinese authorities have confirmed more than 4,600 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus. Cases have been reported in at least 16 other countries.
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All Hail Daniel Radcliffe's 6 Weirdest Post-Harry Potter Career Choices (So Far)

Daniel Radcliffe could’ve sailed into early retirement after the Harry Potter films, but his career has kept going at a brisk pace. He’s done rom-coms, action flicks, and regular ol’ dramas, but he’s also quite clearly committed to whenever possible. Here are six examples—the good, the bad, and the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Horror, Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, Horns, Now You See Me 2, Swiss Army Man, Victor Frankenstein, The Woman in Black, Guns Akimbo, Weirdest Post Harry Potter Career Choices So Far


Small plane crashes in Illinois killing 3 people, 1 dog

A plane crash killed three people and a dog amid foggy conditions in Springfield, Illinois, on Tuesday, according to the Sangamon County Sheriff.The Sangamon County Sheriff reports the airport tower and pilot recorded the plane was having trouble due to the weather and the plane's instruments prior to impact, according to WRSP. "At the time of the crash, the Springfield airport was reporting clouds down to around 500 feet, with visibility reduced to 4 miles at ground level due to fog," Ac...
Tags: Florida, Science, Illinois, Faa, Accuweather, Witt, Springfield, Springfield Illinois, Huntsville Alabama, Mark Hanna, DirecTV Frontier, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Derek Witt, KSDK Springfield Airport Authority, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport


3 people, dog killed in Illinois plane crash days after fatal crash that killed Kobe Bryant

A plane crash killed three people and a dog on Tuesday, according to the Sangamon County Sheriff.The Sangamon County Sheriff reports the airport tower and pilot recorded the plane was having trouble due to the weather and the plane's instruments prior to impact, according to WRSP."At the time of the crash, the Springfield airport was reporting clouds down to around 500 feet, with visibility reduced to 4 miles at ground level due to fog," AccuWeather Meteorologist Derek Witt said.CLICK HERE F...
Tags: Science, Kobe Bryant, Illinois, Faa, Accuweather, Witt, Springfield, DirecTV Frontier, Derek Witt


A teacher's videos inside quarantined Wuhan show the streets eerily deserted and lines out the door at the pharmacy

Ben Kavanaugh has been chronicling his life in quarantined Wuhan, China, for the British broadcaster Channel 4.
Tags: Science, Wuhan, Wuhan China, Ben Kavanaugh


Apple Continues To Make An Absolute Shit-Ton of Money on iPhones Somehow

Every September, Apple reveals a new iPhone. And every year, Apple watchers wonder if this will be the new iPhone to which consumers say, “Nah, we’re good.” 2019 was not that year. With a little help from the iPhone 11 lineup, Apple made a $22.2 billion profit on $91.8 billion in revenue over the holiday quarter. (In…Read more...
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The Washington Post's Troll Playbook Isn't Just Outdated, It's Malicious [UPDATED]

Journalist Felicia Sonmez was suspended from The Washington Post Sunday for nebulous reasons, allegedly stemming from her Twitter activity following the death of NBA giant Kobe Bryant. Hours after news broke that Bryant died in a helicopter crash—which killed eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter—Sonmez…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sexual Assault, Washington Post, Journalism, Nba, Kobe Bryant, Death Threats, The Washington Post, Bryant, Me Too, Felicia Sonmez, Sonmez


The Washington Post's Troll Playbook Isn't Just Outdated, It's Malicious

Journalist Felicia Sonmez was suspended from The Washington Post Sunday for nebulous reasons, allegedly stemming from her Twitter activity following the death of NBA giant Kobe Bryant. Hours after news broke that Bryant died in a helicopter crash—which killed eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter—Sonmez…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sexual Assault, Washington Post, Journalism, Nba, Kobe Bryant, Death Threats, The Washington Post, Bryant, Me Too, Felicia Sonmez, Sonmez


3M is boosting production of face masks as demand skyrockets due to the coronavirus outbreak

3M's CEO said in a conference call that the company is increasing face-mask production around the world.
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New details shed light on the final moments before fatal crash in fog that killed Kobe Bryant

As the sorrow surrounding Sunday's fatal helicopter crash in Southern California turns from shock to the investigation, new details have shed light on what preceded the final moments before the accident that ended the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter and seven others.Authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) faced reporters and millions of mourners on Monday night to address questions and share new findings. While the NTSB, along with the Fe...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, New York Times, Nba, Aviation, The New York Times, Kobe Bryant, Group, Faa, Lapd, Accuweather, Jenner, Southern California, Ntsb, Utah Jazz, Melbourne Australia


Investigation piecing together Kobe Bryant's fateful flight may take over a year, authorities say

As the sorrow surrounding Sunday's fatal helicopter crash in Southern California turns from shock to the investigation, new details have shed light on what preceded the final moments before the accident that ended the lives of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter and seven others.However, despite addressing the public with new findings on both Monday and Tuesday evening, authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a press conference that the full r...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, New York Times, Nba, The New York Times, Kobe Bryant, Faa, Lapd, Accuweather, Jenner, Southern California, Ntsb, Utah Jazz, Melbourne Australia, Bryant, The Los Angeles Times


Magnitude 7.7 earthquake jolts Caribbean, sparks tsunami fears throughout region

A powerful earthquake struck the Caribbean on Tuesday afternoon, shaking parts of Jamaica and Cuba shortly after 2 p.m. local time and rising fears of a dangerous tsunami.The earthquake was originally rated a 7.3 by the USGS but was later upgraded to a 7.7. The epicenter of the earthquake was 78 miles (125 km) northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and was shallow with a depth of just 6.2 miles (10 km).Shortly after the powerful earthquake jolted the Caribbean, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) wa...
Tags: Science, Connecticut, Peru, Miami, Jamaica, Cuba, Usgs, Pacific, Caribbean, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, U S Geological Survey, Miami Florida, Westport Connecticut, Miami International Airport, GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands


Chris Chibnall Cast a Black Woman as the Doctor, But It’s Only Just a Start

In this week’s episode, “Fugitive of the Judoon,” the BBC’s Doctor Who made history by casting a Black woman, Jo Martin, as the Doctor for the first time in the series’ 57-year history. Let’s talk about it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Race, Doctor Who, Bbc, Steven Moffat, Bbc America, Chris Chibnall, Representation, Jodie Whittaker, Jo Martin


Is it too late to halt climate change? No, no, and no.

Disheartened, many are convinced there's no fighting climate change at this point. There's no single on/off switch, however, so we can still lessen its effects. It's up to us to make the crisis our leaders' priority. With unprecedented extreme weather buffeting basically everyone everywhere, with places like idyllic Kirbati disappearing beneath the rising seas, and with Australia on fire for goodness sake, it's easy to get the feeling that humanity has already failed to meet the greatest chal...
Tags: Science, Education, Climate Change, Australia, Washington Post, Washington, Government, Ipcc, Sustainability, Earth, Innovation, University of Oxford, Stanford University, University Of Vermont, Rob Jackson, Biosphere


The flu's impact varies by region, but several states could see a resurgence

The uptick in influenza-like illnesses (ILI) that experts working with AccuWeather predicted did indeed occur. Most of the states in the United States - in a reversal of the last couple of weeks - experienced an increase in activity, according to the most recent data. However, its impact does not figure to be long-lasting for most of those states, those same experts predict.Visits to health care providers for ILI increased from 4.7 percent last week to 5.0% this week, a slight increase after two...
Tags: Science, Cdc, United States, University Of Virginia, Accuweather, New England, Lewis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Peter Palese, Bryan Lewis, DirecTV Frontier, Biocomplexity Institute, Missouri Ohio Alabama Idaho


How Much Do Face Masks Help Prevent the Spread of Viruses?

The number of people wearing face masks in public (and at the Gizmodo office) has ballooned in recent weeks—a highly visible sign of the fears sparked by the coronavirus that’s hit China hard and has the potential to spread far and wide. But while masks may offer a comforting feeling of protection, just how useful…Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Infectious Diseases, Gizmodo, Face Masks, 2019 Ncov, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus


Facebook's 'Clear History' Tool Doesn't Clear Shit

When we talk about Facebook’s myriad foibles and fuckups, we’re usually laying the blame on things that happen within the Big Blue App, or, increasingly, the social network’s CEO. What’s less discussed are the company’s ties to the potentially millions of sites and services using its software—but now, thankfully, we ca…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Privacy, Optics, Half Assed


China put 46 million people on lockdown to contain the Wuhan coronavirus. But quarantines throughout history have been riddled with mishaps.

Quarantines have been used to contain diseases for hundreds of years. The first formal system was established in Venice during the 14th Century.
Tags: Science, China, Venice, Wuhan


Powerful Earthquake Jolts Caribbean Near Jamaica

On Tuesday afternoon, a major magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Jamaica. The shaking could reportedly be felt on land and tsunami warnings went up for Belize, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, and Jamaica.Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Earthquakes, Jamaica, Caribbean, Belize, Cayman Islands Cuba Honduras Mexico


Massive Leak Reveals Pretty Much Everything About Samsung's Next Foldable Phone

The Galaxy Fold was the pioneer for Samsung’s first efforts in making foldable phones, and now thanks to a massive leak, we’re getting a detailed look at Samsung’s second foldable handset—the Galaxy Z Flip—weeks before its expected official debut. Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Samsung, Smartphones, Leaks, Rumors, Consumer Tech, Flexible Displays, The Rumor Mill, Bendy Screens, Foldables, Galaxy Z Flip, Massive Galaxy Z Flip Leak


Quantum cognition theory explains why humans make stupid decisions

Scientists from the University of Science and Technology in China have a quantum physics-based answer to the ultimate question: If humans are so smart, why do we all make so many stupid choices? Psychologists and casinos have spent untold resources trying to figure out why humans don’t always make the correct choices, even when the consequences are apparent. Theoretically, we’re all capable of making simple, smart choices – but who among us hasn’t made a regrettable decision or two in their live...
Tags: Startups, Science, China, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, University of Science and Technology


Congress Is Getting Serious About Sending Humans to Mars in 2033

A newly proposed House authorization bill would push back NASA’s deadline to land humans on the Moon to 2028 instead of 2024, while also calling for a crewed landing on Mars in 2033. Reactions to this proposal have been mixed, with NASA’s chief Jim Bridenstine unhappy about the way the agency is supposed to roll out…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Congress, Nasa, US politics, House, Space Exploration, Mars, Artemis, Jim Bridenstine, Moon Landings, Artemis Mission


Turn Any City Map Into A Cool Illustration Of Roads

The aptly named City Roads project is simple: Just go to the site, enter the name of your city, and software creates a map that exclusively shows roads. With no text or topography at all, the results are really quite beautiful.
Tags: Maps, Science, Roads



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