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How Online Platforms Are Tackling Coronavirus Misinformation

As the deadly coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China and around the world, several social media kingpins are fighting the outbreak on a different front: By curbing the spread of misinformation and fake claims online amid a public health emergency.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, China, Social Media, Snapchat, Reddit, Who, World Health Organization, Snap, Coronavirus


“You Have No Idea How Hard I’m Fighting to Keep Politics Out of Science.” New Emails Reveal NOAA’s Turmoil During Sharpiegate

A new set of documents obtained by the Washington Post and other media outlets reveal the turmoil that shook the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last September when President Donald Trump mistakenly tweeted that Hurricane Dorian posed a threat to Alabama. Dorian was not, in fact, a threat to the…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Washington Post, Social Media, Noaa, Donald Trump, Alabama Dorian


Alan Harris, the Actor Behind Bossk in The Empire Strikes Back, Has Died

Alan Harris was one of the most decorated extras and stand-ins in all of Hollywood. He doubled for Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, and for Terence Stamp as Supreme Chancellor Valorum in The Phantom Menace. He was a Stormtrooper in Return of the Jedi. He even modelled in the early screen tests for Boba Fett’s armor. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Hollywood, Science, Disney, Rip, Lucasfilm, Terence Stamp, Alan Harris, Anthony Daniels, Empire Strikes Back, Bossk, Bounty Hunters, Supreme Chancellor Valorum


The Sounds Behind Baby Yoda’s Voice Are Exactly as Cute as You’d Expect

The creation of sound to use in films is always fascinating. What in the real world made the sound that became a lightsaber, or a phaser, or a dinosaur? What real, adorable, precious little thing gave birth to Baby Yoda? In that latter case, it is about as cute as you’d imagine. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Lucasfilm, Sound Design, Skywalker Sound, The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda


Apple Is Closing All of Its Stores and Corporate Offices in China Because of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Apple announced that it would close its official stores, corporate offices and contact centers in mainland China until Feb. 9 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The company stated that it was taking this action “out of an abundance of caution.”Read more...
Tags: Apple, Health, Science, Technology, China, Coronavirus


Travel bans plunge China into deepening isolation over coronavirus

Australia and other countries follow US in imposing near-total travel ban as foreign companies scale back activityThe growing coronavirus epidemic is isolating China as other countries trying to ward off infection or contain their own smaller outbreaks bar entry to travellers from China, and companies including Apple scale down travel and business there.The UK announced on Saturday it had withdrawn all but essential staff from embassies and consulates in China, as authorities at home dealt with ...
Tags: Apple, UK, Science, Australia, China, US, UK News, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, University of York, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus ‘is being weaponised as a way to be openly racist’

Chinese people resident in Britain report feeling dehumanised by the public reaction to them in the wake of the outbreakDr Zhou* had just arrived at Gatwick airport last week when a British couple physically recoiled as she entered a lift. “The woman looked at me, quickly turned to her husband and told him ‘they should wear their masks’,” she said. “They assumed I didn’t understand English, that I was ‘fresh off the boat’ and that I probably had coronavirus.” Humiliated, Zhou – a scientist who w...
Tags: Science, London, China, Race, UK News, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Gatwick, Slovenia, Coronavirus outbreak


A colony of 250,000 ants call the average anthill home — here's what inside their mound

An anthill — or mound — is really the top of a giant underground structure: the nest. Ants raise babies in a vast network of tunnels and chambers.
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Will the polar vortex make a comeback in the US in February?

The polar vortex has been absent from the United States for most of winter thus far, which led to a very warm January.The Eastern Seaboard through the central and southern Plains recorded temperatures that averaged well above normal by the end of the month. The average temperature was also above normal for the interior portions of the West. February is forecast to start off with more abnormal warmth across the Plains and East, but some changes are expected as we move through the second month ...
Tags: Science, US, Chicago, West, Atlantic, United States, Arctic, Philadelphia, Snowfall, Cleveland, Accuweather, Arctic Circle, New England, Southeast, Buffalo New York, East


A Harry Styles and Lizzo island concert turned nightmarish after fans were forced to evacuate into floodwaters, drawing Fyre Festival comparisons

The Planet Pepsi Zero Sugar party was held in a newly constructed facility on Watson Island, and fans could only reach the venue via Uber.
Tags: Science, Lizzo, Watson Island


Hulu Set to Pick Up Justin Simien's New Horror Flick Bad Hair

One of the titles with a lot of energy coming out of Sundance this past week is Bad Hair, a new horror film from Dear White People creator Justin Simien. The satirical shocker, about an ambitious career woman in 1989 who gets a weave to succeed on TV only to find that the weave may, in fact, be haunted, has had a lot…Read more...
Tags: Science, Horror, Hulu, Laverne Cox, Bad Hair, James Van Der Beek, Lena Waithe, Justin Simien, Dear White People


Fears of global economic slowdown as virus follows trade war

China, and the world, were already burdened by tariffs. Now, some say the coronavirus could undermine fragile growthWith tens of millions of Chinese people quarantined inside their cities and thousands of factories closed, it is already clear that the coronavirus is about to sideswipe the global economy.Last year’s tit-for-tat trade war between China and the US, which involved both sides slapping import tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of goods, knocked China’s already ailing GD...
Tags: Business, Science, China, US, Economics, World news, Infectious Diseases, Global Economy, US economy, Chinese Economy, Coronavirus outbreak


Stop Touching Your Face

The new decade has brought along a SARS-like, pneumonia-causing coronavirus that’s already sickened at least 9,000 people and killed over 200 worldwide. If you’re scared about threats like the Wuhan virus, then there’s one very easy thing you can start doing for the sake of your health and others—stop touching your…Read more...
Tags: Science, Infectious Diseases, Outbreak, Hygiene, Wuhan, 2019 Ncov, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus


Solar Orbiter completes preparation for launch

With all testing complete, Europe's audacious mission to our star is placed atop its launch rocket.
Tags: Europe, Science


Save Up to 50% Off Patagonia, The North Face, Sorel and More During Backcountry's Huge Semi-Annual Sale

Semi-Annual Sale | Backcountry Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Patagonia, Backcountry Deals


Pick Up This 27" Curved AOC Gaming Monitor to Play League of Legends Just $170 Right Now

AOC C27G1 27" Curved Frameless Gaming Monitor | $170 | AmazonRead more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Amazon deals, Aoc


Coronavirus: officials seek people linked to UK cases as some airlines stop China flights – live news

Death toll rises, with almost 12,000 confirmed cases of infection in China. Follow the latest developmentsUS bars foreign nationals in China recently‘City is suffocating’: Wuhan diaryTwo in UK test positive for virusShare your stories 12.24pm GMT A British man who has remained in Wuhan to be with his wife and family is worried he will be forgotten by the UK government.The Foreign Office (FCO) said it would have “limited” ability to help Britons in China after it made the decision to withdraw...
Tags: UK, Science, China, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Public Health England, Wuhan, Foreign Office FCO, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus: officials seek people with contact to UK cases as some airlines stop China flights – live news

Death toll rises, with almost 12,000 confirmed cases of infection in China. Follow the latest developmentsUS bars foreign nationals who have recently travelled to China‘The city is suffocating’: diary of the Wuhan lockdownTwo people in Britain test positive for coronavirusHelp or hindrance? How Chinese politics affected responseShare your stories 11.36am GMT Three Chinese citizens were denied entry to Erbil International Airport, in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq, over fears ab...
Tags: UK, Science, China, Iraq, World news, US news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Dubai, Kurdistan, Wuhan, Kurdistan Region, Erbil, Erbil International Airport


Coronavirus latest updates: Australia bans foreign arrivals from China as deaths hit 259 – live news

Death toll rises, with 11,000 confirmed cases of infection in China, as some airlines stop flights in to Beijing and Shanghai. Follow the latest developmentsUS bars foreign nationals who have recently travelled to China‘The city is suffocating’: diary of the Wuhan lockdownTwo people in Britain test positive for coronavirusHelp or hindrance? How Chinese politics affected responseShare your stories 6.25am GMT Britain is withdrawing some staff from its embassy and consulates in China due to the...
Tags: UK, Science, Australia, China, World news, US news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Shanghai, British Embassy, Wuhan, Morrison, Coronavirus outbreak, China Essential


West Virginia Plans to Allow Mobile Voting for Disabled People in 2020 Race

While e-voting still has a lot of the U.S. nervous and fretting about cybersecurity concerns, West Virginia is planning to roll out the mobile voting technology to even more residents. Governor Jim Justice aims to sign a bill next week requiring that all counties provide an online ballot option to voters with…Read more...
Tags: Science, Voting, West Virginia, Online, Jim Justice, Voting Machines, Online Voting, Voting Infrastructure



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