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Kenya is being menaced by swarms of billions of locusts and has only 5 small planes spraying pesticide to fight back

A single swarm can be as a large as 250 football fields and have as a many as 150 million locusts, regional authorities told the Associated Press.
Tags: Science, Kenya


Alphabet Finally Discloses Size of YouTube's Ad Business: Over $15 Billion in 2019

Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. has disclosed how much YouTube’s advertising business rakes in for the first time, writing in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the streaming giant made just shy of $15.15 billion in ad revenue in fiscal year 2019. It made some $4.79 billion of it in Q4 2019…Read more...
Tags: Google, Video, Science, Technology, Youtube, Advertising, Social Media, Sundar Pichai, Securities And Exchange Commission, Alphabet, Alphabet Inc


Kenya is being menaced by swarms of billions of locusts, and only has 5 small planes spraying pesticide to fight back

A single swarm can be as a large as 250 football fields and have as a many as 150 million locust, regional authorities told the AP.
Tags: Science, Kenya


Sci-Fi Has Never Been More at One With Nature Than in These Posters

When you think sci-fi, you think metal. You think space. You think speed, technology, lasers, and everything mechanical. You don’t think trees. You don’t think grass, rivers, or flowers. And yet, the crossovers between nature and sci-fi are everywhere, which is especially evident in this beautiful new art show.Read more...
Tags: Art, Star Wars, Science, Jurassic Park, Game Of Thrones, Posters, Lord Of The Rings, Logan, Stranger Things, The Witch, Gallery 1988, Nan Lawson, The Witcher, Spider Man Into The Spider Verse, The Neverending Story


Coronavirus: China wildlife trade ban 'should be permanent'

China should apply a permanent ban on the wildlife trade in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Tags: Science, China


Iowa Caucus Results May Take a Few More Hours to Roll in Due to Election App Problem [Update: Hoo Boy]

Update: 11:30 p.m. ET: Reports of some problems with the app the Iowa Democratic Party is using to collect and tabulate results appear to have been somewhat... understating the situation. It is now hours after the process of releasing caucus results was expected to begin—and instead, there’s been little beyond reports…Read more...
Tags: Apps, Politics, Elections, Science, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Cybersecurity, Iowa, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Iowa Caucus, Tom Steyer, Iowa Democratic party, Tulsi Gabbard, Tech Policy


Iowa Caucus Results May Take a Few More Hours to Roll in Due to Election App Problem

Monday night’s Iowa caucus results—officially marking the transition of the 2020 Democratic nomination contest from a shouting match into something closer to a knife fight—may be delayed due to last-minute issues with an app used by election officials, Bloomberg reported.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Politics, Elections, Science, Elizabeth Warren, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Cybersecurity, Iowa, Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Iowa Caucus, Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard, Tech Policy


China gave a rare admission of fault, admitting 'deficiencies' in its response to the Wuhan coronavirus that has now infected more than 20,000 people

It is unusual for China to admit it got something wrong — but the exceptional scale of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus makes it hard to ignore.
Tags: Science, China, Wuhan


Pablo Escobar's Brother Wants to 'Kill Samsung' With Another Folding Phone

As if the Pablo Escobar Fold 1 wasn’t enough, there is now a second Pablo Escobar-branded folding smartphone. The name? Wait for it—the Pablo Escobar Fold 2. Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Smartphones, Pablo Escobar, Folding Phone, Samsung Galaxy Fold, Dont Feed Them To The Hippos, Pablo Escobar Fold 2, Pablo Escobar Fold


Cars Outside Jeff Bezos' DC House Racked Up Nearly $17,000 in Parking Tickets During $12 Million Renovation

Cars parked outside $12 million renovation project at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ D.C. mansion were tagged with at least 564 separate parking tickets costing nearly $17,000, of which $5,600 were listed as unpaid in DMV records, WUSA 9 recently reported.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Real Estate, Science, Technology, Washington Dc, DMV, Rumors, Jeff Bezos, WUSA, HQ2


The Voice of Star Wars’ Babu Frik Came From Harry Potter's Bathroom

Hey, hey! Here’s something you may not know about Babu Frik!Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Harry Potter, Lucasfilm, Sound, Voiceover, Matthew Wood, Shirley Henderson, Voice Acting, Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker, Babu Frik, Babu Frik Read


How Twitch Encourages Fans To Obsess Over Streamers' Viewership Numbers

Sit in any sizable streamer’s Twitch chat for long enough, and the topic of numbers is bound to come up. Why isn’t viewership what it used to be? Why has the streamer plateaued? Why aren’t they as big as [insert bigger streamer here]? After a while, it starts to wear on some streamers.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Youtube, Streaming, Twitch, Mixer


People could get the novel coronavirus more than once, health experts warn — recovering does not necessarily make you immune

China's Health Commission warns that patients who have contracted the novel coronavirus could be at risk of getting it again.
Tags: Science, China s Health Commission


'Anonymized' Data Is Meaningless Bullshit

When most of us think of how the concept of “data” has been skewered by the press, we’re probably thinking about an app’s location data tipping off our home address, or apps like Grindr tipping advertisers off about our sexuality. What’s less scrutinized, both by the public and by those in public office, is data that’…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Stop Trying To Make Anonymization Happen, Fakemodo


Scientists Slam Congress's New Plan for NASA

A recently proposed House bill that calls for NASA to send humans to Mars in 2033 is coming under fire from scientists who think it would be a mistake to assign secondary importance to a lunar mission and to neglect technological contributions from the private sector.Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Nasa, House, Space Exploration, Mars, Artemis, Lunar Missions, Mars Missions


Death toll rises as public health officials work to combat coronavirus

Days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global public health emergency due to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, the number of confirmed cases continued to climb.The virus, which was first detected in the Chinese province of Hubei on Dec. 31, 2019, and has shut down the metropolis of Wuhan where more than 11 million reside, has infected over 17,000 in China, and killed 361 according to the country's National Health Commission.According to The New York Times, the dea...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, California, Cdc, China, Taiwan, United States, The New York Times, Times, University Of Virginia, Accuweather, Wuhan, Hubei, World Health Organization WHO, Taipei Taiwan, Centers for Disease Control CDC


The genetic code of the Wuhan coronavirus shows it's 80% similar to SARS. New research suggests a potential way to neutralize the virus.

The Wuhan coronavirus that has infected more than 17,000 people is closely related to SARS. Experts say the virus probably jumped from bats to people.
Tags: Science, Wuhan


10 myths about the coronavirus, including a link to meat-eating and imported packages

People are peddling red algae and a "miracle" bleach as potential coronavirus cures, but don't be fooled.
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The Wuhan Coronavirus Has Officially Killed More People Than SARS in Mainland China

China passed a bleak milestone over the weekend, as more people in mainland China have now died of the newly discovered coronavirus than did during the SARS outbreak, which also began in China almost two decades ago. Cases in other countries are also increasing each day.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Outbreak, Mainland China, Sars, 2019 Ncov, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus


The US has confirmed 11 cases of the coronavirus across 5 states. Here's what we know about all the US patients.

The US has confirmed 11 cases of the coronavirus: six in California, two in Illinois, and one each in Arizona, Massachusetts, and Washington.
Tags: Science, California, US, Illinois, Arizona Massachusetts


Miami Is Fucked

Miami might be fresh on the mind for some because—hello!—Jennifer Lopez and Shakira completely stole the show at the Super Bowl Sunday. However, Miami is always on our minds at Earther because of climate change. And a recent report has put it front and center yet again because it shows just how vulnerable Miami (and…Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Sea Level Rise, Jennifer Lopez, Miami, Shakira, Carbon Pricing


Elon Musk to solve self-driving with a ‘Super Fun’ AI hackathon

Tesla CEO Elon Musk yesterday announced that he’s throwing a “Super Fun AI Party/Hackathon” with Tesla engineers and a select group of invitees. Tesla will hold a super fun AI party/hackathon at my house with the Tesla AI/autopilot team in about four weeks. Invitations going out soon. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 2, 2020 This comes on the heels of last week’s fourth quarter earnings call, where Business Insider reports Musk admitted Tesla was at least a “few months” from rolling out “feature...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Science, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Musk, Insider


Breaking Down Those First Clips of WandaVision, Loki, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Unlike Marvel’s previous live-action series whose connections to the larger MCU were tenuous at best, Disney+’s WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki are all set within the narrative orbit of Marvel’s films, making each of them an important piece of the franchise’s future as the studio plows forward…Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Streaming, Marvel Comics, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Falcon, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Loki, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, X Men, Disney Plus, WandaVision


Quibi Drops New Trailers for Its Weird, Bite-Sized Streaming Service Shows

Quibi officially launches in a little over two months, meaning that the funky, mobile-first streaming service is ramping up the hype by teasing out a handful of trailers for its short-form video series, a couple of which I’ll, somewhat begrudgingly, admit look pretty good!Read more...
Tags: Science, Trailers, Streaming, Streaming Wars, Quibi


NASA sets 2022 launch for air quality sensor that will provide hourly updates across North America

NASA is sending to orbit aboard a Maxar 1300-class satellite (whose primary mission is to provide commercial satellite communications for Intelsat customers) a payload that could help improve air quality forecasting, the agency announced today. NASA’s new air quality measurement tool is called “TEMPO,” which stands for Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, and it’ll provide hourly measurements of the levels of gases in the atmosphere over North America, including ozone, nitrogen di...
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NASA sets 2022 launch for air quality sensor that will provide hourly updates across North American

NASA is sending a payload that could help improve air quality forecasting to orbit aboard a Maxar 1300-class satellite whose primary mission is to provide commercial satellite communications for Intelsat customers, the agency announced today. NASA’s new air quality measurement tool is called ‘TEMPO,’ which stands for Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution, and it’ll provide hourly measurements of the levels of gases in the atmosphere over North America, including ozone, nitrogen dioxide...
Tags: TC, South Korea, Space, Science, La, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Palo Alto, European Space Agency, Private Equity, Epa, North America, Environmental Protection Agency, Spaceflight, Aerospace


MIT Built a Smart Surface That Could Give Wifi a Megaboost

Faster wireless speeds are on the way, but getting good signal strength in offices and homes is still a problem. To help address that problem, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a type of “smart surface” that it says can boost a phone’s signal strength…Read more...
Tags: Science, Mit, Wireless, Wi Fi, Internet Speeds, But Does It Come In Different Colors


The most checked-out book of all time made for 'perfect snowstorm' in Black History

The New York Public Library has been loaning books for more than a century. To celebrate 125 years of inspiring readers of all ages, the library calculated the Top 10 Checkouts of All Time.The most checked-out book of all time is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. The book has been borrowed 485,583 times as of the latest accounting, besting Dr. Suess' The Cat in the Hat by more than 15,000 checkouts. 'The Snowy Day,' by Ezra Jack Keats, is the most checked-out book of all time at t...
Tags: Science, Life, Georgia, Npr, Pope, New York Public Library, Accuweather, Peter, Brooklyn New York, Ezra, Ezra Jack Keats, Keats, New York Keep, Dexter Henry, DirecTV Frontier, Deborah Pope


Here's the Real Deal With That Leaked Star Wars Footage

Yes, that leaked Star Wars footage that surfaced last week was real. No, it’s not what you think it was.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Leaks, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Vfx, Concept Art, Rick McCallum, The Mandalorian, Stargate Studios, Star Wars Underworld


Toyota and Panasonic will start producing EV batteries in April

Toyota and Panasonic have announced a new agreement to start jointly developing and manufacturing electric vehicle batteries. The two Japanese companies say they're creating a company called Prime Planet Energy and Solutions that will begin producing square-shaped prismatic cells on April 1st. The company will employ approximately 5,100 people initially.
Tags: Science, Toyota, Panasonic, Prime Planet Energy and Solutions



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