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Rocket Lab will launch a NASA cubesat to the Moon

Rocket Lab will fulfill its dreams of launching payloads to the Moon. NASA has picked Rocket Lab to carry its CAPSTONE (Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment) cubesat into the Moon's orbit in early 2021. An Electron rocket will launch from NASA's Wallops facility in Virginia, with the Photon platform sending CAPSTONE into a trans-lunar injection. The cubesat will only handle the last stage, when it propels itself into a cislunar orbit.
Tags: Science, Virginia, Nasa, Capstone, Wallops


A cruise ship passenger tested positive for coronavirus after hundreds of other passengers disembarked and dispersed all over the world

The Westerdam cruise ship spent weeks at sea after five ports rejected it. Now, one of its former passenger tested positive for coronavirus.
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A cruise-ship passenger tested positive for the coronavirus after hundreds of other passengers disembarked and dispersed all over the world

The Westerdam cruise ship spent weeks at sea after five ports rejected it. Now, one of its former passengers has tested positive for the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus updates: China's second worst-hit city bans residents from leaving home – live news

People who flout new order in Xiaogan city in central Hubei face detention for 10 days as global death toll reaches 1,775. Follow live news and latest updates 4.22am GMT Just a bit more on the new measures in the city of Xiaogan, that confine residents to their homes ... on Friday, the state media outlet, Xinhua, reported that all residents in the city would not be allowed to exit and re-enter their communities or residential areas. Today’s announcement appears to be a further escalation of ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Science, China, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Wuhan, East Asia, Hubei, Xinhua, Deutsche Welle, William Yang, Coronavirus outbreak, Xiaogan


Coronavirus updates: US flies out its Diamond Princess passengers as China cases pass 70,000 – live news

Global death toll reaches 1,770 with first case in Taiwan, as Canada prepares to airlift its citizens from Japan cruise ship. Follow live news and latest updates 1.21am GMT China’s ambassador in Australia, Chen Jingye, is giving an interview on Sky News Australia about the coronavirus outbreak.“This is controllable. This is curable,” he says. “So we have every confidence and capacities to win against the epidemic.” 1.07am GMT Chinese state media is reporting that penalties up to life imp...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Science, Australia, China, US, World news, Australia news, Taiwan, Canada, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Sky News Australia, Coronavirus outbreak, Chen Jingye


Anesthetized Monkeys, First Thoughts About YouTube and Terrible Star Wars Dads: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

These are some of the best words on the Internet: Happy three-day weekend! We hope you’re enjoying the time off. Does anyone else feel like February has flown by? When I was younger, I used to think that only “older” people said things like “time sure flies by.” Now, I want to eat my words every time I say the same…Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Samsung, Brain, Birds, Oscars, Huawei, Parasite, Kingdom Come, Best Of Gizmodo, PS5, Star Trek Picard


Puerto Rico, A Territory in Recession, Falls Prey to a More Than $4 Million Online Scam

Authorities in Puerto Rico reported this week that hackers had targeted more than four million dollars in government funds in recent months. The attack unsettled lawmakers on the island, who criticized the vague explanations given by the government at a time when Puerto Rico is in a financial crisis. Read more...
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Barbara Remington, Whose Lord of the Rings Illustrations Were Beloved By Everyone Except Tolkien, Has Died

Before Peter Jackson’s movies, the visual identity of Lord of the Rings was the territory of artists and animators. And few created a vision so iconic, and so loosely related to the actual books, as Barbara Remington. Read more...
Tags: Science, Illustrations, Lord Of The Rings, Peter Jackson, Ballantine Books, Barbara Remington, Barbara Remington Read


No, Pete Buttigieg's Campaign Didn't Make A Sockpuppet Twitter Account Claiming to Be Nigerian

Is the vehemently pro-Buttigieg account @easychineduu actually a staffer for the Democratic candidate trying to curry favor with minority voters? Or is it just the latest in a series of troll attacks on the 2020 presidential nominee?Read more...
Tags: Science, Democrats, President, Conspiracy Theories, Democratic Debate, Buttigieg, Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Election, 2020 Presidential Election


Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip Sure Does Look Fragile in this Durability Test

Samsung’s proclaimed that it has “done the impossible” with its Galaxy Z Flip, that the smartphone even “bends the laws of physics.” But now a new durability test video has us questioning whether its screen really is made of that ultra-thin glass that’s supposed to set it apart from the company’s other bendable phone,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, Foldable Phones, Galaxy Z Flip


This Unsettlingly Accurate Deepfake Casts Tom Holland and Robert Downey, Jr. in Back to the Future

Deepfake technology continues to weird me out. It seems just a matter of time until it changes how we experience visual media. These just look so damn persuasive, and I have to imagine they’re only going to get better. Or worse, depending on how you look at it. Read more...
Tags: Science, Robert Downey Jr, Back To The Future, Tom Holland, Deepfakes


Human composting could be the future of deathcare

Washington becomes first US state to legalise practice as interest in green burials surges in UKIt is viewed as a fitting end for a banana skin or a handful of spent coffee grounds. But now people are being urged to consider human composting and other environmentally friendly “deathcare” options.Speaking before a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Seattle on Sunday, Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, a professor of soil science and sustainable agriculture at Washin...
Tags: Science, Washington, Environment, US, World news, Death and dying, Seattle, Compost, Washington State University, Lynne Carpenter Boggs


Sonic the Hedgehog Had the Best Domestic Opening of Any Video Game Movie Ever

It used to be conventional wisdom that video game movies were not a way to walk the path to success. Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, and a whole pile of bizarre failed ‘90s game adaptations tell the tale of a film niche that was better left alone. But that may be changing, and Sonic the Hedgehog might be the harbinger. Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega, Paramount, Sonic


AI systems claiming to 'read' emotions pose discrimination risks

Expert says technology deployed is based on outdated science and therefore is unreliableArtificial Intelligence (AI) systems that companies claim can “read” facial expressions is based on outdated science and risks being unreliable and discriminatory, one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of emotion has warned.Lisa Feldman Barrett, professor of psychology at Northeastern University, said that such technologies appear to disregard a growing body of evidence undermining the notion t...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Technology, UK News, Computing, Consciousness, Northeastern University, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Artificial intelligence (AI


New research suggests stars don’t collapse — they explode!!!

By conducting experimental research with matter 10 million times denser and 25 times denser than that found at the centre of the sun, researchers have determined the nature of the nuclear processes that occur within intermediate-mass stars. Our understanding of the deaths of both low and high mass stars are fairly sound, but the team’s findings could change how we think about the fate of stars that lie in between. They suggest that such stars may not collapse, as previously believed, but instead...
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A 21-year-old Canadian woman in Wuhan says she won't evacuate because she can't abandon her cat. Here's what her life is like under lockdown.

Canadian citizen Kristina Shramko has been filming YouTube videos insider her Wuhan loft. The quarantine has taken a mental toll on her, she said.
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They Wanted Research Funding, So They Entered the Lottery

A few years ago, Anna Ponnampalam did something out of the box: She entered a lottery. But she wasn't buying scratch-off tickets promising cash for life. She was trying to win funding for her medical research.Her application wasn't successful. All proposals go through an initial quality and eligibility check, which hers did not pass; those that get to enter the pool then get selected at random for funding. But Ponnampalam, a reproductive biologist at the University of Auckland in New Zea...
Tags: Science, Germany, New York Times, New Zealand, National Institutes of Health, Barnett, Indiana University, Bloomington, Brisbane Australia, Swiss National Science Foundation, Queensland University of Technology, University of Auckland, U S National Science Foundation, Volkswagen Foundation, Bollen, Research Integrity


Fresh blanket of snow forecast for snow-weary northern tier of the US

Another wave of snow will target the northern tier of the United States, bringing nuisance snow for the start of the week.The same storm will first take aim at the Rockies, whitening the ground from Salt Lake City to Denver into Monday and producing upwards of a foot of snow in the highest elevations of central Colorado. Then the storm will shift north, aiming for the northern Plains."As many storms have done so far this winter, the snow will spread from northern Minnesota through northern New E...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, Minneapolis, US, Canada, United States, Maine, Iowa, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Salt Lake City, Great Lakes, Montreal, Quebec, Denver


Winter storm to dish out another helping of snow to northern US

Another wave of snow will target the northern tier of the United States, bringing mainly nuisance snow for the start of the week.The same storm will first take aim at the Rockies, whitening the ground from Salt Lake City to Denver into Monday and producing upwards of a foot of snow in the highest elevations of central Colorado. The storm will then shift north and aim for the northern Plains. "As many storms have done so far this winter, the snow will spread from the Upper Midwest through nort...
Tags: Science, Minneapolis, US, Canada, United States, Maine, Iowa, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Salt Lake City, Great Lakes, Montreal, Quebec, Denver, Accuweather


The First Trailer for Syfy's Vagrant Queen Promises a Sassy Space Opera Adventure

A queen on the run. A deadbeat. A mechanic. And a whole galaxy looking to shoot ‘em, or hunt ‘em down, or toss ‘em out the airlock. Sounds like fun. Read more...
Tags: Science, Syfy, Space Opera, Magdalene Visaggio, Vagrant Queen


Coronavirus: US to evacuate Americans onboard cruise ship

Diamond Princess evacuations to begin as China announces death toll in country up to 1,665Hundreds of American passengers were poised to leave the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan, as local health authorities said a further 70 people onboard had tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 355.The expected removal of US citizens from the ship, moored at Yokohama, south of Tokyo, came as other countries said they would fly their citizens home just four days before the offi...
Tags: Japan, Science, China, US, World news, US news, Medical Research, Canada, Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Yokohama, Diamond Princess, Coronavirus outbreak


Examining how often care, ICU admissions were consistent with treatment-limiting orders near end of life

Patients with chronic life-limiting illnesses often have medical orders with treatment limitations in place regarding medical interventions and intensive care unit admissions near the end of their lives. This observational study included about 1,800 patients with such orders who were hospitalized within six months of their death to examine how often care was consistent with those orders.
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Our digital afterlife

It's a problem unique to the 21st century: What happens to your digital self after you die? Social media pages and accounts often turn into memorials when someone dies, giving people a chance to still feel connected to those they've lost. But after we're gone, who owns the information on our pages? Who can access them? Faheem Hussain, a clinical assistant professor at Arizona State University (ASU), will explore this topic in his discussion at the AAAS annual meeting.
Tags: Science, AAAS, Arizona State University ASU, Faheem Hussain


Old Irish 'clachan' found in South Australia

The oldest known Australian example of a communal type of Irish settlement has been 'unearthed' in a dusty paddock in rural South Australia. An extensive geophysical study of the Baker's Flat Irish settlement site near Kapunda has found the first -- and possibly largest -- clachan in Australia, says Flinders archaeologist Susan Arthure.
Tags: Science, Australia, South Australia, Flinders, Kapunda


Researchers create new tools to monitor water quality, measure water insecurity

A wife-husband team will present both high-tech and low-tech solutions for improving water security at this year's American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Seattle on Sunday, Feb. 16. Northwestern University's Sera Young and Julius Lucks come from different ends of the science spectrum but meet in the middle to provide critical new information to approach this global issue.
Tags: Science, Seattle, Northwestern University s Sera Young, Julius Lucks


Another blast of cold air to infiltrate US this week

Cold air will dive down from Canada and greet much of the central and eastern United States by the end of the week.Following a swath of snow pushing through the northern tier early in the week, colder air will move in behind and move even farther south into parts of the south.While the temperatures expected during the middle of the week will not be as brutal as the last cold spell, it will still be a drastic change."Before the storm that moves through the eastern half of the country, places from...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, US, Atlanta, Chicago, Canada, United States, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Accuweather, New England, Pittsburgh, Midwest, Northeast, Tennessee Valley, Charlotte North Carolina


Environmental solutions to go global

New Australian technology that could fix some of the world's biggest environmental pollution problems -- oil spills, mercury pollution and fertiliser runoff -- will soon be available to global markets following the signing of a landmark partnership with Flinders University.
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Arctic blast to send a chill through midwestern, eastern US

Cold air will dive down from Canada and greet much of the central and eastern United States by the end of the week.Following a swath of snow pushing through the northern tier early in the week, colder air will move in behind the storm and even farther south into parts of the south.While the temperatures expected during the middle of the week will not be as brutal as the last cold spell with temperatures some 5 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit higher, it will still be a drastic change.A warmup will prece...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, US, Atlanta, Chicago, Canada, United States, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Accuweather, New England, Pittsburgh, Midwest, Tennessee Valley, Charlotte North Carolina, Syracuse New York


Facial expressions don't tell the whole story of emotion

Facial expressions might not be reliable indicators of emotion, research indicates. In fact, it might be more accurate to say we should never trust a person's face, new research suggests.
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Hate Those Robocalls? This Service Lets You Sue Them for Up to $3,000 Per Annoying Call

Until now, the majority of us might have simply hung up on robocallers. However, there’s now a way to get back at the companies who torment you with endless robocalls that ask you for your information or try to sell you stuff. The solution is called Robo Revenge, a service that lets you sue the unwanted caller for up…Read more...
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