The Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak : Should You Be Worried?

Symptoms of a Covid-19 virus infection – other than breathlessness, very similar to other flu symptoms There’s never been such a massive response to any previous infectious outbreak as there has been to what was originally generically termed and described as a new type of coronavirus, and which has now been officially named as Covid-19.Is this massive response, all around the world, necessary, or is it a panicked over-reaction?  Is the outbreak now almost under control and the threat it origin...
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While the world focuses on the coronavirus, people in China with other illnesses may pay a price long after the outbreak ends

"People with preexisting conditions, they're the ones who may suffer," Tolbert Nyenswah, a senior researcher at Johns Hopkins University, said.
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Cameo's Private Celeb Shout-out Videos Weren't So Private After All

Cameo is a delightful app. You can pay D-list celebrities—the tier of folks you’d watch on The Masked Singer or some other ridiculous reality show—to record personalized videos for you and your friends. Prices per video depend on each celeb’s rates, but paying a Real Housewife to send a surprise birthday greeting to a…Read more...
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Swiss Court Finds That Clicking 'Like' to Spread Hateful or Defamatory Content May Be a Crime

Mashing the Facebook share or like buttons on defamatory content as well as anti-Semitic propaganda or other far-right drivel could amount to a crime in Switzerland as a result of a ruling in Swiss Federal Court this week.Read more...
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How SARS terrified the world in 2003, infecting more than 8,000 people and killing 774

In 2003, the world watched in terror as a new virus called SARS infected thousands and killed hundreds. Here's how it happened.
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This 143-Slide Instruction Manual for the Nevada Democratic Caucus Makes It Real Simple

Following the Iowa caucus app mishap which fried the votes on computer and left us all confused about the official results, the Nevada State Democratic Party has planned for all eventualities and unleashed for caucus volunteers. The party has ditched the Shadow app that spectacularly…Read more...
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Meet the monkeyface prickleback, the hero we all need

This vegetarian tidepool dweller could be an answer to dietary protein in times of climate crisis, but who could ever eat a charmer like this?
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Actor Dee Bradley Baker on Returning to the Front Lines

Tomorrow, something Star Wars fans thought may never happen finally arrives: For one last season, The Clone Wars will make its explosive return. But although we can’t wait to see Anakin, Ahsoka, and Obi-Wan again, the show is kicking off with its focus rightfully on the rank-and-file heroes of the Republic, the clones…Read more...
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KidKraft Playset Connects With Alexa for Baby's First Self-Surveillance

Amazon’s privacy woes are no secret. There are a million and one reasons that privacy-minded consumers should be wary of Amazon’s smart gadgets and those of its . If a parent knows to think twice before buying a veritable Amazon surveillance device for themselves, why the hell would they buy one for their…Read more...
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These Birds Learned to Avoid Yucky Food by Watching Videos on the Computer

Wild-caught birds in Finland seemingly learned to avoid certain foods by watching videos of other birds eating the snacks and reacting negatively, according to a new study.Read more...
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EU Warns Google Buying Fitbit Presents a Major Privacy Risk

It wasn’t too long ago that Google announced it had plunked down $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit. While the news was welcomed by some, many others raised the question of what would happen with all that health data Fitbit had collected. You can count the European Data Protection Board among the latter. At its 18th…Read more...
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Nintendo Has a Cloud Problem

Nintendo showed off its latest first-party title, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this morning, and the reception was mostly good. However, noted that there’s at least one big problem with the yet-to-be-released game: You’re pretty screwed if you lose your save.Read more...
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Is the flu vaccine effective this year?

Flu vaccines are reducing doctor's visits for flu illness by 45 percent overall, according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC notes this is consistent with estimates of flu vaccine effectiveness (VE) from previous flu seasons that ranged from 40 percent to 60 percent when flu vaccine viruses were similar to circulating flu viruses."The VE findings reported today provide important evidence that 2019-20 flu vaccines are working to prot...
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Ancient humans interbred with a mysterious, archaic population 700,000 years ago, a study found — it's the earliest known mating between different human species

A new analysis of ancient DNA reveals that different populations of our human ancestors interbred as early as 700,000 years ago.
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Egyptologists think they may have found the secret chamber where Queen Nefertiti was buried

The groundbreaking finding is "tremendously exciting," said Ray Johnson, an Egyptologist at the University of Chicago.
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Study Suggests Early Humans Had Even More Interspecies Sex

Before we became the only remaining humans on the planet, Homo sapiens mated with Neanderthals and the closely related Denisovans. New research is now revealing that the common ancestor of Neanderthals and Denisovans interbred with its own predecessor, a population of “superarchaic” hominids.Read more...
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African killifish may hold key to stopping ageing in humans

Turquoise killifish is able to suspend its development for longer than its average lifespanThe curious ability of the African turquoise killifish to press pause on its development could have intriguing implications for human ageing, say researchers.Certain creatures, including the killifish, can put themselves into suspended animation as an embryo – a trait known as diapause. The phenomenon is thought to have evolved in response to pressures such as seasonal changes in the environment – for exam...
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North Carolina prepares for wintry blast as 437-day snow drought ends

Wintry conditions began making a rare appearance in North Carolina Thursday, and the state ramped up preparations to mitigate as many hazards as possible as the rain and snow moved in. For many areas, that has meant school being canceled, businesses being closed and residents staying inside.On Thursday morning, Gov. Roy Cooper said 29 school districts in the state would be closed for the day while 55 others were releasing students early in advance of the snow.> When you haven't seen snow in ...
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One Woman and Thousands of Lego Bricks Are Building a Town Much-Needed Wheelchair Ramps

In an effort to undo decades of building design and urban planning that’s made spaces inaccessible to those with mobility challenges, 62-year old Rita Ebel is spending part of her golden years building wheelchair ramps out of colorful Lego bricks in an effort to improve the small German town she calls home in several…Read more...
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Does weed make you lose weight? How one study sparked the debate

A study published in 2019 found lower rates of obesity in people who smoked weed. But that doesn't mean weed makes you lose weight. Here's why.
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Midwest, Northeast to feel like spring again, after winter's brief visit

The cold weather settling into the Midwest and Northeast this week would normally go unnoticed by the second half of February, but amid this winter's unusually mild weather, it stands out and still commands some respect for those who must work or spend time walking outdoors for any length of time.The leading edge of Arctic air produced snow squalls, gusty winds and blowing snow in the Montreal area on Wednesday morning, which were a factor in a fatal 200-vehicle pileup. Squalls associated wi...
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Even Brief Mediation Can Help People Deal With Pain Better, Study Finds

A little dose of mindfulness might ease your perception of pain and unpleasant emotions, a small new study suggests. People who practiced a brief thought exercise before touching something hot or seeing negative images were less affected than when they weren’t practicing mindfulness, researchers found.Read more...
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The original paleo diet included seafood with 22 times the safe limit of toxic metals, study finds

Archaeologists studying early humans in Norway found their seafood diet contained high levels of toxic heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium.
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Doctors look to HIV and Ebola drugs for coronavirus cure

Early results of trials on Covid-19 patients expected in MarchCoronavirus – latest newsDoctors are likely to know within two to three weeks whether drugs being used to treat patients infected with the new coronavirus are working, according to the World Health Organization.The timetable for early results from two trials taking place in China is short but feasible because of the large concentration of sick people at the centre of the outbreak in Hubei province. That allows a significant number of ...
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Floods Have Devastated Mississippi, and More Rain Is on the Way

This week, the Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi crested at 36.67 feet, the river’s third highest crest on record. The deluge devastated the area, flooding the streets and thousands of homes. Entire neighborhoods went underwater, and residents canoed down avenues.Read more...
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More heavy rain, wind to pound northwestern Europe as stormy pattern continues

For the past two weekends, Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis hammered northwestern Europe with damaging wind gusts and heavy rainfall that contributed to devastating flooding. As residents still work to recover, another windstorm is looming on the horizon.A parade of storms has been following a track over northern Europe for the past several weeks, and forecasters say there is no indication that this will change any time soon. One storm brought a quick round of blustery rain to the United Kingdom ...
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A simple animation by a planetary scientist reveals what would happen without leap years: December would eventually drift into summer

The animation shows how leap years solve a crucial problem with our calendar: a year isn't actually 365 days.
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More than half of all coronavirus cases outside China are from the Diamond Princess, but the cruise ship is already planning to set sail again in April

An infectious-diseases expert said the hygiene conditions on the Diamond Princess were abysmal, making him "so scared" of contracting the coronavirus.
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The New Westworld Season 3 Trailer Sets Up an Epic Showdown

When season two of Westworld ended back in April 2018, it felt like season three would never come. The year 2020 felt so far away. Well, that time has finally passed and Westworld season three is coming—with a brand-new trailer that hammers the point home in as epic a way possible.Read more...
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Twitter Update Makes It Easier to Continue One of Your Awful Threads

A new Twitter update makes it easier for users to follow up their dumb, old tweets via a “Continue thread” menu, allowing users to continue a thread without actually having to navigate to the tweet in question.Read more...
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