Trump Finally Admits COVID-19 Is Serious, Blames Europe for Spread of 'Foreign' Virus

In a speech to the nation on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump partially blamed the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic to the United States on Europe, announcing that the White House will take the unprecedented step of suspending travel by most foreign nationals from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days,…Read more...
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Congress Warns U.S. Will Be Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks Without Major Reform

A major congressional study of U.S. preparedness in cyberspace released this week found that the U.S. needs to catch up, and fast—or run the risk of being caught off guard by an adversary.Read more...
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The US decided to make its own coronavirus test, but the process was plagued by errors and delays. Here's a timeline of what went wrong.

Delays in US testing can be attributed, in part, to the CDC's decision to develop its own test, which turned out to be faulty.
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Police Used Facial Recognition to Arrest Over 1,100 People in India Last Month

Shortly after one of the worst riots New Delhi has seen in decades, law enforcement agencies in India used facial recognition technology to identify more than 1,100 people who allegedly took part in those riots at the end of February. India’s home minister, Amit Shah, told parliament that law enforcement provided its…Read more...
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$2 Billion Wasn't Enough to Keep Magic Leap Afloat, So Now It Wants to Find a Buyer

After years of drumming up ridiculous hype, producing a mediocre product, and raising an absurd amount of money (a little over $2 billion, to be a little more precise), augmented-reality start-up Magic Leap is reportedly looking to sell itself. According to Bloomberg, a sale could net the company more than $10 billion—…Read more...
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Richard E. Grant Will Grace Loki With His Presence

The adopted Asgardian god of trickery and general mischief is set to meet a number of new faces in Disney+’s upcoming Loki series—including, but not limited to, one belonging to a person very recently spotted in a galaxy far, far away.Read more...
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Amazon (Finally) Sets Up a Coronavirus Relief Fund for Its Contractors

In a company blog post today, Amazon announced it’s creating a financial safety net for its contingent workers, making it one of the last major tech companies to do so amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Read more...
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Previous coronavirus daily briefing updates, March 7-8

Current daily briefings on the coronavirus can be found here. Scroll below to read previous reports, listed in eastern time.Eight U.S. states have declared a state of emergency in response to confirmed coronavirus cases as of Sunday evening.Washington state, Florida and California were among the first to declare a state of emergency after confirming the the only fatalities in the U.S. There have been at least 21 deaths from the coronavirus in the nation, most of which have been from Washington.K...
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Report: Amazon and Gates Foundation aim to team up with scientists on home test kits for coronavirus

Amazon Care is offering assistance to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a plan to deliver coronavirus test kits to Seattle homes, CNBC reports. The plan as described would be a grand convergence involving two major players on Seattle's tech scene, plus the University of Washington and the Seattle Flu Study. Amazon Care is an on-demand healthcare clinic that's open on a pilot basis to Seattle-area Amazon employees and their families. CNBC quoted unnamed sources as saying Amazon has ...
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At least 18 Americans who've come down with the coronavirus are linked to an Egyptian cruise ship quarantined in the Nile River

"It's still unclear how many people came in contact with the group in the infected ship," a local police officer told the Associated Press.
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New Coronavirus Bill Aims to Help All Americans Vote From Home in Emergencies

In the wake of the World Health Organization (WHO) formally declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has introduced legislation that—depending on the spread of the new coronavirus in the United States—may require all states to allow Americans to vote using absentee ballots in the upcoming…Read more...
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Scientists successfully created a cybernetic neural network

An international team of researchers spread out over three labs in Switzerland, Italy, and the UK have successfully joined artificial neurons and an organic neuron to form the first operational biological-artificial hybrid neural network. They’ve made a cyborg. The team set out to recreate a classic experiment showing how neurons can “learn” by transferring information through synapses. In a classic neural network, various neurons “light up” in response to stimulus. Over time the neurons will re...
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Chelsea Manning Attempted Suicide in Jail, Is Recovering, Lawyers Say

Imprisoned activist and former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning attempted suicide on Wednesday in the Alexandria, Virginia, jail where she’s been held for a year following her refusal to testify before a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.Read more...
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Chelsea Manning Attempted Suicide in Jail on Wednesday, Lawyers Say

Imprisoned activist and former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning attempted suicide on Wednesday in the Alexandria, Virginia, jail where she’s been held for a year following her refusal to testify before a federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.Read more...
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This Excellent Art Show Is a 'Head' Above the Rest

Get it? Because it’s all heads.
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Budget 2020: UK to launch £800m 'blue skies' research agency

Brainchild of Dominic Cummings will seek to return Britain to its ‘pioneering scientific roots’, says chancellorThe government will pump at least £800m into a new “blue skies” science research agency as part of a series of pro-business measures designed to boost Britain’s competitive edge.The UK agency, the brainchild of Boris Johnson’s closest political adviser Dominic Cummings, will fund “high-risk, high reward science” and will be modelled on theAdvanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in the...
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All the different types of face masks, and who should wear them during the coronavirus outbreak

Healthy people should not buy masks, but people who are sick, caregivers, and healthcare workers can benefit from some protection. Here's a rundown.
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Scotland Was the Real 'Jurassic Park’ During the Reign of Dinosaurs, Newfound Footprints Suggest

Paleontologists working on the Isle of Skye in Scotland have uncovered around 50 dinosaur footprints, including track marks compatible with Stegosaurus. The discovery points to the tremendous ecological diversity of the region some 170 million years ago.Read more...
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Coronavirus death rates in South Korea reinforce a frightening pattern of how the disease affects older people

Death rates in South Korea have been lower than in other countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but elderly patients are still more at risk.
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A Fate Worse Than Death Visits a Dying City in This Exclusive Excerpt From Caitlin Starling's Yellow Jessamine

Caitlin Starling’s 2019 debut novel, Bram Stoker Award nominee The Luminous Dead, introduced an exciting new voice in horror-infused speculative fiction. This year, she’ll be releasing a new novella in a similar vein, Yellow Jessamine—and we’ve got an exclusive excerpt to share, along with the full cover.Read more...
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8 key exchanges from the testimony of the nation's top infectious disease expert who warned the US outbreak is going to 'get worse'

In these exchanges, Dr. Fauci painted a sobering picture of what the US faces in the coming weeks and months. "Bottom line, it's going to get worse."
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Vermont Seeks Injunction Against Clearview AI, Says Firm Broke Multiple State Laws

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the controversial face recognition company Clearview AI alleging its efforts to collect images of Vermonters without their consent to fuel a law enforcement database is in violation of multiple state laws.Read more...
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WHO executive director: Countries that haven't done enough to combat coronavirus 'know who you are'

The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic Wednesday in response to both the growing number and severity of cases.
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Italy to close all stores except for grocery stores, pharmacies, and those selling 'essentials' in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Italy has been the hardest-hit country outside China, with nearly 12,500 cases of COVID-19 and more than 800 deaths.
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Ice-Locked Arctic Science Expedition Faces Challenges After Team Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

An individual involved with an international expedition to study the effects of climate change in the Arctic has tested positive for the coronavirus, in a development that could interrupt this important science mission.Read more...
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YouTube Decides to Allow Some Creators to Monetize Coronavirus Content

NewsTubers, rejoice: YouTube has reversed course and decided to allow select creators to monetize coronavirus content. Previously, any video mentioning the word had their ads removed, per YouTube’s “sensitive content” policy which categorized the coronavirus as a global health crisis (in league with natural disasters,…Read more...
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Advice from a country with regular shortages: stop hoarding toilet paper, get ready for boredom | Dan McGarry

In Vanuatu, where cyclones regularly interrupt trade, we are watching the west’s collective panic with bemusementI’ve lived in the south Pacific island nation of Vanuatu for 16 years. Tropical weather regularly interrupts trade. Even when they’re hundreds of kilometres away, cyclones wreak havoc on shipping. Isolation and deprivation define our lives. We know better than most how to cope.So imagine our bemusement when we see ranks of empty shelves in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and the USA, d...
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The US is struggling to test more people for coronavirus. Now, it's facing a shortage of the materials used to run those tests.

Italy, South Korea, and China are "way ahead of us on testing," one US health system CEO told Business Insider.
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Take Advantage of the Lowest Price Ever on This 2-in-1 Slow Cooker

Ninja 2-in-1 Slow Cooker | $70 | MorningSave | Promo code GOMediaFree for free shippingRead more...
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Experts skeptical that warm weather will slow COVID-19 outbreak

A man wearing a mask as a precautionary measure against the spread of the new coronavirus gets his temperature taken at a small medical center that specializes in respiratory illnesses in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) As health officials around the world continue to learn more about the ongoing spread of COVID-19, one of the most pressing questions centers on the role of warmer weather, and whether or not it can subdue the spread of the outbreak, which the Wor...
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