Funerals may have to be livestreamed as the coronavirus pushes the US to limit social gatherings

Some funeral homes are already offering free live-stream of services to accommodate guidelines that gatherings should not have more than 50 people.
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An animated map tracks the spread of the coronavirus as cases were reported in more than 145 countries

See when COVID-19 appeared in different countries along the course of the pandemic — from one country to more than 145 over three months.
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Senators Can't Work From Home During Coronavirus Pandemic, Mitch McConnell Says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t let senators work from home and will require all votes to be held in person in the chamber floor despite the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the Hill reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Congress, Senate, Mitch McConnell, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Social Distancing, Decorum Must Obviously Take Precedence

On the Plus Side, Maybe George R.R. Martin Will Finish Winds of Winter Now

Things are...bad, right? There’s a deadly disease spreading across the planet. The world’s governments and health organizations are struggling to catch up. Most people are isolated to their homes hoping to curb the panic, events are cancelled, and gathering places are almost all closed. Read more...
Tags: Science, Game Of Thrones, Authors, George Rr Martin, A Song Of Ice And Fire, The Winds Of Winter, Winds Of Winter, George R R Martin, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

2 charts show how the coronavirus outbreaks differ between the US and South Korea

While the US's daily number of new coronavirus cases continues to climb, South Korea's daily totals are dropping over time.
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Two charts show how the coronavirus outbreaks differ between the US and South Korea

While the US' daily number of new coronavirus cases continues to climb, South Korea's daily totals are dropping over time.
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Coronavirus live news: outbreak reaches every US state as Australia says isolation could last six months

EU implements strictest travel ban in history; Australian PM declares ‘human biosecurity emergency’; British restaurants and museums close. Follow the latest updates. Coronavirus latest: at a glanceUK: £330bn of guaranteed loans to be made available for businessesNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed temporarily from Iranian prisonHow to look after yourself and others in self-isolationShare your experiences 1.18am GMT Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has told the country that hoarding is ‘...
Tags: Europe, Science, Australia, California, Africa, US, Eu, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Scott Morrison, Gavin Newsom

Alphabet Still Needs to Answer a Big Question About Its Covid-19 Site

By now, you’ve probably heard about Verily, the strangely named Alphabet subsidiary that’s in charge of the “coronavirus testing website” endorsed by Donald Trump. Now that the company has launched the first round of its proposed coronavirus program in the Bay Area, there are a few specifics about the program that are…Read more...
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RIP Lyle Waggoner, Wonder Woman's Stalwart Steve Trevor

Before Chris Pine headed to World War I for Diana of Themyscira in Wonder Woman (or donned a particularly choice tracksuit for Wonder Woman 1984), there was one definitive live-action Steve Trevor: Lyle Waggoner, who sadly passed away today at the age of 84.Read more...
Tags: Science, Rip, Diana, Wonder Woman, DC Entertainment, Chris Pine, Lynda Carter, Steve Trevor, Lyle Waggoner

Coronavirus news: trials longer than three days to be put on hold in UK – live updates

UK measures to last at least ‘several months’; Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed temporarily; Saudi Arabia to stage virtual G20 summit. Follow the latest updatesCoronavirus latest: at a glanceUK: £330bn of guaranteed loans to be made available for businessesNazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed temporarily from Iranian prisonHow to look after yourself and others in self-isolationShare your experiences 10.23pm GMT Gambia’s health ministry has reported its first case of coronavirus; a 20-year-old woma...
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53 airlines are suspending or severely reducing flights as coronavirus-related travel restrictions shake the industry — here's the full list

Reduced demand for travel has caused airlines to temporarily shutter operations as COVID-19 continues to spread and nations close borders.
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Australia issues its highest travel advisory ever, warning citizens not to travel overseas as coronavirus spreads

"Regardless of your destination, age or health, our advice is do not travel at this time," the government's travel advisory website states.
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Major Book Publisher Abandons Terrible Plan to Keep New Ebooks Out of Libraries

Trying to maintain social distance while not losing your mind from boredom? Your public library’s collection of ebooks is an excellent resource, and now you have an even larger selection: One of the Big Five U.S. publishers walked back its 8-week delay on licensing new ebook releases to libraries.Read more...
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Tesla's Removal Of Features On Used Cars Appears To Be In Violation Of Its Own Rules

Last month we reported about Tesla’s occasional practice of removing features like Autopilot and Ludicrous mode from used cars after they’d been purchased by people who bought the cars with those features enabled. While Tesla eventually restored the removed features to the subject of the original story, I’ve been in…Read more...
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The increase in US coronavirus cases over time looks like a steep staircase — a sign that the outbreak is far from contained

The number of new coronavirus cases reported each day in the US has been rising quickly since March 5.
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Some doctors treating coronavirus patients in New York are already reusing face masks because they're running out of supplies

A rash of panic-buying and worldwide demand has led to a shortage of masks to protect medical workers treating coronavirus patients in the US.
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The coronavirus lives on copper for 4 hours, on cardboard for 1 day, and on plastic for 3 days, new research says. Here's how to disinfect these surfaces properly.

The coronavirus tends to spread via droplets passed between people. But viral particles can also live on surfaces for hours or days.
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Vulkan API Now Supports Ray Tracing and That's Great News If You Game

Khronos Group, the company behind the Vulkan application programming interface (API), announced today that it now supports ray tracing the buzzword friendly feature Nvidia pushed and console makers like Sony and Microsoft seem to be adopting into their next-gen consoles. The support makes it the only cross-OS platform…Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Intel, Sony, Nvidia, Amd, Api, Khronos Group, Vulkan, Ray Tracing

Ukrainian Ad Agency Raided by Police and Accused of Aiding Piracy

Despite the fact that many of us might be too busy Netflix-and-chilling to bother pirating our favorite cartoons from the ‘90s, the truth is that torrenting sites still make bank from the folks logging on. And now, it looks like some state authorities are cracking down on these profits. Read more...
Tags: Science, Ukraine, Netflix, Piracy, Pirates

Discovery in Tomb Reveals Ancient Game of Donkey Polo

Archaeologists in China have unearthed a tomb belonging to a 9th-century noblewoman who was buried alongside her donkeys, which she likely rode while playing an ancient version of polo.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Anthropology, Polo, Imperial China, Donkeys, Ancient China, Ancient Sports

France told people to avoid ibuprofen if they're experiencing coronavirus symptoms, but not all experts agree

It's unclear how some anti-inflammatories may affect COVID-19. Talk to your doctor before stopping any prescription med for a chronic condition.
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CO2-based vodka startup Air Co. fully redirects its tech to making hand sanitizer for donation

An NYC-based startup that developed technology that extracts carbon dioxide from the air and combines it with water to create vodka has redirected its entire production capacity towards producing hand sanitizer, every bottle of which will be donated through collaboration with NYC officials, and potentially to local restaurants who employ delivery personnel providing critical service as social distancing and isolation measures continue. Air Co. launched its vodka just last year, using a process i...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Science, Hardware, NYC, New York City, Tech, Nasa, Chemistry, Xprize, Ethanol, Vodka, Carbon Dioxide, Constantine, air Co

Pfizer and BioNTech announce joint development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine

Pharma giant Pfizer announced on Tuesday that it’s working with BioNTech, a German company working on new kinds of immunotherapy treatments, on a potential COVID-19 vaccine. The joint effort, confirmed Tuesday via a signed letter of intent, will see both partners work together on a a messenger RNA-based vaccine that will seek to prevent people from contracting the new coronavirus. It’s worth a reminder that any vaccine is going to take, at minimum, between a year and 18 months to develop and ...
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The US Navy is preparing 2 fully-equipped hospital ships to help fight coronavirus 'trauma' cases

The 2 US Navy hospital ships will specifically focus on trauma cases if deployed, given the limited amount of space aboard.
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Charter Employees Clash With Managers Over ISP's 'Self-Serving' No-Work-From-Home Policy

As companies continue to shutter amid the ongoing global pandemic, urging and in some cases mandating that staff continue to work from home, one of the country’s largest telecommunications providers is facing allegations that top executives, contrary to expert medical advice, have prohibited employees from working…Read more...
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A new study pins down the source of the 'rapid spread' of the coronavirus in China — people with little or no symptoms

People infected but undiagnosed with COVID-19 were the source of 79% of reported cases in China before January 23, according to a new study.
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The average coronavirus patient infects at least 2 others, suggesting the virus is far more contagious than flu

COVID-19 is more contagious than the seasonal flu, but less contagious than measles. Here's why that measure is so important.
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AMC, Regal, Alamo Drafthouse, and Cinemark Are Closing Theaters Because of the Coronavirus

With every day comes a new report of someone having contracted the novel (which is to say distinct) coronavirus that has the world on high alert. Right now, the smartest thing people who don’t feel sick can do is to minimize the amount of time they spend in public spaces, and theater chains are doing their part to…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Amc, Theaters, Box Office, Cinemark, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, AMC Regal Alamo Drafthouse

U.S. Reportedly In Talks To Use Your Location Data to Contain the Pandemic

No matter how we feel about tackling the current coronavirus situation, the consensus from federal and public health officials seems to be the same: we need more data to do it. So naturally, it makes sense to look to the data-hoovering tech companies to lend their expertise on the issue. At least, that’s what’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Data, Tracking, What Could Go Wrong, Coronavirus

Onward and Lord of the Rings Get RPGs and More Gaming News, Including Covid-19 Updates

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's column all about the latest in board games and tabletop roleplaying games. The coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things in a very short amount of time, and we’ve got some updates on where you can find news for cancelled gaming events and in-person gathering bans. In…Read more...
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