Scientists: Drug hippos are... good?

Cocaine, as they say, is one hell of a drug. In fact, it was recently shown in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science to have greatly helped the re-wilding a good chunk of Columbia. How you might ask? Pablo Escobar's hippos, which are still hanging around breeding in Columbia today, were bought with cash made from selling massive amounts of nose candy. Instead of simply shitting in the water and troubling anything that moves, they've been busy fulfilling the role...
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Bolsonaro says he 'wouldn't feel anything' if infected with Covid-19 and attacks state lockdowns

Brazil’s president uses national televised address to dismiss state-based health measures ‘scorched earth’ tactics Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBrazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has claimed he “wouldn’t feel anything” if infected with coronavirus and rubbished efforts to contain the illness with large-scale quarantines as his country’s two biggest cities went into shutdown in a desperate bid to save lives.In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday ...
Tags: Science, Americas, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Coronavirus outbreak

A Guide to Kamen Rider, the Masked Marvels of Japanese Superhero TV

If you love Power Rangers, you are probably at least aware of Super Sentai, the Spandex-clad Tokusatsu series it borrows its costumes, mechs, and action footage from. But Toei, the makers of Super Sentai, are also behind another of Japan’s most iconic superhero franchises: the legendary Henshin Heroes of Kamen Rider.Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Explainer, Superheroes, Power Rangers, Kamen, Toei, Kamen Rider, Tokusatsu, Super Sentai, Henshin Heroes of Kamen

Coronavirus live news: India locks down population of 1.3bn as Hubei eases restrictions

UN urges G20 to adopt ‘wartime plan’; WHO warns US risks could become the centre of the pandemic; EU urged to evacuate refugees from greek camps. Why the US has struggled to tackle a growing crisisCalifornia scrambles to avoid Covid-19’s worst-case scenarioNo 10 criticised after unclear lockdown advice confuses publicSee all our coronavirus coverageSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 1.29am GMT New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has meanwhile addressed t...
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Proof that masks work against coronavirus

Compiling the knowledge I’ve acquired so far: Yes, N95 masks DO minimise the chance of getting the virus. Taiwan had planned and got itself fully prepared even as the virus had barely started. They were on the front foot and started mass production. By end February they were producing 4 million masks per day. Now […]
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Philly Officials Say Rich Jerk Who Owns Shuttered Hospital Is Trying to Cash in on Covid-19 Emergency

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has accused the owner of a closed-down hospital of trying to profiteer off a deal to re-open during the coronavirus pandemic, while City Councilmember Helen Gym has called for government officials to just seize the property outright, WHYY reported on Tuesday.Read more...
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We Need Insanity Wolf Now More Than Ever

Thanks to the coronavirus, spending hours upon hours—if not full days—indoors is quickly becoming the new normal for folks across the country. Some Gizmodo staffers have their own ways of dealing with the new stress from being shut-in, I’ve always been partial to spending hours browsing what’s left of the old, shitty…Read more...
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Albert Uderzo, One Half of the Legendary Astérix and Obelix, Has Died

Albert Uderzo, who co-created and illustrated one of the most beloved French comic series of all time, Astérix le Gaulois, with René Goscinny, has passed away at the age of 92.Read more...
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Ford's Quickly-Designed Powered Air-Purifying Respirators Are A Clever Re-Use Of F-150 And Hand Tool Parts

Most of the major automakers and many other companies are stepping up to help produce more desperately-needed equipment like air purifiers and respirators, leading to some fascinating improvised quick engineering and design solutions. The results feel a bit like the sort of clever engineering within severe constraints…Read more...
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YouTube Is Lowering Default Video Quality Worldwide for 30 Days in Response to Pandemic

In response to usage changes amid the covid-19 pandemic, YouTube has announced it’s reducing the default video quality on all videos globally for 30 days. Read more...
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FDA now allows treatment of life-threatening COVID-19 cases using blood from patients who have recovered

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its rules around use of experimental treatments for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to include use of ‘convalescent plasma,’ in cases where the patient’s life is seriously or immediately threatened. This isn’t an approval of the procedure as a certified treatment, but rather an emergency clearance that applies only on a case-by-case basis, and only in extreme cases, as a means of helping further research being done into the possible efficacy ...
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Coronavirus in the Pacific: weekly briefing

Covid-19-related developments throughout the Pacific IslandsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid-19 pandemic became very real in the Pacific islands this week, as the region recorded its first death and the total number of confirmed cases climbed to 57, as of Tuesday afternoon.Though the number of cases is relatively small, fear and misinformation surrounding the virus is widespread, so starting today, each Wednesday the Guardian will be publishing a round-up of ...
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The Mandalorian to Add Aliens and Terminator Star Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn. Star Wars. It kind of fits, right? The actor has already appeared in two of the best sci-fi series of all-time—The Terminator and Aliens—so what better way to complete a sci-fi trifecta of sorts than with The Mandalorian?Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Streaming, Aliens, Lucasfilm, Terminator, Michael Biehn, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus

Apple Card Updates Privacy Policy to Allow for More Anonymized Data Sharing

When Apple announced its Apple Card nearly a year ago, it seemed like an alright card whose main selling point was enhanced privacy. Well with iOS 13.4, it appears that Apple has updated that privacy to allow for more anonymized data sharing with its banking partner Goldman Sachs. Read more...
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Life Is Thriving 2,600 Feet Beneath the Seafloor

You won’t see many living things above the ocean surface hundreds of miles southeast of Madagascar—an albatross or the occasional fishing vessel may break up the hours of solitude. But beneath the surface, lava from Earth’s mantle has uplifted a long, underwater mountain range with a flat top extending 5 kilometers…Read more...
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WB Finally Makes the Call to Push Wonder Woman 1984's Release

Wonder Woman 1984 has been stunned but is still standing up to the forces of evil. Read more...
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Coronavirus news: India announces 21-day lockdown as global confirmed cases top 400,000

WHO says US could be next virus hotspot; EU urged to evacuate Greek refugee camps; Greta Thunberg says she believes she had Covid-19 6.24pm GMT At a time when good news appears to be thin on the ground, here is video of applause ringing out at the emergency field hospital at the Ifema exhibition centre in Madrid when nurses said farewell to the first coronavirus patient to be given the all-clear at the facility. The temporary healthcare facility, which is still under construction, will be ab...
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How Could Covid-19 Cause Someone to Lose Their Sense of Smell?

In early March, 27-year-old California resident Isabelle Rosa began to experience symptoms that she would have brushed off as a typical flu just a few months ago.Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Anosmia, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Isabelle Rosa

Lack of Internet Access Could Be Dangerous for Rural Americans Needing Healthcare

The current covid-19 pandemic is underscoring just how important it is for rural Americans to have high-speed internet access. “Broadband is no longer a luxury it is a necessity for all rural Americans,” says RJ Karney Director of Congressional Relations at the American Farm Bureau told RFD-TV in a piece recorded for…Read more...
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How are you doing during the COVID-19 crisis? Scientists want to hear your story

Researchers at the University of Washington are launching a study aimed at answering the question that's on a lot of people's minds as the coronavirus epidemic spreads through the Seattle area: How are you holding up? The King County COVID-19 Community Study, a.k.a. KC3S, is recruiting King County residents to tell their stories. The study is scheduled to collect data through April 19. “We want to start collecting this information now — as the COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding — about how f...
Tags: Science, Seattle, University of Washington, Nicole Errett

Does Solid Coffee Taste Good?

Look, I fully admit this is a pretty first-world problem (especially considering everything else going on right now), but what are you supposed to when you need some coffee but don’t have the time or equipment to brew or buy a fresh cup of joe?Read more...
Tags: Coffee, Food, Science, Caffeine, Food Tech, Taste Buds, Tastemodo, Coffee Bars

Why the Covid-19 Related Drop in Air Travel Could Make Weather Forecasts Less Accurate

Amid the covid-19 pandemic, everyone’s cancelling their flights. To prevent the spread of the virus, countries are enforcing strict travel bans and encouraging social distancing, which means no air travel unless absolutely necessary. Airlines are taking huge hits: Southwest’s planes are just 20 percent full, Delta’s…Read more...
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15 Unique Board Games and RPGs for Families That Aren't Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit

Families are experiencing some of the hardest changes with social distancing. Kids are home from school and parents have had to transition to a new way of learning for the first time. There’s also the issue of keeping kids entertained while they’re stuck inside for hours. We’ve made a list of family-friendly games,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Board Games, RPG, Dungeons And Dragons, Wizards Of The Coast, Tabletop Games, Rick And Morty, Cyanide And Happiness, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Disney Villainous, Social Distancing, Unique Board Games

On Google Search, Scammy Unemployment Ads Are Targeting Some of the Most Vulnerable People

Pandemics don’t just stress test the physical and mental health for potentially millions of folks across the country, but their livelihoods as well. Close to one-fifth of Americans have reported either being laid off or having their hours slashed in the wake of the covid-19 outbreak, with the newly jobless in every…
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Glowing Deep-Sea Squid Have a Complex Form of Communication, New Evidence Suggests

New research could finally explain how highly social deep-sea squid, with their glowing bodies and bioluminescent flashes, are able to coordinate their actions despite living in near-total blackness.Read more...
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India Locks Down Entire Population of 1.3 Billion For 21 Days

The government of India will ban all 1.3 billion people in the country from leaving their homes for 21 days, according to a new declaration made Tuesday night by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The total lockdown is an effort to slow the spread of covid-19, an illness that has already sickened at least 519 in India and …Read more...
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A Tribute to Sam Neill's 13 Most Memorable Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Roles

Sam Neill doesn’t have a new movie out—Jurassic World: Dominion isn’t due until 2021—and it’s not his birthday or anything. We just really appreciate him (and his upbeat, animal-filled social media presence). We think you probably do, too, and now is as good a time as any to watch (or rewatch) some of his best films…Read more...
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Coronavirus poses lethal threat to great apes, experts warn

Many of our closest living relatives are already at risk of extinction and susceptible to human disease, warn scientistsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic could wipe out populations of chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, leading scientists have warned.Our closest living relatives, which share about 98% of human DNA, are known to be susceptible to catching respiratory diseases from people. Continue reading...
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Verizon Is Waiving Overage and Late Fees and Adding Free 15GB of Data During Covid-19 Outbreak

In keeping with the Federal Communications Commission’s recently announced Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Verizon has announced it will waive some fees and add extra high-speed data for wireless and small business customers in response to the ongoing covid-19 outbreak.Read more...
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The “Feynman Technique” for Studying Effectively: An Animated Primer

After winning the Nobel Prize, physicist Max Planck "went around Germany giving the same standard lecture on the new quantum mechanics. Over time, his chauffeur memorized the lecture and said, 'Would you mind, Professor Planck, because it’s so boring to stay in our routine, if I gave the lecture in Munich and you just sat in front wearing my chauffeur’s hat?' Planck said, 'Why not?' And the chauffeur got up and gave this long lecture on quantum mechanics. After which a physics profe...
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