Who Is This Stockpile for?

Yesterday, Jared Kushner was summarily roasted by reporters, who pointed out that his flat-out statement that the federal stockpile is “our stockpile” not “states’ stockpiles, that they can then use” directly contradicted the definition of the national stockpile on the website of the Department of Health and Human…Read more...
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Everyone Should Be Wearing a Face Mask

There is no single solution or policy that will get us through this coronavirus pandemic, but there is one thing that every American should be doing if possible, and that’s wearing a face mask whenever you’re likely to come into contact with others.Read more...
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Google research makes for an effortless robotic dog trot

As capable as robots are, the original animals after which they tend to be designed are always much, much better. That’s partly because it’s difficult to learn how to walk like a dog directly from a dog — but this research from Google’s AI labs make it considerably easier. The goal of this research, a collaboration with UC Berkeley, was to find a way to efficiently and automatically transfer “agile behaviors” like a light-footed trot or spin from their source (a good dog) to a quadrupedal robot....
Tags: Google, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Robotics, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology, Biomimetic, Google AI, Biomimesis

FEMA Contractor Tracing Coronavirus Deaths Uses Web Scraping, Social Media Monitoring

On December 31, few Americans had ever heard the word “coronavirus.” It was unfathomable that in cities like Pittsburgh, the National Guard would soon be deployed to work food lines that stretch beyond sight. Few knew the emotional strain of having to physically separate themselves from a loved one for weeks on end.…Read more...
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Wisconsin Governor Finally Admits Coronavirus Pandemic Should Delay Election

Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has called at the absolute last minute for legislators to delay the state’s upcoming election and switch to vote by mail in order to prevent people from heading to the polls during the coronavirus pandemic. But it appears to be too late.Read more...
Tags: Elections, Science, Voting, Wisconsin, Tony Evers, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Discovery of Living Microbes Deep Beneath the Seafloor Offers Hope for Life on Mars

Surprising quantities of bacteria have been found living in clay-rich rocks under the Pacific seafloor. The discovery raises the possibility of equally resilient microbes living deep beneath the surface of Mars.Read more...
Tags: Science, Bacteria, Microbiology, Geology, Mars, Pacific, Life on Mars, Astrobiology, Extremophiles

Siri Might Be Getting a Huge Improvement

Apple regularly acquires artificial intelligence startups to build up Siri’s capabilities, but its latest purchase might make Siri more conversational. According to Bloomberg, Apple just bought Voysis, an AI startup that makes it easier to use a voice assistant to buy stuff in shopping apps.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Siri, Voice Assistants, Bloomberg Apple, Voysis, How Siri Gets Her Groove Back

Hurricane Season on Top of a Pandemic Will Be a Nightmare

Trying to evacuate your home before a hurricane hits is hard enough. Now imagine doing it against the backdrop of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. Read more...
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Zoom Bombings Started Off as Pranks. Now Someone Could End Up Dead

For those unaware, Zoom officially has a porn problem. The multibillion-dollar video messaging mainstay among employees at Johnson & Johnson and the Department of Homeland Security—not to mention a household name among currently house-bound citizens across the country—has been rocked by story after story of pranksters…Read more...
Tags: Science, Pranks, Department Of Homeland Security, Zoom, Johnson Johnson, The Kids Are Alright

Interstellar Comet Borisov Just Lost a Chunk

Recent images of the second interstellar comet known to have visited the solar system appear to reveal a fragment or fragments falling off of its core.Read more...
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10 Animated Classics for a Totally Radical '90s Bingewatch

The ‘90s were a simpler time when everything was stonewashed, most people didn’t carry cell phones, and animation was absolutely all over the place in terms of tone and style. The shows a lot of us grew up watching have managed to hold up surprisingly well—and given the fact that a lot of people are staying home these…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animation, Stop Motion, Nostalgia, Reboot, Doug, Rockos Modern Life, Tiny Toon Adventures, Captain Planet, The PJs, Watch It Nerds, The Brave Little Toaster, A Goofy Movie, Beast Wars, Beast Wars Transformers

One of the Xbox Creators Is Suing Atari Over Unpaid Work on Its Long-Awaited Retro Console

While other companies have been regularly churning out hardware that lets aging gamers enjoy retro titles, Atari has turned the production of its own throwback console into a drawn-out soap opera, with the latest episode featuring a lawsuit from the console’s designer over unpaid work.Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Lawsuit, Science, Video Games, Atari, Retro, Atari VCS, Tin Giant, Rob Wyatt

Which Baby Yoda Toy Is Right for You?

The world was so different last November. People were shaking hands, going to the movies, and there were zero toys of The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Toys, Science, Disney, Lego, Sideshow Collectibles, Streaming, Hasbro, Lucasfilm, Hot Toys, Collectibles, Mattel, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Baby Yoda, I Would Like To Buy The Baby

Disney Decides on New Marvel Movie Dates, Drops Artemis Fowl to Streaming

Because it’s still unclear if and when countries across the world will manage to get on top of the covid-19 pandemic, there is no way of knowing when it will once again be safe for the public to return to everyday life and pile into movie theaters. This has led to Disney pushing back the release dates of a number of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Public Health, Streaming, Black Widow, Mulan, Marvel Studios, Indiana Jones 5, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jungle Cruise, Captain Marvel 2, Artemis Fowl, The Eternals, Thor Love And Thunder, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Buy Committee: Should I Buy Hori's Split Pad Pro Controller While It's on Sale?

Buy Committee, our own Quentyn needs your help deciding on whether to plunk down and buy Hori’s Split Pad Pro (Daemon X Machina Edition) for the Nintendo Switch.Read more...
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Tests That Can Tell Who Has Had the Coronavirus Are Here, With Some Limitations

This week, the U.S. government approved the first blood test in the country that will look for the antibodies produced by the body to fight the novel coronavirus. Such a test can reveal whether someone is actively infected by the virus, as well as whether they were previously infected but recovered. While these tests…Read more...
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Zoom Now Under Investigation by at Least 2 States Over Security Complaints

Multiple state attorneys general are banding together in an investigation of teleconferencing software Zoom, whose exponential growth in the past few weeks amid the social distancing measures imposed during the covid-19 pandemic has been marred by an off-putting number of security issues.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Law Enforcement, Hacking, Hackers, Zoom, Teleconferencing, Zoombombing

Disney+ Will Fix Borked Aspect Ratio on The Simpsons by May

Disney+, home of the first 30 seasons of The Simpsons, says its promised fix for the aspect ratio that cropped some visual jokes from the series when it first arrived on the service should be implemented by the end of May.Read more...
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Revisiting Black Net.Art and Webpage Poetry

The covid-19 museum closures have made abundantly clear that accession committees and the web’s corporate overlords don’t have much love for net art. While museums spent the past decade and hundreds of millions of dollars colonizing the earth and sky to make space for hoards of painting and sculpture, the web’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Net Art, Net Art Of The Day, Mendi Keith Obadike, Entropy8zuper

Sailors Cheer Navy Captain Who Was Dismissed for Pleading Assistance for Coronavirus-Infected Ship

A mass of sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, a nuclear aircraft carrier experiencing a covid-19 outbreak, cheered recently dismissed commanding officer Captain Brett Crozier as he disembarked the ship on Thursday night. Crozier’s offense: copying too many people on an SOS email.Read more...
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I Wish Animal Crossing Treated Islands More Like Real Life

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the island getaway we all need. My island paradise is covered in coconut trees, red tulips, and peacock butterflies. It’s perfect… a little too perfect, perhaps. The game presents a glamorous tale of island life when the reality is much more complex. Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Sea Level Rise, Islands, Animal Crossing, If Only

Protect Yourself From Harmful Radiation With 50% Off Gadget Guard Alara Phone Cases [Exclusive]

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US accused of 'modern piracy' after diversion of masks meant for Europe

German politician adds to chorus of complaints about American tactics to source protective gearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US has been accused of “modern piracy” after reportedly diverting a shipment of masks intended for the German police, and outbidding other countries in the increasingly fraught global market for protective equipment.About 200,000 N95 masks made by the manufacturer GM were diverted to the US as they were being transferred between planes in ...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, China, Berlin, US, World news, US news, Medical Research, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Gm, Coronavirus outbreak

HBO Made a Bunch of Stuff Free to Watch, Here's What You Should Check Out (or Skip)

HBO is getting in on the social distancing relief. The network has announced that dozens of its shows and Warner Bros. movies have been made available to stream without a subscription, starting today. We’ve picked some things you might want to check out, and some to probably avoid. You’re not that desperate.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Vampires, Warner Bros, True Blood, Happy Feet, Smallfoot, Detective Pikachu, Nancy Drew The Hidden Staircase, Lego Movie 2, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Social Distancing, Watch It Nerds

Reach Your Climax With a $40 Ella Paradis Vibrator Bundle [Exclusive]

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Oopsie, Apple Leaked Its Own Product on YouTube

Apple has seemingly foiled its characteristically tight-lipped approach to new product launches by evidently mistakenly confirming one in an unrelated YouTube tutorial on its support channel.Read more...
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SpaceX Starship Prototype Collapses in Third Failed Test

Space is hard. We now have another reminder of this sad fact, as a prototype of SpaceX’s next-gen rocket collapsed in on itself during tests this morning, in what is now the third incident of its kind for the Starship program.Read more...
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Turok, Kathy Rain, and Yes, the DOOMicorn Slayer Master Collection, Are Free on Twitch Prime This Month

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Climate Disasters Make Vulnerable Countries More Susceptible to War

As out planet heats up, one of the most important we can understand is the relationship between climate change and war. Scientists, advocates and policymakers have argued that in Syria, Yemen, Sudan, and Libya, drought exacerbated existing regional conflicts. Read more...
Tags: Science, Drought, War, Conflict, Libya, Heat Wave, Syria Yemen Sudan

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