Genius Trump Threatens to Defund World Health Organization at Height of Coronavirus Pandemic

The president has a new talking point, and per usual, it’s a thinly veiled distraction that if acted on could cause untold harm.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, United Nations, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Psychedelic mushrooms could affect the brain long after their active ingredient leaves the system

New research shows that the active ingredient in hallucinogenic mushrooms, called psilocybin, could affect the brain long after it has left the user’s system. To date, most studies of this type focused on the acute effects of psilocybin — or how the brain functioned while under the influence of the drug. In this study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers instead looked at the enduring effects of the drug. According to Fredrick S. Barrett, an assistant professor at Johns Hopk...
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This Looks Familiar

Does this controller remind you of anything?
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Watchmen, Avengers: Endgame, Wicked + Divine, and More Highlight the 2020 Hugo Finalists

It may be a weird time for big events, but sci-fi and fantasy’s prestigious Hugo Awards—which honor many avenues of creativity, including novels, comics, fanzines, and screenplays, as well as artists, editors, podcasts, and more—are moving full steam And the 2020 nominees are here!Read more...
Tags: Science, Doctor Who, US, The Expanse, Becky Chambers, Nk Jemisin, Hugo Awards, Annalee Newitz, Charlie Jane Anders, Captain Marvel, Watchmen, Seanan McGuire, Good Omens, The Good Place, The Mandalorian, Avengers Endgame

Coronavirus live news: Trump threatens to stop WHO funding as global cases pass 1.4 million

Boris Johnson still in intensive care; top EU scientist resigns over bloc’s response to virus; cases in Africa pass 10,000; Follow the latest updates. Boris Johnson ‘stable’ in intensive care and not on ventilator, says No 10US coronavirus updates – liveAustralia coronavirus updates – liveAt a glance: latest developmentsSee all of our coronavirus coverage 12.28am BST Taking a short break from that White House briefing now to focus on London, where the first patients were admitted on Tuesday ...
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Human impact on wildlife to blame for spread of viruses, says study

Increased contact with animals likely cause of outbreaks such as Covid-19, say experts, as conservationists call for global ban on wildlife marketsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHunting, farming and the global move of people to cities has led to massive declines in biodiversity and increased the risk of dangerous viruses like Covid-19 spilling over from animals to humans, a major study has concluded.In a paper that suggests the underlying cause of the present pandemi...
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'If it comes, it will be a disaster': life in one of the only countries without coronavirus

The Pacific nation of Vanuatu is one of the few places that is corona-free, but efforts to stop its arrival have been hampered by a category five cycloneOn Sunday morning, 62 guests prepared to check out of an idyllic resort, surrounded by palm trees and overlooking a lagoon, in Vanuatu’s capital of Port Vila.But instead of taxis waiting to take them to the airport, familiar faces were anxiously waiting to take their loved ones back home. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, South Pacific, Pacific, Vanuatu, Pacific Islands, Coronavirus outbreak

Tonight is a supermoon, the largest full Moon this year

Tonight's full moon is a "Pink Moon" aka "Passover Moon" aka "Paschal Moon" aka "Hanuman Jayanti" aka supermoon, the largest full moon of 2020. From NASA: The term "supermoon" was coined by the astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and refers to either a new or full Moon that occurs within 90% of perigee, its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. Under this definition, in a typical year there can be 3 or 4 full Supermoons in a row and (about half a year apart) 3 or 4 new Supermoons in ...
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Dyson Creates 44 Free Engineering & Science Challenges for Kids Quarantined During COVID-19

A heads up: Dyson has "created 44 engineering and science activities for children to try out while at home during the coronavirus pandemic, from making a balloon-powered car to building a bridge from spaghetti," writes the Dezeen website. They go on to add: "Comprised of 22 science tasks and 22 engineering activities, the Challenge Cards can be completed by children using common household items such as eggs, string and balloons." You can also find a related playlist of videos on YouTube,...
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Relive the Hype of Avengers: Endgame's Opening Night Reactions With This Thrilling Video

Right now, going to the theater isn’t just an absolute impossibility, in many places, the thought of being in a tightly-packed room full of people, no matter how excited, is enough to fill you with a sense of dread. Just a year ago when the world was sitting down to watch Avengers: Endgame, that wasn’t the case, and…Read more...
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NASA puts $7M toward long-shot research, from moon mining to solar lenses

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program is all about making high-risk, high-reward bets on unique — and sometimes eyebrow-raising — ideas for space exploration and observation. This year’s grants total $7 million and include one of the most realistic projects yet. It might even get made! NIAC awards are split into three tiers: Phase I, II and III. Roughly speaking, the first are given $125,000 and nine months basically to show their concept isn’t bunk. The second are given $500,000 and tw...
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NASA puts $7M towards long-shot research, from moon mining to solar lenses

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program is all about making high-risk, high-reward bets on unique — and sometimes eyebrow-raising — ideas for space exploration and observation. This year’s grants total $7M and include one of the most realistic projects yet. It might even get made! NIAC awards are split into three tiers: Phase I, II, and III. Roughly speaking, the first are given $125K and 9 months basically to show their concept isn’t bunk. The second are given $500K and two years to show...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Aerospace, NIAC

Can chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine prevent COVID-19?

Thanks to John Kingsley for undertaking some research on this issue – I’m compiling links to what I know so far. According to John: “This drug is still pre clinical. And even though its combination of compounds has been used to treat Malaria, it works only on certain strains not all. But it has severe […]
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11 Tabletop RPG Sourcebooks That Are as Fun to Read as They Are to Game With

Even though technology is allowing for plenty of ways to try and keep your tabletop and boardgame groups going during social distancing, the fact of the matter is it’s really hard right now to actually play tabletop RPGs. That doesn’t mean you can’t spend some of your free time engaging with those worlds though,…Read more...
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How Many of Quibi's Paltry Launch Day Downloads Were Rage Downloads?

Quibi, the (mostly) mobile-only streaming service that launched this week, doesn’t appear to have had a spectacular response straight out of the gate—in fact, the response was rather abysmal. According to one preliminary estimate, Quibi’s launch-day downloads amounted to roughly 300,000 despite all its pre-launch…
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New Data Shows Black Americans Are at a Higher Risk for Covid-19 in Some States

As the U.S. starts to collect more data on covid-19 infection rates, researchers are starting to break down that data into race and ethnic groups rather than just by age. While it’s too early to draw solid conclusions, researchers have noticed that black Americans have been disproportionately impacted by the virus in…Read more...
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Not Everyone Can Go to School Online

This week, Washington state governor Jay Inslee announced that the state’s schools would remain closed for the remainder of the school year, mandating that the state’s more than 1 million K-12 students would be learning from home through the end of June. These students are in good company: To date, more than a…Read more...
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Just Get a Damn Set-Top Box and Free Yourself of Your TV's Crap Software

Planned obsolescence is annoying regardless of which smart gadget you’re talking about, but it particularly grinds my gears when it comes to TVs. Sure, you don’t have to destroy your wallet for a decent 4K smart TV anymore—but I know plenty of friends and gadget nerds who do shell out for something a ‘lil nicer for…Read more...
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Number of Coronavirus Deaths in New York Is Likely Much Higher Than We Think

New York City’s covid-19 death toll is likely higher than reported, due to the fact that the medical examiner doesn’t test the bodies of people who’ve died at home for the virus. A report from WNYC has found that, while the daily rate of deaths at home has increased nearly tenfold since the outbreak, only those who…Read more...
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Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson in intensive care as confirmed cases in Africa pass 10,000

UK foreign secretary to lead country; Japan declares state of emergency; China reports no deaths from Covid-19Boris Johnson ‘stable’ in intensive care and not on ventilator, says No 10US coronavirus updates – liveAt a glance: latest developmentsSee all of our coronavirus coverage 7.25pm BST The Canadian Grand Prix, which was due to take place in June, has been postponed. Montreal was due to host the first race of the disrupted 2020 schedule but a statement post on the official Formula 1 webs...
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Renewable Energy Set a Major Record in 2019

Globally, renewable energy sectors including wind, solar, and hydropower are booming. The world is using more renewable energy than ever before. Over one third of the world’s electricity comes from renewable sources, according to data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency, or Irena, on Monday.Read more...
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10 Nerdy Things to Watch on CBS All Access (Besides Star Trek)

We love Star Trek. And Star Trek is clearly the number one reason to get a CBS All Access account, especially with the 60-day free promotion the streamer has going on at the moment. But what else does CBS’s online hub have, besides Picard and other Treks, and, like, NCIS spin-offs? We did some digging for you.Read more...
Tags: Science, Evil, Marvel, Streaming, Cbs, Tobey Maguire, The Twilight Zone, Gore Verbinski, Cbs All Access, Gattaca, Spider Man, Rod Serling, Zombieland, Sam Raimi, Picard, Jordan Peele

Hawks’ Forbidden Love Results in a Rare Hybrid

She was a common black hawk. He was a red-shouldered hawk. They weren’t in the same genus, let alone the same species, and they normally don’t even live in the same part of the continent. But in a strange twist of fate, none of that mattered: It was love at first screech.Read more...
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McDonald's UK Will Stop Putting Plastic Toys in Happy Meals Next Year

A few months after celebrating the Happy Meal’s 40th anniversary by resurrecting some of its most popular toys, McDonald’s UK has announced that it will be eliminating plastic toys altogether in the the UK and Ireland.Read more...
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I Had a Sex Dream About Eric Trump and Was So Disturbed I Called a Dream Expert

This morning, I woke up, and immediately went, holy fuck! My mind had taken me at some point during the night to a terrifying place, the stuff of nightmares—a place, likely in hell, where I had a sex dream featuring a smiling Eric Trump. Read more...
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How can coronavirus models get it so wrong?

Analysis depends on data – so predictions for Italy and Spain, where peak has passed, are more reliable than for UKUK will have Europe’s worst death tollCoronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverageThe Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle, based at the University of Washington, is the best organisation in the world at collecting data on diseases and mapping out why we fall ill.Its Global Burden of Disease study is a massive collaborative effort that is valued and...
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SpaceX and NASA test the system Crew Dragon staff would use to exit the launch area in an emergency

On Friday, April 3, 2020, NASA and SpaceX completed an end-to-end demonstration of the teams’ ability to safely evacuate crew members from the Fixed Service Structure during an emergency situation at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX and NASA are in the process of final preparations prior to launching their first crewed spaceflight mission – Demo-2, which is technically still a demonstration mission needed to validate SpaceX’s Crew Dragon for transporti...
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Peak Design's Travel Tripod Just Earned a Permanent Spot in My Camera Bag

When it comes to traveling and trying to pack light, I always seem to run into a dilemma: cram the tripod in my bag or leave it at home. Ideally, I’d always want a tripod around for taking things like landscape shots or long exposures, but the bulky nature of most tripods usually means it’s the last item that gets cut…Read more...
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Here's What We Know About Coronavirus Risks to Children, According to the CDC

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first to try detailing how covid-19 is affecting children in the U.S. Children tend to experience milder symptoms and are less likely to be hospitalized, the report found.Read more...
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5 skills to learn while in self-isolation

During times of crisis an opportunity for learning exists. Given that many of us are stressed, finding ways to alleviate anxiety is important. While the skills you can learn from home are endless, this list offers five timely options. Everyone is processing this moment differently. For the 10 million-plus Americans that have lost their jobs in the past few weeks due to coronavirus-related closures (based on unemployment filings; the number is likely higher), this is a time of great anxiety. I ...
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