Sex toy sales triple during New Zealand's coronavirus lockdown

Speculation rife about an impending baby boom, but experts say uncertain times mean this is unlikely Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThey were warned by the officials against stockpiling toilet paper or flour. But that’s not all New Zealanders have been hoarding, according to the nation’s largest retailer of sex toys, which said sales of its products tripled after Jacinda Ardern announced a month-long lockdown of the country.New Zealanders are permitted to leave their...
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Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 1.5m as UK and US suffer worst daily death tolls

Boris Johnson still in intensive care but condition improves; virus fears halt Saudi military operations in Yemen; global trade could fall up to a third. Follow the latest updates. US sees highest one-day death tollCoronavirus latest: at a glanceUS coronavirus updates – liveAustralia coronavirus updates – live See all of our coronavirus coverage 1.20am BST Donald Trump has blamed the World Health Organization for failures in the initial response to the coronavirus pandemic, even threatening ...
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Pakistan doctors beaten by police as they despair of 'untreatable' pandemic

Lack of equipment, dysfunctional government and conflicting messages are impeding country’s efforts against virusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDoctors in Pakistan have warned of “deplorable” conditions on the frontlines of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, describing the pandemic as untreatable in one region and accusing police of brutally suppressing protests over working conditions.One doctor who took part in a sit-in on Monday to protest against a lack of perso...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Hospitals, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Coronavirus outbreak

5 TV Shows That Infamously Rushed Their Endings

Television can be a rough business—just look at what’s happening right now, with social distancing guidelines shutting down productions across the country. Even under normal circumstances, how Hollywood runs means that shows have to end before their time, leading to botched storylines and clumsy epilogues. Here are…Read more...
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WeWork Can't Pay the Rent

WeWork has bailed on April rent on some of its locations as the beleaguered coworking space company goes into a financial spiral amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from Bloomberg.Read more...
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CDC Strips Page on Hydroxychloroquine of 'Unusual' Guidance for Doctors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has changed text on their website to remove guidance for physicians on the possible usage of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, two drugs touted as a wonder cure for covid-19 by Donald Trump, on patients.Read more...
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British Museum looks to crack mystery over decorated ostrich eggs

Experts reexamine eggs – some dating back to bronze age – to understand origins and designsThey are about the same size as a standard Easter egg, but are rather older – with some specimens dating back five millennia to the early bronze age.A collection of decorated ostrich eggs belonging to the British Museum in London has been reexamined by experts in an effort to understand where they originated, and how their often elaborately painted or engraved designs were created. Continue reading...
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8 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Erotica Books to Help Get Your Social Distancing Freak On

Look, we’re all adults—and if you’re not, there are plenty of other io9 articles to read (although let’s be honest, they’re all sexy). Social distancing is tough for a lot of reasons, one of them being how it affects our sex lives. It’s important to find creative ways to keep yourself satisfied and we’ve got a few…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Sex, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Lgbtq, Erotica

Global trade forecast to fall by up to a third amid Covid-19 pandemic – as it happened

Scientists predict UK will be worst-hit country in Europe; Trump threatens to stop WHO funding; global cases pass 1.4 million. This blog is now closed.Follow our new coronavirus blog for live news and updatesSee all of our coronavirus coverage 12.36am BST That White House press briefing is now over. We’ll have a summary for you soon, in the meantime we are closing this blog and I’ve fired up a new one at the link below. Head over there for more rolling coverage of the coronavirus pandemic an...
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Forgotten Blueprints Reveal a Late Tweak to the Statue of Liberty's Torch Arm

Recently restored sketches of the Statue of Liberty suggest French engineer Gustave Eiffel, who was brought in to help with the project, had a different vision for the monument’s upraised arm.Read more...
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The Eagle Nebula's astonishing Pillars of Creation, now in infrared

The majestic image below of the Eagle Nebula's "Pillars of Creation," captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, has become an iconic astronomical photograph. It depicts the visible light, meaning the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that the human eye can see. In this new take above, NASA scientists present the same view of the pillars but in infrared light "which pierces through obscuring dust and gas." From NASA: In this ethereal view the entire frame is peppered with bright ...
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John Prine’s ‘Paradise’ Taught Us Why We Can't Give in to Climate Hell

Legendary songwriter John Prine died on Tuesday due to covid-19 complications. If you know one John Prine song, it’s probably “Paradise,” a bittersweet lament about the devastation the coal mining industry brought to his parents’ hometown in Kentucky.Read more...
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A Family in Lockdown Recreated The Simpsons Opening and It’s Absolutely Joyful

Sure, you could be watching an awful lot of The Simpsons on Disney+ right now. But why not make your own version?Read more...
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This Freaky Spiral Thing Is Alive

More than 2,000 feet beneath the ocean surface, an otherworldly, 50-foot-wide marine organism floats... and feeds.Read more...
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I Can't Believe Someone is Going to Spend Over $5,000 on This Graphics Card

There are a lot of people hyped for a videogame that hasn’t even come out yet. Some are so hyped that they’re willing to part with thousands on dollars on a limited edition RTX 2080 Ti to show their super fandom. There’s a bunch of Ebay auctions going on at the moment for Cyberpunk 2077 editions of the RTX 2080 Ti,…Read more...
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'OK, Boomer' Girl's Rise To Twitch Fame Was 'A Perfect Storm' Of Memes And Politics

Several decades ago, at the beginning of March 2020, when Bernie Sanders was still in the race for president, a streamer who goes by the handle Neekolul posted a short video of herself lip syncing and dancing along to a song by YouTuber Senzawa made up entirely of variations on the phrase “OK, boomer” to TikTok and…Read more...
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UK's coronavirus death toll: how does it compare with Spain and Italy?

Daily increase in volume of fatalities now puts UK on par with rises seen in Europe’s worst-hit countriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA total of 7,097 deaths have been recorded in hospitals across the UK to date. Although this is lower than the death tolls in Italy, the US, Spain and France, the daily increase in the volume of fatalities now puts the UK on a par with rises seen in Italy and Spain. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, France, Spain, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Italy, US SPAIN, Coronavirus outbreak

A New False Memory Study Suggests People Can't Tell What's Real

A new study is the latest to show how indistinguishable false memories are from real ones. People who watched someone else recount a supposed recollection were unable to tell whether the memory was false with any better accuracy than chance, the study found. Moreover, in many cases the people describing their own…Read more...
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HBO Removing Streaming Apps From Some Apple TVs

HBO announced this morning that as of April 30 its HBO GO and HBO NOW streaming apps will no longer be available on 2nd and 3rd-Gen Apple TVs, because it wants to “provide the best streaming experience” moving forward. (That likely just means HBO no longer wants to provide software updates for older hardware.) So, if…Read more...
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UK's coronavirus death toll: how accurate is it and how does it compare?

The daily increase in the volume of fatalities now puts the UK on a par with rises seen in Italy and SpainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA total of 7,097 deaths have been recorded in hospitals across the UK to date. Although this is lower than the death tolls in Italy, the US, Spain and France, the daily increase in the volume of fatalities now puts the UK on a par with rises seen in Italy and Spain. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Science, France, Spain, Society, UK News, Hospitals, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Italy, US SPAIN, Coronavirus outbreak

CDC Urged to Release Testing Data as Coronavirus Kills Black Americans at Alarming Rate

More than a dozen U.S. senators are now pushing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to release its data on which Americans are getting access to covid-19 testing kits. The request, issued directly to CDC Director Robert Redfield on Tuesday, comes amid concurring reports that the virus is killing black Americans at a…Read more...
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Why Satellites Stay in Orbit: Cool 1964 kids' science book

Years ago, I read a bit of advice in The Whole Earth Catalog, which said a great way to get up to speed on a subject you are interested in is to read a children's book about it. It's excellent advice, and I've made use of it many times over the years. The best children's books are the ones that were published before 1970. After that, the illustrations started to get crappy, and the writing took a nosedive, too. There are exceptions, but I find it to be the rule. Here's a winner from 1964: Why ...
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Black Panther's Epic Space Opera Became a Story About the Power of Memory

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ current run on Black Panther thrust the nation of Wakanda into the far reaches of space and turned T’Challa into a resistance fighter in the midst of an epic war, the likes of which no one on Earth had ever witnessed. With the help of allies new and old, T’Challa has become the focal point of a…Read more...
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Zoom Accused of Misrepresenting Security Measures in New Lawsuit

Following extensive reporting on egregious security failures, video conferencing company Zoom is now being sued by a shareholder over allegations of fraud and overstating the security protocols in place on its service.Read more...
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Kevin Conroy's Giving Batman: The Adventure a Familiar Voice

Paul Dini, Alan Burnett, and Ty Templeton’s Batman: The Adventures Continue digital-first series is breathing new life into the Batman: The Animated Series continuity by puling a number of classic characters from DC’s comics into the story that never made it into the television show. Everything about the comic’s tone…Read more...
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Twitch Overhauls Its Vague Attire Policy With Further Specificity on Underboob

A devoted troop of boob patrollers has sunk a lot of time into reporting boobs on Twitch over the years, aided largely by Twitch’s Delphic “attire” guidelines. Until now, attire was to be “publicly appropriate for the context, location, and activity” of the broadcast and, more confusingly, appropriate for a “mall”…Read more...
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UK coronavirus live: record daily death toll of 938, as Rishi Sunak says Boris Johnson is 'sitting up in bed'

Prime minister ‘improving’ in intensive care, says chancellor, as he announces £750m package for charitiesJohnson to stay in hospital amid concerns about political vacuumGlobal coronavirus updates – liveUK schools will not reopen straight after Easter, officials sayVolunteering: how can I help in the UK?See all of our coronavirus coverage 6.10pm BST Live updates continue on our global blog: Related: Coronavirus live news: global trade forecast to fall by up to a third as US sees highest on...
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Nintendo Promises the Switch Shortage Will End Soon

If you’re like a lot of folks who considered buying a Nintendo Switch to help pass the time while quarantined, you’ve probably noticed that Nintendo’s incredibly popular console has pretty much been sold out across the country for the past couple weeks. Read more...
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Stadia Is Free

Well, that was fast. Google has made Stadia free for the next two months. No charges—just a handful of games, including Destiny 2, absolutely free to anyone with a Gmail account and a supported web browser or phone.Read more...
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