New Zealand comedian spends lockdown impersonating Jacinda Ardern

Melanie Bracewell decided to experiment after repeated comments about her likeness to the prime ministerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJacinda Ardern has expressed her admiration for the skills of a New Zealand comedian who has kept herself busy during the national lockdown by impersonating the prime minister on Tik Tok.Melanie Bracewell has been in self-isolation for nearly five weeks, and after repeated comments regarding her likeness to the prime minister, decided...
Tags: Science, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Melanie Bracewell, Coronavirus outbreak, Tik Tok Melanie Bracewell

Trump Announces Freeze on U.S. Funding to World Health Organization in Middle of Pandemic

Donald Trump announced the White House would implement an immediate hold on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, making good on threats earlier this month to punish the UN health organization in the middle of the novel coronavirus pandemic. News of the freeze comes as confirmed cases of the…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, White House, World Health Organization, Un, Donald Trump, World Health Organization WHO, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Trump halts World Health Organization funding over coronavirus 'failure'

US president accuses group of promoting disinformation and says it ‘must be held accountable’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDonald Trump was condemned for putting countless lives at risk on Tuesday when he announced the US is freezing payments to the World Health Organization (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.The US president said funding would be on hold for 60 to 90 days pending a review of the WHO’s warnings about the coronavirus and China. He ac...
Tags: Health, Science, China, US, World news, US news, US politics, Infectious Diseases, Who, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Trump, World Health Organization WHO, Trump Administration, Coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus live news: Trump suspends WHO funding as global deaths pass 125,000

US to investigate World Health Organization’s response to crisis; cases worldwide pass 1.97m; France summons Chinese envoy. Follow the latest updates Trump halts WHO funding over coronavirus ‘failure’Australia coronavirus – live Coronavirus latest: at a glanceSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.08am BST Here is everything we know so far about US president Donald Trumps’ decision to suspend funding for the World Health Organization: Donald Trump has announced he is halting funding to the World...
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ThunderCats Roar Is Good, Actually

Cartoon Network’s ThunderCats Roar is real good, but actually real good. If you’re a person of taste, you read that hearing the original ThunderCats theme song playing in your mind because, silly as it was, the tune was an absolute banger. Though ThunderCats Roar’s journey to the small screen was fraught, what Cartoon…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cats, Animation, Cartoon Network, Thundercats, Nostalgia, Thundercats Roar

Lawsuit Accuses Grubhub, Postmates, DoorDash, and Uber of Unlawfully Driving Up Restaurant Prices

The primary group of food delivery service apps—Postmates, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub, which also owns Seamless—are being sued over what the complaint describes as anti-competitive tactics and hefty fees that hurt businesses and customers by limiting consumer choice.Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Delivery, Seamless, Postmates, Doordash, GrubHub, Grubhub Postmates DoorDash

Zoom's New Update Sure Seems Like an Attempt to Not Be Labeled a National Security Threat

At the start of this month, Zoom announced that it would be halting any new feature rollouts for the next 90 days to address the myriad security and privacy concerns currently facing the multi-billion dollar company. Evidently though, that feature freeze has been cut short: According to a blog post put out by the…Read more...
Tags: Science, China, National Security, Zoom

Effect of weather on coronaviruses

This is a placeholder post. There is some evidence for a strong likelihood of the virus being seasonal. Which makes India’s lockdown in spring/summer even more unjustified. Source I couldn’t locate it readily at, though. It seems to have been published on Yahoo finance. But here’s another chart somewhat similar to it. Source: […]
Tags: Travel, Science, India, Current Affairs

Those Giant Hospital Ships Are A Messy Part Of The Solution

The USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort have literally steamed their way to Los Angeles and New York, respectively. They are the longest-serving hospital ships in continuous operation in the nation’s history, and in biological terms, old age is a liability for COVID-19 patients. In terms of Navy hospital ships, old is all the…Read more...
Tags: New York, Science, Navy, Los Angeles, Boatlopnik, Coronavirus

Check Out These Free Print-and-Play Games, Plus More in Tabletop Gaming News

Welcome back to Gaming Shelf, io9's column all about board games and tabletop roleplaying games. Things are...complicated right now. Some game companies have had to shut down production, while others are releasing free games to help folks out during social distancing. We’ve got all of that plus some exciting…Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Jurassic Park, Board Games, Jumanji, RPG, Mondo, Tabletop Games, Captain Marvel, Tales from the Loop, Gaming Shelf

Ridiculously Detailed Apollo 15 Simulator Could Help Us Return to the Moon

Scientists at the European Space Agency are using a powerful new simulator to relive the Apollo 15 mission in excruciating detail. By revisiting this and other missions, the researchers are seeing old data with new eyes, and the exercise will also help in the planning of future missions.Read more...
Tags: Science, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, The moon, Simulations, Apollo 15, Apollo Missions, Lunar Landings

Maybe the coronavirus emanated from a China research lab after all, say US and UK intelligence

“[U.S.] officials are seriously pursuing the possibility that a natural sample of the virus escaped a laboratory.” The question was dismissed as a conspiracy theory in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak. But now, some intelligence experts admit they are seriously looking into the possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic might have been touched off by an accident at a research facility in China, various news outlets report. “It’s definitely a real possibility being bandied about at the...
Tags: Post, UK, Science, News, Medicine, China, US, World news, Intelligence, State Department, Wuhan, US Embassy, Stanford University, Business Insider, State Dept, Jenna McLaughlin

15 Tips and Tricks to Make Slack Feel Normal in 2020

Slack was already a popular messaging app in workplaces across the country, but the dramatic increase in the number of people working from home has made it even more essential. From smart ways to manage your notifications to customizing the interface, here are 15 tricks you should know to make Slack work for you.Read more...
Tags: Work, Mobile, Apps, Science, Desktop, Chat, Slack

Obama Finally Seems to Get the Climate Crisis—Now Biden Needs to Do the Same

When Barack Obama became president in 2008, he knew much work lay ahead. In his acceptance speech, he talked about a “planet in peril.” Before entering the White House, Obama offered a message to the Global Climate Summit where he promised “a new chapter in America’s leadership in climate change.” Read more...
Tags: Science, Obama, America, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Biden, Climate Policy, 2020 Election

Google Is Developing Its Own Processor for Use in Future Devices: Report

After buying $1.1 billion of intellectual property and resources from HTC back in 2017, it appears the next big step for Google’s hardware division is creating its own homegrown computer chip.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Leaks, Rumors, Htc, Processors, ARM, Whitechapel, Consumer Tech, Computer Chips, The Rumor Mill, Google Wants Some Custom Silicon, Custom Google Chip

An Amazon Warehouse Worker Has Died of Coronavirus

A worker at an Amazon facility in California has died after contracting covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Thus far, workers at more than 70 of Amazon’s warehousing and delivery facilities have confirmed cases of covid-19.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, California, Amazon Warehouse, Coronavirus, Gerard Tuzara

An Ultra-Rare Supersized Version of the Nintendo Game & Watch, the Original Game Boy, Is Up for Auction

The auction house who recently sold the rare Nintendo Play Station console is making it harder and harder to be a fiscally responsible adult. Heritage Auctions has just listed another rare piece of video game history with a demo machine that was used to sell Nintendo’s Game & Watch handhelds; the precursor to the Game…Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Video Games, Auctions, Nintendo, Retro, Heritage Auctions, Consoles, Mego, Game Watch

How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones to Your Switch, Plus Recommendations

The Switch is a wonderful handheld, but it’s not perfect. It’s a big piece of tech for something that’s portable, and hooking up a set of wired headphones can make it all even more awkward. Thankfully, third-party companies are picking up Nintendo’s slack, creating adapters to hook up wireless Bluetooth headsets.Read more...
Tags: Science, Bluetooth Headphones, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch

South Dakota's Republican governor resisted Coronavirus stay-at-home order, now it's a COVID-19 hot spot

The Trump-aligned GOP governor of South Dakota resisted the urgent appeal by epidemiologists to issue a “stay-at-home” order. Now the state is home to a COVID-19 outbreak. Ignoring science has consequences. “As governors across the country fell into line in recent weeks, South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem stood firm: There would be no statewide order to stay home,” the Washington Post reports today in a review of what went so wrong in the state. Thanks to the governor's stupidity and science de...
Tags: Health, Post, Science, News, Washington Post, US news, Public Health, Gop, United States, South Dakota, Outbreak, Trump, Kristi, Griff Witte, Amanda Marcotte, Kristi Noem

Coronavirus distancing may need to continue until 2022, say experts

Scientists say one-time lockdown will not bring pandemic under controlCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePhysical distancing measures may need to be in place intermittently until 2022, scientists have warned in an analysis that suggests there could be resurgences of Covid-19 for years to come.The paper, published in the journal Science, concludes that a one-time lockdown will not be sufficient to bring the pandemic under control and that secondary peaks could be larger t...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Chemistry, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Epidemics, Immunology, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Coronavirus outbreak

Tessa Thompson's 11 Best Genre Roles (So Far)

Tessa Thompson is a versatile actress who’s done way more than just sci-fi and fantasy stuff—you’ve probably seen the Creed movies, and you should check out Little Woods if you haven’t yet. But she sure is in a lot of genre projects, which is a big reason why we love her so much. Behold, our favorite tales of Thompson!Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Marvel, Disney, Sony, Streaming, Heroes, Westworld, Valkyrie, Marvel Studios, Tessa Thompson, Janelle Monae, Thompson, Thor Ragnarok, Annihilation, Sorry to Bother You

Grocery Delivery Apps Are Booming—And That's Bad News for the People Who Need Them Most

Amadi Lovelace has been using Instacart, one of the most popular grocery delivery apps in the U.S., for more than a year. Three of four adults in her household are disabled, including herself, and grocery delivery is an important resource. Lovelace said she never had a problem getting same-day or next-day delivery…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, Science, Technology, Groceries, Walmart, Lovelace, Instacart, Shipt, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Amadi Lovelace

The True Story of The Lost Boys' Sax Man

People say one night can change the course of your life. What they don’t say is sometimes it can take several decades to realize it.Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Interview, Warner Bros, Exclusive, Nostalgia, Mad Max, Tina Turner, Joel Schumacher, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, The Lost Boys, Saxophones, Tim Cappello

Coronavirus live news: Italy sees lowest increase in infections for a month as global cases near 2 million

Leader of Ireland’s Sinn Féin tests positive; confirmed cases in Africa pass 15,000; Trump repeats WHO funding threatPutin warns Russia faces ‘extraordinary’ crisisTrump turned a briefing into a presidential tantrumUK coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glanceSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.30pm BST Health authorities in France have reported 762 new deaths from coronavirus, including 559 in hospitals and 221 in care homes. In total the number of confirmed cases reported by ...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, China, Russia, Africa, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Ireland, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology

Tiny Keyboard Clones Photoshop’s Toolbar for Your Desk

If you spend a lot of time in Photoshop—we’re talking all of your working hours pushing pixels—you’ve undoubtedly mastered countless shortcuts to streamline your workflow, and are always on the hunt for more. If you can spare a little room on your desk, this tiny keyboard puts some of the most oft-used tools on …Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Keyboards, Etsy, Photoshop, Tech, Consumer Tech

Two of Chernobyl's Largest Wildfires on Record Are Out

More than a week has passed since two major fires broke out inside Chernobyl’s exclusion zone. They were inching closer to the shuttered power plant and the radioactive waste now disposed of on-site as hundreds of firefighter battled the blazes. As of Tuesday, however, the fires appear to be out.Read more...
Tags: Science, Ukraine, Wildfires, Chernobyl, Wild Wildfires

Ancient Britons Worshipped Chickens and Hares Before Deciding They Were Food

Archaeologists in Britain have uncovered evidence of chickens and brown hares being buried fully intact and with great care in the centuries leading up to the Roman period. It’s further evidence that these animals, which would eventually become important food staples, were once associated with gods.Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, History, Britain, Anthropology, Rabbits, Chickens, Ancient Religion, Hares, Ancient Britons

Star Wars’ Final Clone Wars Trailer Is an Incredible, Emotional Ride

We took a long road to get here, but we’ve arrived. The beginning of Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ final end is here, and it’s a battle set to change the fate of heroes and villains alike.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Animation, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Dave Filoni, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano, Disney Plus

Apple, Google Will Require Case Verification for Coronavirus Contact Tracing Tech

Last week, Apple and Google announced they were teaming up to build contact-tracing technology that could help track how the novel coronavirus spreads. The news was immediately met with questions from privacy and security experts, despite promises from Apple that “privacy, transparency, and consent [would be] of…Read more...
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OnePlus 8 Review: This Is the Android Phone for Most People

When OnePlus first started selling phones back in 2014, it positioned its devices as flagship killers, offering similar specs and performance as high-end phones from Samsung, Google, and others, but for half the price. Later, as OnePlus grew and matured, even though its phones may not have offered quite the same level…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Android, Science, Smartphones, Consumer Tech, Samsung Google, OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, Oneplus 8 And 8 Pro Reviews

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