Report: HHS Put Aide Nicknamed the 'Dog Breeder,' an Actual Dog Breeder, in Charge of Virus Response

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar appointed an aide with “minimal public health experience” and who had spent the six years prior to joining the agency running a dog breeding business to head its coronavirus response in mid-January, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Sources said decisions made by that…Read more...
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And Now, Blue Öyster Cult's 'Godzilla,' Performed By the Band Live at Home

Oh. My. Godzilla.
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Coronavirus live news: US states start to reopen as detained Wuhan journalist reappears

World has ‘a long way to go’, warns WHO chief; Singapore cases pass 10,000; first case among Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Follow the latest updates. Coronavirus latest: at a glanceRamadan in a time of plague: ‘The best thing is to stay home, stay quiet’UK coronavirus updates – liveAustralia coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.20am BST The world is on track for a recession of “unprecedented depth in the post-war period”, ratings agency Fitch says.In a note issued ...
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9 Superpowers We'd Love to Have in Our Present Day Reality

A big chunk of the wish-fulfillment aspect of most genre media (sci-fi, fantasy, horror) involves inviting you to fantasize about how you would use your own vast superpowers to save the world in a time of crisis. But in moments like the one we’re all living through right now, the idea of having superhuman abilities…Read more...
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Zoom Rolls Out Security Updates Following Zoombombing and Glaring Security Failures

Zoom, the video conferencing app that’s seen an utterly staggering spike in usage during the coronavirus pandemic, has been the subject of ongoing reporting over its egregious security failures—which include, among other things, misrepresenting its encryption protocols. Read more...
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What Hapandemics in Vegas Doesn't Stay in Vegas

Vegas, what the fuck you doing?
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The Writer of Thomas Was Alone and Subsurface Circular Has Launched a Free Sci-Fi Audio Drama

Game developer and writer Mike Bithell made a name for himself with the clever mechanical heartbreak of Thomas Was Alone, the heady sci-fi ideas of Subsurface Circular and its followup Quarantine Circular (also? a surprisingly good John Wick tactics game). But now, while we wait for his next video game, he’s turned…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Sci Fi, Spaceships, John Wick, Mike Bithell, Subsurface Circular, Audio Drama, Watch It Nerds, North Star Rising

A Female-Centric Star Wars Show Is in Development at Disney+ From the Co-Creator of Russian Doll

The Star Wars galaxy may be taking a break at the box office, but it continues to expand on streaming.Read more...
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Magnetic Clues in Australian Rocks Suggest Plate Tectonics Began Over 3 Billion Years Ago

Without plate tectonics, our planet wouldn’t have continents, mountains, and possibly even life itself. New evidence suggests this geological process began at least 3.2 billion years ago, a surprisingly early origin.Read more...
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Net Art Vs. the Art World

Gizmodo is looking at a lot of net art these days, but you’ll have to scan further than Google Arts and Culture to find it, so we asked net artists for help. Today, Anthony Antonellis tells us about his long slog to convince gatekeepers that internet art is more than an unprofitable career path. Read more...
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COVID-19 may cause sudden strokes in young adults, coronavirus doctors report

Doctors say the disease caused by the novel coronavirus appears to be causing strokes in young adult patients, some who didn't even know they were infected. If these early reports bear out, it is possible that this could cause the official known toll of the pandemic to be lower than reality -- if patients in their 30s and 40s are dying of stroke, they may not be counted as having died of COVID-19, the thinking goes. From CNN's Maggie Fox: Dr. Thomas Oxley, a neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai Health...
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In NY, 2 cats are infected with coronavirus - first U.S. pets to test positive, federal officials say

Two cats in New York are reported to have been infected with the novel coronavirus. Both had mild respiratory symptoms and are expected to make a full recovery. "These are the first pets in the United States to test positive," the US Department of Agriculture said Wednesday in a joint statement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no evidence that cats, dogs, or other pets are spreading coronavirus in the United States. “There is no justification in taking measur...
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Right-Wing Extremists Appear to Be Circulating 25,000 Stolen WHO, NIH Passwords and Emails

The Washington Post reports that 25,000 email addresses and passwords, allegedly from the World Health Organization (WHO), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Gates Foundation, and other large organizations, were stolen by hackers and posted online. It’s unknown where the list came from, or who even created it,…Read more...
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CEO Defends Reopening Gyms by Falsely Claiming Coronavirus Can Be Cured 'With a Few Hundred Dollars' Worth of Drugs'

The CEO of Life Time gyms, Bahram Akradi, was on CNBC today defending his company’s decision to soon reopen its gyms in states that are lifting lockdowns, such as Georgia. It feels like the kind of clip that will be played in future documentaries about how poorly we handled the coronavirus crisis.Read more...
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CDC Director Says a Second Wave of Coronavirus Next Winter Could Be 'More Difficult'

The healthcare system in the U.S. has buckled under the current coronavirus pandemic, with overloaded hospitals struggling to keep up. But should a second wave of the outbreak occur simultaneously during the next flu season, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield says, things could get…Read more...
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How Transforming My Apartment Into an Indoor Farm Turned Into a Very Bad Idea

A little over a year ago, I came up with an idea for story to turn my apartment into an indoor garden. This ended up being a terrible idea, though in my defense it was late January, and I was hoping the addition of greenery could inject some vitality back into those bleak, dreary days, while also serving as a way to…Read more...
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CDC Director Says a Second Wave of Coronavirus This Winter Could Be 'More Difficult'

The healthcare system in the U.S. has buckled under the current coronavirus pandemic, with overloaded hospitals struggling to keep up. But should a second wave of the outbreak occur simultaneously during the coming flu season, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield says, things could get…Read more...
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The Time to Fix Our Broken Water System Is Now

In the interim stimulus bill the Senate passed on Tuesday evening, federal lawmakers failed to include any relief for customers struggling with their water bills. As a result, millions of Americans who are being told to stay in their homes and wash their hands as often as possible could face impossible choices, such…Read more...
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The Trouble With Stephen Wolfram’s New 'Fundamental Theory of Physics'

Stephen Wolfram, computer scientist, physicist, and CEO of software company Wolfram Research (behind Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica) made headlines this week when he launched the Wolfram Physics Project. The blog post announcing the project explains that he and his collaborators claim to have “found a path to to the…Read more...
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Must-Watch Episodes

Last week, we gave you a guide to the highs of Star Trek at its apex of idealistic sci-fi in The Next Generation. But even the brightest light must cast a shadow, and no Star Trek show has embraced or understood that like arguably its headiest, dramatic entry in the franchise: Deep Space Nine. Want to dive into Trek’s…Read more...
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We Can Now Watch Google's Secret Self-Driving Cars From 2009

Google announced in late 2010 that for the past year, Californian drivers had been sharing the road with a secret self-driving car project. Many years and one death at the hands of rival Uber later, we can finally see 2009's testing footage.Read more...
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Why are people from BAME groups dying disproportionately of Covid-19?

Co-morbidities, genetics and societal imbalances all play a part, says UCL professor Nishi ChaturvediCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage One explanation for why people from black and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are dying in disproportionately high numbers is demography. The virus hit London first and hit it hardest. But even when you take these regional differences into account there is a mismatch. In particular, if you take into account that ethnic minorities are...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Biology, Race, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Ucl, Nishi, BAME, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

Coronavirus live news: world has 'a long way to go', warns WHO chief

Trump to halt immigration for 60 days initially; 256m people could starve, says UN; cases worldwide pass 2.5 millionCoronavirus latest: at a glanceRamadan in a time of plague: ‘The best thing is to stay home, stay quiet’UK coronavirus updates – liveUS coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.19pm BST The coronavirus was killing Americans in the US weeks before health officials, doctors or the government realized, it emerged early on Wednesday, reports Joanna Walters in Ne...
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SpaceX engine issue on last Starlink mission caused by cleaning fluid according to Elon Musk

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said on Twitter on Wednesday that the cause of the failure of a single Merlin engine during the most recent Starlink launch (which didn’t prevent the launch from ultimately succeeding at its mission) was the result of an undetected, “small amount” of a learning fluid that ignited during the flight. The SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle uses nine Merlin engines on its first-stage, and can still operate successfully in case one stops working. One did stop working durin...
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Scientists Are Sticking Cameras on Whales to Explore the Changing Antarctic

The waters surrounding the Antarctic Peninsula are warming rapidly, yet we know very little about how this is impacting some of the region’s most charismatic denizens: the filter-feeding baleen whales that call this icy realm home. But a team of scientists is hoping to change that with the help of their flippered…Read more...
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Elon Musk details some SpaceX efforts to reduce nighttime visibility of Starlink satellites

It’s launch day for yet another batch of Starlink satellites, which will bring the total launched by SpaceX to 422. With each launch, there’s renewed discussion around the impact the growing constellation of low Earth orbit small satellites has on night-sky visibility and scientific research, and SpaceX has said it’s making changes to attempt to address those concerns. Now, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has provided some more detail about some of the latest measures his company is taking to minimize Star...
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Accepting Lots of Friend Requests Makes You a Fake Account Target, Facebook Finds

If your Facebook feed is teeming with wild Deep State theories, that might be on you, a Facebook study has found. Two researchers from Facebook and one from Harvard that looks at your friending activity to detect fake accounts, or sybils. The paper shows that an outlying group of people who accept…Read more...
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The Robot Revolution Will Continue to Be Televised as Westworld Returns for Season 4

This week’s penultimate episode of Westworld’s third season might push the show’s revolutionary hosts that much closer to reaching their goals ahead of the finale, but HBO would like to kindly inform you that this season will not be the series’ last.Read more...
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Miami Is Experiencing Its Hottest April Ever

South Florida is dealing with a record-breaking heat wave. It’s only April, but temperatures have been rivaling those more typical of summer. Read more...
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The First U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Were Weeks Earlier Than Previously Thought

Weeks before the first documented U.S. death from covid-19, at least two people in California likely died from the virus. On Tuesday, health officials in Santa Clara, California announced that the deaths of two residents in early and mid-February are now believed to be related to the novel coronavirus.Read more...
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