Experiment Shows Some Life Can Survive in Exoplanet-Like Conditions

Single-celled organisms like Escherichia coli and yeast can grow and survive in an atmosphere like the kind theorized to exist on many rocky exoplanets, according to a new paper.Read more...
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Vietnam crushed the coronavirus outbreak, but now faces severe economic test

Strict quarantining and widespread testing have helped the country avoid disaster, but with tourism on hold the nation’s future is uncertainCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVietnam didn’t just flatten its coronavirus curve, it crushed it. No deaths have been reported, official case numbers have plateaued at just 271, and no community transmissions of the virus have been reported in the last two weeks. On 23 April, the nation eased lockdowns in its major cities and life...
Tags: Science, US, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Vietnam, The World Health Organisation, Coronavirus outbreak, Kidong Park

I Just Remembered That I Ate a Murder Hornet Once

When I first saw an image of the Asian giant hornet, now famously referred to as the “Murder Hornet,” my first thought was “I’d probably eat that.” My second thought was, “wait, I probably have.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Entomophagy, Murder Hornets

Yet Another Amazon Worker Has Died of Coronavirus

One warehouse associate at JFK8—Amazon’s massive fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York—has died of the novel coronavirus, in what is at least the third such death among the company’s ranks.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Staten Island New York, Coronavirus, COVID

China launches new rocket into space as it steps up Moon landing plans

Space agency tests design that is billed to replace current Shenzhou module, a copy of Russia’s Soyuz China has successfully launched a new rocket and prototype spacecraft, according to state media, in a major test of its ambitions to operate a permanent space station and send astronauts to the Moon.A Long March 5B rocket took off from the Wenchang launch site on the southern island of Hainan and eight minutes later an unmanned prototype spacecraft successfully separated and entered its planned ...
Tags: Space, Science, China, Russia, World news, Xinhua, Hainan, Shenzhou, Soyuz China

Coronavirus live news: UK deaths highest in Europe as Trump looks to disband coronavirus task force

US president says it’s time to reopen businesses as US deaths top 70,000; UK deaths second-highest worldwide. Follow the latest updatesTrump poised to wind down Covid-19 taskforce as US death toll tops 70,000Top UK adviser resigns after breaking lockdown rulesCoronavirus latest: at a glanceAustralia coronavirus updates - liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.25am BST Brazil confirmed its highest daily coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, indicating that the nation is still in the thick of its ba...
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The future of deep-reinforcement learning, our contemporary AI superhero

Rish Joshi Contributor Rish is an entrepreneur and investor. Previously, he was a VC at Gradient Ventures (Google’s AI fund), co-founded a fintech startup building an analytics platform for SEC filings and worked on deep-learning research as a graduate student in computer science at MIT. It was not long ago that the world watched World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov lose a decisive match against a supercomputer. IBM’s Deep Blue embodied the state of the art in th...
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What Scientists Really Mean When They Say 'No Evidence'

Some things are just unknown. And these days, that’s a lot of things. From the moment the coronavirus emerged as a threat, there have been far more unanswered questions than answered ones. When a virus is only five months old, how much can you possibly know? Read more...
Tags: Science, Lifehacks, Media Literacy, Coronavirus

Adam Neumann Is Evidently WeHurt Over Failed $3 Billion Dollar WeWork Bailout Deal

Adam Neumann, the controversial co-founder and former chief executive of spectacular startup failure WeWork, is suing Softbank over that failed multibillion-dollar bailout deal and claims that the company breached the terms of their agreement in doing so.Read more...
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Ousted US government scientist files whistleblower complaint over Covid-19 concerns

Rick Bright says he was reassigned to lesser role because he resisted pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquineCoronavirus – live US updatesLive global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA US government scientist has filed a whistleblower complaint alleging he was ousted from his position after raising concerns that the Trump administration wanted to “flood” coronavirus hotspots like New York and New Jersey with a malaria drug that Donald Trump was pushing despite scant scientif...
Tags: New York, Science, Drugs, US, US news, Medical Research, US politics, Infectious Diseases, New Jersey, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration, Office of Special Counsel, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Rick Bright

Freedom of Information Is Disintegrating (Faster) Under the Coronavirus

Federal lawmakers say that in response to the pandemic, the FBI and other executive agencies may have placed unnecessary restrictions on Americans’ ability to file public records requests. They are now asking the Justice Department to explain what steps are being taken to ensure the law is being followed, to the…Read more...
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Animal Agriculture Could Cause the Next Public Health Crisis

Covid-19 is a zoonotic virus, meaning it spread to humans from an animals. Scientists aren’t sure which animal spread it to us, though they think snakes or bats might have spread it to us via pangolins. But it’s not just exotic, wild animals that spread diseases. Newe research shows the next global public health…Read more...
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Darth Names, Ranked

Star Wars, a franchise barely anyone talks about these days, is primarily known for three things: stars, the existence of wars among them, and some really incredible (and incredibly silly) naming conventions. The fearsome Sith Lords of the Dark Side are no exception, and in light of their own equally silly day of…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Darth Vader, Lucasfilm, Names, Underexplained Lists, Ranker, Goofballery, Sith, Darth Sidious

Covid-19 Reached Europe in December, New Evidence Suggests

In late December 2019, a 42-year-old man with pneumonia-like symptoms was admitted to a Paris hospital. Shockingly, a test of the patient’s stored sample swab came back positive for covid-19, suggesting the novel coronavirus was in France more than a month earlier than previously thought. Read more...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Paris, Epidemiology, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

If Oculus Is Actually Making a Slimmer Quest VR Headset, I Might Buy It

Other than motion sickness, the uncomfortable bulkiness of VR headsets has always stopped me from dropping hundreds of dollars on one. If only they were more like Geordi LaForge’s visor. That’s some fashionable VR design I could get behind. But it seems like Facebook’s Oculus division is trying to change that,…
Tags: Facebook, Science, Vr, Oculus, VR headsets, Geordi LaForge, Oculus Quest

This AI tool identifies the most promising COVID-19 research

An AI tool that scans reams of scientific literature for promising COVID-19 research could speed up the search for a coronavirus vaccine. The system provides an automated alternative to human review, which many COVID-19 researchers are starting to bypass so their colleagues can immediately provide feedback on their work. [Read: Drug discovery might be the best use of AI to tackle the pandemic] This approach sacrifices safety for speed, which can lead to low quality work reaching a wide audience....
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Apple’s Remote WWDC Gets an Official Start Date on June 22, Here’s How to Attend

In March, the spread of covid-19 forced Apple to convert WWDC 2020 into an online-only event. But back then, Apple never set a date for its annual developers conference. Well now we know: WWDC 20 starts on June 22. Read more...
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UK could relax lockdown for millions if over-70s are shielded, say scientists

Plan involves beefing up protection for vulnerable people while easing controls on othersCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBritain could exit the coronavirus lockdown by relaxing restrictions on more than half of the population and beefing up protection for those over 70 and vulnerable people, scientists have said.The strategy from researchers at Edinburgh University, known as “segmenting and shielding”, is intended to create leeway for ministers to ease the lockdown on...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Edinburgh University, Older people, University of Edinburgh, Coronavirus outbreak

What to Know About That New Paper Claiming the Coronavirus Is Becoming More Contagious

A preliminary scientific paper on covid-19—detailed by the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday—is sure to unnerve people. It argues that the world is now dealing with a mutated, more contagious form of the coronavirus that causes covid-19 than the version that originated in China. But scientists we spoke with are skeptical…Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Los Angeles Times, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Coronavirus live news: top UK adviser Prof Neil Ferguson resigns over lockdown breach

Austria says easing lockdown has not led to spike in infections; Macron says major foreign travel will be limited this summer; global deaths pass 250,000Inflation around the world collapses amid pandemic Rise in Russian medics falling prey to Covid-19Coronavirus latest: at a glanceUK coronavirus updates - liveUS coronavirus updates - liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 8.16pm BST Staats declined to comment when approached by the paper but has reportedly told friends she does not believe the...
Tags: UK, Science, London, Biology, China, Africa, Americas, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Austria, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases

Our Exclusive First Look at the New Back to the Future Game Is Also Our Last Look, That's How Time Travel Works Right?

Great Scott! Ravensburger is getting “heavy” with its latest game, Back to the Future: Dice Through Time, which puts players in the driver’s seat of the DeLorean to stop Biff Tannen from screwing up the timeline. In io9's exclusive first play-through, we found the game to be a fun and surprisingly insightful homage to…Read more...
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Are we there yet?

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola quarantino-rinos, Depending on where you’re at, we’re about six weeks into the general global shelter-in-place order and I gotta tell you: I’ve had about enough of it. I know, I know. We’ve all got to chin up and see this thing through so that we can return to whatever the new normal is going to be.  Mostly, I ju...
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GoDaddy Was Apparently Hacked Last Year, So Check Your Hosting Account Credentials

If you have a domain through GoDaddy, you might want to take a minute to reset your password and PIN and enable two-factor authentication if you haven’t already. The domain registrar and web hosting company has been hacked, says Threat Post. According to the California Attorney General, GoDaddy submitted the breach…Read more...
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Nest Is Making Two-Factor Authentication Mandatory

Maybe one of the greatest ironies of Google’s Nest security cameras—and the Nest line of products in general—is just how dang insecure they are. In the past, we’ve seen these devices hijacked to spout North Korean propaganda, spy on sleeping toddlers, and harass families in their homes—leading the company to start…Read more...
Tags: Google, Security, Science, Nest, Kinda Like Hacking But Not Really

In a Summer Without Blockbusters, the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen Is the Shared Universe We Need

Current events have rendered what was going to be a summer of vast franchises, teeming cinematic universes, and interconnected megablockbusters rather moot at this point. But in these trying times, we can still turn to one heroic universe that nails the shared concept unlike many of its theatrical counterparts: I am,…Read more...
Tags: Food, Cooking, Star Wars, Science, Marvel, Disney, Baking, Superheroes, Warner Bros, Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment, Bon Appetit, Shared Universe

'Murder Hornets' Are Unlikely to Murder You Personally

Asian giant hornets have probably been living in the Pacific Northwest for at least eight months now, but not until the New York Times called them “murder hornets” did we think to panic. It’s true that they’re dangerous to people and to beehives, but there’s still time to stop them from becoming established in North…Read more...
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UK coronavirus live: Raab says it would not be safe to reopen all schools; official death toll rises to 29,427

Testing falls below 100,000-a-day target for third day in a row as UK deaths rise by 693 and trial begins for new contact-tracing appUK coronavirus death toll rises to highest in EuropeToo early to reopen schools in Scotland, Scottish government saysBoris Johnson boasted of shaking hands on day Sage warned not toGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.22pm BST The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus among prisoners and staff continues to rise, the latest Mini...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Labour, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Ministry Of Justice, Patrick Vallance, Europe Continue, Raab

How Self-Driving Telescopes Could Transform Astronomy

Astronomers and physicists continue to pursue the answers to the universe’s deepest questions, but on many matters, including dark matter and dark energy, they are stymied. What if an autonomously operating telescope, free from human biases and complications, could find the solutions we’ve been missing?Read more...
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Uber and Lyft Sued by California Attorney General Over Alleged Driver Misclassification

The dubiously legal work model Uber and Lyft take advantage of has been under fire for years, but in the U.S., the epicenter of that fight has been California. Now, with the pandemic as a catalyst, that long-simmering battle has apparently spilled over in a filed today by the state’s Attorney General, alleging…Read more...
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UK coronavirus live: Dominic Raab gives briefing as official death toll rises to 29,427

Testing falls below 100,000-a-day target for third day in a row as UK deaths rise by 693 and trial begins for new contact-tracing appUK coronavirus death toll rises to highest in EuropeToo early to reopen schools in Scotland, Scottish government saysBoris Johnson boasted of shaking hands on day Sage warned not toGlobal coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.22pm BST The government dashboard with the latest death figures has now been updated. It shows that an extra 693 U...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Scotland, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Labour, Johnson, Keir Starmer, Patrick Vallance, Dominic Raab, Coronavirus outbreak, Dame Angela McLean

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