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'Mother Nature Putting on a Show': Strong Winds Send Waves Over Cliffs in Western Australia

Damaging winds whipped up massive swells off the southern coast of Western Australia, with waves seen bursting above the sea cliffs near Albany on May 6.Abnormally high tides and dangerous surf conditions were forecast for most of the state’s south coast by the Bureau of Meteorology. Wind gusts as powerful as 76 km/h were observed in Albany on the Wednesday.The wild weather was wrought on the state by a cold front, which was predicted to move east into South Australia, bringing damaging winds an...
Tags: Science, News, Adelaide, South Australia, Western Australia, Albany, Bureau of Meteorology Wind, Tordirrup National Park


Coronavirus live news: New Zealand could allow gatherings of 100 from next week

PM Jacinda Ardern outlines easing curbs to allow domestic travel and eating out; White House says US-China relationship one of ‘disappointment’; eurozone’s future threatened. Follow the latest updatesTrump’s push to reopen US risks ‘death sentence’ for many, experts warnCoronavirus threatens future of eurozonePressure on Johnson as UK’s daily Covid testing target missed againAustralia coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.32am BST In Australia meanwhile, premiers of th...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, Australia, Washington, White House, China, Africa, Americas, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific


Uber Lays Off 14 Percent of Its Staff as Pandemic Pummels Ride-Share Business

Uber announced this week that it’s cutting 3,700 roles as the coronavirus crisis pummels its ride-share business and that of its competitor Lyft.Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Layoffs, Science, Ridesharing, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Lyft Read


Facebook Announces Members of Its Oversight Board, Says Its Decisions Will be 'Binding'

Since its inception, Facebook has been ruled more or less like an autocracy, with its majority shareholder, who also happens to be CEO, reigning supreme. As Facebook chronicler Steven Levy wrote in Wired earlier this year: “At Facebook, Zuck’s word is law.”Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Steven Levy, Content Moderation, Facebook Zuck, supreme As Facebook


Supreme Court Arguments Go Right Down the Toilet

Now that many of us are working from home, there has been no shortage of remote conference call bloopers during this pandemic. Between people walking around in their underwear to unfortunately timed unmuted mics, and the plague of Zoom bombers crashing college classes to rake in YouTube views, these viral moments are…Read more...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Toilets, Can You Mute Your Mic


Coronavirus live news: Trump says Covid-19 taskforce to continue 'indefinitely' as US-China rift widens

White House press secretary says US-China relationship one of ‘disappointment and frustration’; eurozone’s future threatened; Spain extends state of emergency. Follow the latest updatesTrump’s push to reopen US risks ‘death sentence’ for many, experts warnCoronavirus threatens future of eurozonePressure on Johnson as UK’s daily Covid testing target missed againAustralia coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.31am BST Coronavirus-related border controls, lockdowns and f...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, White House, China, Africa, Americas, US, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa


Why Temperature Screenings Alone Won't Protect People From Covid-19

As parts of the U.S. begin to reopen and ease restrictions on physical movement, a major looming question is how to prevent new spikes in cases of covid-19. One commonly touted idea is to implement wide-scale temperature screenings at businesses and public places, as some companies like Amazon already are doing. But…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Fever, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Sonos Finally Supports Dolby Atmos With New Arc Soundbar

Sonos has been busy these past few months. The company announced it’s phasing out ‘legacy’ devices and plans to roll out a new app in June, not to mention that it also launched a new radio service. But all of these announcement lacked one crucial element: new hardware. The first next-generation Sonos product is the…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Sonos, Dolby Atmos, Consumer Tech, Sonos Sub, Sonos Five, Sonos Arc


There’s nothing to fear yet from giant ‘murder’ hornets, UC Riverside researcher says

RIVERSIDE — A UC Riverside entomologist said Wednesday that the sightings of fearsome Asian Giant Hornets in Washington state and Vancouver last year do not mean that they’re anywhere else in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the species or similar ones won’t settle down somewhere in the country in the future. Professor Doug Yanega has studied the giant hornets — known in scientific circles as V. mandarinia — and has been watching developments in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, as well as t...
Tags: Japan, Science, News, Instagram, California, Washington, Southeast Asia, US, California News, Sport, Ap, Canada, Soccer, United States, Fda, Vancouver


Coronavirus live news: Trump suggests more deaths necessary price to reopen economy

US president says ‘we have to be warriors’; while pandemic threatens future of eurozone; and Spain extends state of emergency againCoronavirus threatens future of eurozoneAngela Merkel reins in German states with lockdown easing rulesPressure on Johnson as UK’s daily Covid testing target missed againUS coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.28pm BST Scientists who advise the UK government on its coronavirus strategy have warned they are being drawn into politics after t...
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8 Non-Combat Roleplaying Games for When You're a Lover, Not a Fighter

It can be fun getting into a squabble with some goblins in a dungeon, or facing off against an army of Jem’Hadar. But what about those times you want to play a roleplaying game where violence is off the table? Here are some picks for those times when you’d prefer a little romance, mystery, or some good old fashioned…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Shakespeare, Board Games, RPG, Dungeons And Dragons, Fate, Tabletop Games, Jem, Tales from the Loop, Watch It Nerds


Here's What To Buy Your Mom For Mother's Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and with a global pandemic keeping us apart, we still should celebrate the day for what it is—giving thanks to the women who made us who we are. Obviously mothers don’t have to be biological, maybe you’ve had an aunt or female figure in your life that gave you love. Either way, you should…Read more...
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There’s nothing to fear yet from giant ‘murder’ hornets, UC Riverside researchers says

RIVERSIDE — A UC Riverside entomologist said Wednesday that the sightings of fearsome Asian Giant Hornets in Washington state and Vancouver last year do not mean that they’re anywhere else in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the species or similar ones won’t settle down somewhere in the country in the future. Professor Doug Yanega has studied the giant hornets — known in scientific circles as V. mandarinia — and has been watching developments in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, as well as t...
Tags: Japan, Science, News, Instagram, California, Washington, Southeast Asia, US, California News, Sport, Ap, Canada, Soccer, United States, Fda, Vancouver


These Insects Are Not 'Murder Hornets' So Please Stop Killing Them

Asian giant hornets are large and stripey, yes. But so are several other insects. If you see something that looks a little like these “murder hornets” you’ve heard so much about, you may be tempted to kill it and/or convince yourself that the apocalypse has truly arrived. But please don’t. It’s almost certainly a case…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nature, Lifehacks


Dramatic Fossil Shows a Squid-Like Creature Crushing a Fish in Its Jaws

A re-analysis of a fossil found in England during the 19th century reveals that it depicts a 200-million-year-old scene in which a squid-like creature is still clutching onto its prey.Read more...
Tags: England, Science, Fish, Fossils, Squid, Paleontology, Predation, Ancient Squids


New Standard Adds Low-Power Wireless Charging to NFC

Qi wireless charging has become the de facto wireless charging standard for gadgets like phones, earbuds, and more. However, just this week, the NFC Forum approved a new low-power wireless charging specification to help make it easier to charge smaller gadgets or IoT devices.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Nfc, Qi, Wireless Charging, Consumer Tech, NFC Forum, Nfc Gets Wireless Charging Capability, Wireless Charging Specification, Wlc, New Standard Adds Low Power Wireless Charging


Coronavirus live news: pandemic threatens future of eurozone; Spain extends state of emergency again

Donald Trump backtracks on threat to wind down Covid-19 taskforce; Germany launches ‘emergency brake’ to stop local flare-upsCoronavirus threatens future of eurozoneAngela Merkel reins in German states with lockdown easing rulesUK coronavirus updates – liveUS coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.59pm BST That’s it for me today, I’m handing over the blog to my colleague Kevin Rawlinson.Thanks to everyone who got in touch and as always, thanks for reading along. 6.57pm...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Germany, Africa, Americas, Eu, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases


The World's Largest Iceberg Just Had a Baby

There’s a new baby in town. No, I don’t mean Grimes’ and Elon Musk’s new baby, X Æ A-12, although this other baby’s name is about as robot-like. I’m talking, of course, about A-68C, the new little iceberg that broke off Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf in late April. What a cutie pie!Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Sea Level Rise, Antarctica, Grimes, Larsen, Ice Ice Baby, Ice Ice Maybe


Volvo Plans To Be The First To Include LiDAR On A Production Car

Autonomous cars will need to see the world, just like we human drivers do occasionally when we glance up from our phones to peek out the big window up front with the wipers. Currently, all production cars with semi-autonomous features (remember, there are no completely self-driving cars for sale today) use visible…Read more...
Tags: Science, Autonomous Cars, Car Tech, Volvo


Apple's Magic Keyboard Really Does Turn the iPad Pro Into a Neat Little Laptop

The iPad Pro is the best tablet you can buy, but without the right accessories, it can’t fully replace your laptop for every task. The Magic Keyboard for iPad is the right accessory. In fact, it’s the perfect accessory.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Ipad, Science, Magic Keyboard For Ipad Pro Review


Despite Record Streaming Subscriptions, Disney Is Tiptoeing Around the Movie Theater Drama—For Now

As a very ugly standoff between legacy theaters and legacy studios plays out in real time, Disney appears to be treading lightly around the sensitive issue over how studios will handle releases now and in a post-covid-19 future.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Streaming, Movie Theaters, Streaming Wars, Disney Plus


A Brief History of the Not-So-Brief Wait for Avatar 2

io9's first article mentioning Avatar 2 was published on December 28, 2009. It was during the site’s second year of operation and also the year James Cameron released Avatar, a 3D adventure that would go on to become the highest-grossing movie of all-time. No movie makes that kind of money without there at least being…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Fox, Avatar, Theme Parks, Sigourney Weaver, James Cameron, Avatar 2, Zoe Saldana, NAVI, Stephen Lang, Jon Landau, Avatar 3, Avatar 4, Avatar 5, Vindiesel


European Authorities Ban Dirty Cookie Practices in GDPR Update

When GDPR rolled out across the European Union back in 2018, the sweeping legal framework pledged to bring consumer privacy and protection to the forefront. In the years since then, we’ve seen the adtech industry at large do its collective darnedest to undermine these laws at every turn, and largely get away with it,…Read more...
Tags: Science, European Union, Cookies, Gdpr, Consent, European Authorities Ban Dirty Cookie Practices


Coronavirus live news: pandemic threatens future of eurozone, Brussels warns

Donald Trump backtracks on threat to wind down Covid-19 taskforce; Germany launches ‘emergency brake’ to stop local flare-upsCoronavirus threatens future of eurozoneAngela Merkel reins in German states with lockdown easing rulesUK coronavirus updates – liveUS coronavirus updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.22pm BST 6.20pm BST The European Union is backing calls for a timely review of the international response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the World Health Organiza...
Tags: Science, Biology, China, Germany, Africa, Americas, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, United States, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa


How quantum computers can save us from the coronavirus

A team of researchers at Penn State University recently began exploring high-powered solutions for drug discovery in hopes of stumbling upon the cure for COVID-19. Hundreds of other research teams, including those backed by big tech and big pharma, are working the same problem. But this study is different. The Penn State team is bringing quantum AI to the fight. Traditionally, drug discovery’s been a painstaking process involving trial-and-error. We’re talking eyeballs on microscopes, pen and pa...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Penn State, Penn State University, Neural


The Midnight Gospel's Dark Reflections on Reality Have Become Therapeutic for Me

If you’re reading this, then you know io9 wholly endorses podcasts of all varieties, as they’re an art form that brings people together and encourages listeners to open their minds. Strictly speaking, Netflix’s The Midnight Gospel isn’t a podcast, it’s something more: a manifestation of what all podcasts try to be,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Animation, Streaming, Pendleton Ward, Duncan Trussell, The Midnight Gospel


New 'EARN IT Act' Alternative Seeks $5 Billion to Hunt Child Predators Without Wrecking Encryption

Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a new bill aimed at drastically expanding the federal government’s resources devoted to the targeting and prosecution of child predators, developing new technologies to identify child sexual abuse material online, and funding leading community organizations that work to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Legislation, Ncmec, Earn It Act


Coronavirus antibody tests: what they are and how they work

Tests have been hailed as key to helping end the UK lockdown. But what can they tell us?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAntibody tests have been hailed as a key to understanding the spread of the coronavirus and even as a means of easing us out of lockdown. But what are they, and what can they tell us? Continue reading...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus outbreak


Dolores’ Westworld Finale Arc May Be Just the Beginning

What will that dramatic Westworld season three finale mean for all the big players moving forward? Co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan had a few thoughts to share—especially when it comes to the show’s biggest player of all. Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Technology, Robots, Ai, Westworld, Dolores, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Nolan


Identify Chirps in Your Area With This Birdsong Quiz

Are you noticing the birds outside your window more than you used to? No matter where you live, there’s probably some chirpy thing hanging around. If you’d like to test your knowledge—or just open your ears to the world around you—try this simple quiz.Read more...
Tags: Outdoors, Games, Science, Fun, Nature, Birds, Lifehacks



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