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Coronavirus live news: WHO says 190,000 could die in Africa as Trump blocks CDC guidance

US death toll passes 75,000; Russian cases overtake Germany and France; international tourism to plunge by 80%. Follow the latest updatesCovid-19 puts Putin’s power plans on hold and economy in perilOne of Trump’s personal valets tests positive for virusCoronavirus latest: at a glanceAustralia coronavirus updates - liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.22am BST News Corp Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch will forgo his cash bonus for the current fiscal year due to the impact of Covid-19 pan...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Cdc, France, White House, China, Germany, Russia, Africa, Americas, US, UK News, World news


13 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Board Games That Are as Gorgeous to Behold as They Are Fun to Play

As we shut ourselves inside and try to find things to do, many have turned to the world of tabletop gaming to find comfort and distraction (and something to do that scratches that social itch in the era of social distancing). But if you’re looking to pick up another board game (or six), you might as well justify it to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Planetarium, Board Games, RPG, Scythe, Tabletop Games, Dune, Space Park, Mysterium, Watch It Nerds, Unmatched, Quacks Of Quedlinburg, Inis, Sol The Last Days Of A Star


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Visiting Random Animal Crossing Islands

Politicians aren’t exactly able to go door-to-door meeting folks at the moment, but Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doing the next best thing—or maybe even the better thing—and heading out to meet folks in Animal Crossing instead.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Nintendo, Animal Crossing, Nintendo Switch, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


Amazon Sued for Acting Like Users Own "Purchased" Movies (Spoiler Alert: You Don't)

The question of whether you own your digital purchases, or whether you’re simply licensing that content from whatever tech giant du jour hosts it, has always been a bit of a black box for consumers. Recently, this lack of transparency has prompted one California user to file a lawsuit against Amazon for saying…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, California, Copyright, Prime, Licensing, Amazon Prime Video, Digital Downloads, Primevideo


Lyft, Like Uber, Will Also Now Require Drivers and Passengers Wear Face Coverings

Lyft, which has somehow spent the last few months of the coronavirus pandemic merely suggesting passengers and drivers wear face coverings, said on Thursday that it will soon make it a requirement.Read more...
Tags: Health, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Science, Technology, Ridesharing, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Somebody Is Furiously Uploading '90s Windows Desktop Themes to the Internet Archive

Two free-roaming archivists are wildly uploading hundreds of early Windows Desktop themes from the ‘90s and early aughts to the Internet Archive, populating the site with a trove of off-brand fan art you can install as your desktop wallpaper. Why? I do not know, but they have a captive audience. They probably would…Read more...
Tags: Science, Internet Archive, Desktop Themes


Two piglets for a kayak: Fiji returns to barter system as Covid-19 hits economy

Resurgence of bartering across the Pacific with similar Facebook pages in Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu, as people lose jobsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo piglets for a pre-loved kayak, a taxi fare in exchange for fresh produce, hot cross buns for online tutoring, an old carpet for a professional photography session, vegetable seedlings for homemade pies, and offers to have backyards cleaned for prayers.These are just a few examples of the hundreds of barter trades th...
Tags: Facebook, Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Pacific, Vanuatu, Fiji, Pacific Islands, Tonga Samoa, Coronavirus outbreak


Coronavirus live news: US death toll passes 75,000

Madrid health official resigns over plans to ease lockdown and Russia overtakes Germany and France after record rise in casesCovid-19 puts Putin’s power plans on hold and economy in perilSundance festival may have been Covid-19 incubator Coronavirus latest: at a glanceUS coronavirus updates - liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.18pm BST Starting Friday, California will allow retailers to begin offering curbside pick-up as the state moves deeper into “stage 2” of its reopening plan, gover...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, Putin, California, France, China, Germany, Russia, Africa, Americas, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news


Air Force gives a rare look at the research going to orbit in its X-37B spaceplane

The X-37B spaceplane sounds like something out of a sci-fi novel, and its mysterious past is equally evocative. What does the military put in this long-term orbital vehicle? Turns out it’s exactly the kind of neat, but not mind-blowing, science you’d expect to find in such a thing — though solar-powered masers do sound pretty cool. Also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle, the Boeing -designed X-37B has performed five prior missions, amounting to a total of nearly eight years in orbit; the last ...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Hardware, Government, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Military, Air Force, Aerospace, Boeing, Defense Department, US Air Force, NRL


Official Swedish data show a minor increase in total deaths that’s reverting to normal

When I shared this I got a request for the original source. Sweden's deaths are now starting to track LOWER THAN IN AN AVERAGE YEAR. See also: https://t.co/v4kJlfBzM7 pic.twitter.com/po8Ll5vY3c — Sanjeev Sabhlok, Pope @Church of Reason & Liberty (@sabhlok) May 5, 2020 Here’s the source of this official Swedish data: https://www.scb.se/en/About-us/news-and-press-releases/highest-mortality-this-millennium-noted-in-sweden/ This webpage contains a […]
Tags: Travel, Science, Sweden, Current Affairs, Sanjeev Sabhlok Pope


Bonehead Mercenaries Behind Failed Coup in Venezuela Plagiarized Website

A U.S. private military contractor with a plagiarized website and unclear connections to Trump’s White House recently attempted to invade Venezuela and depose its authoritarian leader Nicolas Maduro and replace him with a U.S. puppet this month—leading to predictably disastrous results. In the aftermath, the record of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Military, US military, Plagiarism, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Coup, FUBAR, Trump 's White House, Mercenaries, Juan Guaido, Private Military Contractors, Pmcs


Hi-Res View of Ryugu Asteroid Suggests It Had a Close Encounter With the Sun

Hayabusa2 is heading home to Earth, but scientists continue to review data collected by the spacecraft during its visit to the Ryugu asteroid, including its brief moments on the surface. New images are providing an unprecedented look at this gigantic pile of rocks, as well as a potential explanation for its weird,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Earth, Asteroids, Planetary Science, Ryugu, Hayabusa2


Animal Crossing Is the Breath of the Wild Postgame I Always Dreamed Of

As you play your way through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you end up becoming the catalyst for the creation of Tarry Town, a brand new settlement composed of Hylians who come together to live in the middle of nowhere because—one assumes—they’re tired of being harassed by the monsters that roam the land.…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Zelda, Legend Of Zelda, Animal Crossing, Breath Of The Wild, Tarry Town


Coronavirus live news: 'Somebody was stupid' – Trump continues to push Wuhan lab theory

Madrid health official resigns over plans to ease lockdown and Russia overtakes Germany and France after record rise in casesCovid-19 puts Putin’s power plans on hold and economy in perilSundance festival may have been Covid-19 incubator Coronavirus latest: at a glanceUS coronavirus updates - liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.55pm BST Trump said his administration is talking to Republican senators about the work visa issue.Four Republican senators sent a letter earlier urging the US pre...
Tags: Texas, Science, Biology, Putin, France, China, Germany, Russia, Africa, Americas, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research


Alamo Drafthouse Saves Us From the Deluge of Bad Content With Its Curated Streaming Service

Alamo Drafthouse is bringing a slate of very good films to your desktop, and soon your phone, with its new streaming service Alamo on Demand.Read more...
Tags: Science, Movies, Streaming, Alamo, Alamo Drafthouse, Streaming Wars


Researcher Discovers That Old Tesla Media Control Units Are Full Of Owner's Private Data Even After A Factory Reset

There’s a hacker/security researcher with the Twitter handle GreenTheOnly that has been doing some interesting work with used Tesla parts. This time specifically, he’s acquired three Tesla Model 3 integrated media control units (MCU) and Autopilot (HW) units (known as the ICE computer, just for Models 3 and Y), and a…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Tesla, Car Hacking, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Media Control Units


Full-Time Airbnb Hosts Strive for Justice

The revolution will be on a website for a midcentury modern bungalow, CNBC reports. After Airbnb hosts complained that they’re getting nothing from the federal relief package (calling it a “publicity stunt”), and little from Airbnb’s own $250 million relief package in the form of 25 percent cancellation fees, the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Airbnb, Cnbc, Covid 19, Time Airbnb Hosts Strive for Justice


Can Scientists Justify Intentional Coronavirus Infections to Speed Vaccine Creation?

One way to accelerate the development of a covid-19 vaccine is to conduct early testing of promising candidates on human volunteers—a prospect wrought with ethical challenges. A new policy paper outlines the ethical requirements for this type of research, but some critics believe the proposed guidelines fall flat.Read more...
Tags: Science, Medicine, Vaccines, Bioethics, Vaccine Development, Research Ethics, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


'Mixed messages': UK government's strategy fuels fears of rule-breaking

Critics of No 10 warn U-turns undermining efforts to keep public safe from coronavirusFirst people were meant to stay at home to save lives from coronavirus, and then government sources raised the prospect of picnics with pals and sunbathing in the park just before a sunny bank holiday weekend.Boris Johnson told the nation that scientists thought face masks might help stop the spread of the disease, but no change was made to the government advice that they were not needed outside medical and car...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Conservatives, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Boris Johnson, Coronavirus outbreak


'I Do This Work Because I Love a Good Crisis'

This is Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from workers in city government, a car dealership, and elsewhere as they navigate financial and mental health struggles. If you’d like to submit a story, use this Google form…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Labor, Sick Days, Coronavirus


Millions of historic newspaper images get the machine learning treatment at the Library of Congress

Historians interested in the way events and people were chronicled in the old days once had to sort through card catalogs for old papers, then microfiche scans, then digital listings — but modern advances can index them down to each individual word and photo. A new effort from the Library of Congress has digitized and organized photos and illustrations from centuries of news using state of the art machine learning. Led by Ben Lee, a researcher from the University of Washington occupying th...
Tags: TC, Science, Congress, Government, America, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Madonna, Library Of Congress, OCR, Lee, University of Washington, Ben Lee, America Lee, Chronicling America


Coronavirus live news: Madrid public health director resigns in protest at lockdown easing

Russia overtakes Germany and France after record rise in cases; international tourism to plunge 80%; France to keep borders closed until 15 JuneCovid-19 puts Putin’s power plans on hold and economy in perilSundance festival may have been Covid-19 incubator Coronavirus latest: at a glanceUS coronavirus updates - liveSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.22pm BST Syria’s President Bashar Assad issued a decree Thursday postponing the country’s parliamentary elections until July due to coronavirus....
Tags: Science, Biology, Putin, France, China, Germany, Russia, Africa, Americas, Georgia, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Syria, Medical Research


MegaCon Orlando Is on Hold Until 2021, But a Halloween Event Is Planned

Like San Diego Comic-Con, Wonder-Con, and Emerald City Comic Con before it, MegaCon Orlando has become the latest major convention to be canceled this year. As you are well aware by this point, the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has made it unsafe for people to congregate in large groups. However, in Florida, that…Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Orlando


It's About To Be Dumb Cold From the Rockies to the East Coast

The heat in my apartment is broken. When my partner and I noticed this last month, we figured we could put off dealing with it. Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Polar Vortex, Climate, East Coast, Rockies, Winter Is Coming


Great, Now We Might Have to Worry About Poop Spreading Coronavirus During Hurricane Season

Hurricanes can be deadly. But they can unleash disgusting consequences as well. Among them? Shit. Literally. The flooding that accompanies these gigantic storms can unleash animal feces from industrial farms, and it can also trigger a release of our own crap traveling in pipes beneath our cities if the system clogs or…Read more...
Tags: Science, Poop, Wastewater, Hurricanes, Say It Aint So, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Twitch Is Reportedly Pivoting to Reality TV

Twitch, the service popular for live gameplay streams, is reportedly planning to launch a slate of unscripted series that include dating and game shows—because we certainly have near enough half-baked reality TV being churned out already.Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Streaming, Twitch, Streaming Wars, Bring On The Garbage


Alphabet's Scrapping Its Smart City Dreams

For the past two years and change, Google’s smart-city-centric sister company Sidewalk Labs has put millions on the line to build what it called a model smart city in downtown Toronto. The planned neighborhood, called “Quayside,” was supposed to be nothing short of utopic, from affordable housing…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Toronto, Iot, Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet, And Nothing Of Value Was Lost


What We Do in the Shadows' Scariest Vampire Is Still Giving Us Nightmares

While FX’s vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows is across-the-board delightful, we have a special affection for the show’s “energy vampire,” a character who’s both totally original and instantly recognizable. He’s also pretty terrifying—especially when he gets a sudden power boost.Read more...
Tags: Comedy, Science, Vampires, Streaming, Hulu, What We Do In The Shadows, FX, TV Recap, Jemaine Clement, Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Mark Proksch


How to Cook a 'Murder Hornet'

This week, the New York Times introduced many of us to the “murder hornet,” more accurately known as the Asian giant hornet. But a small subset of us were already familiar with this bug, because we’d eaten it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cook, New York Times, Lifehacks, Edible Insects, Entomophagy, Brooklyn Bugs


Wink Pulls Ultimate Dick Move By Forcing Users Into Mandatory Subscriptions

Citing long-term costs and “recent economic events,” smart home hub maker Wink has announced in a blog that it’s switching to a mandatory $5 per month subscription starting May 13. And as you might expect, the response from users has been less than thrilled. In fact, some have taken to social media accusing the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Iot, Smart Home, Wink, Internet Of Shit



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