13 May 2020 Playlist: The Towering Inferno With Bongo Drums

Because we’re so caffeinated, we can watch a lot more stuff than you do and thus save you the time. We pass that savings on to you. You’re welcome. Playlist first, explanations after. A High Council of Guitaring puts some Game of Thrones-themed guitars (yes, there’s a GoT themed everything of course) through their paces. A classic visit by Jim Henson and friends to The Tonight Show from 1975. An experiment involving slime mold that has been done before, but ...
Tags: Music, Science, Television, Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, Stimuli, Brit, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Game Of Thrones, Jamie Foxx, Richard Harris, Richard Wright, Peter O'Toole, Jim Henson, Johnny Carson

Conservative-Dominated Wisconsin Supreme Court Tosses Out State's Coronavirus Emergency Order

In a jaw-dropping move on Wednesday, the conservative-dominated Wisconsin Supreme Court threw out the entirety of the emergency shutdown order Democratic Governor Tony Evers’ administration ordered to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Republicans, Protests, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Supreme Court, Tony Evers, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Conservative Dominated Wisconsin Supreme Court

China hacking poses 'significant threat' to US Covid-19 response, says FBI

Beijing dismisses as slander US claims that any organisation researching vaccines should assume they are a targetCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOrganisations conducting research into Covid-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.Neither agency cited any specific examples, but warned on Wednesday that institutions and companies involved in vaccines, treatments and testing for...
Tags: Science, China, US, World news, Fbi, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus outbreak, US Covid, Department of Homeland Security Neither

Don't Worry, All Your Favorites Are Coming Back for the New Mission: Impossible Sequels

Did you really think Christopher McQuarrie was going to make two more Mission: Impossible movies and not bring back Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, and Vanessa Kirby? Well, confirming everyone’s assumptions, on a new podcast the writer and director of the last two Mission movies said all three actors will in fact be…Read more...
Tags: Science, Tom Cruise, Paramount, Simon Pegg, Lorne Balfe, Hayley Atwell, Christopher McQuarrie, Vanessa Kirby, Mission Impossible 7, Mission Impossible 8, Rebecca Ferguson Ving Rhames

Disney's Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Now Has an Official Virtual Ride

Even if theme parks were open, there’s no telling when you’d get to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The ride opened earlier this year, and right up until Disneyland and Disney World closed due to covid-19, it was the hottest ticket in the parks, with fans arriving way before opening to secure their spot in…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Theme Parks, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney World, Star Wars Galaxys Edge, Rise of the Resistance, Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance

Leadership Shakeup at Google Could Threaten One of the Pixel's Greatest Strengths

Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh once said he hoped Google would be “selling products in high volumes in five years.” That was three years ago. After disappointing sales of the Pixel 4 and a recent shakeup within the Pixel team’s management, Google’s aspirations to become a major player in the hardware space may…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Pixel, Consumer Tech, Rick Osterloh, Pixel 4, Pixel Leadership Gets A Shakeup, Pixel Hardware

The UK’s Contact Tracing App Breaks the UK’s Own Privacy Laws (and Is Just Plain Broken)

Whether you love them or hate them (or think they won’t work), authorities around the world have universally embraced the concept of contact tracing tech in order to curb the coronavirus’s spread. In practice, however, these apps have fallen short of a lot of our expectations, with many turning out to be more invasive…Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Gdpr, Coronavirus, Shrug Emoji

Covid-19 spreads to every African country - as it happened

Coronavirus may never be eradicated, warns WHO as Spanish study reveals 5% of the population has antibodies Coronavirus – live coverage 12.31am BST We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: Trump 'surprised' by Fauci's reopening warnings as WHO says Covid-19 may never go 12.07am BST Donald Trump has ratcheted up his “Obamagate” conspiracy theory to implicate Joe Biden and other former White House officials in what critics...
Tags: Europe, Science, Mexico, White House, China, Russia, Africa, Americas, UK News, World news, Australia news, Joe Biden, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa

Coronavirus live news: Trump 'surprised' by Fauci's reopening warnings as WHO says Covid-19 may never go

Fauci’s comments ‘not acceptable’, says Trump; Moscow ascribed 60% of April coronavirus deaths to other causes; virus in every African country; follow the latest updatesEU bid to salvage summer with distancing in hotelsBrazil and Mexico record deadliest day from Covid-19‘10 days of battle’: Wuhan draws up plan to test 11m peopleAustralia coronavirus updates – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 12.31am BST Hello and welcome to today’s coverage of pandemic news from around the world. I’m Hele...
Tags: Science, Mexico, China, Russia, Africa, Americas, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Moscow

France to Platforms: Remove Terrorism and Pedophilia-Related Content in One Hour or Else

The nation of France has approved a new law that will force tech giants to delete terrorism and pedophilia-related content from sites in as little as an hour or be exposed to fines that could total up to four percent of global revenue, Reuters reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Youtube, France, Free Speech, Platforms, Reuters, Moderation, Content Moderation

Using ‘personalized AI’ to end coronavirus lockdown is a stupid, cruel idea

A trio of AI and business experts from INSEAD, a prestigious business school, recently penned a lengthy article in the Harvard Business Review extolling the virtues of “personalized AI” prediction models to end the coronavirus lockdown. It’s the kind of piece that politicians, academics, and pundits refer to when discussing how technology can aid in the world’s pandemic response. It’s also a gift to politicians who think we should ignore medical professionals and prioritize the economy over huma...
Tags: Startups, Science, Opinion, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Harvard Business Review, INSEAD, Neural

5 Things That Could Be Making the Spooky Sounds in My House

Like many people, I live in an apartment. I don’t really know how old my building is, but it must be kind of old: it has a dark and dirty basement, the ceiling has cracks in it, and there are a few exposed metal pipes. As you can probably imagine, my old apartment makes a lot of really spooky noises.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sounds, House, Mysteries, Scry Stff

Doctor Who's Big New Event Is All About Cheating Death (and That Assholish Tenth Doctor)

Remember that hot five minutes the Tenth Doctor was like “I’m the last of the Time Lords, I can do whatever the damn hell I want” before everything went bad for him and he went “oh crap ctrl+z ctrl+z!!!”? Well, looks like he’s back. And this time he’s trying to stop literal dispensers of death?Read more...
Tags: Science, Doctor Who, Bbc, BBC Books, Tenth Doctor, Time Lord Victorious

It Pains Me to Report This Hot Dog Toaster Is a Piece of Shit

God, I love hot dogs. My parents used to reward me with the cheap and oh-so-delicious hot dogs from Costco for making it through a Sunday afternoon shopping session, so that’s probably why I love them so much. The reward center of my brain lights up every time I see or smell them. So when I came across a hot dog…Read more...
Tags: Kitchen, Science, Costco, Hot Dogs, Toaster, Hope You Like Burnt Wieners

Evidence Mounts for Gigantic Water Plumes on Jupiter’s Moon Europa

While studying Europa’s magnetic field in 2000, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft inadvertently collected evidence of watery plumes shooting out from the moon’s icy surface, according to new research.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Moon, Jupiter, Europa, Planetary Science, Moon Europa, Plumes

Researchers Have Found a New Defense to Help Coral Survive Bleaching

Coral reefs are home to as many species as tropical rainforests. Yet rapidly heating waters threaten to wipe coral out.Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, Global Warming, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Reefs, Ocean Acidification, Coral Bleaching

Uber Will Let Drivers and Riders Snitch on Each Other for Not Wearing Masks

Several months into a global pandemic, Uber is finally adding mandatory face covering to its policies. Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Safety, Labor, Rideshare, Dara Khosrowshahi, COVID, Uber Mask

18-ton section of Chinese rocket crash lands following uncontrolled reentry

China's Long March 5 rocket core has landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean following an uncontrolled entry.Most of the time, returning hardware that doesn't burn up plunges into the ocean or uninhabited areas.There have been two larger returnees in the past, though this one was quite big. Maybe future generations will look back on these early days of space exploration and chuckle at what we had to suffer through. We live in a time when, every now and then, word goes out that some giant chunk of u...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Technology, China, Nasa, Earth, Cnn, Canada, Aircraft, Innovation, Argentina, Columbia, Indian Ocean, Mauritania, Atlantic Ocean

Cold War Nuclear Testing May Have Caused Extra Rain Around the World

A new study has found that nuclear radiation during Cold War-era weapons testing could have induced significant short-term changes in the amount of rainfall far across the globe..Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Climate Change, Physics, Geoengineering, Climate Science

How to improve your fried rice using physics

Apparently a high percentage of chefs at Chinese restaurants suffer shoulder plane from wok tossing. They must rapidly move the heavy pan to launch the food into the air so it cooks but doesn't burn, even though the temperatures may hit 1200°C. Recently, Georgia Tech mechanical engineers studied the kinematics of Chinese restaurant chefs to understand how they actually move and the "optimal regime for making fried rice." According to their scientific paper, they hope their study can not only l...
Tags: Food, Cooking, Video, Science, News, Physics, Rice

Coronavirus live news: Covid may never be eradicated, warns WHO

Disease now present in every African country as Spanish study reveals 5% of the population has antibodiesBrazil and Mexico record deadliest day from Covid-19‘10 days of battle’: Wuhan draws up plan to test 11m peopleNew US coronavirus hotspots appear in Republican heartlandsCoronavirus latest: at a glance 8.14pm BST At least 95,000 people have entered the UK from overseas since the country’s lockdown was imposed, one of the government’s chief scientific advisers has revealed, while repeatedl...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Mexico, China, Russia, Africa, Americas, US, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific

95,000 have entered UK from abroad during coronavirus lockdown

Government chief adviser fails to give estimate of how many have arrived with Covid-19At least 95,000 people have entered the UK from overseas since the coronavirus lockdown was imposed, one of the government’s chief scientific advisers has revealed, while repeatedly failing to provide an estimate of how many of these people had Covid-19.Appearing before MPs on the science and technology committee, Prof John Aston, the chief scientific adviser at the Home Office, admitted that had tougher restri...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Home Office, Coronavirus outbreak, John Aston

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders Made a Climate Task Force—Here's What Its Priorities Should Be

Joe Biden has a lot of work to do to win over progressives as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, especially when it comes to the climate crisis. On Wednesday, his campaign announced the names on a series of task force put together with his top primary rival, Senator Bernie Sanders. Those names are…Read more...
Tags: Science, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Aoc, Unity, Sunrise Movement

Here's Who Just Voted to Let the FBI Seize Your Online Search History Without a Warrant

A bipartisan amendment that sought to prohibit law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, from obtaining the web browsing and internet search histories of Americans without a warrant failed to pass by a single vote in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Surveillance, Fbi, U S Senate, USA PATRIOT Act, Section 215, Wyden Daines Amendment

Everything You Need to Know About DC's Justice Society Before It's Reborn (Again) on Stargirl

The Justice Society of America is dead. Long live the Justice Society of America! DC Comics’ first superteam is one of its most iconic and convoluted mythoi, the nexus of the publisher’s approach to its own fictional history. Its members have been rebirthed, re-imagined, retconned, and revived endlessly since their…Read more...
Tags: Science, Dc Comics, Explainer, Streaming, Warner Bros, Cw, DC Entertainment, DC Universe, Justice Society of America, Dc Cw Verse, StarGirl, Justice Society of America DC Comics

The New Mutants Has a New Release Date...Again!

It’s always something with those darned New Mutants. Mergers, rumored reshoots, global pandemics. Anything to keep the film out of theaters. And yet here we are again, with another release date.Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Release Date, Josh Boone, New Mutants, The New Mutants, X Men, Coronavirus, Covid 19, New Mutants Mergers

Tomorrow (Thursday): Sasha Sagan and Ann Druyan in conversation with David Pescovitz

Tomorrow, Thursday (5/14), I'm honored to be moderating a free online conversation with two brilliant women whose work is a light in the darkness during these uncertain times. My friend Ann Druyan is the executive producer, writer, and director of Cosmos, the iconic TV show she co-created with her late husband and collaborator, astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan. From her work as creative director of the Voyager Golden Record to her numerous books, most recently Cosmos: Possible Wo...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, Hope, News, Optimism, ANN, Authors, Rituals, Carl Sagan, Meaning, Wonder, Sasha, Carl, Ann Druyan, David Pescovitz

Typhoon Vongfong Rapidly Intensifies as It Heads for the Philippines

The first named typhoon in the western Pacific this year has arrived, and it’s already roaring. Typhoon Vongfong formed on Tuesday and rapidly intensified into a fierce pinwheel of a storm streaking toward the Philippines.
Tags: Science, Philippines, Rain, Flooding, Pacific, Typhoons, Weather Is Happening

YouTube Music Gets Library Transfer Feature as Google Preps for the Death of Google Play Music

YouTube Music was supposed to be the successor to Google Play Music, when it launched in 2018, but it lacked a number of core features, including the ability to transfer your music library over from Google’s previous music streaming app. Now, ahead of Google Play Music’s impending death sometime later this year,…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Streaming Music, Youtube Music, Google Play Music, Consumer Tech, Music Apps

Momentus set to deploy satellites for a free 4K space-based Earth live-streaming service

Space bus company Momentus has signed a new contract that will see it provide in-space transportation and deployment for Sen, the UK company that’s building a 4K real-time video streaming service providing live, high-quality views of Earth, both free for individuals and via an ope source data platform for developers and service creators. Santa Clara-based Momentus is an in-space transportation startup that provides services to satellite companies looking to move payloads after launch. They can d...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Science, Tech, Smartphone, Earth, United Kingdom, Satellite, Falcon 9, Santa Clara, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Hyperloop

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