Insurance Companies Are Subsidizing Fox News’ Coronavirus and Climate Misinformation

Insurance companies have issued some of the loudest calls for climate action, and they rely on hard data to make their assessments. But a new report from Media Matters for America finds that major insurers are top sponsors of Fox News’ coverage of highly misleading pandemic coverage, using tactics it honed through…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fox News, Climate Denial, Misinformation, Media Matters for America, Coronavirus

Twitter Adds Fact Check to Trump's Conspiracy Theories on Voter Fraud

Twitter, amid a controversy over its inaction on Donald Trump’s baseless tweets asserting that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is a murderer, has for the first time begun attaching fact-checking links to some of the president’s posts.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Twitter, Elections, Science, Technology, Voting, Social Media, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Trump, Joe Scarborough, Voter Fraud, Least U Could Do

Wyden Pulls Support for Privacy Amendment After Rep. Adam Schiff Downplays Effect to NYTimes

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) late Tuesday withdrew his support for a House amendment aimed at curbing the FBI’s ability to collect the internet search and browsing records of Americans without a warrant. Read more...
Tags: Science, Fbi, House, Wyden, Ron Wyden, Adam Schiff, Nytimes, USA PATRIOT Act

10 Nerdcore, Nerd-Folk, and Other Geeky Artists to Add to Your Playlist

Alex Trebek may not understand what nerdcore is, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome. The music subgenre dedicated to everything geeky is just one of the many realms of music celebrating nerds. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite nerdcore, nerd-folk, and otherwise genre-loving artists that you…Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Nerds, Alex Trebek, Mega Ran, Sammus, Nerdcore, Watch It Nerds, Mc Chris, The Doubleclicks

Coronavirus live news: Spain begins 10 days of mourning as global deaths pass 350,000

Longest official mourning period in Spain’s democracy; unrest grows in UK PM’s party over Dominic Cummings lockdown breach; WHO says Americas are new Covid-19 epicentre. Follow the latest updatesGlobal report: Germany to relax travel curbs as Spain mourns Covid-19 victimsTory unrest increases pressure on PM to sack Dominic CummingsAustralia coronavirus – liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 1.52am BST Germany has extended social distancing rules aimed at containing the spread of the coronavir...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, Africa, Americas, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific

Wyden Pulls Support for Privacy Amendment After Rep. Adam Schiff Downplays Impact to NYTimes

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) late Tuesday withdrew his support for a House amendment aimed at curbing the FBI’s ability to collect the internet search and browsing records of Americans without a warrant. Read more...
Tags: Science, Surveillance, Fbi, House, Fisa, Wyden, Ron Wyden, Adam Schiff, Nytimes, Section 215

Wyden Pulls Support for Privacy Amendment After House Intel Chairman Downplays Impact to NYTimes

Senator Ron Wyden late Tuesday withdrew his support for a House amendment aimed at curbing the FBI’s ability to collect the internet search and browsing records of Americans without a warrant. Read more...
Tags: Science, Fbi, House, Wyden, Ron Wyden, Nytimes, House Intel, USA PATRIOT Act

Tom Baker and David Tennant Will Team Up For a New Doctor Who Adventure

The crossover of a Doctor Who lifetime is finally, properly happening, thanks to our Time Lord’s enduring audio adventures.Read more...
Tags: Science, Doctor Who, Bbc, David Tennant, Tom Baker, Fourth Doctor, Big Finish, Audio Dramas, Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who Out Of Time, David Tennant Will Team

Alberta Energy Minister Says the Pandemic Is a 'Great Time' to Build Pipeline Due to Limits on Protests

The energy minister of the Canadian province of Alberta, Sonya Savage, told listeners to an oil trade association podcast that the coronavirus pandemic was the perfect time to move forward with the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion due to bans on large protests, the Canadian Press reported.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Oil, Gas, Conservation, Indigenous Rights, Trans Mountain, Alberta Energy, Pipelines, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Alberta Sonya Savage

There Are No Snakes in the Hospital

An alleged snake-and-monkey duo has stirred up some controversy at a Trinidad and Tobago hospital. The Port-of-Spain General Hospital does not deny that a monkey broke into its operating room. But contrary to a video purporting to show a monkey and a “big snake” (with footage of said monkey) in the O.R., the North…Read more...
Tags: Science, Snakes, Trinidad And Tobago, Port of Spain General Hospital

Scientists Record Rarely Heard Sounds Made by Narwhals

Marine biologists, with help from Inuit whalers, have assembled an unprecedented collection of narwhal vocalizations, offering fresh insights into the behaviors of these near-mythical creatures. Read more...
Tags: Science, Whales, Marine Biology, Narwhals, Whale Calls

Wikimedia Is Overhauling Its Communities to Clean Up Harassment

The Wikimedia Foundation has been asked by its board to overhaul its safety and compliance standards to better address “harassment and incivility” on Wikipedia and related Wikimedia communities.Read more...
Tags: Science, Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Online Abuse

Now's the Time to Rewatch Black Mirror's 'Striking Vipers'

Charlie Brooker was quite right when he said that now really isn’t the time for new episodes of Black Mirror. But the fact that so many of us are self-isolating at home in the midst of a pandemic that’s made it so we can’t physically touch one another makes now a particularly excellent time to go back and (re)watch…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Video Games, Sex, Streaming, Lgbtq, Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker, Anthony Mackie, Sex Tech, Nicole Beharie, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Time to Rewatch Black Mirror

Pregnant Women With Covid-19 May Have Higher Risk of Placenta Injury, Study Finds

A small study suggests that women who contract covid-19 while pregnant may be at higher risk for complications. Compared to uninfected women, women with covid-19 had a greater chance of injury to their placenta, the study found.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pregnancy, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Spotify Finally Allows You to Add as Many Songs to Your Library as You Want

Long before Spotify was a thing, I collected music on my computer during my college days. That collection, which had everything from Cradle of Filth to Dashboard Confessional, to Reverend Horton Heat, easily surpassed 10,000 songs by the end of my first semester as a freshman. By the time I graduated, I had close to…Read more...
Tags: Spotify, Science, Streaming Music, Reverend Horton Heat, Play Freebird

Miniature Rock Art Found in Australia May Have Been Stenciled by Children

Archaeologists working at a rockshelter in northern Australia have discovered a trove of unusual miniaturized rock art made using stencils. This rare form of rock art may have served an ominous supernatural purpose—or it might be whimsical doodles made by children.Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Anthropology, Indigenous Australians, Stencils, Rock Art, Stenciling

Google's New Assistant Voice Match Feature Seems Kind of Sketchy

There are plenty of ways to use your phone to pay with stuff: You can use your face, your fingerprint, a passcode, and, now, simply your voice.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Voice Assistants, Google Assistant

Anger over Dominic Cummings' actions has 'encouraged lockdown rule-breaking'

Government scientific adviser warns rejection of guidance raises risk of virus resurgenceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA scientific adviser to the government has warned that public anger over the conduct of Dominic Cummings has encouraged some people to break lockdown rules, raising the risk of a resurgence in coronavirus infections. Related: Tory revolt grows as minister resigns over Dominic Cummings' lockdown trip Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Society, UK News, Dominic Cummings, Coronavirus outbreak

The Best Wireless Mice to Help You Finally Use Your iPad at Your Desk

For those committed to getting work done on an iPad, you probably have some sort of keyboard case for it. If your keyboard of choice is either the Apple Magic Keyboard or Logitech Combo Touch, then you’ve already got a trackpad and a solid way to navigate iPadOS without having to touch the screen. If you’re using…Read more...
Tags: Ipad, Science, Tech, Mice, Amazon Search

Even HBO Knows Its Streaming Services Are Confusing as Hell

Just days before the official launch of its new streaming service, HBO seems to want to clear up any confusion about the difference between its services Go, Now, and soon-to-launch Max—and buddy, I’m not sure it’s working.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Streaming, Hbo Now, Max, Streaming Wars, HBO Max

Trying To Buy A Switch Now Is Just Ridiculous

The covid-19 outbreak created an economy of scarcity. Overnight, goods such as toilet paper, cleaning products, and hand sanitizer became valuable commodities. Meanwhile scalpers seized upon the opportunity to hoard and resell those items at ridiculous mark-ups. But as stocks are replenishing, one item that hasn’t yet…Read more...
Tags: Science, Kotakucore, Scalpers, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite

Migratory Birds Are Failing to Adapt to Climate Change

New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday shows that the climate crisis may be seriously messing with North American birds’ migration patterns, and the consequences could be dire.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Migratory Birds, National Academy of Sciences, Birdmodo

Duncan Jones and Alex de Campi on Why Comics Was the Next Place for Moon and Mute's World to Go

Between taking us to Azeroth and trapping us in time loops, director Duncan Jones has crafted a sci-fi universe of his own making in little ways, through his work in his directorial debut, Moon, and its spiritual successor, Mute. Now, that world is getting another addition: but it’s not on the big screen. It’s in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Interview, Moon, Kickstarter, Exclusive, Preview, Duncan Jones, Azeroth, Alex de Campi, Mute, Madi Once Upon A Time In The Future, Z2 Comics

Local News Is Laundering Amazon's Bullshit

There are a few norms that constrain the behavior of newsgathering, one of which is to at least try, for any given story, to get the perspective of all parties involved. Many company PR teams abuse this constraint by providing journalists with spin or misinformation, which a reporter may or may not infuse with the…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Jeff Bezos, Local News, Tim Burke, Coronavirus, Come The Fuck On, Laundering Amazon

Facebook Rebrands Its Controversial Cryptocurrency Wallet

Facebook announced today that it would be completely rebranding the wallet for its long-anticipated cryptocurrency—perhaps in an attempt to shake off its troubled reputation. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Libra, Branding

Coronavirus live news: Putin says Russia past peak of outbreak despite highest daily death toll

WHO warns of second peak as global cases pass 5.5m; Irish taoiseach Leo Varadkar denies picnic with friends was rule breach; world health leaders urge green recoveryGlobal report: ‘disaster’ looms as WHO warns of second peakLeo Varadkar denies picnic with friends broke Covid-19 rulesDominic Cummings refuses to resign or apologise for lockdown breachUK coronavirus updates - liveUS coronavirus updates - liveCoronavirus latest: at a glance 6.18pm BST France’s coronavirus death toll has risen by...
Tags: Science, Putin, France, Russia, Africa, Americas, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Brazil

The New 13-Inch MacBook Pro's Keyboard Really Is That Good

I sit here typing on Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is somehow both an incremental and radical upgrade over the 13-inch MacBook Pros of recent years. The Pro I bought in 2017 sits to my left, and while the two look similar, the experience of using them is completely different. My 3-year-old laptop sports the …Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Macbook Pro, Consumer Tech, MacBook Pros, Apple Macbook Pro 13 Review, Apple Macbook Pro 13 Inch

It’s time to shark up y’all

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 Earthlings, A few months back, when our beards were shorter and our fuses were longer, we collectively took solace in Netflix‘s “Tiger King” and Nintendo’s Animal Crossings: New Horizons. Remember that? Those were simpler times. We identified with the tigers in their cages – not only were they locked up, but some...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Science, Newsletter, Tech, Netflix, Nintendo, Coronavirus

Keep Your Mind and Hands Busy With the Best LEGO Deals

Featured Deal: LEGO Marvel Avengers Iron Man Hall of Armor | $48Read more...
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Do Your Homework Before Volunteering Your Data to Fight Coronavirus

The global coronavirus pandemic has sparked a wave of health tech companies seeking to find innovative solutions to combat covid-19. That includes everything from using smartwatches and thermometers to track symptoms, to crowdsourcing apps designed to learn from your coughs and self-reported symptoms, to building …Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Data, Health Tech, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

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