Coronavirus live news: Fauci warns against Trump rallies; health fears in Australia over BLM protests

Brazil death toll becomes second highest in world; Dr Anthony Fauci says gatherings are a ‘danger’; Australia’s chief medical officers warns against BLM rallies Chief nurse dropped from No 10 briefing ‘for not backing CummingsBrazil overtakes UK with world’s second-highest Covid-19 death tollIndia’s agony: ‘I did everything to save my wife and baby’ 1.33am BST Australia’s opposition leader Anthony Albanese has told reporters that people should follow the chief medical officer’s health advice...
Tags: UK, Science, Supreme Court, Australia, Mexico, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Mexico City, Sydney, Brazil, Anthony Fauci, BLM, Anthony Albanese, Trump, Reuters

Airbnb Agrees to Rat Out Its Hosts Like NYC Wants It To

Airbnb has finally decided to settle it long-running lawsuit with regulators in New York City. The short-stay rental platform has agreed to hand over personal data about its hosts—like their phone numbers and email addresses, along with a full list of every home they’re putting on the platform—in order to help city…Read more...
Tags: Science, New York City, Data, Lawsuits, Airbnb, Aribnb

Amazon's Reportedly Fielding Probes From California, Washington State Over Trade Practices

Officials in California and Washington State are investigating Amazon’s business practices with a focus on whether the tech giant abuses its power over third-party sellers on its online marketplace, according to reports from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, California, Online Shopping, New York Times, Antitrust, Washington State, California Washington State Over Trade Practices

Researchers Have Found a Way to Listen In On Your Conversations Using Light Bulb Vibrations

As if we didn’t have enough to be stressed about in 2020, researchers from the Cyber Security Labs at Ben Gurion University and the Weizmann Institute of Science have come up with a way to listen in on a room, even at long distances, using less than $1,000 worth of equipment that’s able to measure subtle light changes…Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Research, Light Bulbs, Weizmann Institute of Science, Ben Gurion University, Lamphone

Playing Games on Your Phone With Google Stadia Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Google Stadia launched last fall, and when it came to streaming games on your phone, things were kind of limited. Not only did you need to have a Pixel phone, you also had to connect a Stadia controller via USB. However, thanks to an update this week, gaming with Stadia on your phone just got a whole lot easier. Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Smartphones, Game Streaming, Stadia, Google Stadia, Stadia On Phones Just Got A Big Boost

How Deadpool Found His Way Into a 'Black Lives Matter' Mural

Even as statues commemorating the worst atrocities of the last thousand years continue to fall amid ongoing protests sparking by the police killing of George Floyd, several major cities have erected their own works of art (if only temporarily) to celebrate the movement for black lives sweeping the U.S. and several…Read more...
Tags: Science, Black Lives Matter, Charlotte, George Floyd, George Floyd Protests

The Cannoli Isn't the Most Overrated Pastry—But It's Close

A recent conversation between employees at Gizmodo dot com (a science and technology website) has led to an ongoing dialogue about the value of pastries. More specifically, my esteemed colleagues discussed—and have continued to discuss on various occasions—what qualifies as the most overrated among these…Read more...
Tags: Science, Regret, Gizmodo, Slideshows, Foodmodo

Rare, Nearly Extinct Parasite May Have Resurfaced in Vietnam, Doctors Say

Doctors in Vietnam this week say that they’ve made a mysterious and—if accurate—alarming discovery: A local resident has been infested with the nearly extinct Guinea worm. But Guinea worm experts are still trying to confirm whether this case is the genuine article, and if so, how the worm managed to reach a country…Read more...
Tags: Science, Guinea, Vietnam, Parasites, Guinea Worm

Everything We Know About The PlayStation 5

Yesterday, in an 85-minute event called “The Future of Gaming,” Sony finally revealed the PlayStation 5. Between the presenters who may not have been human, we got a thorough look at plenty of video games (and some technical stuff, too). The info feed surrounding the PS5 has been a slow drip, but, several months ahead…Read more...
Tags: Science, Sony, Kotakucore, PlayStation 5, PS5

How The Wing's Empire Was Built On Trauma, Racism, and Neglect

On June 1, the women-only social club and coworking space The Wing shared an Instagram post that read “Black Lives Matter” in bold, yellow lettering. The graphic was a far cry from the millennial pink and muted tones that have defined The Wing’s aesthetic since it first opened in 2016, but the message, sent in…Read more...
Tags: Science, Class, New York City, Los Angeles, Racism, Lgbtq, Misogynoir, Audrey Gelman, Latinx, The Wing

NASA’s New Horizons Probe Is So Far Away It Now Sees Stars in Different Positions Than We Do

A NASA parallax experiment involving New Horizons shows the probe now sees some stars in slightly different positions than we do on Earth, revealing just how far the spacecraft is from home. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Stars, New Horizons, Optics, Interstellar Parallax

HBO Will Kill HBO Go, Rename HBO Now to HBO, HBO HBO HBO

HBO is changing the name of at least one of its HBO-branded services because no one gets the difference between them, The Hollywood Reporter’s Natalie Jarvey reported. HBO Go is going away completely, and HBO Now will simply be known as HBO.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Hbo Go, Hbo Now, HBO Four, Streaming Wars, HBO Max, Natalie Jarvey, Hbo Hbo Hbo Hbo Hbo, Hbo To, Hbo Fro, Hbo Three, Hbo Knocking At My Door, HBO HBO HBO HBO

Creating During Covid: Kevin Tong Talks Convention Woes and Home Set-Ups

The novel coronavirus pandemic’s effects have already been felt far and wide, in comic book publishing and sales, the gaming industry, Hollywood, and more. But it’s also, of course, affecting people on an individual level. To that end, io9 decided to talk to some folks about what the covid-19 pandemic has done to…Read more...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Science, Artists, Posters, Mondo, Kevin Tong, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Creating During Covid

Zoom Promises to Enforce China's Censorship Better

Zoom will enforce Chinese Communist Party censorship, the company confirmed in an official release yesterday. Earlier this week, after it was alerted by the Chinese government, the company suspended three accounts for hosting Tiananmen Square memorials, including a U.S.-based pro-democracy group that featured mothers…Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, China, Chinese communist party, Zoom, Tiananmen Square

Trump: It's Your Fault If You Get the Coronavirus at My Rallies, Please Sign Here

Certified brain genius Donald Trump, apparently troubled not by the roughly 115,000 Americans dead from the coronavirus pandemic but instead by his plummeting poll numbers, has begun planning to hold densely packed campaign rallies in some of the states where the virus is raging its hardest. That’s right: The plan is…Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Donald Trump, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Death Cult

Here's Why YouTube's Cracking Down on Creators Raising Ad Dollars for Racial Justice

If you’re part of the growing chorus of folks around the world looking for ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement, there’s no shortage of ways to do it. You can donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund! You can donate to a bail fund network! You can donate to an organization like the NAACP or the Southern Poverty…Read more...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, Youtube, Protests, Naacp, Black Lives Matter, Fundraising Fraud

Funko Pops Are as Low as $2 Each in Today’s Top Deals

Featured Deal: Pop Rides Disney: Woody with RC | $17Read more...
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Archery Could Date Back 48,000 Years in South Asia

Ancient bow-and-arrow technology dating back some 48,000 years has been discovered in a Sri Lankan cave, making it the oldest evidence of archery to be found in this part of the world.Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, South Asia, Human Evolution, Human Origins, Tool Making, Human Tool Making

You can help a Mars Rover’s AI learn to tell rocks from dirt

Mars Rover Curiosity has been on the Red Planet for going on 8 years, but its journey is nowhere near finished — and it’s still getting upgrades. You can help it out by spending a few minutes labeling raw data to feed to its terrain-scanning AI. Curiosity doesn’t navigate on its own; There’s a whole team of people on Earth who analyze the imagery coming back from Mars and plot a path forward for the mobile science laboratory. In order to do so, however, they need to examine the imagery carefully...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Mars, Computer Vision, Mars Rover, Jpl, Red Planet, NASA JPL, SPOC, Mars Rover Curiosity, Hiro Ono

A Dirty Coronavirus Recovery Could Haunt Us for Decades to Come

The economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus has decimated jobs and created a pretty scary financial situation for far too many. It’s also led to the single biggest yearly dip in carbon pollution ever recorded. Governments are starting to figure out how to recover. They can invest in a green economy to address…Read more...
Tags: Science, Green New Deal, Coronavirus, Covid 19, A Green Recovery

Logan's Run Is Somehow Both Fabulously Dated and Weirdly Timeless

Logan’s Run was released in June 1976. That means, according to the rules of the movie’s gleaming utopia, it expired 14 years ago—since aging past 30 is simply unheard of. And while certain aspects of the sci-fi classic are indeed outdated, other elements feel as oddly relatable as ever.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Dystopia, Nostalgia, Retro Review, 1970s, Logan, Michael York, Logans Run

Facebook Pitched a Union-Busting Tool It Swears Was Really Just for Bullying

As Mark Zuckerberg continues to cement himself as CEO of one of Silicon Valley’s most amoral tech titans—namely by profiting of the slow erosion of democracy—his company has managed to sink to a new level of abhorrent by pitching a tool that could be used to blacklist hashtags related to organized labor.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Unions, Labor, Silicon Valley, delete Facebook

Hans Solo, Ranked

It’s all come down to this. After years of unhealthy obsession and the spark of a rediscovered hobby, it’s time to rank the Hans.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Han Solo, Harrison Ford, Lucasfilm, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Return Of The Jedi, Empire Strikes Back, A New Hope, Solo A Star Wars Story, Aldenehrenreich

Tesla Claiming It’s Sustainable Is Bullshit

Tesla released its 2019 Impact Report touting its sustainability this week. In it, the electric car and renewable energy firm touted a bevy of accomplishments.Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Capitalism, Solar, Electric Cars

The Case For Ending All Traffic Stops

As millions of Americans warm up to an old idea (cops are bad!) and Minneapolis appears ready to disband its police department, let me offer another step on the path toward abolishing America’s police and forming a more just country. Let’s straight up give up on all traffic stops. End them. As it turns out, they’re…Read more...
Tags: Science, Minneapolis, Car Crime, Cops, America, Traffic stops, Car Laws

Uber Eats promotes Black-owned businesses, but who benefits?

If you’ve opened up the Uber Eats app within the past week you’ve likely noticed a new, prominently featured banner emblazoned with the words “Support Black-owned restaurants.” This is Uber Eats’ latest promotion, which both highlights Black-owned (Uber-partnering) restaurants and waives delivery fees for ordering…Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Delivery, Black, Ubereats, Black Owned Businesses, Third Party Delivery, Support Black

How Mars may have lost several systems of rings over billions of years

Mars is normally known as the Red Planet while Saturn is famous for its glamorous system of rings. Now, a new study from the SETI Institute and Purdue University suggests that Mars may have also once had its own planetary rings. The two small moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, resemble asteroids more than they do larger moons such as our own natural satellite. Astronomers generally believe that this pair of irregularly-shaped bodies are asteroids that were captured by the gravitational pull of th...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Mars, Saturn, SETI Institute, Red Planet, Purdue University, Syndication

Facebook’s ‘Deepfake Detection Challenge’ yields promising early results

The digitally face-swapped videos known as deepfakes aren’t going anywhere, but if platforms want to be able to keep an eye on them, they need to find them first. Doing so was the object of Facebook’s “Deepfake Detection Challenge,” launched last year. After months of competition the winners have emerged, and they’re… better than guessing. It’s a start! Since their emergence in the last year or two, deepfakes have advanced from niche toy created for AI conferences to easily downloaded softwar...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Schroepfer, Mike Schroepfer, Given Facebook, Facebook CTO, Deepfakes, Deepfake Detection Challenge, Schropfer

Prepare for the Never-Ending Coronavirus Plateau

Earlier this week, the U.S. reached another sad milestone in the covid-19 pandemic, with the country now reporting over 2 million confirmed cases of the viral disease, along with at least 115,000 deaths.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

Internet Archive Ends Free Ebook Program Early in Bid to Stave Off Dangerous Lawsuit

Back in March, the Internet Archive launched its National Emergency Library, a program that made roughly 1.4 million books available to the public without the usual waitlists. But on Wednesday, the organization announced it was ending the program two weeks early after four major publishers decided to sue Internet…Read more...
Tags: Ebooks, Publishing, Science, Internet Archive, Libraries, National Emergency Library

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