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Incredible Amber Fossils Reveal the True Colors of Ancient Insects

Fossils rarely retain evidence of an organism’s original color, but these 99-million-year-old amber fossils found in Myanmar are revealing the vibrant hues of another world. Read more...
Tags: Science, Myanmar, Fossils, Insects, Amber, Paleontology, Ancient Insects, Amber Fossils, Now In Technicolor


Vizio's New Cheap TVs Could Be a Perfect Reason to Buy a PS5 or Xbox Series X

Vizio is clearly courting gamers with its new collection of 4K TVs, out now, that feature all the essentials needed for next-gen consoles, including HDMI 2.1—crucial for TVs with high refresh rates—in addition to HDR and 4K. You’ll have to wait for the company’s highly anticipated OLED units until a little later this…Read more...
Tags: Science, 4k, Oled, Vizio, Tvs, Hdr, X. Vizio


Coronavirus live news: US buys nearly all global remdesivir stocks as Brazil deaths near 60,000

Three asylum seekers at camp near US border test positive for coronavirus; UN asks for nearly $10bn in aid for Syria; Greece faces ‘huge difficulties’ when flights resume. Follow the latest updatesFauci says new US coronavirus cases could hit 100,000 a dayUS buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivirJacinda Ardern decries ‘dangerous’ calls to reopen New Zealand bordersWorld map: which countries have the most cases and deaths? 12.18am BST Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of...
Tags: Science, Greece, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Syria, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, New Zealand, Brazil, Un, Helen Sullivan, Coronavirus outbreak


NASA pays out $51 million to small businesses with big ideas

NASA has announced its latest batch of small business grants, providing more than 300 businesses a total of $51 million in crucial early-stage funding. These “phase I” projects receive up to $125,000 to help bring new technologies to market. The Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer programs help entrepreneurs and inventors transition their work from lab to commercial availability. The money is like a grant, not an investment, and Phase I recipients are eligible for larger Ph...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Aerospace, SBIR, Sttr


Coronavirus live updates: Greece faces 'huge difficulties' when flights resume; 'irregularities' in Slovenia PPE purchase

India has over 550,000 infections; Airbus warns of 15,000 job lossesFauci says new US coronavirus cases could hit 100,000 a dayJacinda Ardern decries ‘dangerous’ calls to reopen New Zealand bordersUK coronavirus updates – liveWorld map: which countries have the most cases and deaths? 11.22pm BST Brazil has suffered 1,280 more deaths, bringing the country’s confirmed death toll to 59,594, according to Health Ministry data. The total number of confirmed cases rose by 33,846 to reach 1,402,041,...
Tags: Science, Greece, India, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, United States, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Brazil, Slovenia, Airbus, Health Ministry, Coronavirus outbreak


Australian Authorities Want an AI To Settle Your Divorce

For better or worse, there’s a good chance your current love life owes something to automation. Even if you’re just hooking up with the occasional Tinder fling (which if you are, no judgment), you’re still turning to Tinder’s black-box algorithms to pick out that fling for you before turning to more black-box…Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Divorce, Artificial Intelligence, Breakups, Christian Porter


This Year's iPhone Might Not Come With a Charger, but These Power Bricks and Cables Are Better Anyway

Rumors are circulating that Apple won’t be including a charger or earbuds in this year’s iPhones. As annoying as this is—since I doubt Apple will be dropping the price of the phone to match—the fact of the matter is that the bundled chargers weren’t that great anyway. If you have to buy another charger, skip Apple’s…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Power, Anker, Ravpower, Cables Are Better Anyway


The Coronavirus Is Making a Just Transition More Urgent for Coal Country

Before the coronavirus pandemic threw the U.S. into recession, the Navajo Nation was already dealing with a recession of its own. With the closure of a giant coal plant last year, the tribal nation had lost more than $40 million in revenue. Now, the pandemic is exacerbating an already-tough situation for the Navajo…Read more...
Tags: Science, Coal, Indigenous Rights, Navajo Nation, Navajo Generating Station, Just Transition


Cotton Is Best for Homemade Masks, Study Suggests

A new U.S. government-led study has found that common materials such as cotton can effectively filter particles as small as the coronavirus, especially when layered. The findings offer more evidence that homemade masks can slow the pandemic’s spread and possibly provide some personal protection against covid-19,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Masks, Cotton, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Why Not Try Taking Your Binge-Watches Slow?

Despite governmental beliefs trending otherwise, it turns out we are still indeed in the middle of a global pandemic that is keeping a lot of people indoors. We’ve spent months setting up virtual tabletop RPG sessions, getting distressingly into yeast, and yes, catching up on shows and movies. But in our streaming,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Television, Streaming, Binge Watching, Gundam Wing, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Parler CEO Says He'll Ban Users for Posting Bad Words, Dicks, Boobs, or Poop

A right-wing social media app that’s billed itself as a “free speech” alternative to Twitter is quickly proving itself to be even more restrictive than the alternative apps its users routinely accuse of censorship.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Republicans, Censorship, Ass, Balls, Fuck, Trump, Parler, Free Speech My Dick


Somehow Crucible Is Not the Biggest Amazon Screw Up, But It's Trying

A month after Amazon released its flagship third-person shooter/MOBA/battle royal/what the heck even is this game, Crucible, the company has unreleased it due to copious amounts of negative feedback. “Starting tomorrow, Crucible is moving to closed beta,” said the Crucible team in a blog this morning. All current…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Crucible, Amazon Game Studios


Fauci: At This Rate, We're Headed to 100,000 New Daily Coronavirus Cases

Dr. Anthony Fauci has assured us that things are going to get a lot worse for everyone if certain states don’t start taking the pandemic seriously. “I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 [cases] a day if this does not turn around,” he testified to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthony Fauci, Fauci, Senate Committee on Health Education Labor, Coronavirus


Robotic Cornhole Guarantees Victory, Assuming Everyone Else Is Too Drunk To Realize You're Cheating

Months of free time and loads of untapped ingenuity has resulted in competitively-challenged hackers coming up with clever ways to use technology to dominate various sports. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if Cornhole officially falls into that category, but either way, Michael Rechtin’s managed to upgrade the game…Read more...
Tags: Games, Science, Hacks, Cornhole, Michael Rechtin


US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivir

No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at leastCoronavirus – latest US updatesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world.Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider ...
Tags: Health, Science, US, World news, US news, US politics, Pharmaceuticals industry, Trump, UK Europe, Trump Administration, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


Facebook Is Pivoting Away From ‘Engaging’ Content In the News Feed

It seems like Facebook is really trying (for real this time, guys!) to get a handle on its fake news problem. Today the company announced a major change to the way it prioritizes news articles in your feed. Instead of prioritizing news content that has the most engagement, the social media giant will now show users…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Social Media, Facebook Fake News, Cite Your Source


YouTube TV Jacks Up Its Prices and the Promise of Cheap TV Feels Further Away Than Ever

For the last three years, YouTube TV has been the affordable alternative to pricier live TV streaming services, such as Hulu and AT&T TV. But that price gap just vanished. YouTube TV is jumping from $50 a month to $65 due to the “rising cost of content,” the company announced in a blog post.Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Streaming Video, Hulu, AT T TV, YouTube TV, Thanks I Hate It


US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug

No other country will be able to buy remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, for next three months at leastCoronavirus – latest US updatesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US has bought up virtually all the stocks for the next three months of one of the two drugs proven to work against Covid-19, leaving none for the UK, Europe or most of the rest of the world.Experts and campaigners are alarmed both by the US unilateral action on remdesivir and the wider ...
Tags: Health, Science, US, World news, US news, US politics, Pharmaceuticals industry, Trump, UK Europe, Trump Administration, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID


FCC Officially Designates Huawei and ZTE as Threats to U.S. Security

After months of rumblings from the Trump administration claiming the use of Chinese networking equipment posed a risk to the U.S., today the Federal Communications Commission officially designated both Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security. Read more...
Tags: Security, Science, Fcc, Federal Communications Commission, Telecoms, Huawei, Communications, ZTE, Trump, Fcc Bans Huawei And Zte


NASA sets path for up to six more Artemis moon exploration missions with SLS booster order

NASA has laid the groundwork for an order of up to six additional SLS solid core booster rockets, from supplier Northrop Grumman, the agency announced this week. The six additional boosters would join the existing three that NASA previously locked in for use on Artemis 1, Artemis 2 and Artemis 3, which includes the targeted 2024 mission that will bring the next American man and the first American woman to the lunar surface. While this is essentially a long-lead declaration of intent to help p...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Space Exploration, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace, Artemis, Northrop Grumman, SLS


Google Buys North Smart Glasses and North Then Kills Its Smart Glasses

Last Friday, it was reported that Canadian smart glasses startup North was on the verge of being snapped up by Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Today, it’s official.Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Ar, Augmented Reality, North, Smart Glasses, Alphabet Google, Focals By North


Not Now, Ominous New Swine Flu Strains

Researchers in China are sounding the alarm over strains of the influenza virus that have become common among some farm pigs—strains that have the potential to erupt into a easily transmissible pandemic in people, they warn. But while the threat is serious and worth keeping an eye on, it’s not an urgent risk of doom.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Infectious Diseases, Influenza, Pandemic


The Nerd's Watch: The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Streaming in July

Streaming is more important than ever. As huge numbers of people stay home during the global pandemic, many have turned to the plethora of services for a much-needed escape. At the start of each month, most streaming services do a little shuffle, adding new movies and taking some off, and we’re here to help with your…Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Streaming, Hulu, Amazon Studios, The Nerds Watch, Disney Plus


What You Get with a World-Class Phone That Can't Access Google

It’s a weird situation when the second largest smartphone maker in the world is treated as persona non grata, but that’s precisely what Huawei is facing when it comes to selling gadgets in the U.S. And based on the current political climate, there’s very little chance that will change between now and November.…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Android, Science, Smartphones, Huawei, EMUI, P40 Pro, Huawei P40 Pro Review


The PC Version of Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Is Down to $3

Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition (PC) | $3 | AmazonRead more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Amazon deals


Future Apple Watches Could Scan Your Veins to Detect Gestures

While accelerometers and gyroscopes are generally how smartwatches detect hand movements, a newly-released patent hints that Apple may be considering scanning veins in your wrist via the Apple Watch to detect non-touch gestures in the future. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Patents, Ar, Apple Watch, Augmented Reality, Apple Patents, Smart Glasses


India Finally Popped the Ban on TikTok and 58 Other Chinese Apps

This is the story of a microvlogging app that nobody had heard of two years ago, and how it lured the world’s teens with karaoke, gobbled up their data, ballooned to monstrous proportions, and, finally, became a geopolitical bargaining chip in an escalating feud between the world’s two most-populous countries. The…Read more...
Tags: Science, India, Tiktok


Whale Sharks Have Eyeballs Covered in Tiny Teeth

Marine biologists from Japan say whale sharks have eyeballs coated in tiny teeth, in a discovery unique to this hulking but gentle aquatic species.Read more...
Tags: Eyes, Japan, Science, Sharks, Teeth, Marine Biology, Whale Sharks


Amazon Prime Adds Watch Party for Co-Viewing With Up to 100 Friends

Amazon’s streaming service is introducing a co-viewing option to stream movies and TV shows with up to 100 other Prime Video account holders, a nifty feature that’s already officially available on platforms like Hulu and HBO.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Hbo, Science, Amazon Prime, Streaming, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Watch Party, Streaming Wars, Amazon Prime Adds Watch Party for Co


Just wear the $%#@ing mask

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 pandemic pals, The whole time this pandemic’s been going on, the world’s been looking to big tech for answers. Technology is always the answer, right? Sure, but it doesn’t have to be new technology. Our greatest tool in the fight against a disease that’s spread via droplets is clothing, not software. Yes, I’m tal...
Tags: Startups, Science, Newsletter, Tech, Coronavirus



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