Tax Amazon's Successor Passed Seattle's City Council, and You Can Already Guess What It Does

Unemployment in the US is still over 11%, and yet during this economic crisis, Jeff Bezos has added an astonishing $56.7 billion to his already colossal fortune. If ever there was a time to redistribute some of that wealth, it’s now, and it seems that experiment in equity will begin in Seattle. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, US, City Council, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Good News, Jumpstart, Kshama Sawant, Seattle Read, Covid 19

Shady Face Recognition Firm Clearview AI Says It's Left Canada Amid Two Federal Investigations

Dystopian, U.S.-based face recognition firm Clearview AI has suspended its contract with the Royal Mounted Canadian Police (RMCP), effectively locking its business out of Canada entirely, Bloomberg reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Privacy, Police, Bloomberg, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, Canada, Facial Recognition, Face Recognition, Clearview AI, Royal Mounted Canadian Police RMCP

In Netflix's New Transformers Trailer, Even Optimus Prime Is So Very Tired

Another day, another war for the fate of Cybertron, and things are looking dire in Netflix and Rooster Teeth’s take on the latest version of the Transformers origin story. So dire that even Optimus Prime, scion of hope and occasional truck, is getting a bit defeatist.Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Animation, Streaming, Hasbro, Nostalgia, Transformers, Rooster Teeth, Polygon Pictures, Transformers War For Cybertron, Transformers War For Cybertron Siege

Coronavirus live news: New Zealand places limits on citizen returns as US cases near 3m

Atlanta mayor tests positive for Covid-19; Kenya emerges from lockdown; Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested again for coronavirus. Follow the latest updatesUS cases near 3m as White House claims country is a “leader” in global fight against virusFury as Boris Johnson accuses care homes over high Covid-19 death tollNew Zealand rations places for citizens returning home during Covid-19World map: which countries have the most cases and deaths? 2.12am BST After a record 112 days on a speci...
Tags: Science, White House, China, US, Atlanta, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Beijing, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, New Zealand, Kenya, Boris Johnson, Reuters

Apple Might Make Future MacBook Keyboards Out of Glass, and I'm Concerned

When I saw that Apple recently filed a patent application for transparent keycaps made of glass, possibly for use in future Bluetooth desktop or MacBook keyboards, I was intrigued. This could be Apple’s solution to making a longer-lasting and more reliable keyboard, something the company has struggled with over the…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Keyboards, Mac, Beautiful But Probably Dangerous

New Zealand rations places for citizens returning home during Covid-19

Controversial restrictions brought in to ease strain on quarantine system after rush of New Zealanders arriving at the borderCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealanders could be blocked at their own border after the government moved to slow the pace of international arrivals due to Covid-19.Mounting pressure on New Zealand’s Covid-19 border regime has forced the government to ration places for New Zealanders entering the country.Jacinda Ardern’s government has stru...
Tags: Science, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Air transport, New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

Why Boba Fett's Sound Was a Mystery for Almost 20 Years

If I say “Bad Guy in Helmet from Star Wars” first you think of Darth Vader and then you think of Boba Fett. However, while everyone knows what Darth Vader sounds like when he walks around, what about Boba Fett?Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Darth Vader, Behind The Scenes, Lucasfilm, Sound Effects, Boba Fett, Ben Burtt, Empire Strikes Back, A New Hope

Android Users Blessed With Dark Mode Support for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

I have made a terrible mistake. I, the owner of an Apple-made miniature computer I carry with me everywhere, am experiencing a profound feeling of regret over the decision to procure this particular gadget over one that runs on Android. Because beginning this week, Android users will officially have access to a…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Science, Google Docs, G Suite, Dark Mode, Dark Mode Everything

Google, Twitter, and Facebook Stop Handing Over User Data to Hong Kong Cops

When Hong Kong passed its shiny new national security law last week, the city’s authorities were probably expecting a bit of pushback from the locals, who’ve called the new regime everything from “chilling” to “draconian” to nothing less than the Chinese Communist Party’s “takeover of Hong Kong.” Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Hong Kong, Science, Chinese communist party, Authoritarianism, Google Twitter, Facebook Stop Handing Over User Data, Hong Kong Cops

Coronavirus live news: Boris Johnson accuses care homes over deaths as US cases near 3m

Atlanta mayor tests positive for Covid-19; Kenya emerges from lockdown; Israel reimposes restrictions. Follow the latest updatesUS cases near 3m as White House claims country is a “leader” in global fight against virusFury as Boris Johnson accuses care homes over high Covid-19 death tollGlobal report: India sees record daily rise as capital opens giant hospitalWorld map: which countries have the most cases and deaths? 12.24am BST Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday that she h...
Tags: Science, White House, India, Israel, US, Atlanta, UK News, World news, Australia news, Joe Biden, US news, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Kenya, Boris Johnson, Msnbc

ICE Threatens International Students With 'Immigration Consequences' if Schools Go Online-Only

International students in the U.S. will be forced to attend at least some of their fall semester classes in person during the coronavirus pandemic, or their visas to enter the country will be revoked, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Health, School, Science, Education, College, Immigration, Ice, CBP, Immigration And Customs Enforcement, Customs And Border Protection, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

America's Dad Sounds Kinda Mad at Apple

When it was announced last month that Greyhound, a WWII drama written by and starring Tom Hanks, had pivoted to Apple’s streaming service amid a movie release schedule upended by coronavirus, I couldn’t help but wonder what Hanks would make of Apple’s, uh, notoriously hands-on approach to its entertainment projects.…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, America, Tom Hanks, Streaming, Hanks, Streaming Wars, Apple TV Plus

Reddit's Solution to the Stress of Moderating 2020 Is a First-Come First-Served Mindfulness App Subscription

It’s been a very hard year, for a lot of reasons. If you’re one of the thousands of unpaid moderators of Reddit, you’ve likely had to deal with misinformation, harassment, conspiracy theories, hate speech: all the stuff that makes being online an intolerable nightmare. By means of showing gratitude, the site appears…Read more...
Tags: Science, Reddit, Calm, Sure Ok, Mod Roadshow

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancellation Shows How Far Fossil Fuels Have Fallen

After a years-long campaign waged by environmental justice activists, energy giants Duke and Dominion abruptly cancelled their plans to build an $8 billion, 600-mile fracked gas pipeline on Sunday, citing “ongoing delays and increasing cost uncertainty,” as well as “litigation risk.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Oil And Gas, Duke, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Dominion, Dapl

Why There's No Simple Answer to Whether the Coronavirus Is Airborne

Hundreds of scientists across the world have just petitioned the World Health Organization via an open letter with one demand: Acknowledge publicly that the coronavirus behind covid-19 can be airborne, meaning it can spread through the air (and linger there) via tiny aerosols emitted by the breath of infected people,…Read more...
Tags: Science, World Health Organization, Pandemic, Aerosols, Airborne, Coronavirus, Covid 19

OK, Sure, Let’s Just Add Some Bubonic Plague to the Mix

On Sunday, officials in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China, recorded a case of bubonic plague, otherwise known as the Black Death, while another case was reportedly detected in neighboring Mongolia. Thankfully there’s no need to freak out about a pandemic yet—other than the one we are currently facing and…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, China, Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, Were Fucked, Pandemic, Bubonic plague, Pneumonic Plague

What Would It Mean If the Coronavirus Is Airborne?

COVID-19 is known to be transmitted mainly by respiratory droplets. This is the reasoning behind physical distancing, since it’s hard for those droplets to travel more than a few feet. But scientists are debating whether very small droplets—small enough to float through the air—are common enough and infectious enough…Read more...
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Microsoft Will Axe Control Panel From Windows 10, We're Calling It Now

Microsoft seems to be getting a kick out seeing users struggle to find Windows 10 features these days. After moving the Fresh Start feature in the latest version, 2004, and reducing the number of days Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education users can manually delay updates, the company is now experimenting with…Read more...
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What's the Best Mirrorless Camera for Both Photos and Video?

Alright, sooooo ... you guys were right. The second wave put a damper in my travel plans. I still plan to move around a bit at some point to visit relatives I’ve been dying to see, however, and I’m not looking forward to using my nine-year-old beginner-level Canon DSLR (T3i, I’m embarrassed to share) to capture the…Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Cameras, Mirrorless Cameras, Dslr, Canon DSLR

Amputee Builds a Set of Incredibly Articulate Prosthetic Fingers All Powered by Wrist Movements

When Ian Davis was just 17-years-old, he built a myoelectric prosthetic arm and hand for a high school project. Almost 30 years later, he’s still using what he learned but for his own benefit now, after having four fingers on his left hand amputated in 2018. His prosthetic, designed and built all by himself, is…Read more...
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Amazon May Have to Share Its Algorithm If India’s New Ecommerce Policy Passes

I think we can all agree that the chokehold that Amazon wields over the ecommerce landscape is, quite frankly, a pain in the ass. It’s a pain in the ass for the millions of third-party sellers at the mercy of its platform. It’s a pain in the ass for the lawmakers who’ve spent the past year and change desperately…
Tags: Amazon, Science, India, Antitrust, Survival Of The Fittest

Our 25 Favorite Summer Blockbusters of the 2000s

For the first time in most of our lifetimes, your local movie theater won’t have a summer blockbuster season. The covid-19 pandemic took care of that, pushing most of the big-budget popcorn films scheduled for this year’s summer months into fall, spring, or even next summer. Since we can’t enjoy summer blockbusters in…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Marvel, Disney, Star Trek, Iron Man, Animation, The Dark Knight, Universal, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Nostalgia, Transformers, Spider Man

Women who go to church have more kids—and more help

Religious people tend to have more children than secular people, but why remains unknown. A new study suggests that the social circles provided by regular church going make raising kids easier. Conversely, having a large secular social group made women less likely to have children. When you think about it, religious ritual is kind of strange. People invest time, energy, and resources into pageantry that doesn't appear to produce any immediate return on investment. From an evolutionary standpoint...
Tags: Family, Science, Children, Child Care, Religion, Women, United Kingdom, Innovation, Royal Society B

DragonCon 2020 in Atlanta Is Officially, Finally, Going Virtual

Another of the biggest convention holdouts has just given up its battle with covid-19. DragonCon 2020, scheduled for September 3-7 in Atlanta, GA, has now officially been postponed and will be held virtually. This comes after months of assurance the event was “moving forward...on schedule,” according to the official…Read more...
Tags: Science, Atlanta, Georgia, Conventions, Dragoncon, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Covid 19 Reopening

Ennio Morricone, Movie Composing Legend, Has Passed Away

Ennio Morricone, one of the most beloved movie composers of the 20th century, has died. The legendary Italian artist, who was 91, passed after suffering complications from a recent fall.Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Horror, Rip, Ennio Morricone, John Carpenter, Soundtracks, The Thing

Coronavirus: world treating symptoms, not cause of pandemics, says UN

Ongoing destruction of nature will result in stream of animal diseases jumping to humans, says report Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world is treating the health and economic symptoms of the coronavirus pandemic but not the environmental cause, according to the authors of a UN report. As a result, a steady stream of diseases can be expected to jump from animals to humans in coming years, they say.The number of such “zoonotic” epidemics is rising, from Ebola to Sa...
Tags: Health, Science, Environment, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Farming, United Nations, Un, Meat Industry, Sars, West Nile, Rift Valley, Farm Animals, Coronavirus outbreak

This Grotesque Viral Photo of President Trump Is Actually Fake

A particularly disturbing photo of President Donald Trump has been making the rounds on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit recently. But is the image authentic? No, the photo is totally fake. But it’s close enough to the very real (and quite grotesque) look of the president that people could be forgiven for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Photoshop, Reddit, Conspiracy Theories, Donald Trump, Fake, Ugly, Trump, Fakes, Twitter Facebook Instagram, Vic Berger, President Trump, QAnon, Vic Berger Iv

Pink Snow in the Italian Alps Is a Cute Sign of Environmental Catastrophe

I live for all things pink, and there’s something beautiful about pink glacial ice. However, the dusty pink layer atop the Presena Glacier in the Italian Alps is more sinister than it looks. Algae has dyed the snow a bizarre color. The otherworldly look could end up speeding up the melt of snow and glaciers in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Italy, Alps, Algae, Glaciers, Italian Alps, Watermelon Snow, Presena Glacier

Evidence of Prehistoric Ochre Mine Found in Submerged Mexican Caves

Underwater caves in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula have yielded evidence of a prehistoric ochre mine, in a discovery that could explain why the region’s earliest inhabitants ventured so deeply inside this treacherous cave system.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Mining, Anthropology, Yucatan Peninsula, Caves, Ochre, Cave Diving, Prehistoric Mesoamerica

The Next Version of Chrome Could Remove a Major Source of Battery Drain

Google Chrome is often maligned as kind of a resource hog, which means it tends to suck up more energy on mobile devices like laptops. But a new experimental flag in the next version of Chrome could help reduce the browser’s battery drain and extend the life of your laptop by up to two hours. Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google Chrome, Science, Browsers, Laptops, Consumer Tech, Chrome Canary, Chrome 86, More New Features In Chrome 86, Major Source of Battery Drain

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