'Brief shining of the light': Japan's fireflies dance - and mate - in isolation amid Covid-19

Next year visitors to Tatsuno ‘will once again see fireflies dance wonderfully’, says mayorCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs the sun sets in the Japanese town of Tatsuno, thousands of fireflies begin glowing, producing a spectacle that usually draws crowds of delighted visitors.But this year, the dance of the incandescent insects is being performed without spectators, after coronavirus prevention measures forced organisers of a popular firefly festival to cancel the ...
Tags: Japan, Science, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Insects, Coronavirus outbreak, Tatsuno

Feds Charge Seventh eBay Exec Over Obsessive Plot to Cyberstalk Critical Bloggers

Another former eBay exec, Philip Cooke, has been charged in federal court for allegedly participating in an amazingly dipshit plot to cyberstalk a couple that criticized the e-commerce site in a newsletter. That brings the total number of former eBay workers facing charges to seven—and the number of former cops in…Read more...
Tags: Ecommerce, Science, Crime, Ebay, Department Of Justice, Cyberstalking, Doj, The Perfect Crime, Devin Wenig, James Baugh, Philip Cooke

Apple's Homegrown Chips Could Be the End for AMD Graphics in Macs

Apple’s transition to its own Mac silicon has brought up a slew of questions, and now it seems like the future of the company’s third-party graphics card support in Macs is up for debate.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Mac, Intel, Nvidia, Amd, Graphics Cards, AMD Graphics

Watch Sarah Jane Smith's Final Doctor Who Adventure, Cut Down to Just 30 Minutes

While Doctor Who might be fine with telling adventures over the course of a single, 50-odd-minute episode these days, back in its classic iteration, serials could run twice as long or even longer, broken up into 30-minute chunks over the course of several weeks. But it seems like the BBC’s official YouTube channel is…Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Doctor Who, Bbc, Tom Baker, Sarah Jane Smith, The Hand Of Fear, The Masque Of Mandragora, Elisabeth Sladen

Coronavirus live news: US gives WHO official notice of its withdrawal next year

Joe Biden says he would return the US to the WHO if elected; WHO acknowledges ‘evidence emerging’ of airborne spread of Covid-19; Jair Bolsonaro tests positive. Follow the latest updatesWHO acknowledges ‘evidence emerging’ of airborne spreadUS officially notifies World Health Organization of its withdrawalBrazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirusAustralia: Melbourne returns to six-week lockdown 2.27am BST Charlotte Graham-McLay reports for the Guardian: New Zealand’s ...
Tags: Science, California, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, Joe Biden, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, New Zealand, Who, World Health Organization, Melbourne, Donald Trump

Coronavirus live news: US to leave WHO as organisation warns crisis accelerating

US gives notice of withdrawal next year; Joe Biden says he would return the US to the WHO if elected; Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19. Follow the latest updatesWHO acknowledges ‘evidence emerging’ of airborne spreadUS officially notifies World Health Organization of its withdrawalBrazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirusAustralia: Melbourne returns to six-week lockdown 1.20am BST Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic challenger for the presidency, said he would ret...
Tags: Science, US, America, UK News, World news, Australia news, Joe Biden, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Who, World Health Organization, Melbourne, Biden, Pacific

Amazon Prime Video Mercifully Rolls Out Individual User Profiles Similar to Netflix

Long-awaited support for individual user profiles has finally arrived on Amazon’s streaming TV service, Prime Video. This means the niche streaming interests of your partner or family members can be saved to their own profiles—meanwhile, you, reader, can continue to binge the original Unsolved Mysteries at your own…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Netflix, Streaming, Amazon Prime Video, Streaming Wars

Facebook: We Were Going to Do the Right Thing Anyway, Believe You Me

Over the past decade and a half, we’ve watched Facebook mature from its halcyon era of “moving fast and breaking things” into one where it can’t seem to stop apologizing for doing exactly that. It does’t matter if it’s being implicated in multiple(!) human rights abuses, election interference, conspiracy peddling, or,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Hate Speech, The Right Thing To Do

Israel health chief quits in protest at lockdown easing – as it happened

Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19; thousands protest against renewed lockdown in Serbia; Kenya emerges from quarantine. This blog is now closedFollow the latest global coronavirus live blog here 11.57pm BST Hi, Helen Sullivan here. We’ve fired up a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: US to leave WHO as organisation warns crisis accelerating 11.18pm BST A company belonging to Kanye West received millions in loans from a fede...
Tags: Science, California, Israel, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Kanye West, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Serbia, Who, Kenya, Delaware, Trump

Facebook Ad Boycott Will Go on After Zuckerberg, Sandberg Blow Off Civil Rights Groups' Demands

CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook—the social media company you may recognize from United Nations accusations of complicity in genocide and its role in recklessly flooding the web with conspiracy theories and extremism—predictably failed to placate a coalition of civil rights groups leading an ad…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Social Media, Racism, United Nations, Civil Rights, Hate Speech, Sheryl Sandberg, Zuckerberg Sandberg, Stop Hate for Profit

This Stop-Motion Build of the Lego Millennium Falcon Is Jaw-Dropping

Three years ago, I spent 34 hours building the biggest Lego set ever created: the Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series Millennium Falcon, which clocks in at 7,541 pieces. You may have even seen the video (and if not, you can watch it here). It was a fun but tedious and grueling experience. I mention this because what…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Lego, Reddit, Millennium Falcon, This Is Awesome

Investigation of Botched Starliner Test Exposes Boeing’s Weakness as a NASA Partner

An independent NASA-Boeing review team has completed its investigation into serious issues that arose during a test of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft late last year. Boeing has now been given no less than 80 recommendations to put into practice, in what is an alarming display of the problems at the aerospace company.Read more...
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Samsung's Next Galaxy Unpacked Event is Aug. 5, and We're Excited to See Whatever This Copper Thing Is

After months of rumors, Samsung has finally confirmed that its next Galaxy Unpacked event is Aug. 5. Unlike previous Unpacked events, this one will be entirely digital, which means anyone can watch to see what the company will reveal. (Spoiler alert: It’s almost certainly gonna be a giant copper phone.)Read more...
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The Story of Jamsetji Tata’s Forgotten Farm and How It Revived the Mysore Silk Industry

In 1868, a 29-year-old man from a small town in Gujarat started a trading firm in Bombay with ₹ 21,000. The man was Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata and the occasion marked the beginning of what would grow into one of India’s largest conglomerates, TATA group of companies. Article by Sanchari Pal | The Better India J. N. Tata Photo Source Born on March 3, 1839, in Navsari, Jamsetji was the first child and only son of Nusserwanji Tata, the scion of a family of Parsi priests. At the age of 13, he moved...
Tags: Japan, Science, California, Life, India, Salvation Army, Bangalore, Bombay, Gujarat, Karnataka, Punjab, Indians, Mills, Mysore, Dewan, Pune

The Movement for Black Lives and Environmentalists Are Finding Common Ground

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) and the environmental movement have not always walked side by side. However, that tide is slowly shifting. This much-needed unity has never been more clear than in the M4BL’s release of the BREATHE Act, a suite of policy proposals, on Tuesday. Read more...
Tags: Science, Black Lives Matter, Movement for Black Lives, Climate Justice, Systemic Racism, Movement for Black Lives M4BL

Do Your Homework Before Buying a UV Disinfecting Gadget

It’s likely that in the past few weeks or months, you’ve come across an ad for a UV disinfecting gadget. It makes sense! There’s a novel coronavirus going around wreaking havoc! Your phones are filthy, your bags are filthy, your masks are full of your own face sweat and spit. Maybe, you ought to buy one of those UV…Read more...
Tags: Science, Ultraviolet, UV, This Has Been A Psa, Coronavirus, Covid 19

A new hydrogel might be strong enough for knee replacements

Duke University researchers created a hydrogel that appears to be as strong and flexible as human cartilage. The blend of three polymers provides enough flexibility and durability to mimic the knee. The next step is to test this hydrogel in sheep; human use can take at least three years. While the human body is designed for decades of use, we are prone to breaking down at inopportune times. Our necks didn't evolve to hold certain head positions (like hunched over a laptop). Foot pain is common...
Tags: Science, America, Medical Research, Innovation, Health Care, Prosthetics, Derek, Twitter Facebook, Duke University, Human body, Feichen Yang

10 Pokémon Shorts That Prove Trainers Are Overrated

Much as Pokémon trainers would love to believe that their pocketable monster friends are well taken care of, each and every single Pikachu-centric short has made it abundantly clear that Pokémon thrive and are at their best when the humans are just gone. Left to their own devices, the Pokémon get to be their…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animation, Pokemon, Anime, Pikachu, Watch It Nerds

New ‘Computer Prophet’ generates profound metaphors for life and death

Life is a prison in which we all live. Once the bars are down, it becomes obscene what everybody else is doing. So says the Computer Prophet, a new AI system that spits out pearls of wisdom in the form of metaphors. The project is the brainchild of UCLA student Elias Henriksen, who created it to help us answer life’s most profound questions. We often express our existential concerns through metaphors, as they help us relate our own experiences to abstract concepts. Research suggests that people ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Research, Artificial Intelligence, Ucla, Neural, Elias Henriksen

Alphabet's Internet-Beaming Loon Balloons Now Providing Service in Kenya

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has deployed a fleet of internet-delivering, high-altitude balloons in Kenya, an initiative that the company’s CEO said will be “the first of many” future commercial deployments in other parts of the world. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Internet, Kenya, Project Loon, Alphabet, 4G LTE

Coronavirus live: US to formally leave WHO next year; Israel health chief quits in protest at lockdown easing

Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19; South Africa’s cases pass 200,000; Kenya emerges from lockdownBrazilian president Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirusItaly could ‘section’ people who refuse treatment for Covid-19Australia: Melbourne returns to six-week lockdownSeveral pubs in England close after positive coronavirus testsUS coronavirus updates – live 9.57pm BST Texas has reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day, the greatest one-day increase in the state since...
Tags: England, Texas, Science, France, Israel, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Paris, Microbiology, Kenya, Melbourne

The Designer Of The NES Dishes The Dirt On Nintendo's Early Days

When discussing Nintendo’s rise as a digital dreamsmith in the 80s, game designers like Shigeru Miyamoto and Gunpei Yokoi get most of the limelight. But it was the hardware designed by Masayuki Uemura that served up their fantasies to millions around the globe.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nes, Nintendo, Super Mario Bros, Mario, Kotaku Core, Shigeru Miyamoto, Donkey Kong, Famicom, Gunpei Yokoi, Masayuki Uemura

Major Movie Theater Chains Sue New Jersey For 'Unconstitutional' Pandemic Closures

Movie theater giants AMC, Cinemark, and Regal filed a lawsuit yesterday against the state of New Jersey for forcing them to keep their businesses closed during the covid-19 pandemic, yet allowing churches and other places of assembly to remain open. Spotted by The Hollywood Reporter, the theater chains have called the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Amc, New Jersey, AMC Cinemark, Cinemark, Regal Cinemas, Movie Theaters, Coronavirus, Covid 19

TikTok Users Discover the Secret to Getting Rich: Dogecoin

The bro influencers of TikTok, released into the wild with sick iPhone hacks and dropshipping tips but a few years ago, have matured from pups to the Wolves of Social Media. Now they’re harnessing that power with a pump-and-dump scheme involving Dogecoin, the joke currency made of memes, and also Elon Musk’s favorite…Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Dogecoin, Tiktok, Wolves of Social Media Now

Memes Are Robbing Breonna Taylor of Her Story

If you believe what you read on the internet, it’s a beautiful day to arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.Read more...
Tags: Science, Justice, Memes, Injustice, Black Women, Breonna Taylor

Scientists put forward plan to create universal species list

Single classification system could end centuries of disagreement and improve global efforts to tackle biodiversity loss A plan to create the first universally recognised list of species on Earth has prompted hopes of an end to centuries of disagreement and confusion over how to classify the world’s library of life.The 10-point plan aims to finally bring order with an authoritative list of the world’s species and a governance mechanism responsible for its quality. Researchers hope a single recogn...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Illegal wildlife trade

Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Is a Cautionary Tale About the Power Men Wield

We, and Peter Parker, have heard it a zillion times before: with great power, comes great responsibility. The watchwords of Stan Lee are suffused into the very fabric of who Spider-Man is as a character, and how Sam Raimi brought him to the big screen in 2002 is no exception. But Raimi’s first swing with Spidey…Read more...
Tags: Science, Joe Manganiello, Marvel, James Franco, Sony Pictures, Kirsten Dunst, Stan Lee, Tobey Maguire, Spider Man, Retro Review, Sam Raimi, Raimi, J K Simmons, Peter Parker, Willem Dafoe, Power Men Wield

Server Hosting Leaked Secret U.S. Police Files Seized by Germany

German authorities have reportedly confiscated a server used by the group DDOSecrets to share leaked confidential records belonging to more than 200 state, local, and federal American law enforcement agencies.Read more...
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How to Make Your Phone Read Everything On Screen Out Loud

It’s not always convenient or possible to glance at your smartphone’s screen as you normally would, but with a few tweaks to your phone’s settings, you can get the most important information without having to look down at the display. Here’s how to get your phone to read the info you need aloud to you through the…Read more...
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Autonomous driving startup turns its AI expertise to space for automated satellite operation

Hungarian autonomous driving startup AImotive is leveraging its technology to address a different industry and growing need: autonomous satellite operation. AImotive is teaming up with C3S, a supplier of satellite and space-based technologies, to develop a hardware platform for performing AI operations onboard satellites. AImotive’s aiWare neural network accelerator will be optimized by C3S for use on satellites, which have a set of operating conditions that in many ways resembles those onboa...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Earth, Artificial Intelligence, Telecommunications, Computing, Satellites, Satellite, Satellite Imagery, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Imaging, Neural Network

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