Almost 3 billion animals affected by Australian megafires, report shows

Exclusive: Bushfires ‘one of the worst wildlife disasters in modern history’, say scientists Nearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced by Australia’s devastating bushfire season of 2019 and 2020, according to scientists who have revealed for the first time the scale of the impact on the country’s native wildlife.The Guardian has learned that an estimated 143 million mammals, 180 million birds, 51 million frogs and a staggering 2.5 billion reptiles were affected by the fires that burned a...
Tags: Science, Biology, Climate Change, Australia, Environment, World news, Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Bushfires

Local Police Are Looking to Tech Companies for 'Less Lethal' Crowd Control Devices

Local police forces across the U.S. are turning to tech companies for “less lethal” means of subduing individuals that are even “less lethal” than what they have already been using. Instead of rubber bullets, tear gas, or pepper spray, police are looking into sound cannons, directed energy weapons, and projectile…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cops, Police, Military, Protests, Police Brutality, Military Technology, Police Technology, 1033 Program

Twitter Trends Are a Crime Against Me, the President, Tweets President

Today in squirmy little squids squirting clouds of ink: Twitter trends that make the president look bad are somehow illegal, according to the president. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Social Media, Donald Trump, Coronavirus, Mr President You Posted Cringe

Twitter Workers Also Abused Access to User Accounts, Including Beyoncé's: Report

Twitter contractors with high-level administrative access to accounts regularly abused their privileges to spy on celebrities including Beyoncé, including approximating their movements via internet protocol addresses, according to a report by Bloomberg.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Beyonce, Privacy, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Data Breach, Jack Dorsey, Twitter Hack, Bloomberg Read

Here’s what would happen if a wormhole fought a black hole

Singularities – also known as black holes – are so powerful that even light cannot escape their grasp. But what happens when a black hole meets something even stronger, like a wormhole? We know a black hole would win in a fight against Godzilla, Earth’s yellow sun, and even the entire Milky Way. But a wormhole? That’s a tall order. Sure, wormholes are only hypothetical so they’re at a disadvantage against black holes – which we’ve actually observed. However that might be the black hole’s only ad...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Insights, Godzilla Earth

Millions of Dave Users' Personal Data Is Up for Grabs on a Hacking Forum

Since the overdraft-protection app Dave rolled out back in 2018, it’s racked up a hefty cash valuation, backing from Mark Cuban, and, uh, Diplo. It also brought on some 7 million cash-happy users. Now, it looks like most of them have their data up for grabs on the open web.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dave, Hackers, Diplo, Piii

D&D's Culturally Sensitive Strahd Revamp Is Here, But It'll Cost You [Updated]

Over the years, Wizards of the Coast has received justified criticism for its use of racist tropes in Dungeons & Dragons. One target of that concern was the Vistani people, part of the game’s Ravenloft setting, seen in modules such as the Curse of Strahd, a story about a Dracula-type villain which features the Vistani…Read more...
Tags: Science, Racism, RPG, Dungeons And Dragons, Wizards Of The Coast, Tabletop Games, Representation, Strahd

D&D's Culturally Sensitive Strahd Revamp Is Here, But It'll Cost You

Over the years, Wizards of the Coast has received justified criticism for its use of racist tropes in Dungeons & Dragons. One target of that concern was the Vistani people, part of the game’s Ravenloft setting, seen in modules such as the Curse of Strahd, a story about a Dracula-type villain which features the Vistani…Read more...
Tags: Science, Racism, RPG, Dungeons And Dragons, Wizards Of The Coast, Tabletop Games, Representation, Strahd

Big Oil

Our modern world is full of unholy alliances. Evangelicals and President Donald Trump, Sprint and T-Mobile, pickles and trash beer (actually, that last one sounds awesome). But there are few relationships as toxic as one uncovered in a new report from accountability watchdog LittleSis. Researchers dug into how the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Police, Racism, Fossil Fuels, Violence, Police Brutality, Donald Trump, Big Oil, LittleSis Researchers

Record-Breaking Number of Americans Called Out Sick From Work in April, Study Finds

New research out Monday may provide more insight into how many Americans were sickened by covid-19 during the earliest days of the pandemic, when access to testing was extremely limited. It estimated that at least 2 million people called out from work due to illness in mid-April—around double the number of people who…Read more...
Tags: Work, Science, Coronavirus, Covid 19

What Lessons Can Future Conventions Learn From Virtual San Diego Comic-Con?

San Diego Comic-Con 2020 was an experiment to see if a convention could be moved entirely online during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The result was... mixed. There were a few things that , but overall the event was kind of a mess. With DC FanDome and other digital-only conventions on the horizon, the…Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, Marvel, Disney, Warner Bros, Lucasfilm, Conventions, Marvel Studios, DC Entertainment, Star Wars Celebration, D23, San Diego Comic Con, Comic Con 2020, DC FanDome

The Best Disney Soundtrack You're Not Listening to Just Got Alan Menken His EGOT

Alan Menken helped define Disney animation’s sound for decades—helping score some of the most beloved films of the company’s renaissance, and changing its soundtracks forever with The Little Mermaid’s establishment of the “I Want” song. But the legendary composer has only just snagged an Emmy for his work with the…Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Disney, Awards, Animation, Little Mermaid, Tangled, Emmys, Disney Channel, Alan Menken, Soundtracks, Rapunzels Tangled Adventure

Couple Who Wore Face Masks Bearing the Nazi Flag Swears They Aren't Nazis

Despite the months of pundits and reporters arguing that wearing a face mask shouldn’t be a political statement, there’s a select few assholes who think taking basic measures to keep the current global pandemic from raging on is an affront to their civil liberties, rather than, y’know, common courtesy.Read more...
Tags: Science, Walmart, Face Masks, Coronavirus, Covid 19

The Chip That Can Smell Can Now Help Robots Feel Touch

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have created an artificial robot skin that can process touch 1,000 times faster than humans can, according to Engadget. The skin is powered by Intel’s neuromorphic research chip, Loihi, which Cornell University researchers were able to program to recognize…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Intel, Robots, Cornell University, National University Of Singapore, Engadget, National University of Singapore NUS, Loihi

Coronavirus live news: global death toll passes 650k as Belgian PM warns of total lockdown

Europe braces for second wave; Vietnam sees first locally transmitted cases since AprilGlobal death toll passes 650kMandatory Covid-19 tests for travellers returning to GermanyTrump’s national security adviser tests positive – live US updatesChina sees biggest surge in months; Australia sets new infections recordPet cat diagnosed with Covid-19 in first UK case of animal infection 7.31pm BST Latin America will emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic with higher poverty rates as efforts to control t...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Australia, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Ireland, Infectious Diseases, Venezuela, Vietnam, Latin America, Moreno, Micheal Martin

Extreme Chernobyl Fungus Could Protect Astronauts From Deadly Radiation

An experiment done aboard the International Space Station demonstrates the potential for a hardy fungus to shield astronauts from cosmic radiation. This fungus has already proved its mettle inside one of the most hostile places on Earth: the ruined Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.Read more...
Tags: Science, Space Travel, International Space Station, Fungi, Iss, Radiation, Extremophiles, Mars Colonization

Vertical Farms Could Grow All the Wheat We Need—But at a Cost

For years, vertical farming has captured headlines, including on this very website. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday shows the practice could revolutionize the world’s ability to grow wheat.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Wheat, Agriculture, National Academy of Sciences, Verticalfarming

While the Wacom Intuos Pro Is Awesome, It Can't Get Me to Draw More

Wacom Intuos Pro | $200 | Amazon
Tags: Science, Drawing, Wacom, Wacom Intuos Pro

Google Will Let Employees Work From Home Through Summer 2021

As big tech grapples with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Google has opted to allow employees to work from home through June of next year for roles that do not need to report in-person to perform their jobs, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced this week.Read more...
Tags: Google, Work From Home, Science, Sundar Pichai, Coronavirus, Covid 19

A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Humanity joins the hivemind

Welcome to the latest article in TNW’s guide to the AI apocalypse. In this series we’ll examine some of the most popular doomsday scenarios prognosticated by modern AI experts.  It’s pretty easy to think up new ways for robots to destroy us. We’re pretty squishy. But what if AI doesn’t want us dead? Maybe our future overlords will see our weaknesses and, in their infinite benevolence, choose to upgrade us. Perhaps humanity goes extinct through evolution instead of extermination. Welcome to the h...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Science, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, TNW, Neural, Coronavirus

Could Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7+ Be the First Real iPad Pro Rival?

Aside from the iPad Pro, tablets—especially Android tablets—are sort of in a weird spot right now. Some major hardware makers like Google have completely abandoned the category, while others continue to churn out boring but serviceable devices seemingly more out of obligation than a desire to make innovative gadgets.…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Samsung

The Guardian view on a new normal: holidays abroad, quarantine at home | Editorial

Covid-19 is lingering such that the public believes things are getting better, long after they are going wrongAnother day, another sadly predictable U-turn from the government of Boris Johnson. A few weeks ago ministers were encouraging the public to go abroad for their holidays. They did so without a comprehensive airport testing regime for passengers, unlike in many parts of the world. As restrictions have been lifted across Europe, countries have reported rises in Covid-19 cases. People retur...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Politics, Science, Wales, Scotland, Spain, Catalonia, Conservatives, UK News, Britain, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Air transport, Boris Johnson

The Coronavirus May Shut Down Our Sense of Smell in an Unexpected Way

Scientists might be closer to understanding one of the most common symptoms of even mild covid-19: the loss of smell and taste. A new study suggests that infection by the novel coronavirus can damage important cells that support the nerve cells responsible for relaying scent to the brain.Read more...
Tags: Science, Smell, Anosmia, Coronavirus, Covid 19

I Was Horrified at How Many Ads the New Brave Browser and VPN for iOS Blocked

Between a minefield of ads and trackers, browsers have added a number of security and privacy features over the past few years. Brave is the latest, announcing today that it’s partnering up with Guardian to launch a new version of its iOS browser, Brave Firewall + VPN.
Tags: Security, Science, Privacy, Browsers, Ads, Vpn, Brave, First Look, For Those Pesky Mobile Ads Just Sayin

Researchers Made This Medical Wearable Out of Pencil and Paper

While smartwatches and fitness trackers are probably the most well-known consumer tech for health monitoring, researchers from the University of Missouri published a study showing they can do the same thing... with a paper and pencil. Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Paper, Pencil, University of Missouri, Health Monitoring

The 5 Winners (and 3 Losers) of San Diego Comic-Con 2020 (at Home)

San Diego Comic-Con 2020 has ended, and things were a bit different this time around. Obviously, that was because of forces beyond anyone’s control—namely a global pandemic. But there were still things that could’ve gone better. There were a few highs, some notable lows, and a lot of uncertainty about what the rest of …Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, Youtube, Marvel, Star Trek, Copyright, Artists, San Diego, Cbs, Justice League, Warner Bros, Keanu Reeves, DC Entertainment, Zack Snyder, San Diego Comic Con, New Mutants

Offshore Wind Is on the Brink of Becoming So Cheap, the UK Will Pay People to Use It

The fossil fuel industry and its allies love saying that renewable energy increases utility bills. But in the UK, new research shows that coming offshore wind farms could actually make bills more affordable. Read more...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Renewables, Offshore Wind

It's Not Just Siberia as Record Heat Spreads Across the Arctic

Siberia has been hot and on fire. Perhaps you’ve heard? The relentless heat that’s buffeted the region has decided to expand to other parts of the Arctic, from Norway to Canada, with high-temperature records breaking over the weekend.
Tags: Science, Canada, Arctic, Siberia, Norway, Svalbard, Heat Wave, They Call It Global Warming For A Reason

Refresh Your Switch's Memory With a Micro Center MicroSD Card—$9 for 64GB, $16 for 128GB, and $30 for 256GB

Micro Center microSD Card (64GB) | $9 | AmazonMicro Center microSD Card (128GB) | $16 | AmazonMicro Center microSD Card (256GB) | $30 | AmazonRead more...
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Star Trek: Discovery Returns This October

The U.S.S. Discovery has found itself in a future far beyond anything we’ve seen in Star Trek coming out of its second season. And now, we know just when we’ll get to see them navigate that future.Read more...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, Streaming, Cbs, Cbs All Access, Star Trek Discovery, U S S Discovery

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