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Coronavirus live news: US health secretary Azar to visit Taiwan as Europe faces second wave

Alex Azar praises ‘transparent’ handling of pandemic in veiled attack on China; Trump flounders in interview; France could lose control ‘any time’. Follow all the developmentsUS: Biden tells Trump to ‘step up and do your job’‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on victories over virus remain fragileUS: Trump on the ropes over Covid-19 figures in TV interview 3.22am BST The Australian state of Victoria has confirmed that it recorded 725 new cases of coronavirus and 15 deaths in the past 24 ho...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, China, US, World news, US news, Taiwan, Infectious Diseases, Victoria, Biden, Donald Trump, Beirut, Daniel Andrews, Trump, Martin Chulov


Anthony Levandowski, Engineer at Center of Uber v. Waymo, Sentenced to 18 Months for Trade Theft

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google autonomous vehicle engineer whose switch to Uber was the subject of massive lawsuit, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for trade theft.Read more...
Tags: Google, Uber, Science, Technology, Crime, Automotive, Courts, Autonomous Vehicles, Alphabet, Self Driving Cars, Waymo, Anthony Levandowski, Center of Uber


SpaceX successfully flies its Starship prototype to a height of around 500 feet

SpaceX has been developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft, at its site in Boca Chica, Texas. The company has built a number of different Starship prototypes to date, include one prior version called the Starhopper that was essentially just the bottom portion of the rocket. Today, the company flew its first full-scale prototype (minus the domed cap that will appear on the final version, and without the control fins that will appear lower down on its sides), achieving an initial fligh...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Texas, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Starship, Boca Chica Texas, SpaceX Starship


Dear God, Help Me, I'm Trying to Get 10,000 Digital Han Solo Cards

Being quarantined has led many of us to do stupid, useless things. And yet, I dare you to beat the stupid, useless, ridiculously geeky thing I’m currently doing.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Han Solo, Holy Crap Wtf, Lucasfilm, Card Games, Topps, Nerdery, Star Wars Card Trader, Digital Han Solo Cards


Coronavirus live news: Trump pressed on false death rate claim as Europe faces second wave

US president flounders in media briefing and TV interview; France could lose control any time; Nadal withdraws from US Open. Follow all the developmentsUS: Biden tells Trump to ‘step up and do your job’‘We’re fighting a ghost’: six months on victories over virus remain fragileUS: Trump on the ropes over Covid-19 figures in TV interview 1.30am BST Peru, which has one of the highest Covid-19 death tolls in the world, is facing political paralysis after congress refused to approve president Mar...
Tags: Europe, Science, Mexico, France, US, World news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Peru, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Nadal, Martin Vizcarra, Coronavirus outbreak


Zombie Stories Are Going to Have to Change

At the core of every book, video game, television series, or movie involving a zombie apocalypse is an idea about humanity’s drive to consume, or how easy it would be for civilizations to crumble in the midst of an unforeseen disaster. Like, for instance, the sudden spread of a deadly virus that swept its way across…Read more...
Tags: Science, The Walking Dead, Zombies, Resident Evil, Plagues, The Last of Us, Contagion, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Train To Busan Peninsula, Pendemics


White House at a Total Fucking Loss to Explain Trump's TikTok Shakedown

No one in the White House has any idea what the fuck Donald Trump was talking about when he suggested that the U.S. Treasury should get a slice of any deal for Microsoft to buy TikTok.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Privacy, White House, China, Cybersecurity, Espionage, Donald Trump, Trump, U S Treasury, CFIUS, Tiktok, Committee On Foreign Investment In The US, Repeat After Me B R I B E


Disney+ Wants You to Pay $30 Extra to Watch Mulan—and You Will

As if the premium of ever-increasing streaming costs hadn’t already pummeled your monthly bank balance, Disney has announced it will charge you the obscene amount of $30 to watch its live-action remake of Mulan. No, that is not included in your subscription, and yes, you read that eye-watering figure correctly.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Streaming, Mulan, Streaming Wars, Disney Plus


Satellite Images Reveal New Penguin Colonies in Melting Antarctica

Satellites have spotted eight new emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, as well as confirmed the existence of three others. While this sounds good, the unfortunate reality is that these newly discovered penguins are just as threatened as the rest.Read more...
Tags: Science, Antarctica, Satellite Images, Penguins, Emperor Penguins, Ice Ice Maybe, Not Actually Good News


With Capacitive Controls and Wireless Charging, the EarFun Air Bring True Wireless Value in Spades

EarFun Air True Wireless Airbuds | $44 | Amazon | Clip $10 coupon + Promo Code EARFUN42Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Wireless Headphones, Earbuds, Spades, Wireless Earbuds, True Wireless Earbuds, Earfun, Earfun Air, EarFun Air Bring True Wireless Value


This Ransomware Stole $25 Million in 5 Months

A ransomware variant called NetWalker is doing surprisingly well, even in this economy. The malware, which takes computers hostage and asks for a Bitcoin ransom, raked in $25 million in the last five months, a solid haul for what amounts to a solid ransomware-as-a-service platform. Read more...
Tags: Science, Ransomware, Netwalker


Terrawatch: lasting legacy of Taiwan's 2009 typhoon season

Typhoon Morakot left country with more quakes after changing stress pattern in Earth’s crustEleven years ago, Typhoon Morakot slammed into Taiwan, deluging the country with 3,000 litres of rain per square metre in three days. Catastrophic flooding and landslides followed and more than 600 people died.It is considered one of the worst tropical cyclones in Taiwan’s recorded history. But that wasn’t the end of it. New research reveals that the typhoon also left Taiwan with a legacy of extra earthqu...
Tags: Science, World news, Earth, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Earthquakes, Geology, Extreme Weather, Typhoon Morakot, Morakot


Scientists: What if black holes had a safe zone where little planets could live? Let’s call them blanets

Every once in a while the scientific community comes up with a discovery so important that it immediately changes the course of human evolution. I’m talking of course about the invention of the word blanet. I think we can all agree that it is the cutest word science has ever created. However, if you’re like me, you’ll be disappointed to know that a blanet is in fact not a tiny little planet covered in soft comfy blankets – it would have had a pillow moon as well. Blanets are actually a theoretic...
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Ancient DNA From Preserved Cave Lions Reveals They Were a Unique Species

A genetic analysis of ice age cave lions shows this species to be distinct from modern lions, ending a long-standing mystery. What’s more, the new evidence suggests these fearsome creatures diverged into two distinct lineages.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dna, Paleontology, Ice Age, Cave Lions


Mulan Skips Most Theaters for $30 Disney+ Debut, Mandalorian Still on Track

After several delays, Disney has finally settled on a release strategy for its mega-budget remake Mulan. The film will arrive on Disney+ September 4 but will cost subscribers an additional $29.99 to watch.Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Streaming, Mulan, Niki Caro, Bob Chapek, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus


The RG350P Is the Retro Portable You Should Buy

Just five months ago I called the original Retro Game 350 the best portable retro gaming machine you could buy. It’s still an excellent device, but if you haven’t pulled the trigger yet, the new RG350P includes a handful of subtle but excellent upgrades that make it a better handheld in every way, and well worth…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Tech, Retro, Emulators, Consumer Tech, Rg350p, Retro Game 350p, Anbernic


Extreme Heat Could Cause as Many Deaths as All Infectious Diseases Combined

If the world does not curb the rate at which it spews out climate-warming greenhouse gases, the death toll from extreme heat could nearly meet the current death rate of all infectious diseases combined, according to a new study from Climate Impact Lab, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Science, National Bureau of Economic Research, Heat Wave, Temperature Trends, Climate Impact Lab, They Call It Global Warming For A Reason


Presenting The Endless Doomscroller

This morning, way too early if you ask me, the Gizmodo Slack channel was dosed with acid reality, momentarily shattering a cozy illusion of purpose and the structure of days spent on the internet. I stared down my life, past, present, and future—thanks to The Endless Doomscroller.Read more...
Tags: Science, Gizmodo Slack


TNG's 'Lower Decks' Episode Is a Perfect Peek Behind Star Trek's Curtains

This week, Star Trek returns to the world of animation with Lower Decks, a new series dedicated to the motley officers who make up the bottom rungs of Starfleet’s finest. It’s a chance to goof on the series at large from the perspective of its unsung heroes—but going back to The Next Generation episode that inspired…Read more...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, Animation, Streaming, Cbs, Nostalgia, Cbs All Access, Starfleet, Star Trek The Next Generation, Star Trek Lower Decks


Baby Boomers Are Experiencing Greater Cognitive Decline Than Previous Generations, Study Finds

Baby boomers are experiencing a sharper drop in cognitive function as they age, relative to previous generations. The findings not only suggest that boomers will be more likely to develop conditions like dementia than past cohorts, but future aging generations may be at a similar heightened risk.Read more...
Tags: Science, Age, Dementia, Cognition, Alzheimers Disease


WhatsApp Pilots 'Search the Web' Tool for Fact-Checking Forwarded Messages

WhatsApp is piloting a new feature meant to support fact-checking of in-app messages by searching their contents on the web, the company announced this week.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Whatsapp, Misinformation


Ancient Mars May Have Been Less Wet Than We Thought

Ice sheets, and not rushing rivers, sculpted many Martian valleys, according to scientists. The new research suggests ancient Mars wasn’t as warm and wet as we thought, but an expert we spoke to remains unconvinced.Read more...
Tags: Science, Geology, Mars, Life on Mars, Habitability, Planetary Science, Water On Mars, Ancient Mars, Ice Sheets On Mars, Habitability On Mars


Save Big on Games and Accessories in Today’s Best PS4 Deals

Featured Deal: Persona 5 Royal | $40Read more...
Tags: Deals, Gaming, Science, Playstation, Sony, Persona


The kids aren’t alright

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, I took a walk on the beach this morning before work. Everyone has a story about what they were going to do in 2020 if COVID-19 hadn’t shown up. Back in late January, when things started going sour, the year was young and full of potential.  We moved to a bungalow right on the beach at the end of Fe...
Tags: Startups, Science, Newsletter, Tech, Pacific Ocean, Coronavirus, COVID


Ecobee Is No Nest, and That's Why I Love It

When it comes to making your thermostat smarter, your choices are limited. You can opt for a Nest, which is the champion of smart thermostats but also owned by Google, which means it presumably snaps up crucial information about you and your home habits. You can opt for a “smart” thermostat from traditional thermostat…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Smart Homes, Ecobee, Smarthome, Consumer Tech, Central Air, Ecobee SmartThermostat, Ecobee Smartthermostat Review


Rocket Lab boosts Electron rocket’s lift capacity by 660 lbs

Rocket Lab has managed to engineer a significant payload capacity bump into its existing Electron space launch vehicle, the company revealed today. Electron can now fly as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) to low Earth orbit (or around 440 lbs to a higher, sun synchronous orbit), and that’s mostly due to battery technology advances, according to Rocket Lab. Electron is not battery-powered, of course – but the electric pumps that help feed its Rutherford engines are. That’s where they’re getting the...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rutherford, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab Electron


Rocket Lab boosts Electron rocket’s lift capacity to 660 lbs

Rocket Lab has managed to engineer a significant payload capacity bump into its existing Electron space launch vehicle, the company revealed today. Electron can now fly as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) to low Earth orbit (or around 440 lbs to a higher, sun synchronous orbit), and that’s mostly due to battery technology advances, according to Rocket Lab. Electron is not battery-powered, of course — but the electric pumps that help feed its Rutherford engines are. That’s where they’re getting the bo...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rutherford, Outer Space, Electron, Rocket Lab, Rocket Lab Electron


Android's Alternative to Apple's AirDrop Is Called 'Nearby Share' and It's Rolling Out Today

With the launch of Android 10, Google quietly removed Android’s previous local file sharing feature when it dropped support for Android Beam. But starting today, Google is finally ready to release Android Beam’s replacement: Nearby Share. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Science, Smartphones, Tablets, File Sharing, Nearby Share, Google Announces Nearby Share For Android


Android's Alternative to Apple's AirDrop Is Called 'Nearby Sharing' and It's Rolling Out Today

With the launch of Android 10, Google quietly removed Android’s previous local file sharing feature when it dropped support for Android Beam. But starting today, Google is finally ready to release Android Beam’s replacement: Nearby Sharing. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Science, Smartphones, Tablets, File Sharing, Nearby Sharing, Nearby Sharing Is Here


Gear Up and Get Your Game On in Today’s Best Microsoft Xbox Deals

Featured Deal: Halo: The Master Chief Collection | $20 | AmazonRead more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, Xbox Deals



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