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A dead Soviet satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket body just avoided colliding in space and exploding into dangerous debris

An illustration of a rocket-body explosion in space. ESA A dead Soviet satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket body seem to have avoided a collision on Thursday night, after satellite-tracking company LeoLabs calculated a 10% chance they would crash. It was impossible to intervene to prevent a collision, since both objects are dead and can't be maneuvered. Satellite collisions can produce huge clouds of dangerous, high-speed space debris, which can threaten other spacecraft. Close approac...
Tags: Spacex, Science, News, China, India, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Satellites, Antarctica, Rockets, TNT, US Air Force, Soviet, Collision


Google Made Some Improvements to Search, and I Have Concerns

Google is taking a cue from the Apple-owned music recognition app Shazam by enabling a search feature that will recognize any song you hum to it—and you don’t need to hum on-key either, apparently. Hum to Search, along with a few other new features, is one of a few ways Google is improving its search with AI technologyRead more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Google Search, Google Assistant, Da Da Da Da Dum Dum Dum


Kristi Noem, a hero of liberty and reason. Along with Anders Tegnell.

Just chanced upon this. Haven’t finished watching it, but it is absolutely brilliant – the few minutes I’ve watched.
Tags: Travel, Science, Current Affairs, Philosophy, Kristi Noem, Anders Tegnell


How Biden's coronavirus plan compares to Trump's actions, in one point-by-point chart

Donald Trump and Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020. Chris Wallace moderates. Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images The coronavirus is center stage in the race between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Both candidates agree that a vaccine should be free to the American public, but they've clashed over their approaches to masks, vaccine distribution, and school reopenings. Each candidate will appear in...
Tags: Politics, Science, Nbc, Abc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Miami, Philadelphia, Biden, Donald Trump, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Business Insider, Trump


Google Hangouts Is Officially Biting the Dust

Earlier today, Google announced in a corporate blog post that the die-hards currently left on the Hangouts messaging platform are officially getting the boot. Starting in early 2021, the company will start making moves to “automatically migrate” everyone’s Hangouts chat history and contacts to the Google…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Obits, Google Meet, Covid 19


WeChat Likely Won’t Be Banned While Court Battle Proceeds, Judge Indicates

A federal judge in San Francisco indicated that the Department of Justice still doesn’t have jack shit to convince her to allow the Trump administration to move forward with a ban on new downloads of Chinese messaging app WeChat while court battles proceed, per the Verge.Read more...
Tags: Apps, Science, Technology, Privacy, China, Censorship, San Francisco, Social Media, Cybersecurity, WeChat, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Tiktok


FCC Conveniently Seeks to "Clarify" Section 230 Just When Republicans Are Mad at Facebook and Twitter

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he plans to “move forward with a rulemaking” to “clarify” Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which, among other protections, shields social media platforms from liability over moderating certain types of content. Interesting timing,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Fcc, Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, Section 230


Twitter Is Down for Some Users, and Here's Hoping It Stays That Way

The place online where hopes and dreams go to die, Twitter dot com, is evidently down for a number of users—which honestly sounds like the best news I’ve heard in a while. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Social Media, Twitter Down


Coronavirus live news: France reports record new cases as WHO warns Europe case surge 'of great concern'

France reports more than 30,000 cases in 24 hours, taking total over 800,000; WHO warning comes as Europe records highest ever weekly cases. Europe’s daily Covid deaths ‘could reach five times April peak’Tennis player accused of fleeing Russia by private jet after positive testFrench police search officials’ homes as part of coronavirus inquiryItaly poised to be removed from England’s travel corridorSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.11am BST French health authorities on Thursday reported t...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, France, Russia, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Who, Copenhagen, Afp, Coronavirus, COVID, Hans Kluge


13,300 new infections in Spain – as it happened

This blog is now closed. We’ve launched a new blog at the link below: Coronavirus news – live 11.39pm BST Hi, Helen Sullivan here. We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: France reports record new cases as WHO warns Europe's case surge is 'of great concern' 11.13pm BST Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Iraq, Spain, World news, US news, Iran, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Who, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Helen Sullivan, Coronavirus


Thirty-year failure to tackle preventable disease fuelling global Covid pandemic

Study reveals increase in high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and obesity, all risk factors for disease The failure of governments to tackle a three-decade rise in preventable diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes has fuelled the Covid-19 pandemic and is stalling life expectancy around the world, a comprehensive study has found.The latest data from the Global Burden of Disease study, published in the Lancet medical journal, is from 2019, before Covid, but helps explain the world...
Tags: Health, Science, Obesity, Research, Society, UK News, World news, Diabetes, Life Expectancy, Lancet, Global Burden of Disease, High Blood Pressure, Coronavirus


This Company Is Inventing the Blue Checkmark for Photos

If you were on Twitter yesterday, you may have seen the photo of Senator Cory Booker, a hair’s breadth from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s mouth, making the rounds thanks in part to Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who : “Masks?” The implication was that the image was taken at Amy Coney Barrett’s…Read more...
Tags: Photos, Twitter, Texas, Science, Fakes, Sheldon Whitehouse, Cory Booker, John Cornyn, Amy Coney Barrett


People with Type O blood may be less likely to get the coronavirus or develop severe complications, new studies suggest

A health worker draws blood for coronavirus antibody testing in Dearborn, Michigan, June 12, 2020. Paul Sancya/AP A growing body of research suggests a link between blood type and coronavirus risk. New studies have found that people with Type O blood have a lower risk of getting the coronavirus and are less likely to get severely sick if they do get infected. Some research has also found that COVID-19 patients with Type O or B blood spent less time in the ICU and were less likely to need a...
Tags: Health, Hong Kong, Science, News, New York City, Trends, Spain, Cnn, Paris, Italy, Netherlands, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Reuters, Bangkok Thailand, Vancouver Canada


Rudy Giuliani Accidentally Uploads YouTube Video of Himself Making Racist Jokes About Chinese People

Rudy Giuliani may be best known as the burnout former mayor of New York, and more recently, Donald Trump’s wildly incompetent personal attorney and disinformation peddler. He’s also a self-declared cybersecurity expert who has yet to find a digital rake he can’t step on.
Tags: Politics, Elections, New York, Science, Technology, Youtube, Racism, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, 2020 Election, Rootin Tootin Cyber Rudy


Old Faithful Might Not Survive Climate Change

Yellowstone National Park is home to a magnificent geyser known as Old Faithful that spits out boiling hot water at regular intervals (on average, every 90 to 94 minutes). I’ve never seen it in person, but I figured there was no rush since with a name like Old Faithful, it’d probably be around forever. Turns out I was…Read more...
Tags: Science, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Geysers


Trump's Free Pass on Twitter Could End January 20, 2021

In the past three years and change, it seems as though the entire world has learned to revolve around our very special boy in chief, Donald Trump, in ways big and small. Hardly the most consequential of these: Twitter—by far his favorite platform for whipping his base into a frenzy—was forced to create an entirely new…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Censorship, Donald Trump, Trump, Realdonaldtrump Dead Pool


The 10 Best Deals of October 15, 2020

Thursday’s Best Deals | Kinja DealsRead more...
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Feast Your Eyes on the Best Outdoor Heaters to Keep Patio Dining Alive Through the Winter

With the pandemic still raging on in much of the United States, it stands to reason that we’ll continue socializing outdoors for much of the foreseeable future. In fact, the New York City Council has made its outdoor retaurant program permanent and will allow restaurants to use portable heaters during the winter…Read more...
Tags: Outdoors, Science, Restaurants, United States, New York City Council, Outdoor Dining, Social Distancing, Outdoor Heaters, Heat Lamps


Star Trek: Lower Decks' Mike McMahan on Making Sure Cameos Matter

Lower Decks is a show that rejoices in the nerdy little details of Star Trek. From Pakleds to Exocomps, from Kirk punches to movie riffs, its first season delivered a show that earnestly loved Trek’s ideals and the callbacks that made it such a rich franchise in the first place. But when the show wanted to pull out…Read more...
Tags: Science, Interview, Deanna Troi, Star Trek, Animation, Streaming, Cbs, Exclusive, Trek, Cbs All Access, Kirk, Colm Meaney, Jonathan Frakes, Mike McMahan, Marina Sirtis, Star Trek Lower Decks


The Story Behind the Ultimate Star Wars Lightsaber Book

Star Wars fans are about to get a book all about lightsabers and they have Harry Potter to thank. It’s called Star Wars: The Lightsaber Collection, a slick, wide-format, hardcover book that features exclusive images and information on almost 60 different lightsabers in the Star Wars universe. None of which would’ve…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Books, Science, Interview, Disney, Harry Potter, Liam Neeson, Exclusive, Lucasfilm, Lightsabers, Daniel Wallace, Nika Futterman, Star Wars The Lightsaber Collection, Ryan Valle, Lukasz Liszko


Coronavirus live news: France reports a record 30,621 cases in 24 hours; 13,300 new infections in Spain

France’s total cases tally goes past 800,000; Catalonia prepares to shut bars and restaurants; Ursula von der Leyen self isolatesEurope’s daily Covid deaths ‘could reach five times April peak’Tennis player accused of fleeing Russia by private jet after positive testFrench police search officials’ homes as part of coronavirus inquiryItaly poised to be removed from England’s travel corridorSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.17pm BST Spain’s cumulative tally of coronavirus infections rose by ov...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, France, Iraq, Russia, Spain, Catalonia, World news, US news, Iran, Infectious Diseases, Italy, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Ursula von der Leyen


YouTube Bans QAnon, With a Catch

Over the last couple of weeks, social media networks have finally enacted a glut of the content moderation policies that critics have spent years demanding. The latest crackdown comes from YouTube, which announced on Thursday that the ban hammer is dropping on QAnon videos—with caveats, of course.Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Content Moderation, Pizza Gate, Ban Hammer, QAnon


10 Tips to Make You an Oculus Quest 2 Master

The Oculus Quest 2 makes setting yourself up in virtual reality easier (and more affordable) than ever before, and if you’ve invested in the hottest VR gadget of the moment then you’re going to want to know how to get the most out of it. We over a lot of the VR accessories and our favorite games here and they work for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Tips, Vr, Oculus, Virtual Reality, Oculus Quest 2


New Oxford machine learning-based COVID-19 test can provide results in under 5 minutes

Oxford scientists working out of the school’s Department of Physics have developed a new type of COVID-19 test that can detect SARS-CoV-2 with a high degree of accuracy, directly in samples taken from patients, using a machine learning-based approach that could help sidestep test supply limitations, and that also offers advantages when it comes to detecting actual virus particles, instead of antibodies or other signs of the presence of the virus which don’t necessarily correlate to an active, tr...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Articles, Tech, Virus, Oxford, Machine Learning, Biotech, Influenza, Department of Physics, New Oxford, Occupational Safety and Health


Methane Emissions Are Up Even Though Natural Gas Demand Is Down

New satellite images show that the world’s number of large methane hotspots increased by nearly a third in the first eight months 2020, despite industry pledges to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and tanking fuel demand tied to the pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Science, Oil And Gas, Methane, Covid 19, Methane Stinks


Space Station Crew Safe After Oxygen Supply System Failure

Crew members aboard the International Space Station are dealing with a failed oxygen supply generator located within a Russian module. Thankfully, the astronauts and cosmonauts are not in danger, but this is now the second recent glitch involving a Russian component, which might be cause for concern. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Iss, Roscosmos, Oxygen Supply System


Government Privacy Watchdog Asked to Investigate Surveillance of Black Lives Matter

A group of Democratic lawmakers on Thursday urged the government’s privacy and civil liberties watchdog to launch an investigation into claims of government surveillance at protests against police violence and racial inequality spurred this year by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.Read more...
Tags: Science, Minneapolis, Surveillance, Drones, Department Of Homeland Security, Ron Wyden, Democratic, Customs And Border Protection, Anna Eshoo, Bobby Rush, Domestic Surveillance, George Floyd


Voting in person comes with a fairly low coronavirus risk, experts say. Here's how to stay safe at the polls.

Cheryl Greenberg takes a photo of friends during early voting in Florida, October 7, 2020. John Raoux/AP A majority of Americans plan to vote in person during the November election. The risk of contracting the coronavirus while voting in person is about the same as when ordering takeout, according to one epidemiologist. You can lower your risk further by taking precautions like bringing sanitizing equipment and voting when lines are shorter.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stor...
Tags: Health, Florida, Politics, Texas, Science, Voting, Cdc, Milwaukee, Trends, Atlanta, Wisconsin, University Of Arizona, Pew Research Center, Election 2020, Atlanta Georgia, Houston Texas


A dead Soviet satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket body could collide in space Thursday night, exploding into dangerous debris

An illustration of a rocket-body explosion in space. ESA A dead Soviet satellite and a discarded Chinese rocket body have a 10% chance of colliding Thursday night, according to satellite-tracking company LeoLabs. It's impossible to intervene to prevent a collision, since both objects are dead and can't be maneuvered. Satellite collisions can produce huge clouds of dangerous, high-speed space debris, which can threaten other spacecraft. Close approaches like this are becoming more common as...
Tags: Spacex, Science, News, China, India, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Satellites, Antarctica, Rockets, US Air Force, Soviet, Collision, Space Debris


'False Hope That Will Predictably Backfire': Scientists Condemn 'Herd Immunity' Letter

Scientists and public health organizations are taking a firm stance against a recently circulated document—the Great Barrington Declaration—that calls for countries to largely abandon efforts to contain the spread of the covid-19 pandemic in lieu of a “herd immunity” strategy focused on younger, less vulnerable…Read more...
Tags: Science, Public Health, Herd Immunity, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Great Barrington Declaration



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