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Wombat's deadly bums: how they use their 'skull-crushing' rumps to fight, play and flirt

Research offers insights into marsupial’s rearguard defences and ‘brutal’ mating rituals Australia is known for its strange and deadly wildlife, with plenty of attention given to venomous snakes and bird-eating spiders. But it seems one terrifying aspect of outback fauna has been thoroughly ignored: the wombat’s deadly bum.The rump of the wombat is hard as rock, used for defence, burrowing, bonding, mating and possibly violently crushing the skulls of its enemies against the roof of its burrow. ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Australia, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Animal behaviour


Wombats' deadly bums: how they use their 'skull-crushing' rumps to fight, play and flirt

Research offers insights into marsupial’s rearguard defences and ‘brutal’ mating rituals Australia is known for its strange and deadly wildlife, with plenty of attention given to venomous snakes and bird-eating spiders. But it seems one terrifying aspect of outback fauna has been thoroughly ignored: the wombat’s deadly bum.The rump of the wombat is hard as rock, used for defence, burrowing, bonding, mating and possibly violently crushing the skulls of its enemies against the roof of its burrow. ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Australia, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Animal behaviour


Some polling sites were forced to accommodate maskless voters, causing delays as poll workers struggled to fend off worries about the coronavirus

Voters wait to cast ballots during the presidential primary election in Wisconsin, April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Acker Face masks have been a contentious issue across the US as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, and that reality was unchanged at polling sites on Election Day. Many jurisdictions have chosen not to enforce mask mandates at polling places so as not to discourage people from voting, The Wall Street Journal reported.  At some polling sites, disputes over masks led to long lines, o...
Tags: Post, Politics, Science, US, Trends, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Pbs, Black Lives Matter, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Hanna, Rainey, Mi Familia Vota, Lehigh, Daniel Acker


All but 3 US states are seeing COVID-19 cases surge as the pandemic rages on amid a pivotal Election Day

Election worker Thurayya Umb reviews applications for election ballots at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland AP Photo/Tony Dejak Coronavirus cases have surged in all but three states as Americans headed to the polls on Tuesday.  Americans were worried about both catching the virus and the economic impact of the pandemic as they cast their votes and await the outcome of the election.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. COVID-19 c...
Tags: Politics, Science, Milwaukee, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Wisconsin, Associated Press, Biden, Cleveland, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Reuters, Election 2020


QAnon-Believer Marjorie Taylor Greene Will Become a Member of Congress

Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Donald Trump-endorsed Republican nominee for Congress in Georgia’s 14th district and noted QAnon conspiracy theorist, has won her race for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Georgia, House Of Representatives, Trump, 2020 Election, QAnon, 2020 Presidential Election, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Marjorie Taylor Greene the Donald Trump, U S House of Representatives Read


Tomorrow Is National Delete Your Account Day

We probably won’t know who won the election on Wednesday, but there’s still a way to get that feeling of catharsis and closure. Delete your account.Read more...
Tags: Science, Social Media, Election 2020, Disinformation


YouTube Removes Fake Election Results Livestreams That Were Profiting Off Of Broadcasts

YouTube removed several livestream channels set up to capitalize on voter anxiety over our collective national nightmare on Election Night, claiming that the bogus election results they were broadcasting to millions of viewers ran afoul of the platform’s community guidelines.Read more...
Tags: Science, Youtube, Election, Trump, Youtube Ads, 2020 Election, Disinformation


Screw It, We Asked a Neural Network to Predict the Election

Flip on the TV today and you’re liable to encounter someone running their mouth about the presidential election. Partisan people howling about why their candidate is better. Supposedly non-partisan people trying to earn their paychecks by interpreting statistics. People, people, people. Who cares!Read more...
Tags: Science, Why Not, 2020 Election


Looks Like Spotify Is Expanding Its Streaming Beta on the Apple Watch

Spotify on the Apple Watch is a bit of a sore spot. The first Apple Watch launched back in in 2015, but it wasn’t until November 2018 that a Spotify app made its way to the popular smartwatch. And even then, it sucked. It was a glorified remote. But now, it appears that Spotify is rolling out actual streaming to some…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Spotify, Science, Smartwatches, Music Streaming, Apple Watch, Consumer Tech, Tear Down The Walled Garden


Don't Do This

I have made a terrible mistake.Read more...
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House Your Gaming Rig in One of the Best Mid Tower PC Cases

Top Product: Phanteks Eclipse P400ARead more...
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A 30-minute conversation may spread COVID-19 more easily than sharing a bedroom. Here's why quiet is a key virus-fighting strategy.

Teachers wearing masks attend a meeting at Jean-Jaures elementary school in Cenon near Bordeaux, France on May 11, 2020 amid preparations to re-open primary schools. Mehdi Fedouach/AFP via Getty Images Talking loudly spreads more potentially virus-laden gunk than being quiet. Boisterous, long conversations should be considered a risky activity during the pandemic. A new study conducted in Singapore found that 30 minute conversations may even spread the coronavirus more than sharing a bedro...
Tags: Japan, Texas, Science, News, France, Berlin, Singapore, US, Trends, Getty Images, Mental Health, Public Health, Atlantic, Arizona, Linguistics, National Institutes of Health


The Map to a Perfect Star Wars Blanket Is Hidden Inside This BB-U-Knit

While 2020 hasn’t been a great year for travel, gatherings, or general overall happiness, it has given many of us the chance to work on new hobbies. Maybe one of those hobbies is knitting—and if you did pick up that skill, a is going to be your new favorite thing in the world. io9 just happens to…Read more...
Tags: Crafts, Star Wars, Books, Science, Disney, Lucasfilm, Droids, Knitting, Lightsabers, Socks, Blankets, Bb 8, Insight Editions, Tanis Gray


Platypus fur glows greenish-blue under UV light, new research found

An adult male platypus named Millsom is carried by his keeper at an animal sanctuary in Melbourne, May 8, 2008. Mick Tsikas/Reuters Scientists discovered that platypus fur glows greenish-blue under ultraviolet light.  It's the first time biofluorescence has been discovered in monotremes, one of three living types of mammals. The discovery may indicate that mammals evolved biofluorescent fur more than 150 million years ago. This glowing fur could help nocturnal mammals camouflage, or it cou...
Tags: Science, Biology, Australia, Virginia, Trends, Earth, New South Wales, Melbourne, Tasmania, Platypus, North America, Tasmania Australia, Mick Tsikas, Field Museum, Reuters Scientists, Anich


Coronavirus live news: France records highest death toll since 15 April; Italian hospitals fear 'tsunami'

France sees 854 new deaths and 36,330 new cases; Dutch prime minister orders extra lockdown measures; Italy reports 353 Covid-related deaths and prepares new curbsItalian doctors urge tougher restrictions fearing ‘tsunami’ on hospitals£45m deal for NHS masks in England collapses amid fraud claimsChina writes Covid response propaganda into school curriculumLatest coronavirus lockdowns spark protests across EuropeUK coronavirus latest - live 8.31pm GMT The UK government said a further 397 peop...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Science, France, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Italy, Coronavirus, COVID


Coronavirus live news: France records highest death toll since 15 April; lockdown tightened in Netherlands

France sees 854 new deaths and 36,330 new cases; Dutch prime minister orders extra lockdown measures; Italy reports 353 Covid-related deaths and prepares new curbsItalian doctors urge tougher restrictions fearing ‘tsunami’ on hospitals£45m deal for NHS masks in England collapses amid fraud claimsChina writes Covid response propaganda into school curriculumLatest coronavirus lockdowns spark protests across EuropeUK coronavirus latest - live 7.13pm GMT France’s daily Covid-19 death toll rose b...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, France, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Hungary, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Italy, Netherlands, Viktor Orban, Orban, Coronavirus


Scientists hail earwax test for checking stress hormone levels

Researchers say cortisol sampling technique could transform diagnostics for people with depressionA test that uses earwax to measure levels of the stress hormone cortisol could “transform diagnostics and care for millions of people with depression or stress-related conditions”, scientists have said.The researchers believe the test, which can be done at home without clinical supervision, may also have the potential to measure glucose or Covid-19 antibodies that accumulate in earwax. Continue read...
Tags: Health, Science, UK News, World news, Depression


Gumball's Election Special Was a Clever Lesson About the Importance of Hindsight in 2020

Apropos of absolutely nothing going on in the real world this week, The Amazing World of Gumball just aired a very special Vote Gumball event, following the most obnoxious member of the Watterson family as they made a bid to become Elmore Jr. High’s next student body president.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Voting, Memory, Animation, Cartoon Network, Watterson, The Amazing World of Gumball, Elmore Jr High


Cops Used Previously Undisclosed Facial Recognition System To Identify Protestor Accused Of Assault

At an otherwise peaceful protest in Washington, D.C. this past June, one attendee is alleged to have punched an officer in the face before fleeing. According to court documents reviewed by The Washington Post, police found their culprit by mining cellphone footage from the protest posted on Twitter, using a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Washington, Police, Protests, Facial Recognition, The Washington Post, Police Technology


The White House Is Surrounded By an 'Unscalable' Fence, But We're Pretty Sure We Can Take It

In preparation for whatever follows this contentious election, federal authorities constructed an fenced barricade around the perimeter of the White House, all but ensuring that no one will ever ever extract Donald Trump from his personal Helm’s Deep. Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, Donald Trump, Walls, Fences, Wall Sucks


Shell's Bad Tweets Reek of Desperation

“Social license to operate” is one of the life-bloods of brands. Reportedly coined by Canadian mining CEO James Cooney in 1997 after a disaster, the concept is basically how much the public is willing to embrace (or at least put up with) how an industry operates.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Fossil Fuels, Shell, Big Oil, James Cooney


One Kind of Immunity to the Coronavirus Lasts at Least Six Months, Study Finds

New research this week offers some hope for at least one aspect of our immunity to the coronavirus that causes covid-19. The study, conducted by researchers in the UK, found evidence that certain T cells created to combat the coronavirus during infection continue to show a “robust” response at least six months later.…Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Immunity, T cells, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Franklin County, Ohio Forced to Ditch Electronic Pollbooks After Surge in Early Voting

Franklin County, the largest county in Ohio, has moved back to paper ballots after unprecedented levels of early voting created data files too large to sync with the hard drives of electronic pollbooks, according to the Columbus Dispatch.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Technology, Voting, Ohio, Election, Franklin County, 2020 Election, Franklin County Ohio, Early Voting, Columbus Dispatch Read


Samsung’s Bean-Shaped Galaxy Buds Live Earbuds Are $30 off Right Now

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live | $140 | AmazonRead more...
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Rich states' Covid deals 'may deprive poor of vaccine for years'

Wealthy countries already have agreements for 3.73bn doses, with another 5m under negotiation, study findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernments in predominantly wealthy countries are negotiating to buy nearly 8.8bn doses of prospective Covid-19 vaccines in a “frenzy of deals” that could mean many poor countries would not get access to immunisation until at least 2024, a report says.None of the 320-plus potential vaccines in development have been approved for use...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Global development, Duke University, Coronavirus


Let's Unmask the Epic New Friday the 13th Blu-ray Box Set

When or if we’ll ever see another Friday the 13th film, we don’t know. What we do know is Jason Voorhees (and his mom) have been hacking and slashing for 12 movies over the past 40 years, and a brand new box set brings them all together in a very impressive package.Read more...
Tags: Science, Horror, Blu Ray, Shout Factory, Jason Voorhees, Friday The 13th, Freddy Vs Jason, Friday the 13th Part 3, Friday The 13th Part Ii, Jason Goes To Hell The Final Friday, Jason X, Box Sets, Friday The 13th Part 4 The Final Chapter, Friday The 13th Part Vi Jason Lives, Friday The 13th Part Vii The New Blood, Friday The 13th Part Viii Jason Takes Manhattan


We're Liveblogging the Looming Apocalypse Right Here

After nearly four years of national chaos and months of palpable fear, anxiety, mass death, economic collapse, and far too many tweets, Election Day 2020 is upon us. The day of reckoning has arrived. And the Gizmodo team will be suffering through it with you right here.Read more...
Tags: Science, Joe Biden, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, 2020 Election, When Will It End


16 of the Most Inspiring Cityscapes in Science Fiction

Science fiction has long existed to warn us about the dangers that await us, but sometimes it’s also there to remind us of how good things could be—and how beautiful they can look. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Space, Science, Marvel, Disney, Star Trek, Futurama, Sci Fi, Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Expanse, Lucasfilm, Blade Runner, Marvel Studios, Minority Report, Tomorrowland, Her


California: Vote No on Prop 22

If the ballot measure Proposition 22 passes in California, tech companies will have undermined years of work towards securing fair compensation for gig workers, and—with a record $206 million poured into the effort—will send a resounding message that laws are written solely by those with the deepest pockets.Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, California, Instacart, Doordash, Prop 22


Here's Everything We Expect to See at Apple's Mac Event Next Week

After much speculation, Apple finally announced its third keynote event this fall: Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Nov. 10. Previous events focused on the Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone, so this one is all about the Mac—or at least that’s what everyone’s betting on. And while we’re still short on concrete details, a…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Macbook, Rumors, MacBook Air, Laptops, ARM, iMac, Consumer Tech, Mark, Macbooks, macOS, The Big Apple Arm Transition Begins



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