5 states just passed ballot measures to legalize marijuana, but policy experts say people already in prison on drug convictions have a hard path to freedom

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Five states — New Jersey, Mississippi, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota — voted to legalize marijuana in ballot measures during Tuesday's election.  Arizona, Montana, and New Jersey voted to legalize the recreational possession of marijuana by adults, while Mississippi voted to legalize the medical use of marijuana. South Dakota voted to legalize both.  Marijuana legalization policy experts told Insider that while the votes are a "huge step" toward nation...
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The US surpassed 103,000 new daily COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day count in the entire pandemic. And the deadliest wave is yet to come.

People stand in line at a clinic in Long Beach, California offering quick coronavirus testing for a fee, on Monday, June 29, 2020. Brittany Murray/MediaNews Group/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images The US reportedly surpassed 103,000 COVID-19 new daily infections on Wednesday, the COVID-19 Tracking Project reported.  Experts have warned the US is entering the "deadliest" wave of the pandemic as cold weather sets in and people begin hunkering down indoors. Close to 9.5 million Ameri...
Tags: Science, News, White House, US, Trends, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Long Beach California, Fauci, John Hopkins University, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Deborah Birx, Sarah Al Arshani

DJI's Mavic Mini 2 Packs 150% Better Range and 4K Video Into the Same Small Body

For people who want to get into drones but don’t want to deal with the hassle of registering their tiny flying cameras, DJI’s Mavic Mini was an almost ideal solution. Today, DJI is announcing its follow-up, the Mavic Mini 2, which boasts support for 4K video and way better range without any increase in size.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cameras, Drones, Consumer Tech, Mavic, Djis Latest Super Lightweight Drone, Dji Mavic Mini 2, Better Range

The Mess in Detroit Is Getting Worse Thanks to Facebook

Dozens of protesters that showed up to disrupt the vote counting process at Detroit’s TCF Center on Wednesday were potentially galvanized into action by a pro-Trump Facebook group, which had blasted out a message hours earlier urging its 79,000 members to “be a presence” at the ballot-counting site.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Vote, Facebook Groups, Detroit, Trump, Trump Facebook, TCF Center

TikTok Removes Videos From Conservatives Containing False Voter-Fraud Allegations

Unlike other corners of the internet, TikTok is at its most elegant when its users lean into their most smooth-brained impulses. An infinite scroll of skateboarding parakeets, cottagecore witches hexing the moon and fun breakfast hacks is a balm to the soul in these fraught political times, and the mindlessness of the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Platforms, Trump, 2020 Election, Disinformation, Community Guidelines, Tiktok

Coronavirus live news: England begins lockdown as Russia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland see record case rises

Latvia and Estonia also confirm record one-day infections; Cyprus introduces night-time curfew; England’s lockdown begins. Russia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland see record daily casesRich states’ Covid deals ‘may deprive poor of vaccine for years’Turkey resists calls for tougher measures to tackle case surgeDenmark plans to cull 15m mink over Covid mutation fearsJordan suffers Covid surge after early success against virusUK Covid death toll rises by nearly 400 in a day 12.26am GMT At least s...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, Russia, UK News, World news, Australia news, Cyprus, Turkey, US news, Infectious Diseases, Latvia, Estonia, Johns Hopkins University, Coronavirus, Russia Poland Austria Switzerland

The Best Easter Egg in the Latest Mandalorian Was Right on Target

Who could imagine a simple rocket firing could mean so much? But in the season two premiere of The Mandalorian, director Jon Favreau gave knowing fans a huge smile by arming Cobb Vanth with a rocket jetpack that was deployed in a very specific way. We wrote about this in our episode recap, but wanted to explain a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Streaming, Jon Favreau, Lucasfilm, Boba Fett, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Cobb Vanth, Timothyolyphant

Federal Judge Furious at Trump's Postmaster General for Delaying Order to Search for 300,000 Ballots

The United States Postal Service failed to comply with a court-ordered deadline to search for an estimated 300,000 ballots that were not scanned as delivered by Election Day, as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the USPS by civil rights groups including the NAACP. The federal judge in the case angrily stated that …Read more...
Tags: Elections, Science, Technology, Voting, US Postal Service, Usps, Postal Service, Election, Naacp, Trump, United States Postal Service, 2020 Election, Vote By Mail, Louis DeJoy, Mail In Ballots

Toy Maker Mattel Admits to Suffering a Ransomware Attack

Mattel, the maker of Barbie, Fisher-Price, and Hot Wheels toys, admitted that it suffered a ransomware attack on June 28, 2020. According to a 10-Q form filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company said the attack “caused data on a number of systems to be encrypted.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Mattel, Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Barbie Fisher Price

This Wasn't the Climate Election It Seemed to Be

I had a brief glimmer of hope and cognitive dissonance when a few images from Fox News crossed my screen last night. Polling by the conservative cable network showed 72% of voters were concerned about climate change and 70% wanted increased federal clean energy spending. It aligns with other polling similarly showing…Read more...
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How Can It Possibly Get More Urgent?

I had a brief glimmer of hope and cognitive dissonance when a few images from Fox News crossed my screen last night. Polling by the conservative cable network showed 72% of voters were concerned about climate change and 70% wanted increased federal clean energy spending. It aligns with other polling similarly showing…Read more...
Tags: Science, Joe Biden, Fox News, Polls, Climate Policy, 2020 Election

Snag a Laptop, Desktop, or Monitor on the Cheap During the HP Sale-a-Bration

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Denmark to Cull Mink Population After Finding Coronavirus Mutation That Spread to Humans

Denmark is taking aggressive action to stop the spread of coronavirus outbreaks on mink farms that have now seemingly jumped back into humans. On Wednesday, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced that farm workers have contracted infections with strains of the virus that contain a mutation first found in…Read more...
Tags: Science, Denmark, Viruses, Pandemic, Mink, Mutation, Mette Frederiksen, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Air Pollution Makes Covid-19 Even More Deadly

Even small increases in exposure to air pollution makes people more vulnerable to covid-19, according to a new study published in Science Advances.Read more...
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WhatsApp's New "Vacation Mode" Doesn't Seem Like Much Of a Vacation At All

WhatsApp’s newest feature has us a bit intrigued.
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Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting Streams of Silver

The famous Drow ranger Drizzt Do’Urden returns for his second adventure in the Icewind Dale trilogy! Is it better than The Crystal Shard? Is the premise directly lifted from The Hobbit? Will Drizzt continue being the greatest badass in the Forgotten Realms? Will a female character appear for more than four pages and…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Fantasy, The Hobbit, Lord Of The Rings, RPG, Dungeons And Dragons, Dungeons And Dragons And Novels, Ra Salvatore, Drizzt Dourden, Will Drizzt

The US has officially exited the Paris climate agreement, more than 3 years after Trump announced his plan to do so

President Trump announces his intent to withdraw the US from Paris climate agreement at the White House, June 1, 2017. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The US formally withdrew from the Paris climate agreement on Wednesday — the first nation ever to exit the accord. President Trump announced his intention to withdraw on June 1, 2017; the formal process began November 4, 2019. The Paris agreement, established in 2015, is a voluntary accord between nearly 200 countries to keep global warming below 2 d...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Obama, Climate Change, White House, China, Environment, US, Trends, Atlanta, Exxon Mobil, Joe Biden, Earth, Atlantic, United States

9,000-Year-Old Burial of Female Hunter Upends Beliefs About Prehistoric Gender Roles

Conventional thinking in anthropology has it that prehistoric hunting was an activity reserved for males, while females did the gathering. Turns out this assumption is wrong, according to a provocative new study.Read more...
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Please, No More Proprietary Smartwatch Chargers

I realize this is a rarefied problem, the epitome of small potatoes in a world full of Big Existential Crises. But as the world burns and chaos reigns supreme, I am choosing to “maintain” my sanity by hyper-focusing on one, medium-sized hill to die on: We need to get rid of proprietary smartwatch chargers. Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Smartwatches, Chargers, Charger, Lightning cable, Consumer Tech, Usb C, E Waste

Prop 22 Shows Why Big Tech Is the Climate Movement’s New Foe

The results of many elections—chiefly the presidential one—are still up in the air. But Tuesday night saw a sure, devastating blow to working people: California passed Proposition 22, meaning drivers with app-based companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash will be considered independent contractors and not employees.…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, California, Cars, Ban Cars, Uber Lyft, Climate Movement, Prop 22

Finally, You Can Get Your Old Google Icons Back

If you’re also one of those people desperate for some kind of good news today to counteract the hours of absolute horseshit you sat through last night, here’s a small win: you can officially get your old Google icons back. This nifty Chrome extension, developed by product designer Claudio Postinghel, was built to…Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google, Science, Extensions, Good Things, Claudio Postinghel

Tiny air pollution rise linked to 11% more Covid-19 deaths – study

Evidence is now strong enough that preventive action should be taken, scientists sayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA small rise in people’s long-term exposure to air pollution is associated with an 11% increase in deaths from Covid-19, research has found. Another recent study suggests that 15% of all Covid-19 deaths around the world are attributable to dirty air.The available data only allows correlations to be established and further work is needed to confirm the co...
Tags: Science, Environment, World news, Air Pollution, Pollution, Coronavirus, COVID

Drugs Won the Election

With ballots for the U.S. 2020 presidential election still being counted in several states, it’s possible that we won’t know that outcome for quite some time. But one clear victor emerged in another fight: the drug legalization movement. In multiple cities and states, in both red and blue areas, people voted to…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Drugs, Cannabis, Election 2020, Psilocybin, Drug Legalization

The Future Tech of Back to the Future II, Ranked

The 2015 scenes in Back to the Future Part II are everything. Even though the “future” has come and gone, the vision of the world Robert Zemeckis and his team created in the 1989 sequel remains as influential and cool today as it was back then.Read more...
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This Wireless Backup Battery Is Only Worth It If You're All in on Apple

It’s not a bad idea to keep a tiny backup battery in your bag for dead smartphone emergencies, but Satechi’s new Quatro is a little big for your every day carry. As a travel accessory, however, it could conveniently replace a rat’s nest of charging cables and wall warts if you’re an iPhone user with an Apple Watch on…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Power, Batteries, Satechi, Consumer Tech, Quatro Wireless Power Bank

Denmark announces cull of 15 million mink over Covid mutation fears

Mutated virus infects 12 humans, sparking concerns that effectiveness of future vaccine could be affectedCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe world’s largest mink producer, Denmark, says it plans to cull more than 15 million of the animals, due to fears that a Covid-19 mutation moving from mink to humans could jeopardise future vaccines.At a press conference on Wednesday, the Danish prime minister, Mette Frederiksen, said 12 people are already infected with the mutated...
Tags: Europe, Science, Environment, World news, Infectious Diseases, Farming, Microbiology, Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, Coronavirus

Burst of radio waves in Milky Way probably came from neutron star

First fast radio burst found in our galaxy is traced to magnetar 30,000 light years awayFor more than a decade, astronomers have puzzled over the origins of mysterious and fleeting bursts of radio waves that arrive from faraway galaxies.Now, scientists have discovered the first such blast in the Milky Way and traced it back to its probable source: a small, spinning remnant from a collapsed star about 30,000 light years from Earth. Continue reading...
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Whenever We Actually See No Time to Die, Lashana Lynch Really Is the New 007

Considering the movie was meant to come out approximately 300 years ago in the Astral Era known by historians as “earlier this year,” we’ve known that Lashana Lynch’s No Time to Die character was a 00—and the source of many a rumor about whether or not she’d be the next Bond. We’re still waiting on the movie’s…Read more...
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UK coronavirus live: nearly 500 further deaths in 24 hours; MPs pass English lockdown rules by 516 votes to 38

Latest updates: UK records 492 further deaths – up from 397 yesterday; 38 dissenting votes likely to be ConservativesJohnson refuses to rule out Covid lockdown extension for EnglandNHS in England to return to highest alert level as Covid patients riseGloom descends as England prepares for second lockdownGPs in England told to be ready to administer vaccine by ChristmasCoronavirus – latest updates 4.17pm GMT The lockdown regulations have passed by 516 votes to 38 - a majority of 478.Most, but...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, Science, Conservatives, UK News, House Of Commons, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer, Coronavirus, ConservativesJohnson

The Election Misinformation Is Only Beginning

All the votes have been cast in the 2020 election, but thanks to the pandemic, unprecedented turnout, and Republicans delaying early counting, the results are still coming in. The misinformation campaign is in full swing, though.Read more...
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