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'We need more help': El Paso's Republican mayor says the city needs federal funding to protect public health

A coronavirus testing site at the University of Texas El Paso on October 31 in El Paso, Texas. Cengiz Yar/Getty Images Mayor Dee Margo of El Paso, Texas, told Business Insider he's struggling "walk that tight wire" between public health and ensuring small businesses don't go under during the coronavirus pandemic. At least 26,000 people in El Paso currently have COVID-19, with more than 1,000 in the hospital. Margo, a Republican, was an early proponent of wearing masks but has been hesitant...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Science, Interview, Congress, US, Trends, Walmart, Mitch McConnell, The New York Times, Charles Davis, Abbott, Trump, El Paso, Greg Abbott, Margo


'We need more help': El Paso's Republican mayor says the city needs a second stimulus to protect public health

EL PASO, TX - OCTOBER 31: Cars pass through a coronavirus testing site at the University of Texas El Paso on October 31, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. As El Paso reports record numbers of active coronavirus cases, the Texas Attorney General sues to block local shutdown orders. Cengiz Yar/Getty Images El Paso Mayor Dee Margo told Business Insider he's struggling "walk that tight wire" between public health and ensuring small businesses don't go under during the pandemic. At least 26,000 people in...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Science, Interview, Congress, Trends, Walmart, Mitch McConnell, The New York Times, Charles Davis, Abbott, El Paso, Greg Abbott, Margo, El Paso County, El Paso Texas


*CARCASSONNE* Family/City Building/Tile Placement Game

If you’re planning a unit study on or near Africa in the near future, Carcassonne Safari is not to be missed!  It’s another fabulous game in the Carcassonne family – there’s the original version and lots of expansions to add on to it, and this game is a standalone bonus version that doesn’t require any […]
Tags: Crafts, Math, Science, Africa, History, Board Games, Strategy games, Card Games, Carcassonne, Unit Study, Gameschooling, Carcassonne Safari


Amazon's Alexa Can Now Ask You Follow-Up Questions

Responding to demands from consumers for “an Alexa, but make it talk even more,” Amazon announced on Wednesday that its latest digital assistant model will be able to infer a user’s “latent goals,” and will use those to pose follow-up questions to users.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Machine Learning, Algorithms, Alexa, Digital Assistants


You Need to Update Chrome Right Now

Google rolled out Chrome version 86.0.4240.198 on Wednesday in response to two zero-day vulnerabilities discovered in the wild—the fourth and fifth security flaws discovered in the browser in the last three weeks alone.Read more...
Tags: Chrome, Google Chrome, Google, Security, Science, Internet, Browsers, Extensions, Zero Days


Coronavirus live news: New York reimposes restrictions as US sees world record 136,000 cases in one day

Italy passes 1m cases while Spain says it will demand negative test for all visitors; Greece extends curfew. Follow updates liveItaly passes 1m Covid cases as calls for national lockdown growUS records more than 1m new cases in 10 daysEuropean commission seeks greater public health powersDelhi Covid crisis made worse by soaring air pollution 11.56pm GMT Denis Campbell and Lisa O’Carroll report: Thousands of hospital staff will join the drive to vaccinate all adults in England against coronav...
Tags: Europe, England, New York, Science, Greece, US, Spain, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Italy, Microbiology, Lisa O'Carroll


A NYC councilman said he'll defy Gov. Andrew Cuomo's social-distancing orders to host more than 10 people in his home for Thanksgiving

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Spencer Platt/Getty Images New York City councilman Joe Borelli said he will defy Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new COVID-19 restrictions, with plans to host more than 10 people at his home for Thanksgiving.  Cuomo rolled out new restrictions on Wednesday to help curb the spread of the virus, as cases throughout New York and the US rise dramatically. On Tuesday, the US had nearly 131,000 new COVID-19 infections, the most cases in a single day since the pandemic began.   V...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, New York City, US, Trends, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Joe Borelli, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Sarah Al Arshani, Andrew Cuomo Spencer Platt Getty, New Jersey the Republican


YouTube Is Down For Everyone Right Now [Update: It's Back]

YouTube appeared to be having technical issues on a global scale on Wednesday night, leaving scores of users (ahem) temporarily unable to stream their rainy night blogging music. Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Youtube, Video Streaming, Service Outage


YouTube Is Down For Everyone Right Now

YouTube appeared to be having technical issues on a global scale on Wednesday night, leaving scores of users (ahem) temporarily unable to stream their rainy night blogging music. Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Youtube, Video Streaming, Service Outage


San Francisco Just Banned Natural Gas In New Buildings

San Francisco is banning the use of natural gas in any new buildings, requiring them to rely on the electric grid instead. That makes it the second-largest city yet to ban new natural gas hookups. Hell yeah. Read more...
Tags: Science, California, San Francisco, Natural Gas, Buildings, Fuck Fossil Fuels


Three more White House officials reportedly test positive for COVID-19, adding to new cluster

White House Political Director Brian Jack AP Photo/Alex Brandon Three more White House staffers have tested positive for the coronavirus. White House Political Director Brian Jack received a positive test result for COVID-19 over the weekend, according to The New York Times. Jack was one of several others who attended an election night party at the White House who later tested positive for the virus. The other two are still unnamed, and it's unknown if they were at the November 3 gathering...
Tags: Politics, Science, Supreme Court, Abc, White House, Trends, New York Times, The Times, Times, Jack, Donald Trump, Abc News, Ben Carson, Trump, Bloomberg News, Jennifer Jacobs


Hey, Google Photos, What Gives?

If you’ve been enjoying the luxury of unlimited premium file storage with Google Photos, I have some unfortunate news.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Cloud Storage, Services, Google Photos


Report: Elon Musk Is Kind of a Dick

It’s not exactly a secret that Elon Musk, billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, self-proclaimed Thai pedophilia expert, and designer of death race trucks, doesn’t give a flying fuck what other people think about his actions.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Media, Social Media, Journalism, Tesla, You Dont Say, Dick, Late Capitalism


I'm 100% Ready to Start Bringing My Own Folding Shopping Cart to the Grocery Store

Working from home, it’s relatively easy to minimize my potential exposure to the covid-19 virus—at least until I have to leave the safety of my suburban fortress of solitude every week to buy groceries. Even with safety precautions in place and a mask on my face it’s still an incredibly stressful experience, which is…Read more...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Science, Shopping, Safety, Crowdfunding, Kickstarter, Shopping Carts, Covid 19, Shoppa Cart


As the holiday season approaches, New York Gov. Cuomo prohibits gatherings larger than 10 people at private residences

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a September 8, 2020 news conference. Spencer Platt/Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, on Wednesday announced several new measures aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19 as cases tick up in the state and across the US. Among several new rules is a prohibition on gatherings larger than 10 people at private residences, effective Friday at 10 p.m. Any business with a state liquor license, including bars and restaurants, will be req...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, News, Thanksgiving, US, Trends, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Johns Hopkins University, Connor Perrett, Holidays 2020, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Spencer Platt Getty Images New York


Deepwater Sightings of Rare Bigfin Squid Reveal Some Serious Weirdness

An extensive survey of deep waters off the coast of Australia has resulted in a trove of bigfin squid sightings. And by trove, we mean the detection of five individuals—these deep-sea creatures are exceptionally rare, so any new observations are quite valuable to scientists. Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Marine Biology, Deep Sea, Squid, Squids, Bigfin Squid


Here's All the Big Tech-Linked Advisors on Biden's Transition Team

On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden announced his administration’s transition team, including the list of agency review team members that will help his White House “hit the ground running on Day One.” It also, by all indications, includes a deeper bench of big tech figures than any transition team prior.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Lyft, Uber, Politics, Science, Technology, Government, White House, Linkedin, Tech, Joe Biden, Dropbox, Airbnb, Dell, Salesforce, Biden


Restaurants and gyms were COVID-19 superspreader sites when the pandemic began, cellphone data reveals

A waiter delivers food to a table at Chelsea Square Restaurant as New York City restaurants open for limited capacity indoor dining on October 1, 2020 in New York. BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images Researchers mapped people's movements based on cellphone data to study the spread of the coronavirus. Restaurants, gyms, and hotels were among the riskiest spots, but reducing occupancy could help decrease the infection rate. The model also accurately predicted higher infection rates in low-in...
Tags: Science, Stanford, Restaurants, New York City, US, Trends, Chicago, Gyms, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Stanford University, Northwestern University, Afp, Chicago New York, Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, Kevin Ma, Marc Lipsitch


Two more White House officials reportedly test positive for COVID-19, adding to new cluster

White House Political Director Brian Jack AP Photo/Alex Brandon Two more high-level White House staffers have tested positive for the coronavirus. White House Political Director Brian Jack received a positive test result for COVID-19 over the weekend, according to The New York Times. Jack was one of several others who attended an election night party at the White House who later tested positive for the virus. The second person is still unnamed, and it's unknown if they were at the November...
Tags: Politics, Science, Supreme Court, White House, Trends, New York Times, The Times, Times, Jack, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Trump, Bloomberg News, Jennifer Jacobs, Healy Baumgardner, David Bossie


Facebook and Google Extend Political Ad Bans, Due to Certain Circumstances Currently Affecting Democracy

Facebook and Google aren’t lifting their political ad bans soon, most likely not until Donald Trump sorts out a coup timeline concedes.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Youtube, Ads, Donald Trump, The Coup


Roku 4K Devices Finally Support Apple's AirPlay and HomeKit Features

Roku support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit is finally arriving on select 4K devices, with support coming to 4K TVs running Roku’s OS in the coming days.Read more...
Tags: Science, Streaming, Roku, Home Kit, Roku TV, Airplay 2, Streaming Wars


George Lucas' Plans for His Star Wars Sequels Were More Familiar Than You'd Think

For the most part, George Lucas has stayed fairly quiet about his own future plans for Star Wars before selling off Lucasfilm and the franchise to Disney. We’ve had teases here and there, but in a new interview, Lucas lifted the lid even further on what could’ve been Star Wars VII through IX—and while there are some…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Princess Leia, Lucasfilm, George Lucas, Lucas, Darth Maul


We Tested All The PS5 Demon's Souls Graphics Filters

I’m happy to report that I’m finally playing Demon’s Souls, my most anticipated next-gen game. While full impressions will require more time, let’s take a look at the various visual filters the game provides to players on PlayStation 5. Read more...
Tags: Science, Remake, Visuals, Kotaku Core, Filters, PlayStation 5, PS5, Demons Souls, Bluepoint Games


Even the Perfect Batman Cartoon Was Bullshit Once in a While

Batman: The Animated Series, and, hell, the entire DC Animated Universe of shows spearheaded by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, are so beloved that in all my years doing Worst Episode Ever I never touched them. After all, I figured even the worst B: TAS episode would probably still be miles above most of the crap I usually…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animation, Batman, Warner Bros, DC Entertainment, Goats, Bruce Timm, Bioengineering, Warner Bros Animation, Paul Dini, Batman The Animated Series, Worst Episode Ever, The New Batman Adventures


The Xbox Series X May or May Not Be Catching on Fire, and Microsoft Is Investigating

The Xbox Series X is so hot right now, and I don’t mean figuratively. I mean literally. Some people are claiming that their new Xboxes are catching on fire, but there’s a lot of skepticism over whether these claims are true. As our sister site Kotaku reports, this could be an elaborate hoax.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Fire, Consoles, Kotaku, Gaming Consoles, Xbox Series X, So Hot Right Now


Nanoleaf's Super Affordable New Smart Lights Are Designed to Work Perfectly with the HomePod Mini

Until now, Nanoleaf has been best known for those fancy RGB-lit triangles, squares, and hexagons that show up in the background of seemingly every YouTuber’s videos. But starting this week, Nanoleaf is entering the world of mainstream smart lighting with its affordable Essentials Line.Read more...
Tags: Science, Smart Home, Thread, Consumer Tech, Smart Bulbs, Home Kit, Smart Lights, Google Assistant, Google Home, Nanoleaf, Nanoleaf Picking A Fight With Hue


Freaky Star Vince Vaughn on How He Embodied Both a Teenage Girl and a Serial Killer

For his new film Freaky, co-writer and director Christopher Landon knew only one person could play the lead role of a psycho killer who swaps bodies with a teenage girl. That person was Vince Vaughn.Read more...
Tags: Science, Interview, Horror, Universal, Vince Vaughn, Blumhouse, Freaky, Christopher Landon, Kathryn Newton


White House coronavirus advisor Scott Atlas slams Fauci as a 'political animal' for sounding 'upbeat' over COVID-19 vaccine results

White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Scott Atlas speaks on Covid-19 testing in Washington, DC on September 28, 2020. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Scott Atlas, a coronavirus adviser to President Donald Trump, slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci as "a political animal" on Tuesday. Atlas appeared on Fox News with host Laura Ingraham, who commented on Fauci's "upbeat" tone on the coronavirus pandemic since Election Day. Fauci on Tuesday predicted that a vaccine will hopefully be available to American...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Atlas, United States, Washington Dc, Fox News, Pfizer, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, The Washington Post, Trump, Fauci


Playing the Nintendo Switch With an Original 1977 Atari Joystick Is Extreme Devotion to Retro Gaming

Hand a modern controller to someone who hasn’t gamed since the days of the original Atari console and they’ll be immediately overwhelmed by its complexity. In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, controllers featured a joystick and a single button, and if you’re looking for the most authentic way to play retro games, you can…Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Video Games, Hacks, Nintendo, Atari, Retro, Controllers, 8bitdo, Nintendo Switch, Gamepads, Niles Mitchell, Raphnet, Atari Cx10


Coronavirus live news: Italy exceeds 1m cases; Greece tightens lockdown

Italy passes mark after 32,961 new infections in 24 hours; Greece extends curfew after record surge in cases; US has 1m new cases in 10 daysItaly passes 1m Covid cases as calls for national lockdown grow US records more than 1m new cases in 10 daysEuropean commission seeks greater public health powersDelhi Covid crisis made worse by soaring air pollution UK coronavirus updates – live 6.16pm GMT Stockholm scrambled on Wednesday to curb Covid-19 infections at its nursing homes, reimposing a ba...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, London, Sweden, Greece, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Stockholm, Reuters, Stefan Lofven



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