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Coronavirus live news: US hospitals stretched to limits; India edges close to 9m cases

New data shows treatment more efficient than thought; US deaths pass 250,000; Swiss intensive care units at full capacity. Follow the updates Brutal second wave exposes Italy’s shortage of intensive care staff900 employees at top US hospital catch Covid-19 in two weeksPfizer Covid-19 vaccine 95% effective and safe, further tests showCovid-19 vaccine: who are countries prioritising for first doses? 4.23am GMT India has added another 45,576 new cases of the coronavirus, taking its total infect...
Tags: Europe, New York, Science, India, New York City, US, UK News, US news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Andrew Cuomo, Cuomo, Coronavirus, COVID


YouTube Will Now Play Ads Before More Videos, But Creators Won't See a Dime

In an update to its Terms of Service on Wednesday, YouTube announced that it will now run advertisements before videos created by users who are not already members of its Partner Program, but will not share the new revenue it receives with those users.
Tags: Videos, Science, Youtube, Revenue, Advertisements, Ads, Users, YouTube Partner Program


Trump Admin Taps Ex-Aide Fired for Ties to Far Right for Commission That Preserves Holocaust Memorials

In 2018, the Trump administration fired a White House speechwriter after he was revealed to have spoken at an annual far-right conference in 2016 attended by white supremacists, pseudoscientific quacks, contrarian academics, and other racists. This week, the White House nominated the same guy to a three-year term on a…Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, History, Holocaust, Donald Trump, Trump, Alt Right, Heritage Sites, Xenophobia, Right Wing Extremism


Facebook's Contractors Say the Company Is Risking Their Lives To Turn A Pandemic Profit

In May of 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic fully underway, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would allow most of its employees to continue working from home until at least the end of the year in an effort to “contain the spread of Covid-19 so we can keep our communities safe and get back up and…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Workers, Contractors, Pandemic, Moderators, Content Moderators


Imagine if every person in Reno, Nevada, suddenly died. That's how many lives COVID-19 has claimed in the US so far.

Medical staff wearing full PPE push a stretcher with a deceased patient to a car outside of the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on June 30, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura/Getty Images At least 250,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 so far as of Wednesday, according to data from John Hopkins University.  That's the equivalent of the entire population of Reno, Nevada, being entirely wiped out. Public health experts have warned that without mitigatio...
Tags: Science, News, Masks, US, Trends, New York Times, Deaths, Reno Nevada, Houston Texas, John Hopkins University, United Memorial Medical Center, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Sarah Al Arshani, Covid-19 Cases


Apple Will Mercifully Share Its Peanuts Specials Streaming Rights with PBS

The holidays are saved, Charlie Brown! Well, kind of.
Tags: Science, Peanuts, Apple TV, Streaming, Pbs, Charlie Brown, Streaming Wars, Apple TV Plus


Coronavirus live news: US hospitals stretched to limits; Pfizer seeks vaccine approval 'in days'

New data shows treatment more efficient than thought; US deaths pass 250,000; Swiss intensive care units at full capacity. Follow the updates Brutal second wave exposes Italy’s shortage of intensive care staff900 employees at top US hospital catch Covid-19 in two weeksPfizer Covid-19 vaccine 95% effective and safe, further tests showCovid-19 vaccine: who are countries prioritising for first doses? 12.27am GMT The virus crisis has made Londoners more disillusioned with city life than people i...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Milan, US, UK News, US news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, New Zealand, Pfizer, Pacific, Press Association, Ben, Samoa, Apia


9 public-health experts share their own Thanksgiving plans: Most are staying home, but some will gather outdoors with masks

Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, will be skipping an extended family Thanksgiving this year. Al Drago/AFP via Getty Images, filadendron/Getty Images As Thanksgiving approaches, Americans must decide whether to gather with their loved ones amid the dramatic surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Many public-health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, are tweaking holiday traditions and hunkering down at home with just their immediate families. Here's how nine public-health experts are c...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Thanksgiving, Cbs News, US, San Francisco, Trends, Getty Images, National Institutes of Health, Anthony Fauci, University Of California, Business Insider, Vanderbilt University, Brooklyn New York, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo snapped at reporters at a tense coronavirus press briefing where he learned that NYC schools were closing amid a spike in new infections

Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrives for a briefing on the state's COVID-19 response. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo berated reporters during a tense coronavirus press briefing on Wednesday. As Cuomo was being asked about whether New York City schools would close amid a surge in cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio was running more than five hours late to his own COVID-19 news conference. Cuomo found out from a reporter at the end of the briefing that NYC s...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, News, Education, New York City, Trends, New York Times, Bill De Blasio, Andrew Cuomo, Wall Street Journal, Cuomo, New York City Department of Education, Empire State, McKinley, Jesse McKinley


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo snapped at reporters at a tense coronavirus press briefing where he learned that NYC schools are closing amid a spike in new infections

Governor Cuomo arrives for briefing on COVID-19 response at Red Room at New York State Capitol Building. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo berated reporters during a tense coronavirus press briefing on Wednesday. As Cuomo was being asked about whether New York City schools would close amid a surge in cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio was running more than five hours late to his own COVID-19 news conference. Cuomo found out from a reporter at the end ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, News, Education, New York City, Trends, New York Times, Public Schools, Bill De Blasio, Andrew Cuomo, Wall Street Journal, Cuomo, Empire State, McKinley, Jesse McKinley


World of Warcraft's Zombie Invasion Hits Different in 2020

Warcraft loves itself a plague. Some of the most iconic moments in its history as a piece of online culture are defined by them: the infamous bug that created the Corrupted Blood plague, the nostalgia-driven Wrath of the Lich King pre-patch event that saw players fight to avoid joining the undead scourge. That latter…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Masks, Blizzard, MMORPG, RPG, Pandemics, World of Warcraft, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


The 10 Best Deals of November 18, 2020

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Apple's 'Batterygate' Saga Wraps Up With $113 Million Settlement

Younger readers might not know, but there was once an annual tradition in which Apple would release a new iPhone, old iPhones would suddenly start performing poorly, and users would speculate about a conspiracy to get them to buy the shiny new thing. It turned out that a conspiracy, of sorts, did exist, and Apple has…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Arizona, Settlement, Mark Brnovich, Batterygate


The New Google Pay Makes Tracking Your Money a Breeze—But There's a Catch

Google has just completely redesigned its Google Pay app in a bid to make managing your money easier than ever by giving you a bird’s eye view of your financials and spending habits. But it also wants to do this by becoming a banking middleman and turning your transaction history into a kind of Hangouts feed with…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Finance, Data Privacy, Consumer Tech, Google Pay


Moderna's coronavirus vaccine doesn't need to be as icy cold as Pfizer's, and that could make it easier to distribute

Oil markets surged in the hours after Pfizer announced positive results from its coronavirus vaccine study. Dado Ruvic/Reuters Moderna and Pfizer have both announced promising trial results this week, suggesting their coronavirus vaccines perform very well at preventing COVID-19 infections.  But Moderna's shots can be kept in the fridge for a month, while Pfizer's can only last five days that way.  Pfizer has developed special vaccine briefcases that can keep its shots frozen properly for ...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Public Health, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccines, Reuters, US Food and Drug Administration FDA, Baltimore Maryland, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Adalja, Amesh Adalja, Pandemic, Moderna


Nicolas Cage's Alien Martial Arts Film Knows You Might Need a Brain Break Right Now

Every six years, an alien comes to Earth looking for a fight. This has happened for generations. As a result, every six years, a team of expert martial artists must face him, using techniques this alien himself passed down centuries ago. If they don’t, everyone on Earth will die. Is Nicolas Cage up to the task?Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Comic Books, Interview, Martial Arts, Earth, Aliens, Nicolas Cage, Tony Jaa, Jiu Jitsu, Jim McGrath, Frank Grillo, Dimitri Logothetis, Alain Moussi, Marie Avgeropoulos, Juju Chan


A Rise in Winter Drownings Is an Unexpected Consequence of Climate Change

Growing up in New England, I used to spend winter weekends skating on ponds and the occasional drainage ditch in the middle of a six-lane road (it was the suburbs, OK?). Millions of other people around the world have similar memories of skating, ice fishing, and other wintery outdoor activities.Read more...
Tags: Outdoors, Science, Winter, Rivers, Recreation, New England, Lakes, Ice Ice Maybe


Interlocking AIs let robots pick and place faster than ever

One of the jobs for which robots are best suited is the tedious, repetitive “pick and place” task common in warehouses — but humans are still much better at it. UC Berkeley researchers are picking up the pace with a pair of machine learning models that work together to let a robot arm plan its grasp and path in just milliseconds. People don’t have to think hard about how to pick up an object and put it down somewhere else — it’s not only something we’ve had years of practice doing every day, but...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Berkeley, Uc-berkeley, Boston Dynamics, Ken Goldberg, Science Robotics Where


Facebook's Content Moderators Have Had Enough

In spite of coronavirus cases continuing to climb around the world, Facebook’s legions of contracted content moderators are still required to work out of offices “to maintain Facebook’s profits during the pandemic.” This is according to an open letter published on the company’s internal Workplace communication…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Contractors, Content Moderation


FDA Issues First Emergency Use Authorization for Rapid, At-Home Covid-19 Test

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid coronavirus test kit that can be performed at home, issuing an emergency use authorization to manufacturer Lucira Health late on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Medicine, Testing, Food And Drug Administration, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Coronavirus Testing, Lucira Health, Lucira, Test Kits


Neural’s guide to the glorious future of AI: Here’s how machines become sentient

Welcome to Neural’s guide to the glorious future of AI. What wonders will tomorrow’s machines be capable of? How do we get from Alexa and Siri to Rosie the Robot and R2D2? In this speculative science series we’ll put our optimist hats on and try to answer those questions and more. Let’s start with a big one: The Singularity. The future realization of robot lifeforms is referred to by a plethora of terms – sentience, artificial general intelligence (AGI), living machines, self-aware robots, and s...
Tags: Startups, Science, Siri, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Agi, Alexa, Rosie, Neural


It’s Time for Twitter to Die

Not unlike Twitter’s new Fleets, the company’s time is rapidly expiring. The platform, which is now dedicated to dunking on the earnest, yelling about conspiracies, and sharing bad memes, is on its way to the big social media cemetery in the sky to join MySpace, Plurk, and (hopefully soon) Facebook.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Social Media, Time for Twitter


SpaceX's meteoric mission to fly 4 astronauts to the space station, in 17 photos and gifs

The Crew Dragon spaceship approaches the International Space Station on November 16, 2020. NASA SpaceX launched its first full astronaut crew for NASA on Sunday. NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, as well as Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi rocketed to the International Space Station. Their Crew Dragon spaceship docked to the station the next day, kicking off what's expected to be NASA's longest human spaceflight ever. Photos and gifs reveal the anticipation and ...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Florida, Science, News, US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Features, International Space Station, Mars, Astronauts, Falcon 9, Iss, Rocket Launch


Open economy or tamp down coronavirus infections? It’s not either-or, researchers say

It is, indeed, possible to reconcile two conflicting desires: curbing the spread of COVID-19 while still keeping the economy open, according to an international team of researchers led by UCLA’s Akihiro Nishi. Two strategies that haven’t received much attention in the U.S. — “dividing” and “balancing,” used together and followed closely — could reduce coronavirus transmission about as much as a strict lockdown while maintaining economic activity, said Nishi, an assistant professor of epidemiolog...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Business, Japan, Science, News, California, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United States, Pasadena, Ucla, Nishi, Sierra Madre, UC Irvine


6 experts give advice about how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely: 'Keep gatherings as small as possible'

A Thanksgiving table. Granger Wootz/Getty Images The US is experiencing a record-breaking surge of coronavirus infections. According to Anthony Fauci, small indoor gatherings are driving new spread, so people should consider avoiding them. That means tweaking Thanksgiving and holiday traditions. Public-health experts suggest people avoid large indoor gatherings if possible, wear masks when mingling with family, and get tested before and after any travel.  Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
Tags: Health, New York, Science, News, Thanksgiving, Cdc, Senate, US, Trends, Rome, Washington Dc, National Institutes of Health, Grinch, Andrew Cuomo, East Coast, Anthony Fauci


Revisiting 1994's The Stand Ahead of Its New Adaptation

In a year that feels like Captain Trips has started creeping on the real world, the timing of CBS All Access’ new adaptation of Stephen King’s plague-apocalypse epic feels eerily appropriate. But Josh Boone and Ben Cavell’s take on The Stand has some big cloven hooves to fill: the hit 1994 miniseries.Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Abc, Stephen King, Cbs, Nostalgia, Cbs All Access, Retro Review, Josh Boone, The Stand, Mick Garris, Ben Cavell


The Most Frequent Fliers Are Killing the Climate

Just 1% of the global population was responsible for half of the world’s commercial flight emissions in 2018, a new study found. Those elite “frequent fliers” travelled about 35,000 miles (56,000 kilometers) that year.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Flying, Airlines, Climate Justice


Your Lazy Ass Can Now Unlock 1Password With the Apple Watch

I see you, fellow lazy people. While password managers are an absolute must for digital security, they are freaking annoying to set up, and occasionally, annoying to use. But now that macOS Big Sur is here, popular password manager 1Password is adding several new features, including the ability to unlock the app with…Read more...
Tags: Science, Passwords, Apple Watch, Password Managers, 1password, Big Sur


Covid-19 mink variants discovered in humans in seven countries

Denmark has already launched a nationwide cull of its farmed mink herd after concerns for vaccine efficacyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSeven countries are now reporting mink-related Sars-CoV-2 mutations in humans, according to new scientific analysis.The mutations are identified as Covid-19 mink variants as they have repeatedly been found in mink and now in humans as well.Uncertainty around the implications of the discovery of a Covid-19 mink variant in humans led ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Environment, World news, Infectious Diseases, Farming, Epidemics, Denmark, Coronavirus, Statens Serum Institut SSI


Mystery of Glowing Cosmic 'Eye' Finally Solved

In 2004, astronomers spotted a unique celestial feature that, when observed in ultraviolet, bore the appearance of a glowing eye staring directly back at Earth. Unbeknownst to them, it would take 16 years to figure out what caused the Blue Ring Nebula to form.Read more...
Tags: Science, Astrophysics, Colliding Stars, Merging Stars, Blue Ring Nebula, Earth Unbeknownst



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