The Big Crunch

 Arecibo has fallen.Dennis Vazquez via Facebook: He took these pictures of the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory. You can see the debris and the remains of the platform and the Gregorian Dome.— Wilbert Andrés Ruperto (@ruperto1023) December 1, 2020 For scale, that geodesic dome structure you see under the central platform is two stories tall. [Author: Tam]
Tags: Facebook, Space, Science, News, Guns, Tam, Arecibo Observatory, Arecibo, Suckage, Gregorian Dome, Dennis Vazquez, Wilbert Andrés Ruperto

Massachusetts Lawmakers Voted To Ban Police From Using Facial Recognition Tech

Massachusetts lawmakers voted on Monday to pass a police reform bill that would outlaw the use of facial recognition technology by police departments and other public agencies in the state. Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Massachusetts, Bill, Police Departments, Recognition, George Floyd, Police Reform Bill

The US is averaging one COVID-19 death per minute, according to a global heath expert

Medical staff move a patient on a gurney across the skyway at Mt. Sinai Morningside Hospital on May 18, 2020 in New York City. John Lamparski/NurPhoto/Getty Images The US is averaging one death from COVID-19 per minute, Dr. Beth Bell, a global health expert who serves on a CDC vaccine advisory panel, said Tuesday. Bell shared the figure at a meeting for the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which operates under the CDC. The federal advisory panel met Tuesday afternoon to...
Tags: Science, News, Cdc, New York City, US, Trends, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, University of Washington, Vanderbilt University, Talbot, Kaiser Family Foundation, Beth Bell, ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ACIP, Coronavirus, Lauren Frias

Waymo Is Building an Entire Fake City to Improve Its Driverless Car Testing

As much as I love technology, there’s still a lot about it that I don’t trust. Driverless cars are one of them. One horror story about an autopilot malfunction is enough to scare most people away from the tech, and that’s definitely the case for me. I’ve spent 15 years learning how to dodge a car that’s about to merge…Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Cars, Vroom Vroom, Driverless Vehicles, Waymo

Microsoft Will Fix the Creepiest Part of Its 'Productivity Score' Thing

After Microsoft caused an uproar with its very weird, very invasive “Productivity Score” tool, which essentially spied on Microsoft 365 users’ activity and reported it back to their employers, the company has walked back the creepiest part of that feature.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Work Surveillance

The dangers of vaccine by press release

AstraZeneca's press release about its recent vaccine trials was filled with erroneous data. A manufacturing error meant that some participants only received half of the intended dosage. In the rush to produce a vaccine, science by press release is of growing concern. One of the bright spots of 2020 has been the collaborative effort of scientists in their search for a COVID-19 vaccine. Never before have researchers and institutions focused their efforts on a single disease to this degree. Of co...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Medical Research, Innovation, Astrazeneca, University of Oxford, Vaccines, Derek, John Moore, Louis Pasteur, Pasteur, Edward Jenner, Harvard School of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medicine, Francis Galton, Moderna

Google Maps' New Community Feed Will Make Researching Your Favorite Local Spots Easier

If you’ve ever tried in vain to figure out whether or not a local restaurant takes reservations, or spent hours researching the perfect hiking trail only to arrive and find it closed for maintenance, you understand the unique hassle of living in a society. Things are always changing! It’s all terribly confusing and…Read more...
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Coronavirus live news: CDC suggests first vaccines to US healthcare workers; England enters tier system

US hospitalisations surge; New tier system replaces lockdown; BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna file for EU approval of Covid-19 vaccineJohnson suffers biggest Commons revolt as MPs back tougher Covid tiers US hospitals fill with 100,000 Covid-19 cases CDC panel recommends giving vaccines to healthcare workers firstSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.08am GMT In England, the government has announced details of the new three tier system that will come into effect in when the four-week national lock...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, Cdc, US, Eu, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Moderna, Helen Sullivan, Coronavirus

Ready Player Two Attempts, But Fails, to Reach the Next Level

Sequels are hard; any fan of pop culture can tell you that. A sequel can’t just match the success of the original, it has to expand on and deepen it. Recontextualize the whole thing in new and exciting ways. Very few sequels achieve this and no one would know that better than fans of, or characters in, Ernest Cline’s …Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Pop Culture, Lgbtq, Nostalgia, Ready Player One, Ernest Cline, Representation, Ready Player Two

A North Carolina scientist says chocolate, tea fight COVID-19

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola pandemic pals, Let’s dive right in. I was researching for this newsletter this morning when I came across this glorious headline from WRAL TechWire:Eager to get schooled, I read the article then did some research on the professor making the recommendations.Dr. Deyu Xie, a plant microbiology expert from North Caro...
Tags: Startups, Science, Newsletter, Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State University, WRAL, Coronavirus, Deyu Xie

Trump's vaccine czar said he has 'no reason to believe' the FDA has altered how it reviews COVID-19 vaccines, amid reports of the president's frustration over how long the process takes

Dr Moncef Slaoui speaks at a White House press conference on May 15, 2020, announcing a program to rapidly develop a coronavirus vaccine. AP Photo/Alex Brandon Operation Warp Speed's Moncef Slaoui said in an interview with the Washington Post that the US Food and Drug Administration should do a "thorough job" reviewing COVID-19 vaccines and that he has "no reason to believe they sped up or slowed down the process." ABC and Axios have reported that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows ha...
Tags: Health, Post, Politics, Science, News, Abc, Washington Post, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccines, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump

The 10 Best Deals of December 1, 2020

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Astronomer Captures Possible Image of NASA’s Long-Lost Centaur Rocket Booster

A tiny mystery object is zipping past the Earth today, providing astronomers with an excellent opportunity to finally confirm it as being the upper stage of a Centaur rocket that was launched by NASA in 1966. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Space Junk, Near Earth Objects, Mystery Objects, Surveyor 2

These Stunning Miniature Sea Creatures Keep the Oceans in Balance

Never underestimate the power of one cell. That’s how many cells foraminifera—little sea creatures with striking shells—have. But boy can they do a lot with it. They’re the world’s tiniest geochemists, tinkering with the ocean.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Animals, Oceans, Forams

China to collect first moon rocks since 1970s

Chang’e-5 spacecraft lands successfully after 112-hour journey from EarthA Chinese probe sent to the moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades has successfully landed, according to Beijing’s space agency.China has poured billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022 and eventually sending humans to the moon. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, The moon, Chang

China to collect first moon rocks since 1970s after successful probe landing

Chang’e-5 spacecraft completes 112-hour journey from Earth, according to Beijing’s space agencyA Chinese probe sent to the moon to bring back the first lunar samples in four decades has successfully landed, according to Beijing’s space agency.China has poured billions into its military-run space programme, with hopes of having a crewed space station by 2022 and eventually sending humans to the moon. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, Science, China, World news, Earth, Beijing, Asia Pacific, The moon, Chang

Facebook’s Libra Seizes the Diem

We can’t blame you if you forgot about Facebook’s Libra project. The blockchain-based ZuckBuck scheme is the basis for a future payment/scam gateway, but not much has come out of the platform in the past few years... until now. In fact, the fintech giant is proud to announce that the platform has taken the bold and…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Libra

China just landed its Chang'e-5 spacecraft on the moon. The mission could bring moon rocks to Earth for the first time in 40-plus years.

Mons Rümker on Oceanus Procellarum David Woods/NASA China's space agency said it landed a probe on the moon as part of its rock-collecting mission, Chang'e-5. The probe is set to drill rock samples and send them back to Earth before the New Year. If successful, it will be the first time a country has brought home moon rock in more than 40 years. Both the US and China are racing to build permanent bases on the moon. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. China has landed an am...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Congress, China, US, Trends, Indiana, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, New York Times, Moon, Mars

Baby Yoda, Pikachu, Golden Girls, and More: The Best Funko Pop Deals to Compulsively Amass on Your Desk

Featured Deal: Star Wars The Mandalorian: The Child in Bag | $9 | AmazonRead more...
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YouTube TV Is Losing Another Sports Channel Owned by Sinclair

Well, it looks like YouTube TV is losing another sports channel.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Youtube, Streaming, Live TV, Sinclair, YouTube TV, Youtubetv, Streaming Wars

How Horror Helped Us Survive 2020

It’s tempting to think that since 2020 was basically one real-life nightmare after another, the last thing anyone would want to do is engage with fictional horror on top of that. But that would be discounting the positive power of certain horror movies, TV shows, and video games that helped us navigate through the…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Horror, Marvel, Disney, Fox, Netflix, Streaming, Universal, Year In Review, Spell, The Invisible Man, Lovecraft Country, Naughty Dog, New Mutants, Dark Universe

Coronavirus live news: Turkey's Covid death toll hits record for ninth day; Pfizer and Moderna file for EU approval of vaccines

Latest updates: Turks brace for new restrictions to combat spread of disease; two companies submit applications to European Medicines AgencyUS may begin vaccinations before ChristmasVietnam reports first community virus in almost three monthsModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmScott Atlas resigns as Trump’s pandemic adviser after controversial tenureSee all our coronavirus coverage 8.06pm GMT Prime minister Boris Johnson suffers biggest Commons revolt since election ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Eu, World news, Turkey, US news, Infectious Diseases, Boris Johnson, Pfizer, Johnson, Trump, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID, European Medicines AgencyUS

NZXT Halts Sales of Its Xbox-Like PC Cases Due to Fire Hazard

While reports of Xbox Series X fires seem to have amounted to nothing after it turned out people were blowing vape smoke through the cases, reports of NZXT’s H1 PC cases catching on fire—the ones that kind of look like an Xbox Series X—are real. As reported by TechSpot, the company is advising H1 owners who have yet…Read more...
Tags: Science, NZXT, PC Cases, Techspot, Components, NZXT H1, Putting Out The Flames

A Chain Just Cut Through A Capsized Cargo Ship Filled With Cars And The Process Is Fascinating

Back in September of 2019, a 600+ foot cargo ship called the MV Golden Ray, which was apparently with over 4,000 cars, capsized in St. Simons Sound just off the port of Brunswick, Georgia. Since then, responders have been working to remove the ship in sections to send the hulk to the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Shipwrecks, Boatlopnik, Brunswick Georgia, St Simons Sound, Golden Ray

Why Did I Hoard This Shit?

If you’re anything at all like me—and God, I hope you’re not—you never throw anything that uses electricity out, and have developed an elaborate series of dubious justifications to explain why it is actually perfectly rational. Maybe, after all, you’ll need that USB-A to RCA converter cable in the future, or you’ll…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Technology, Moving, Hoarding, Garbage, Useless, Pathology

The Nintendo Switch Finally Enters 2020 With a Firmware Update Full of Necessities

While the Nintendo Switch is undoubtedly a great little game console, but more than three years after its launch, some of its software still feels a bit clunky. Now Nintendo is officially joining the year 2020 (just as it’s about to end, but that’s fine!) with a Switch upgrade that adds some much-needed features.Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Nintendo, Consoles, Switch, Nintendo Switch, Switch Firmware 1100

8 people who died from COVID-19 after letting down their guards or falling for anti-science rhetoric

A bar in Wisconsin on May 13. William Glasheen/USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS Anti-science rhetoric and politics have led to many people believing the coronavirus isn't a real threat. Other people have taken the stance that living their lives is worth the risk after spending the better part of a year isolated.  After their deaths from COVID-related complications, their families and healthcare providers are begging others not to make the same mistakes.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for ...
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The First Cases For Facebook's Oversight Board Tackle Hate Speech, Nudity, and Nazi Germany

Following a months-long staffing spree, Facebook’s Independent Oversight Board announced the first six cases it’s taking on to deliberate Facebook’s sprawling policies surrounding content moderation.Read more...
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Kristi Noem's grandmother died in a nursing home hit by COVID-19 as the South Dakota governor continued to downplay the virus

Gov. Kristi Noem gives her first budget address to lawmakers at the state Capitol in this January 23, 2019, file photo from Pierre, South Dakota. AP Photo/James Nord South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem's 98-year-old grandmother Aldys Arnold died on November 22.  She was living at a nursing home in Estelline, South Dakota, where 12 residents died from COVID-19-related causes between November 14 and November 28, the facility's administrator Mike Ward told the Daily Beast. Arnold tested negativ...
Tags: Health, Death, Politics, Science, News, Trends, South Dakota, Ward, Capitol, South Dakota Department of Health, JAMES NORD, Kristi Noem, Mike Ward, Pierre South Dakota, Noem, ESTELLINE

Amazing handheld inverted fire tornado bubble

Dustin Skye's mesmerizing bubble creations combine dexterity, patience, and precision. Here are step-by-step instructions of you want to make your own: Image: YouTube / Dustin Skye
Tags: Video, Science, News, Fire, Bubbles, Bubble, Dustin Skye

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