The State Department ignored COVID-19 safety guidelines to host a 200-person holiday party

Peter Summers - WPA Pool/Getty Images The State Department hosted a holiday party for around 200 people on Tuesday night, despite COVID-19 concerns, The Washington Post reported.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's office has also reportedly sent out invitations for numerous parties this month, including one where at least 900 people have received invitations.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Around 200 people attended a holiday party hosted by the State Department on Tu...
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Daily COVID-19 death toll in the US passes 3,000 - more than the death toll from the 9/11 tragedy

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images According to the COVID Tracking Project, on Wednesday the US recorded its highest COVID-19 daily death toll to date, with 3,054 recorded deaths. The staggering number of deaths surpasses the death toll across New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania on 9/11 when a series of terrorist attacks killed 2,977 people. As states are registering peak numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases, and deaths, a macabre record has been passed: On Wednesday, the US'...
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*EVERDELL* Enchanted Forest Fantasy City Building Game

“From Everfrost to Bellsong, many a peaceful year have passed in Everdell — but the time has come for new territories to be settled and new cities to be established. You will be the leader of a group of critters intent on just such a task. There are buildings to construct, lively characters to meet, […]
Tags: Crafts, Games, Math, Science, History, Word, Board Games, Geography, Strategy games, Card Games, Homeschool, Language Arts, Everdell, Gameschooling, Everfrost, Bellsong

NASA just named the astronauts who could return to the moon in its Artemis program

NASA astronauts Christina Koch (left) and Jessica Meir on the International Space Station, October 12, 2019. NASA NASA on Wednesday announced the 18 astronauts chosen for its Artemis moon-landing missions.  The astronauts include nine men and nine women — one of whom could become the first woman ever to walk on the moon. NASA aims to launch people to the lunar surface as early as 2024. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA has announced the 18 astronauts who will make up...
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NASA Announces Team of 18 Astronauts Who Will Train For Artemis Moon Landings

NASA announced on Wednesday the team of 18 astronauts — nine men and nine women — who have been selected to participate in the upcoming Artemis Moon landing missions.Read more...
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*BATTLE SHEEP* Math Logic Game

We cannot get enough of quick logic games. My boys love the strategizing, blocking opponents, and playing with each other and their friends, and Battle Sheep almost always gets pulled out first when we have friends over to play! It’s a quick game and takes about 20 minutes to play, start to finish. Two to […]
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SpaceX Starship SN8 explodes on landing after test flight

Elon Musk tweets ‘Mars here we come’ after fireball engulfs prototype SpaceX’s shiny, bullet-shaped Starship has exploded during touchdown after a six-and-a-half-minute test flight in a remote corner of Texas.It was the highest and most elaborate flight yet for the rocket ship that Elon Musk says could carry people to Mars in as little as six years. Despite the catastrophic end, Musk was thrilled. Continue reading...
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Google to Investigate Shady Ouster of Black AI Ethicist Timnit Gebru

After more than 2,200 employees signed a letter on Monday condemning Google’s reported decision to terminate a Black artificial intelligence ethicist, the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, apologized on Wednesday for the way the departure had been handled and said that the incident was being investigated.Read more...
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Hyundai Motors Reportedly Bought Boston Dynamics For Almost $1 Billion

What to do with Boston Dynamics? That’s seemingly the question a few companies have been unable to answer because for the third time in seven years the robotics research company has a new owner as The Korea Economic Daily is reporting that Hyundai Motors has spent almost $1 billion dollars to buy the R&D company from…Read more...
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Google To Investigate Shady Departure of Black AI Ethicist Timnit Gebru

After more than 2,200 employees signed a letter on Monday condemning Google’s reported decision to terminate a Black artificial intelligence ethicist, the company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, apologized on Wednesday for the way the departure had been handled and said that the incident was being investigated.Read more...
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Spain’s rate of confirmed cases at lowest level since August – as it happened

This blog is now closed. We’ve launched a new blog at the link below: Coronavirus news – live 12.12am GMT We’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest: Related: Coronavirus live news: half of Americans would take vaccine, poll shows; second wave arrives in South Africa 11.58pm GMT Mainland China reported 12 new Covid-19 cases on 9 December, down from 15 cases a day earlier, the national health authority said on Thursday.The National Health Commission said i...
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Stunning dark ages mosaic found at Roman villa in Cotswolds

Fifth-century discovery suggests break with Rome did not cause steep decline in living standards for allLife at the start of the dark ages in Britain is generally thought of as a pretty uncomfortable time, an era of trouble and strife with the departure of Roman rulers resulting in economic hardship and cultural stagnation.But a stunning discovery at the Chedworth Roman villa in the Cotswolds suggests that some people at least managed to maintain a rich and sophisticated lifestyle. Continue read...
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CBS All Access Takes on Disney+ With New Features to Babysit Your Kids

Ahead of the launch of Paramount+ early next year, ViacomCBS has announced new kids-focused programming and features are arriving on CBS All Access.Read more...
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New Report Suggests FCC Massively Overstated Gigabit Coverage in U.S.

A report released today by BroadbandNow reveals the FCC grossly overreported the availability of gigabit internet in the U.S. As of 2020, the FCC reported gigabit internet was available to 84% of Americans, up from just 4% in 2016. But according to BroadbandNow, those numbers are closer to 56% in 2020, up from 2.4% in…Read more...
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A huge eruption on the sun could interfere with power grids and GPS this week. The aurora may appear from Pennsylvania to Oregon.

The sun blows out a coronal mass ejection, February 24, 2015. NASA/GSFC An eruption on the sun's surface has sent plasma and charged particles speeding towards Earth. That coronal mass ejection is forecast to reach our planet late Wednesday as a solar storm that could interfere with radio, GPS, and power grids. The aurora borealis could appear from Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon as solar particles interact with the atmosphere. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Across the ...
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SpaceX just launched - and exploded - an experimental Starship rocket in Texas. The test nevertheless propels Elon Musk's vision of interplanetary travel closer to reality.

SpaceX's Starship serial no. 8, or SN8, rocket ship prototype launches off a pad in Boca Chica, Texas, on December 9, 2020. The vehicle exploded on landing but SpaceX considered the test a success. SpaceX SpaceX launched a prototype of its Starship spaceship thousands of feet into the air above its Boca Chica, Texas, facilities on Tuesday. The 16-story vehicle exploded upon landing. However, Elon Musk previously estimated a 2-in-3 chance that the test flight would fail because it pushe...
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Los Angeles County public health director gets visibly upset while giving dire update on the county's COVID-19 trajectory

A couple wearing facemasks to prevent the spread of coronavirus watch the sunset from Elysian Park in Los Angeles, California, on November 14, 2020. APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images Los Angeles County officials delivered an update on COVID-19 and the region's stay at home order on Wednesday. Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County's Public health director delivered a grim update, announcing 9,243 new cases and 3,299 patients currently hospitalized. While addressing the 75 new deaths, and the ...
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Hackers Illegally Accessed Pfizer's Preliminary Vaccine Data

A cyberattack on servers belonging to the European Medicines Agency—the EU regulatory body responsible COVID-19 vaccine approval—has resulted in the “unlawful access” of internal documents detailing the development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Read more...
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SpaceX may launch a winged Starship rocket prototype more than 40,000 feet above Texas this afternoon

SpaceX is building and launching Starship prototypes in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX; Mark Brake/Getty Images; Business Insider SpaceX plans to launch a full-size Starship rocket prototype about 7.8 miles (12.5 kilometers) into the air at 4:45 p.m. CT on Wednesday from Boca Chica, Texas. The planned flight is Starship's highest yet. SpaceX wants to test the aerodynamics, steering, landing ability, and more of the 16-story steel-bodied prototype, called SN8 (serial No. 8). SpaceX can fly the v...
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The Muppet Christmas Carol's 'Lost' Song Will Be Recovered for Its 4K Remaster

Perhaps the true meaning of the season is getting to watch the best Christmas movie as it was always intended to be.Read more...
Tags: Science, Christmas, Disney, Streaming, Michael Caine, The Muppets, Christmas Carol, Brian Henson, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Disney Plus

Sharp's New Alexa-Powered Microwave Is Even More Confusing Than Amazon's

When Amazon released a cheap microwave with built-in Alexa integration, most of us scratched our heads for a second and then quickly moved on. But now Sharp has created its own microwave powered by Amazon’s digital assistant, and somehow it’s even more confounding than the original. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Alexa, Digital Assistants, Microwaves, Consumer Tech, Smart Microwave, Voice Microwaves Part 2

Microsoft Is Bringing Its Cloud Gaming Platform to PCs and iOS Next Spring

Microsoft announced in a blog post this morning that its cloud gaming platform with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is coming to iOS and PC in spring 2021.Read more...
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Russians have been told not to drink for 2 months after getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Getty Images A Russian health official told citizens they shouldn't drink alcohol two weeks before and six weeks after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. There's no evidence suggesting any relationship between alcohol consumption and vaccine efficacy, although booze has been found to weaken the immune system. An American expert said the Russian recommendation was too extreme and may deter people from getting the vaccine. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Russians are outraged...
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Here’s 3 sad science news stories to ruin your day (because it’s still 2020)

2020 still has a few more weeks left and if ever there was a guarantee it’s not going down without a fight, it’s this week’s glut of sad science stories. Do you like aliens, dogs, or believe scientists will one day find evidence of something greater than ourselves? Well, buckle up because the news is all bad. Let’s start with the grand scheme and work our way in. Can’t get much bigger than “God,” and that’s exactly what Astrophysicist Michale Hippke set out to find in their preprint research pap...
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Pantone's Colors of the Year, Ranked

Pantone has announced its Color of the Year for 2021. Typically, we only get one annual champion, but the purveyor of proprietary color spaces decided that 2021 deserves two colors because 2020 was the worst. Read more...
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Scientists Are Investigating How the Quiet Of Covid-19 Affects the Ocean

The impact of covid-19 lockdowns on wildlife living on land has been clear, but emerging research shows the quiet has extended to the oceans, too.Read more...
Tags: Science, Oceans, Noise, Whales, Shrimp, Sound

Top US military leaders volunteer to become guinea pigs for COVID-19 vaccine

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Top commanders in the US military will be publicly getting their COVID-19 vaccinations to encourage other service members to do the same. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman noted that senior leaders across the different branches and combatant commands will be volunteering to take the vaccine publicly. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Top commanders in the US military will be publicly getting their COVID-1...
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SpaceX flies its Starship rocket to 40,000 feet, just misses the landing in explosive finale

SpaceX is one step closer to replacing its Falcon line of active duty spacecraft: Its Starship prototype ‘SN8’ achieved a major milestone in the ongoing spacecraft’s development program, flying to a height of around 40,000 feet at SpaceX’s development facility in southern Texas. One of the Starship’s three Raptor engines cut off around 2 minutes into flight, but the prototype rocket continued its ascent. Then at around three minutes, another extinguished, leaving just one lit and firing. T...
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Watch Live: SpaceX Tries Again to Launch a Starship Prototype to High Altitude

After a last-second abort yesterday, SpaceX is back on track to send a prototype of its Starship rocket to a high altitude. You can watch the action live right here.Read more...
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What you can and can't do after getting the coronavirus vaccine

Customers eat lunch at tables outside restaurants in London, England on September 20, 2020. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images Getting a coronavirus vaccine isn't a free pass to pursue pre-COVID activities, like not wearing a mask and huddling close to strangers.  Because we don't yet know whether the vaccine protects recipients from spreading the virus to others, continuing to follow public health protocols against disease transmission is key.  The vaccine also won't protect recipien...
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