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Solstice Solace

Nikon FM2N, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Ilford HP5 Plus Astronomically, we're putting this mess in the rear-view mirror, even if 2020 doesn't end by the calendar for another week and a half.Maybe the sky will be clear enough here in Indy tonight to get a peek at the pending celestial magic... . [Author: Tam]
Tags: Space, Science, Guns, Nikon, Blog Stuff, Tam, Ilford, Indy, Pickcher Takin, Solstice Solace


Coronavirus live news: Biden receives vaccine as Congress passes US aid bill

UK warned to expect further restrictions; intensive care beds full in southern California; Denmark bans mink farms for a yearEuropean states ban travel from UK as new Covid strain takes holdWhat do we know about the fast-spreading Covid variant in UK?Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine approved by European regulator‘I’m ready’: Joe Biden receives coronavirus vaccine live on TV 4.17am GMT The US Congress on Monday approved an $892 billion coronavirus aid package, throwing a lifeline to the nation’s...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Congress, California, Senate, Africa, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, Joe Biden, US news, Asia Pacific, South Africa, Infectious Diseases


Coronavirus live news: Biden receives vaccine as House passes US aid bill

UK warned to expect further restrictions; intensive care beds full in southern California; Denmark bans mink farms for a yearEuropean states ban travel from UK as new Covid strain takes holdWhat do we know about the fast-spreading Covid variant in UK?Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine approved by European regulator‘I’m ready’: Joe Biden receives coronavirus vaccine live on TV 3.10am GMT China approved the emergency use of the Covid-19 vaccine in June and has carried out more than one million dose...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, London, California, China, Africa, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, Joe Biden, US news, Asia Pacific, South Africa, Infectious Diseases


Apple farm hit with $2 million fine after migrant workers die of COVID-19

In this photo taken Tuesday, June 16, 2020, orchard worker Francisco Hernandez reaches to pull honey crisp apples off the vine during a thinning of the trees at an orchard in Yakima, Wash. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Gebbers Farms in the state of Washington has been fined over $2 million for "egregious willful violations" of COVID-19 health orders. Over the summer, two migrant workers at the farm died from the coronavirus. "COVID-19 is a known workplace hazard, and we expect businesses in Was...
Tags: Science, Law, Washington, Mexico, Church, America, Trends, Retail, Jamaica, Washington State, Charles Davis, Central America, United Farm Workers, UFW, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Yakima Wash


The Sky Is Up To Something Tonight

When it comes to the sky, here are the things we know for certain to be true: We know that birds are allowed up there and humans are not (suspicious). We know that the sky acts as the sort of sacred lid to the world, and also that it contains the atmosphere and the air, the same air that our friends and pets and…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Sky, Air, Saturn, Jupiter, Astrology, Great Conjunction, Conjunction


Level Up Your Inner Nerd With Pokémon Blue Light Glasses

Jins today launched a new line of Pokémon-themed eyeglasses and blue light blockers. The collection, released in partnership with the Pokémon Company, will feature frames for both children and adults in a variety of designs and colors specific to fan-favorite Pokémon.Read more...
Tags: Science, Pokemon, Pokemon Company, Eyeglasses, JINS


Coronavirus live news: Biden receives vaccine as global death toll passes 1.7m

UK warned to expect further restrictions; intensive care beds full in southern California; Denmark bans mink farms for a yearEuropean states ban travel from UK as new Covid strain takes holdWhat do we know about the fast-spreading Covid variant in UK?Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine approved by European regulatorJoe Biden to receive coronavirus vaccine live on TV on Monday 11.32pm GMT Hello, my name is Helen Sullivan and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and my last b...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, California, Africa, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, South Africa, Infectious Diseases, Denmark, Biden, Helen Sullivan, Coronavirus


Apple Reportedly Aiming to Launch Self-Driving Cars By 2024

Apple Inc. is joining the self-driving car game.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Technology, Battery, Apple Inc, Self Driving Car, Company, Passenger Vehicle


British Airways and Delta Airlines agree to test passengers heading for New York state

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-900neo. Kenken_spotter/Shutterstock.com Three airlines are now requiring negative COVID-19 tests for passengers heading to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport from the United Kingdom.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked British Airways, Delta Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic to implement the measures following news of a new and potentially more transmissible variant of the novel coronavirus.  The new strain could be as much a 70% more transmissible, Ma...
Tags: Transportation, UK, New York, Science, France, Germany, Trends, Delta Airlines, United Kingdom, Delta, John, Andrew Cuomo, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, London Heathrow, Cuomo


Robotech's Christmas Episode Is the Perfect Holiday Special for 2020

You don’t need to have seasonal affective disorder to be depressed this holiday season. There’s plenty to be bummed out about, first and foremost that most of us won’t be able to spend time with our friends and family thanks to the pandemic, but then there’s also [gestures at everything]. It sucks, but most Christmas…Read more...
Tags: Science, Holidays, Christmas, Animation, Anime, Nostalgia, Mecha, Robotech, 80s, Macross, Io9 Features


Report: Chinese Hack of Federal Employment Database, Disclosed in 2015, Was a Disaster for the CIA

China’s efforts to purge its government of CIA moles has been aided significantly by a massive database of personnel information stolen from the U.S. government nearly a decade ago, as well as other hacked or leaked data sets, Foreign Policy reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Big Data, China, Cybersecurity, Spying, Surveillance, Data Breach, Hacking, Hackers, Espionage, Cia, Central Intelligence Agency, Cyberattacks, Opm, Office of Personnel Management


What We Know About the New Coronavirus Mutations and the Vaccines

Scientists in the UK and elsewhere are reporting the discovery of new, potentially important mutations found in local strains of the coronavirus. These strains may pose a real added danger to people, with early research suggesting that they’re more transmissible than the classic version. And though there’s much about…Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Vaccines, Mutations, Coronavirus, Covid 19


How The Mandalorian's Finale Reveal Fits Into Star Wars' Timeline

The Mandalorian’s season finale took Din Djarin’s small slice of the Star Wars universe and exploded it into smithereens—smithereens with much larger ties to the vast Skywalker Saga than any of us could’ve imagined when this show first started last year. But now that its adventures are inextricably linked, here’s some…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Princess Leia, Streaming, Mark Hamill, The Force, Luke Skywalker, Jedi, The Mandalorian, Disney Plus, Baby Yoda, Din Djarin, Io9 Features


Steve Wozniak's Apple II Sketches Go for $630,272 at Auction

How much would the first schematics of the printing press be worth today? What would you pay to own the original designs for the telephone? For some people, Steve Wozniak’s simple sketches for the Apple II hold a similar sort of historical significance as those hypothetical artifacts of tech history. And we now know…Read more...
Tags: Notes, Science, Doodles, Auction, Sketches, Steve Wozniak, RR Auction, Apple Artifacts


AT&T Can't Seem to Get Rid of DirecTV

AT&T is having a hard time trying to find a buyer to take DirecTV off its hands. Ars Technica (via the New York Post) reports the telecom is not happy with the $15 billion offers it has received since opening up auctions in October, and may “cancel the auction altogether if it doesn’t get better offers.” As of now,…Read more...
Tags: New York Post, Science, Ars Technica, Telecoms, Att, Streaming, Consumer Tech, DirecTV, Something About A 10 Foot Pole


AI and Satellite Data Could Help End Slavery on the High Seas

Slavery is rampant on fishing vessels around the world. Just how rampant, though, is an open question, given the challenges of cataloging what happens onboard thousands of vessels that spend weeks out at a sea and move from port to port, including in countries with lax regulations. Read more...
Tags: Science, Oceans, Slavery, Fishing, Satellite Data Could Help End Slavery


Octopuses Like to Punch Fish, New Research Suggests

Upsetting but strangely satisfying new research documents octopuses punching fish during collaborative feeding sessions. The octopuses primarily do it for practical reasons, but sometimes these underwater jabs seem to be purely spiteful.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fish, Animal Behavior, Marine Biology, Octopuses, Cephalopods, Seems On Brand


Tonight is the longest night of the year. You can use it to see a meteor shower and the historic Jupiter-Saturn 'double planet.'

The Geminids meteor shower lights up the sky over the Popocatepetl volcano, in Mexican state of Puebla, December 14, 2004. Monday brings the longest night of the year, along with the opportunity to watch a rare celestial occurrence. Jupiter and Saturn will appear so near each another in the sky that they seem to touch. Their conjunction hasn't come this close since 1226. At the same time, the Ursids meteor shower will send shooting stars streaking across the night sky. Visit Business Ins...
Tags: Europe, Astronomy, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Rome, Saturn, Jupiter, Winter Solstice, Puebla, Shooting Star, Popocatépetl, Northern Hemisphere, Rice University


What We Know About the Intriguing Radio Signal From Our Neighbor Star

Researchers with the Breakthrough Listen project have detected a curious signal originating from Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the Sun. The signal has been designated as a possible alien transmission, but like so many examples in the past, this latest detection is probably another dead end.Read more...
Tags: Science, Aliens, Seti, Extraterrestrials, Proxima Centauri, Radio Emissions, Intriguing Radio Signal From Our Neighbor Star


The Senate Agrees to a Plan to Phase Out a Dangerous Greenhouse Gas

“Bipartisan climate policy” is a unicorn of phrases when it comes to Congress, let alone “bipartisan climate policy instructing the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases.” Yet on Monday, this mythical creature appeared after senators agreed to include a plan to phase down production and use of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Senate, Environmental Protection Agency, HFCS, Climate Policy


The First Major U.S. Climate Law in a Decade Is on the Cusp of a Senate Vote

“Bipartisan climate policy” is a unicorn of phrases when it comes to Congress, let alone “bipartisan climate policy instructing the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases.” Yet on Monday, this mythical creature appeared after senators agreed to include a plan to phase down production and use of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Senate, Environmental Protection Agency, HFCS, Climate Policy


OnePlus' Latest Concept Phone Is a Color-Shifting, Motion-Sensing Tease

Apparently OnePlus is turning its habit of releasing concept phones every winter into a tradition. Following last year’s Concept One, OnePlus has just revealed the OnePlus 8T Concept.Read more...
Tags: Android, Teasers, Science, Smartphones, Oneplus, Consumer Tech, Concept Phone, OnePlus 8T Concept


Coronavirus vaccines don't contain microchips. Here's what's actually in the shots.

A nurse prepares a coronavirus vaccine shot developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., July 2020. Hans Pennink/AP The coronavirus vaccine does not contain a microchip, contrary to a widely-shared conspiracy theory. The false claim that says Bill Gates is plotting to use the vaccine to track people via microchip may have come from a Facebook video containing altered and out-of-context interviews. The vaccine actually contains a tiny piece of genetic material encased in...
Tags: Facebook, Usa, Science, Microsoft, Trends, Bill Gates, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Conspiracy Theories, Anthony Fauci, Microchip, Gates, Reuters, CBN, Moderna


Hackers Steal Thousands of Customer Emails From Popular Crypto Wallet

Hackers have released over 270,000 email addresses associated with customers of the popular hardware-based cryptocurrency wallet Ledger. The leak, which allegedly stemmed from a company hack last July, appears to contain over 270,000 customer emails and other identifying information.Read more...
Tags: Science, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency


Dedicated commercial human in-space operations are coming sooner than you may realize

If you’ve ever heard someone refer to the idea of ‘working in space,’ you’d be forgive for thinking they were describing a science fiction plot. But the number of humans actively working beyond Earth’s atmosphere – and living significant chunks of their lives there, too – is about to start growing at a potentially exponential rate. Given how small that population is now, the growth might look slow at first – but it’s happening soon, and plans are in place to help it start ramping up quickly. The...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, International Space Station, Vice President, Mars, Astronaut, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Space Station, Chief


*HARRY POTTER HOGWARTS BATTLE* Cooperative Deck Building Card/Board Game

We’re a bunch of Harry Potter fanatics around here…we’ve all taken the Pottermore Sorting and Patronus Quizzes, read the books independently and together, listened on audio, watched the movies, dressed up as its characters for Halloween…so it was high time we played a Harry Potter board game! Battle for the Castle is superbly congruous with […]
Tags: Crafts, Games, Math, Science, History, Harry Potter, Board Games, Strategy games, Card Games, Homeschool, Gameschooling


New Covid variant in UK: spreading Christmas fear?

B117 is more transmissible than original virus, but there is no evidence it makes people sickerCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIf a new virus sounds scary, a new mutating virus sounds scarier still. In Kent in September, scientists now believe, somebody with Covid was the unlucky first person to pass on a variant form of the coronavirus that is maybe as much as 70% more transmissible than the version we have been used to.The exponential recent rise in cases now blamed...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Health policy, Kent, Coronavirus, COVID


I Desperately Need This Lego Machine That Measures Presents and Perfectly Cuts Wrapping Paper to Size

As enjoyable as the holidays are, there are parts that you’re happy to be done with—like wrapping presents. It’s a process that seems overly complicated, especially when your hard work is going to just be torn to shreds, which is why I desperately want this giant Lego machine as my gift-wrapping assistant.Read more...
Tags: Science, Holidays, Lego, Hacks, Presents, Wrapping Paper, The Brick Wall


*ICE DUO* 2 Player Dice Strategy Games

Two-player games are AWESOME. With six boy, sometimes more is NOT merrier… 2 player games keep the interpersonal skills at a manageable level, and it’s fun for just two of my boys to get to spend some quality time together. Everybody takes turns playing though, this game gets A TON of mileage! It’s also one […]
Tags: Crafts, Math, Science, DICE, Board Games, Strategy games, Card Games, Gameschooling



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