Elon Musk's "Not A Flamethrower" Was a Indeed Flamethrower, Say Cops

Back in 2018, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company released a bunch of limited edition flame-throwing devices as a bizarre promotional gimmick for the tunnel-digging startup. Officially dubbed “Not A Flamethrower” on the company’s own website, the devices could not, as CNN pointed out at the time, “spew flames long…Read more...
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Here's What Google Didn't Say In Its Promises About Our Privacy

Roughly a month after being hit with a pretty damning antitrust suit led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Google issued its response on Sunday via a public blog post tackling some of the more “misleading” allegations. Read more...
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Asus's Next Gamer Phone May Be Doing Dual Screens in a Delightfully Ridiculous Way

Asus is no stranger when it comes to putting two displays on a single laptop, but for its next gaming phone, Asus is apparently looking to push some boundaries by putting a small secondary display on the back of the upcoming ROG Phone 5. Read more...
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A New SolarWinds Malware Strain Is Discovered

SolarWinds: it’s the hack that keeps on growing. On Monday, researchers announced the discovery of yet another malware strain used by foreign hackers to infiltrate a wide milieu of American government agencies and companies. Read more...
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A Chapter of the Oath Keepers Militia Group Is Raising Money Through Amazon Smile

Militia members are tapping at least one revenue stream through Amazon’s charity partnership program, Amazon Smile. As of Tuesday evening, Amazon shoppers can choose to donate 0.5% of their purchase costs to the Indiana chapter of the armed anti-government group Oath Keepers, one member of which was just charged with…Read more...
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Talking can spread Covid as much as coughing, says research

Tiny aerosols of the virus emitted when speaking linger in air for longer than larger droplets from a coughCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSpeaking to a friend when infected with the coronavirus could be as dangerous as coughing near them thanks to lingering particles, research has suggested.Covid can be spread through a number of routes, including virus-containing droplets emitted when an infected person breaths, speaks or coughs – a factor experts said could help to...
Tags: Science, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, University of Cambridge, Coronavirus, COVID

Egyptian archaeologists unearthed a 4,200-year-old funerary temple for a queen and 50 coffins in an ancient city of the dead

A sarcophagus found near Queen Nearit's funerary temple in Saqqara, which was unveiled on January 17, 2021. KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/GETTY Archaeologists discovered a funerary temple in Saqqara, Egypt belonging to a queen who lived 4,200 years ago. They also found burial shafts containing 50 sealed wooden coffins, as well as a scroll with an excerpt from the Egyptian "Book of the Dead." Researchers have uncovered more than 200 sarcophagi at Saqqara since September. Visit Business Insider's h...
Tags: Science, News, Cbs News, Trends, Egypt, Archaeology, Mummies, Cairo, Tombs, Saqqara, New Kingdom, Hawass, Ministry of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, Néit, Ancient Egypt

Brave Web Browser Will Become the First To Offer Peer-To-Peer Networking Protocol

For anyone hoping a decentralized web is in our immediate future — anyone who has, say, recently observed the measurable ways in which big tech oligarchs play an active role in shaping our democracy, perhaps — there’s good news: On Tuesday, privacy-focused browser Brave released an update that makes it the first to…Read more...
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A Black scientist who approved the coronavirus vaccine says it is 'nothing like Tuskegee' and people of color will not be 'guinea pigs'

MARK LENNIHAN/POOL/AFP/Getty Black Americans are less likely to get the coronavirus vaccine than white people, but are more likely to get sick and die from COVID-19.  Some are concerned about the speed of vaccine development. Dr. James E. K. Hildreth, a Black immunologist, explained how the process was safely expedited.  He also said the coronavirus vaccine is "nothing like Tuskegee" in part because Black scientists like him have been involved every step of the way.   Visit Business Insid...
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These Butterflies Use Their Putrid Genitalia to Keep Rivals Away From Mates

A chemical produced by the male genitals of this tropical butterfly is so repulsive, scientists refer to it as an “anti-aphrodisiac.”Read more...
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The Biggest Thing Missing From Joe Biden's Climate Plan: Plastic

President-elect Joe Biden has promised to decarbonize the U.S. electricity grid by 2035 and implement a host of other climate policies, which in theory would discourage fossil fuel companies from extracting more oil and gas. But instead, it could just push them to find other uses for their products: Specifically,…Read more...
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Fauci says serving in the Trump administration was 'somewhat awkward'

President Donald Trump listens to Dr. Anthony Fauci at a press briefing. AP Photo/Alex Brandon Anthony Fauci told the Harvard Business Review that his experience serving in the Trump administration was "somewhat awkward." "It's not a happy day when you have to get up in front of national TV and contradict something that the President of the United States says," Fauci said. Trump has repeatedly undermined Fauci's assessments and guidance about the coronavirus pandemic.  Visit Business Insid...
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Netflix Is Finally Adding a Streaming Roulette Feature As It Clinches 200 Million Subscriptions

Netflix has officially amassed 200 million subscribers, but the company isn’t planning to rest on its laurels. Read more...
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Can You Beat My Donald Trump Goodbye Tweet?

Goodbye to all that, amirite? But how will you say goodbye?Read more...
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GPT-3 is the world’s most powerful bigotry generator. What should we do about it?

GPT-3 is, arguably, the world’s most advanced text generator. It costs billions of dollars to develop, has a massive carbon footprint, and was trained by some of the world’s leading AI experts using one of the largest datasets ever curated. And, in spite of all that, it’s also inherently bigoted. A recent study conducted by researchers from Stanford and McMaster universities found that GPT-3 generates novel statements of bigotry. In other words: GPT-3 can generate completely fresh bigotry statem...
Tags: Startups, Science, Opinion, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, McMaster, GPT, Neural, Thomas Macaulay

The 10 Best Deals of January 19, 2021

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Snag a Laptop, Desktop, or Printer on the Cheap in Today's Best HP Deals

Featured Deal: HP Laptop 14Z | $280 | HP
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SpaceX may launch and land its newest Starship rocket prototype this week. With any luck, it won't explode.

Left: SpaceX founder Elon Musk looks upward during a press briefing on March 2, 2019. Right: SpaceX's Starship serial No. 8 rocket-ship prototype launches from a pad in Boca Chica, Texas, on December 9, 2020. Dave Mosher/Insider; SpaceX SpaceX is preparing to launch the latest prototype of its Starship spacecraft — a system that could one day carry humans to Mars — as early as Thursday. The new prototype, called serial No. 9 or SN9, is set to rocket tens of thousands of feet in the air...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Spaceships, Rockets, Mars, Faa, Spaceflight, Rocket Launch, Federal Aviation Administration

A Fitness Tracker Shouldn't Make You Feel Like Trash

I can’t figure out who, exactly, Amazon’s Halo Band is designed for. The screen-free band works in the background to track your activity and sleep, and it also has microphones to listen in on your conversations and analyze your tone. There is some appeal to a screen-free wearable that can cut down the distractions in…Read more...
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Your Guide to 2021's Biggest TV, Part 1

Finally, 2021 is here, and with it, so much television to look forward to. In fact, there’s so much, we’re breaking down our big new year preview of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and superhero shows into three massive parts! Ready for part one?Read more...
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This New Windows 10 Bug Could Brick Your PC

Don’t do it. Most people aren’t going to experiment with navigating to root Windows 10 folders, but just in case anyone might be digging around in the software guts of their PC, it’s best to stay away from inputting this file path into your browser: “\\.\globalroot\device\condrv\kernelconnect”. It will not only…Read more...
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Facebook Promised to Stop Promoting Political Groups, You’ll Never Believe What Happened Next

Surprise! Despite repeated assurances from Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, that the company would stop recommending all “political and social issue groups” in order to slow down misinformation and coordinated political violence, it didn’t really do that.Read more...
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Shoot Your Shot With the Best Digital Cameras, According to Photographers

Top Product: Sony A7-III | $1,998 | Amazon
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The Dark Web's Largest Forum for Stolen Credit Card Data Is Shutting Down

Another large cybercrime forum appears to be biting the dust.Read more...
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What Scientists Wish They Knew a Year Ago About the Covid-19 Pandemic

On January 20, 2020, the first known case of covid-19 in the U.S. was reported—a man in his 30s who had traveled back to Washington State from Wuhan, China, where the first cases of the novel viral disease had been discovered in December 2019. Nearly everyone failed to predict the full scale of the devastation that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Time, Washington State, Wuhan China, Nancy Messonnier, Coronavirus Disease

Columbia study finds new way to extract energy from black holes

In 1969, the physicist Roger Penrose first proposed a way in which it might be possible to extract energy from a black hole.A new study builds upon similar ideas to describe how chaotic magnetic activity in the ergosphere of a black hole may produce vast amounts of energy, which could potentially be harvested.The findings suggest that, in the very distant future, it may be possible for a civilization to survive by harnessing the energy of a black hole rather than a star. Like the Sun, the stars...
Tags: Space, Science, Physics, Innovation, Columbia University, Columbia, Roger Penrose, Penrose, American Physical Society s Physical Review D, Columbia News, Luca Comisso, Felipe A Asenjo, Comisso

My Little Ponies Will Join the Transformers on Cybertron for a New Comic Adventure

IDW’s licensed comics love themselves a good crossover, especially the Transformers, who’ve teamed up with everyone from the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise to the Ghostbusters, and, yes even the beloved magical horsies of Equestria. This time, they’re teaming up with Pinkie Pie and the gang again—on their home turf.Read more...
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South African Coronavirus Variant May Dodge Existing Immunity in Some People

Experts are becoming increasingly worried that at least some variants of the coronavirus will pose an added challenge to limiting the spread of covid-19 through vaccination. Recent data announced over the weekend suggests a variant first found in South Africa can escape detection from antibodies in some people who had…Read more...
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Florida Whistleblower Rebekah Jones Turns Herself In 'to Protect Her Family' From Local Police

Rebekah Jones, the Florida data scientist turned whistleblower who accused state authorities of manipulating covid-19 data, turned herself in to local police on Sunday night to, as she put it, “protect her family” from ongoing police harassment. Her announcement came just one day after Florida authorities issued an …Read more...
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A man taking a college-entrance exam in Tokyo was disqualified for refusing to keep his mask over his nose

A woman holds a face mask in her hands. Nico De Pasquale Photography/Getty Images A 49-year-old man in Tokyo was disqualified from college-entrance exams for not wearing a mask. The man was told six times to pull his mask up, but he didn't. When he was barred from the test, he hid in the bathroom and refused to leave until he was arrested. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A Japanese man was disqualified from taking the college-entrance exams after he repeatedly refused t...
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