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Fauci said the US's COVID-19 vaccines are powerful enough that they should be able to shoulder new strains of the infection with limited impact on efficacy

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, prepares to receive his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci said data shows the COVID-19 vaccines may not be as effective against new coronavirus strains. However, both vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have proven to be so highly effective that it creates a "cushion effect...
Tags: UK, Science, News, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, South Africa, National Institutes of Health, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Fauci, Bethesda Maryland, Moderna, JAMA Network


Amazon Doesn't Have to Restore Parler's Web Service, Judge Rules

A federal judge on Thursday refused Parler’s motion for a preliminary injunction to force Amazon to immediately restore web services for the far-right social network.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Technology, Computing, App Store, World Wide Web, Amazon Doesn, Gab, Parler, Conservatism In The United States


Report: 70% of Americans Now Have Access to Low-Priced Wired Broadband Plans

It looks like things might be improving—at least a little—when it comes to closing the digital divide in America. The latest quarterly report from BroadbandNow highlights several small achievements that have closed the internet gap a little bit more, but also reveals the massive amount of work still ahead.Read more...
Tags: Science, America, BroadbandNow


Instacart to Cut All Unionized Workers Amid Widescale Layoffs

Instacart is reportedly firing nearly 2,000 in-store shoppers, including all of its workers who voted to unionize last February in a historic first for the grocery delivery platform.Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Trade unions, Food And Drink, Instacart, Food Industry, United Food and Commercial Workers, Online grocery delivery


Elon Musk is donating $100M to find the best carbon capture technology

Elon Musk said Thursday via a tweet that he will donate $100 million toward a prize for the best carbon capture technology. Musk, who recently surpassed Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become the world’s richest person, didn’t provide any more details except to add in an accompanying tweet the “details will come next week.” It’s unclear if this is a contribution to another organization that is putting together a prize such as the Xprize or if this is another Musk-led production. Am donating $100M towa...
Tags: Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tech, Tesla, Xprize, Jeff Bezos, LanzaTech, GreenTech, Musk, CCS, Carbon Engineering, Carbon Engineering Climeworks


Vaccines may not work as well against the coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, research shows. People may also face a risk of reinfection.

A volunteer receives an injection for a potential COVID-19 vaccine at the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa on June 28, 2020. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective against a more infectious version of the coronavirus first found in South Africa. New research shows the mutated strain can evade the antibodies developed in response to vaccination or infection with the original version of the coronavirus. But Pfizer has said i...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, News, Kentucky, Trends, Cnn, South Africa, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, Vaccines, Seattle, Mutations, Penny, Emory University


How Biden plans to fight the pandemic: 100 million shots, 100 new vaccine centers, and lots more testing and PPE

Joe Biden being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts. Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP President Biden issued several coronavirus-related executive orders during his first two days in office. The orders aim to increase mask-wearing, accelerate vaccine distribution, and tighten international travel restrictions. Over 100 days, Biden hopes to give most K-8 schools funding to reopen and administer at least 100 million shots. Visit Business Insider's hom...
Tags: Politics, UK, Science, Obama, Cdc, Washington, White House, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Joe Biden, Ap, Chicago, United States, South Africa


Google’s parent firm is shutting down Loon connectivity project

Google’s parent firm Alphabet is done exploring the idea of using giant balloons to beam high-speed internet in remote parts of the world. The firm said on Thursday evening that it was winding down Loon, a nine-year-old project and a two-and-a-half-year-old spin off firm, after failing to find a sustainable business model and willing partners. The demise of Loon comes a year after Android-maker ended Google Station, its other major connectivity effort to bring internet to the next billion users....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Space, Spacex, Science, Hardware, Internet, India, Tech, Kenya, Project Loon, Loon, Alphabet, Sub Saharan Africa, Google Station


Cult Horror Classic Let's Scare Jessica to Death Is Still as Bizarre as Its Title

With a title like Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, you’d forgiven for assuming this low-budget cult movie arrived as part of the post-Friday the 13th wave of 1980s slashers, especially considering its lakeside setting. But it came out in 1971—and 50 years later it’s still unsettling in ways few other movies can claim.Read more...
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House Oversight Committee Asks FBI to Investigate Parler

The chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee has asked the FBI to investigate Parler, the largely unmoderated conservative social media hellhole implicated as one of the sites involved in organizing the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fbi, Websites, Internet Culture, World Wide Web, EPIK, House Oversight Committee, Section 230, Gab, 8chan, Rebekah Mercer, Parler, Capitol Read, Stop The Steal, Alt Tech, Bitchute


Alphabet shuts down Loon internet balloon company

Google’s parent firm, Alphabet, is done exploring the idea of using a fleet of balloons to beam high-speed internet in remote parts of the world. The firm said on Thursday evening that it was winding down Loon, a nine-year-old project and a two-and-a-half-year-old spin off firm, after failing to find a sustainable business model and partners for one of its most prominent moonshot projects. The demise of Loon, which assumed spotlight after the project helped restore cell services knocked out by a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Space, Spacex, Science, Hardware, Internet, India, Tech, Kenya, Project Loon, Loon, Alphabet, Puerto Rico, Sub Saharan Africa


Google’s parent firm is shutting down Loon internet company

Google’s parent firm, Alphabet, is done exploring the idea of using giant balloons to beam high-speed internet in remote parts of the world. The firm said on Thursday evening that it was winding down Loon, a nine-year-old project and a two-and-a-half-year-old spin off firm, after failing to find a sustainable business model and partners. The demise of Loon comes a year after the Android-maker ended Google Station, its other major connectivity effort to bring internet to the next billion users. T...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Space, Spacex, Science, Hardware, Internet, India, Tech, Kenya, Project Loon, Loon, Alphabet, Sub Saharan Africa, Google Station


WandaVision's Kathryn Hahn Says Gossip and Secrets Are a Part of Agnes

Whenever Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes bursts into the camera’s focus on Disney+’s WandaVision, the show’s laugh track usually kicks in as the archetypical sitcom neighbor interrupts whatever odd thing Wanda and Vision happen to be doing. But the more time WandaVision spends following Agnes around, the more you see that, out…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Actors, Musicians, Wanda, Entertainers, Agnes, Kathryn Hahn, Io9, American People Of German Descent


Pebble Founder Says His New App Brings iMessage to Android With a Little 'Trickery'

Earlier this month, WhatsApp announced some changes to its privacy policy that sent users scrambling to move their mobile social life to a new network. Signal got an influx of richly deserved new users, and Android users bemoaned the fact that they can’t switch to Apple’s iMessage. All of that’s a long way of saying…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Signal


Please, Please Don't Put Hand Sanitizer in Your Eyes

The harms of the covid-19 pandemic go well beyond the illnesses and deaths directly caused by the virus. One particular repercussion, according to a new study out Thursday, has been more kids getting hurt from alcohol-based hand sanitizer ending up in their eyes.Read more...
Tags: Science, Public Health, Hand, Hygiene, Skin Care, Hand Sanitizer, Purell, Don, Disinfectants, Antiseptics


SpaceX has pushed the launch of its newest Starship rocket prototype to next 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 Monday. 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


Raspberry Pi Introduces a New $4 Board, and It's Own Silicon

The Raspberry Pi is one of the smallest and cheapest mini computers you can buy. It has an HDMI port, USB ports, and runs Ubuntu or other open-source operating systems like a champ. The new Raspberry Pi Pico, on the other hand, is like the CPU of a more complex machine. By itself, it can’t do much but with a few…Read more...
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Fauci says the US could see a 'degree of normality' by the fall if 70-85% are vaccinated by the end of summer

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, preparing to receive his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22 in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday emphasized vaccines as necessary for a return to normal. Fauci said his "best-case scenario" was for 85% of Americans to be vaccinated by the end of summer.  The CDC says over 17.5 million vaccine doses...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, National Institutes of Health, Vaccine, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Fauci, National Institute of Allergy


Fauci says the US could see a 'degree of normality' by fall if 70-85% are vaccinated by end of summer

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, prepares to receive his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at the National Institutes of Health on December 22, 2020 in Bethesda, Maryland. Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday emphasized the importance of vaccines if the US wants to return to normal. Fauci said most Americans need to be vaccinated by the end of summer for any sense of normality by fall. Over 17.5 million vac...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Cdc, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, National Institutes of Health, Vaccine, Biden, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Fauci, Bethesda Maryland


This Startup Wants Vertical Farmers to Hire a Robot Gardener

In recent years, vertical farming has emerged as a futurist’s solution to the world’s agricultural problems. The growing trend seeks to use controlled environments to boost food production, leveraging indoor labs where temperature, light, and nutrients can be mechanically controlled. Read more...
Tags: Science, Startup Wants Vertical Farmers


Raspberry Pi Introduces a New $4 Board, and Its Own Silicon

The Raspberry Pi is one of the smallest and cheapest mini computers you can buy. It has an HDMI port, USB ports, and runs Ubuntu or other open-source operating systems like a champ. The new Raspberry Pi Pico, on the other hand, is like the CPU of a more complex machine. By itself, it can’t do much, but with a few…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Raspberry Pi, Computing, Arduino, Chip, Embedded Systems, Board, Microcontrollers, Adafruit Industries, Single Board Computers, Linux Based Devices, Arm Architecture, Micropython


OnePlus Joins Forces with Oppo and Realme for Research and Development

One of the longest-running jokes in the smartphone industry is that anytime Oppo puts out a new phone, OnePlus will release something very similar a few months later. But now, the two companies along with Realme are making that kind of cooperation official by merging parts of their research and development.Read more...
Tags: Science, OnePlus Joins Forces, Realme for Research and Development


The Fate of Trump’s Facebook Account to be Decided by Facebook’s Supreme Court

Facebook has handed the keys locking Donald Trump off its platforms over to its Oversight Board, which will decide whether the former president can once again spew his thoughts on a major social network. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Articles, Software, Nick Clegg, Computing, Donald Trump, Section 230, Oversight Board, QAnon, Facebook 's Supreme Court, Criticism Of Facebook, Trump 's Facebook Account


MagSafe Battery Packs Are Officially a Thing, and Now You Can Pre-Order One for Yourself

Charge Fast Power Pack Air | $65 | Charge FastRead more...
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Gay Culture Is gaysovercovid

The glee is palpable when you peruse gaysovercovid, as many have in the past few weeks; its follower count has ballooned in the wake of mass partying in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and an ensuing . The delight characterizing the Instagram account, which posts pictures of groups of gay (and mostly white)…Read more...
Tags: Science, Articles, Gay, Grindr, Puerto Vallarta Mexico, Personal Life, Mobile Applications, English Words, Slut Shaming, Geosocial Networking, Labeling Theory


Twitter Suspends Chinese Embassy for Smearing Uighur Women as 'Baby-Making Machines'

Twitter restricted the ability of the Chinese Embassy to the U.S. to post tweets after it deemed one of its posts dehumanizing to the Uighur people, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group that the Chinese government has reportedly subjected to dystopian surveillance, detention camps, and forced abortion and sterilization.Read more...
Tags: Science, Muslim, Chinese Embassy, Twitter Suspends Chinese Embassy


Google's Finally Giving the Little Guys a Cut

On Thursday, French authorities finally accomplished the impossible: getting Google to agree to pay news outlets the licensing fees they’ve spent more than half a decade begging for.Read more...
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The U.S. Approves Permit for the 'Proving Ground for the Future of Wave Energy'

The Trump administration ended with a series of last-minute environmental rollbacks. But the day before President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Trump’s Department of the Interior also, bizarrely, snuck in what could be a big win for renewable energy.Read more...
Tags: Energy, Science, Articles, Renewable Energy, Joe Biden, Wave Power, Energy Policy, Trump, Interior, Energy Development, Marine Energy, Energy Conversion, Sustainable Technologies, Renewable Energy Technology, Water Power, Renewable Energy Transition


Otter Will Now Mercifully Transcribe Your Google Meet Calls

Otter’s eliminated one more step for actually remembering who said what during Google Meet calls.Read more...
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