First known US case of highly transmissible mutated coronavirus strain from Brazil reported in Minnesota

A North Dakota resident seals a self-administered COVID-19 saliva test sample at a testing site inside the former Thomas Edison Elementary School, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Moorhead, Minnesota, U.S., October 25, 2020. Bing Guan/Reuters The first known US case of a coronavirus variant from Brazil was reported in Minnesota on Monday. The new strain P.1, is another mutation of SARS-CoV-2 to be detected in the US, alongside a strain originating from the UK.  T...
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Alexa Can Now Proactively Act on Hunches on Its Own

Amazon’s assistant can now power on your robot vacuum or turn off your smart lights all on its own. Yes, you heard that right.Read more...
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UK officials say people who get the contagious coronavirus variant may have a higher risk of death. Here's why that could be.

A row of ambulances parked outside the Royal London Hospital. Daniel Leaf-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images UK officials announced on Friday that the coronavirus variant discovered there may have a higher mortality rate than the original. That may be because people sick with the variant have — more virus in their bodies — a factor linked with more severe COVID-19. The variant is more transmissible, so more people are getting infected, which may cause a higher death toll. Visit Business Insider...
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Debunk, don’t ‘prebunk,’ and other psychology lessons for social media moderation

If social networks and other platforms are to get a handle on disinformation, it’s not enough to know what it is — you have to know how people react to it. Researchers at MIT and Cornell have some surprising but subtle findings that may affect how Twitter and Facebook should go about treating this problematic content. MIT’s contribution is a counter-intuitive one. When someone encounters a misleading headline in their timeline, the logical thing to do would be to put a warning before it so that ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Tech, Taiwan, Mit, Biden, Cornell, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, David Rand, Moderation, Disinformation, Adam Berinsky

Twitter Launches 'Birdwatch,' a Community to Help Moderate Misinformation

Twitter announced on Monday that it had officially launched Birdwatch, a program designed to combat misinformation on the platform by deploying a small group of users to flag potentially misleading content.Read more...
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Gray Whales Off Baja California Are Dying En Masse, and Scientists Don't Know Why

An unusual mortality event of gray whales off the coast of Mexico is disturbingly persistent, according to a study published this week in the Marine Ecology Progress Series. The die-off began in 2019, and the gray whale death count is currently at 384, though the actual number may be higher.Read more...
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The Treadly 2 Just Wants You To Do Your Best, Because Your Best Is Good Enough

| $749 | Promo Code TREDS-100 | $849 | Promo Code TREDS-100Read more...
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How California Can Phase Out Selling Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars by 2035

Last September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made waves when he announced plans to ban the sale of fossil fuel-powered cars by 2035. A new state study shows the challenges the state will face in cutting emissions down to zero.Read more...
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A Methane Sea on Saturn’s Moon Titan Could Be Over 1,000 Feet Deep

Data gathered by NASA’s Cassini probe has allowed scientists to estimate the depth of Kraken Mare—the biggest methane sea on Saturn’s moon Titan.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Ocean, Saturn, Spaceflight, Titan, Lake, Spacecraft, Cassini, Christiaan Huygens, Ligeia Mare, Kraken Mare, Bodies of Water, Cassinihuygens, Planets Of The Solar System, Methane Sea

A Telegram Bot Is Selling Stolen Facebook User Info for $20 a Pop

The phone numbers (and corresponding site IDs) of some 500 million Facebook users now appear to be for sale on a dark web cybercrime forum. Read more...
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New Guy to Assure Nation Old President Is Very, Very Healthy

White House physician Dr. Sean Conley will have to find a new patient to give wildly optimistic press conferences about.Read more...
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Snowpiecer's Second Season Welcomes in a New, if Unsurprising Tyranny

After getting off to a rocky start, TNT’s Snowpiercer ultimately found its footing over the progression of its first season. Years of post-apocalyptic simmering class conflict between the titular train’s cars erupted in its climax, setting the stage for a second season that wants to try and explore those conflicts…Read more...
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Rumor Has It the Next Samsung, Apple Smartwatches Might Monitor Blood Glucose

Smartwatches have added incredibly sophisticated health features in recent years, with the ability to take electrocardiograms to diagnose atrial fibrillation and monitor your blood oxygen levels. But if rumors are to be believed, the next iteration of Samsung’s Galaxy Watch and the Apple Watch Series 7 could attempt…Read more...
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3D Print Your Own Pouting Bernie

In a fascinating example of the physical world entering the digital and then hurtling itself back out again, the now-famous photo of Sen. Bernie Sanders looking like a petulant seventh-grader waiting for his mom to pick him up after band practice is now a 3D-printable trinket.Read more...
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Scientists Have Discovered a New Case of Rogue Pollution

A group of scientists have worked as a veritable atmospheric detective agency and dug into a new mystery of more ozone-damaging substances. Two years ago, they identified rogue sources of ozone-depleting chemicals. In a new study out Monday they found sources of new potentially damaging chemicals while highlighting…Read more...
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Elon Musk says he's 'super fired up' for fighting climate change with Joe Biden

President Joe Biden speaks before signing executive orders on his first day in White House on January 21, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) Elon Musk is 'fired up' to help the Biden administration on climate change. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO told Fortune he's hopeful that they can make progress on the environment.  Musk is currently running a competition to give a $100 million prize to the best carbon capture technology. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. El...
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AMC Lives to See Another Day

Theater giant AMC has narrowly avoided bankruptcy—a small miracle, really.Read more...
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This Giant Ice Cube Represents How Much Ice We're Losing Every Year

We talk about ice a lot here on Earther—or more specifically, the growing absence of it. A new study puts what’s happening to the planet in striking perspective. While I can tell you the results show 1.2 trillion tons of ice disappeared every year since 1994, it’s a lot easier to grasp as a visual.Read more...
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What Are the Best Two-Player Board Games?

For many people who have been stuck at home for the past year, social interaction has been in short supply. Zoom and Discord voice chat allow some stopgaps for friends looking to connect, but physical interactions have been limited to roommates or family. That got me thinking about how difficult it’s been to find new…Read more...
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Google Continues to Promise Its Bid to End Cookies Isn't an Enormous Power Grab

On Monday, Google released on its proposed tracking alternative to third-party cookies, a “privacy-first” technology that, from any angle, seems like just another way for the company to maintain its stranglehold on digital ad sales.Read more...
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A Mexican company is turning leftover avocado pits into biodegradable silverware

Last year, Americans consumed over 6 billion avocados, leaving behind tons of inedible pits that turn into food waste. The Mexican company Biofase converts around 130 tons of avocado seeds a month into forks, knives, spoons, and straws.The company claims its bioplastic food products have a lower carbon footprint than any other comparable material - even paper.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Read the original article on Business Insider [Author: [email protected]
Tags: Video, Science, News, Mexico, Trends, Plastic, Biodegradable, Food Waste, Avocados, Business Insider Today, Jacqueline Baylon Amelia Kosciulek

These Are the First Nerf Blasters That Can Actually Shoot Around Corners

The Mythbusters proved that shooting bullets in a dramatic curve like Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy did in the movie Wanted is actually impossible. But tiny foam balls? That’s very doable with the latest additions to Nerf’s Rival blaster line.Read more...
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Watch Live: SpaceX Attempts Second High-Altitude Launch of a Starship Prototype

SpaceX is scheduled to launch Starship prototype SN9 later today, in what will be the second high-altitude test of the company’s next-gen rocket. You can watch the action live right here.Read more...
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Study Finds It Could Take Humanity a Decade to Recover from Pandemic Costs, Except for Billionaires, Who Are Doing Great

Imagine that you were granted one wish, and that wish were that America got to watch a real-world Hollywood switcheroo involving Jeff Bezos and an Amazon warehouse worker. And now hold onto that pleasant thought so you can stomach this news: According to a new Oxfam study, the spare change that the world’s top ten…Read more...
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Enigmatic Star System Has 5 Planets Locked in Perfect Harmony

A unique planetary system located 200 light-years from Earth hosts five exoplanets with orbits locked together in a repeating pattern, despite their very different sizes and densities. The discovery is challenging astronomers’ notions of the kinds of planetary systems that can exist and how they form.Read more...
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Steering a Balloon With Sound Waves Could Be the Secret to Touching Objects in VR

The ultimate goal to making virtual reality feel more like reality is letting users physically touch non-existent objects in a VR world. Until we figure out the technology behind Star Trek’s Holodecks, researchers from the University of Tokyo are experimenting with steerable helium balloons that VR users can safely…Read more...
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SpaceX may finally launch its newest Starship rocket prototype this afternoon. 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 — on Monday. The new prototype, called serial No. 9 or SN9, is set to rocket tens of thousands of feet in the air, belly-flo...
Tags: Transportation, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Science, News, Trends, Earth, Spaceships, Rockets, Mars, Faa, Spaceflight, Rocket Launch, Federal Aviation Administration

Covid linked to risk of mental illness and brain disorder, study suggests

One in eight people who get coronavirus also have first psychiatric or neurological illness within six months, research findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne in eight people who have had Covid-19 are diagnosed with their first psychiatric or neurological illness within six months of testing positive for the virus, a new analysis suggests, adding heft to an emerging body of evidence that stresses the toll of the virus on mental health and brain disorders cannot be i...
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This Screen Protector Hides an Image You Can Only See When the Phone Turns Off

A screen protector that does its job well is also a screen protector that you never see. It’s a product you want to be completely invisible, or maybe you don’t? A smartphone case is no longer the only way to personalize your device as a company has come up with a way to infuse glass screen protectors with images and…Read more...
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