Coronavirus live news: Biden says Trump 'did not do his job'; Amazon variant 'three times more contagious'

US vaccination programme in ‘much worse shape’ than first thought, Biden says; Irish lockdown set to be extended until April. Follow latest updatesPfizer vaccine found to give strong immune response to new variantsCDC: people with two vaccine doses can skip quarantineArthritis drug that helps Covid ICU patients has wider benefitsAstraZeneca says vaccine against new variants may take six monthsSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.15am GMT New Zealand’s first Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in the...
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You Hurt the PS5 Scalpers' Feelings

Apparently some PlayStation 5 scalpers aren’t happy with their public image, Forbes reports. The press has treated them unfairly and misrepresented them, they claim. I’m not sure what rock these scalpers have been living under, but news flash: People hate scalpers for legitimate reasons. They screw people out of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Playstation, Retailers, Tickets, Stubhub, Forbes, Black Markets, Viagogo, Retailing, Scalping, Video Game Consoles, PlayStation 5, Ticket Resale, Internet Bot

Diabetes Drug Found to Substantially Improve Obesity Treatment in Large Clinical Trial

The findings from a new clinical trial released Wednesday may point the way to an elusive goal: a safe and effective drug that helps reduce obesity in people. Read more...
Tags: Science, Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Bariatric Surgery, Body Shape, Semaglutide, Clinical Medicine, Branches Of Biology, Medical Specialties, Hospitality Recreation, Health Medical Pharma, Glucagon Like Peptide 1, Anti Diabetic Drugs, Peptide Hormones

Stonehenge Started as an Entirely Different Henge, New Research Suggests

Archaeologists in Britain have discovered the site of a former stone circle in west Wales, which they believe was taken apart and later rebuilt as Stonehenge.Read more...
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Apple's Keeping Google's Prying Eyes Out Of iOS 14

If you regularly use Apple’s Safari browser, you’re probably familiar with its “Fraudulent Website Warning,” which gives you a heads up if the site you’re about to visit might be, say, an elaborate phishing scam. What you probably didn’t know is that until now, this safety feature relied on an obscure Google database…Read more...
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The CDC just outlined 5 new tricks to make your face mask more protective

Brendan Williams, president of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, puts on a surgical mask while carrying another mask. Charles Krupa/AP Photo As new, more infectious variants spread across the US, public-health experts are underscoring the importance of multi-layer, tightly-sealed masks. The CDC recently outlined five helpful tricks to make masks more protective. They include double-masking, nose wires, and mask braces. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Vaccin...
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Biden Administration Says It Will Address Global Chip Shortage

The Biden administration plans to take steps to address the global chip shortage affecting automakers, laptop makers, and other manufacturers that rely on the semiconductor industry, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.Read more...
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Medium Workers Board the Union Train

With today’s news that workers at Medium have overwhelmingly voted to form a union, it’s hard not to get a little mushy about the labor rights zeitgeist. From Amazon warehouse pickers to developers, workers are collectively deciding that they’re over the techno-utopian bullshit that’s taught us building things online…Read more...
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Twitter to Start Labeling Personal Accounts of Heads of State

Starting next week, you should start seeing new labels on more government-run Twitter accounts as well as the personal accounts of heads of state. It’s part of Twitter’s latest expansion of its policy on government-affiliated accounts, with the idea being that this additional context should help users “have a more…Read more...
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How to Survive Social Media After You've Been Dumped

I am unashamed to say that I don’t handle breakups well. I handle being dumped even worse. But you’d never know that from looking at my social media. The thing is, I’ve been dumped so many times I have a bonafide playbook on how to survive the social media minefield with your dignity relatively intact. During my last…Read more...
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Mario Kart 64 Speedrunner Sets New World Record By Repeatedly Slamming Into Wall

It’s usually pretty obvious that video game speedruns are things of finesse and precision. But sometimes, they just look like a guy is running into a wall over and over again before completely demolishing a single-track record in Mario Kart 64.Read more...
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CBP Facial Recognition Scanners Failed to Find a Single Imposter At Airports in 2020

Customs and Border Protection used facial recognition tools to scan over 23 million travelers’ faces at 30-plus points of entry in 2020, and failed to turn up a single example of an individual impersonating someone else at an airport, per a Wednesday report by OneZero.Read more...
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Dungeons & Dragons & Novels: Revisiting The Wyvern's Spur

The tale of the magically created sellsword and would-be assassin Alias and her boon companion, the saurial paladin Dragonbait, continues in the second volume of the Finder’s Stone trilogy—which, wait a minute…uh…doesn’t actually feature Alias or Dragonbait? At all. But I’ll tell you what The Wyvern’s Spur does…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fantasy, Finder, Dungeons Dragons, Speculative Fiction, Alias, Jeff Grubb, The Wyverns Spur, Song Of The Saurials, Kate Novak, The Order Of The Stick, Azure Bonds, Forgotten Realms Novels

Striking NASA animation reveals the harrowing descent to Mars that the Perseverance rover is about to attempt

A capsule carrying Perseverance will plunge through Mars's atmosphere (left) and a jetpack will fly the rover to a safe landing spot (right). NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Perseverance rover is set to plunge to Mars and land in an ancient lake bed on February 18. The spacecraft must weather a fiery 12,000-mph plunge, deploy a supersonic parachute, and navigate to safety with a jetpack. A realistic NASA animation shows that nail-biting descent in detail. Visit the Business section of Insider ...
Tags: Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Animation, Space Exploration, Alien Life, Mars, Landing, Planetary Science, Tech Insider, Allen Chen, Jezero Crater, Morgan McFall Johnsen, Perseverance Mars Rover

The Accellion Data Breach Seems to Be Getting Bigger

Data breaches have a tendency to grow past initially reported figures. Organizations don’t always know how screwed they are right away, investigations take time, and new victims are discovered amidst the wreckage. This is certainly proving to be the case with Accellion, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based cloud provider that…Read more...
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QAnon Now Getting Banned On Platforms We've Never Even Heard Of

QAnon, the sprawling far-right internet conspiracy theory that asserts the entire Trump presidency was secretly dedicated to waging a shadow war against an omnipresent cabal of Satan-worshipping, pedophilic Democrats, celebrities, and bankers, hasn’t exactly been the belle of the ball lately.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Articles, Software, Real Time Web, Trump, Alt Right, Mobile Applications, Parler, QAnon, Tiktok, Alt Tech, Pseudohistory, Far Right Politics In The United States

Google Photos Is Adding New Editing Tools, but You'll Have to Pay

For people who have been debating about whether to pay Google for extra cloud storage or not, today Google just sweetened the deal by giving new photo-editing tools to Google One subscribers. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Cloud Storage, Software, Computing, Google Photos, Operating Systems, Web Applications, Alphabet Inc, Microsoft OneDrive, Google One, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Online Backup Services

Get Ready for Your Streaming Services to Merge

The emergence of a vast number of streaming services in recent years seems to be catching up to the companies who’ve launched platforms intended to take on industry titans like Netflix and Disney.Read more...
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How Whale Songs Can Help Us Explore the Ocean

Some whale songs can give scientists valuable information about the ocean’s geography, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. What’s more, their songs can be used as a form of seismic testing, which uses blasts of sound to map out the ocean floor. Forms of this technology can be harmful to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Ocean, Cetaceans, Whale, Blue Whale, Michael Jasny, Reflection Seismology, Edge Species, Fin Whale, Cetacean Strandings In Ghana

How to know when you should double-mask, when one mask is enough, and which masks you should use

Crystal Cox/Business Insider Wearing a cloth mask over a surgical one can greatly reduce coronavirus transmission.  Knotting and tucking a surgical mask so that it fits better is very effective, too.  Other mask types can be paired given the situation, but no amount of masking will be enough to completely let down your guard. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19, we know that more distance between people is better than less...
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Valentine's Day Gifts to Ensure You're Single on Feb. 15

Lovers, this is not the content you seek. Everyone else, please step right in.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Actors, Sexual Abstinence, Danny DeVito, Human Interest, Teledildonics, Qiui

Astronomers Found a 'Benjamin Button' Galaxy

At 1.2 billion years young, the galaxy ALESS 073.1 should have the chaotic look of a youthful galaxy—a fledging, diffuse group of stars and gas suspended in the early universe. Instead, this primordial starburst galaxy has a central bulge and rotating belt that makes it look billions of years older. This odd corner of…Read more...
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The 10 Best Deals of February 11, 2021

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Racial disparity in Chicago cops’ use of force laid bare in new data

Analysis of a trove of data extracted from the Chicago Police Department has revealed major differences between how Black and white officers, as well as male and female ones, actually enforce the law. This rare apples-to-apples comparison supports the idea that improving diversity in law enforcement may also improve the quality of policing. Historically hard data from police departments has been extremely hard to come by, for a variety of reasons. As the authors put it in the paper: Rigorous eva...
Tags: Google, TC, Science, Justice, Minneapolis, Tech, Chicago, Racism, Yale, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Seattle, Policing, Black, Columbia, Princeton University

Black Panther: Sins of the King Blurs the Line Between Life and Death

Though Serial Box’s Black Panther: Sins of the King audiobook is set firmly outside the continuities of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and its comic books, the new narrative drama is coursing with the same epic, politically charged energy that first made T’Challa and the nation of Wakanda some of the most iconic myths to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, Wakanda, Okoye, White Tiger, Marvel Comics Characters, T'Challa, Fictional Characters, Erik Killmonger, Shuri, Vibranium, Tchalla, Heliopolitans

A Proposal for Healthier News Consumption Habits

I have a nasty habit. Maybe you have it, too. I have a drive to stay up to speed on what’s happening in the world, which is, in itself, a good thing! But this drive can quickly turn into an unhealthy tailspin of compulsive behavior wherein I am refreshing my go-to news websites over and over until I get a bit…Read more...
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Twitter Wants to Bring Tipping to the Platform

Pretty soon, you might be able to tip your favorite tweeters. Why you’d want to is anyone’s best guess.Read more...
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Damning analysis of Trump's pandemic response suggested 40% of US COVID-19 deaths could have been avoided

Donald Trump removes his mask upon return to the White House from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images A report on the Trump administration's public-health policies suggested 40% of US COVID-19 deaths were avoidable.  Compared to six similarly wealthy countries, the US failed to protect citizens' health during the pandemic. Trump publicly downplayed COVID-19 and often undermined health guidelines. Visit the Business sec...
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This App Uses Your Phone's Camera to Automatically Count Up a Pile of Objects

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already mastered the skill of counting. But just because something is easy doesn’t mean it’s enjoyable, so the makers of a documenting-scanning app for smartphones has added a new AI-powered feature that can automatically count up similar objects in a photo for you. This is truly…Read more...
Tags: Google Play, Elections, Science, Voting, Articles, Mathematics, App Store, Counting, Scanner, Fields Of Mathematics, Technology Internet, Vote Counting

Pfizer vaccine found to give strong immune response to new Covid variants

Study finds patients have strong T-cell response after one jab, and second boosts antibody responseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who have received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been found to have strong T-cell responses against the Kent and South African variants of Covid, suggesting that the vaccine will continue to protect against serious disease in the coming months.In the first study to test immune responses against the variants circulating in popu...
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