Auckland lockdown to end despite three new cases of Covid-19

Jacinda Ardern said she does not believe community transmission is widespread Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand has reported three new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19, as prime minister Jacinda Ardern surprised many by announcing Auckland’s three-day lockdown would end at midnight.Ardern said she did not believe community transmission was “widespread”, as new cases were minimal, and wastewater testing had reported negative results in the country’s larg...
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An indoor conference hosted by a coronavirus vaccine entrepreneur resulted in at least 2 dozen infections

Peter Diamandis, Founder & Executive Chairman, XPRIZE attends the Global Learning XPRIZE Foundation Grand-prize Awards at Google Playa Vista Office on May 15, 2019 in Playa Vista, California. Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Global Learning XPRIZE An indoor conference hosted by COVID-19 vaccine entrepreneur resulted in dozens of infections. Peter Diamandis, who also was infected, hosted a mostly virtual conference with an in-studio audience last month. "As a result, we felt awesome, we felt sa...
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New Zealand reports two new cases of Covid-19 community transmission

Pair are siblings who attend south Auckland’s Papatoetoe high school and know student at the centre of latest clusterCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand has reported two new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, just hours before authorities were due to announce whether a lockdown in the country’s biggest city of Auckland would be extended.The pair were siblings who attend south Auckland’s Papatoetoe high school and knew the student at the centre...
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Sony Sued For Not Honoring Warranty Agreements on Defective PS5 Controllers

Sony is facing a class action lawsuit over its reported failure to honor warranty agreements on PlayStation 5 controllers with obvious “drift” defects.Read more...
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A Hugely Popular File-Sharing Android App Also Has Giant, Terrible Security Flaws

An Android app used by a significant chunk of the global population also has glaring security flaws that would allow a savvy hacker to steal a user’s data or even hijack the app’s operations using arbitrary code.Read more...
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Europe launches recruitment drive for female and disabled astronauts

European Space Agency aims to take on 26 people for missions to the Moon and eventually to MarsEuropean space chiefs have launched their first recruitment drive for new astronauts in 11 years, with particular emphasis on encouraging women and people with disabilities to join missions to the Moon and, eventually, Mars.The European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday that it was looking to boost the diversity of its crews as it cavassed for up to 26 permanent and reserve astronauts. Continue readin...
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Congratulations to Dominion Pillow Systems

Conspiracy theorists, pro-Donald Trump election truthers, the ex-president’s campaign legal team, and other far-right grifters relentlessly pushed a hoax asserting election tech manufacturer Dominion Voting Systems engaged in massive voter fraud, handing Joe Biden victory over Donald Trump. In response, Dominion…Read more...
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The LAPD Asked Ring Owners to Hand Over Footage of BLM Protesters

The Los Angeles Police Department has asked locals to turn over footage their Amazon Ring doorbell cameras may have picked up of Black Lives Matter protests, according to a new report by the Intercept.Read more...
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The space rock that doomed the dinosaurs was shrapnel from a comet that flew too close to the sun, a Harvard study suggests

An artist's depiction of the moment the Chicxulub asteroid struck present-day Mexico 66 million years ago. Chase Stone A space rock crashed into present-day Mexico 66 million years ago, dooming the dinosaurs. The object's origin has remained a mystery, but Harvard astrophysicists have a new theory.  They suggest the dinosaur-killer wasn't an asteroid, but shrapnel from a comet that had flown too close to the sun. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. About 66 million ...
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Experimental brain research makes it seem less likely we’re living in the Matrix

The evidence we all exist in base reality – or at least a base reality – is starting to pile up. A team of researchers from the US and the UK recently conducted a groundbreaking study into the neurological conditions of two people living without the sense of touch. Most people orient their conscious existence with the world through a combination of our five senses. We can see a ball flying towards our head, we can feel the ground beneath our feet, we can hear a car whooshing by, and we can smell...
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The 10 Best Deals of February 16, 2021

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WandaVision and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Are Having a Spellbinding Conversation About Nostalgia

Dramatically different as Wanda Maximofff and Sabrina Spellman’s respective paths to the small screen were, the most recent seasons of both Disney+’s WandaVision and Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina have been particularly keen on telling stories about our relationships with television and nostalgia.Read more...
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Thousands of Stunned Sea Turtles Are Being Rescued From the Texas Freeze

The abnormally cold temperatures in Texas aren’t just affecting people. They’re also causing sea turtles to freeze up in the ocean, leaving volunteers scrambling around-the-clock to save thousands of the creatures washing up on the Gulf Coast.Read more...
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Ebola Has Returned to Africa and Officials Are Racing to Contain It

The deadly viral disease Ebola has once again surfaced in Africa, and health officials are rushing out vaccines and other measures to stop its spread. As of Tuesday, there have been at least 11 cases and seven deaths in two countries, including Guinea, which had a massive outbreak in 2013 that ultimately left 11,000…Read more...
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When experts say COVID-19 vaccines are 95% effective it doesn't mean you still have a 5% chance of getting sick

A volunteer receives an injection for a potential vaccine against COVID-19 at the Baragwanath Hospital on June 28, 2020 in Soweto, South Africa. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images Vaccine efficacy measures how well shots prevent disease among vaccinated people in clinical studies, when compared to unvaccinated control groups. Most vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing symptomatic infections. But, if enough people get shots, they can prevent the spread of disease...
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What it really means when experts say vaccines are 95% effective

A volunteer receives an injection for a potential vaccine against COVID-19 at the Baragwanath Hospital on June 28, 2020 in Soweto, South Africa. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images Vaccine efficacy measures how well shots prevent disease among vaccinated people, when compared to unvaccinated controls. Most vaccines are not 100% effective at preventing symptomatic infections. But, if enough people get shots, they can prevent the spread of disease near-perfectly anyway.  V...
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Here Are All the New Emoji Coming to Your iPhone in iOS 14.5

New emoji are coming to your iPhone soon, and while you’ll have to wait for iOS 14.5 to drop to start using them, we just got a sneak peek in the latest iOS developer beta. Read more...
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Promising Gene Therapy Trials Suspended Over Potential Cancer Risk

Biotech company Bluebird suspended its trials of gene therapy as a treatment for blood-related disorders over concerns of a possible increased risk of cancer. The company cited the recent discovery of two patients given the experimental treatment who developed a form of blood cancer, along with a similar case…Read more...
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Roku Apparently Has Content Dreams That Are Bigger Than Quibi

After snapping up much of Quibi’s content, it looks like Roku may be exploring the development of its own originals—kind of like every other streaming service around.Read more...
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Microsoft's New Headphones are Made for (Xbox) Gamers

If you’re dying to pick up an Xbox Series X or S but have been out of luck so far, Microsoft has a new device to tide you over. The $99 Xbox Wireless Headset, available next month, is a pair of gaming headphones in the style of the new Xbox with a few noteworthy features.Read more...
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Everything You Need to Know About Lord of the Rings' Second Age

Even though we first learned about it in 2017, we barely know anything about Amazon’s plans for its Lord of the Rings series. One thing we do know—other than that a bucketload of talent is running all around New Zealand to make it—is that it’s set in the Second Age of Middle-earth’s long history. But what even is…Read more...
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Somebody, Please Explain This Cyberpunk Egg Mask to Me

Understandably, mask tech is having a moment. There’s whatever Razer’s doing with its RGB mask, and there were more than a few at this year’s CES. But of all of them, this cyberpunk egg mask makes me wonder, “Have we possibly gone too far?”Read more...
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Oldest skink fossil found in Australian outback may hold key to lizard evolution

The 25m-year-old find that will help fill in the gaps in the record of one of the continent’s most diverse speciesA tiny fossil pulled from the edge of a scorching salt lake in the South Australian outback is the oldest known remains of a skink ever found on the continent and may provide a vital clue to the lizard’s evolution.The team of palaeontologists and volunteers from Flinders University and the South Australian Museum found the 25m-year-old specimen during an excavation in 2017. Continue ...
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Russian lab to research prehistoric viruses in animals dug from melted permafrost

Project aims to identify paleoviruses and study virus evolution using the remains, Siberian lab saysA Russian state laboratory has announced that it is launching research into prehistoric viruses by analysing the remains of animals recovered from melted permafrost.The Siberia-based Vektor lab said in a statement on Tuesday that the aim of the project was to identify paleoviruses and conduct advanced research into virus evolution. Continue reading...
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France Just Suffered a SolarWinds-Style Cyberattack

As the U.S. continues to chart the damage from the sweeping “SolarWinds” hack that targeted government and industry alike, France has announced that it too has suffered a large supply chain cyberattack. The news comes via a recently released published by the Agence Nationale de la sécurité des…Read more...
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A Classic Tale of Two Prep School Friends Who Founded the Uber of Hangover IV Drips Then Somehow Started Covid-19 Testing for Cities

Shortly before Thanksgiving, the Hoboken, New Jersey city council held an emergency meeting to vote on covid-19 testing contracts, the kind of event that was doubtlessly being replicated in Zoom conference rooms around the county. Hospitalizations in the state were the highest they’d been in six months. The local…Read more...
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Viral Image Claiming to Show a Helicopter De-Icing Texas Wind Turbines Is From Winter 2014 in Sweden

In the midst of a record cold snap where Texas’ grid has failed to meet demand, misinformation is running rampant. Among the most pernicious memes propagating online are that Texas’ wind turbines have frozen and that that has led to the blackout.Read more...
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Highest-Resolution Images of DNA Reveal It's Surprisingly Jiggly

Scientists have captured the highest-resolution images ever taken of DNA, revealing previously unseen twisting and squirming behaviors.Read more...
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Undercover Investigation Reveals Supermarkets Are Destroying the Climate

The world’s food system is a major source of greenhouse gas pollution, from the emissions caused by farming and ranching to those released by the planes, trains, and trucks used to transport groceries. A new report shows the freezer aisle in the grocery store could also be an even bigger source of pollution than we…Read more...
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