COVID-19 hospitalizations reach the lowest they've been since early November

A doctor checks the vital signs of a patient at the Intensive Care Unit of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California on January 3, 2021. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images COVID-19 hospitalizations are less than half of what they were during their peak last month.  Cases and deaths have also been on the decline, but experts warn against complacency.  Public health experts worry that new, more transmissible strains could cause another surge.  Visit the Business sect...
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Official Twitch Gaming Stream Replaces Audio From Metallica Performance With… Whatever This Is

Fans on the official Twitch gaming stream hoping to enjoy Metallica’s virtual performance at BlizzCon, Blizzard’s annual gaming convention, on Friday heard something that was, uh, definitely not Metallica.Read more...
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Winter Storm Energy Prices in Texas Leave Customers With Astronomical Bills That Can Reach Up to $17,000

As if freezing for days and living with power outrages weren’t bad enough, some Texans now have to deal with the steep financial consequences from the storm. The latest blow came via the electricity bills, some of which have reached outrageous sums that can reach $5,000 or even $17,000 for just a few days.Read more...
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Entire California School Board Resigns After Chewing Out Parents on Accidental Zoom Broadcast

It’s hard to believe that almost a year into the pandemic pushing everything virtual, there are people still struggling to get the hang of Zoom. And yet here we are. Read more...
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Google Fires Another Top Researcher on Its AI Ethics Team

Google has fired another top artificial intelligence researcher, Margaret Mitchell, in the latest escalation of internal tensions at the company following December’s controversial ouster of Timnit Gebru, a Black AI ethicist. As if the PR fire with Google’s AI ethics team didn’t have enough fuel already.Read more...
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Paul Feig, Charlize Theron, and Kerry Washington Are Taking Us to The School of Good and Evil

Paul Feig continues on his personal mission to give us gifts in the form of powerful lady team-ups. This time, it’s Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron playing best friends and the Deans of The School of Good and Evil.Read more...
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The Louisiana City Struck by Two Hurricanes Last Year Is Suffering in This Week's Deep Freeze

On Monday night, the temperature in Lake Charles, Louisiana dipped to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (7.8 degrees Celsius), more than 30 degrees Fahrenheit (17.2 degrees Celsius) below average. Hours later, just before the sun rose on Tuesday morning, the city’s power supply abruptly shut off, taking the six local water plants…Read more...
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Vietnam was ranked 2nd for successfully handling the coronavirus pandemic, and its contact tracing was so good it barely had to lock down

Medical personnel in protective suits conduct swab tests for COVID-19 on the support staff for the Communist Party of Vietnam 13th National Congress at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi on January 29, 2021. NHAC NGUYEN/AFP via Getty Images Vietnam has reported 2,362 coronavirus cases and 35 deaths, despite its population of 97 million. From previous experience, Vietnam had a long-term plan in place to cope with outbreaks. Contact tracing, strategic testing, clear messaging, and mask-...
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Harnessing darkness: The race to solve solar power’s greatest problem

Solar panels can't produce energy when the sun isn't shining. But what if they could? As it turns out, scientists all over the globe are working on the problem.
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Drug companies look to AI to end 'hit and miss' research

Technology that speeded the development of Covid vaccines has potential to transform the pharmaceutical industryThe hunt for new medicines has often been more like a game of roulette than high-end science. But now the pharmaceutical sector is on the cusp of a transformation, as it delves into cutting-edge technology to come up with new treatments for diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer’s.Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to improve the industry’s success rates and speed...
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An Artist Used a Drone to Photograph Rarely Seen ICE Detention Centers

Unfortunately, it’s not hard to find information about the disturbing, unhealthy, and inhumane conditions that immigrants face in ICE detention centers, many of which are privately-owned. It is, however, more complicated to find photos of these detention centers. Access to photographers is often not on the table.Read more...
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From the Mars Rover landing to SpaceX satellite launches, these are some of 2021's biggest space stories so far

The first (left) and second (right) images that the Perseverance rover took seconds after landing on Mars, February 18, 2021. NASA Nasa's Mars Rover's daring landing on Mars is among the key space stories of 2021. The red planet is also an important destination for Elon Musk's SpaceX, the UAE, and China. Blue Origin and Zero 2 Infinity are among other space companies commanding attention.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The year has already got off to a winning sta...
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J.J. Abrams' Subject to Change Will Be a 'Mind- and Reality-Bending' New Series

A new J.J. Abrams-created thriller is coming to HBO Max. No, not that one, another one.Read more...
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A Johns Hopkins professor predicts the US will reach herd immunity by April, but many experts aren't so optimistic

People wait in line in a Disneyland parking lot to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Johns Hopkins professor Martin Makary wrote that COVID-19 would be "mostly gone" in the US by April. The US's drop in coronavirus cases suggests it's close to reaching herd immunity, Makary said. But many doctors and scientists say herd immunity is still a long way off in the US. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The US's...
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Cut the Cord on Cleaning: Dyson's V7 Allergy HEPA Cordless Vacuum Is Down to $200 at Newegg

Dyson V7 Allergy | $200 | Newegg
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Treat Yourself to a Corsair Virtuoso Gaming Headset

CORSAIR Virtuoso Headset | $193 | Newegg | Promo code 93XQJ78
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'An exciting time': European Space Agency takes diversity to space

Helen Sharman, the UK’s first astronaut, praises the agency as it begins a search for 26 recruitsHelen Sharman, the UK’s first astronaut, has welcomed the European Space Agency’s decision to improve diversity among crew as an “exciting time for human space flight expansion”.Esa announced earlier this week that as part of its bid to recruit up to 26 new astronauts it was casting its net wider than ever and that diversity – across gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs and physical disabil...
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Coronavirus: UK should donate vaccines to poorer nations now, says new WTO chief; French cities facing tougher lockdowns

Argentina’s health minister resigns over vaccine allocationsThousands of China’s Sinovac vaccine on way to MexicoFrance reports increase in daily Covid death tollIreland reports three cases of Brazilian variantSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.17am GMT Several French cities are facing tougher lockdown measures because of the spread of the virus, health minister Olivier Véran has said.According to Reuters, Véran warned that, in particular, the Mediterranean city of Nice and its surrounding ...
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Now on 'Mars time,' NASA's Perseverance team has to shift their work hours 40 minutes later every day

The Perseverance surface-operations team celebrates the rover's landing from their mission-control room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, February 18, 2021. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Perseverance rover just landed on Mars. Now about 350 of its engineers and scientists have to work on "Mars time," shifting their hours 40 minutes later each day. Since this requires overnight shifts and causes jetlag, NASA only asks them to do it for three months. Visit the Business section of Inside...
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Neanderthals died out after Earth's magnetic poles flipped, causing a climate crisis 42,000 years ago, a study says

An exhibit shows a Neanderthal family at the Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, Croatia, in February 2010. Reuters/Nikola Solic Earth's magnetic poles flipped 42,000 years ago, which may have triggered a global climate crisis, a new study found. The resulting changes in temperatures and radiation levels may have killed off many large mammals. The event may have ultimately contributed to the extinction of Neanderthals. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Earth saw a lot of ...
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No, it is FALSE to claim that SARS-Cov2 doesn’t exist or has not been isolated

COMMENT FROM A SCIENTIST WHO STRONGLY REFUTES SUCH CLAIMS The statement “Covid-19 is the disease which has been attributed to the SARS-Cov-2 virus, which has never been seen (except on TV) or isolated in vivo or in vitro.” is untrue. The virus is real alright, the sequence has been isolated both in vivo and in vitro many times, and grown in […]
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Coronavirus: UK should donate vaccines to poorer nations now, says new WTO chief; two die amid lockdown protests in Gabon

Thousands of China’s Sinovac vaccine on way to MexicoFrance reports increase in daily Covid death tollIreland reports three cases of Brazilian variantSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.26am GMT The Philippines’ health ministry has reported 239 new deaths, the second-highest daily increase in casualties since the pandemic started, Reuters reports. The agency says there were also 2,240 new infections.The previous daily high death toll was 259 deaths reported on 14 September. The ministry said ...
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CUHK physicists discover new route to active matter self-organisation

An international team led by Professor Yilin Wu, Associate Professor of the Department of Physics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has made a novel conceptual advance in the field of active matter science. The team discovered a new route in which the self-organisation of active fluids in space and time can be controlled by a single material property called viscoelasticity.
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Optical frequency combs found a new dimension

Scientists from EPFL and IBM Research Europe have demonstrated thegeneration of tunable and coherent frequency combs in a pair ofhybridised optical microresonators.
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