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Equinox

The TeeWee weatherpeople have been talking about "meteorological spring" since the first of the month, but real actual spring begins today, with the vernal equinox. Today, the sun will be in the sky for exactly...well, a little more than half the day, actually.  It's complicated. What with Indy being about as far west as you can go in the Eastern Time Zone, the sun sets at around 8PM now, and sunset just gets later and later from here, to my delight and Bobbi's chagrin. . [Author: ...
Tags: Space, Science, Guns, Nature, Tam, Equinox, Eastern Time Zone, Indy, Bobbi


Brazilian Regulators Fine Apple Nearly $2 Million Over Charger-Less iPhone 12

Regulators in the Brazilian state of São Paulo slapped Apple with a nearly $2 million fine on Friday for failing to include chargers within iPhone 12 boxes, according to 9to5Mac and a Google translation of a report from Brazilian tech news outlet Tilt. Read more...
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This Game Reimagines Pokémon as a Playable Font Where Creatures Capitalize Instead of Evolve

Fontemon is the answer to a question absolutely no one asked: What if Pokémon was a playable font? Oh, and let’s set it in Minnesota too. Because why the hell not. Read more...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, Microsoft, Typography, Computing, Pokemon, Programming Languages, Printing, All, Opentype, Adobe Inc, Typesetting, Digital Typography, Daniel Feldman, Palaeography, Orthographic Ligature


Acer Reportedly Hit With $50M Ransomware Attack, Says Companies Like It ‘Are Constantly Under Attack’

Acer has purportedly become the victim of a massive ransomware attack, in which hackers are asking for $50 million to release the company’s stolen data, Bleeping Computer reported on Friday. Nonetheless, the company has not publicly confirmed the attack, vaguely stating that, “companies like us are constantly under…Read more...
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The Spine of Night Is the Gory Animated Fantasy Epic of Your Wildest Dreams

Imagine a fantasy with the scope and scale of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings or HBO’s Game of Thrones, but animated, extra violent, and clocking in at a cool 90 minutes. Well, you don’t have to imagine it: it’s called The Spine of Night and it’s one of the sickest, coolest, most mind-bending animated films…Read more...
Tags: Heavy Metal, Hbo, Science, Joe Manganiello, Films, Epic, Peter Jackson, Patton Oswalt, Ralph Bakshi, Spine, Frank Frazetta, Lucy Lawless, Richard E Grant, Douglas Smith, Philip Gelatt, BETTY GABRIEL


The Latest Godzilla vs. Kong Trailer Teases a Very Special Guest Star

We already knew that Mechagodzilla would be popping up in Godzilla vs. Kong—check him out in toy form—but the latest teaser hyping the movie’s March 31 bow on HBO Max gives us a glimmer of his robotically glowing orbs...via his archrival Godzilla’s giant peeper. Feast your own eyes and see for yourself:Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Films, Godzilla, Kaiju, Kong, Zilla, Mechagodzilla, HBO Max, Creative Works, English Language Films, Godzilla Films, Japanese Language Films, Entertainment Culture


Tardigrades: nature's great survivors

The microscopic animals can withstand extreme conditions that would kill humans, and may one day help in the development of Covid vaccines. How do they do it?On 11 April 2019, a spacecraft crashed on to the Moon. The Israeli Beresheet probe was supposed to land gently in the Mare Serenitatis, a huge plain of basalt rock formed in a volcanic eruption billions of years ago. It would have been the first privately funded mission to land on the Moon. But owing to a last-minute instrument failure Bere...
Tags: Space, Science, Biology, Animals, Moon, Beresheet


Broadcast Signal Intrusion Follows Grief Down a Freaky, Tech-Generated Rabbit Hole

In 1999, a Chicago man named James (Harry Shum Jr.), still acutely grieving the loss of his wife three years prior, toils at a job that suits his yearning for isolation: working alone in a basement media archive, methodically transferring VHS tapes to disc. His lonely life keeps lurching along...until the day he sees …Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, Articles, Chicago, Hacker, VHS, James, Shadowhunters, Jacob Gentry, Chris Sullivan, Harry Shum Jr, Information and Communications Technology, Film Noir, Mass Media, Broadcast Engineering, Entertainment Culture


The Last Unknown Takes Viewers to Some of the Most Remote Islands on Earth

Photographer and filmmaker Ian Shive is known for documenting remote locations, and it doesn’t get much more remote than the Aleutian Islands. The chain of 2,500 islands jut off the coast of mainland Alaska and form a 1,200-mile (1,931-kilometer) arc in the Bering Sea. They are one of the most inaccessible, wild…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Earth, Oceans, Alaska, David Attenborough, Aleutian Islands, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Earther, Ian Shive, Alaska Boroughs, Ian Shive Well, Geography Of Alaska, B 24, Temperate Northern Pacific, Bering Sea They


7 'Extinct’ Species That Eventually Reappeared

Sometimes, we give up on a species too soon. Just because it’s been a few decades or even centuries since a creature showed its face, doesn’t always mean it’s truly extinct. These so-called Lazarus species—named for a man resurrected by Jesus in the Gospel of John—often evade our notice because of their small size or…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, Ecology, Jesus, John, Extinction, Judah, Abdallah, Conservation Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Gospel of John, Organisms, Phylogenetics, Branches Of Biology, Coelacanth


Saturday's Best Deals: Animal Crossing Gift Bundle, Shredding Meat Claws, Moock Jump Starter, Soothing Shower Steamers, Posture Trainer, and More

A set of meat shredding claws and an Animal Crossing gift set lead Saturday’s best deals.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Ipad, Science, Microsoft, Asus, Newegg, Kindle, Samsung, Walmart, Music Industry, Intel, Best Buy, Cuisinart, Ferrari, Gear




Specialist Covid infection control scientist faces threat of deportation from UK

Charles Oti should be in his NHS job fighting the virus. Instead, the Home Office wants to send him to NigeriaAn infection control specialist who has been offered a job as a senior NHS biomedical scientist to help tackle the pandemic is facing deportation by the Home Office, prompting fresh calls for a more “humane” approach to skilled migrants.The government has refused Charles Oti, 46, from Nigeria the right to remain in the UK even though the job he was offered is among the government’s most ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Human Rights, Nigeria, Africa, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, NHS, Home Office, Priti Patel, Coronavirus, Charles Oti




Sperm whales taught each other how to avoid hunters' harpoons 200 years ago, according to new study

A pod of sperm whales swimming underwater. Getty Images Sperm whales taught each other how to avoid harpoons 200 years ago, according to a new study. It was based on newly digitized logbooks from hunters in the North Pacific in the 19th century. The paper concluded that the decline in harpoon strike rates was due to whales communicating with each other. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sperm whales taught each other how to avoid harpoons after hunting for them began 200 ye...
Tags: Science, Trends, News UK, Whales, Royal Society, Pacific Ocean, Luke Rendell, Whitehead, North Pacific, Dalhousie University, Halifax Canada, Harpoon, UK Weekend, Naina Bhardwaj, Hal Whitehead, Tim D Smith


With Rumored Redesign Around the Corner, Apple Discontinues Two iMac Configurations

Apple is in spring cleaning mode when it comes to its product inventory. In recent weeks, not only has it said, “mmm, bye,” to the iMac Pro and the original HomePod, but now the company has targeted two configurations of the 21.5-inch iMac with its axe. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Steve Jobs, Intel, Macintosh, Computers, Computing, iMac, Apple Inc, Mac Pro, Apple Computers, HomePod, Macintosh Computers, Technology Internet, Imac Family, Fusion Drive


One map shows when all adults will be eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine in each US state

Medical staff member Gabriel Cervera Rodriguez raises his fist to celebrate after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, on December 21, 2020. Go Nakamura/Getty Images At least 23 states will meet Biden's target of rolling out vaccines to all adults by May 1. Three states - Alaska, Mississippi, and Oklahoma - are already vaccinating people ages 16 and up. Another 12 states say they'll reach that milestone in April. See more ...
Tags: Utah, Texas, Science, News, Mississippi, Cdc, Virginia, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, United States, Wyoming, Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona


Obesity raises type 2 diabetes risk in women with PCOS

Women with obesity and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting. Normal-weight women with PCOS are not at increased risk, the researchers found.
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Combination thyroid hormone therapies treat hypothyroidism as well as levothyroxine

Treatment of hypothyroidism, which results from an underactive thyroid gland, should be individualized and consideration should be given to alternatives to the first-line therapy, including desiccated thyroid extract and combination therapy to replace the body's two main thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Results of their new randomized clinical study are being presented at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting.
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White button mushrooms could slow progression of prostate cancer

The chemicals present in white button mushrooms may slow the progression of prostate cancer, according to a mouse study presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting.
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Many endocrine patients, providers want to continue telehealth after pandemic

Two-thirds of patients with chronic endocrine health problems who need close monitoring say they would like to continue with telemedicine follow-up visits after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, according to a survey that will be presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting. Three-quarters of providers also said they want to continue with telehealth after the pandemic.
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Children, teens with type 1 diabetes had better glucose control during COVID-19 lockdown

Blood glucose levels improved among children and teens with type 1 diabetes during the first 12 weeks of COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom, according to a study presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting.
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Spanish-speaking children experience higher rate of obesity than English-speaking children

Nearly one in five U.S. children and teenagers has obesity, and statistics show a higher prevalence of obesity in certain ethnicities, such as Hispanics and Blacks. Now results of a study being presented at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, suggest that Spanish as a family's primary language is a predictor of childhood obesity, regardless of ethnicity.
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Children with adrenal insufficiency are 10 times more likely to die from COVID-19

Study shows importance of preventing, treating COVID-19 in children with adrenal condition.
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An easy way to reduce socioeconomic disparities

Nudges often reduce socioeconomic disparities by helping low-SES, low-knowledge, and low-numeracy consumers most.
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New treatment shows promise in preventing heart failure after heart attack

A study in mice finds treatment with a molecule called MCB-613 repairs heart tissue after a severe heart attack, preventing damage that can lead to heart failure. The findings are being presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting.
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Real "doodles of light" in real-time mark leap for holograms at home

Tokyo, Japan - Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have devised and implemented a simplified algorithm for turning freely drawn lines into holograms on a standard desktop CPU. They dramatically cut down the computational cost and power consumption of algorithms that require dedicated hardware. It is fast enough to convert writing into lines in real-time, and makes crisp, clear images that meet industry standards. Potential applications include hand-written remote instructions superimp...
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First targeted therapy for children with achondroplasia shows persistent height gain

Children with achondroplasia, the most common form of disproportionate short stature, grow taller with trends in improved body proportions after two years of daily vosoritide treatment, a new study analysis finds. Results of the industry-sponsored study will be presented at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting.
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Night owls with gestational diabetes may face higher risk of pregnancy complications

Among women who develop diabetes during pregnancy, night owls have a higher risk of complications for mother and baby than early birds do, according to a study whose results will be presented at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting.
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Study finds oral testosterone therapy undecanoate is effective, with no liver toxicity

An industry-supported study of an oral testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), testosterone undecanoate (TU, brand name Jatenzo) finds it is an effective, long-term treatment for men with low testosterone levels, with no evidence of liver toxicity. The findings are being presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting.
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