COVID Confessional—On Maintaining Just the Right Amount of Skepticism

Among the many challenges of the past thirteen months has been the everyday-epistemological challenge of staying grounded and vigilant in an environment of ever-polarizing opinion. Recent conversations with two valued friends reveal the danger of the post-COVID world bifurcating absolutely into sheep and denialists. I hasten to insist that these are not the only two options.I am someone who will not even take a pain killer except in the most extreme of circumstances. I am willing to accept scie...
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Dearly Beloved, We're Gathered Here to Say Goodbye to the Best Apple TV Remote

Friends, family, past and current Apple TV users, we are gathered here today to mourn the loss of the very best remote for streaming.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Science, Technology, Apple TV, Chromecast, Itunes, Mobile Phones, Computing, Apple Inc, Siri Remote, Networking hardware, Apple TV 4K, Digital Media Players, Television Technology

Oxygen Looks Like It'll Leave You Gasping For Air

Director Alexandre Aja is always happy to mess you up. Whether it’s basement alligators in Crawl, flesh-eating fish in Piranha 3D, or surprising serial killers in High Tension, he’s become very skilled at making audiences incredibly, deliciously uncomfortable. His new movie looks to take that to new heights.Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Netflix, Oxygen, Melanie Laurent, Alligator, Inglourious Basterds, Crawl, Alexandre Aja, Human Interest, Piranha 3d, Mathieu Amalric, Christie LeBlanc, Creative Works, English Language Films, Entertainment Culture

The US and UK lead the world's coronavirus vaccinations - but they may struggle to reach herd immunity if they reopen too soon

People in England flock back to pubs and restaurants as lockdown restrictions were eased on April 12, 2021. Pietro Recchia/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images The US and UK are relaxing restrictions as their vaccinations continue to ramp up. But scientists worry the countries are developing a false sense of security. More contagious variants and vaccine skepticism could still pose a barrier to herd immunity. See more stories on Insider's business page. Countries that have vaccinated ...
Tags: UK, England, Science, London, News, California, Cdc, Israel, US, Trends, Spain, United States, South Africa, Liverpool, Chile, United Kingdom

77 inmates receive '6 times the recommended amount' of COVID-19 vaccine in Iowa

Dozens of inmates at the Iowa State Penitentiary were given doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine far in excess of what is recommended. Paolo Lo Debole/Getty Images Dozens of inmates received overdoses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine, the Iowa Department of Corrections said Wednesday. One prisoner's mother said doctors told her that her son received "six times the recommended amount," the Des Moines Register reported. Officials said the inmates are being "closely monitored." See ...
Tags: Science, News, Abc, Australia, Germany, Israel, Trends, Iowa, Pfizer, Charles Davis, Des Moines Register, Fort Madison, Iowa Department of Corrections, Iowa State Penitentiary, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Apple AirTags Have Created a Whole New World of Accessories

Apple’s little Bluetooth location-tracking AirTags are finally here and ready to be attached to your key rings, luggage handles, or whatever else you tend to lose and would very much like to find again. Sure, you can absolutely buy an AirTag and throw it in a bag without any covering whatsoever, but you’ll probably…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Fashion, Science, Etsy, Culture, Apple Watch, Hermès, Keychain, Mobile telecommunications, Apple Inc, Belkin, Collar, Watch Strap, AirPods, AirTag

Signal's CEO Just Hacked the Cops' Favorite Phone Cracking Tool and Became a Legend

Cellebrite, which is a favorite of law enforcement agencies across the U.S., sells software designed to unlock phones and extract their data. Police frequently use it to gather evidence from seized devices. In the past, the company has received criticism for its willingness to sell to pretty much any…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Software, Computing, Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, Mobile App, Secure Communication, Cellebrite, Cross Platform Software, Computer File, Application Software, Cryptographic Software, Technology Internet, Computer Security Software

Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Has Written a Very Peculiar Superhero Comic

The Mother of Dragons conquered Westeros; now, she’s coming for the comics industry. Actor Emilia Clarke—who just recently joined the MCU—has written a new superhero comic for Image. It’s titled M.O.M.: Mother of Madness, and it involves significantly more heroin-addicted raccoons than I would have guessed.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Emilia Clarke, Westeros, Emilia, Daenerys Targaryen, MCU, Human Interest, Origin Story, Fictional Characters, Marguerite Bennett, Jo Ratcliffe, Entertainment Culture, Isobel Richardson, Leila Leiz

Postal Service Cops Are Monitoring Social Media, 'Sensitive' Internal Document Says

Add another pushpin to the string wall of America’s shadowy force of postal service cops. Yahoo News reports that the USPS’s security arm, the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), monitored social media for potential threats of domestic violence. According to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo…Read more...
Tags: Science, Yahoo, Government, America, Social Issues, Usps, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, United States Postal Service, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Yahoo News, United States Department of Homeland Security, Steve Bannon, United States Postal Inspection Service, Postal Police, Parler

Congrats to OnePlus for Making Its Smartwatch Slightly Less Awful

The OnePlus Watch launch was catastrophic. Never had a flagship smartwatch since’s infamous Puls smartwatch failed in such spectacular fashion. I recently wrote 2,000 words about how it was the worst smartwatch I’ve ever used. Today OnePlus pushed out an over-the-air update that claims to fix some of the…Read more...
Tags: Android, Science, Technology, Smartwatch, Smartphone, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Computing, Oneplus, Carl Pei, Wearable Computers, Cloud Clients, Mobile Computers

Russia: we’ll leave International Space Station and build our own

‘If you want to do well, do it yourself’ says head of space agency as collaboration with US strained by earthly disputes Russia is ready to start building its own space station with the aim of launching it into orbit by 2030 if President Vladimir Putin gives the go-ahead, the head of its Roscosmos space agency has said.The project would end more than two decades of close cooperation with the United States aboard the ageing International Space Station (ISS). Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Space, Science, Vladimir Putin, Russia, US, World news, United States, International Space Station, Roscosmos

Muppet Man Will Bring Jim Henson's Life Story to the Big Screen

A long-awaited project for the Jim Henson Company is finally taking a step toward production: Muppet Man, a biopic of puppeteering legend Jim Henson (The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth), has a writer aboard to pen a script about Henson’s remarkable career.Read more...
Tags: Science, Entertainment, Sesame Street, Disney, Puppeteers, The Muppets, Lisa Henson, Jim Henson, Henson, Jim Henson Company, Human Interest, Michael Mitnick, The Jim Henson Company, Jerry Nelson, Fraggle Rock, The Muppet Show

Twitter Is Finally Fixing Its Trash Photo Quality

Twitter has a bunch of big problems, and most of them are easy to identify: free speech issues; rampant harassment on the platform; difficult-to-mitigate abuses by electeds and other officials in positions of power. Thankfully, on Wednesday Twitter announced that it had decided to fix the absolute least of those…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, South of Market San Francisco, Google Allo, 4K resolution, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet

This Pop Culture Artist Turned His Frames Into Extensions of His Imagination

Subjectivity is one of the best things about art, but there are a few undeniable objective facts about it too. One is that no matter how good or bad a piece of art is, the right frame will only make it better. That’s a truth the artist who goes by JoKa is bringing to his new solo show at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robin Williams, Los Angeles, Play, Culture, Toy, Framing, Barry Levinson, Joan Cusack, Tombstone, Joka, Entertainment Culture

NASA's Perseverance rover just turned CO2 into oxygen. The technology could help future astronauts breathe on Mars.

Technicians in the cleanroom at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory lower the MOXIE instrument into the belly of the Perseverance rover. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA's Perseverance rover carried an oxygen-producing experiment called MOXIE to Mars. MOXIE converted carbon dioxide from Mars' atmosphere into oxygen for the first time on Tuesday. Future astronauts will need to produce their own oxygen on Mars to breathe and fuel rockets. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA s...
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UK Researchers Will Try to Reinfect People With the Coronavirus, for Science

Researchers in the United Kingdom are asking people who previously contracted covid-19 to volunteer for one last mission: allow themselves to be intentionally exposed to the coronavirus again. The scientists expect that their research will help us better understand the limits of natural immunity, including the risk of…Read more...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Articles, Virus, United Kingdom, Regeneron, Helen McShane, Covid 19, Zoonoses, Health Medical Pharma, Human Subject Research, Human Challenge Study

Site of Harriet Tubman’s Family Home Uncovered in Maryland

The site of a 19th-century cabin belonging to the family of Harriet Tubman has been uncovered in Maryland. It’s a significant find, as the location of the site, along with the discovery of numerous artifacts, could offer fresh insights into the abolitionist hero’s formative years.Read more...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Underground, Harriet, Ben Ross, Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman, Tubman, Araminta Ross, Douglas Mitchell, Creative Works, Harriet Tubman Day, The US Fish And Wildlife Service, US Fish, Harriet Tubman Memorial Garden, Fugitive Slaves In The United States

SpaceX is launching 4 astronauts into space on Friday. Here's how the journey will go - from liftoff to splashdown.

Crew-2 astronauts pose during a training session at the SpaceX training facility in Hawthorne, California. Left to right: Thomas Pesquet, Megan McArthur, Shane Kimbrough, and Akihiko Hoshide. SpaceX SpaceX is launching four astronauts for NASA aboard a recycled Crew Dragon spaceship on Friday. Crew-2 is SpaceX's second routine astronaut mission to the International Space Station. Here's what to expect - from liftoff on Friday to an ocean splashdown six months later. See more storie...
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Spider-Man Films New and Old Will Eventually Appear on Disney Streaming Services [Updated]

It may come as no surprise but Sony just signed a deal with Disney that’ll allow its upcoming theatrical releases from 2022-2026 to appear on Disney streaming and cable services. That means, at some point, you might be able to watch the full complement of Marvel Cinematic Universe films on Disney+, as well as the…Read more...
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Spider-Man Films New and Old Will Eventually Appear on Disney Streaming Services

It may come as no surprise but Sony just signed a deal with Disney that’ll allow its upcoming theatrical releases from 2022-2026 to appear on Disney streaming and cable services. That means, at some point, you might be able to watch the full complement of Marvel Cinematic Universe films on Disney+, as well as the…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Films, Disney, Netflix, Sony, Hulu, Men In Black, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Charlie, Columbia Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, The Karate Kid, Morbius, Bad Boys, On the Waterfront

Astronomers Don't Know What Our Black Hole Ate, but They Definitely Saw It Belch

In May 2019, astronomers witnessed a bright flare coming from the center of our galaxy. The event was caused by matter accreting to our local black hole, a 4.6-million-solar-mass monster named Sagittarius A*. The cause of the flaring was unknown, though one researcher now says enigmatic “G-objects” may be responsible.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Star, Milky Way, Black Hole, Galaxies, Sagittarius, Plasma Physics, Physical Sciences, Sagittarius A, Light Sources, Astronomical Objects, Lena Murchikova, Gas Flare

Roku Wisely Rebrands Its Soon-to-Debut Quibi Content as 'Roku Originals'

Quibi content acquired by Roku earlier this year will henceforth be known as Roku Originals, a move that should mercifully allow all of us to move on from the memory of Quibi’s spectacular implosion.Read more...
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Watch 2 supermassive black holes dance around each other in a mesmerizing NASA animation

A pair of orbiting black holes millions of times the Sun’s mass. The black hole represented in blue has less mass. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Jeremy Schnittman and Brian P. Powell A new NASA animation shows two black holes orbiting each other. A glowing ring of hot gas and space debris known as the accretion disk circles each black hole. As the black holes cross paths, the gravity from one bends light from the other. See more stories on Insider's business page. At the heart of ...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Animation, Black Hole, Goddard Space, Aylin Woodward, Aria Bendix, Jeremy Schnittman, Brian P Powell, Schnittman

Physicists Get a Good Look at an 'Exciton' for the First Time

After nearly a century of probing the nature of tiny, ephemeral objects called excitons, researchers finally managed to image the structure, hinting at the true location of an electron. The findings could eventually help physicists create new states of matter or new quantum technologies.Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Electron, Spintronics, Physical Sciences, Subatomic Particles, Condensed Matter Physics, Exciton, Technology Internet, Bosons, Extreme Ultraviolet, Keshav Dani, Quasiparticles, Julien Madeo, Giant Oscillator Strength

Record the Police

A police officer is a convicted murderer in America today because a teenager recorded that police officer murdering a man in broad daylight and shared the video with the world. Read more...
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Mortal Kombat Had a 'Fight Plan' to Make Sure the Action Was Balanced

One of the most impressive things about Mortal Kombat is how each fight means something. When things get cooking in the second half of the film, everything that’s happened before gives each one of the various showdowns some sort of personal stakes—that’s what makes those fights shine even beyond special effects and…Read more...
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Tetris-OS Is an 'OS' That Only Plays Tetris

As a former Tetris fanatic, the idea of an operating system that only runs Tetris, over and over again forever, is fairly compelling. First, my workday would be completely different. Gone are Zoom meetings, mid-morning Slack standups, and endless writing. In fact, a computer that can only play Tetris would remove me…Read more...
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New Technique Could Turn Plastic Back Into Oil, Which Is … Something

There is way too much plastic in the world—and we’re making more every day, even as we struggle to find a way to get rid of the old stuff. A new study poses an interesting solution: Melting plastic bags and bottles back into the oil it was originally made from.Read more...
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European Commission Proposes Taking Away the Cops' Big Boy Surveillance Machine

The EU is giving the U.S. a run for its money with privacy regulation, and now they’ve upped the ante with a : banishing AI systems that violate “fundamental rights,” with a special place in hell for law enforcement using real-time biometric identification. The end of that sentence is more of a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Learning, Articles, Eu, Surveillance, Law Enforcement, European Commission, Machine Learning, Predictive Policing, Woody Harrelson, Biometrics, Freddie Gray, Margrethe Vestager, Polygraph, Video Surveillance, Crime Prevention

Lego's Giant R2-D2 Is, of Course, the Droid You've Been Looking For

In a few weeks, just in time for unofficial Star Wars holiday May the Fourth, everyone’s favorite R2 unit will join Lego’s line of giant, adult-targeted kits. This 12-inch droid is made up of over 2,300 bricks and has a lot more going on than just looking good.Read more...
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