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China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time, delivering a water-hunting rover to the red planet

An illustration of China's Zhurong rover leaving the lander to explore the Martian surface. Chinese State Administration of Science/Xinhua China's Mars lander and rover touched down on the Martian surface on Friday evening. China is the third nation to land on Mars, and the first to deploy an orbiter, lander, and rover. The Zhurong rover aims to study water ice on Mars - a valuable resource for future astronauts. See more stories on Insider's business page. China has landed its...
Tags: Science, News, China, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, National Geographic, Spacecraft, Soviet Union, National Museum, Beijing China, China University of Geosciences, Andrew Jones


More Indiana Jones 5 Casting Suggests It Might Actually Happen This Time

Fans have been waiting for Indiana Jones 5 for so long you wouldn’t blame them if they don’t believe it’s real until they sit down to watch it. But after years and years of delays, Steven Spielberg dropping out as director, Harrison Ford pushing 80, and more, it seems like it’s finally happening. Especially when the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Ferrari, Hugh Jackman, Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones, John Williams, Steven Spielberg, Jones, Wolverine, Logan, Mads Mikkelsen, Copland, Shane Black, James Mangold, The Wolverine


A Mitchells vs. the Machines Deleted Scene Reveals a Voltron-Esque Villain

Not only is The Mitchells vs. the Machines one of the best movies of the year so far, it’s got an absolutely unforgettable ending. The way the family comes together to fight the villainous PAL, complete with flying robot skateboards, laser gauntlets, and a soundtrack by T.I and Rihanna? It’s epic and touching at the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Film, Rihanna, Netflix, Ti, Mecha, Katie, Storyboard, Mitchells, Voltron, Toonami, Guillermo Martinez, Creative Works, English Language Films, Entertainment Culture, The Mitchells Vs The Machines


Doctor Who Audio Adventure Starring John Barrowman and David Tennant Canceled

It’s only been two days since the Doctor Who immersive experience Time Fracture announced actor John Barrowman’s role as Jack Harkness would be removed from the exhibition. Now, another upcoming Barrowman project has disappeared. The audio adventure publisher Big Finish has canceled the upcoming series Torchwood:…Read more...
Tags: Science, Television, Doctor Who, David Tennant, Torchwood, John Barrowman, Jack Harkness, Julie Gardner, Noel Clarke, Doctor Who Companions, Big Finish, Ninth Doctor, Thirteenth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Creative Works, Entertainment Culture


Big Smiles, Big Abs, and Big Swords in the Giant-Sized Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the latest and greatest in giant hunks of plastic to go on your shelf. This week: He-Man returns in a revelatory manner, Lego heads back to New York and the ‘90s for a retro Friends treat, and Odin smiles upon you... distressingly. Check it out!Read more...
Tags: Toys, New York, Science, Robert Downey Jr, Friends, Netflix, Lego, The Office, Hasbro, Thanos, Seinfeld, Masters Of The Universe, Action Figure, Action Figures, Ross, Anthony Hopkins


Archivists Want to Make Sci-Hub 'Un-Censorable'

For roughly the past decade, Sci-Hub—aka, the “Pirate Bay of Science—has been giving researchers, reporters, and open-source advocates unfettered access to countless scientific papers across every discipline you can imagine. In return, it’s been hit with multiple lawsuits, a suspended Twitter account, and an …Read more...
Tags: Science, Activism, Education, Articles, The Pirate Bay, Elsevier, Sci Hub, Elbakyan, Alexandra Elbakyan, Academic Publishing, Archivist, I2P, Library Genesis


All the Animals American Men Think They Can Beat in a Fight and Why They Can't

According to a YouGov poll released on Friday, some humans have extremely poor judgment when it comes to determining which animals they could win a one-on-one, unarmed fight against. Namely, they think they can win those fights at all.Read more...
Tags: Science, Kangaroo, Grizzly, Crocodile, Scavengers, Human Interest, Marvel Comics Characters, Apex Predators, Grizzly Bear, Frans de Waal, Organisms, Fictional Characters, Fur Trade, Fauna Of Alaska, Hero 108


One of Waymo's Autonomous Taxis Got Stumped by Traffic Cones and Fled Its Fleshy Overlords

The taxi hurt itself in confusion!Read more...
Tags: Science, Waymo, Traffic Cones


40,000-Year-Old Rock Art Is Being Destroyed Due to Climate Change

The climate crisis has taken so much away from us that we’ll never get back: people, places, wildlife, even languages. Now, it’s destroying some of the oldest art on Earth, new research led by Griffith University shows.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Articles, Visual Arts, Griffith University, Cave Painting, Effects Of Climate Change, Murals, Cave, Prehistoric Art, Rock Art, Indigenous art, Physical Geography, Entertainment Culture, Climate Variability And Change, Art Of The Upper Paleolithic


Albert Einstein Ponders Birds and Bees in Previously Unpublished Letter

In 1949, a 70-year-old Albert Einstein shot off a message to England-based radar researcher Glyn Davys. The topic wasn’t physics or radar—it was birds and bees and the way those animals navigate.Read more...
Tags: England, Science, Environment, Albert Einstein, Scientists, Navigation, Academia, Animal Navigation, Cognitive Neuroscience, Animal Migration, Ethology, Adrian Dyer, Karl von Frisch, Branches Of Biology, Glyn Davys, Judith Davys


Open Channel: Let's Celebrate This Guy's 77th Birthday

Seventy-seven years ago a man was born who would release a movie in 1977 that would change the face of the world. He’d do a few other things too. That man’s name is George Lucas. Today, May 14, is his birthday, and we’ve love you all to celebrate.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science Fiction, Science, Film, Steve Jobs, Fiction, Harry Potter, George Lucas, Lightsaber, Jones, Yoda, Solo, Boba Fett, Human Interest, Fictional Characters, Industrial Light


Katy Perry's Pokémon Music Video Is a Subtle Nod to a Badass Gym Leader

To celebrate the Pokémon franchise’s 25th anniversary, the Pokémon Company’s been releasing special, limited-edition merchandise and partnering with artists like Mac Miller and Katy Perry to put out Pokémon-themed music meant to tug at your heartstrings. Perry’s new song, “Electric,” is the first track from the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Katy Perry, Pokemon, Mac Miller, Perry, Pokemon Company, Pikachu, Ash Ketchum, Misty, Carlos Lopez Estrada, Fictional Characters, Carlos Estrada, Video Game Characters, Creative Works, Role Playing Video Games, Entertainment Culture


Here's What to Expect From Google I/O

Google canceled last year’s annual Google I/O developers conference due to the pandemic, but this year, it’s back—virtually.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Technology, Smartphones, Chrome Os, Computing, Tablet Computers, Fitbit, Sundar Pichai, Operating Systems, Pixel, Adt, Google Io, Alphabet Inc, Tizen OS


DarkSide, We Hardly Knew Ya: Ransomware Gang Behind Pipeline Hack 'Quits' the Business

Less than 24 hours after President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. would seek to disrupt the operations of those responsible for the Colonial Pipeline attack, the gang in question seems to be ducking for cover—and claims it will shut down its criminal operation, at least for now.Read more...
Tags: Science, Server, Joe Biden, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Computing, Fireeye, Cyberattacks, Content Delivery Network, Mandiant, Distributed Computing, Colonial Pipeline, Raas, Concurrent Computing, Fireeyes Mandiant, Kimberly Goody


Scientists Want a Serious Investigation Into the Origins of the Coronavirus

Scientists in several countries are calling for a serious investigation into the beginnings of SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that gave rise to the covid-19 pandemic. In an open letter released Thursday, the group says that there are still too many unanswered questions about how the pandemic started and that the…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Infectious Diseases, Occupational Safety and Health, Tedros Ghebreyesus, Robert Redfield, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Coronaviridae, Zoonoses, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, Covid 19 Pandemic, Technology Internet, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, Atypical Pneumonias, Sarbecovirus


They're Here

The march of the horny bugs has begun. Brood X cicadas have started to emerge, though slowly thanks to spring temperatures that are slightly cooler and wetter than normal. After 17 years underground, the cicadas are coming up to a world both familiar and radically different.Read more...
Tags: Science, Bob Dylan, Insects, Cicadas, Brood, Chicago Botanic Garden, Brood IX, Brood X, Periodical Cicadas, Brood Xix, Hemiptera


Here's How to KoЯnify Your Website

AAЯЯЯЯЯЯEEEEEE YOOOOUUUU ЯEEEEAAADDDDYYYYY....... to KoЯnify your website?Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Linkedin, Companies, Human Resource Management, Ur, Human Interest, Technology Internet, Yoooouuuu, David Hallberg Jonsson, KoЯnify


A lab leak in Wuhan remains a 'viable' theory for the coronavirus' origin, an international group of scientists says

The Wuhan Institute of Virology, pictured on April 17, 2020. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty A WHO investigation found that it's extremely unlikely the coronavirus leaked from a Wuhan lab. But some scientists say the lab-leak theory remains viable and should be investigated further. There's no evidence the virus was present in any labs, but the WHO couldn't conduct a full audit. See more stories on Insider's business page. A year-and-a-half into the pandemic, experts are still...
Tags: Health, Science, News, China, Trends, Switzerland, Who, World Health Organization, Wall Street Journal, Wuhan, Geneva Switzerland, NIAID, Stanford University School of Medicine, Hebei, Yunnan, US European Union


A Toaster Company Is Releasing an Android Phone

If a company can figure out how to perfectly toast a slice of bread, it can surely bring something to the table with regards to Android smartphone design. And anyway, some people think Android phones are nothing but chunks of carbs, so there’s clearly a market out there!Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Kitchen, Science, Technology, Softbank, Smartphone, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Computing, Kyocera, Ovens, Toast, Toaster, Balmuda, Cloud Clients


This quantum paradox will make you question reality

If you don’t finish reading this article it may never be written. If that’s not incentive to abandon a boring news piece, we’re not sure what is. A team of researchers from Australia recently published a new take on Wigner’s Friend that’s pretty mind-blowing. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic: this might be the most exciting quantum physics theory since Schrodinger’s Cat. Wigner’s Friend is a theory posited by Eugene Wigner in 1961. A really dumbed-down version of it goes like this: Wigner and ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Australia, Schrodinger, Eugene Wigner, Wigner, Neural, Next Featured


Not Even This Adorable Robot Could Get My Fat Cat to Exercise

My cat Pablo is fat. His fluffy tummy flops wildly from side to side when he runs, and he only runs to his food bowl. On the chart of chonky cats, he is most definitely a “megachonker” and a kibble binge or two away from graduating to “oh lawd he comin’.” I wake up most mornings to his tail smacking my face as he…Read more...
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There Are Reasons to Worry About the Great Unmasking, but Vaxxed People Spreading Covid Isn't One

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped a bombshell, announcing it would lift nearly all recommendations on mask-wearing for Americans who are fully vaccinated against covid-19. The move drew mixed emotions from many, including concerns that it could impede the pandemic’s decline. But one…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Vaccination, Pfizer, Vaccine, Immunology, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Johnson Johnson, Moderna, Vaccine Hesitancy, Rochelle Walensky, Medical Specialties, Rna Vaccine, Health Medical Pharma, Covid 19 Vaccination In Bulgaria


Coronavirus vaccines are more extraordinary in the real world than in trials - even in the face of variants

A physician injects a patient with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images Coronavirus vaccines are proving just as effective in real life as they were in clinical trials. That indicates that the vaccines are holding up well against variants. In Pfizer's case, the shot also seems to yield fewer side effects than in clinical trials. See more stories on Insider's business page. By the time coronavirus vaccines were rolled out to the public, tens o...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, Israel, US, Trends, Qatar, Spain, South Africa, Pfizer, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, University Hospital, Johnson & Johnson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


In Our Star Wars: The Rising Storm Excerpt, the Mystery of the Nihil Deepens

The High Republic is no longer in a time of peace. After the events of Charles Soule’s Light of the Jedi, the first adult book set in Lucasfilm’s new wave of Star Wars stories set some 200 years before the events of the movies, the galaxy is under attack by the marauders of the Nihil and suffering from the Great…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Literature, Lucasfilm, Jedi, Nihil, Marc Thompson, Human Interest, DIS, Charles Soule, Cavan Scott, Asgar, Star Wars The High Republic, Marchion Ro, Narratology, Udi Dis


You Can Pet a Virtual Cat and Feel Its Simulated Fur Using This Elaborate VR Controller

For some pet owners, being away from their furry companions for an extended period can be heartbreaking. Visiting a beloved pet on a video call just isn’t the same, so researchers at National Taiwan University developed a VR controller that allows the user to feel simulated fur while petting a virtual animal.Read more...
Tags: Science, Virtual Reality, Simulation, National Taiwan University, Human Interest, Fake Fur, National Chengchi University, Computer Peripherals, Technology Internet


Mixing human + animal DNA and the future of gene editing

As the material that makes all living things what/who we are, DNA is the key to understanding and changing the world. British geneticist Bryan Sykes and Francis Collins (director of the Human Genome Project) explain how, through gene editing, scientists can better treat illnesses, eradicate diseases, and revolutionize personalized medicine.But existing and developing gene editing technologies are not without controversies. A major point of debate deals with the idea that gene editing is overstep...
Tags: Family, Science, Biology, Animals, Dna, Genetics, Innovation, Disease, Human Genome Project, Bioethics, Cohen, Glenn Cohen, Francis Collins, Bryan Sykes


China’s ‘Zhurong’ Rover Is About to Land on Mars

Later today, China will attempt to become just the second country to successfully deploy a probe on Mars. Here’s what we know about this historic mission and how China will attempt to overcome its own “seven minutes of terror.”Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Environment, Lander, Insight, Rover, Mars, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Rosalind Franklin, Perseverance, Mars rovers, Ye Peijian, Tianwen 1, Uncrewed Spacecraft, Schiaparelli Edm


Pinterest Is Doing Livestreaming Now Too

Image-sharing social network Pinterest is diving into the live events space, TechCrunch first reported on Friday.Read more...
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What the Hell Is Batwoman Doing to Kate Kane?

When Ruby Rose announced she was leaving Batwoman last May, the show had a problem—several problems, in fact. Rose was of course the star and lead of the series, but every single part of the series was built solely around Kate Kane, so the CW’s writers needed to figure out what to do with the character. So far, the…Read more...
Tags: Comics, Science, Batwoman, Enigma, Bruce Wayne, Cw, Wallis, Alice, Ruby Rose, Rose, Wilder, Leslie, Fictional Characters, Black Mask, Rachel Skarsten, Wallis Day


Vaccinate vulnerable global poor before children in rich countries, WHO says

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urges developed world to donate Covid vaccines to Covax programmeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe WHO has urged wealthy countries to reconsider plans to vaccinate children against Covid-19 and instead to donate doses to poorer nations, while warning that the pandemic’s second year looks set to be more deadly.The World Health Organization’s director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, voiced outrage that a number of rich countries were no...
Tags: Health, Science, World news, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus



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