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How worrying is the India coronavirus variant for UK plans to unlock this summer?

Monday’s change in the rules was supposed to be a moment of celebration – but the new variant spreading in the UK meant it came with a cautionary note. Can the next stage of the government’s ‘irreversible’ plan go ahead?This time last week, most of us were feeling optimistic about the next step in the government’s “irreversible” plan to end lockdown. Then scientists started to warn that the accelerating spread of the India variant of coronavirus meant that we should proceed carefully – and even ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, India, UK News, Health policy, Boris Johnson, Nicola Davis, Anushka Asthana, Coronavirus


Game of Thrones' Nathalie Emmanuel Will Star in Dracula-Inspired Horror Movie The Bride

If it feels like Dracula-inspired movies are coming out of the woodwork lately, it’s because that’s exactly true, with projects currently in various stages of production from Karyn Kusama, Chris McKay, and Chloé Zhao. Now you can add Jessica M. Thompson (The Light of the Moon) to that list of directors.Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Rebecca, Chris Mckay, Dracula, Karyn Kusama, Nathalie Emmanuel, Count Dracula, Fictional Characters, Jessica M Thompson, Chloe Zhao, Horror Film, Garret Hedlund, Bram Stokers Dracula, Blair Butler, Creative Works


Overworking Is a Major Killer Worldwide, WHO Study Finds

Working too long is a major contributor to early death across the globe, according to new research from the World Health Organization. The study, based on data from nearly 200 countries, estimates that over 700,000 people died in 2016 from heart disease and stroke linked to long working hours. Around half a billion…Read more...
Tags: Health, Google, Work, Science, Labor, Articles, Stroke, World Health Organization, Working Conditions, Occupational Safety and Health, Tedros Adhanom, Cardiovascular Disease, Overwork, Maria Neira, Working time, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus


Amazon Hoping To Invoke the Power of Positive Affirmations To Reduce Workplace Injuries

In lieu of allowing workers to take bathroom breaks, have reasonable productivity quotas or form a union, Amazon is reportedly seeking to boost morale and reduce workplace injuries in its warehouses by rolling out a new health and wellness program that taps into the ancient powers of deep breathing and positive…Read more...
Tags: Health, Wellness, Amazon, Publishing, Science, Workplace, Labor, Articles, Occupational Safety and Health, Center for Investigative Reporting, Occupational Injury


Bulgaria’s Griffon Vultures Have Made a Remarkable Resurgence

Bald-headed and hunched over, the Griffon vultures of Bulgaria look like they’ve been put through the wringer—and they have. But now, nearly half a century since the animal was presumed gone, a team of conservationists have confirmed the skulking scavengers have a stable breeding population of around 80 birds in the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Birds, Bulgaria, Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Nationalism, Scavenger, Griffon Vulture, Birds Of Africa, Indian Vulture Crisis, Andean Condor, Cinereous Vulture


California City Settles for $350,000 After Suing Bloggers for Opening Dropbox Links It Sent Them

The city of Fullerton, California, has agreed to settle for $350,000 in a lawsuit brought by two bloggers it falsely accused of breaking into the municipal government’s Dropbox account. In reality, administrators just sent the intrepid journalists a public link that the city would have preferred they didn’t click.Read more...
Tags: Science, California City, Fullerton California


The Muppets Didn't Deserve This

When Kermit the Frog was revealed to be one of The Masked Singer’s contestants this past season, it was meant to be a delightful surprise twist in an already ridiculous show in which well-known celebrities dress up as unlicensed mascots. But instead, Kermit’s unmasking only underscored how far the Muppets have fallen…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Muppets, Saturday Night Live, The Muppets, Scooter, Kermit, Lily Tomlin, Melissa, Kermit The Frog, Dave Goelz, Television Series, The Muppet Show, Muppets Now, Creative Works, English Language Films


Leaked Police Docs Show a Lot of Disturbing but Also Dumb Plans Made by the Boogaloo Bois

A recent leak from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C. reveals ongoing surveillance of right-wing activists in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6th Capitol riot and the lead-up to President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Washington, Articles, Joe Biden, National Security, Trumpism, Alt Right, Metropolitan Police Department, Emma Best, QAnon, Distributed Denial Of Secrets, Boogaloo Bois, Boogaloo Movement, Far Right Politics In The United States, Storming Of The United States Capitol


Oxygen Is a Claustrophobic Sci-Fi Thriller of Non-Stop Reveals

Don’t let the fact that Oxygen is about a woman stuck in place for two hours fool you. The claustrophobic setting provides more twists and turns than most films with the whole world at their disposal. Directed by Alexandre Aja (Crawl, The Hills Have Eyes), the film stars Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) as a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Chemistry, Oxygen, Quantum of Solace, Melanie Laurent, Songs, Aja, Alexandre Aja, Mathieu Amalric, Physical Sciences, Entertainment Culture, Chalcogens, Mélanie Laurent Inglourious Basterds


The US will send 13% of its vaccine supply overseas in the next 6 weeks, after the WHO said the world faces 'vaccine apartheid'

President Joe Biden. Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images The US will send 80 million coronavirus shots - 13% of its total supply - abroad by the end of June. The country still has enough for all eligible Americans, President Biden said Monday. The WHO recently criticized wealthy countries for hoarding doses, calling it "vaccine apartheid." See more stories on Insider's business page. The US will send 80 million coronavirus vaccine doses, or 13% of its total supply, abroad by the end of June, ...
Tags: Japan, UK, Science, News, Cdc, Mexico, White House, Russia, India, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Canada, Who, World Health Organization


Sun-Orbiting Spacecraft Takes Fascinating Images of a Coronal Mass Ejection

Coronal mass ejections are regular space weather events involving huge, fast-moving expulsions of plasma from the Sun’s surface. They’re routinely observed by a bevy of telescopes, and recently, Solar Orbiter has imaged its first stellar burps.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Sun, Coronal Mass Ejection, Spacecraft, Plasma Physics, Applied Sciences, Solar Flare, Space Science, Solar Orbiter, Technology Internet, Solar Phenomena, Space Plasmas, Stellar Corona, Solar Telescopes


Report Highlights Exiled Chinese Billionaire Tied to Steve Bannon as Center of Misinformation Network

A Chinese real estate developer who is closely associated with Donald Trump’s far-right former strategist is behind a massive online network that traffics in conspiracy theories, disinformation, harassment campaigns, and propaganda, a new report has found.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Articles, Biden, Donald Trump, Trumpism, All, Alt Right, Bannon, GTV, Andrew Torba, Steve Bannon, Mass Media, Hunter Biden, Gab, Guo Wengui


Attack the Block 2 With John Boyega and Joe Cornish Is Finally a Go

It should go without saying that when given the opportunity, people will sit down to watch movies in which John Boyega plays characters who somehow end up fighting aliens hellbent on colonizing vulnerable planets. While the actor’s Star Wars run may have come to an end, there’s always been another franchise audiences…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Star Wars The Force Awakens, Alien, Moses, John Boyega, Joe Cornish, Jodie Whittaker, Attack The Block, Imax Films, Creative Works, English Language Films, Entertainment Culture, Hood Films


Joe Biden Dares to Improve Americans' Quality of Life With Energy Efficient Appliances

Joe Biden’s America will include energy-efficient electric vehicle chargers and heat pumps for buildings. The new standards come with a slew of other announcements on Monday around decarbonizing buildings and transportation, all of which would reportedly saddle the American economy with 700,000 jobs that pay fair…Read more...
Tags: Energy, Politics, Science, Environment, Articles, America, Joe Biden, Plumbing, Energy Star, Donald Trump, Heat Pump, Water heating, Central Heating, Brenda Mallory, Energy Conversion, Sustainable Technologies


Joe Biden Dares to Improve Our Quality of Life With Energy Efficient Appliances

Joe Biden’s America will include energy-efficient electric vehicle chargers and heat pumps for buildings. The new standards come with a slew of other announcements on Monday around decarbonizing buildings and transportation, all of which would reportedly saddle the American economy with 700,000 jobs that pay fair…Read more...
Tags: Energy, Politics, Science, Environment, Articles, America, Joe Biden, Plumbing, Energy Star, Donald Trump, Heat Pump, Water heating, Central Heating, Brenda Mallory, Energy Conversion, Sustainable Technologies


Crunch kills: Nearly 750,000 deaths linked to ‘overwork’ every year

In a massive study spanning 194 countries and accounting for billions of people, the World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled incredible evidence linking as many as 750,000 deaths per year to overwork. Here’s the scary part: The WHO defines “overwork” as spending more than 55 hours per week on the job. That makes it a very serious issue for employees in industries that experience crunch such as STEM and gaming, and for entrepreneurs who think the key to success is putting in long hours. Per ...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Science, Tech, Who, World Health Organization WHO


Terrifying Driving Simulator Lets a Player Feel a Car’s Motions by Short-Circuiting Their Sense of Balance

If you’re a fan of racing sims, a steering wheel controller is a must-have accessory, but it’s also a slippery slope towards spending thousands of dollars on a motion simulator for the ‘full experience.’ YouTube’s Mean Gene Hacks spent just $50 on their simulator that translates an in-game vehicle’s motions to a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Software, Nintendo, Virtual Reality, Simulation, Gvs, Racing Game, Driving Simulators, Video game development, Application Software, Technology Internet, Motion Simulator, Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation, Galvanic, Beamngdrive


With $21M in funding, Code Ocean aims to help researchers replicate data-heavy science

Every branch of science is increasingly reliant on big data sets and analysis, which means a growing confusion of formats and platforms — more than inconvenient, this can hinder the process of peer review and replication of research. Code Ocean hopes to make it easier for scientists to collaborate by making a flexible, shareable format and platform for any and all datasets and methods, and it has raised a total of $21M to build it out. Certainly there’s an air of “Too many options? Try this one!...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Cloud, Science, Cloud Computing, Funding, Tech, Ocean, SaaS, Biotech, Battery Ventures, Recent Funding, Code Ocean, Digitalis Ventures EBSCO, Vaal Partners


CAPTCHAs May Soon Go Extinct

Are you a human? It’s an age-old question made more pressing by the ability for millions of computers to shut down websites or snipe auctions out from under regular, non-robotic buyers. What’s more, proving you’re a human reduces spam, abuse, and even theft.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Science, Technology, Usb, Cryptography, Internet Security, Computing, Cloudflare, Computer Vision, Computer Security, CAPTCHA, Yubikey, Content Delivery Networks, Internet Bot, Technology Internet


Cameo, the Home for Loser Celebrities, Offers Trump a Platform

Trump might have been kicked off of just about every major platform, but that won’t stop celebrity shout-out app Cameo from welcoming the former president with open arms. Read more...
Tags: Science, Articles, United States, Cameo, Donald Trump, Trumpism, Trump, Michael Cohen, The Trump Organization, Sebastian Gorka, Human Interest, QAnon, Steven Galanis, Public Sphere


D&D's Guide to Ravenloft: Magical Disaster Horrors Await Players

It’s almost time to descend onto the dread demi-plane of Ravenloft and its many realms when Dungeons & Dragons releases its latest sourcebook, Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft. There’s so much more to the horrors of Ravenloft than what our dear friend Strahd is up to though. io9 has a sneak peek inside just one of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Plane, Role playing games, Dungeons Dragons, James Whitbrook, Jessica Ross, Ravenloft, Horror Film, Strahd, Curse Of Strahd, Strahd Von Zarovich, Wes Schneider, Magic In Dungeons Dragons, Strahd Von, Darklords, Van Richten


Extra, Extra, Get Your Giant Spider-Man Daily Bugle Lego Set Here

It’s J. Jonah Jameson’s eternal question: Spider-Man—threat or menace? Now you can pretend to write your own scathing op-ed about New York City’s misunderstood webslinger with help from this absolutely amazing, four-story Daily Bugle skyscraper set from Lego, complete with 25—not a typo, twenty-five—figures, some of…Read more...
Tags: Comics, Science, New York City, Sandman, Spider Man, Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy, Miles Morales, Venom, Robbie Robertson, Marvel Comics Characters, J Jonah Jameson, Spider Woman, Ben Urich, Fictional Characters, Mysterio


Samsung's Next Batch of Futuristic Displays Can Flex, Fold, and Slide

While other companies continue to play catchup, at Samsung’s annual display conference, the Korean tech giant just showed off its next batch of futuristic screens that can do a lot more than bend and flex. Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Samsung, Smartphones, Industrial Design, Mobile Phones, Oled, Samsung Electronics, Samsung Galaxy, Flexible Electronics, Flexible Display, Display technology, Technology Internet, Electronic Engineering, Clamshell Design


SpaceX Lays Out Plan for First Starship Orbital Test Flight

SpaceX has demonstrated its ability to land Starship, but the company still needs to send the prototype rocket into space and have it survive reentry. Here’s how SpaceX envisions the first orbital test of its futuristic system—and what could go wrong.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science


The Inspiration Behind Spiral's Big Reveal Explained by Darren Lynn Bousman

If you’ve seen Darren Lynn Bousman’s new Saw movie, Spiral: From the Book of Saw, you might have walked away thinking the film’s surprise ending came as a reaction to some very serious real-world issues that have rightfully been getting more attention lately. But as Bousman revealed to io9 in a recent interview,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cops, Films, Chris Rock, Spiral, Zeke, SAW, Lionsgate Films, James Wan, Jigsaw, Darren Lynn Bousman, Bousman, Spiral From The Book Of Saw, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Creative Works


Sweet Tooth's New Trailer Shows Anything But an Ordinary World

Come for the deer child, stay for the soulful Duran Duran cover. The new trailer for Netflix’s Sweet Tooth is here and much like the first one, it shows a unique, lush, post-apocalyptic comic book world. Beyond that, this latest trailer focuses on the show’s bigger picture, some of its key relationships, and lots of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robert Downey Jr, Films, It, Netflix, Duran Duran, Sweet Tooth, Jeff Lemire, Susan Downey, Nonso, Video Game Characters, Creative Works, Entertainment Culture, Gus Christian Convery, Tommy Nonso Anozie


Citizen App Set Off Hunt for Person Falsely Accused of Starting California Brush Fire

California’s wildfire season is already underway (well, it may never have actually stopped), and state investigators are looking into what ignited a 1,325-acre brush fire that’s currently burning through Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades and Topanga Canyon neighborhoods. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nbc, California, Nbc News, Los Angeles, Software, Security Software, Citizen, Ring, Gavin Newsom, Alissa Walker, Pacific Palisades, Crime Mapping, Disaster Accident, Law Enforcement In The United States, Location Based Software


New York will drop its mask mandate for vaccinated people on Wednesday

Pedestrians cross 6th Avenue in Midtown in April 2021 in New York City. John Lamparski/Getty Images New York state is ending its wide-ranging mask mandate for vaccinated people beginning May 19. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said masks will still be required on public transit, in schools, and in "some communal settings." The CDC last week said vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks in most indoor or outdoor settings. See more stories on Insider's business page. New York state a...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, News, Cdc, Trends, Speed, Andrew Cuomo, Midtown, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Cuomo, Coronavirus, New York City John Lamparski Getty Images New York, Connor Perrett Ellen Cranley


Adding Wireless Charging to a 46-Year-Old Calculator Shows Off Incredible Devotion to a Gadget

Even if you’re obsessed with owning the latest and greatest tech, there’s probably still an older gadget you still have a soft spot for. Maybe it’s the original Game Boy, or a classic PDA? For Jan Rychter, it’s a Hewlett-Packard HP-25 calculator, which they recently upgraded so it was compatible with at least one …Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Rechargeable Batteries, Electrical Engineering, Calculator, Hewlett Packard HP, Office Equipment, Inductive Charging, Battery Electricity, Electric Battery, Technology Internet, HP 25, Nickelcadmium Battery, HP 35, Packard HP 25, N Battery


EufyCam Users Should Turn Off Their Security Cams Immediately

In the latest privacy woe to hit security cam owners, folks using Anker’s EufyCam products are reporting unwarranted access to random people’s camera feeds. Eufy hasn’t addressed any specific issues but acknowledged there’s a bug and a fix.Read more...
Tags: Science, Anker, Eufy, Eufycam, Technology Internet



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