Here's Everything Announced at Google I/O

Google I/O is back, baby, and that means a metric crap-ton of updates for the Google ecosystem. Although it was virtual, the annual developers’ conference did not fail to be a spectacle that featured opera-singing digital blobs, a bizarre cameo from Michael Peña, and AI bots pretending to be Pluto.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Technology, Samsung, Smartphones, Computing, Tizen, Michael Pena, Fitbit, Bob, Operating Systems, Michael, Pixel, Google Io, Kirby

Eli Roth and Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum Will Explore the Stories Behind Real-Life Spooky Objects

Horror movies are scary, but things get downright terrifying when objects in real life seem to have horrifying powers. Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a 14,000 square foot mansion filled with actual artifacts, all of which have their own creepy stories attached. Whether you choose to believe them…Read more...
Tags: Science, Ghosts, Bela Lugosi, Steve McQueen, Eli Roth, Folklore, Las Vegas Nevada, Cabin Fever, Human Interest, Paranormal, Dybbuk, Ghost Hunting, Horror Film, Zak Bagans, Ghost Adventures, Fringe Theory

Amazon Has Extended the Moratorium on Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software

Law enforcement officials are still banned from using Amazon’s facial recognition technology “until further notice,” the company said on Wednesday, a decision that effectively extends a yearlong moratorium that had been set to expire on June 1.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Learning, Microsoft, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Cloud Infrastructure, Facial Recognition Software, Amazon Rekognition, Rekognition, Facial recognition system, Technology Internet, Object Recognition And Categorization, Draftdeb Raji

A cyclone in India's western states has complicated efforts to slow down the COVID-19 spread as cases surpass 25 million

People wade through a flooded street due to heavy rain caused by cyclone 'Tauktae' in Mumbai on May 17, 2021. Ashish Vaishnav/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images India recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic with 4,329 deaths on Tuesday. The grim milestone comes as the parts of the country were hit with the strongest cyclone on record. Experts are worried the evacuation of thousands as a result of the storm will cause a rise in cases. See more stories on Insider's bus...
Tags: Science, India, International, Trends, Cnn, United States, Npr, Mumbai, Gujarat, Reuters, Maharashtra, Brown University s School of Public Health, Vijay Rupani, Ashish Jha, Getty Images India, Coronavirus

Venmo Stops Payments for Palestinian Relief Funds, Citing 'Security Concerns'

We’re officially entering the second week in a row of fighting between Israel and Palestine, which means we probably haven’t seen the last of the hundreds of deaths and countless injuries inflicted on Gaza residents thus far. If you’re looking for a way to donate to the victims, then a quick word of advice: maybe…Read more...
Tags: Science, Israel, Paypal, Gaza, Palestine, Mobile Payments, Online Payments, Cryptocurrencies, Venmo, Palestinians, Financial Technology, Palestinian National Authority, Cashless Society, Business Finance, Payment Systems, Interpal

Fans of Andy Weir's The Martian Will Love Project Hail Mary

Project Hail Mary, the third book by Andy Weir, finds the author going back to what made him famous in the first place. Weir rose to fame with The Martian, a book (and eventually a movie) about a man stranded on Mars who uses complicated, compelling science to get himself home. While Weir’s second book, Artemis, …Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Mars, Chris Miller, Ryan Gosling, Alien, Weir, Martian, Phil, Andy Weir, Drew Goddard, Ryland, Creative Works, English Language Films, British Films, 20th Century Fox Films

A Black Lady Sketch Show's Fairy Auntmother Reveals an Inevitable Truth

Once people born in the early-to-mid ‘80s started having fits on TikTok over literal children telling them their hairstyles were dated, it was only a matter of time before the internet coalesced around the term “geriatric millennial” as part of our larger conversation about the current generation of 25-to-35-year-olds.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Literature, Fairy Tale, Fairies, German folklore, German Literature, Narratology

Google Wants to Make the Next Pixel Camera More Inclusive

Android is used on 3 billion smartphones worldwide, but most of the cameras on Android phones don’t accurately capture people of color. This is why Google announced it’s striving to develop a “more accurate and inclusive camera” for its next batch of smartphones.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Technology, Smartphone, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Computing, Pixel, Alphabet Inc, Google Pixel, Sameer Samat, Timnit Gebru, Pixel Camera, Cloud Clients, Technology Internet

RIP Charles Grodin, Star of The Great Muppet Caper, King Kong, and Midnight Run

Charles Grodin, one of the great comedic actors of all time, died this week at the age of 86. When people hear Grodin’s name, the first movie they probably think of is Midnight Run. The 1988 Martin Brest action comedy is a classic of the genre and showcases Grodin’s smug, everyman persona beautifully. Read more...
Tags: Science, Robert Downey Jr, Films, Dave, Beethoven, Clifford, Miss Piggy, Rosemary, Entertainers, Lily Tomlin, Martin, Kong, Brest, Human Interest, Charles Grodin, Midnight Run

Former NASA Engineer Builds Mission Impossible-Style Obstacle Course to Protect His Nuts From Thieving Squirrels

One of the most popular YouTube videos of 2020 was from former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Mark Rober who attempted to build a squirrel-proof obstacle course. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t, so a year later he’s trying again, and this time taking inspiration from movies like Mission Impossible and Ocean’s Eleven…Read more...
Tags: Science, Squirrels, Hobbies, Mammals, Mark Rober, Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Bird Feeder, Human Activities, Mission Impossible And Ocean

The Most Terrifying Things TikTok Says Will Kill You

Everything you’ve never heard of could kill you. It is statistically unlikely that you will die by space crystal or poltergeist, but how do you know that you won’t? TikTok has every single detail about catastrophes looming beyond the event horizon, threatening to wipe you off the face of the Earth unless you eat some…Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Joe Biden, Earth, Software, Plants, Johns Hopkins, PAPAYA, Gemstones, Parasitism, Tiktok, Jennifer Strange, Moldavite, Gondii, Intestinal Parasite Infection

Researchers Find ‘Forbidden’ Quasicrystal in Wake of Nuclear Bomb Test

It’s reasonable to think of nuclear bombs in terms of their destructive capabilities; splitting the atom means obliteration for anything in the blast radius. But, as a team of geologists and physicists recently figured out, it also means creation: specifically, the transfiguration of ordinary crystalline structures…Read more...
Tags: Metal, Science, Crystal, Tessellation, Trinitite, Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences, University of Florence, Condensed Matter Physics, Polyhedra, Quasicrystal, Luca Bindi, Paul Steinhardt, Crystallography

Anonymous Donors Keep the Climate Denial Machine Chugging

There’s lots of talk from the GOP and fossil fuel companies these days about changing their tune and finally getting really serious about climate change. But new research shows that not much has changed in the world of organized climate denial: It’s still massively funded by mostly anonymous donors shielding major…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Gop, Donald Trump, Exxon, Jones, Natural Environment, Koch, Heritage Foundation, Donors Capital Fund, DeVos, Donors Trust, Climate Change Denial, The Heritage

Before Going Underground, Hackers Behind the Colonial Attack Cleared $90 Million in Bitcoin

New research into the ransomware thieves who attacked the Colonial Pipeline shows just how much money they were able to extort during a fairly short crime spree: about $90 million in approximately seven months.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Articles, Malware, Ransomware, Cryptography, Cybercrime, Bitcoin, Security Breaches, Cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, Decentralization, Elliptic, Tom Robinson, Business Finance, Darkside

White House advisor Andy Slavitt revealed his son is battling long COVID, as he warned young people to take the virus seriously

Tom Williams / Contributor/Getty Images White House advisor Andy Slavitt said Tuesday that his son has long COVID-19 symptoms six months after recovering. Researchers estimate that 10% of COVID-19 survivors have long-term symptoms. Experts say this is a key reason why young people should get vaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. Andy Slavitt, a top White House healthcare advisor, told a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday that his son is suffering from numerous long COVI...
Tags: Science, Cdc, White House, Trends, Vaccine, Slavitt, Andy Slavitt, Tom Williams, NYC Health Hospitals, White House Briefing, Madad, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Syra Madad, Getty Images White House

The Hunger Remake Rises From Its Sexy Vampire Grave

The 1983 vampire movie The Hunger didn’t exactly win over critics when it was first released, but since then it’s become a cult film for its stylish looks, its bisexual lead character, and its influence on goth culture. These are presumably three of the reasons Warner Bros. has decided to reboot the movie, with the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, David Bowie, John, Warner Bros, Ridley Scott, True Blood, Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon, Miriam, Whitley Strieber, Tony Scott, Vampire, The Hunger, Vampire Films, Angela Robinson

Bill Gates Hoped Jeffrey Epstein Could Help Him Schmooze His Way to Nobel Peace Prize: Report

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates appears to have hopelessly lost control of his efforts to do damage control on his once-budding bromance with fellow billionaire and notorious serial child abuser Jeffrey Epstein.Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, United States, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Andrew, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Larsen, Jeffrey Epstein, Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Jagland, Thorbjorn Jagland, Businesspeople, Terje Rod Larsen, Philanthropists

Google is making a 3D, life-size video calling booth

Google is working on a video calling booth that uses 3D imagery on a 3D display to create a lifelike image of the people on both sides. While it’s still experimental, “Project Starline” builds on years of research and acquisitions, and could be the core of a more personal-feeling video meeting in the near future. The system was only shown via video of unsuspecting participants, who were asked to enter a room with a heavily obscured screen and camera setup. Then the screen lit up with a video fee...
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Augmented Reality, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Lytro, Light Field, Google I/O 2021, Google Io 2021

Here Are All the Big New Features Coming in Android 12

Android 12 is the next major update to Google’s ubiquitous mobile OS, and at Google I/O 2021 we got a preview of all the big new features headed our way later this fall including a focused push for increased privacy, revamped notifications, an updated design language, and more.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Technology, Smartphones, Chrome Os, Chromebook, Computing, Operating Systems, Google Io, Alphabet Inc, Mobile Operating System, Mobile Linux, Cloud Clients, Technology Internet

The Collapse of Darwin’s Arch in the Galápagos Is Making Me Feel Very Existential Right Now

The steady march of time has caused Darwin’s Arch—an iconic rock formation in the Galápagos Islands—to collapse.Read more...
Tags: Science, Life, Environment, Articles, Philosophy, Charles Darwin, Buddhism, Galapagos Islands, Darwin, Natural Arch, Impermanence, Darwin Island, Physical Geography, Ecoregions, Wall Arch

Google Is Bringing Digital Car Keys to Android 12

Google wants to replace the humble car key and make it easier to pair all of your gadgets together. Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Technology, Bluetooth, Smartphones, Mobile Phones, Computing, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, Google Io, Harman Kardon, Ultra Wideband, Samsung Galaxy S21, Technology Internet

Now You Don't Have to Worry About Losing Your Chromecast Remote

If you lose your Chromecast remote, there’s another way to control your TV. Google announced today that it’s it’s bundling a host of remote control features directly into Android. Once the new version of Android 12 rolls out, it should be as easy as dragging and tapping around your phone’s interface to change the…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Science, Technology, Android TV, Smartphones, Chromecast, Chrome Os, Computing, Smart TV, Operating Systems, Don, Networking hardware, Digital Media Players, Google TV, Technology Internet

The Arrowverse Brings Back Diggle, But Not in the Way You'd Think

When we last saw John Diggle (David Ramsey), he had regained his family, and come across a mighty mysterious but also mighty familiar box with some sort of glowing green object inside (cough, Green Lantern ring, cough). We’ve known Diggle would be returning to take a tour of the CW’s other DC shows—except now there…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Television, Superman, Warner Bros, Cw, The Flash, Arrow, Legends Of Tomorrow, Supergirl, John Stewart, Lois, David Ramsey, Sara Lance, Caity Lotz, Flashpoint

John Ridley Will Pick Up the Black Panther Torch After Ta-Nehisi Coates

While Ta-Nehisi Coates’ run on Marvel’s Black Panther solo comic may be coming to an end just as the writer turns his sights to the future of DC’s Superman, the Wakandan King’s story is anything but over.Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Disney, Dc, Black Panther, Afrofuturism, John Ridley, Ta Nehisi Coates, Wakanda, White Tiger, Marvel Comics Characters, Fictional Characters, Shuri, Tchalla, Entertainment Culture, Juann Cabal

Samsung and Google Will Work Together to Make Android Smartwatches Good

Well, folks, the rumors that Samsung is abandoning Tizen for Google’s Wear OS smartwatch platform turned out to be true. Sort of. At the Google I/O keynote today, Google revealed it’s partnering with Samsung to create a new unified platform that mashes together Wear OS and Tizen OS.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Samsung

Google's Project Starline Promises to Make Video Calls Frighteningly Realistic by Turning Everyone Into 3D Models

As much as video-calling technologies like Facetime and Zoom have helped the world stay connected over the past year, they’ve also demonstrated their severe limitations, as it’s hard to feel emotionally connected to someone through a low-quality video feed. Today, Google revealed a technology that’s not quite ready…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Television, Facetime, Songs, 3d Imaging, Stereoscopy, Real, 3d Modeling, 3D Television, Television Technology, Technology Internet

Google Chrome Will Soon Fix Compromised Passwords for You With One Click

Google’s Chrome browser already has the ability to detect when your passwords have been compromised, but now Chrome will be able to fix those vulnerable passwords with a single click. Read more...
Tags: Google Chrome, Google, Security, Science, Identity Management, Web Browsers, Software, Password, Pass, Google Safety, Computer Access Control, Technology Internet, Password strength, Password Fatigue

American Alligators’ Sex Ratios Could Go Haywire

Many of the effects of climate change are obvious, like bizarre weather patterns, rising sea levels, and species loss as a result of deforestation and habitat degradation. Some, though, are a little bit weird.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, Alligator, Predators, Jess, Apex Predators, Crocodilians, Herpetology, American Alligators, Crocodylidae, Alligatoridae, American Alligator, Samantha Bock, Sex Ratio, Sex Determination Systems

Climate Change Could Make American Alligators’ Sex Ratios Go Haywire

Many of the effects of climate change are obvious, like bizarre weather patterns, rising sea levels, and species loss as a result of deforestation and habitat degradation. Some, though, are a little bit weird.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, Alligator, Predators, Jess, Apex Predators, Crocodilians, Herpetology, Crocodylidae, Alligatoridae, American Alligator, Samantha Bock, Sex Ratio, Sex Determination Systems, Temperature Dependent Sex Determination

Watch: This is how stars are born

How are stars made? Why do they form in clusters? Why does it take so long? Why are some stars larger than others? Finding the answers to these questions is no small challenge. It takes millions of years to make a star. That means we can’t just stake some cameras out in space and wait to compile the time-lapse footage. Basically, we have no way of watching actual stars grow from inception. And that’s why astrophysicists rely on simulations to try and figure out what’s really going on in the cosm...
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