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Storytel's Audiobook Library Is Headed for Spotify Later This Year

Spotify is partnering with Storytel, a Sweden-based audiobook streaming service, to integrate its library with Spotify’s platform later this year, the companies announced Thursday.Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Spotify, Podcast, Science, Sweden, Software, Microsoft Windows, Operating Systems, Subscription Services, Thursday, Audiobook, Audible, Business Finance, Courtney Holt, Storytel


New Zealand’s budget needed to allocate more than small change to the climate crisis | Robert McLachlan and Paul Callister

Climate politics is a long game but people must see more positive changes to really appreciate the benefits of ending fossil fuelsThe New Zealand emissions trading scheme (ETS), now in its fourteenth year of operation and much criticised for (so far) failing to cut emissions, is the centrepiece of the government’s climate action. Judging from Budget 2021, it will remain that way for years to come.Auctioning of emissions units began in March, and 2022 will see the introduction of a falling cap on...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, ETS, Robert McLachlan, Paul Callister


Netflix's Halston Pulls No Punches About Joel Schumacher's Brilliance or His Demons

Though Netflix’s Halston primarily focuses on the life of its titular fashion designer, who built an empire on minimalist silhouettes and Ultrasuede, the miniseries also spotlights a number of important figures who came into Halston’s orbit while they were on their own journeys to stardom. One of particular interest: …Read more...
Tags: Fashion, Science, Netflix, Culture, Ewan McGregor, Gay Men, Bergdorf Goodman, Liza Minnelli, Elsa Peretti, Jackie O, Joel Schumacher, JOE EULA, Halston, Krysta Rodriguez, Rebecca Dayan, Ultrasuede


Snap Announces Spectacles 4.0 with Built-In AR Displays That Aren't for Sale

Snap continues to forge ahead with its line of techy camera glasses despite previous generations largely proving unprofitable and/or unpopular. But hey, fourth time’s the charm, right? On Thursday, Snap announced its newest Spectacles smart glasses with built-in AR displays, but don’t expect to get your hands on them…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Twitter, Glasses, Science, Technology, Snapchat, Eyewear, Augmented Reality, Evan Spiegel, Magic Leap, Science and Technology, Mixed Reality, Spectacles, Snap Inc, Smartglasses, Wearable Computers


Here are all the states offering cash prizes as an incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Dado Ruvic/Reuters Ohio, New York, and Maryland residents will get a shot at cash prizes for getting the COVID-19 shot. They are among other US states trying to get more people vaccinated against the deadly virus. Prizes range from a daily $40,000 prize in Maryland to a $5 million jackpot in New York. See more stories on Insider's business page. Ohio is offering a $1 million jackpot to five vaccinated adults. Republican Gubernatorial-elect Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine g...
Tags: New York, Science, Maryland, Washington Post, Kentucky, US, Trends, Ohio, American Museum of Natural History, Andrew Cuomo, Lexington Herald, Larry Hogan, Hogan, Louisville Kentucky, Mike DeWine, Kentucky Lottery


D&D's Summer of Drizzt Begins With TV Show Rumors, Magic Cards, and Benedict Cumberbatch

Being the most famous and beloved Dungeons & Dragons character of all time, you’d think every summer would be the summer of Drow elf ranger Drizzt Do’Urden. However, this summer, Wizards of the Coast is going out of its way to honor the savior of the Forgotten Realms, including a video biography that I simply can’t…Read more...
Tags: Science, Benedict Cumberbatch


New superstring theory says black holes may be portals to other universes

We don’t know very much about our universe. We’re fairly certain it exists, but we don’t know how it got here, how long it’s been here, or how big it is. Heck, we don’t even know if our universe is unique. Ever since Albert Einstein came up with the theory of relativity and other scientists realized that classical physics and quantum mechanics don’t really line up, we’ve been trying to reconcile those worlds. Many theoretical physicists believe that bridging the gap between obvious reality (clas...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Albert Einstein, Neural, Next Featured


CDC Warns Americans to Stop Kissing Birds, You Salmonella Freaks

Looks like it’s once again time for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to play the role of buzzkill. In the midst of a new outbreak of Salmonella bacteria linked to pet birds, the CDC is warning feather lovers: Please don’t smooch or snuggle your backyard chickens, ducks, or other assorted poultry.Read more...
Tags: Science, Cdc, Environment, Chicken, Infectious Diseases, Poultry, Salmonella, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Foodborne Illness, Human Interest, Animal Diseases, Medical Specialties, Egg As Food, Subspecies, Gram Negative Bacteria, Salmonellosis


Loki Will Show the Marvel Mischief Maker Apart From Thor

When Loki premieres on Disney+ June 9, the main character will not be the Loki you know and love. Yes he’s played by Tom Hiddleston, and yes the series takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But when the story starts, this Loki hasn’t been redeemed yet. He hasn’t lived through Thor: The Dark World or Thor:…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Thor, Sir, Owen Wilson, Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios, Tom Hiddleston, Loki, Tony, Odin, Kevin Feige, Jane Foster, Fictional Characters, Endgame, Entertainment Culture


Researchers Are Trying to Create an Unhackable Computer Processor

The CPU is classically considered “the brain” of a computer because, like our own head, it contains all of the circuits responsible for receiving and executing commands. However, like the rest of a machine, CPUs are not infallible. In fact, they can be fairly easy to hack. Recent years have shown egregious examples of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cryptography, Cybercrime, Cyberattack, Computing, Data Protection, Hacker, Cyberwarfare, Data Security, Computer Security, Simon, Morpheus, Computer Network Security, Todd Austin, Security Hacker, Technology Internet


European Space Agency Lays Out Plans for a Lunar Satellite Network

The European Space Agency has detailed its plan for a network of lunar satellites that will support a human presence on the Moon. The project, dubbed Moonlight, would fashion the Moon as a launchpad for deeper space exploration.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Environment, Once Upon A Time, Moon, Satellite, European Space Agency, Space Exploration, The moon, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Blue Origin, Outer Space, David Parker, Space Science, Lunar Lander


Scientists Shot Tardigrades From a Gun to Test a Theory About Aliens

Microscopic tardigrades are among the toughest animals on Earth, capable of withstanding freezing temperatures, the vacuum of space, and intense radiation. As new research shows, they’re even able to survive high-speed impacts—but only to a point.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Articles, Earth, Microbiology, Extraterrestrial Life, Astrobiology, Tardigrade, GPA, Extremophiles, Origin Of Life, Panspermia, Mark Burchell, Thermophiles, Parachaela, Hypsibius Dujardini


A New Star Trek Comic Series Sees Evil Picard Waging the 'Mirror War'

All is not well in Star Trek’s Mirror universe. Okay, things are never well in the Mirror universe—everyone’s evil there, and constantly scheming, murdering, and/or scheming about murder—but things are going to get much worse when IDW releases a new Trek comic event with the absolutely awesome title The Mirror War.Read more...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, Jean Luc Picard, JK, IDW, Starship Enterprise, Scott Tipton, Mirror Mirror, Q, Carlos Nieto, Fictional Characters, David Tipton, Mirror Universe, Creative Works, Entertainment Culture, Star Trek Characters


7 maps and charts that show what could happen if Roe v. Wade fell

In this Wednesday, April 5, 2017 file photo, demonstrators participate in a rally for Planned Parenthood at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. Associated Press The Supreme Court is hearing a big abortion case from Mississippi that could jeopardize Roe v. Wade. The court will rule on the constitutionality of abortion prohibitions before fetal viability. These seven maps and charts show the state of abortion in the US and what could happen if Roe fell. See more stories on Insider's business p...
Tags: Health, Politics, Texas, Science, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Washington, Life, US, Alabama, America, Trends, Cnn, Features, Missouri


Hocus Pocus 2 Will Run Amok This Fall on Disney+

Last Halloween’s streaming Hocus Pocus reunion might have failed to, uh, put a spell on viewers (at least it was for a good cause?), but the long-awaited sequel to Disney’s beloved spooky classic finally has a release date for its Disney+ debut. And it’s official: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Disney, Musicians, Bette Midler, Entertainers, Sarah Jessica Parker, Midler, Sanderson, Kenny Ortega, Kathy Najimy, Adam Shankman, Hocus Pocus, Doug Jones, Anne Fletcher, Hocus Pocus 2


Hocus Pocus 2 Will Run Amok Next Fall on Disney+

Last Halloween’s streaming Hocus Pocus reunion might have failed to, uh, put a spell on viewers (at least it was for a good cause?), but the long-awaited sequel to Disney’s beloved spooky classic finally has a release date for its Disney+ debut. And it’s official: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Disney, Musicians, Bette Midler, Entertainers, Sarah Jessica Parker, Midler, Sanderson, Kenny Ortega, Kathy Najimy, Adam Shankman, Hocus Pocus, Doug Jones, Anne Fletcher, Hocus Pocus 2


Maryland announces $2 million in lottery prizes for those in the state who get vaccinated

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan talks to reporters during a news briefing about the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic in front of the Maryland State House April 17, 2020 in Annapolis, Maryland. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Maryland Lottery is following Ohio and New York's lead, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday. Vaccinated residents and people who sign up to receive the vaccine can enter the lottery for free. See more stories on Insider's business page. Maryland Gov. Larry Ho...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, Maryland, Trends, Speed, Ohio, Larry Hogan, Hogan, Maryland State House, Maryland Lottery, Annapolis Maryland, Coronavirus, Azmi Haroun, Speed desk


Ford F-150 Lightning Is Good, Actually

As Earther’s resident Guy Who Has Opinions About Cars, I have taken much pride and joy talking shit about the Cybertruck (dystopian trash) and the Hummer EV (warmongering throwback nobody wants trash). With Ford officially unveiling its electric version of the F-150, I am here once again to pass judgment.Read more...
Tags: Home Depot, Science, Environment, Joe Biden, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Electric Car, Pickup Trucks, Ford Motor Company, Motor Vehicles, Ford F 150, Battery Electric Vehicles, Costa Samaras, Electric Truck, Tesla Cybertruck


In This Best of World SF Story, an Artificial Daughter Longs for Her Mother in Near-Future Africa

Edited by World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar, The Best of World SF: Volume 1 collects 26 new short stories from authors representing 21 countries, including France, China, Singapore, Nigeria, India, Japan, Italy, and Cuba. io9 has a first look at the entry by Tlotlo Tsamaase, who hails from Botswana.Read more...
Tags: Science, Africa, Cuba, Sisi, Botswana, Lavie Tidhar, Mama, Tlotlo Tsamaase, France China Singapore Nigeria India Japan Italy


Bipartisan Privacy Bill Promising Easier Opt-Outs and Tech Transparency Actually Has a Chance of Passing

A bipartisan group of senators is pushing forward a privacy bill meant to offer some much-needed transparency on the data being hoovered by our digital devices. And for once, a bill like this actually has a chance of passing.Read more...
Tags: Google, Politics, Science, Privacy, Identity Management, Articles, Social Issues, Amy Klobuchar, Privacy Policy, Digital Rights, Terms Of Service, John Kennedy, Richard Burr, Joe Manchin, General Data Protection Regulation, Internet Privacy


Scientists: NASA better hurry up and put people on the Moon, bad space weather’s coming

Outer space is so often called a “cold void” that it’s easy to forget there’s weather up there too. You won’t see any thunderstorms or tornadoes in space, but our sun’s been cycling through various “seasons” for millions of years and scientists think they’ve figured out how to predict “extreme” weather events in our neck of the universe. A team of researchers from the University of Reading today published research indicating the window for good weather might be closing for NASA’s plan to send a ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, University of Reading, Neural, Next Featured


This Fuzzy Image Shows a Spiral Forming Soon After the Big Bang

A team of Japanese astronomers recently peered way, way back in time using a telescope array in Chile. What they made out in the distant, early universe is a record-breaking galaxy, one that turns back the clock on when galaxies took on their classic spiral structures.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Chile, Milky Way, Galaxies, Edwin Hubble, Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Spiral Galaxy, Federico Lelli, Galactic Bulge, Stellar Evolution, Extragalactic Astronomy, Amanda Moffett, Takafumi Tsukui, Satoru Iguchi


FCC Curbs Price-Gouging on Phone Calls for Incarcerated People

The FCC today unanimously voted to cut cruelly overpriced prison and jail phone call rates, imposed by telecom companies that have creatively fished for every last penny from incarcerated people and their families. In an announcement, the FCC said that interstate calls will no longer exceed $0.12 per minute for…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Telecommunications, Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, Prison Policy Initiative, Securus Technologies, Bobby L Rush, Global Tel Link, Videotelephony, Science And Technology In The United States, Criminal Justice Reform In The United States, Inmate Telephone System, Securus Technologies Llc, Federal Prison Industries Corporation


Colonial CEO Would Love It if You Could Forget About His Company

The Colonial pipeline has proven just how critical of a piece of infrastructure it is after it was shut down by a ransomware attack last week that sparked a gasoline shortage along the East Coast. But the company doesn’t want you to remember just how important it is to daily life. There’s a good reason: Anonymity has…Read more...
Tags: Science, Royal Dutch Shell, Environmentalism, Bp, East Coast, Koch Industries, Trans Alaska Pipeline System, Business Finance, Oil Pipelines, Colonial Pipeline, Disaster Accident, Pipeline Transport, Joseph Blount


New York announced a $5 million 'Vax & Scratch' lottery for people who get vaccinated

Dado Ruvic/Reuters New York State is launching a "Vax & Scratch" lottery program to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The lottery will have a top prize of $5 million. See more stories on Insider's business page. New York State is launching a "Vax & Scratch" lottery program that will give people $20 lottery tickets for a $5 million Mega Multiplier Lottery if they get vaccinated.The pilot program, launched to encourage more people to gat vaccinated against COVID-19, ...
Tags: Politics, New York, Science, News, Trends, Vaccine, Andrew Cuomo, New York State, NBC New York, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Covid-19 Vaccine, Speed desk, Dado Ruvic Reuters New York State


New Pokémon Snap Makes a Case for Giving Up Battles

As much as the Pokémon franchise goes out of its way to explicitly tell you how much most of the creatures love their trainers—who capture and conscript them into lives of battling their own kind for glory—we all understand how messed up a premise that is when you spell it out. Nintendo’s New Pokémon Snap gives fans a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Nintendo, Pokemon, Mirror, Illumina, Magnolia, Rita, Pikachu, Elm, Pokemon Red and Blue, New Pokémon Snap, Video Games Developed In Japan, Creative Works, Role Playing Video Games, Gameplay Of Pokemon


A New Coronavirus May Be Jumping From Dogs to People, Scientists Report

A group of scientists fear they may have discovered another coronavirus capable of infecting humans. The virus has been spotted in patients suffering from pneumonia in Malaysia and likely originated from dogs. At this point, though, it’s not certain whether the virus is truly causing illness or if it could spread…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Environment, Virus, Malaysia, Pandemics, Koch, Global Health, Coronavirus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Coronaviridae, Zoonoses, Animal Virology, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, Health Medical Pharma, Sarbecovirus


Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 Could Be the First Wear OS Watch With a Really Good Processor

Earlier this week, Google announced it was partnering with Samsung to create a unified Wear OS-Tizen platform. It’s a bold move that could up-end the smartwatch landscape, and the next Samsung watches may be the first to offer the new Wear-Tizen mash-up experience. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Technology, Samsung, Smartphones, Smartwatches, Computing, Fitbit, Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm, Wearable Devices, Mobvoi, Qualcomm Snapdragon, Computer Architecture, Tizen OS


How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love—or at Least Tolerate—the Cicadas

I’ve never liked bugs. I frequently have nightmares about swarms of insects. So naturally, I’ve been anxious about the Brood X cicadas re-emergence for months, concerned that they’ll ruin the experience of eating at outdoor restaurants or hanging out on my deck on weekend afternoons. I know the bugs are harmless, but…Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Walmart, David Attenborough, Insects, Edible Insects, Cicadas, Brood, Native American Cuisine, Brood X, Periodical Cicadas, Magicicada Cassinii, Taphurini, Brood Xix, Hemiptera, Brood Xiii


Amazon's Wheel of Time Has Already Been Renewed for Season 2

Season one of The Wheel of Time just finished filming and Amazon likes it so much, it’s already renewed it for season two—incredibly exciting news for fans of Robert Jordan’s sprawling, best-selling fantasy series. We just wish we could see what all the fuss is about as very, very little has been released to show…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Fantasy, Dragon, Sony Pictures Television, Rafe, Robert Jordan, Rosamund, Prime Video, Judkins, Television Series, The Wheel Of Time, Rafe Judkins, Vernon Sanders, American Television Series, Aes Sedai



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