Feds: California Men Discussed 'Terrorist' Attacks on Twitter and Facebook, Other Targets

Two California men have been indicted in connection with an apparent plot to attack the state’s Democratic Party headquarters, located in Sacramento, the Justice Department said Friday. The men also discussed attacks at other locations throughout the state that they “associated with Democrats,” including the…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, California, Sacramento, Software, Computing, Justice Department, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Democratic Party, South of Market San Francisco, The Anarchist Cookbook, Universal Windows Platform Apps

At most, just 7% of the human genome is unique to our species. We share most genes with Neanderthals, Denisovans, and other ancestors.

An employee of the Natural History Museum in London looks at model of a Neanderthal male in his twenties, which is on display at the museum's "Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story" exhibition, September 2014. Will Oliver/PA Images/Getty Just 1.5% to 7% of the human genome is unique to our species, a new study suggests. Neanderthals, Denisovans, and other ancestors share most of the same genes found in modern humans. Genes unique to humans are involved in brain development, wh...
Tags: Asia, Science, London, News, Trends, Green, Genetics, Britain, Neanderthals, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, University of California Santa Cruz, Denisovans, Human Evolution, Denisovan, Genome Sequencing, Richard Green

A family of bears marched past a crowd to cool off in Lake Tahoe - a cute, but terrifying, example of our climate-crisis dystopia

Black bear cubs. Nicholas Hunter/Shutterstock A beachgoer earlier this month spotted a family of bears swimming in Lake Tahoe near tourists. But video of the encounter reveals how the growing dangers of the climate crisis are taking effect. As the planet's warming creates more and more extreme weather, humans aren't the only ones fleeing. See more stories on Insider's business page. Video showing a family of bears trudging past beachgoers and straight into Lake Tahoe may look c...
Tags: Science, Australia, Washington, Oregon, Russia, US, Trends, Zimbabwe, Lake Tahoe, Bears, Pacific Northwest, Heatwave, Climate Crisis, World Conservation Congress, Bear Cubs, Geert Jan van Oldenborgh

Jeff Bezos is risking his life to reach space. The rocket has flown 15 times, but he'll have no pilot and possibly no spacesuit.

Jeff Bezos (left) is set to launch aboard the New Shepard rocket (right) on July 20. Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters; Blue Origin Jeff Bezos is risking his life to prove that Blue Origin can safely fly humans to the edge of space. About 1% of US human spaceflights have resulted in a fatal accident. But the New Shepard rocket seems relatively safe, given its flight record and how short the trip is. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jeff Bezos is about to place his life in the hands...
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Bootleg Fire in Oregon is generating dangerous fire clouds and pyrocumulonimbus thunderstorms

In this photo taken with a drone provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, is seen over the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on July 14, 2021. Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon is generating fire clouds and pyrocumulonimbus storms. Fire clouds can reach up to 6 miles high; people can spot them from more than 100 miles away. Pyrocumulonimbus clouds can generate fire tornadoes and lightning that may s...
Tags: Weather, Science, News, California, Mexico, Oregon, US, Fire, Trends, Ap, Nasa, Earth, Clouds, Canada, Wildfires, Argentina

Olds, Now You Can Look Up 'Yeet' in the Dictionary Instead of Asking the Youth

While I have not considered myself part of the Youth for quite a few years now, I did not yet feel like I was an Old—until today, when I found out that had added the word “yeet” to its repertoire. Even Microsoft Word doesn’t know what “yeet” means, as it keeps correcting it to “yet” and drawing an angry…Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Articles, Linguistics, IAC, Donald Trump, John Kelly, Slang, Human Interest, Olds, Dictionarycom, Yeet, Academic Disciplines, Exclamation Mark, Referencecom, Thesauri

Covid Australia live news update: NSW announces 111 new cases and new Sydney lockdown restrictions; 19 cases in Victoria

Gladys Berejiklian announces restriction on movement in Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool LGAs, limits on retail, pause on construction and greater penalties for employees who force workers into officeVic hotspots; Vic restrictions; NSW hotspots; NSW restrictionsScott Morrison accused of ‘misrepresenting’ Atagi advice to shift blame for botched vaccine rollout‘Secret weapon’: unflappable Kerry Chant faces toughest challenge yet as NSW Covid outbreak grows‘The Delta variant has shown ...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Liverpool, Coalition, Delta, Sydney, Victoria, Morrison, NSW, Vic, Gladys Berejiklian, Coronavirus, Fairfield Canterbury Bankstown

Covid Australia live news update: Victoria reports 19 new coronavirus cases as NSW considers tougher lockdown

NSW outbreak exceeds 1,000 coronavirus cases while there are now more than 165 exposure sites in VictoriaVic hotspots; Vic restrictions; NSW hotspots; NSW restrictionsScott Morrison accused of ‘misrepresenting’ Atagi advice to shift blame for botched vaccine rollout‘Secret weapon’: unflappable Kerry Chant faces toughest challenge yet as NSW Covid outbreak grows‘The Delta variant has shown Fortress Australia to be a house of cards due to the Coalition’s vaccine stroll-out’Vaccine rollout tracker;...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Queensland, Delta, Victoria, Northern Territory, Morrison, Vic, Coronavirus

Schmigadoon Is a Musical Reality That Wants to Trap You

Between WandaVision and Kevin Can F*ck Himself, shows revolving around warped pocket realities have been having quite the moment in 2021. It seems like a moment that Apple TV+’s new musical series Schmigadoon—from co-creators Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, and director Barry Sonnenfeld—very much wants to be a part of.Read more...
Tags: Science, Actors, Apple TV, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Cecily Strong, Kristin Chenoweth, Entertainers, Rodgers, Kevin, Aaron Tveit, Barry Sonnenfeld, Alan Jay Lerner, Brigadoon, Musical Theatre, Dove Cameron

Covid Australia live news update: NSW considers tougher lockdown as Victoria cases rise

NSW outbreak exceeds 1,000 coronavirus cases while there are now more than 165 exposure sites in VictoriaVic hotspots; Vic restrictions; NSW hotspots; NSW restrictionsScott Morrison accused of ‘misrepresenting’ Atagi advice to shift blame for botched vaccine rollout‘Secret weapon’: unflappable Kerry Chant faces toughest challenge yet as NSW Covid outbreak grows‘The Delta variant has shown Fortress Australia to be a house of cards due to the Coalition’s vaccine stroll-out’Vaccine rollout tracker;...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Delta, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Morrison, NSW, Vic, Gladys Berejiklian, Coronavirus, Elias Visontay, NSW Covid

Record 35m people will be offered free flu jab to ease pressure on NHS

Vaccine drive comes amid warnings of a nightmare winter as immunity falls due to Covid restrictionsThe largest flu vaccination programme in UK history is to be rolled out this year, ministers have said, with jabs offered to all school pupils aged under 17.Last year free flu vaccines were expanded to all adults over 50 and children in the first year of secondary school but this year the plans are even bigger, with secondary school pupils up to Year 11 included in the programme. Continue reading.....
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Flu, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus

Journal Retracts Flawed Study That Claimed to Show Face Masks Harm Kids

A recent paper that suggested masks may be dangerous for kids to wear has now been retracted. It’s the second pandemic-related study written by the lead author to be pulled from publication in less than a month, following the retraction of another paper claiming to show that covid-19 vaccines would kill almost as many…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Articles, Occupational Safety and Health, Covid 19, Covid 19 Vaccine, Health Medical Pharma, Retractions In Academic Publishing, Harald Walach, Parapsychologists

Walking Dead Lawsuit Ends in $200 Million Settlement

Frank Darabont, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind The Shawshank Redemption, was a key figure in bringing The Walking Dead to AMC way back in 2010. A few years later though, the showrunner and executive producer realized he wasn’t be compensated properly for his stake in the show, and a lawsuit was filed.Read more...
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Fauci: Vaccinated people who contract COVID-19 are far less likely to spread the virus than unvaccinated people

Getty/Kevin Dietsch Dr. Anthony Fauci said it would be "reasonable" to assume vaccinated people are less likely to spread COVID-19. Vaccinated people who get COVID-19 typically have less virus in their nasal passages. That would suggest that breakthrough infections are less contagious than infections in unvaccinated people. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fully vaccinated people who get "breakthrough" cases of COVID-19 are probably less likely to spread the virus to other...
Tags: UK, Science, Cdc, White House, Israel, US, Trends, Delta, Helix, Vaccinations, Transmission, Anthony Fauci, Lee, Fauci, Will Lee, Coronavirus

This Wifi-Enabled Space Toilet for Cats Turned Me Into a Kitty Garbage Man, As God Intended

If you want most of the companionship that comes with a dog with less of the work, cats are great. They sleep most of the time, and a lot of the rest they’re inclined to spend by themselves. Walks are purely an optional affectation for the feline-obsessed, as is outdoor time (which many pet experts don’t recommend).…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Cat, Urine, Robot, Litter, Litter Box, Larry, Elsey, Cat Training, Feces, Branches Of Biology, Bin Bag, Siyah, Autopets

GOP Cyber Committee Member Dumped Microsoft Stock Not Long Before the Pentagon Nixed JEDI Deal

A freshman Congressman close to the Pentagon’s now-defunct $10 billion cloud computing deal with Microsoft apparently dumped stock in the company shortly before the contentious contract went belly up weeks ago. Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Companies, Computing, Pentagon, Msft, Fallon, Business Finance, Pat Fallon, Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, Computer Companies, GOP Cyber Committee Member Dumped Microsoft

Galactus Hungers for Your Wallet, and More Giant-Sized Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular roundup of all things good, plastic, and—this week, at least—very, very large. Yes, that’s right, we’ve got the first details on Hasbro’s next Marvel Legends crowdfunder project, plus Boba Fett on his new throne, Lego Camper Vans, McFarlane’s intriguing new Disney line, and…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Office, Fiction, Disney, Lego, Hasbro, Kiss, Volkswagen, Richard Hammond, Jay, Jason, Lord, Transformers, RPG, Beetle

13 Things M. Night Shyamalan's Movies Are Afraid Of

Writer and director M. Night Shyamalan is returning to the big screen with Old, which promises to be a fresh start for the director who defined modern suspense films in the 2000s. Every one of his projects in his two-decade catalog—from The Sixth Sense all the way through his Unbreakable trilogy—carries with it a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Once Upon A Time, Glass, Split, Samuel L Jackson, David Dunn, Avatar The Last Airbender, Unbreakable, M Night Shyamalan, Watchmen, The Sixth Sense, The Last Airbender, Pierre Oscar Levy, Frederik Peeters, Cinema of the United States

Cannabis Genomes Suggest the Plant Originated in East Asia

A team of researchers just examined 110 different marijuana genomes to figure out the origin of the plant. Their findings put the genesis of Cannabis sativa in northwest China.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Cannabis, Herbs, Hemp, East Asia, Medicinal Plants, Ryan Lynch, Medical Cannabis, Tetrahydrocannabinol, Branches Of Biology, Euphoriants, Psychoactive Drugs, Entheogens, Cannabis Smoking, Effects Of Cannabis

GM Warns Bolt Owners to Avoid Unattended Charging or Parking Their EVs Inside

The dependability of Chevy’s Bolt EV may have just taken another hit following a recent warning from GM asking Bolt owners to refrain from charging their cars while unattended or parking their EVs inside. Read more...
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If Jeff Bezos' rocket fails during launch, an emergency system should jettison him to safety

Jeff Bezos (left) is launching aboard a rocket with an emergency escape system (right). Jeff Bezos, his brother, an 82-year-old aviator, and a Dutch teen are launching to space on Tuesday. They'll fly on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket, which is well tested, but spaceflight is always risky. If the rocket fails, an emergency escape system should jettison the passengers to safety. See more stories on Insider's business page. When Jeff Bezos rockets into space on Tuesday, he...
Tags: Transportation, Texas, Science, News, US, Trends, Earth, Spaceships, Jeff Bezos, Rocket Launch, Federal Aviation Administration, Blue Origin, Bezos, Lai, Shepard, New Shepard

A New Heat Wave Will Set Records Across the West This Weekend

The West can’t catch a break. After a slight reprieve from this week’s extreme heat, which sparked raging wildfires that threatened electricity grids and lit up firenadoes in California, the region is preparing for its fourth scorching heat wave in just five weeks.Read more...
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NASA has finally fixed the Hubble Space Telescope after almost 5 weeks of troubleshooting a mysterious glitch

The Hubble Space Telescope in orbit above Earth. NASA NASA finally fixed the Hubble Space Telescope after nearly five weeks without science operations. Hubble switched to backup hardware to correct the mysterious glitch that took it offline. Hubble's age likely caused the problem. NASA hopes it still has a few more years. See more stories on Insider's business page. NASA has finally fixed its Hubble Space Telescope after weeks of troubleshooting a mysterious glitch.On Friday, the a...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Hubble, Universe, Hertz, Hubble Space Telescope, Pluto, Telescopes, Paul Hertz, NASA ESA, J Hester

Valve's Servers Melted Down Due to Steam Deck Demand

Yesterday, Valve countered the upcoming arrival of the OLED Switch with its own PC-based gaming handheld console, the $400 Steam Deck. Reservations opened today, and it seems the Steam store just can’t keep up.Read more...
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Chucky's First Footage Reveals the Demonic Doll Is Back to Attack

The first teaser for Don Mancini’s Chucky series is just 20 seconds long, ahead of a full trailer set to debut next week during [email protected] But it gives us everything we want, namely: the shining return of the O.G. Chucky (with his iconic laugh reminding us Brad Dourif is back voicing the character), who looks…Read more...
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Company That Aims to Solve the 'Crisis of Toxicity Online' Makes Money From the Daily Caller and Ben Shapiro

Like just about every other corner of the web, including this one, the Daily Caller’s website is littered with ads. I can count seven on the story I have open while writing this (which, if you’re curious, is a blog heckling the Unicode Consortium daring to add a pregnant man to the impending emoji roster). There are…Read more...
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30 years of stunning photos show why NASA fought so hard to save its Hubble Space Telescope from a mysterious glitch

Galaxy Messier 94, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, is rapidly forming new stars in the bright ring surrounding it. NASA NASA has finally fixed the Hubble Space Telescope after a mysterious glitch took it offline more than a month ago. Hubble is the world's most powerful space telescope. During its three decades in orbit, it has helped astronomers calculate the age and expansion of the universe, study far-away planets, and probe the secrets of dark matter. In that time, the iconi...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, News, California, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Features, Hubble, Universe, Jupiter, Hertz, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Hubble Space Telescope

Officials Pull ‘Emergency Lever’ as Lake Powell Plunges Toward Dangerous New Low

The latest megadrought alarm bell just went off in the West. The Bureau of Reclamation began emergency water releases from reservoirs upstream in the Colorado River this week in an effort to keep Lake Powell, the country’s second-largest reservoir, full enough to continue to generate hydroelectric power.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Dam, Lake Mead, Colorado River, Bureau of Reclamation, Luke Runyon, Western United States, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Lever, Reservoir, Geography Of The United States, States Of The United States, Colorado River Storage Project

In Biden’s America, You’ll Turn on the Shower and Nothing Comes Out, Just Drip Drip, Can’t Get the Soap Off

For years, Donald Trump’s bathroom fixation captivated the disenfranchised masses, long-suffering from moderate showerhead water pressure, whose dumps deserve to travel down a mighty whirlpool with the force of the Niagara Falls, but, bewilderingly, just float in the bowl. Where the silent majority was too meek to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Articles, Water, Drought, Nature, Plumbing, Ken Burns, Hygiene, Biden, Donald Trump, Bathing, Shower, Niagara Falls, Bathrooms, The Trump Organization, Physical Sciences

Loki Season 2 Won't Feature Season 1 Director Kate Herron

Unless we find a variant, Kate Herron is done with Loki. In a new interview, the director of all six episodes of the show’s first season revealed that she won’t be back for season two. “I always planned to be just on for this and to be honest, season two wasn’t in the—that’s something that just came out and I’m so…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Disney, Loki, Jonathan, Sylvie, Hank Pym, Ant Man, Time Travelers, Fictional Characters, Jonathan Majors, Kate Herron, Kang the Conqueror, Immortus, Entertainment Culture, Ultraverse

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