Earth's Future Is Lonely for the Robots Left Behind in Sci-Fi Short The Desert

In a future where humanity has abandoned its home planet—or perhaps gone entirely extinct, as bits of atomic-bomb imagery suggest—robots rule, but it’s a lonely and strange existence. They’re drawn to things that remind them of the past, like libraries and TV sets, but also feel more primal urges, like the instinct to…Read more...
Tags: Science, Writing, Articles, Mood, Vimeo, Desert, Ai, Dystopia, Robot, Jg Ballard, Ralph McQuarrie, Academic Disciplines, Science In Popular Culture, Michael Dockery, Utopian And Dystopian Fiction

Photos: Athletes Break Down Under Extreme Heat at the Olympics

Kai Kazmirek of Team Germany puts an ice pack on his head during the Men’s Decathlon Shot Put on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, JapanRead more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Sports, Soccer, Tennis, Olympics, Summer Olympics, Tokyo, Meteorology, Olympic Games, Archery, Olympic Stadium, Heat Index, Fahrenheit, Celsius, Team Germany

TikTok, the Only Social Media Platform Without Stories, Is Getting Stories

As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so too is it all but guaranteed in 2021 that social media platforms will eventually test some ill-fated version of Instagram Stories in their feeds. And as of Wednesday, TikTok is no longer the exception: The platform is reportedly experimenting with a new…Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Pinterest, Instagram, Social Media, Linkedin, Snapchat, Software, Computing, Video Hosting, Byte, Variety, Video Software, Bytedance, Tiktok, Application Software

Disney's 'Real Life' Star Wars Lightsaber Expands in New Video

Next year, Disney will reveal the most authentic-looking real-world Star Wars lightsaber yet, and a new video just revealed our best look to date. Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Film, Disney, Darth Vader, Walt Disney World, Lightsaber, Walt Disney, Jedi, Walt Disney Imagineering, Human Interest, Imagineering, Lego Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures, Sith, Fictional Characters, Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Academy

Peloton Tread Owners No Longer Need a Subscription to 'Just Run'

In June, Peloton pushed out its Tread Lock feature, which automatically shut down inactive treadmills and required a 4-digit passcode. The update was part of Peloton’s promised safety measures following a voluntary recall of its treadmills (one due to injury reports, the other due to display issues). There was just…Read more...
Tags: Science, Companies, Treadmill, Products, Peloton, Goods Economics, Technology Internet, Peloton Tread Owners

The 'Delta Plus' variant has spread to nearly 30 countries, but low case numbers are a sign it won't overtake Delta

A coronavirus testing station in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2020. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images The Delta Plus variant is the Delta variant with an extra mutation. It has reached nearly 30 countries. It's not yet clear whether Delta Plus is more transmissible than Delta. The fact that Delta remains dominant worldwide is a sign that Delta Plus won't overtake it soon. See more stories on Insider's business page. As the Delta variant tears across the globe, scientists ar...
Tags: South Korea, Science, News, Cdc, China, India, US, Trends, Read, Delta, Miami, Pfizer, Vaccines, Public Health England, Bolivia, Variant

Sleepy Joe Reveals He’s in the Pocket of Big Efficient Dishwasher

Tremble, ye mighty, and despair in the face of our new overlords: efficient dishwashers. The Biden administration is carrying out what is, arguably, former president Trump’s worst fear, and preparing to mandate once again that dishwashers and washers and dryers do their jobs more efficiently. (Typical politician, that…Read more...
Tags: Kitchen, Home, Tools, Science, Obama, Water Efficiency, Joe Biden, Home Automation, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Biden, Home Appliances, Trump, Dishwashing, Andrew deLaski, Presidency Of Donald Trump

Russian Official: Experts to Investigate Possible ‘Consequences’ of Flipping Space Station

Early reports suggest the International Space Station incurred no damage as a result of an incident last week involving the newly arrived Nauka module. That may be the case, but Russian officials are launching an investigation to assess the true impact of the frightening mishap.Read more...
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Magic, Family Drama, and a Chaotic Kingdom Collide in Rory Power's Adult Fantasy Debut

Author Rory Power earned acclaim for her YA fantasy novels Wilder Girls and Burn Our Bodies Down, but in 2022 she’ll be making her adult fantasy debut with In a Garden Burning Gold, a tale of magical twins that’s inspired in part by her Greek heritage. io9 is excited to reveal the cover and first excerpt from Power’s…Read more...
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California Woman Thought She Had Covid-19. She Actually Had Typhus From a Rat

A California neighborhood seems to have had a series of encounters with the now-rare disease typhus. According to local media reports, at least two people in Monrovia, California recently caught typhus after handling dead rats, presumably through the infected fleas they carried. Thankfully, typhus is easily treatable…Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Infectious Diseases, Infection, Flea, Rickettsia, Monrovia California, Typhus, Medical Specialties, Zoonoses, Bacterial Diseases, Margaret Holzmann, Epidemic Typhus, Rickettsiaceae, Rickettsia Typhi, Flea Poop

'Master Face': Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech

In addition to helping police arrest the wrong person or monitor how often you visit the Gap store, facial recognition is increasingly used by companies as a routine security procedure: it’s a way to unlock your phone or social media account, for instance. This practice comes with an exchange of some privacy for the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Learning, Face, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Computer Graphics, Face Id, Deepfake, Face Recognition Tech, StyleGAN, Facial recognition system, Applications Of Computer Vision, Technology Internet, Artificial Intelligence Applications

Coronavirus live news: research shows extent of mental health impact in Europe

Pan-European research shows psychiatric services across the continent reduced level of careWHO calls for moratorium on vaccine boosters to speed up global first doses Which countries are vaccinating minors against Covid?China shuts down transport routes as it battles worst outbreak in monthsStatus of some UK citizens vaccinated overseas not recognised by NHSArdern’s popularity stumbles on New Zealand’s slow road to vaccination‘Fit and healthy’ British man who rejected vaccine dies of Covid 10.0...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Australia, China, UK News, US news, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, World Health Organisation WHO, Coronavirus, NHSArdern

J.J. Abrams' Shining-Inspired TV Show Is Changing Streamers

Much like the ghostly residents of the Overlook Hotel, a show based on the famed location has died—but is (most likely) coming back to life. Last year, news broke that as part of his company’s deal with WarnerMedia, J.J. Abrams was developing a show called Overlook based on Stephen King’s The Shining. The show was…Read more...
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A Chat with Green Knight Star and Geek God Ralph Ineson

Ralph Ineson is at it again. The actor who io9 named as having the “World’s Greatest Geek Acting Career” thanks to his involvement in basically every single major geek franchise of the past 20 years is currently working on another one. While promoting his new film, The Green Knight, Ineson mentioned to io9 that he’s…Read more...
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Speed Tests Show Starlink Is Now Nearly As Fast As Broadband

Satellite internet is often the only choice for getting online if you live out in a rural area. But it’s not always the fastest or most stable internet connection.Read more...
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Arkansas Governor Says in Hindsight, He Slightly Regrets Siding With the Virus

Across the country, Republican leaders have signed into law measures functionally indistinguishable from deliberate efforts to aid the novel coronavirus. For example, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a bill into law in April that bans mask mandates across the state. Now that the Delta variant of the virus is…Read more...
Tags: Florida, Science, Arkansas, Donald Trump, Hutchinson, Asa Hutchinson, Ron DeSantis, Charlie Crist, States Of The United States, Face Masks During The Covid 19 Pandemic, Covid 19 Pandemic In Florida, United States Responses To The Covid 19 Pandemic

Redfin Will Now Tell You How At-Risk Your Dream Home Is to Climate Change

It hard enough to buy a home, but the climate crisis is making it even more challenging. Will a prospective house be underwater? Catch on fire? Real estate brokerage firm Redfin is offering a new tool to assess those and other climate risks.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Articles, Climate Risk, Anthropocene, Redfin, Natural Environment, Environmental Issues, Climatecheck, Disaster Accident, Christian Taubman, Human Impact On The Environment, Redfincom

An Iceberg Wall Collapsing at the Titanic Museum Feels Like a Metaphor, But for What?

A large iceberg wall at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, collapsed on Monday, which sure seems it might be an allegory for current circumstances that happen to be eluding our minds at the moment.Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Environment, United States, United Kingdom, Ice, Titanic, Iceberg, Academy Awards, Pigeon Forge Tennessee, RMS Titanic, In Canada, Carrie Pittore, Mary Kellogg Joslyn, John Joslyn, Jon Nijem

Star Trek: Lower Decks' Scrappy Ensigns on How Their Characters Will Evolve in Season 2

We were huge fans of Star Trek: Lower Decks’ first season—a very funny, near-perfect blend of endearingly flawed characters, wild space adventures (but also wonderfully mundane “day in the life of Starfleet” stuff), and Star Trek in-jokes galore. With season two almost upon us, we jumped at the chance to chat with the…Read more...
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Facebook Bans Vaccine Hoax Researchers, Blames FTC

Members of a New York University research team studying political advertising and covid-19 misinformation on Facebook found their accounts suspended Tuesday night, with Facebook pinning the action on the privacy settlement it reached with federal regulators in 2019.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, New York University, Mark Warner, Jessica, Free Press, Jonathan Mayer, Damon McCoy, Internet Privacy, Jessica González, Laura Edelson

Vaccinated People Three Times Less Likely to Contract Delta Variant in UK Study

New research from the UK provides the clearest indication yet of how protected fully vaccinated people are from the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Based on ongoing surveillance data, researchers estimate that the vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford University/AstraZeneca are 50% to 60% effective at…Read more...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Medicine, Vaccination, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Vaccines, Virology, Clinical Trials, Moderna, Paul Elliott, BioNtech, Pfizer BioNTech, Oxford University AstraZeneca

J.W. Rinzler, Prolific Lucasfilm Author, Dies at 58

Prolific author and Lucasfilm editor Jonathan Rinzler, better known by his pen name J.W. Rinzler, died July 28 at his home in Northern California after an 11-month long bout with pancreatic cancer, according to a local news outlet. He was 58 years old.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Films, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Lucasfilm, Indiana Jones, George Lucas, Sarah, Northern California, Return Of The Jedi, Lawrence Kasdan, J W Rinzler, Rinzler, Jw Rinzler, Imax Films

Record Wildfires and Heat Sweep Across Greece, Threatening Historic Sites

More than 80 wildfires have been reported around Greece between Monday and Tuesday evening, the Greek government said Tuesday, as the country grapples with a record-breaking heat wave that is forecast to continue through this week.Read more...
Tags: Science, Greece, Environment, Articles, Nature, Pollution, Wildfire, Emergency Management, Hazards, Fire Prevention, Colorado Wildfires, Disaster Accident, Ecological Succession, Russian Wildfires, Yochanan Kushnir, Parnitha

Watch: Disney's BidenBot Is Officially on Duty

After months of preparations, Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents was finally set to reopen on Tuesday with a new star taking center stage: RoboBiden. Clips taken of the 46th president’s wrinkly animatronic doppleganger show him proudly reciting the Oath of Office while standing among the likes of Ulysses S. Grant,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Disney, Biden, Walt Disney World, Donald Trump, Animatronics, Franklin Pierce, Magic Kingdom, Liberty Square, Ulysses S Grant, James Buchanan, Oath of Office, The Hall of Presidents, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, Entertainment Culture, RoboBiden Clips

Launch of Boeing’s Starliner Delayed Indefinitely Due to Vexing Technical Glitch

The second uncrewed test of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is on hold, as mission teams with Boeing and NASA troubleshoot an issue having to do with the spacecraft’s propulsion system. Read more...
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WHO tells wealthy countries to stop giving out booster shots until poorer nations get more vaccines

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images The WHO is calling for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine boosters through the end of September. Some wealthy nations have begun booster campaigns while low-income countries are still largely unvaccinated. Israel, Germany, and France already have third shots rolling out or coming soon for certain groups. See more stories on Insider's business page. As some countries struggle to g...
Tags: UK, Science, Washington Post, Cdc, France, Germany, Israel, US, San Francisco, Trends, Who, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Reuters, Afp

Apple Airtags Used to Prove That Contractor Illegally Trashed Unhoused People's Property

A lawyer in Portland, Oregon, suspected that a city contractor was illegally trashing property belonging to people living at an encampment for people experiencing homelessness, so he covertly attached Apple AirTag tracking devices to some of the items. Sure enough, the items ended up in a landfill, and now there may…Read more...
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It’ll Cost $6,000 to Star Wars LARP With Your Family at Disney World

The Walt Disney Company—worth an estimated $122.18 billion—would like you to pay $6,000 to take a family of four to its new, immersive Star Wars hotel for two nights.Read more...
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A Louisiana congresswoman whose husband died of COVID-19 is urging people to get vaccinated

Julia Letlow. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Rep. Julia Letlow of Louisiana is urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Her husband, Luke Letlow, died of COVID-19 last year. She says she "would have given everything" to have had a vaccine available before her husband died. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Republican US congresswoman from Louisiana whose husband died of COVID-19 last year is urging people to get vaccinated against the virus.Rep. ...
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The risks and rewards of vaccinating UK children against Covid

Analysis: official advisers have called for jabs to be given to children aged 16 and 17 in a rethink of policyCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJust weeks ago, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended that children over the age of 12 should only be vaccinated if they were extremely vulnerable or lived with someone at risk, citing concerns about an inflammatory heart condition linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. Now the JCVI has tweaked that ...
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