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Why flat-Earthers are a clear and present threat to an AI-powered society

“Fool me once, shame on…shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.” Former US President George W Bush. It’s easy to laugh at someone who believes the Earth is flat. Dunking on pro-diseasers (AKA: antivaxxers) has become one of the internet’s favorite sports. And it’s pretty posh by social media standards to ridicule anyone who questions whether the climate-crisis is real. There’s always going to be a small, vocal contingency of people who simply cannot be convinced of a ground truth. Wh...
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The aurora may creep south on Saturday, appearing from Pennsylvania to Oregon because of a powerful solar flare

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of a solar flare - seen in the bright flash at the Sun's lower center - on October 28, 2021. NASA/GSFC/SDO A solar flare sent an outburst of plasma and charged particles hurtling towards Earth on Thursday. As a result, the National Weather Service predicts a strong solar storm at Earth's poles Saturday. The solar storm could bring the aurora borealis south, from Pennsylvania to Iowa to Oregon. An eruption on the surface of t...
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You probably qualify for a COVID-19 booster already, even if you don't realize it, several health experts say

Care worker Jen Madghachian receives her COVID-19 booster shot in Borehamwood, England, on October 4, 2021. Karwai Tang/Getty Images The CDC recommends COVID-19 boosters for certain adults who got vaccinated at least six months ago. But several health experts told Insider that most Americans likely meet at least one of the CDC's criteria. There's room for interpretation within the CDC guidelines, some experts said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its COVID-1...
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‘Yeah, we’re spooked’: AI starting to have big real-world impact, says expert

Prof Stuart Russell says field of artificial intelligence needs to grow up quickly to ensure humans remain in controlA scientist who wrote a leading textbook on artificial intelligence has said experts are “spooked” by their own success in the field, comparing the advance of AI to the development of the atom bomb.Prof Stuart Russell, the founder of the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence at the University of California, Berkeley, said most experts believed that machines more inte...
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I got the Moderna booster shot 6 months after getting the J&J single-shot vaccine - here's how it went

Suzie Glassman Suzie Glassman. Suzie Glassman, 44, is a freelance writer and part-time fitness coach based in Castle Rock, Colorado. In April, she got the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine; on October 24, she got the Moderna booster shot. After the booster, Glassman says her arm felt sore for about 24 hours and she had chills and body aches overnight. It feels like forever ago, but just in April, vaccine appointments were hard to come by. I'd waited my turn, meaning I was last in l...
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Fully-vaccinated people can pass on the Delta variant at home, including to other vaccinated people, a study finds - but unvaccinated people are still at most risk

A man receives a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at an NHS COVID-19 vaccination centre. Hollie Adams/Getty Images Fully vaccinated people can catch and pass on the Delta variant at home, real-world data shows. Vaccines largely protect against severe COVID-19 but don't stop it spreading entirely, the study authors said. Experts urged people to get vaccinated, have boosters when eligible, and take extra precautions. Fully vaccinated people can catch and pass on the highly infectious Delta var...
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After reevaluating humanity's fossil record, a group of experts designated a new species of human ancestor

An exhibit at the Neanderthal Museum in the town of Krapina, Croatia, February 25, 2010. Reuters/Nikola Solic After reevaluating the human fossil record, some experts designated a new type of human ancestor. This ancestor, Homo bodoensis, lived in Africa about 600,000 years ago and gave rise to modern humans. A study suggests that Homo bodoensis shared a common ancestor with Neanderthals and Denisovans. Humanity's family tree just got a makeover.After reevaluating a cadre of contentiou...
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Fresh air or foul odour? How Covid can distort the sense of smell

Coronavirus-induced parosmia is surprisingly common and the sensory confusion can have profound effectsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDeirdre likens her body odour to raw onions; Deepak says his favourite aftershave smells foul, and coffee like cleaning products; Julie thinks coffee and chocolate both smell like burnt ashes.Most people are aware that a cardinal symptom of Covid-19 is loss of smell, or anosmia. It may last for weeks or even months. Increasingly though...
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'They are liars or they are stupid': Arnold Schwarzenegger attacks world leaders over climate policies, arguing that cutting emissions can also boost the economy

Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Austrian World Summit in Vienna on July 1. Lisa Leutner/AP Arnold Schwarzenegger says leaders who argue acting on climate will hurt the economy are lying. His comments come ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Scotland. He says he is driving an electric car and has reduced his meat consumption by 70% to 80%. Arnold Schwarzenegger said any world leaders warning that fighting the climate crisis would damage the economy were "liars" or "stupid.""All of these count...
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'They are liars or they are stupid': Arnold Schwarzenegger attackers world leaders over climate policies, arguing that cutting emissions can also boost the economy

Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Austrian World Summit in Vienna, Austria on July 1, 2021. Lisa Leutner/AP Leaders who say mitigating climate change will hurt the economy are "liars," Schwarzenegger said. His comments come in the lead-up to the COP26 climate summit. He says he is driving an electric car and has reduced his meat consumption "about 70, 80%." Arnold Schwarzenegger said world leaders who warn that fighting climate change will be damaging to the economy are "liars" and "stupid.""A...
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The Parkes dish is 60, but it’s still making major scientific breakthroughs

The CSIRO’s 64-metre Parkes Radio Telescope was commissioned on October 31, 1961. At the time it was the most advanced radio telescope in the world, incorporating many innovative features that have since become standard in all large-dish antennas. Through its early discoveries, it quickly became the leading instrument of its kind. Today, 60 years later, it is still arguably the finest single-dish radio telescope in the world. It is still performing world-class science and making discoveries that...
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