Why San Francisco felt like the set of a sci-fi flick

On Sept. 9, many West Coast residents looked out their windows and witnessed a post-apocalyptic landscape: silhouetted cars, buildings and people bathed in an overpowering orange light that looked like a jacked-up sunset.The scientific explanation for what people were seeing was pretty straightforward. On a clear day, the sky owes its blue color to smaller atmospheric particles scattering the relatively short wavelengths of blue light waves from the sun. An atmosphere filled with larger particle...
Tags: Psychology, Weather, Science Fiction, Science, Film, Environment, San Francisco, Green, Innovation, Isaac Newton, West Coast, Clarkson, David Fincher, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Jon Fusco, Lilly Mtz Seara

U.S. Hit New Record High of Daily Coronavirus Cases on Thursday

On Thursday, the United States reported over 77,000 new cases of covid-19, according to a tally maintained by NBC News—a record high. The rising numbers in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, both in the U.S. and throughout the world, signal the resurgence of a viral pandemic that has already claimed over 220,000…Read more...
Tags: Death, Science, Nbc News, United States, Who, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19

This Year's Arctic Sea Ice Is Failing to Form, Raising a Huge ‘Red Flag’

Arctic ice is seasonal. It melts down in the summer sun and relative warmth, then freezes back up when fall’s chill comes. Or at least, it should be that way. But right now it’s late October, and the ice in Siberia’s Laptav Sea still hasn’t refrozen. It’s the latest ice-free date the sea has seen in recorded history…Read more...
Tags: Science, Arctic, Siberia, Arctic sea, Ice On Thin Ice, Arctic ice melt, Ice Ice Maybe, Laptop Sea, Laptav Sea

Can AI Fix Our Broken Debates?

The second U.S. presidential debate of 2020 was more sedate than the first, with its whining, braying, and general frothing at the mouth. We all remember how the human moderator at the first rumble struggled to cut through to the actual issues that people care about, such as jobs, the environment, and stopping the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Watson, Ai, Debates, Presidential Debates

The US's third coronavirus surge could be the deadliest yet — 4 charts show a troubling trend

A man drops his daughter off at the Lincoln-Hancock Community School in Quincy, Massachusetts on September 17, 2020. Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe/Getty Images Coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in the US for the third time as winter approaches. The US reported more than 60,000 daily cases, on average, this week — a roughly 40% increase since the start of October. Deaths haven't risen as dramatically yet, but experts predict the third surge could be the deadliest. The US leads the world...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, News, France, India, Brown University, US, Trends, United States, Italy, Boston Globe, Johns Hopkins University, UK France, Christopher Murray, Quincy Massachusetts

The Strangest Amber Fossils Ever Discovered

Amber fossils are like a time capsule, preserving the three-dimensional structure of animals, plants, and other prehistoric items of interest. Every once in a while, however, paleontologists stumble upon some particularly bizarre specimens and scenes.Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Birds, Slideshow, Plants, Fossils, Amber, Feathers, Paleontology, Amber Fossils

How to Customize Your iPhone Home Screen

At long last, iPhone owners can finally customize their home screens with widgets. (Android users, feel free to skip—y’all have had this feature for years.) After you install iOS 14, you can deck out your iPhone with fresh icons, wallpaper, and widgets for a fully personalized look. Here’s how to get started.Read more...
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Cut the Cord on Cleaning: Dyson's V7 Origin Is $150 off at Newegg

Dyson V7 Origin | $200 | Newegg
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Did Mitch McConnell Join a Fight Club?

What the hell is going on with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell? Read more...
Tags: Science, Senate, Mitch McConnell, Medical Mysteries, Fight Club, Hands, Bruises

No, President Trump: Wind turbines aren't killing 'all the birds.' Cats are.

A British Black Silver Tabby adult male cat is judged at the 42nd "Supreme Cat Show" in Birmingham, England on October 27, 2018. Oli Scarff/Getty Images During Thursday's presidential debate, Donald Trump claimed that wind turbines kill "all the birds." Wind turbines kill about 234,000 birds a year, whereas cats kill 2.4 billion. North America may have lost nearly 3 billion birds, a quarter of its total bird population, since 1970. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. During...
Tags: Politics, Elections, Science, Cats, California, Environment, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Analysis, United States, North America, Donald Trump, Trump, Wind Turbines

The 10 Scariest G-Rated Movies

Halloween is a time for horrors, haunts, and movies with a lot of blood. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the most terrifying films out there are the ones that are considered “safe” for all ages. Here are our picks of the 10 scariest G-rated movies in modern history. Read more...
Tags: Halloween, Science, Kids, Disney, Animation, Scary, Spooky, Monsters Inc, Pinocchio, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Princess And The Frog, Toy Story 3, Andromeda Strain, Watch It Nerds, The Brave Little Toaster, A Little Princess

The 10 Best Deals of October 23, 2020

Friday’s Best Deals | Kinja Deals
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National Guard Cracks Down on String of Cyberattacks in Louisiana Ahead of Election: Report

The Louisiana National Guard stepped in to thwart a series of cyberattacks after several government offices across the state were targeted in recent weeks, according to a Friday Reuters report.Read more...
Tags: Science, Ransomware, Cyber Attack, Louisiana, Cyberattacks, Reuters, National Guard, Louisiana National Guard, 2020 Election, 2020 Presidential Election

NASA is rushing to hold onto its first sample of asteroid dust before too much leaks into space: 'Time is of the essence'

A rotating mosaic of asteroid Bennu, composed of images captured by NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft over a four-hour period on December 2, 2018. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft briefly landed on an asteroid called Bennu on Tuesday to collect samples of its rock. But now a valve on the probe's sample-collecting arm won't close, and the bits of asteroid it grabbed are floating away. The team is frantically trying to store the asteroid dust in a safer place be...
Tags: Science, News, Time, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Rex, Asteroid, Spacecraft, Lauretta, Bennu, Mount Doom, Science Mission Directorate, Dante Lauretta, Osiris-Rex, Thomas Zurbuchen

Senate Republicans' Bullshit Talking Points on Their Section 230 Bill, Debunked

The GOP-controlled Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing next week on Big Tech, and it’s called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify. Republicans on the committee have made it abundantly clear that their intent is to grill the CEOs over a conspiracy…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Senate, Gop, Jack Dorsey, First Amendment, Sundar Pichai, Senate Commerce Committee, Section 230, Content Moderation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Google

Corsair's Pricey K100 RGB Looks and Feels Like Lightning in a Bottle

At some point, Corsair is going to run out of upgrades to cram into its top-of-the-line keyboards, but it seems that time hasn’t arrived quite yet. That’s because by taking its previous high-end keyboard and upgrading it with new optomechanical switches and adding a new control wheel, the Corsair K100 has created a…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Gaming, Science, Peripherals, Keyboards, Corsair, Consumer Tech, Gaming Keyboards, iCUE, K100 RGB, Corsair K100 Rgb Review

Two face masks may be more protective than wearing one, but it depends on the type and fit

Crystal Cox/Business Insider Two face masks may be better than one if you're doubling up on single-layer cloth masks or combining a double-layered cotton mask with another material like silk, chiffon, or flannel.  Multiple masks may do more harm than good in some cases, though, like if they make it so difficult to breathe you adjust them to let in more air or if they offer a false sense of security.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When it comes to preventing the sprea...
Tags: Science, White House, Masks, Trends, World Health Organization, Anthony Fauci, Morse, Columbia University Medical Center, Crystal Cox, Coronavirus, Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID, Deborah Birx, Stephen Morse, BI Photo, Yuqing Liu

Facebook Threatens to Muzzle an NYU Research Project Into Its Political Ad Targeting

Facebook’s trying to muzzle a group of academic researchers working to shine a light on the company’s notoriously opaque political-ad targeting practices. It’s threatened the team with “enforcement action” if they don’t pull the plug on the project and wipe all data gathered so far, according to a Wall Street Journal…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Advertisement, Wall Street Journal, Political Ads, Facebook Threatens, NYU Research Project Into

North told citizens to stay inside, claiming (with no scientific basis) that a storm of yellow dust coming from China was carrying COVID-19

A still from a weather report on the state-run KCTV news channel on October 21, 2020, that warned of a yellow dust storm coming to North Korea. KCTV North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors to avoid a yellow dust storm which it claims could carry the coronavirus over from China. The state-run KCTV network warned Wednesday that the storm would arrive Thursday. The Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the storm posed a "danger of invading malicious viruses." Yellow dust storms are common ...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, South Korea, Politics, Science, North Korea, China, Russia, Trends, Bbc, News UK, Pyongyang, Dprk, Pyongyang North Korea, Kim Jong, Politburo

Mass Among Us Hack Forces Players To Advertise Hacker's YouTube Channel, Trump

Unprecedented, globe-spanning popularity is cool and all, but it comes with drawbacks. The three-person development team behind AOC-approved deception sensation Among Us has been struggling with hacking issues for quite some time, but late last night, one particular hack forced their hand.Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Science, Cheating, Pc, Hacks, Hackers, Kotakucore, Aoc, Among Us, Innersloth, YouTube Channel Trump

Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 US lives before March, mitigating the worst of this 3rd coronavirus surge

President Donald Trump. AP Photo/Alex Brandon The US's total coronavirus deaths could surpass 511,000 by the end of February, according to a new University of Washington model. Nearly 130,000 of those lives could be saved if 95% of the country wore masks, the model found. Mask-wearing, the researchers wrote, could delay the need for lockdowns and mitigate the worst of the fall-winter surge. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. More than 60% of Americans say they always wear ...
Tags: New York, Chris Christie, Science, London, News, Supreme Court, Australia, White House, US, Trends, United States, New York Times, New Jersey, The Times, New Zealand, Columbia University

North Korea told citizens to stay inside, claiming (with no scientific basis) that a storm of yellow dust coming from China was carrying COVID-19

A still from a weather report on the state-run KCTV news channel on October 21, 2020, that warned of a yellow dust storm coming to North Korea. KCTV North Korea has warned its citizens to stay indoors to avoid a yellow dust storm which it claims could carry the coronavirus over from China. The state-run KCTV network warned Wednesday that the storm would arrive Thursday. The Rodong Sinmun newspaper said the storm posed a "danger of invading malicious viruses." Yellow dust storms are common ...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, South Korea, Politics, Science, North Korea, China, Russia, Trends, Bbc, News UK, Pyongyang, Dprk, Pyongyang North Korea, Kim Jong, Politburo

Grab Yourself a New Computer From HP's Flash Sale

HP Flash Sale | HP
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Uber and Lyft Lose Big In California Appeals Court

As Uber and Lyft blast millions of dollars and countless dishonest voter guides behind their looming ballot measure, a California appeals court has affirmed that the companies have to follow the very state labor law their ballot measure is design to repeal. Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, California, Prop 22, Lyft Lose Big In California Appeals Court

Scientists Challenge Recent Discovery of a Biosignature on Venus

A bombshell study from last month made the extraordinary claim of finding a type of molecule on Venus associated with life. An independent re-evaluation of the methods used in the paper has reached an entirely different conclusion, finding “no statistical evidence” for the biomarker.Read more...
Tags: Science, Venus, Astrobiology, Habitability, Planetary Science, Biosignatures, Phosphine

Saturday's Best Deals: Le Creuset Stoneware and Cast Iron, Razer Tactical Laptop Backpacks, Dyson V6 Cordless Vacuum, Samsung POWERbot, JACHS NY Fall Jackets, Studio Ghibli Home Goods, and More

A sale on Le Creuset stoneware, kettles, cast iron and Razer Tactical laptop backpacks lead Saturday’s best deals.Read more...
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The Crown Tundra Has Brought the Best Dad to Pokémon Sword and Shield

While the Pokémon franchise has never really featured stories in which the protagonists’ dads are around (with Norman of Petalburg City being the one big exception), the games have never been short on father figures who, depending on the generation you’re playing, act as either guiding mentors like Professor Oak or as…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Nintendo, Pokemon, Norman, Pokémon Sword and Shield, The Crown Tundra, Petalburg City

Take a Break From the Doom and Look at These Rad Starlings

Although your first instinct when you see these photos might be, “Oh god,” we promise that it’s not an upcoming extreme weather event or some alien species coming to invade Earth. (Given that it’s 2020, you’re forgiven for thinking anything that’s not obviously good is probably horrific.) In fact, these are actually…Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Starlings, Murmuration, Birdmodo

Some of Nickelodeon's Nostalgic Best Are Working on a New Sitcom Pilot

According to Deadline, Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert, executive producers of All That, creators for Cousins for Life, and writers on Kenan & Kel, are developing a pilot called Warped! for Nickelodeon. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nickelodeon, Kenan Thompson, Kenan Kel, Nickelodeon Read, All That, Warped, Kevin Kopelow, Heath Seifert

Even in Death, Quibi's Legal Troubles Continue

Quibi’s leadership has finally plugged the plug on a streaming service for which failure has for months seemed like an inevitability. But if Quibi’s founders believed the company’s legal troubles would vanish along with the service itself, Eko would like to inform Quibi otherwise.Read more...
Tags: Science, Regret, Streaming, Consumer Tech, Eko, Streaming Wars, Quibi

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