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Playing Mario Kart IRL Is a Shockingly Good Time

While there are plenty of places where you can pay to put on a Mario cap and tool around in a go-kart making like it’s the Rainbow Road, real-life Mario Kart lacks the fun power-ups and gentle mayhem of the video game. I assumed Nintendo’s Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, which lets you drive a remote control kart with…Read more...
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Ableist capitalist individualism

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola pandemic pals, I saw an elderly gentleman selling face masks outside of a convenience store today. He shook hands with almost everyone who spoke to him as they passed.I paused for a long moment and watched, unable to stop myself from wondering if he’d still be alive come Christmas. If he quits selling masks he ma...
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Women Scientists Are Calling Bullshit On a Study Claiming That Women Make Bad STEM Mentors

Last week, the scientific journal Nature Communications, an offshoot of the internationally respected journal Nature, enraged scientists, women, and anyone who has ever been near a graduate program by publishing a study that concluded maybe women mentors are actually hurting the career prospects of their mentees. As…Read more...
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Comcast Prepares to Screw Over Millions With Data Caps in 2021

Next year, Comcast will start charging Xfinity customers in northeastern US states overage fees for exceeding their monthly data cap. As The Verge reports, customers not on an unlimited plan who exceed 1.2 TB of data in a month will have to pay $10 for every 50 GB of data they go over, topping out at $100. To put that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Internet, US, Comcast, Xfinity, Data Caps, Data Caps Are A Farce


Apple Security Chief Indicted for Allegedly Trading iPads for Gun Permits

A newly released indictment charges Apple’s Head of Global Security, Thomas Moyer, with for his alleged participation in a scheme to acquire concealed-carry gun permits for Apple’s security team in exchange for providing cops with iPads. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Bribery, Santa Clara County, Concealed Carry Permits, Thomas Moyer, Crime Time


Hey Plant Lover, Over Here! The AeroGarden Harvest Slim Is 51% Off

AeroGarden Harvest Slim | $80 | Macy’sRead more...
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Another Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine Seems Effective, Doesn't Need Extreme Cold Storage

On Monday, researchers in the UK became the latest to announce promising results from their experimental vaccine candidate against covid-19. In the data seen so far, the vaccine appeared to be at least 70% effective at preventing infection from the coronavirus, though it may be up to 90% effective with a certain…Read more...
Tags: UK, Science, Astrazeneca, Vaccines, Coronavirus, Covid 19


The Way The U.S. Coast Guard Replaces Its Largest Ship's Motor Is Mind-Blowing

A fire broke out on the United States Coast Guard’s largest ship last summer, destroying one of the vessel’s enormous electric motors. Now the Coast Guard, one of the five service branches of the U.S. military, is replacing that motor and documenting the entire process, which involves cutting a giant hole in the hull.…Read more...
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Tuesday's Best Deals: Nintendo Switch, AeroGarden Harvest Slim, Samsung 49" Curved Monitor, Martha Stewart Bath Towels, Lisa Frank Cosmetics, and More

The Nintendo Switch and AeroGarden Harvest Slim lead Tuesday’s best deals.Read more...
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Millions of people are flying across the US for Thanksgiving, ignoring CDC advice

Travelers wearing protective face masks walking through Concourse D at the Miami International Airport on Sunday, November 22, 2020 in Miami, Florida. David Santiago/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images More than three million people travelled through US airports this weekend in advance of Thanksgiving, defying advice from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC on Thursday advised people to stay home for Thanksgiving. More than one million people flew the next day....
Tags: Transportation, Science, Thanksgiving, Cdc, New York City, US, Trends, Ap, United States, News UK, Associated Press, Tsa, Getty, Anthony Fauci, AAA, Transportation Security Administration


Tap Into the Tablet Life With $70 off an iPad Pro

iPad Pro (11-inch, 128GB, WiFi) | $730 | Amazon, Best BuyRead more...
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Amazon's Eero 6 Is the Cure for Your Stuck-At-Home Internet Problems

We’re all trapped at home sharing broadband for the foreseeable future with no end in sight, and our internet setups need some help. You might be looking at mesh routers as a solution to help blanket your house with wifi and ensure that every Zoom meeting, online class, and virtual exercise session goes off without a…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Commerce, Consumer Tech, Eero, Wi Fi 6, Eero 6, Amazon Eero 6 Review


Watch 200 Drones Perform a Choreographed Lip Sync in VWLS' Latest Music Video

One of many things we’re missing during quarantine has been the kind high-profile, high-budget music video release we’ve come to expect from our pop stars in the 21st century. Sure, Cardi B brought out a live tiger and Kylie Jenner for her “WAP” music video in August, but social distancing requirements — and the…Read more...
Tags: Video, Science, Music Videos, Drones, Kylie Jenner, Quarantine, Social Distancing, Music Video Releases


Getting a negative coronavirus test isn't a free pass to gather with family for Thanksgiving

New Yorkers wait outside a CityMD urgent care clinic on November 18, 2020. Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo Many Americans are getting coronavirus tests ahead of Thanksgiving. But experts say the tests are not a free pass to gather indoors with others, since they only provide a snapshot of your infectiousness at one point in time. To truly gather safely, a period of isolation is required before a test, and there should be no exposure after, either. Otherwise, when seeing people outside your househ...
Tags: New York, Chris Christie, Science, News, Thanksgiving, Supreme Court, Cdc, White House, Trends, New Jersey, University Of Arizona, Donald Trump, Trump, Brooklyn New York, St Joseph s Hospital, Popescu


The Expanse's First Season 5 Clip Hints at Cosmic Trouble on the Horizon

The Expanse has just been renewed for a sixth and final season, but it’s not time to say good-bye just yet. In fact, season five arrives on Amazon in just a few short weeks. io9 is thrilled—like, James-Holden-finding-a-working-coffee-maker-in space thrilled!—to share the very first clip from the season premiere. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Science, Chad Coleman, Streaming, Horizon, The Expanse, Exclusive, James Sa Corey, Amazon Studios, James Holden, Steven Strait


Monday's Best Deals: Roomba i3+, Hallmark Holiday Gift Wrap, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Pre-Lit Wreaths, Ulta Lip Glossary Kit, Mpow Earbuds, and More

The Roomba i3+ robot vacuum and Hallmark holiday gift wrap lead Monday’s best deals.Read more...
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Crunchyroll's Onyx Equinox Is a Mythic Tale Forged in Fire and Blood

True to series creator Sofia Alexander’s vision, Crunchyroll’s Onyx Equinox is an animated action epic that uses all the hallmarks of your traditional anime-inspired series to tell a story about a young boy forced to set aside his fears in order to face the gods. Read more...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Animation, Streaming, Mesoamerica, Crunchyroll, Aztecs, Incas, Carolina Ravassa, Sofia Alexander, Onyx Equinox, Olivia Brown, Castulo Guerra, Arin Hanson, Andre Luc Martinez, Zeus Mendoza


Moderna's chief medical officer says that vaccine trial results only show that they prevent people from getting sick — not necessarily that recipients won't still be able to transmit the virus

Lab tech Sendy Puerto processes blood samples from Moderna's coronavirus vaccine clinical trials study participants September 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Taimy Alvarez/AP Moderna Chief Medical Officer Tal Zaks told Axios that the public should not "over-interpret" the vaccine trial results to assume life could go back to normal after adults are vaccinated. "They do not show that they prevent you from potentially carrying this virus transiently and infecting others," Zaks told Axios.  Wh...
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Moderna's chief medical officer says that vaccine trial results only show that they prevent people from getting severely sick — not necessarily that recipients won't still be able to transmit the virus

Lab tech Sendy Puerto processes blood samples from Moderna's coronavirus vaccine clinical trials study participants September 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Taimy Alvarez/AP Moderna Chief Medical Officer Tal Zaks told Axios that the public should not "over-interpret" the vaccine trial results to assume life could go back to normal after adults are vaccinated. "They do not show that they prevent you from potentially carrying this virus transiently and infecting others," Zaks told Axios.  Wh...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Fda, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Miami Florida, Zaks, Moderna, Axios, Moncef Slaoui, Coronavirus, COVID


The Expanse to End With Season 6

The Rocinante is getting ready to make its final voyage. Amazon Studios has renewed The Expanse for a sixth and final season—although one cast member will not be returning for the last journey into the stars.Read more...
Tags: Science, Streaming, The Expanse, James Sa Corey, Amazon Studios, Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, Naren Shankar, Cas Anvar


Jupiter and Saturn are about to appear closer in the sky than they have for 800 years, aligning as a 'double planet'

A man with a telescope watches the night sky over the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in Los Angeles, California, on July 19, 2020. David McNew/Getty Jupiter and Saturn will align in the night sky on December 21. It'll be the closest they've appeared in 800 years. The two planets move into alignment, or conjunction, every 20 years. But this year, they will be so close that they'll look like a "double planet." The last time Saturn and Jupiter were both this close and visible was in ...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Planets, Saturn, Jupiter, Hubble Space Telescope, Telescopes, Stellarium, Rice University, Los Angeles California, Houston Texas


One of Belgium's top virologists offered his family 4 tips for surviving the long COVID-19 winter — read the full letter he wrote them

Guido Vanham and his son Peter Vanham. Peter Vanham Guido Vanham is a virologist, a microbiologist who studies the rapid spreading of viruses, who's been sending letters to his three children throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The text of his most recent letter is printed below with permission from his son, Peter Vanham. In it, Guido Vanham writes that he's optimistic about the latest major vaccine trial updates but warns that if history and previous viruses are any guide, the toughest t...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Holidays, Opinion, Trends, Belgium, Pfizer, Nordic, Peter, World Economic Forum, Don, Geneva Switzerland, Antwerp Belgium, Nele, Moderna


The Danger of Big Oil’s New Methane Emissions Pledge

On Monday, 62 oil majors that represent 30% of the world’s oil and gas production signed an international agreement to report methane emissions with a far higher level of transparency.Read more...
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This Preposterously Wide 49" Curved Monitor Terrifies Me, But It's Also 15% Off

Samsung Odyssey G9 49" Gaming Monitor | $1,190 | AmazonRead more...
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Fitness Trackers Are Leading Us Astray

Since March, the longest I’ve gone without running is six days. As temperatures rose this summer, my pace slowed from an average of about 10 minutes per mile to 11-12 minutes a mile. It’s not because I became a worse runner overnight. You can actually calculate by how much heat and humidity slow you down. You…Read more...
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A Curious Herbal: 500 Beautiful Illustrations of Medicinal Plants Drawn by Elizabeth Blackwell in 1737 (to Save Her Family from Financial Ruin)

Sometimes beautiful things come out of terrible circumstances. This does not justify more terrible circumstances. But as evidence of the resilience, resourcefulness, and creativity of human beings—and more specifically of mothers in dire straits—we offer the following: A Curious Herbal, Elizabeth Blackwell’s finely illustrated, engraved, and colored “herbal,” the term for a “book of plants, describing their appearance, their properties and how they may be used for preparing ointments,” the Brit...
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This Is Us Seemingly Predicted Crock-Pot Woes as Company Issues Recall Due to Burn Risk

The Crock-Pot drama returns.Read more...
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Tell Alexa I Said What's up on the Latest Amazon Echo, Now $30 Off

Amazon Echo | $70 | Amazon, Best Buy, StaplesRead more...
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Researchers find conformational disorder tuning charge carrier mobility in 2D perovskites

Researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China synthesized a series of 2D organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites films with large organic spacer cations, and found that mobility and broadband emission showed strong dependence on the molecular conformational order of organic cations.
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Research news tip sheet: Story ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine

Research news tip sheet: Story ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
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