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Netflix Is Making A Live-Action Dragon's Lair Movie

Netflix is planning to create a live-action movie based on the 80s arcade game Dragon’s Lair and Ryan Reynolds is set to produce and star in the film. Read more...
Tags: Science, News, Netflix, Adaptation, Kotakucore, Ryan Reynolds, Dragons Lair, Don Bluth

"Old gas blob from Uranus found in vintage Voyager 2 data"

Yes, that is actually's brilliant headline on this story about a new discovery from data collected in 1986 by NASA's intrepid spacecraft. When the probe neared Uranus (heh heh), it measured the planet's surrounding magnetic field. Recently, NASA scientists Gina DiBraccio and Daniel Gershman analyzing Voyager's old data found a "wobble" in Uranus's magnetosphere indicating a plasmoid, a bubble of plasma traveling away from the planet. From Scientists have studied the...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Earth, Neptune, Geophysical Research Letters, Voyager, Gina DiBraccio, Daniel Gershman

Don't let this pandemic ruin the fight against single-use plastics

Listen to scientists, not industry lobbyists, and just keep cleaning.
Tags: Science, News, Don

It's fun to watch tardigrades squirm around on Twitch, adorably

Watch Quick test! from atinyworld on What the world needs now are tardigrades, sweet tardigrades. 'A tiny world' is a fun little internet window into the microscope with Julie Laurin, who lives in Ottowa, Ontario. They recently set up a Twitch feed with some adorable little tardigrades that Julie collected during a recent rainstorm. Check 'em out! Good morning! Here's a little Tardigrade that I collected in a sample of balcony water yesterday. :)@tardigradopedia pic.twi...
Tags: Video, Science, News, Tardigrades, Julie, Ottowa Ontario, Life Under Lockdown, Lockdown Funtime, Lockdown Science Challenge, Pandemic Funtime, Julie Laurin

Scientists: Drug hippos are... good?

Cocaine, as they say, is one hell of a drug. In fact, it was recently shown in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science to have greatly helped the re-wilding a good chunk of Columbia. How you might ask? Pablo Escobar's hippos, which are still hanging around breeding in Columbia today, were bought with cash made from selling massive amounts of nose candy. Instead of simply shitting in the water and troubling anything that moves, they've been busy fulfilling the role...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Ecology, Gizmodo, Columbia, Escobar, Pablo Escobar, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Pablo, National Academy of Science, John Rowan, Cocaine Hippos

UN: 85% of new infections, deaths coming from Europe and U.S.

By DAVID RISING and CHRIS BLAKE BERLIN — Infections and deaths globally from the coronavirus are expected to increase “considerably” when global figures are published later Tuesday, the World Health Organization said. Overnight reporting showed 85% of the new cases are being reported in Europe and the United States, said Dr. Margaret Harris, a WHO spokeswoman. On Monday, WHO counted more than 334,000 total cases globally. Harris said “but in fact the outbreak is accelerating very rapidly and the...
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UN: 85% of new infections, deaths coming from Europe and US

By DAVID RISING and CHRIS BLAKE BERLIN — Infections and deaths globally from the coronavirus are expected to increase “considerably” when global figures are published later Tuesday, the World Health Organization said. Overnight reporting showed 85% of the new cases are being reported in Europe and the United States, said Dr. Margaret Harris, a WHO spokeswoman. On Monday, WHO counted more than 334,000 total cases globally. Harris said “but in fact the outbreak is accelerating very rapidly and the...
Tags: Health, South Korea, Europe, Business, Japan, New York, Science, London, News, California, Washington, France, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin

Trump aides say he's starting to lose his patience with Dr. Anthony Fauci

President Trump and senior White House advisers are starting to lose patience with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as he continues to publicly correct Trump when he makes false statements about the coronavirus, The New York Times reports. Fauci has been a familiar face at coronavirus briefings. In recent days, Fauci and Trump have disagreed on how long it will take for a coronavirus vaccine to be ready for use and whether an anti-mala...
Tags: Science, News, Glenn Beck, White House, America, New York Times, Britney Spears, Times, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Fauci, Maggie Haberman, New Oxford, COVID

Show your kids! Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor reads inspiring children's book from space!

Astronaut and physician Serena Auñón-Chancellor spent almost 200 days aboard the International Space Station. Here she is in orbit reading the wonderful book Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty. (Story Time From Space)
Tags: Books, Video, Space, Science, Families, News, Children, Stem, Nasa, Reading, Steam, Iss, Andrea Beaty, Serena Auñón Chancellor, International Space Station Here

The subreddit r/coronavirus is a pretty great COVID-19 news source with 1.2M+ members

About a million of the people who are members of the Reddit discussion group r/coronavirus joined in just the past week. The subreddit is getting some recognition now as a pretty reliably good source of community-moderated news and information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Probably helps that the subreddit's team of volunteer content moderators include people like Emerson Boggs, 25, a Ph.D. student and virologist at the University of Pittsburgh. Other members of that volunteer mod group include...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Nbc, Nbc News, Reddit, Outbreak, John Torres, Boggs, Pandemic, April Glaser, Olivia Solon, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Covid19, Emerson Boggs

Japanese spacecraft fired cannonball into asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft fired a copper cannonball into Ryugu, an 850 meter-wide near-Earth asteroid. The 2 kilogram "Small Carry-on Impactor," a bit larger than a tennis ball, hit the asteroid at approximately 7,200 kilometers/hour and blew out a 14.5 meter wide crater with a depth of .6 meters. After a year of analysis, scientists have reported their analysis of the plume created by the impact and properties of the crater. From The ...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Earth, Asteroids, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Arakawa, Ryugu

Grad student proves one of Darwin's theories almost 140 years after his death

In On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin posited that animal lineages with more species should also have more sub-species, or "varieties" in Darwin's terminology. Now, nearly 140 years after Darwin's death, Laura van Holstein, a PhD student in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and her colleagues have proven Darwin right. According to a University of Cambridge report, "her research could now be used to predict which species conservationists should focus on protecting to s...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Biology, Evolution, Charles Darwin, University of Cambridge, Darwin, Biological Anthropology, Origins, Laura van Holstein, van Holstein, Nordin Ćatić University of Cambridge

Trump weighs controls on companies that take coronavirus bailouts

By JILL COLVIN and DEB RIECHMANN WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday the government should take an equity stake in some companies that need bailouts because of devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the U.S. economy. Trump told a briefing he has executive authority to curb the impact on businesses. “There’s a lot of executive power,” he said. “If we don’t have to use it, that would be a good thing, not a bad thing.” Such a move could be an extraordinary reach by governm...
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Vinyl: the plastic found in (almost) everything

What is vinyl? Let's explore how this ubiquitous and versatile plastic is made, what its uses are, and if it hosts any safety concerns.
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Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled moon, dies at 88

Twenty-four human beings have traveled from Earth to the moon. Fewer than half of them remain. Astronaut Al Worden, who flew to the moon in 1971 as a member of the Apollo 15 crew, has died. The retired astronaut was 88. Worden circled the moon alone on that mission, while his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover. From NASA: Worden served as command module pilot for Apollo 15 with Dave Scott and Jim Irwin. During the mission Worden became the first human to carry out a deep spac...
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7 enlightening facts about the vernal equinox

From dancing tree fairies to the reality of spring fever, there’s more to the March equinox than almost-equal night and day.
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U.S. and Canada to close border to nonessential travel

By ROB GILLIES and ZEKE MILLER TORONTO — The U.S. and Canada have agreed to temporarily close their shared border to nonessential travel, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday as the two nations work to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Both countries are eager to choke off the spread of the virus but also maintain their vital economic relationship. Canada relies on the U.S. for 75% of its exports. Trump made the announcement on Twitter, saying the decision would not affect the f...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, News, Washington, Uncategorized, Toronto, Sport, World news, Canada, Soccer, United States, Donald Trump, University of Toronto, Justin Trudeau, Trump

World virus infections hit 200,000; Borders jammed in Europe

By DAVID RISING and CHRIS BLAKE BERLIN — Desperate travelers choked European border crossings on Wednesday after nations implemented strict controls in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, creating traffic jams miles long and slowing the passage of trucks carrying critical supplies. The number of people infected worldwide crested the 200,000 mark and deaths topped 8,000, with the number of people now recovered at more than 82,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins Univer...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, New York, Science, Milan, London, News, Minneapolis, Washington, Mexico, La, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin

Coronavirus: Infected people without symptoms are driving epidemic’s fast spread

People with mild or no symptoms of COVID-19 are the main drivers behind the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, according to an important new analysis of China’s outbreak released on Monday. These so-called “stealth” transmissions underscore the importance of “social distancing” measures that are now being enacted in communities across the U.S. and Europe, the researchers said. Unrecognized infections can expose a far greater portion of the population to virus than would otherwise occur. “We nee...
Tags: Health, Hong Kong, Europe, Science, News, Medicine, China, California News, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, John, Seattle, Wuhan, Bay Area, Peter Bjorn

Coronavirus can live on plastic, steel surfaces for days

A new study has found that COVID-19 can live on some surfaces for up to three days, including plastic and stainless steel. In a paper that has not yet been peer reviewed, National Institute of Health scientists analyzed the new coronavirus at the center of the global pandemic — and found it to be strikingly similar to SARS, its closest viral relative. Through a series of recent experiments, researchers tracked the virus’ viability on different surfaces, discovering that its half-life covers a wi...
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Coronavirus vaccine test opens with 1st doses given

By LAURAN NEERGAARD and CARLA K. JOHNSON SEATTLE  — U.S. researchers gave the first shot to the first person in a test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday — leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges. With a careful jab in a healthy volunteer’s arm, scientists at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute in Seattle begin an anxiously awaited first-stage study of a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time after the new virus exploded fro...
Tags: Health, Google, South Korea, Business, Science, News, Washington, Kaiser Permanente, China, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Disney, Sport, World news, Soccer, World Health Organization

Physicist Freeman Dyson's alien megastructure legacy

In 1960 during the early days of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson, who died last month, wrote an article titled "Search for Artificial Stellar Sources of Infrared Radiation" for the journal Science. He posited that "if extraterrestrial intelligent beings exist and have reached a high level of technical development, one by-product of their energy metabolism is likely to be the large-scale conversion of starlight into far-infrared radiation." One ...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Star Trek, Dyson, Venus, Seti, Freeman Dyson, James Doohan, Olaf Stapledon, Montgomery Scotty Scott, Alien Megastructures

A neuroscientist's take on synthetic telepathy, electrified ESP, and mind control

Telepathy. ESP. The ability to communicate thoughts, feelings, or experiences without using our known sensory channels is a timeless superpower. Soon, advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and computer science will make some kinds of synthetic telepathy possible. Meanwhile though, methods to treat brain disorders through magnetic stimulation of brain circuits could enable crude (or eventually not-so-crude) mind control. National Institutes of Health neuroscientist R. Douglas Fields -- a...
Tags: Post, Science, Technology, News, Neuroscience, ESP, National Institutes of Health, Brains, Mind Control, Carnegie Mellon University, Better, Delgado, Marcel Just, Tulane University, Better Amazon, Robert Heath

The strange planet where it rains iron

On the planet Wasp-76b, it rains iron. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and colleagues observed the planet, 650 light years from Earth, using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in northern Chile. On the planet's "hot side" that faces it star, temperatures can be above 2,400°C. It's a good thing the residents of Wasp-76b carry tungsten umbrellas. From ESO: “One could say that this planet gets rainy in the evening, except it rains iron,” says David E...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Earth, Chile, Switzerland, Eso, University of Geneva, European Southern Observatory, University of Geneva UNIGE, David Ehrenreich

Where did COVID-19 come from?

To end new zoonotic diseases like coronavirus (COVID-19), humans need to start staying in their lanes.
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British shoppers told to buy white eggs, not brown

The idea is that it will reduce animal suffering, but it's more complicated than that.
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Greta Thunberg's climate strikes are moving online, due to coronavirus

It's no longer safe for groups of people to gather in public places.
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This tiny skull trapped in amber belongs to the smallest dinosaur ever discovered

The tiny skull, about the size of a thumbnail, trapped in amber may belong to the smallest dinosaur scientists have ever discovered. Paleontologist Lida Xing of the China University of Geosciences spotted the skull in a 99-million-year-old chunk of amber from northern Myanmar. From the New York Times: [Xing, Chinese Academy of Sciences paleontologist Jingmai O’Connor, and their colleagues] called the bird Oculudentavis khaungraae — a name that comes from the Latin words for eye, teeth...
Tags: Post, New York, Science, News, Birds, Dinosaurs, Paleontology, O'Connor, China University of Geosciences, Lida Xing, Skulls, Xing Chinese Academy of Sciences, Jingmai O'Connor

Delirium is real and a huge risk for aging patients

With unfortunate frequency, elderly patients go to the hospital for a surgery or other treatment and quickly become confused, bewildered, and sometimes agitated or totally disoriented. This is called delirium and while it apparently affects between 10 and 50 percent of patients over 65, it's only recently been studied in depth. Sharon K. Inouye, director of Harvard's Aging Brain Center, is leading the charge to understand delirium, its impact on patients' longterm cognitive faculties, and how ...
Tags: Health, Post, Science, News, Medicine, Aging, Neuroscience, Inouye, Sharon K Inouye, Hospital Elder Life Program, Harvard s Aging Brain Center, Claudia Wallis, Eugene Burnand Wellcome Collection CC

Climate change is a bigger threat than coronavirus, says UN Secretary General

Don't let a passing crisis, serious though it is, distract you from the real fight.
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