Clone Wars Is Back, and Thank God, It's More Clone Wars

Some thought this day would never arrive, but here we are: after years away, thinking it was gone for good, The Clone Wars has returned. And as far as it’s concerned, it’s like it never went away.Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Animation, Streaming, Lucasfilm, Clone Wars, TV Recap, Star Wars The Clone Wars, Disney Plus, Star Wars The Clone Wars Recaps, Clone Wars Recap

Weekly Roundup, Friday 21 February 2020

By all accounts, the Airbus A220 is a lovely plane, well liked by airlines and passengers alike. How ironic that this great airplane almost completely destroyed its developer – Bombardier. See story below. Good morningThe Covid-19 virus (it now has a name) has been enormously on my mind the last several weeks, and for very direct and personally impactful reasons.  To help clarify my thinking, I wrote a detailed and careful analysis of the present situation and the possible unfolding future, an...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, South Korea, Europe, Japan, Florida, UK, New York, Science, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Ipo, Singapore, Miscellaneous

This Japanese Smartphone Uses AI to Prevent Users From Saving and Sharing Naked Selfies

Worried about what online shenanigans your child might get into with their first smartphone? In Japan, a company has released a budget phone with at least one feature you won’t find on a flagship iOS or Android device: an AI-powered sensor that prevents naked selfie shots from being saved or shared.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Japan, Science, Technology, Teens, Selfies, Censorship, Tech, Smartphones, Tone Mobile, Tone E20

After 60 Years, You Can Now Draw Perfect Circles on Etch a Sketch

All of my childhood memories involving Etch a Sketch end the same way. I’d fiddle with the knobs and then after a few minutes, shake it in frustration, erasing all evidence of my hideous “art.” The ionic toy is marking its 60th anniversary this year with a few limited edition launches, but of all of them the Etch a…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Stan Lee, Toy Fair, Spin Master, Etch A Sketch, Toy Fair 2020

Watch Researchers Giggle While They Electrocute a Lifelike Robot Child

It seems we’ve learned absolutely nothing from cautionary tales like the Terminator films, because researchers in Japan have upgraded a robot that looks like a human child with the ability to feel the pain from an electrical charge applied to its skin and wince in pain.Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Research, Robots, Robotics, Pain, Osaka University, Affetto

The Jim Henson Company Is Making an 'Office Meets Harry Potter' Fantasy Comedy With Christoph Waltz

A rudderless young man begins to suspect something’s a little off about the London firm where he’s just landed an entry-level gig—and he’s not wrong. For instance: one of the middle managers is secretly a shape-shifting goblin. That’s the set-up for The Portable Door, a book series set to become a movie with some very…Read more...
Tags: Science, London, Office, Guy Pearce, Christoph Waltz, Jim Henson Company, Tom Holt, The Portable Door

Clever Browser Tool Erases People From Live Webcam Feeds in Real Time

An extra post-it note is all you really need to prevent someone from spying on you through a laptop’s built-in webcam. But Jason Mayes apparently likes to do things the hard way: He’s developed an AI-powered tool for browsers that can erase people from live webcam feeds in real-time but leave everything else in the…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Webcams, Privacy, Javascript, Browsers, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Deep Learning, Tensorflow, Tensor Flow, Jason Mayes

Hot Wheels Made a Mini Tesla Cybertruck Complete With Broken Window Stickers

If you thought stepping on a Lego Brick was painful, Mattel is about to up the ante with the introduction of Hot Wheels versions of Tesla’s angular, brutalist Cybertruck. Out of the box they arrive in pristine condition, but a set of included decals lets you customize at least one of the vehicles with shattered, …Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Toys, Science, Tesla, Remote Control, Rc, Mattel, Toy Fair, Cybertruck, Toy Fair 2020

These Are Some of the Best-Looking Ghostbusters Toys Ever

Let’s say you’re a toy collector who loves a certain 1980s paranormal comedy, and you want to add some super-articulated figures that are relatively inexpensive to your display. Who ya gonna call?Read more...
Tags: Science, Bill Murray, Hasbro, Sigourney Weaver, Ghostbusters, Exclusive, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Toy Fair, Ernie Hudson

Treating Arthritis Naturally: Home Remedies For Arthritis and Joint Pain

Arthritis is one of the most chronic and common illnesses affecting millions around the globe. It is a disease that causes inflammation of the joints and considered a rheumatic condition. It doesn’t just harm the joints, but sometimes it can also affect the ligaments, tendons, muscles, and bones. If the condition spreads, it can also affect other internal organs and the immune system. The symptoms of arthritis include severe ache, pain, stiffness, and swelling in bones and muscles. Arthritis can...
Tags: Health, Food, Science, Lifehacks, Vitamin D, Omega, Henna, Broccoli Broccoli, Vitamin D Vitamin D

Flywheel Bikes No Longer Work, So You Get a Free Peloton Instead

Peloton accused rival stationary bike company Flywheel of stealing its ideas back in 2018, and now the two companies have settled. Flywheel is ending its at-home classes—both live-streamed and on-demand—in March, The Verge reported, which means Flywheel bike owners won’t have anything to watch on their giant screens.…Read more...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Science, Technology, Courts, Exercise, Flywheel, Peloton

Canadian Privacy Commissioners to Investigate Creepy Facial Recognition Firm Clearview AI

Canadian authorities are investigating shady face recognition company Clearview AI on the grounds that its scraping of billions of photos from the web might violate privacy laws, Reuters reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Surveillance, Canada, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Mass Surveillance, Reuters, Face Recognition, Clearview AI

The Covid-19 Coronavirus Outbreak : Should You Be Worried?

Symptoms of a Covid-19 virus infection – other than breathlessness, very similar to other flu symptoms There’s never been such a massive response to any previous infectious outbreak as there has been to what was originally generically termed and described as a new type of coronavirus, and which has now been officially named as Covid-19.Is this massive response, all around the world, necessary, or is it a panicked over-reaction?  Is the outbreak now almost under control and the threat it origin...
Tags: Travel, Asia, South Korea, Japan, UK, Science, California, China, Miscellaneous, US, Walmart, Iran, Canada, Current Affairs, Korea, Ikea

Is the flu vaccine effective this year?

Flu vaccines are reducing doctor's visits for flu illness by 45 percent overall, according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC notes this is consistent with estimates of flu vaccine effectiveness (VE) from previous flu seasons that ranged from 40 percent to 60 percent when flu vaccine viruses were similar to circulating flu viruses."The VE findings reported today provide important evidence that 2019-20 flu vaccines are working to prot...
Tags: Science, Cdc, United States, Victoria, University Of Virginia, Accuweather, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Dallas County Health and Human Services, Peter Palese, Mesquite Texas, Philip Huang, Bryan Lewis, DirecTV Frontier, Biocomplexity Institute, Joel N Myers

Weather played acrucial role for Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad

The name Harriet Tubman may be very well known in this day and age, but less well known is the crucial role the land, the seasons and the weather played in the dangerous trips the iconic abolitionist took, repeatedly risking her life to guide enslaved people to new lives of freedom.Tubman was born in 1822 in Dorchester County, Maryland. Born into slavery, she escaped to freedom in the North in 1849 and went on to become the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad."I was conductor of th...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Canada, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Accuweather, Madison, Delaware, Big Dipper, National Park Service, Peter, Lewis, Eastern Seaboard, Bucktown

Lake-effect snow squalls to accompany brief blast of Arctic air in Northeast

Following another stretch of mild weather early this week, a brief shot of Arctic air will return to the Northeast during the second half of the week and be accompanied by narrow, but intense, lake-effect snow squalls.High temperatures in Philadelphia reached the 50s on Monday and 60s on Tuesday, with highs near 50 reaching as far north as Boston. Even in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, highs on Tuesday reached or exceeded the 50 F mark.However, a cold front that moved through the Northeast on Tuesday...
Tags: New York, Science, Minneapolis, Washington, New York City, Atlantic, Philadelphia, Great Lakes, Syracuse, Cleveland, Accuweather, New England, Pittsburgh, Ohio Valley, Northeast, Syracuse New York

Weather played a crucial role for Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad

The name Harriet Tubman may be very well known in this day and age, but less well known is the crucial role the land, the seasons and the weather played in the dangerous trips the iconic abolitionist took, repeatedly risking her life to guide enslaved people to new lives of freedom.Tubman was born in 1822 in Dorchester County, Maryland. Born into slavery, she escaped to freedom in the North in 1849 and went on to become the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad."I was conductor of th...
Tags: Science, Maryland, Canada, Atlantic, Pennsylvania, Cambridge, Philadelphia, Accuweather, Madison, Delaware, Big Dipper, National Park Service, Peter, Lewis, Eastern Seaboard, Bucktown

Nintendo Cracked Open Its Secret Game Boy Stash to Help a 95-Year-Old Fan

Nintendo is known for its excellent customer service, but now and then the company will go above and beyond the call of duty for special cases. When technicians couldn’t fix a 95-year-old Japan woman’s dead Game Boy, the company replaced it with a brand new one, leading us to wonder just how many original Game Boys…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Games, Japan, Science, Video Games, Customer Service, Nintendo, Game Boy

Coconut Oil Could Be the Next Disastrous Biofuel

In the Philippines, the coconut tree is called the tree of life due to its many uses and central role in the country’s economy. In Luzon, the most populated island in the country, coconut farms flush with green coconuts can be found on the coast, on top of hills, and in valleys alongside creeks and rivers. The…Read more...
Tags: Energy, Transportation, Science, Philippines, Biofuels, Luzon

Michael 'Mad Mike' Hughes dies at 64 after attempting a homemade rocket launch into space

The rocket launch that occurred Saturday and led to Hughes' death was supposed to be featured on a new Science Channel show, "Homemade Astronauts."
Tags: Science, Hughes, Science Channel, Michael Mad Mike Hughes

Reporter Doesn't Realize Facebook's Filters Were Making His Live Weather Report Especially Awesome

The scourge of low-budget news broadcasts and impromptu live streams has reared its ugly head once again as a North Carolina TV reporter forgot to disable the wacky Facebook Live Mystery Mask augmented reality filters before going on air to report on some unusual snowfall in the area.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Augmented Reality, Live Streaming, Filters, North Carolina TV, Justin Hinton, Realize Facebook

We combed through dozens of new studies on the coronavirus. The research suggests 80% of cases are mild, but the epidemic could 'rebound.'

Here's what scientists have learned about the new coronavirus, how it affects patients, and what might happen next.
Tags: Science

Does weed make you lose weight? How one study sparked the debate

A study published in 2019 found lower rates of obesity in people who smoked weed. But that doesn't mean weed makes you lose weight. Here's why.
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The original paleo diet included seafood with 22 times the safe limit of toxic metals, study finds

Archaeologists studying early humans in Norway found their seafood diet contained high levels of toxic heavy metals like lead, mercury and cadmium.
Tags: Science, Norway

A Billionaire Who Funds Climate Denial Is No Longer on American Museum of Natural History Board

Billionaire Rebekah Mercer, who with her father Robert Mercer has poured millions of dollars into climate-denying organizations, candidates, and media, is off the board of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).Read more...
Tags: Art, Science, Billionaires, Climate Denial, American Museum of Natural History AMNH, Robert Mercer, Rebekah Mercer, American Museum of Natural History Board

Independence Day 3? Roland Emmerich Has Had Serious Thoughts About Making It

Jurassic World 3 adds another mysterious castmember. Beth Schwartz clarifies the current state of the Green Arrow and the Canaries spinoff. Doctor Who teases the beginning of the end. Plus, somehow there’s still more Brahms: The Boy II footage to show off, what’s to come on The Magicians, and a new look at the next …Read more...
Tags: Science, Doctor Who, The Magicians, Are You Afraid Of The Dark, Legends Of Tomorrow, Roland Emmerich, Brahms, Beast, The Call, Beth Schwartz, Bloodshot, The Witcher, Jurassic World 3, Independence Day 3, Brahms The Boy Ii, Vagrant Queen

Exclusive: Baby Yoda Steals the Show in Hasbro's Adorable New Star Wars Vehicle Line

Star Wars toys are all about getting the characters we love in playable plastic format, but really, from Kenner Troop Transports to Micro Machines, some of our fondest memories are of getting those glorious vehicles to shove said characters into. And that’s what Hasbro’s latest Star Wars toy line is all about, in very…Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Hasbro, Exclusive, Star Wars Clone Wars, The Mandalorian, Star Wars A New Hope, Baby Yoda, Star Wars Mission Fleet, Kenner Troop Transports to Micro Machines

Women who take a common antibiotic during pregnancy may be more likely to have babies with heart or genital birth defects, study says

The research including over 200,000 children implicates macrolides, which are often used as alternatives for people with penicillin allergies.
Tags: Science

Iran Denies Cover-Up After Lawmaker Contradicts Official Coronavirus Figures, Says 50 Dead

A member of Iran’s parliament announced on Monday that 50 people had died from the new coronavirus in the city of Qom and accused Iran’s Health Ministry of covering up the true extent of the outbreak in the country. The Health Ministry claims just 12 people have died in Iran from COVID-19, with 66 people sick from the…Read more...
Tags: South Korea, Science, China, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Canada, Italy, Disease, Illness, Viruses, Bahrain, Kuwait, Pandemics, Qom, Health Ministry

Amazon Warns Sellers Not to Gouge Users on Face Masks as Prices Skyrocket on Coronavirus Fears

Amazon is warning third-party sellers on its Marketplace platform not to gouge customers on protective face masks as the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak that originated in mainland China continues to spread internationally and becomes increasingly likely to hit the U.S., emails obtained by Wired show.Read more...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Science, Technology, Medicine, China, Disease, Wuhan, Price Gouging, Face Masks, Wuhan Virus, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Amazon Warns Sellers Not

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