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- These Are the Pentagon’s New Ethics “Principles” for AI in Warfareby Foster Kamer on February 25, 2020 at 8:43 pm
“Ethical Use” On Monday, the Pentagon announced the official adoption of a series of new principles for ethical use of artificial intelligence in warfare, the Associated Press reports. The principals were formed out of a commission with the (darkly newsspeak-y) name the Defense Innovation Board, who released their recommendations for these […]
- DARPA’s Working on a Nuclear-Powered Rocket for Easy Moon Accessby Jon Christian on February 25, 2020 at 8:29 pm
The Pentagon wants a way to move cargo around the space between the Earth and the Moon, and it’s directed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a nuclear-powered rocket for that precise purpose. “An agile nuclear thermal propulsion vehicle enables the [Defense Department] to maintain space domain awareness of the The […]
- Here’s a Glossary for the Ongoing Coronavirus Outbreak’s Vocabby Dan Robitzski on February 25, 2020 at 8:04 pm
As the ongoing coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, claim lives, and emerge in new countries, a lot of confusing and occasionally-conflicting information is spreading along with it. It doesn’t help, of course, that it took so long for the World Health Organization to come up with an official name for the disease. Nor is it The post Here’s […]
- Airbnb Wants Hosts to Buy “Party Prevention” Devicesby Victor Tangermann on February 25, 2020 at 7:35 pm
Airbnb is selling smart “party prevention” devices for over $100 to hosts in an attempt to stop parties that get out of hands in their tracks. The smoke detector-resembling sensors can detect changes in the noise level, temperature, and even humidity. All hosts have to do is plug it into an outlet. It’s an arguably The post Airbnb Wants […]
- Study: Boomers Smoking Weed at Unprecedented Ratesby Foster Kamer on February 25, 2020 at 7:08 pm
From the Department of Sociological Nonshockers comes a study proclaiming that America’s baby boomers are, in fact, blazing up, bogarting the blunt, inhaling indica, bonging the bud, smoking the stickyicky — however you say it, the conclusion is clear: adults over the age of 65 are consuming marijuana at steadily increasing rates. The study, […]
- Space Force Working “Pretty Closely With Elon Musk and SpaceX”by Dan Robitzski on February 25, 2020 at 5:41 pm
As the Space Force worked its way from emerging as a bizarre half-thought in Trump’s brain to becoming a fully-fledged branch of the U.S. military, many questions surfaced about what exactly it would do — and how it would differ from NASA and the Air Force’s ongoing work in orbit. Lieutenant General David The post Space Force Working […]
- This Gigantic Neptune-Sized Exoplanet is Incredibly Closeby Victor Tangermann on February 25, 2020 at 5:38 pm
A team of astronomers at Penn State just confirmed the existence of G 9-40b, a gigantic super-Earth only roughly 90 light years from Earth. The team used the astronomical spectrograph called The Habitable Zone Planet Finder (HPF) that’s currently in development at an observatory in Texas. The exoplanet is at least twice as massive as The post This […]
- Governments Shut Down the Internet Hundreds of Times in 2019by Victor Tangermann on February 25, 2020 at 4:29 pm
Fake News According to a new report by digital rights group Access Now, the internet was intentionally shut off more than 200 times in 33 countries, affecting tens of millions of people world wide. In 2018, only 25 countries were affected. Data included in the report suggests that the shutdowns occurred increasingly when people were The post Governments […]
- Drugmaker Ships First Batch of Experimental Coronavirus Vaccinesby Dan Robitzski on February 25, 2020 at 4:27 pm
Scientists at the pharmaceutical company Moderna Inc. just shipped out a batch of a new, experimental vaccine that might protect people against the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The company sent the first batch of the vaccine to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) on Monday, The Wall Street Journal reports. There, federal […]
- Iranian Health Minister Plays Down Virus Outbreak, Then Catches Itby Victor Tangermann on February 25, 2020 at 3:35 pm
Iran’s health ministry confirmed today in an interview that the country’s deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi has tested positive for COVID-19, Reuters reports. In a video released today, Harirchi claimed he was self-isolating and starting medication. It’s an awkward predicament for the minister. Just on Monday, he was seen repeatedly […]
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- New Experiment With Human Stem Cells Ends Up Rapidly Curing Diabetes in Miceby Peter Dockrill on February 26, 2020 at 9:43 am
This could be the method we've been looking for.
- CDC Has Travel Advice For Places Hit by COVID-19. Here's What You Need to Knowby Natalie Colarossi, Business Insider on February 26, 2020 at 7:54 am
Some countries are doing worse than others.
- There's a Simple Way to Store Renewable Energy, And We Already Have The Technologyby Antoine Koen & Pau Farres Antunez, The Conversation on February 26, 2020 at 6:44 am
Move over, pumped hydro.
- The Arctic 'Doomsday' Seed Vault Just Stashed Away 60,000 More Seed Samplesby Pierre-Henry Deshayes & Mark Sabbatini, AFP on February 26, 2020 at 6:16 am
Just in case...
- Health Authorities Are Now Expecting COVID-19 to Spread in The USby Issam Ahmed, AFP on February 26, 2020 at 5:15 am
Here's advice from the CDC.
- Stone Tools Show How Humans in India Survived a Supervolcano Eruption 74,000 Years Agoby Carly Cassella on February 26, 2020 at 3:12 am
Volcano? What volcano?
- Look at These Mind-Blowing Fossils of 1 Billion-Year-Old Seaweedby Michelle Starr on February 25, 2020 at 12:08 pm
The oldest green algae ever found.
- Archaeologists in Turkey Discover a Mysterious Ancient Kingdom Lost in Historyby Peter Dockrill on February 25, 2020 at 11:47 am
Was this the end of Midas?
- Engineers Propose a New 'Detonating' Rocket Engine, And It's as Wild as It Soundsby Matt Williams, Universe Today on February 25, 2020 at 11:20 am
Just need to iron out some, uh, problems.
- Scientists Find The First-Ever Animal That Doesn't Need Oxygen to Surviveby Michelle Starr on February 25, 2020 at 8:34 am
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- Coronavirus cases top 80,000 worldwide: Live updates on COVID-19by Live Science Staff on February 25, 2020 at 7:45 pm
Here's everything you need to know about the new coronavirus from China, including how lethal it is, how you can catch it and what is being done to prevent widespread infections.
- 'Mad Mike' wasn't trying to prove 'flat Earth' theory on ill-fated rocket launchby Chelsea Gohd on February 25, 2020 at 6:33 pm
Following the tragic death of 'Mad' Mike Hughes, we revisit the real reasons why he launched himself into the air aboard his homemade steam rocket, knowing how risky the stunt was.
- Will coronavirus spread in the US? It's not 'if' but 'when,' CDC says.by Yasemin Saplakoglu on February 25, 2020 at 6:26 pm
This week, other countries have reported community spread of COVID-19 with no known sources.
- Ancient inscription reveals lost civilization in Turkey that may have defeated King Midasby Yasemin Saplakoglu on February 25, 2020 at 4:00 pm
The lost kingdom was one of the largest settlements to exist in ancient Turkey at the time.
- Mysterious 'antihydrogen' particles reveal uncanny quantum effectby Rafi Letzter on February 25, 2020 at 3:31 pm
The bubbling, raucous quantum vacuum distorts the shape of every hydrogen atom in the universe, and it distorts antimatter "antihydrogen" too.
- Seabird-eating 'monster' crabs are chatty during sexby Mindy Weisberger on February 25, 2020 at 12:14 pm
Enormous and powerful coconut crabs are known for their extreme size. They also have an unexpectedly diverse "vocabulary."
- 'Shocked' scientists find brain parasites in baby lizards still in shellsby Nicoletta Lanese on February 25, 2020 at 12:08 pm
Scientists found parasitic worms in the brains of lizard embryos. How did they get there?
- Billion-year-old green algae is an ancestor of all plants on Earthby Laura Geggel on February 25, 2020 at 12:03 pm
A billion years ago, this green seaweed likely produced oxygen and provided shelter for other organisms.
- A woman's bladder 'brewed' its own alcohol, tripping drug testby Rachael Rettner on February 24, 2020 at 10:00 pm
Microbes in the woman's bladder were fermenting sugar into alcohol, causing her to test positive on a urine drug test.
- It's still too soon to call coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, WHO saysby Rachael Rettner on February 24, 2020 at 8:24 pm
As the number of coronavirus cases reported outside of China continues to climb, the WHO said it's still too soon to declare the outbreak a pandemic.
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- Seagulls are more likely to pick up food that humans have handledon February 26, 2020 at 12:01 am
Seagulls are known for aggressively attempting to swipe people's food, and it seems that when given the choice between identical meals, they favour the one handled by humans
- Exclusive: Brain scans used to read minds of intensive care patientson February 25, 2020 at 5:21 pm
People with severe brain injuries can be unable to communicate. Now brain scanners are being used to see if some can tell doctors what kind of care they want
- World’s stinkiest fruit could make super-fast electric chargerson February 25, 2020 at 8:00 am
Durian fruits, famous for their bad smell, could be used to make electrodes in ultra-fast chargers for electric cars and gadgets
- Svalbard doomsday vault gets first big seed deposit since upgradeon February 25, 2020 at 12:01 am
Around 60,000 new seeds are being safeguarded in an Arctic vault, including sacred corn from the Cherokee Nation, Brazilian onions and European crab apples
- Woman urinates alcohol without drinking due to yeast in her bladderon February 24, 2020 at 10:00 pm
A woman was denied a liver transplant after repeatedly failing alcohol tests – but she hadn’t been drinking. It turns out that yeast in her bladder was to blame
- We really can control the weather - but it may not be very usefulon February 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Researchers have finally demonstrated that cloud seeding leads to a measurable increase in precipitation, but that doesn't necessarily mean it is worth doing
- Animal that doesn't need oxygen to survive discoveredon February 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm
All animals rely on oxygen at least at some stage of their life, but a parasite that infects fish seems to have completely lost the ability to use it – where it gets its energy from is still a mystery
- The WHO still isn’t describing covid-19 as a pandemicon February 24, 2020 at 6:12 pm
Using the word "pandemic" to describe the novel coronavirus outbreak could cause fear, according to Tedros Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization
- Australia bush fires burned a globally unprecedented area of foreston February 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Australia’s recent extreme wildfires burned 5.8 million hectares of forest, destroying about one fifth of the forest biome in eastern Australia over four months
- Solar storms may interfere with the ability of whales to navigateon February 24, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Healthy grey whales are four times more likely to become stranded when solar activity produces lots of radio noise, suggesting solar storms may be blinding their ability to sense magnetic fields