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Chinese Rover Exploring What Appears to Be Cube-Shaped Object on Moon
There's a Moon cube now! At least, it looks that way based on some intriguing photos from the Chinese lunar rover Yutu-2, released by the country's space agency this week. The photos show a distant object that looks like a perfect cube, and China say the rover is headed to check it out. It's worth worth noting a few caveats about the photo, spotted yesterday by space journalist Andrew Jones, who
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Florida Is Trying to Get Its Own Military, God Help Us All
Florida's very cool and normal governor is proposing a "civilian military force" that would be under his control — rather than the Pentagon's. CNN reports that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's Florida State Guard would "not encumbered by the federal government." This wasn't just an off-handed suggestion, either. DeSantis said that he's going to ask the state legislature for $3.5 million to equip a
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Scientists Discover Enormous Black Hole Right Near Our Galaxy
Astronomers from the University of Texas have spotted a gigantic black hole at the heart of our galaxy's many dwarf satellite galaxies — meaning that, in intergalactic terms, it's just a stone's throw away from our own Solar System. The newly discovered black hole, dubbed Leo I, is roughly the same size as the suspected black hole at the center of the Milky Way. It also appears to be a bit of an
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How to Care Less About Work
A t the bleakest moment in the pandemic, when you felt your most stressed, most scared, least centered, you probably heard some variation of the phrase This is really hard . Maybe you read it; maybe your manager said it to you; maybe you said it to yourself. But that's the truth: Our nearly two years of living through a pandemic have been hard . And like everything else in the United States, that
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Fredspristagaren om Facebook: "Premierar lögner över fakta"
Maria Ressa är fredspristagaren från Filippinerna som menar att Facebook hotar både yttrandefriheten och demokratin i världen. Facebooks användare är som Pavlovs hundar i ett jättelikt experiment, menar hon. Ressas exempel är hemlandet Filippinerna där nästan hela befolkningen är på Facebook och genomslaget för världens största nyhetsplattform är enormt. Men företagets algoritmer gynnar spridninge
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UK's progress on Covid now squandered, warns top scientist
Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome Trust, suggests emergence of Omicron variant means pandemic is far from over Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The emergence of the Omicron variant shows that the world is "closer to the start of the pandemic than the end", one of Britain's most senior scientific figures has warned, as he lamented a lack of political leadership o
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Two hippos test positive for Covid at Antwerp zoo
Staff at zoo in Belgium investigating cause of infections, which could be first reported cases in species Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Two hippos at Antwerp zoo in Belgium have tested positive for Covid-19 in what could be the first reported cases in the species, staff said. Imani, aged 14, and Hermien, 41, have no symptoms apart from runny noses, but the zoo said
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I was told the 12 steps would cure my addiction. Why did I end up feeling more broken?
In this quasi-religious programme, 'working the steps' is the remedy for any problem, but for me the cracks soon started to show Eight of us sat together in a circle in a wooden shed, an outbuilding at a large country house, somewhere in the south of England. The door was ajar, and spring light flooded the room. "Can anyone name any treatment methods for addiction, other than the 12 steps ?" aske
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Hot news from two billion years ago: plankton actually moved mountains
Our planet's geology shaped life on Earth. But now scientists reveal it worked the other way around too The mighty forces that created our planet's mountains in ancient days got some unexpected help, scientists have discovered. Their research shows some of Earth's greatest ranges got a boost from primitive lifeforms whose remains lubricated movements of rock slabs and allowed them to pile up to f
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'Wall of secrecy' in Pfizer contracts as company accused of profiteering
US company faces scrutiny over Covid profits after UK agrees to secrecy clause Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ministers have agreed a secrecy clause in any dispute with the drugs manufacturer Pfizer over Britain's Covid vaccine supply. Large portions of the government's contracts with the company over the supply of 189m vaccine doses have been redacted and any arbit
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Tucker Carlson Is Completing the Work That Trump Began
Earlier this week, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson, the host of the top-rated news show on cable, rose in defense of the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones . "Jones is often mocked for his flamboyance," Carlson said, "but the truth is he has been a far better guide to reality in recent years—in other words, a far better journalist—than, say, NBC News national-security correspondent Ken D
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Omicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?
Scientists are racing to establish the variant's transmissibility, effect on immune system and chance of hospitalisation or death Three major issues will determine the magnitude of the impact of the new Omicron variant of the Covid virus will have on the nation and the rest of the planet. What is the transmissibility of this new Covid variant? How good is it at evading the antibodies and T-cells
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Elon Musk Posts Meme Mocking Crypto Fans, Then Crypto Crashes
Is Elon Musk crashing the crypto market over a sibling rivalry? The top three cryptocurrencies were each down Saturday morning — with the still-dominant Bitcoin down a jarring 12 percent — after the Tesla CEO tweeted a meme mocking crypto fans. The wildest part? It may have been inspired by sibling rivalry. Friday evening, around 8:30 pm ET, the billionaire CEO took to Twitter to make fun of "dec
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Harvard Professor Roasts Elon Musk For Dumb Space Mistake
Dude, Where's My Car? Elon Musk got schooled in space science this week after a Harvard astronomer corrected Musk's tweet about the Tesla Roadster he launched into orbit in early 2018 . "My car is currently orbiting Mars," Musk tweeted yesterday, as part of a larger exchange. But Harvard's Jonathan McDowell, who works at the university's Center for Astrophysics, wasn't going to let the comment sl
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Courtney Love Is Threatening Elon Musk With Mysterious "Emails" for Some Reason
In a celebrity feud that sounds like it hatched from a game of Mad Libs, famed grunge vocalist Courtney Love tweeted out some sort of vague threat this week that features Elon Musk's private emails, Bernie Sanders, and a character from the show "Succession." You may remember that back in November, Elon Musk took a below-the-belt shot at Senator Bernie Sanders . "I keep forgetting that you're stil
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Omicron proves we're not in control of Covid – only global action can stop this pandemic
If we keep allowing this virus to spread through unvaccinated populations, the next variant could be even more deadly Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It's almost two years since we first heard of Covid-19, and a year since the first Covid vaccines were rolled out. Yet this staggering progress is being squandered. We have drifted for months now, with richer countries,
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Bob Dole Saw Every Stage of the GOP
When Bob Dole returned to the Senate in 1988 after the second of his three presidential defeats, he told the assembled crowd of staffers and supporters, "I am bloodied, but unbowed, as the poet said." The famous quote from Invictus defined few American politicians of the 20th century as much as Dole, who died this morning at the age of 98. The son of Russell, Kansas, Dole was bloodied first on th
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Watch This Maniac Drive His Tesla Through the Ocean
Amphibious Vehicle One brave Tesla owner took what appears to be a red Model 3 off-road this week, posting a video of the car driving around a beach. At first the water is shallow, but the driver slogs through hood-deep water pretty easily halfway through the short 30-second clip. It's unclear whether the driver is the owner of t he YouTube channel that posted the clip. The Tesla is also surround
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Dealing with uncertainty about the Omicron variant | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters
Caution is sensible when so much is unknown The race is on to understand the new variant identified by scientists in South Africa and Botswana, dubbed Omicron (the next Greek letter was "nu", but this could have been mistaken for "new"). Fears include greater spread, worse disease or reduced effectiveness of treatments and vaccines. Increased transmission can arise from two factors. First, there i
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Antivaxxer Caught Using Fake Arm to Pretend to Get Vaccine
A man in Italy used a fake arm Thursday morning to try and avoid getting a real COVID-19 vaccine, according to the New York Times . The nurse administering the vaccine noticed the man's arm seemed pinker than the rest of his body, and said she realized it was rubber foam after touching his "skin." "It was so humiliating," the nurse told the NYT , "thinking that a nurse cannot tell the difference
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Sweet dreams are made of this: why dream analysis is flourishing
Are dreams a message from the soul or meaningless 'brain farts'? Groups dedicated to interpretation are thriving Jason DeBord regrets the demise of an old parlour game once much-loved in the 19th century: What Did I Eat Last Night? It involved a player recounting their dreams – recorded in a journal upon waking – as an audience was challenged to guess what dream-provoking food they had consumed f
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No 10 put all their eggs in vaccine basket in effort to save Christmas
Analysis: changes to cabinet and public mood from last year make further restrictions less likely The date ringed in red in Westminster is 18 December – not the date for Christmas parties but the time by which people should start to know how different their festive plans may look. For this government it is quite an inauspicious date, just a day before soaring cases forced Boris Johnson to finally
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Red Rocket Is a Terrifyingly Honest Look at a Shameless Man
Mikey Saber, the preening, confident chump who's the ostensible hero of Sean Baker's new film, Red Rocket , enters on-screen to a loud and familiar tune: "Bye Bye Bye," by *NSync. The song is a piece of mainstream pop from yesteryear (it's a shiver-inducing 21 years old), and its usage in this arty indie film seems laced with irony. Baker knows, though, that for all its non-subtlety, "Bye Bye Bye
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The Atlantic Daily: Five Shows to Spice Up Your Weekend
Now that it's December, you may be tempted to settle in and get cozy. That doesn't mean your entertainment has to be bland. To help spice up this first weekend of the last month of the year, I asked our culture writer Shirley Li to pick a few spunky or nerve-wracking shows to stave off the winter slump. Happy watching. 1. Yellowjackets This new coming-of-age survival thriller is "sort of like Los
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Covid antiviral pill molnupiravir/Lagevrio set for UK at-home trials
People most vulnerable to Omicron would reportedly be offered experimental pill within 48 hours of testing positive The first at-home treatment for Covid-19 could reportedly be offered to UK patients before Christmas as an attempt to protect the most vulnerable from the Omicron variant. The Sunday Telegraph reported that Sajid Javid is set to launch a national pilot of the Molnupiravir antiviral
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Trump's Former Lawyer Is Selling His Prison Badge as an NFT
The former Trump attorney who fumbled the bag hard enough to land himself in prison — and his former employer under special investigation — is now selling his prison badge as an NFT, because we are currently living in the worst timeline and/or simulation. First reported by Page Six , the news that Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is auctioning off a digital version of his i
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How you speak up at work can affect whether you're picked for a team
Business leaders and management experts often encourage people to speak up in the workplace. Suggesting a creative idea or a more efficient way to work can help companies overcome challenges and meet goals. But new research shows another, more subtle and often overlooked form of speaking up has a big effect on the way work gets done and how teams come together.
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 4)
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Training Is Outpacing Moore's Law Samuel K. Moore | IEEE Spectrum "The increase in transistor density would account for a little more than doubling of performance between the early version of the MLPerf benchmarks and those from June 2021. But improvements to software as well as processor and computer architecture produced a 6.8-11-fold speedup for the best benchmark re
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Most people flee the suburbs, but nowhere land is the perfect backdrop for my novels
Suburbia is neither glamorous nor picturesque. But this is precisely what makes it rich terrain for my books It's early December and in my corner of southeast London the Christmas illuminations are going up. Garden gnomes may have fallen out of fashion, but their seasonal equivalent, inflatable Santas, are very much in evidence. There are some pockets of tasteful conformity, where entire streets o
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Probiotics improve nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
Researchers found that probiotics significantly improve the symptoms of pregnancy-related nausea, vomiting and constipation. Nausea and vomiting affect about 85% of pregnancies and can significantly impact quality of life, particularly during early pregnancy.
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What is the Fermi Paradox?
The Fermi Paradox describes the contradiction that despite an abundance of planets in our galaxy, we have yet to detect alien life. Are we actually alone in the universe?
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Why It's Still a Scientific Mystery How Some Live Past 100—and How to Crack It
A 35-year-old man only has a 1.5 percent chance of dying in the next ten years . But the same man at 75 has a 45 percent chance of dying before he reaches 85. Clearly, aging is bad for our health. On the bright side, we have made unprecedented progress in understanding the fundamental mechanisms that control aging and late-life disease. A few tightly linked biological processes, sometimes called
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While Microsoft exploring some areas more than Windows , the latter's operating system is likely the product most of us know the best. Yet if you're not familiar with PowerShell, you're not getting the most from a tool you use every day. The 2022 Windows PowerShell Certification Bundle will show you what you're missing, and you can save even more on it during our ongoing Cyber Monday sale. What I
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A Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water
"It's a little anxious to be a very small animal entirely surrounded by water" -Piglet the world was already [young | sick | lost] when we came to it we were busy looking [for | at | through] god went to the dance and brought our new [shoes | father | flask] borrowed a [shirt | religion | mask] & sat in the bleachers [music | oil | trash] filled our rivers stayed up for the after [party | life |
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2021 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #49
Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, November 28, 2021 through Sat, December 4, 2021 The following articles sparked above average interest during the week: Who owns the wind? An anthropologist has ideas , Canada's Tar Sands: Destruction So Vast and Deep It Challenges the Existence of Land and People , PragerU video on climate change repea
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Gerrymandering is a climate problem
This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Sarah Wesseler Republican Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, a staunch Trump supporter who recently called the Biden administration's attempts to limit fossil fuel emissions " maybe the craziest thing I've ever heard ," represents an Ohio district whose bizarre shape has earned it the nickname "the duck." Just north of the duck's bill lies the distr
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Master The Adobe Creative Cloud With This Cyber Week Training Bundle Deal
Photoshop is so tightly integrated into our lives, Adobe has developed AI to find Photoshopped faces we otherwise wouldn't spot at all. Yet there's far more to the Creative Cloud than just Photoshop, and the 2022 All-in-One Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Certification Course Bundle will show you how to tap into it, with an extra savings during our ongoing Cyber Monday Sale. Mastering The Cloud Taught
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Music is so fundamental, even stars can become instruments with the right tools . And in turn that means your audio affects your focus, your mood, and your energy level. WiredVibe is designed to turn out personalized music that keeps you on task, and you can save on a lifetime subscription during our ongoing Cyber Monday Sale. AI-Powered Music Tested by top universities, including the University
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Master New Coding Disciplines With This Cyber Week Deal
Coding has penetrated so deeply into our lives, our cars may soon be mining cryptocurrencies while we charge them . So whether you're looking for a new career, or need to add skills to stay on top of your current job, the 2022 All-in-One Learn to Code Certification Bundle will teach you what you need to know for the coming year, and it's available at an even deeper discount with our ongoing Cyber
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Artificial intelligence is changing how we get around, from baggage handling to doing the actual driving and flying . That same tool is also making it easier to get the cheapest flight, and for Cyber Monday, you can save on a lifetime subscription to Dollar Flight Club . How It Works Dollar Flight Club earned 4.4 out of 5 stars on TrustPilot by combining big data and human intelligence. The servi
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Protect Your Dog's Health With This Cyber Week DNA And Allergy Test Bundle Deal
Dogs love us, even if we go to space without them , so return that love this Cyber Monday with the DNA My Dog Breed Identification Test & Allergy Test My Pet Kit Bundle and save 20% with code CMSAVE20. DNA My Dog Winners of the Leaders in Ethical Canine Testing award at the BHP Biotechnology Awards in 2020, DNA My Dog makes it easy to learn just what breeds lie in your pooch's history with a pain
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Save An Extra 20% On the One Million Dollar Puzzle This Cyber Week
We all love puzzles, and some puzzles have the potential to unlock the human mind . This Cyber WEek, you can save an extra 20% on the One Million Dollar Puzzle , and give the puzzle lover on your list both a head-scratcher and a chance to unlock a $1 million prize. The Puzzle When you first open the box, you're confronted with a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, 15.7″ by 15.7″ square. The MSCHF team have
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How you speak up at work can affect whether you're picked for a team
Business leaders and management experts often encourage people to speak up in the workplace. Suggesting a creative idea or a more efficient way to work can help companies overcome challenges and meet goals. But new research shows another, more subtle and often overlooked form of speaking up has a big effect on the way work gets done and how teams come together.
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Understanding mouthfeel of food using physics
Our understanding of how microscopic structure and changes in the shape of food affect food texture remains underdeveloped, so researchers from Denmark and Germany conducted a series of experiments relating food microstructure and rheology to texture. They used coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering microscopy to relate the molecular makeup of the fat in foods with the rheological and mechanical pr
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Printing technique creates effective skin equivalent, heals wounds
Researchers have developed an approach to print skin equivalents, which may play a future role in facilitating the healing of chronic wounds. They used suspended layer additive manufacturing, creating a gel-like material to support the skin equivalent that can then support a second phase of gel injection. During printing, the skin layers are deposited within the support gel. After printing, the te
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ALS therapy should target brain, not just spine
The brain is indeed a target for treating ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), scientists have discovered. This flips a long-standing belief the disease starts in the spinal motor neurons and any therapy would need to target the spine as the key focus. The new study shows the brain degenerates early in ALS, sends warning signals and shows defects very early in the disease. Degeneration of brain mo
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Predicting protein-protein interactions
Scientists have collaborated to build a structurally-motivated deep learning method built from recent advances in neural language modeling. The team's deep-learning model, called D-SCRIPT, was able to predict protein-protein interactions (PPIs) from primary amino acid sequences.
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