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Keep wearing masks to slow spread of Covid, scientists warn Britons
Experts point to risks of indoor Covid-19 transmission: 'If you don't wear a mask, the virus spreads further. It's as simple as that' Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scientists have strongly endorsed the continued wearing of masks in enclosed public spaces over summer. As Covid-19 cases continue to spiral, face coverings offer people the most robust way of limiting t
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What is fascism?
Fascism is a political ideology usually characterized by authoritarianism and nationalism. However, many scholars say the concept is difficult to define.
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MAGA "Freedom Phone" Is Actually a Cheap Chinese Phone With a Huge Markup
"Uncensorable" Freedom Phone The "Freedom Phone" — a cell phone marketed towards MAGA conservatives — was unveiled on Thursday and promises to be a secure alternative to Android or Apple. The device is the brainchild of Erik Finman, a 22-year-old and self-proclaimed world's youngest crypto-millionaire, who said the phone does "everything your current phone does, except censor you or spy on you" i
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Watch Police Crush 1,069 Bitcoin Mining Rigs With a Huge Steamroller
1,069 Mining Rigs Crushed Law enforcement officials in Malaysia seized 1,069 bitcoin mining rigs before crushing them all with a big steamroller last week. The seizure was a part of a joint operation between police officers in the city of Miri and Sarawak Energy, an electric utility company in Malaysia, to crack down on crypto miners who stole electricity to mine Bitcoin, according to Vice . The
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Sydney lockdown shock as Gladys Berejiklian admits NSW has failed to 'quash' Covid outbreak
Fears for Fairfield, Liverpool and Canterbury Bankstown residents, while shutdown of construction sector expected to cost $800m to $1bn per week Follow our coronavirus live blog Scott Morrison urges Apec leaders to ramp up mRNA vaccine production and boasts of Australian economy New Sydney Covid lockdown restrictions: latest update to NSW coronavirus rules explained Vic hotspots ; Vic restriction
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Biden: Misinformation on Facebook Is "Killing People"
"They're Killing People." President Joe Biden levied some of his strongest criticism of Facebook yet on Friday after he said that social media sites like the platform are "killing people" by allowing COVID-19 misinformation to run rampant. When asked by a reporter what his message to platforms like Facebook was, Biden replied, "They're killing people." "I mean they really, look, the only pandemic
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Scientists Discover Extremely Long "Borg" DNA
Introducing: The Borg Scientists have discovered a new DNA structure that assimilates genes from other microorganisms in its surroundings. The DNA was discovered in samples from muddy sites throughout the western United States, according to Nature . Researchers found that the strands were longer than most other genetic molecules and belong to a collection of genetic structures known as extrachrom
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Google Maps Is Telling People to Walk Off a Cliff, Critics Say
Treacherous Mountain Path A Scottish mountaineering group levied criticism against Google after they allegedly discovered it had been suggesting "potentially fatal" routes up mountains — and even directly over cliffs. The John Muir Trust, a Scottish mountain conservation charity, claims that routes recommended by Google Maps up Ben Nevis (Scotland's highest mountain) are incredibly dangerous and
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Nicolas Cage Hasn't Lost His Edge
On the basis of its advertising, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the indie film Pig is nothing more than the latest over-the-top entry in Nicolas Cage's bewildering Hollywood career. He's developed from promising young talent to Oscar winner to action star to, well, living meme . In this latest work, he's a shambling, shaggy-haired farmer whose truffle pig is abducted; the trailer makes him o
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Republicans Like Bob Corker Have Nowhere to Go
Senator Bob Corker had just gotten out of a hot-yoga session with his wife on a Sunday morning in 2017 when his phone started blowing up. President Donald Trump was tweeting about him, falsely claiming that the Tennessee Republican supported the Iran deal (he did not) and that he had begged Trump for a reelection endorsement (Corker says he never did such a thing). "I got to my house, and I was d
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Why Your Leisure Time Is in Danger
Christopher Anderson / Magnum As Europe was recovering from the Second World War, the philosopher Josef Pieper was wondering about leisure. "A time like the present," he admitted , "seems, of all times, not to be a time to speak of leisure. We are engaged in the re-building of a house, and our hands are full." But such periods of recovery, Pieper argued, were also an opportunity for societies to
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Hope, horror and Covid-19: my 23 years as the Guardian's health correspondent | Sarah Boseley
I've travelled the world covering everything from HIV to MMR to Ebola… and then Covid came along. These are stories that changed me – and the world She was tall, wrapped in a green patterned dress that clung to her legs and ended just above dusty flip-flops. In the bustling, sweltering market, Grace Mathanga looked at me appraisingly, as if to say: "What have we here?" And I knew she was the one.
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Covid Australia live news update: NSW considers tougher lockdown as Victoria cases rise
NSW outbreak exceeds 1,000 coronavirus cases while there are now more than 165 exposure sites in Victoria Vic hotspots ; Vic restrictions ; NSW hotspots ; NSW restrictions Scott Morrison accused of 'misrepresenting' Atagi advice to shift blame for botched vaccine rollout 'Secret weapon': unflappable Kerry Chant faces toughest challenge yet as NSW Covid outbreak grows 'The Delta variant has shown
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Martin Turpin: 'Bullshitting is human nature in its honest and naked form'
The cognitive scientist explains the link between intelligence and telling fibs – and why lying is such a common form of communication in fields from art to politics Martin Turpin is a PhD researcher at the department of psychology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, who is studying linguistic bullshit. He is the lead author of a recent paper entitled Bullshit Ability As an Honest Sig
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UK 'very interested' in hosting US Space Force radar station
RAF chief says system to track objects up to 22,000 miles from Earth is 'incredibly important' An American space force plan to develop a global monitoring system to track objects up to 22,000 miles from Earth could establish radar stations in the US, UK and Australia. The head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Wigston, is in the US for talks over the plans, and said on Saturday the Britis
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Black Lives Matter Misses the Point About Cuba
Last Sunday, Cubans in a small town 16 miles from Havana filled the streets to demonstrate against the government. The unrest quickly spread on social media, igniting protests across the island, marking the first such nationwide wave of protest in the communist country in decades. On Thursday, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, the leading organization in the Black Lives Matter mov
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The Atlantic Daily: Missouri Is a Warning
(Bill Greenblatt / UPI / Alamy) In Missouri, the reprieve was brief. Now the hospitals are full again—some fuller than they were last time. My colleague Ed Yong has a wrenching new report on the state of hospitals there , where unvaccinated communities are being pummeled by the Delta variant. The majority of hospitalized people had not gotten their shots. ​​The state's southwest region serves as
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UK trial aims to find hidden lung damage caused by long Covid
Study is part of £20m research drive that scientists hope will end stigma around the condition Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A clinical trial has been launched to detect currently invisible lung damage in people with long Covid , as part of a £20m research drive that scientists hope will end stigma around the condition. Patients still suffering breathlessness will
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What will happen in the third wave? | David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters
Models can give us an idea, but are very sensitive to what we don't know Mathematical models simulated vast numbers of possible futures for after the UK government lifts Covid restrictions in England from 19 July . Many sources of uncertainty mean we don't know which one, if any, of these projections might occur. First, even with fixed assumptions about the epidemic, the play of chance produces wi
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Record 35m people will be offered free flu jab to ease pressure on NHS
Vaccine drive comes amid warnings of a nightmare winter as immunity falls due to Covid restrictions The largest flu vaccination programme in UK history is to be rolled out this year, ministers have said, with jabs offered to all school pupils aged under 17. Last year free flu vaccines were expanded to all adults over 50 and children in the first year of secondary school but this year the plans ar
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IOC president promises 'safe' Olympics despite athletes' village Covid case
Thomas Bach insists Tokyo Games are 'secure' Anonymous visitor in 14-day quarantine after positive test The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, has urged the Japanese public to welcome the Olympics when it starts on 23 July and insisted they will be "safe and secure" despite a positive Covid test at the athletes' village. While acknowledging the widespread scepticism in
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Reasons to be fearful of China's data-gathering | Letters
We should be suspicious of the role of the Chinese Communist party in the harvesting of genetic data from unborn babies, argues William Matthews In her column ( What does the Chinese military want with your unborn baby's genetic data? , 10 July), Arwa Mahdawi suggested that the alleged involvement of the People's Liberation Army (which is directly answerable to the Chinese Communist party) with B
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The choice is ours – how opening up will turn us into moralists of daily life | Sridhar Venkatapuram
With few rules left to govern our Covid behaviour, we'll increasingly take on the pleasure, or burden, of working out the right thing for ourselves So the prime minister says that with the removal of Covid restrictions we will now be able to make our own "informed decisions" about what we will and will not do. Generally, we might feel it's a sign of a good government and a good society that it all
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If sending yourself into space is the ultimate publicity stunt, what next for Richard Branson? | Catherine Bennett
Britain's own rocket man has arrived to challenge Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. Hurrah! Thinking, maybe, that it brings some purifying wonder to the pointless exercise, space plutocrats like to emphasise that their wish as grown men to ride in a space rocket dates from more innocent times. "Ever since I was five years old I've dreamed of travelling to space," Jeff Bezos says. Specifically to ride upwa
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When the Applause Just Won't End
Four minutes for Flag Day . Five minutes for Aline . Nine minutes for The French Dispatch . The Cannes Film Festival, which concludes today, has long held an unusual reputation for its lengthy standing ovations. The tradition—which perhaps reached an apotheosis when Pan's Labyrinth received 22 minutes of applause in 2006—has at times attracted mockery . Although standing ovations are common respo
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Secrets and pies: the battle to get lab-grown meat on the menu
Sustainable alternatives to livestock farming are being held back by patents, a reluctance to share research and lack of government support Not a week goes by without Elliot Swartz receiving at least one request from researchers asking him where they can find cell lines (a cell culture developed from a single cell) for use in cellular agriculture – an essential tool for creating lab-grown meat. "
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The era of Covid ambivalence: what do we do as normalcy returns but Delta surges?
We imagined a gleeful summer of pandemic relief. Instead, new anxieties have replaced old ones We were promised a Hot Vax Summer. The term – a riff on Hot Girl Summer, the hit 2019 summer single – emerged this spring as predictive shorthand for the (perhaps literally) orgiastic welcome of a post-vaccine reality. But, as might be expected of a phenomenon named for the last great summer anthem of a
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Why do people with ADHD have normal IQ's ?
It is widely known that working memory (capacity and updating) is highly correlated with fluid intelligence. People with ADHD have normal IQ's but impaired working memory. How can that be ? Is working memory not that important for IQ (just correlated without causation). submitted by /u/Factorous [link] [comments]
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Dr. Sandra Lee Tags a Shark! | Shark Week
Stream Dr. Pimple Popper Pops Shark Week on discovery+ ► https://links.discoveryplus.com/drpimplepopperpopssharkweek About Dr. Pimple Popper Pops Shark Week: Dr. Pimple Popper has entertained millions with her extreme pimple popping videos. Now she heads to Turks and Caicos with Dr. Austin Gallagher to explore the world of shark skin and how she can apply the science they gather to help human ski
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Scientists create tool to explore billions of social media messages, potentially predict political and financial turmoil
Scientists have invented an instrument to peer deeply into billions of Twitter posts — providing an unprecedented, minute-by-minute view of popularity, from rising political movements, to K-pop, to emerging diseases. The tool — called the Storywrangler — gathers phrases across 150 different languages, analyzing the rise and fall of ideas and stories, each day, among people around the world. The
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Can AI cameras predict suicide attempts at bridges?
This article was originally posted on our sister site, Freethink. Seoul is deploying an AI-powered CCTV system designed to predict suicide attempts at its many bridges — and send rescuers to help people in distress. Suicide bridges: South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, with about 27 suicides per 100,000 people in 2019 — by comparison, the U.S. rate that year was about 14
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Inside the Jaws of a Tiger Shark! | Shark Week
Stream Raging Bulls on discovery+ ► https://links.discoveryplus.com/ragingbulls About Raging Bulls: Bull sharks are one of Australia's "Big 3" deadly shark species, and recently, there's been a shift in their behavior concerning the human population. Paul De Gelder joins Johan Gustafson to uncover why these sharks are becoming more aggressive hunters. Subscribe to Discovery: http://bit.ly/Subscri
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This Week's Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 17)
COMPUTING Tapping Into the Brain to Help a Paralyzed Man Speak Pam Belluck | The New York Times "He has not been able to speak since 2003, when he was paralyzed at age 20 by a severe stroke after a terrible car crash. Now, in a scientific milestone, researchers have tapped into the speech areas of his brain—allowing him to produce comprehensible words and sentences simply by trying to say them. W
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Weekend reads: Ivermectin study retracted; Sci-Hub and citations; animal welfare violations at chinchilla lab supplier
Before we present this week's Weekend Reads, a question: Do you enjoy our weekly roundup? If so, we could really use your help. Would you consider a tax-deductible donation to support Weekend Reads, and our daily work? Thanks in advance. The week at Retraction Watch featured: Elsevier says "integrity and rigor" of peer review for 400 … Continue reading
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Victoria Covid update: 'enormous frustration' as 19 new coronavirus cases reported
Chief health officer Brett Sutton says Victoria needs to brace itself for 'any possibility' Follow our coronavirus live blog Sydney lockdown shock as NSW fails to 'quash' Covid outbreak Scott Morrison urges Apec leaders to ramp up mRNA vaccines and boasts of Australian economy Vic hotspots ; Vic restrictions Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email Victoria has ente
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New long-term satellite analysis shows "plum" rainy season wetter now than ever before
Tokyo, Japan – Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have analyzed long-term precipitation radar data from satellites and found significantly enhanced rainfall over the most recent decade during the annual Meiyu-Baiu rainy season in East Asia. The data spans 23 years and gives unprecedented insight into how rainfall patterns have changed. They showed that the increased rainfall was driven
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