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Former NASA Engineer Builds a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course to Stop Nut-Stealing Backyard Squirrels

If you’ve ever installed a backyard bird feeder in hopes of peacefully observing your fine feathered friends, you’re probably aware that it quickly becomes a target for your local squirrel population. Now, if anyone can stop a squirrel from breaching a bird feeder you’d assume a former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Squirrels, American Ninja Warrior, Mark Rober


Space is full of junk because private companies keep launching satellites

Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, the lower orbit around the Earth has become an increasingly congested environment with more than 2,200 satellite launches to date. Those satellites – along with launch vehicle components and debris from mechanical disintegration, collisions, and explosions – now fill this region with a “fog” of space debris. And it’s getting busier. In the last few weeks, SpaceX has launched 60 new satellites as part of its Starlink program. This brings the total to current...
Tags: Startups, Space, Spacex, Science, Earth, Sputnik, StarLink, Syndication


Sunday's Best Deals: Cooler Backpacks, SanDisk MicroSDs, New York Times Best-Sellers, and More

A sale on New York Times best-sellers, a massive ass cleaver, a super useful cooler backpack, JACHS NY polos, and more are Sunday’s best deals.Read more...
Tags: Deals, Kinja Deals, Science, New York Times


Jump Into a New MMO and Ignore the Real World With Final Fantasy XIV, Just $37

Final Fantasy XIV: Complete Edition | $37 | AmazonRead more...
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World Health Organization Halts Trials of Trump's 'Miracle' Covid-19 Drug, Citing Safety Concerns

The World Health Organization (WHO) is temporarily suspending clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine as an experimental coronavirus treatment amid mounting safety concerns. Surprising no one, it appears the antimalarial drug might not be the “miracle” covid-19 treatment that President Donald Trump has hyped it up to be.Read more...
Tags: Science, Who, World Health Organization, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, World Health Organization WHO, Centers for Disease Control, Hydroxychloroquine, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Fantasy Sagas to Watch and Play, Ranked By How Good Their Florence + The Machine Collaboration Was

Sometimes, you’re just in the mood to dive into a fantastical world because you want swords and sorcery, magical creatures, or an excuse to escape from reality. There’s so much of it though, we thought to offer you a much more specific subgenre of fantasy media to dive into: fantasy via the medium of...musician…Read more...
Tags: Music, Science, Game Of Thrones, Dragon Age, Florence and the Machine, Twilight, Final Fantasy, Snow White and the Huntsman, Watch It Nerds


This Robot Barista Helps South Korea's Café-Goers Practice Social Distancing

It’s like an introvert’s dream: the ability to grab a cup of morning joe with zero human-ing involved.Read more...
Tags: Coffee, South Korea, Science, Automation, Robots, Robotics, Robot, Cafe, Coffee Shops, Coffee Makers, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


The Period Sci-Fi Drama The Vast of Night Has a Fascinating Origin Story

There’s no way The Vast of Night is made by a first-time filmmaker. There’s just no way. It’s so beautifully constructed. So expertly shot. So tactfully acted. It’s the work of a talent with years and years of experience under their belt, right? Wrong. And io9 had a chance to speak with the person behind it all.Read more...
Tags: Science, Interview, Streaming, Roswell, Amazon Studios, UFOs, Andrew Patterson, The Vast Of Night


The Climate Case for the Four-Day Work Week

Jacinda Ardern has won a lot of rightful praise for New Zealand’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The nation has stood as an outlier with cases that have stayed low, and the country is beginning to reopen in what it hopes is a safe way. So maybe we should also be paying attention to what their ideas are for a…Read more...
Tags: Work, Science, New Zealand, Workers Rights, Leisure Time, Jacinda Ardern, Leisure Society, Coronavirus


How Animals Communicate

Humans and other animals are quite alike—we all just speak different languages. For humans, it’s about the spoken word. With animals, the language may have nothing to do with the auditory sense. It could be gorgeous, like Caribbean reef squid that communicate through color patterns. Other times it’s tactile, like the…Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Linguistics, Languages, Caribbean, Animal Language


Maybe AT-ATs Aren't as Dumb as They Look

AT-ATs, one of the most visually iconic markers of the Empire’s military reign, have one serious problem: their big dumb stupid fragile legs. You know, the ones that can be stopped with the application of a particularly taut rope. But maybe they’re not as big of a problem as they appear?Read more...
Tags: Star Wars, Science, Disney, Lucasfilm, Empire Strikes Back, AT ATs, The Clone Wars, At Te


Helena Bonham Carter and Sam Neill Star in a Short Film About a Sentient Cell Phone

One thing that global isolation has been good for (other than not getting sick) is the wave of lo-fi homemade short films from the sort of people who would normally be starring in, y’know, big expensive movies instead of making silly movies for Twitter. Read more...
Tags: Science, Cell Phones, Helena Bonham Carter, Sam Neill, Short Films, Lockdown, Quarantine, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Sam Neill Star


I Climbed Trees for an Hour to Find This Mavic Air 2, and I'd Still Buy It

It might have forced me to commune with nature unexpectedly, but I still want DJI’s new drone: The Mavic Air 2.Read more...
Tags: Science, Drones, Dji, Ai, Consumer Tech, DJI Mavic Air 2, Mavic Air 2


Millions of Noisy Cicadas to Emerge This Year After 17 Years Underground

A brood of periodic cicadas not seen since 2003 is expected to emerge this year in parts of the United States. Farmers are being told to plan accordingly, as the insects pose a threat to fruit and ornamental crops. Read more...
Tags: Pests, Science, United States, Farmers, Insects, Cicadas


NASA and SpaceX Are ‘Go’ For Historic Launch of Crew Dragon With Astronauts on Board

On Wednesday, NASA and SpaceX will launch two astronauts into orbit on a Crew Dragon spacecraft in what’s the most anticipated launch of the year.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Rocket Launches, Crew Dragon


iPadOS vs Windows vs ChromeOS: Which is the Best Tablet Experience Right Now?

If you’re choosing a new tablet, or a new tablet that can turn into a laptop if you attach a keyboard to it, then you’ve got three choices: iPadOS, Windows, or ChromeOS. One dedicated tablet OS, recently split from the iPhone, and two converted desktop OSes doing double duty on tablets. Which one is best for you?Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Science, Windows, Chrome Os, Tablets, iPadOS


River birds ingest up to 200 microplastic pieces daily

This troubling discovery made by UK researchers is one of the first to follow plastic through the freshwater food chain.
Tags: UK, Science, News


iPadOS vs Windows vs Chrome OS: Which is the Best Tablet Experience Right Now?

If you’re choosing a new tablet, or a new tablet that can turn into a laptop if you attach a keyboard to it, then you’ve got three choices: iPadOS, Windows, or ChromeOS. One dedicated tablet OS, recently split from the iPhone, and two converted desktop OSes doing double duty on tablets. Which one is best for you?Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Science, Windows, Chrome Os, Tablets, iPadOS


Watch Three Brand-New Looney Tunes Shorts Courtesy of HBO Max

HBO Max is an opportunity for Warner Bros. to flex its muscles, leveraging its long creative history to make the sort of shows and films that entice people to buy into a new streaming platform. Which means that fans of classic Warner animation get a special treat: New Looney Tunes. And the first episode of Looney Tune…Read more...
Tags: Science, Warner, Warner Bros, Looney Tunes, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Warner Bros Animation, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, HBO Max, Looney Tunes Cartoons


What She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Gets Right About Redemption Arcs

I’m still reeling from the whirlwind of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power’s final season. But even in a season full of excitement and warfare, what sticks with me about the show isn’t the big, dramatic setpieces. It’s how well the show understands what it means to grow. Read more...
Tags: Science, Netflix, Noelle Stevenson, AJ Michalka, Aimee Carrero, Catra, Shadow Weaver, Princesses of Power, Adora, She Ra And The Princesses Of Power


How Will Our Bodies Change From Being Inside for Months?

According to multiple ads I’ve seen, we are in this thing together. “Together we will prevail,” the ads say. You lay there—alone, in a shirt stained with who can say what—and think: nothing. What is there to think? If you were going to have an interesting thought, you would’ve had it weeks ago. Better to wreck…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Fitness, Mental Health, Metabolism, Excercise, Covid 19


Days After Trump Called to Reopen Churches, Birx Says It “May Not Be Safe” for Some

Speaking just two days after President Donald Trump said churches and other houses of worship were “essential” and argued that they should reopen this weekend, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said that churches may not be safe for people with pre-existing conditions. Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, White House, Donald Trump, Churches, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Deborah Birx


Here Are Some Upsetting Parasites

The world is filled with disturbing creatures that slither, crawl, and scuttle. But few things are more dreadful to the imagination than the animals, fungi, and other assorted organisms whose sole purpose in life is to invade and feed off the lives of others. Here are some of the creepiest parasites in the animal…Read more...
Tags: Science, Parasites, Infestation, The Hills Have Eye Worms


Stanford coronavirus research: Did politically-motivated scientists hype their speedy study?

In the race to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the world’s scientists have embraced a radically new method of disseminating information about their research, offering it quickly and without filters in the effort to understand and control this deadly disease. But their new communication model is striking at the heart of scientific integrity, publicizing research that has been corrupted by speed, sloppiness and opacity. And now the academic world is being roiled by a question for which millions of l...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Medicine, La, Stanford, California News, Sport, Palo Alto, Soccer, New York Times, Npr, John, Donald Trump, UC Berkeley, Wall Street Journal


Emissions have dropped 17% — but it doesn’t mean we’re addressing climate change

The global COVID-19 quarantine has meant less air pollution in cities and clearer skies. Animals are strolling through public spaces, and sound pollution has diminished, allowing us to hear the birds sing. But these relatively small and temporary changes should not be mistaken for the COVID-19 pandemic actually helping to fix climate change. Quite the contrary: the pandemic that made the world stop offers a glimpse of the deep changes in lifestyles and economic structures that we need to impleme...
Tags: Startups, Science, World, Syndication




AMD Is Sticking With Its AM4 Socket and That's Great If You Want to Build a PC

It’s a small thing that only people building and upgrading their own PCs will appreciate but to the delight of AMD enthusiasts, the company recently announced that it would make its future Zen 3 architecture compatible with the older X470 and B450 motherboards, and it would be sticking with its AM4 socket too.…Read more...
Tags: Science, Zen, Intel, Motherboards, Amd, Cpus


Here’s why you should care about SpaceX’s crewed rocket launch

On May 27, two American astronauts, Robert L. Behnken and Douglas G. Hurley, are planning to launch from the Kennedy Space Center on a mission to the International Space Station. If successful, this will mark the first time in nine years that American astronauts will launch into space from American soil. What’s even more remarkable is they will not be launched by NASA but by a private company, SpaceX. Human spaceflight is incredibly difficult and expensive; the rockets must be reliable and the v...
Tags: Startups, Space, Spacex, Science, Nasa, International Space Station, Kennedy Space Center, Syndication, Douglas G Hurley, Robert L Behnken


The center of the Milky Way twinkles in radiation — this could explain how supermassive black holes behave

The center of the Milky Way twinkles in microwave radiation, seen in new data obtained by astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. This study could help explain the behavior of supermassive black holes found throughout the Cosmos. Supermassive black holes reside in the central core of every major galaxy. The one at the center of our own galaxy is called Sagittarius (Sgr) A* (usually pronounced SAJ a star). Sagittarius A* has the mass of four million sun...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Chile, Syndication


Virgin Orbit’s first orbital test flight cut short after rocket released from carrier aircraft

On Monday, Virgin Orbit attempted the first full flight of its orbital payload launch system, which includes a modified Boeing 747 called ‘Cosmic Girl’ that acts as a carrier aircraft for its air-launched rocket LauncherOne. While Virgin Orbit has flown Cosmic Girl and LauncherOne previously for different tests and demonstrations, this was the first end-to-end system test. Unfortunately, that test ended much earlier than planned – just shortly after the LauncherOne rocket was released from Co...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, California, Tech, Ceo, Virgin Galactic, Virgin, Virgin Group, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Boeing, Virgin Atlantic, Spaceport, Outer Space, Kelly Latimer