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Israeli stadium deploys disinfectant tunnel in push for safer public gatherings

Tech | New York Post

Researchers out of Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv have discovered disinfectant technology that is now being used for a sanitation tunnel, which sprays visitors with disinfecting liquid before they enter large venues to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The industrial automation firm RD Pack in Karmiel, Israel, took the process that makes a disinfectant out...

June 3rd 2020, 7:51 pm

K-pop fans troll #WhiteLivesMatter posts to drown out racist tweets

Tech | New York Post

On Wednesday morning, #WhiteLivesMatter was trending on Twitter — but not for the reason many first assumed. K-pop fans are mobilizing online this week for the #BlackLivesMatter movement by drowning out racist posts with flashy, cheerful “fancam” videos of BTS and other Korean performers. BTS’s so-called ARMY and fans of other K-pop artists are known...

June 3rd 2020, 3:03 pm

US adults will spend approximately 44 years of their life staring at screens

Tech | New York Post

The average US adult will spend the equivalent of 44 years of their life staring at screens. Research polling 2,000 adults in the US found more than 6,259 hours a year are spent glued to gadgets such as phones, laptops and televisions. That equates to an astonishing 382,652 hours and 48 minutes over the average...

June 3rd 2020, 3:03 pm

NASA’s coronavirus ventilator is going into production

Tech | New York Post

Back in April, in the heart of the coronavirus pandemic, NASA stepped up to help by developing a ventilator specifically designed for COVID-19 patients. The device was nicknamed VITAL (short for Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally) and it was meant to be a low-cost, easy-to-build piece of life-saving medical hardware. Now, as the pandemic continues...

June 3rd 2020, 3:03 pm

Tiny human livers successfully grown in lab have been transplanted into rats

Tech | New York Post

Miniature human livers have been successfully grown in a lab by scientists – who then transplanted them into rats. Human volunteers donated skin cells which researchers then developed into fully-functional mini-livers in a laboratory. Livers take up to two years to mature naturally, but the researchers managed to engineer similar results in under a month....

June 3rd 2020, 2:34 pm

Scientists found the cleanest air on Earth

Tech | New York Post

You might think that stepping out of your front door every morning and swallowing a couple of lungfuls of fresh morning air is just about as good as it can get — especially during the pandemic. Sure, it’s refreshing, but according to scientists from Colorado State University, the cleanest air on Earth is nowhere near...

June 3rd 2020, 11:48 am

Tech advocacy group sues Trump over social media executive order

Tech | New York Post

A tech advocacy group backed by Twitter and Facebook sued President Trump over his executive order cracking down on social media companies. Trump’s order to curtail liability protections for social firms violates the First Amendment because it was a clear strike back at Twitter’s decision to fact-check his tweets, the Center for Democracy & Technology...

June 3rd 2020, 10:32 am

NASA spots piping hot batch of new sunspots

Tech | New York Post

Our Sun is incredibly important to our survival. We’d like to make sure it’s nice and warm and happy at all times, but our nearest star goes through a variety of moods just like everyone else. These solar cycles include times of increased activity, with sunspots and solar flares firing off regularly, to quiet stretches...

June 2nd 2020, 4:06 pm

Virus-tracking app angers thousands in Moscow with fines

Tech | New York Post

MOSCOW — When nurse Maria Alexeyeva caught coronavirus at work, she isolated herself at home and followed the rules set down by Moscow authorities: She checked in with doctors regularly, didn’t leave her apartment and downloaded a smartphone app required by the city to keep tabs on quarantined patients. The Social Monitoring app tracks users...

June 2nd 2020, 1:04 pm

Apple is tracking iPhones stolen by looters

Tech | New York Post

Apple has an eerie message for the looters who have pillaged its stores during recent protests: We’re watching you. Thieves who made off with iPhones from ransacked Apple retail locations in recent days quickly learned that the gadgets were loaded with special security software, as they displayed a message on their screens indicating that their...

June 2nd 2020, 10:18 am

NASA astronauts describe historic SpaceX ride to International Space Station

Tech | New York Post

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have described their historic ride to the International Space Station in SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour capsule. Speaking during a press conference on Monday morning, Behnken said that the first stage of their ascent was smoother than they had experienced on shuttle missions, but described the second stage as “a...

June 1st 2020, 5:39 pm

US office workers are terrified they’ll lose their job to a robot

Tech | New York Post

Fifty-three percent of US office workers worry their current skills will be outdated in fewer than five years, according to new research. The study asked 2,000 American office workers about their skills and how they wish to improve them in an evolving technological world. And results revealed nearly nine in 10 respondents said they would...

June 1st 2020, 1:51 pm

AI monitoring elderly in South Korea for signs of ‘loneliness or insecurity’

Tech | New York Post

SEOUL, South Korea — In a cramped office in eastern Seoul, Hwang Seungwon points a remote control toward a huge NASA-like overhead screen stretching across one of the walls. With each flick of the control, a colorful array of pie charts, graphs and maps reveals the search habits of thousands of South Korean senior citizens...

June 1st 2020, 12:04 pm

Amazon removes racist messages from product listings in UK

Tech | New York Post

Amazon.com said it was removing certain images after messages using extremely strong racist abuse appeared on some listings on its UK website when users searched for Apple’s AirPods and other similar products. The message sparked outrage on Twitter, with the topic “AirPods” trending in the United Kingdom. “We are removing the images in question and...

June 1st 2020, 11:04 am

SpaceX prototype vehicle explodes during engine test

Tech | New York Post

A SpaceX launch vehicle prototype burst into flames during a test at a Texas launchpad Friday afternoon — a day before the company hopes to send two NASA astronauts into space on another craft in Florida, according to reports and footage of the explosion. The vehicle erupted soon after a trial known as a static...

May 29th 2020, 5:32 pm

Investor group allowed to buy Grindr from Chinese firm for $620M

Tech | New York Post

Chinese gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech said on Friday that a US national security panel approved the $620 million sale of popular gay dating app Grindr to an investor group called San Vicente Acquisition. The panel, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), ordered Kunlun last year to divest Grindr amid concerns...

May 29th 2020, 2:44 pm

China reveals plan for ‘Heavenly Palace’ space station to rival ISS

Tech | New York Post

China has outlined plans to build an orbiting science lab by 2023. The “Heavenly Palace” station will house six people and serve as a test bed for experiments on astronomy, technology and more. China hopes to build the spacecraft over the course of 11 rocket launches, reports SpaceNews. The first of these will take place...

May 29th 2020, 2:30 pm

Facial reconstruction provides glimpse of priest who died 900 years ago

Tech | New York Post

Experts in the U.K. have reconstructed the face of a priest who died 900 years ago. The priest’s skeleton was discovered at Lincoln Cathedral in England earlier this year. Analysis of the remains revealed that he was just under 5 feet 7 inches tall and between the ages of 35 and 45 when he died,...

May 29th 2020, 1:44 pm

TikTok owner ByteDance starts to shift operations out of China

Tech | New York Post

TikTok’s poaching of Disney’s Kevin Mayer to be its CEO was just the most visible part of a broader strategy by its Chinese owner to shift its center of power away from China at a time of rising global tensions, several people familiar with the plans said. The short video app’s parent company, ByteDance, has...

May 28th 2020, 4:31 pm

Man in Singapore gets 4 months jail for Facebook post with fake coronavirus news

Tech | New York Post

SINGAPORE – Singapore jailed a taxi driver for four months on Wednesday over a Facebook post in which he falsely claimed food outlets would close and urged people to stock up due to impending COVID-19 restrictions. Kenneth Lai Yong Hui, 40, deleted the message sent to a private Facebook group with around 7,500 members after...

May 28th 2020, 12:30 pm

Mom can’t stop laughing after accidentally flashing daughter’s Zoom class

Tech | New York Post

"I hope that other parents learn that it is OK to not be perfect," the mortified mom said.

May 27th 2020, 6:32 pm

Doctors use GPS, dinghies to screen Greek islands for virus

Tech | New York Post

SIKINOS, Greece — Using dinghies, GPS and a portable refrigerator, doctors deployed by Greece’s national public health agency have launched a coronavirus testing drive on the country’s Aegean Sea islands ahead of the summer vacation season. Ferry service for visitors to the islands resumed Monday, and Greece plans to start welcoming international travelers again on...

May 27th 2020, 5:18 pm

Ford’s cop cars can now kill coronavirus with extreme heat

Tech | New York Post

Ford is ready to bring the heat to the coronavirus fight. The automaker has developed a software update for some of its Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility patrol vehicles that allows them to use the climate control system to raise the cabin temperature to 133 degrees for 15 minutes to help kill any coronavirus inside. Research...

May 27th 2020, 5:04 pm

New devices could track employees’ movements to maintain social distancing

Tech | New York Post

You might have a new excuse to keep your distance from your coworkers. When Americans return to work, they’ll likely be tasked with staying away from each other while performing their everyday duties. Because as companies reopen, it appears that workplace distancing will become a reality to stem the further spread of the novel coronavirus....

May 27th 2020, 3:49 pm

Collision of galaxies may have spurred our solar system’s formation

Tech | New York Post

WASHINGTON – A violent event on a colossal scale – the crash of two galaxies – may have paved the way for our solar system’s birth. A star-formation binge in the Milky Way spanning the time when the solar system was born more than 4.5 billion years ago was apparently precipitated by the collision between...

May 27th 2020, 3:49 pm

NASA chief ‘all in’ for Tom Cruise to film on International Space Station

Tech | New York Post

The International Space Station could become the set of Tom Cruise's next high-flying flick.

May 27th 2020, 2:34 pm

Wilbur Ross says SpaceX launch makes space ‘new war-fighting domain’

Tech | New York Post

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Wednesday afternoon's launch of SpaceX has huge financial and military implications for the US, including making space the "new war-fighting domain."

May 27th 2020, 2:34 pm

Asteroid that led to dinosaur extinction hit Earth at ‘deadliest possible angle’

Tech | New York Post

Had it come from any other direction, dinosaurs might still be around today.

May 27th 2020, 1:03 pm

NASA astronauts to use touchscreen for first time in space mission

Tech | New York Post

When two NASA astronauts take off Wednesday for the International Space Station, they’ll be making history by using a staple of the modern age, but an oddity in space – a touchscreen, according to a report. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, who will be aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship for the first astronaut launch from...

May 27th 2020, 10:12 am

Switzerland first to use Apple-Google coronavirus contact tracing app

Tech | New York Post

Apple and Google inked a historic partnership a few weeks ago, to develop a common standard for apps that can allow governments to conduct sophisticated contact tracing campaigns that could help them contain the novel coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 is more contagious than we would have hoped, having infected more than 5.7 million people worldwide as...

May 27th 2020, 10:12 am

Silicon Valley CEO joins Elon Musk in considering leaving California

Tech | New York Post

Speaking during an appearance Monday on "Axios on HBO," CEO Alex Karp said the company was "getting close" to deciding whether it would leave the golden state.

May 26th 2020, 3:16 pm

China’s coronavirus campaign offers glimpse into surveillance system

Tech | New York Post

BEIJING – The coronavirus outbreak in China has given unprecedented glimpses into how an extensive system of surveillance cameras works, as monitoring stations are rebranded epidemic “war rooms” helping to check people’s movements and stifle the disease. China is trying to build one of the world’s most sophisticated surveillance technology networks, with hundreds of millions...

May 26th 2020, 3:16 pm

SpaceX raises $346M one day ahead of historic rocket launch

Tech | New York Post

Elon Musk’s SpaceX said on Tuesday that it raised $346.2 million in a new round of funding, a day before it launches two American astronauts to the International Space Station. The private rocket company’s launch of its first crewed mission on Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will put an end to the...

May 26th 2020, 1:28 pm

South Korean cafe hires robot barista to help with social distancing

Tech | New York Post

DAEJEON, South Korea – The new robot barista at the cafe in Daejeon, South Korea, is courteous and swift as it seamlessly makes its way towards customers. “Here is your Rooibos almonds tea latte, please enjoy. It’s even better if you stir it,” it says, as a customer reaches for her drink on a tray...

May 26th 2020, 1:13 pm

Volunteer army in Indonesia helps fight coronavirus with data

Tech | New York Post

JAKARTA – As Indonesia’s most populous province weighed tough movement restrictions to stop the new coronavirus, it turned to a loosely-knit volunteer group of data scientists and health experts. The Kawal COVID-19 (Guard against COVID-19) group organized a data model presented to the provincial governor that showed there could be 70,000 deaths by July in...

May 26th 2020, 12:57 pm

Apple may soon ditch charging ports in iPhones: report

Tech | New York Post

Forget the headphone jack — Apple is looking to get rid of all the ports in its future iPhones. That’s the prediction from a known Apple leaker, who says that after this fall’s iPhone 12, the Cupertino, California, tech giant is going to make the shift to completely wireless phones. At least one iPhone model...

May 26th 2020, 12:28 pm

China announces July launch date for mission to Mars

Tech | New York Post

It wasn’t all that long ago that China didn’t seem to care much about space. The country watched The US and Russia dominate space exploration for decades before truly throwing its hat into the ring. Now, following a mission schedule that has proceeded at a breakneck pace, China is poised to launch a new mission...

May 26th 2020, 11:27 am

Face masks with electric fields might kill coronavirus on contact

Tech | New York Post

The CDC says that you’re less likely to pick up the novel coronavirus from surfaces, but there’s plenty of evidence that shows the life-threatening pathogen travel easily through the air and can stick on surfaces for hours or days. We’ve seen plenty of scary videos that show how easily the virus spreads from human to...

May 26th 2020, 11:10 am

Richard Branson’s rocket test fails off California coast

Tech | New York Post

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson’s attempt to launch a rocket off the coast of Los Angeles ended in failure on Monday when the projectile gave out shortly after being dropped. The “LauncherOne” rocket appeared to be functioning correctly after being dropped from a Virgin jumbo jet called “Cosmic Girl” Monday afternoon, but then “terminated” soon after,...

May 25th 2020, 9:04 pm

Astronomers discover donut-shaped ‘cosmic ring of fire’ in early universe

Tech | New York Post

Astronomers have captured images of a rare type of galaxy dubbed a “cosmic ring of fire” that existed about 11 billion years ago, according to a study published Monday. The galaxy, called R5519, is believed to be a “collissional ring” formed when two galaxies smashed into one another, according to the study published in the...

May 25th 2020, 6:49 pm

NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch

Tech | New York Post

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It’s back to the future as NASA astronauts launch again from the U.S. — aboard a retro-style “Right Stuff” capsule. Make no mistake: This is not your father’s — or grandfather’s — capsule. SpaceX’s Dragon crew capsule outshines NASA’s old Apollo spacecraft in virtually every way. The Dragon’s clean lines and...

May 25th 2020, 1:47 pm

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket is loaded with pop-culture references

Tech | New York Post

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket is ready to launch — with some serious nods to sci-fi buffs and folk fans. The two NASA astronauts due to board the Tesla co-founder’s spaceship on Wednesday — the first manned US space flight in nearly a decade and the first-ever manned commercial launch — will be decked out in...

May 24th 2020, 2:02 pm

UN warns coronavirus pandemic may lead to spike in cyber crimes

Tech | New York Post

United Nations disarmament chief, Izumi Nakamitsu, told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that cybercrime had exploded in recent months with a 600% rise in malicious emails alone.

May 23rd 2020, 11:53 am

Mysterious lights over Australia may have come from Russian satellite

Tech | New York Post

Australians in central Victoria were shocked to see streaks of fire passing through the night sky on Friday, sparking theories of meteors and aliens on social media.

May 22nd 2020, 5:20 pm

Coronavirus pandemic gives consumers a break from robocalls

Tech | New York Post

Have you been missing something amid the lockdowns and stay-at-home orders? No, not human contact. Not even toilet paper. Robocalls. Industry experts say robocalls are way down — scam calls as well as nagging from your credit-card company to pay your bill. The coronavirus pandemic has inflicted millions of job losses, and scammers have not...

May 22nd 2020, 4:26 pm

Amazon plans huge sale as online shoppers gravitate toward Target and Walmart

Tech | New York Post

Amazon is preparing for a “Summer” Sale to lure back customers frustrated by shipping delays and other ordering woes that have plagued the online retailer during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite surging demand since the pandemic struck, Amazon has actually lost market share to rivals like Walmart and Target as weeks-long shipping delays and perpetually out-of-stock...

May 22nd 2020, 2:45 pm

Faraday Future’s bankrupt founder gets OK for reorganization plan

Tech | New York Post

The billionaire founder of electric-car startup Faraday Future — who boldly challenged Tesla with a far-out car design in 2015, only to file for personal bankruptcy last fall — said Friday his Chapter 11 restructuring plan has won court approval. The nod from a federal bankruptcy judge is a win for Faraday Future’s ex-chief executive...

May 22nd 2020, 1:56 pm

Earth’s magnetic field is weakening and it’s impacting satellites

Tech | New York Post

Earth’s magnetic field is gradually weakening in an area that stretches from Africa to South America and scientists who are trying to understand why. This weakening is also causing technical disturbances in some satellites orbiting Earth. Scientists are using data from the European Space Agency’s Swarm constellation to improve our understanding of this area, which...

May 22nd 2020, 12:42 pm

How South Korea ‘turbocharged’ their coronavirus response with an urban planning system

Tech | New York Post

SEOUL – When a man in Seoul tested positive for the new coronavirus in May, South Korean authorities were able to confirm his wide-ranging movements in and outside the city in minutes, including five bars and clubs he visited on a recent night out. The fast response – well ahead of many other countries facing...

May 22nd 2020, 10:53 am

Study finds nearly half of accounts tweeting about coronavirus are bots

Tech | New York Post

Nearly half of the Twitter accounts spreading messages on the social media platform about the coronavirus pandemic are likely bots, according to researchers. Carnegie Mellon University researchers said Wednesday that they had examined more than 200 million tweets discussing the virus since January and found that about 45 percent were sent by accounts that behave...

May 22nd 2020, 10:08 am

Bionic eye with sharper vision than real eye could be ready in just five years, experts say

Tech | New York Post

A bionic eye could give sight to millions in just five years, experts say. The world’s first 3D artificial eyeball is capable of sharper vision than a real human eye. Images are converted through tiny sensors that mirror the light-detecting photoreceptor cells. The sensors are packed into a membrane of aluminium and tungsten shaped into...

May 21st 2020, 5:15 pm

Google says it won’t build AI tools for oil and gas drillers

Tech | New York Post

Google says it will no longer build custom artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction, separating itself from cloud computing rivals Microsoft and Amazon. A statement from the company Tuesday followed a Greenpeace report that documents how the three tech giants are using AI and computing power to help oil companies find...

May 21st 2020, 2:42 pm

Colombian police are using drones to detect high body temperatures

Tech | New York Post

BOGOTA – It is not a bird, a plane or Superman: the aircraft humming in the skies above Colombia’s capital Bogota are instead police drones that are meant to detect people with high temperatures or those violating the country’s coronavirus quarantine. If a drone detects someone with a potential fever it sends the location to...

May 21st 2020, 2:42 pm

Big tech efforts to help small biz could backfire

Tech | New York Post

Big tech companies such as Facebook and Google have touted their efforts to help small businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic — but those efforts may eventually take customers away from the small businesses they were supposed to help, according to a new report. Facebook and Instagram Shops were announced this week to help shuttered...

May 21st 2020, 1:58 pm

NASA’s next great space telescope finally has a name

Tech | New York Post

We don’t like to admit it, but NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope won’t be around forever. Sure, the joint NASA/ESA partnership that keeps Hubble’s observations going says it could last another decade or maybe longer, but eventually, a successor will be shot skyward to offer new perspectives on the cosmos. The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope...

May 21st 2020, 1:42 pm

Astrobiologist argues that ‘gene-hacked’ humans should be created to settle on Mars

Tech | New York Post

Future astronauts should have their DNA altered before making the treacherous journey to Mars, according to scientists. That’s because spacefarers will likely need to become super-humans with radiation-resistant cells and extra-strong bones to survive the trip. A number of space agencies and even private companies have promised to get the first man on the Red...

May 21st 2020, 1:12 pm

Twitter testing new feature that limits who can reply to your tweets

Tech | New York Post

For as informative and engaging as Twitter can be, conversations on the social networking site can quickly become unmanageable at best. At worst, Twitter threads can quickly become a cesspool of hate and vitriol. In an effort to address this, Twitter earlier today announced that it’s testing new conversation settings that would allow tweeters to...

May 21st 2020, 12:58 pm

Robot blasts coronavirus with UV light at mall in Singapore

Tech | New York Post

SINGAPORE – A shopping mall in Singapore is deploying a newly developed smart robot to fight the novel coronavirus, not with chemicals – but with light. While spraying has become the norm in many places around the world, the robot uses ultraviolet lamps to disinfectant not only surfaces but tricky-to-reach crevices and even the air....

May 21st 2020, 11:24 am

Woman with Elon Musk’s old number gets texts meant for him

Tech | New York Post

A 25-year-old skin care consultant gets several text messages and calls each day meant for Tesla CEO Elon Musk, all because AT&T assigned her the billionaire's old phone number.

May 21st 2020, 11:24 am

NASA will pay you to spend 8 months locked in a Mars simulation in Russia

Tech | New York Post

Humans are headed for Mars. We don’t know exactly when that’s going to happen, but NASA and other space agencies around the world are already preparing for that eventuality. It’ll be a long trip and one of the big question marks is just how well humans will deal with being locked in a cramped spacecraft...

May 21st 2020, 10:21 am

Pizzeria owner makes money placing orders for own store on DoorDash app

Tech | New York Post

A Kansas restauranteur was able to make some dough placing orders at his own pizzeria through the food delivery app DoorDash, according to a report. The owner of AJ’s NY Pizzeria said he only learned that his business was on the delivery app after receiving complaints about orders, according to strategist Ranjan Roy, a friend...

May 20th 2020, 3:25 pm

Social distancing beeper will go off if you’re within 6 feet of someone

Tech | New York Post

A social distancing gadget that beeps whenever you’re not keeping six feet from someone could help people return to work. The beeper has been invented by Pathfindr and aims to helps companies keep their workers safe. In the UK and the US, two meters (six feet) apart is the recommended distance to stand in order...

May 20th 2020, 3:15 pm

New study estimates the odds of extraterrestrial life

Tech | New York Post

Despite no clear-cut evidence, mankind has wondered for eons whether we’re alone in the universe. One astronomer, however, is almost sure that extraterrestrial life exists. In a new study, Columbia University astronomer David Kipping used the Bayesian model to determine the odds that life should exist on Earth. He found the odds are 9:1 or...

May 20th 2020, 3:15 pm

Climate change is making hurricanes stronger

Tech | New York Post

If it seems to you that the massive storms rolling in from the ocean every year are causing more and more damage than the years before, you’re not alone. Scientists are noticing the trend, too and a new study published by researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

May 20th 2020, 3:15 pm

Astronomers spot first potential evidence of new planet being born

Tech | New York Post

The first direct evidence of a planet being born may have been found by astronomers. The space-focused researchers think they’ve spotted the phenomenon around 520 light-years away from Earth. The image above shows a dense disc of dust and gas surrounding a young star called AB Aurigae. This spiral structure with a twisted shape in...

May 20th 2020, 1:43 pm

Apple may soon stop shipping iPhones with free earbuds

Tech | New York Post

Apple’s next iPhone may no longer come with a pair of the company’s iconic, white-wired earphones, according to a top tech analyst. The Cupertino, California, tech giant will not include a complimentary pair of earbuds in the iPhone 12’s packaging in order to increase demand for its already mega-popular AirPods wireless headphones, according to TFI...

May 20th 2020, 10:43 am

Coronavirus data sharing with law enforcement sparks concern

Tech | New York Post

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than 11 million people have been tested in the US for COVID-19, all with the assurance that their private medical information would remain protected and undisclosed. Yet, public officials in at least two-thirds of states are sharing the addresses of people who tested positive with first responders — from police officers...

May 19th 2020, 2:59 pm

Scientists explain mysterious ‘lava flows’ on Mars

Tech | New York Post

You don’t have to be a space science fan to realize that Mars is everyone’s obsession right now. Both NASA and the ESA are poised to send missions to the Red Planet (though the ESA will now be waiting until 2022 to do so) and scientists are studying every aspect of the planet’s geology, climate...

May 19th 2020, 12:42 pm

Facial recognition tech reunites family 32 years after son’s abduction

Tech | New York Post

Mao Yin was just 2 years old in 1988 when he was abducted in Xian and sold to another couple for the equivalent of $845.

May 19th 2020, 12:12 pm

Tech-assisted coronavirus tracking is having some issues

Tech | New York Post

PROVIDENCE, RI — Harnessing today’s technology to the task of fighting the coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be more complicated than it first appeared. The first US states that rolled out smartphone apps for tracing the contacts of COVID-19 patients are dealing with technical glitches and a general lack of interest by their residents....

May 19th 2020, 11:54 am

Russia asks Google to block article questioning coronavirus death toll

Tech | New York Post

Russia’s state media regulator, Roskomnadzor, has demanded that Google block a Russian news website’s article that claims Moscow may have dramatically undercounted coronavirus deaths. The watchdog is also investigating reports by The New York Times and The Financial Times that analyzed official mortality data to see if Russia is undercounting deaths, to determine if the...

May 19th 2020, 11:12 am

Magnolia Bakery to combat coronavirus with futuristic ‘cleanse portal’

Tech | New York Post

Who would’ve thought a cupcake could be so cutting edge? Baked goods enthusiasts looking to satisfy their sweet tooth amid the coronavirus pandemic can expect to catch some rays soon at Magnolia Bakery, which is installing futuristic-looking portals and purple-hued ceiling lights that will drench patrons and workers in potentially disease-destroying far-ultraviolet light. “Magnolia is...

May 18th 2020, 2:39 pm

Online church services attacked by hackers using child pornography

Tech | New York Post

On Sunday, April 26, Pastor Kris Cervantes of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Waco, Texas, was partway through her Zoom church service when the unthinkable happened. The screen featuring the main speaker was suddenly overtaken with a GIF of child pornography, an act that has been dubbed “zoombombing.” “It was so confusing for a split...

May 18th 2020, 1:54 pm

New Zealand to roll out ‘digital diary’ app to help people track movements

Tech | New York Post

SYDNEY – New Zealand will launch a contact-tracing app on Wednesday to help people track their movements as the country eases one of the world’s most rigid lockdowns designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. “It’s just in case in the future if you find yourself with COVID-19, you’ve got an easy reference to tell...

May 18th 2020, 12:39 pm

NASA reveals custom Tesla car that will ferry astronauts to US rocket launch

Tech | New York Post

NASA has unveiled the Tesla car that will be taking US astronauts to a rocket launch later this month. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine revealed images of the car in a recent tweet. The car is set to play a fairly important role in the first crewed launch to take off from US soil in years....

May 15th 2020, 4:45 pm

Faxes and email: Old technology slows coronavirus response

Tech | New York Post

On April 1, a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emailed Nevada public health counterparts for lab reports on two travelers who had tested positive for the coronavirus. She asked Nevada to send those records via a secure network or a “password protected encrypted file” to protect the travelers’ privacy. The Nevada...

May 15th 2020, 2:58 pm

Scientists genetically modified a mouse to be 4 percent human

Tech | New York Post

Scientists mixing the genetic building blocks of two different animal species sounds like the beginning of a bad science fiction movie, but that’s precisely what a team of researchers just did by injecting human stem cells into mouse embryos. Just over two weeks later, the team had more mature mouse embryos that contained up to...

May 15th 2020, 12:00 pm

Twitter unveils new emoji to express gratitude to frontline workers

Tech | New York Post

There’s a new way to say thank you during the coronavirus pandemic. To help people show appreciation to frontline workers or anyone else who has shown a helping hand in these tough times, Twitter has unveiled a new emoji showing two hands forming a heart. The emoji appears whenever users  type “#thankful” or “#gratitude” or...

May 15th 2020, 3:24 am

Apple buys virtual reality company NextVR

Tech | New York Post

Apple, keen to up its prowess in virtual reality and augmented reality, has purchased NextVR. The Newport Beach, Calif., outfit uses virtual reality tech to enable people to “attend” concerts and other live events. Neither the hardware giant nor the acquired company has disclosed the sale price, but 9to5Mac reported it as around $100 million....

May 14th 2020, 9:03 pm

Apple plans to return staff to offices sooner than its Silicon Valley rivals: report

Tech | New York Post

Going against its tech industry peers, Apple is set to bring workers back to its global offices soon. The California-based technology company will bring employees back in phases over a few months, according to a report. The first phase has begun at some of the company’s locations worldwide and will expand to its major offices...

May 14th 2020, 5:32 pm

The sun has entered a ‘lockdown’ period, which could cause freezing weather, famine

Tech | New York Post

Our sun has gone into lockdown, which could cause freezing weather, earthquakes and famine, scientists say. The sun is currently in a period of “solar minimum,” meaning activity on its surface has fallen dramatically. Experts believe we are about to enter the deepest period of sunshine “recession” ever recorded as sunspots have virtually disappeared. Astronomer...

May 14th 2020, 3:11 pm

NASA asteroid defense test could trigger an artificial meteor shower

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A planned NASA mission to test its capability to defend Earth from an incoming asteroid could cause the planet’s first-ever artificial meteor shower, a study found earlier this year. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft’s mission will be to slam into the smaller of the two Didymos asteroids as they pass within about 6.8...

May 14th 2020, 12:26 pm

Amateur astronomer used NASA satellite data to discover new comet

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An amateur astronomer has used data from NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellite to discover a new comet that will be visible in late May and early June. Astronomer Michael Mattiazzo first spotted the comet in April 2020 using information from a SOHO instrument called Solar Wind Anisotropies, or SWAN, NASA said. Dubbed comet...

May 14th 2020, 12:26 pm

Microsoft calls US coronavirus progress ‘disappointing’ in memo to staff

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Microsoft is gearing up to gradually reopen more than a dozen offices around the world — but its outlook for the US remains bleak, The Post has learned. In a Tuesday note to staff detailing its “return to workplace plans,” Microsoft listed 16 countries where it’s eyeing potential reopenings in the coming weeks, including Austria,...

May 13th 2020, 3:55 pm

Robots will patrol tourist hotspots to enforce social distancing

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Robots are set to patrol tourist hotspots checking people are obeying social distancing rules under Brussels’ blueprint for the holidays of the future. The EU Commission released a plan to get travel up and running across the continent yesterday that will see a radical overhaul of summer breaks. Under it artificial intelligence may be deployed...

May 13th 2020, 3:13 pm

Amazon launches three new versions of its Fire tablets

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Amazon on Wednesday launched three new versions of its Fire tablets with more storage and faster performance.

May 13th 2020, 3:13 pm

Coronavirus app finds loss of taste, smell may be better indicators than fever, cough

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A new study from researchers in the US and the UK have found that a crowdsourcing app that has users self-report COVID-19 symptoms could be useful for predicting future cases. The study, published in Nature Medicine, notes the app COVID Symptom Study had 2.6 million users after three weeks across the US, UK and Sweden....

May 13th 2020, 3:13 pm

Free simulator lets you try and fly Elon Musk’s Crew Dragon spaceship

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Reckon you could be a space pilot? Elon Musk will now let you find out – for free. Musk’s firm SpaceX has created an online simulator website that lets you fly the new Crew Dragon spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station. Normally only highly-skilled, expertly-trained geniuses are allowed to operate spacecraft. But...

May 13th 2020, 1:39 pm

Facebook reports spike in takedowns of hate speech, terrorism

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SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook on Tuesday reported a sharp increase in the number of posts it removed for promoting violence and hate speech across its apps, which it attributed to technology improvements for automatically identifying text and images. The world’s biggest social media company removed about 4.7 million posts connected to hate organizations on its...

May 13th 2020, 1:39 pm

Mars might be covered in saltwater puddles, but they’re likely too cold to support life

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Ancient Mars may have contained water packed with the ingredients to support life, but there is no known life on the Red Planet today. A new study suggests the conditions on the present-day Martian surface are actually too cold for life. “Our results indicate that (meta)stable brines on the Martian surface and its shallow subsurface...

May 13th 2020, 1:39 pm

Twitter CEO donates $15 million to San Francisco coronavirus relief

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is donating $15 million to San Francisco’s coronavirus relief fund, some of which will go toward illegal immigrants, according to Mayor London Breed. “This donation will support food security, housing access and small business and worker support programs for undocumented, mixed status and low-income San Franciscans,” she wrote in a tweet...

May 13th 2020, 11:07 am

Japanese space probe snaps close-up images of asteroid’s surface

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The Japanese space agency JAXA sent its Hayabusa-2 asteroid probe to the big, diamond-shaped near-earth asteroid known as Ryugu way back in 2014. The trip took four years, but it was well worth the wait. The spacecraft snatched samples of asteroid material from Ryugu and is now bringing them home for study. The sample-gathering aspect...

May 13th 2020, 11:07 am

Futuristic anti-pandemic suit looks like it belongs in ‘Blade Runner’

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Right now, the world as a whole is struggling with a new reality. The novel coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed the way most of us live our daily lives. We’re avoiding close contact with our fellow humans, sitting home instead of going out and doing what we can to keep ourselves and our families safe....

May 13th 2020, 10:37 am

Inside the cult of ‘Animal Crossing’

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A virtual world sure beats the real world right now.

May 12th 2020, 6:41 pm

‘Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater’ 1 and 2 getting remastered for PS4, Xbox One and PC

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Grab your board, throw on some sick tunes and get ready to skate.

May 12th 2020, 5:56 pm

Lava tubes on Mars could keep astronauts safe from radiation

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Humans are headed to Mars and we might be going sooner than you think. Assuming NASA’s crewed Artemis missions to the Moon go well, we could see a push to explore the Red Planet in person within the decade, with missions getting off the ground as early as the 2030s. Many problems will need to...

May 12th 2020, 10:24 am

Dubai ‘sells’ lights on world’s tallest building to raise money for coronavirus relief

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DUBAI – The world’s tallest building, Dubai’s 828-meter (2,716-foot) Burj Khalifa, has become a glowing charity donation box, raising money for food for United Arab Emirates residents suffering the economic impact of the new coronavirus pandemic. Each of the tower’s 1.2 million external lights was ‘sold’ for 10 dirhams ($2.70), enough to buy one meal....

May 12th 2020, 10:05 am

Twitter to add warning labels to dubious coronavirus content

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Twitter will add labels and warning messages on some tweets with disputed or misleading information about COVID-19, the company said on Monday.

May 11th 2020, 3:03 pm

‘Weird’ exoplanet 800 light-years from Earth has yellow skies

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Researchers have found the “weird” exoplanet WASP-79b, nearly 800 light-years from Earth, does not have a blue sky as our planet does. Instead, its skies are yellow. According to a statement from NASA, WASP-79b orbits its host star once every 3.7 Earth days and is not in the habitable zone, the proximity of which a...

May 11th 2020, 3:03 pm

This is how many friends people have made through virtual gatherings during lockdown

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The average American has made six new friends as a result of attending virtual gatherings during quarantine, according to new research. A poll of 2,000 Americans found 83 percent of those who have made a new, virtual friend are excited to meet up with them in real life and grow their friendship. In fact, to...

May 11th 2020, 3:03 pm
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