Incredible DIY Flight Simulator Simulates G-Forces With Auto-Tightening Seatbelts

How many times have you gotten to the checkout at the flight simulator store only to remember you don’t actually have $12 million in your pocket? Lacking a military-sized budget, André Pointner built his own three-axis flight simulator at home that can spin and rotate in 360 degrees, plus a few other clever tricks.

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Source: Gizmodo – Incredible DIY Flight Simulator Simulates G-Forces With Auto-Tightening Seatbelts

Why Are There So Few Black Physicists? A New Report Describes What Needs to Change

A task force organized by the American Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit organization made up of other American physics societies, has released the results of a study into why African American students are persistently underrepresented in receiving undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy.

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Source: Gizmodo – Why Are There So Few Black Physicists? A New Report Describes What Needs to Change

Earth's Most Biodiverse Regions Are Collapsing

The tropics are the most biodiverse part of the world. Some tropical rainforests are home to more species than entire continents, and tropical coral reefs are believed to have the highest biodiversity of any marine ecosystem on the planet. But thanks to human action—specifically, the actions of the fossil fuel…

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Source: Gizmodo – Earth’s Most Biodiverse Regions Are Collapsing

NASA Picks Axiom to Add a Garish Space Hotel to the ISS

One small step for a startup, one giant leap into finally launching the filthy rich into space: NASA announced on Monday that it has selected Houston-based startup Axiom Space to build the first commercial destination module for the International Space Station.

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Source: Gizmodo – NASA Picks Axiom to Add a Garish Space Hotel to the ISS

Campaign to Ban Face Recognition at U.S. Colleges Gathers Steam

An organized campaign against the use of biometric surveillance at universities and colleges in the U.S. is ratcheting up pressure on institutions it believes are currently using—or are likely soon to adopt—face recognition technology.

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Source: Gizmodo – Campaign to Ban Face Recognition at U.S. Colleges Gathers Steam

Germany and Japan Report First Coronavirus Cases in People Who Haven't Visited China

Germany and Japan have reported the first cases of a new SARS-like virus in people who haven’t recently visited China. The announcements, made on Tuesday, come as the number of confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV worldwide reached 4,587 and the death toll hit 106.

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Source: Gizmodo – Germany and Japan Report First Coronavirus Cases in People Who Haven’t Visited China

Sandy Hook Hoaxer and Fake InfoWars 'Expert' Arrested Over Online Harassment Campaign

Lake County, Florida deputies arrested a former contributor to Alex Jones’ conspiracy theory hellhole InfoWars, 73-year-old Wolfgang Halbig, on Monday after he waged a relentless campaign of online harassment against the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims.

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Source: Gizmodo – Sandy Hook Hoaxer and Fake InfoWars ‘Expert’ Arrested Over Online Harassment Campaign

Ring App Shares Personal Data With Facebook, Other Unlisted Trackers, EFF Says

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Monday announced that its research into the Ring app’s Android version identified several embedded third-party trackers sucking up “a plethora” of personal information.

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Source: Gizmodo – Ring App Shares Personal Data With Facebook, Other Unlisted Trackers, EFF Says

Watch This Veteran Collapse on Antiques Roadshow When He Learns His $345 Rolex Is Actually Worth $700,000

There’s rarely as satisfying a moment on TV as watching someone strike it rich on Antiques Roadshow when a random item turns out to be worth a fortune. That’s exactly what happened on this evening’s episode when an Air Force veteran learned a rare Rolex he’d never worn was worth upwards of $700,000.

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Source: Gizmodo – Watch This Veteran Collapse on Antiques Roadshow When He Learns His 5 Rolex Is Actually Worth 0,000

State Department Urges Citizens to Reconsider Travel to China Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The State Department has urged U.S. citizens to reconsider traveling to China amid an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus there that has killed at least a hundred people and has begun to spread across the globe, Bloomberg reported on Monday. Authorities are also considering implementing stricter screenings at borders and…

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Source: Gizmodo – State Department Urges Citizens to Reconsider Travel to China Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Martin Shkreli Faces New Lawsuit Over Scheme Inflating Cost of a Life-Saving Drug

Convicted securities fraudster Martin Shkreli is facing fresh allegations that he and his company purposely and illegally inflated the price of the drug Daraprim, a life-saving medication used to prevent malaria and treat deadly diseases caused by foodborne illness.

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Source: Gizmodo – Martin Shkreli Faces New Lawsuit Over Scheme Inflating Cost of a Life-Saving Drug

How Long Will It Take to Develop a Vaccine for the Wuhan Virus?

As a newly discovered pneumonia-causing virus threatens to engulf China and spread far beyond its borders, governments and researchers are scrambling to create a preventive vaccine. But will it arrive too late to help people? And is it possible that we missed having a head start on its development?

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Source: Gizmodo – How Long Will It Take to Develop a Vaccine for the Wuhan Virus?

Intel Announces Latest Attempt at ZombieLoad Patch Coming… 'In the Near Future'

Intel on Monday announced the third in a series of patches meant to address processor vulnerabilities. The latest is closely related to issues addressed in November known as ZombieLoad 2, or TSX Asynchronous Abort. A fix will be available in the near future, an advisory notice said.

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Source: Gizmodo – Intel Announces Latest Attempt at ZombieLoad Patch Coming… ‘In the Near Future’

Reducing Air Pollution Saved the US $24 Billion on Elderly Health Benefits

Air pollution is expensive. Like, really freaking expensive. That’s why it’s worthwhile to keep our air clean. A study out recently has found that reduced air pollution levels between 1993 and 2013 saved the U.S some $24 billion a year looking only the benefits to elderly people and early deaths related to the air…

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Source: Gizmodo – Reducing Air Pollution Saved the US Billion on Elderly Health Benefits

A Clock That Writes the Time in Sequins Is My New Fidget Obsession

If you spend your life living under a rock you might have missed one of the recent obsessions amongst the young’ns: sequin-covered pillows, plush toys, and even clothing that change color when you rub your hand across them. It’s a completely pointless experience, but also an incredibly satisfying one that’s actually…

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Source: Gizmodo – A Clock That Writes the Time in Sequins Is My New Fidget Obsession

Drink It While You Can: Climate Crisis Puts 85 Percent of Wine Regions at Risk

The climate crisis is changing all aspects of human life, from the communities we live in to the air we breathe to the food we eat. Thinking about it is terrifying. It makes me want a glass of wine to soothe my nerves.

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Source: Gizmodo – Drink It While You Can: Climate Crisis Puts 85 Percent of Wine Regions at Risk

How to Switch Over to Microsoft Edge Now That It's Actually Good

In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft Edge is back: The rebooted, revamped, and rebuilt program is now based on the same Chromium engine as Google Chrome and a variety of other browsers, and Microsoft has taken the opportunity to streamline and tidy up the application at the same time. Here’s how to give it a trial…

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Source: Gizmodo – How to Switch Over to Microsoft Edge Now That It’s Actually Good