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Extremists exploit a loophole in social moderation: Podcasts

Major social platforms have been cracking down on the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories in the leadup to the presidential election, and expanded their efforts in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. But Apple and Google, among others,...

 

Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world's insects

The world's vital insect kingdom is undergoing "death by a thousand cuts," the world's top bug experts said. Climate change, insecticides, herbicides, light pollution, invasive species and changes in agriculture and land use are causing Earth to...

 

Study: Wildfires produced up to half of pollution in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildfire smoke accounted for up to half of all health-damaging small particle air pollution in the western U.S. in recent years as warming temperatures fueled more destructive blazes, according to a study released Monday....

 

Right-wing app Parler booted off internet over ties to siege

The conservative-friendly social network Parler was booted off the internet Monday over ties to last week's siege on the U.S. Capitol, but not before digital activists made off with an archive of its posts, including any that might have helped...

 

Researchers learn new tricks to save endangered crayfish

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — Researchers trying to save endangered crayfish during bridge construction in southern West Virginia ended up discovering new tricks to increase the population, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. In order to build a new...

 

Zoom call puts couple on path to marriage during a pandemic

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The first time he saw her face? It was not at a crowded party. Or even in a cafe, or a bar. It's 2020, after all, and so he gazed, from a tiny square on a computer screen ... Yes, they met on Zoom. And how could this...

 

Study: Warming already baked in will blow past climate goals

The amount of baked-in global warming, from carbon pollution already in the air, is enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit climate change, a new study finds. But it's not game over because, while that amount of warming may be...

 

Israel's virus surveillance tool tests its democratic norms

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — In the early days of the pandemic, a panicked Israel began using a mass surveillance tool on its civilians, tracking people's cellphones in hopes of stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The government touted the...

 

New US dietary guidelines: No candy, cake for kids under 2

Parents now have an extra reason to say no to candy, cake and ice cream for young children. The first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers, released Tuesday, recommend feeding only breast milk for at least six months and no add...

 

Rediscovered friends find trees, new strength amid pandemic

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — They were best friends since middle school, smart girls who made the honor roll, played in the youth symphony and dreamed big dreams, none of which included athletic prowess. "We were nerds," Cathy Callow-Heusser said....

 

Technology gives ice anglers access to 200 lake contour maps

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says new technology is allowing ice fishing enthusiasts to access more than 200 lake contour maps. Anglers have access to two free smartphone mobile apps on the Game and Fish website,...

 

Self-described 'lizard lady' wants to change face of science

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — If there is such a thing as a celebrity herpetologist, University of Arizona doctoral student Earyn McGee is well on her way. At age 26, the self-described "lizard lady" already has her own Wikipedia page, a temporary statue...

 

Studies find having COVID-19 may protect against reinfection

Two new studies give encouraging evidence that having COVID-19 may offer some protection against future infections. Researchers found that people who made antibodies to the coronavirus were much less likely to test positive again for up to six...

 

Trump downplays Russia in first comments on cyberattack

WASHINGTON (AP) — Contradicting his secretary of state and other top officials, President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested without evidence that China — not Russia — may be behind the cyberattack against the United States and tried to minimiz...

 

Couple starts app to greeting cards with AR experiences

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — During a year when many feel disconnected and technology is the only thing keeping people together, Knoxvillian Jenny Sich's app Cardlet is rekindling relationships. Using the Cardlet app, senders can mail high-quality,...

 

US clears Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, 2nd shot in arsenal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. added a second COVID-19 vaccine to its arsenal Friday, boosting efforts to beat back an outbreak so dire that the nation is regularly recording more than 3,000 deaths a day. Much-needed doses are set to arrive Monday...

 

Hacked networks will need to be burned 'down to the ground'

It's going to take months to kick elite hackers widely believed to be Russian out of the U.S. government networks they have been quietly rifling through since as far back as March in Washington's worst cyberespionage failure on record. Experts say...

 

US vaccinations ramp up as 2nd COVID-19 shot nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds more hospitals around the country began dispensing COVID-19 shots to their workers in a rapid expansion of the U.S. vaccination drive Tuesday, while a second vaccine moved to the cusp of government authorization. A day...

 

Over-the-counter home test for COVID-19 gets US green light

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first home test for COVID-19 that doesn't require a prescription will soon be on U.S. store shelves. U.S. regulators Tuesday authorized the rapid coronavirus test, which can be done entirely at home. The announcement by the...

 

Over-the-counter home test for COVID-19 gets US green light

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first home test for COVID-19 that doesn't require a prescription will soon be on U.S. store shelves. U.S. regulators Tuesday authorized the rapid coronavirus test, which can be done entirely at home. The announcement by the...

 

US regulators OK genetically modified pig for food, drugs

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved a genetically modified pig for food and medical products, making it the second such animal to get the green light for human consumption. But the company behind it says there are no imminent plans to...

 

Chinese capsule returns to Earth carrying moon rocks

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese lunar capsule returned to Earth Thursday with the first fresh samples of rock and debris from the moon in more than 40 years. The capsule of the Chang'e 5 probe landed in the Siziwang district of the Inner Mongolia region,...

 

Madison scientists help to grow produce aboard space station

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Astronauts on the International Space Station can get a taste of home with the help of produce cultivation systems developed by scientists working in Madison. About 250 employees of the Nevada-based aerospace company Sierra...

 

SC opens 3rd governor's school, this one focused on farming

McCORMICK, S.C. (AP) — A school in rural South Carolina that has spent recent years trying to get at-risk teens back on the right track has been changed into a special governor's school focusing on agriculture and modern farming. Gov. Henry...

 

Teatime can be good for your health

Next to water, tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, and at just a couple of calories per serving, it's loaded with flavonoids that make it one of the world's healthiest beverages as well. "There are really only three drinks that I...

 

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