Todays Cartoon: Coronavirus Emojis

Thursday, April 30, 2020. By Maria Scrivan, with cartooncollections.com. More than just cute pictures, emoji are a lingua franca for the digital age. Wednesday, April 29, 2020. By Phil Witte, with cartooncollections.com. Consumer surveillance cameras…

Imgflips AI Meme Generator Gives Us the Absurdist…

Drake advocating a coup. Distracted Boyfriend casting his gaze toward carbs. Leonardo DiCaprio suggesting it’s time to have a dick. Truly none of these things make sense. Yet as people worldwide are fully in their…

A New Chatbot Tries a Little Artificial Empathy

Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant can set a timer, play a song, or check the weather with ease, but for a real conversation you may as well try talking to the toaster. Speaking as naturally…

What Great Zombie Movies Say About This Zombie…

What can be said of them, these unspeaking if not unspeakable ghouls, is that their cribbings constitute a kind of organization, even a culture. Moved by a vestigial memory of sociality, zombies tend to exhibit…

Physicists Clear the Air With a Sweet Frickin…

In the first two months of 2019, Malte Schröder spent several weeks on a suburban Maryland college campus directing a dramatic scene that was set entirely inside a small styrofoam box. First, he set the…

When Government Fails, Makers Come to the Rescue

As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the US, Isaac Budmen and Stephanie Keefe watched closely. They knew what we all did: Protective equipment for health care workers—like those solid-gold N95 masks—were in perilously short supply.…

Todays Cartoon: Backup Surveillance

Wednesday, April 29, 2020. By Phil Witte, with cartooncollections.com. Consumer surveillance cameras are everywhere now, and they’re capturing moments we otherwise would never have known happened. Tuesday, April 28, 2020. By Jon Adams, with cartooncollections.com.…

Stewart Brand Is 81—and He Doesn’t Want to…

Wachter, meanwhile, told me about his own experiences at UCSF. Though admittedly a very small non-scientific sample, Wachter says that during this crisis, he’s seen about half or more of the ventilated patients breathe on…

Microbe Mappers Are Tracking Covid-19s Invisible Traces

During the second week of March, as the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, a team of latex-gloved scientists from Cornell Weill Medical School fanned out across Penn Station armed with packs of…

Does It Matter That the DOD Released Those…

On Monday, the US Department of Defense officially released three videos depicting encounters between Navy pilots and unidentified aerial phenomena. These events occurred in 2004 and 2015, but the videos didn’t publicly surface until The…

Best Google Smart Speaker Deals (April 2020): Nest…

Google has several different Google Assistant-powered smart speakers and smart displays in its smart home lineup, and right now they're all on sale. The discounts vary with the model you choose, but they're some of…