Earth Is on the Cusp of the Sixth Mass Extinction. Here’s What Paleontologists Want You to Know

Rhinos, elephants, whales and sharks — the list of endangered species is long and depressing. But it’s not just these big, beautiful, familiar animals at risk. Earth is hemorrhaging species, from mammals to fish and insects. The loss of biodiversity we’re facing right now is staggering, thanks to habitat loss, pollution, climate change and other calamities.

There have been five mass extinctions in the history of planet Earth. We’re on the threshold of a sixth. But extinction events don’t happen overnight. They unfold over millions of years. For humans that live maybe 80 or 90-some years, that’s very hard to wrap our minds around.

To get an idea of how to think about the sixth mass extinction, I spoke to people who’ve intensively studied the first five: paleontologists. I asked them what they’d like the rest of us to know. And I asked them what, in these scary times, gives

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These Trump supporters say big tech is biased. Here’s why they’re on Parler



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Microsoft: Here’s how your smartphone camera plus AI can keep an eye on your health

While wearables are at the forefront of medical applications for mobile technology, COVID-19 has sent researchers looking at older technologies like the humble smartphone for remote diagnosis. 

Microsoft Research has been working on telehealth applications via a smartphone for over a decade, but the current pandemic presents new opportunities that make the approach more relevant than it was even a year ago. 

Telehealth has held promise in healthcare since the advent of video but smartphones, better cameras and artificial intelligence might produce a more workable an answer at time when it’s difficult for people to visit medical facilities due to the pandemic. 

As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted in June, telehealth can help provide patients with care while minimizing the risk patients passing on of SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — to doctors and nurses.

Microsoft points out that atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a

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What time is the Fortnite live event? Here’s when you can fight Galactus in Fortnite

If you’ve seen the recent hype building around it, you may be asking what time is the Fortnite live event – and the answer is soon my friend, very soon. During the current season the pending arrival of Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, to engage in the Nexus War has been an ever-present threat, and now the latest Fortnite live event is here to realise that danger before we move on to Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5. Will Thor be able to rally the cast of superheroes and defeat this intergalactic menace, or is the world of Fortnite doomed to destruction? You can get involved to decide the island’s fate, so here’s everything you need to know about when the Fortnite live event is and how you can take part.



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Here’s Why Micron Technology Stock Jumped Today

What happened

Shares of Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) were trading 6.2% higher by 11:50 a.m. EST, boosted by a fresh set of guidance targets for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. The memory chip giant’s stock had risen as much as 7.1% in earlier trading.

So what

The midpoint of Micron’s revenue guidance was boosted from $5.2 billion to $5.73 billion. Gross margins are turning out to be wider than expected. Micron’s adjusted first-quarter earnings are now seen landing near $0.71 per share, up from $0.47 per share. Analyst estimates were roughly in line with Micron’s guidance midpoints.

The new guidance figures work out to a 48% year-over-year earnings boost and revenue growth of approximately 12%.

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Now what

Micron’s surprisingly strong results rested mostly on huge demand from data center customers. This way, Micron taps into the rising demand for cloud-based services amid the ongoing COVID-19

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Amazon won Black Friday. Here’s how it plans to dominate the holiday rush

with Tonya Riley

Amazon and other online retailers won Black Friday. 

Online spending on Friday jumped about 22 percent from a year ago, according to data from Adobe Analytics. And Cyber Monday deals could set new online shopping records today.

Meanwhile, traffic to physical stores tanked about 52 percent, according to retail tracker Sensormatic Solutions. The slowdown reflected stores’ efforts to limit crowds through shorter hours and less doorbuster deals. 



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The shift highlights how the pandemic is accelerating a massive evolution in shopping. 

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Amazon and other big-box retailers such as Walmart and Target that have expanded their online operations in recent years are benefiting. It’s another sign of how the pandemic is further empowering tech giants and it’s unclear whether traditional retailers will ever be able to make up

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The Technology 202: Amazon won Black Friday. Here’s how it plans to dominate the holiday rush

The shift highlights how the pandemic is accelerating a massive evolution in shopping. 

Amazon and other big-box retailers such as Walmart and Target that have expanded their online operations in recent years are benefiting. It’s another sign of how the pandemic is further empowering tech giants and it’s unclear whether traditional retailers will ever be able to make up the ground they are losing. 

Amazon’s swift growth during the pandemic is likely to attract greater scrutiny from Washington lawmakers and regulators, who have increasingly been scrutinizing the behemoth for anti-competitive behavior. (Amazon head Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

The company’s key advantage is an in-house shipping network that’s starting to rival FedEx and the United Parcel Service. 

The company has used the crisis to expand its logistics operations, seizing on plummeting prices on everything from commercial real estate to cargo jets, my colleague Jay Greene reports. The e-commerce

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Here’s how to fight back against anti-maskers, climate deniers and anti-vaxxers, according to scientists

Here's how to fight back against anti-maskers, climate deniers and anti-vaxxers, according to scientists
Teaching researchers and scientists communication skills — including social media proficiency — will help inform the public about new discoveries and research. Credit: Shutterstock

“If we cannot talk about sex, then we cannot talk about good sex,” proclaimed gynecologist Jennifer Gunter on a trailer for Jensplaining, her show on female reproductive health. Gunter is an example of a scientist using non-traditional platforms to communicate research.


The shift to online science communication from conventional news platforms has been going on for a while. There is a need for credible and accurate science reporting because the miscommunication of science in the media is causing lasting damage to the public’s understanding of science.

Misinformation has consequences, as seen during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ignoring public health advice to wear masks and physically distance has cost thousands of lives and livelihoods in countries such as the United States, Brazil and Russia. Yet, resources

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Here’s How Technology Saved Formula One Racing Driver Romain Grosjean’s Life 4 Times Inside 28 Seconds

Formula One has seen some incredible tragedies over the years, with the most famous of recent years, the awful death of Ayrton Senna, having a deep impact on the sport’s safety standards. This legacy saved the life of Romain Grosjean today multiple times today in the most phenomenal, terrifying and, to be frank, miraculous accident that I have ever seen unfold at an F1 race track.

On the first lap of the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, mid field runner Romain Grosjean steered sharply across the track at almost 150 miles per hour to avoid cars decelerating in front of him and clipped the

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Here’s what you need to know

Google’s antitrust woes continue to mount. 



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The US Department of Justice has filed a landmark lawsuit against Google, alleging the sprawling tech giant illegally holds monopolies in search and search advertising. The US House of Representatives has hammered Google and other tech giants, releasing a scathing 449-page report on their allegedly anticompetitive practices. A coalition of several states, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is conducting its own probe into Google.



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But the states’ investigation could face delays because of separate issues at Paxton’s office, according to a report published Saturday by The Wall Street Journal. The Texas attorney general has been accused by eight of his now-former employees of using his office to illegally interfere with an FBI investigation into a campaign donor, the report said. 

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