Slashdot 2020-08-14 05:00:00

An anonymous reader shares a report: The followers poured in. Then the likes. Then tens of thousands of people watched my TikTok video. The clip itself was of a few Motherboard staffers winning a match in the hugely popular game Call of Duty: Warzone; TikTok is full of streamers and players uploading their wins or soul-crushing loses. The video itself isn't good -- there's no slick editing, no captivating TikTok personality talking to camera, and … [Read more...]

Theaters are closed, so these are the movies everyone is bingeing right now instead

Our list of the most-watched movies this week has the Christopher Nolan epic Inception at the top of the list. The movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is now 10 years old as of July, a milestone that comes as audiences around the world are awaiting the release of Nolan's next big feature film, Tenet. The coronavirus pandemic has kept theaters closed for months, with new movies either having been delayed or shifted their release strategy to … [Read more...]

You won’t believe what humans, birds, and reptiles have in common

Researchers studying the makeup of tears from various species have discovered that humans, reptiles, and birds have similar tears.  The research could lead to new treatments for veterinary use. The levels of certain electrolytes in tears are very similar across our various species. Humans are unique creatures in many ways. We have highly advanced cognitive abilities and our brains have allowed us to perform stunning feats (and plenty of … [Read more...]

Mouthwash might be able to kill coronavirus in your mouth, but it won’t cure you

Mouthwash can stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, new research suggests, but it can’t save you from becoming infected. Lab tests involving mouthwash that contains active ingredients that can interact with the chemical structure of the virus showed that the virus could be killed. Reducing the viral load in the mouth could also reduce transmission. Still, the person will continue to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which will keep … [Read more...]

YouTube Bans Videos Containing Hacked Information That Could Interfere With the Election

As Democrats and Republicans prepare to hold their national conventions starting next week, YouTube on Thursday announced updates to its policies on deceptive videos and other content designed to interfere with the election. From a report: The world's largest video platform, with more than 2 billion users a month, will ban videos containing information that was obtained through hacking and could meddle with elections or censuses. That would … [Read more...]

Can NASA’s asteroid probe grab a sample without being destroyed?

NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe just nailed its second trial run for a sample collection attempt in October. The goal is to obtain samples from the surface of the asteroid Bennu and then return them to Earth. The spacecraft has been in orbit around Bennu for many months and has sent back some great photos already. NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe has been cruising around the space rock known as Bennu for many months now. The spacecraft has … [Read more...]