• Tue. Oct 20th, 2020

A ‘dent’ in Earth’s magnetic field puzzles scientists

Scientists are keeping a close eye on a growing “dent” in Earth’s magnetic field over a swath of the Atlantic Ocean that stretches from South Africa westward into Brazil. In…

Trump Says He Supports Oracle Owning TikTok

WASHINGTON — President Trump said late on Tuesday that he would support Oracle’s buying TikTok, the Chinese-owned viral video app that his administration says must be sold in the next…

US Postal Service: Democrats to press with bill despite U-turn on cutbacks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The USPS is the most popular US government agency Democrats are to press on with a bill to fund the US Postal Service, despite the…

Trump’s Attacks on TikTok and WeChat Could Further Fracture the Internet

WASHINGTON — China and the United States once acted like opposites when it came to governing the internet. Beijing imposed a heavy state hand. It blocked major foreign websites, sheltered…

A Third of TikTok’s U.S. Users May Be 14 or Under, Raising Safety Questions

If Microsoft or another company buys TikTok before President Trump bans the Chinese-owned video app on national security grounds, it will acquire a giant community of devoted fans and a…

Cows with Eye Images Keep Predators in Arrears

Butterflies, fish and frogs sport rear-end eyespots that reduce predation. Painting eye markings on cows similarly seems to ward off predators.

Latif Nasser, Harvard Ph.D., on the Rewards of Being Dumb

Latif Nasser’s new Netflix series, “Connected,” was only two days old when he and his wife headed to the hospital to have a baby. Add a pandemic to the mix…

Shop with an MD: Digital thermometers

Related Coronavirus, fever and body temperature Ford says doctors are interested in a patient’s core body temperature when trying to determine if they have a fever or not. What is…

California fires: Bay Area hit by blazes forcing thousands to evacuate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Vacaville, halfway between Sacramento and San Francisco, has been worst hit so far Thousands of people have had to flee their homes in areas…

What’s the Deal With That Strawberry Dress on TikTok?

Last summer, a sacklike white dress mottled with black polka dots selling at Zara for $50 was all the rage on Instagram. But while the discomfiting qualities of 2019 may…