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  • 4 days ago
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    Level 22

    TheSpirit is now level 22 with 675,190 XP.

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  • 4 days ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Researchers find way to build potassium-oxygen batteries that last longer

    Researchers have built a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery, a step toward a potential solution for energy storage on the nation's power grid and longer-lasting batteries in cell phones and laptops. In a study published Friday in the journal Batteries and Supercaps, researchers from The Ohio State University detailed their findings centering around the construction of the battery's cathode, which stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or...

  • 7 days ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    The “third revolution in warfare” is weapons that can decide to kill on their own

    If there’s one thing we’ve learned in recent years, it’s that humans aren’t great at predicting the consequences of technology. After all, social media platforms, which began as a way for friends to connect online, are today being used to radicalize terrorists and potentially swing presidential elections. Imagine, then, the chaos that could ensue with new technologies that don’t even pretend to be friendly.

  • 8 days ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Singapore makes it illegal to send unwanted nudes

    Singapore has become one of the first countries to outlaw the sending of unsolicited lewd photos, or “cyber flashing,” as governments and companies around the world seek to curb new forms of harassment enabled by technology. The city state passed a bill on Monday that makes unwanted sexual exposure through images a crime punishable by up to a year in prison and a fine.

  • 11 days ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Oxygen linked with the boom and bust of early animal evolution

    Extreme fluctuations in atmospheric oxygen levels corresponded with evolutionary surges and extinctions in animal biodiversity during the Cambrian explosion, finds new study led by UCL and the University of Leeds. The Cambrian explosion was a crucial period of rapid evolution in complex animals that began roughly 540 million years ago. The trigger for this fundamental phase in the early history of animal life is a subject of ongoing biological debate.

  • 11 days ago
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    ‘Game of Thrones’ Director David Nutter on This Week’s ‘Epic Emotional Episode’ (SPOILERS)

    While “Game of Thrones” wrapped up the storyline of the Night King and the White Walkers in last week’s “The Battle of Winterfell,” this week’s episode threw fans back into the battle for the Iron Thrones at remarkable speed. David Nutter, who directed not only “The Last of the Starks” but also episodes one and two of this season, said in an interview with Variety that the little moments during the post-battle celebration scene set up the tension that would fill the rest of the episode.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Anti-vaxxers have 'blood on their hands', says health secretary

    People who spread myths about the harms of vaccines have “blood on their hands” the health secretary has said as he refused to rule out compulsory immunisations. While Matt Hancock downplayed suggestions that it would be made illegal not to vaccinate children, he said it could be considered if stalling immunisation rates are not addressed.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Nasa has started preparing for the arrival of the 'God of Chaos'

    Nasa is already preparing for the arrival of a huge asteroid named the “God of Chaos” that will skirt past Earth in 10 years. On 13 April, 2029, people looking towards the sky will see a speck of light streaking across it, which will quickly get brighter and faster. It will be travelling so fast that it will cross the width of the Moon in a minute and be as bright as stars in the sky.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Why The Hell Is Huawei Developing an 8K TV With 5G Connectivity?

    Huawei wants to release the first 8K resolution television with 5G connectivity, and all I can think is this: why the hell are they doing it? People already have plenty of connectivity options at home — like cable or fiber — and every device can connect through Wi-Fi. Not only that but, unless you have a magic 5G unlimited data plan, that 8K stream of Avengers: Endgame is going to eat up all your available bandwidth an hour before [SPOILER].

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    The Green New Deal Costs Less Than Doing Nothing

    Ninety-three trillion dollars is a lot of money. It’s more than the entire globe’s gross domestic product. It is also, if you ask many Republicans, how much the Green New Deal would cost over the course of a decade. Senators Ted Cruz, Mitch McConnell, and Thom Tillis have cited that number of late, as have their colleagues in the House, like rising star Dan Crenshaw. The GOP’s Twitter account can’t shut up about it, either.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Atheist group complains 'God bless America' is said at elementary school after daily pledge. District quickly falls in line.

    'Young elementary school children don't need to be coerced into affirming God's name every morning'. National atheist advocacy group the Freedom From Religion Foundation said it got quick results after complaining that the phrase "God bless America" was stated over a loudspeaker after the daily Pledge of Allegiance at a Pennsylvania elementary school.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis TheSpirit

    What predicts college students’ drinking habits? How much they think others are drinking.

    A new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University examined students’ genetic risk of alcohol use, roommates’ drinking habits and the perception of peer drinking.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Expression TheSpirit

    5 reasons why the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will be DOA

    Google is preparing to enter the "affordable" market with the launch of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, which is hinted to be happening at Google I/O on May 7. With the rise of devices aimed at the mid-range, Google is attempting to replicate the success of Android smartphones like the OnePlus 6T, with a slimmed down version of the Pixel 3 launched last year. However, with the current state of the Android market as well as what we know about the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, here's why ...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    ‘When the Glaciers Disappear, Those Species Will Go Extinct’

    America’s glaciers are losing ice as the world warms. That’s disrupting habitats for fish, insects and even bacteria.

  • 1 month ago
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    Italy's top court rules physical appearance 'irrelevant' in rape cases

    The physical appearance of an alleged rape victim is “wholly irrelevant" and is a "non-decisive" element in assessing her case, Italian judges at Rome's supreme Court of Cassation stated on Tuesday after overturning the acquittals of two men accused of rape. A lower court in Ancona had acquitted the pair in 2017 with a panel of three female judges saying the victim looked “too masculine” to be raped.

  • 1 month ago
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    Suspected rhino poacher killed by an elephant then eaten by lions in South Africa

    Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said. The incident happened after the man entered the park with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement released Friday.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    Enough is enough, it's time to ban horse races like the Grand National

    This weekend is the Grand National, the biggest event in the horse racing calendar – and if I had my way, it would also be the last. Racing people often claim that they love horses and treat them better than they would their own families – but according to racing regulatory body the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) own statistics, 4,905 horses have died because of racing since 1994. That means they have either died on the course, or have died or been put down later due to racing linke...

  • 1 month ago
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    Confessions of a Professional Fake Shopper

    John spread his arms like a tent revivalist and addressed the 50 of us standing in the subterranean concourse of Philadelphia’s Jefferson Station. John, the hiring manager for the temp agency, was a tall man with a big belly, a nice smile, and 10 drops of sweat perpetually shining on his pate. “Good afternoon,” John said. John had zeal. “We are today creating an atmosphere of fun, and crowds, and happy shoppers.” John explained that street construction had decimated walk-up traffic to ...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event TheSpirit

    He Doesn't Just Chase Hurricanes. He's Addicted to Them.

    Around 7 A.M. on September 20, 2017, the wind has become a roaring white wall. In his hotel room, Josh Morgerman presses his hand flat against the trembling glass of the patio door. He’s filming, and his left hand appears in the shot, heavy with the skull-shaped biker ring he bought on the Sunset Strip and the pinky ring he had made in the shape of his brand logo—a lowercase i over the meteorological symbol for a cyclone. The glass flutters under his palm.