Day: September 6, 2020

These gourmet hot dogs and hamburgers deserve center stage this Labor Day – CNET

And they’ll take you through tailgating season too. …read more Source:: CNet

Is Hot Asphalt Increasing Air Pollution?

“A new study suggests fresh asphalt is a significant, yet overlooked, source of air pollution,” reports Science. “In fact, the material’s contribution to one kind of particulate air pollution could rival or even exceed that of cars and trucks.” UPI reports: And its emissions double as its temperature increases from 104 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit,…

Director Ridley Scott confirms a new Alien film is in the works – CNET

But don’t expect a return to the world of Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. …read more Source:: CNet

Do Movie Ratings on ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ Really Affect a Movie’s Box Office?

Either Rotten Tomatoes was destroying the film industry, or it didn’t matter much at all, writes The Ringer, noting competing storylines about the influence of the film review-aggregating web site. But they’ve now performed a statistical deep dive to try to answer the question, and concluded that “The truth likely lies in the middle: Rotten…

Amazon bans foreign plant sales following delivery of mystery seed packages – CNET

All summer, people have been receiving unsolicited packages of seeds, mostly from China. Amazon’s move appears to be in response. …read more Source:: CNet

Restoring an Unusual Piece Of Computing History

Trawling classified ads or sites like Craigslist for interesting hardware is a pastime enjoyed by many a hacker. At a minimum, you can find good deals on used tools and equipment. But if you’re very lucky, you might just stumble upon something really special. Which is exactly how [John] came into possession of the TRANSBINIAC….

California Amends Freelancer Law, But Still Pursues Gig-Worker Companies and Food-Delivery Services

“California is exempting about two-dozen more professions from a landmark labor law designed to treat more people like employees instead of contractors, under a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Friday,” reports the San Diego Union-Tribune: The amendments, which take effect immediately, end what lawmakers said were unworkable limits on services provided by freelance…

639-Year Organ Performance Changes Chords for the First Time in Seven Years

“Fans have flocked to a church in Germany to hear a chord change in a musical composition that lasts for 639 years,” reports the BBC. “It is the first change in the piece, As Slow As Possible, in seven years.” The Guardian reports: The performance of the composition began in September 2001 at the St…

More Covid-19 Reinfections Found, But Researchers Urge Caution

That Covid-19 reinfection in Hong Kong was followed by similar reports in Belgium and the Netherlands. It was announced today that a 27-year-old woman in Karnataka, India also tested positive for the disease a second time (though the government is still seeking confirmation), and now researchers in Nevada are also reporting a “likely” case of…

Tenet review: Christopher Nolan’s new time-twister missing the wow factor – CNET

Spoiler-free: Nolan’s latest movie races to beat the clock and coronavirus, but it’s not his best. …read more Source:: CNet