This Orchestra Performs ‘Symphonies’ Using Typewriter Sounds—Listen to Their Catchy New Song

Some orchestras have string sections; others have brass—but this particular orchestra is famous for only using typewriters. For the last 16 years, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra has been delighting audiences across New England by performing original songs and covers composed exclusively for the mechanical clicks, kerchunks, and dings of typewriters. Although a few of the […]

Scott Boras is talking about rectal thermometers, pancakes, and chickens

Baseball may be driving itself over a cliff, but at least its most famous agent hasn’t changed. Yep, Scott Boras is still out there in Newport Beach, calling up reporters and saying odd things. Things intended to be funny and profound but which, at times anyway, land like jokes told by a robot that was […]

A sugar hit to help destroy cancer cells

Like any cells in the body, cancer cells need sugar—namely glucose—to fuel cell proliferation and growth. Cancer cells in particular metabolize glucose at a much higher rate than normal cells. However researchers from USC Viterbi’s Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science have unlocked a weakness in a common type of cancer cell: […]

Lufthansa shareholder Thiele raps bailout deal, raises stake

German investor Heinz Hermann Thiele sharply criticised a 9-billion-euro ($10.14 billion) bailout deal for carrier Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), saying he had raised his stake in the group to more than 15% and hoped alternative options could be explored. In an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Thiele, Lufthansa’s top shareholder, said he was not […]

YouTube says gaming ad views to fundraise for Black Lives Matter violates policies

YouTube has warned against videos that try to game its Adsense system by encouraging viewers to repeatedly watch the video or click its ads to drive up revenue. The behavior has emerged as YouTubers have attempted to find creative new ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement, with some promising to donate the ad […]

Startup in Uganda Recycles Plastic Bottles into PPE Face Shields For Hospitals

Killing two birds with one stone, two Ugandan entrepreneurs working to up-cycle plastic waste into building materials have altered their production to tackle the shortages of personal protective medical equipment (PPE) in hospitals dealing with the country’s COVID-19 patients. After the government ordered all non-essential businesses closed, Peter Okwoko and his colleague Paige Balcom, co-founders […]

Bengals to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

The Bengals are on board. According to Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals will make Friday a paid holiday to honor Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States, with the date tied to Union soldiers bringing the word to Texas after the end of the Civil War. The […]

Multispecialty centers for pediatric dysphagia deliver better outcomes, reduced costs

Children who choke when they drink or eat may have what’s known as dysphagia, or a swallowing disorder—one of the most common medical complaints seen in young children. This condition can be due to various causes that require care from clinicians with expertise in areas including otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, gastroenterology, pulmonology, pediatric surgery, and […]

Green shoots welcome but recovery still a long road, Fed’s Powell says

A full U.S. economic recovery will not occur until the American people are sure that the novel coronavirus epidemic has been brought under control, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said on Tuesday, as he began the first of two days of hearings before U.S. lawmakers. While recent signs of improvement including a surprise gain in […]

Zoom plans new blocking features to comply with requests from Chinese government

Zoom says it’s working on new features that will allow it to block users based on their geographical location after admitting it recently suspended three user accounts based in Hong Kong and the US at the request of the Chinese government. The company was widely criticized for suspending the accounts, which were hosting meetings to […]