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Andy Serkis is reading The Hobbit in a 12-hour marathon for COVID-19 relief

Andy Serkis is reading The Hobbit in a 12-hour marathon for COVID-19 relief

Andy Serkis, perhaps best known for his CGI-enhanced performance as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies, is reading The Hobbit live on YouTube as a benefit for UK charities providing COVID-19 relief. He started his Hobbitathon at around 5AM ET today and already has raised £203,699 (about $253,000). “So many of us are…
Recommended Reading: Zoom’s security struggles – Engadget

Recommended Reading: Zoom’s security struggles – Engadget

A sex doll stole my identityJames Trew, PlayboyA 23-year-old woman tells the story of how her Instagram posts were used to create a sex doll based on her appearance. When a follower alerted her to a forum about the matter, it began an insane series of events. In an era where deepfakes are commonplace, it…

Show HN: We made a web app so that our parents can keep reading...

Welcome to read a story to me. We made this so our parents can keep reading to our daughter even though they are unable to visit us right now.So how does it work: In read a story to me you have “reading” rooms where you can invite one other person to join. In the room…

Can the teardrops that fall after reading bad science writing generate renewable electricity? Yes,...

1. The puzzle of power from raindrops The usually excellent Marginal Revolution blog features daily “Assorted Links” that point to interesting articles on an exceptionally wide variety of topics, most often related to economics or sociology. Monday’s included a truly awful article from “engadget.com” on “Rain as a source of renewable energy”. Of course, there…
Reading Ted Chiang’s ‘The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate’ – TechCrunch

Reading Ted Chiang’s ‘The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate’ – TechCrunch

What would we do if we could visit our own pasts or futures? Are we more likely to change our timelines, or will our timelines actually project themselves back on to us more forcefully? This is the first discussion post of this beta-testing, informal TechCrunch book club, which is starting with the first short story…
Reading Ted Chiang’s The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate

Reading Ted Chiang’s The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate

What would we do if we could visit our own pasts or futures? Are we more likely to change our timelines, or will our timelines actually project themselves back on to us more forcefully? This is the first discussion post of this beta-testing, informal TechCrunch book club, which is starting with the first short story…
A Note on Reading Big, Difficult Books…

A Note on Reading Big, Difficult Books…

Knowledge system and cognitive science guru Andy Matuschak writes a rant called Why Books Don’t Work https://andymatuschak.org/books/, about big, difficult books that take him six to nine hours each to read: Have you ever had a book… come up… [and] discover[ed] that you’d absorbed what amounts to a few sentences?… It happens to me regularly….…
Lexilight is a reading lamp designed to help people with dyslexia – Engadget

Lexilight is a reading lamp designed to help people with dyslexia – Engadget

The Lexilight is completely adjustable -- knobs on the back of the light change the pulsation, allowing users to find the rhythm that works for them.Lexilife is a new company out of France, and it's showing off the Lexilight at CES 2020. The lamp itself is available now in Europe and will come to the…
Reading Isaac Asimov at 100

Reading Isaac Asimov at 100

In his recently published book “Astounding,” the author Alec Nevala-Lee brings American science fiction’s Golden Age back into focus by following four key figures: John W. Campbell, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard — and Isaac Asimov, who officially turned 100 today (his exact birth date was unknown). Nevala-Lee’s warts-and-all portrait paints Asimov — known…
Recommended Reading: The science fiction of William Gibson

Recommended Reading: The science fiction of William Gibson

Billboard Woman of the Decade Taylor Swift: 'I do want my music to live on' Jason Lipshutz,Billboard Taylor Swift is in the middle of a heated battle with her former label over the rights to her masters. She's planning to re-record them in 2020, but that's just part of the saga. Her fight could change…

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High-Performance Si Nanoparticle Anode for All-Solid-State Li Batteries – SciTechDaily

Large volume expansion during charging, the obstacle to using Si anodes in conventional liquid electrolytes, helps a Si anode composed of nanoparticles in solid electrolytes has high-rate discharge capability approaching those of Si films. A new study led by NIMS researchers reveals that, in solid electrolytes, a Si anode composed only of commercial Si nanoparticles…

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