YouTube, like its parent company Google and others, has been chided for its platform being used to spread misinformation. In addition to tackling hate speech and inappropriate content of all kinds, the company is now also trying to fight fake news across its platform. In an official blog post, YouTube outlined a few new features coming to its website and app that it hopes will give users more context about big and breaking new stories.
The feature that users will be able to see today comes in the form of info cards atop YouTube search results. These cards will display information from third parties, including Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica, about certain historical and scientific topics that have been subject to misinformation and conspiracy theories—think events like the Moon landing or the Oklahoma City bombing.
It's likely that most conspiracy theory videos like these don't violate YouTube's community guidelines or terms of service, so the company cannot take them down. YouTube's hope is that providing more information about such topics will prevent users from getting wrapped up in videos that deliberately present false information.
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Did you miss last year's Sonic Mania? That's easy to fix. You can rush to any major online gaming platform (Steam, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch), spend $20, and have fun with the best Sonic the Hedgehog game in years. The game is still fun; the price is still right.
Sonic Mania Plus arrives next week with a slightly fuzzier sales proposition: pay $30 for a boxed copy, or $5 for add-on DLC, to "Plus" things up. Unfortunately, Sega has been unclear about exactly what the game's Plus-ification delivers, so I took the opportunity to dig into the retail version of SMP ahead of its July 17 launch and fill in the cracks of its vague box description.
In short: anybody who really likes Sonic Mania can expect a perfectly fine expansion pack's worth of updates, and its low update price makes its biggest foibles more forgivable.
It's available on Amazon for Prime customers; we have one here to review.
The most recent slippage of the James Webb Space Telescope, which now will launch no earlier than March, 2021, has raised some questions about how it will get into space. This is because NASA's chosen rocket for the mission, the proven Ariane 5 launcher, is likely to fly for only a few more years before it is phased out in favor of a newer, less expensive booster.
Back in 2015, when NASA formally reached an agreement with Arianespace to launch on the Ariane 5 rocket, the projected launch date was 2018. NASA partnered with the European Space Agency and its affiliated rocket company for the launch to keep costs down. Essentially, Europe provided a rocket in exchange for some of the observing time. The telescope's massive heat shield was then designed to fold 12 times to fit within the Ariane 5's payload fairing.
Last year, when the telescope's launch date was delayed into 2019, this was still no problem. But the telescope's launch has since been delayed twice more: first into 2020 and then into 2021. The Ariane 5 can still launch during these years. Further delays, however, may prove problematic.
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On Tuesday, divers in Thailand completed the rescue of all 12 boys and their coach trapped in a flooded cave. And they did it without the aid of a tiny "submarine" that Boring Company founder Elon Musk developed for possible use in the rescue mission.
Musk had a team of SpaceX engineers working feverishly over the weekend to construct the device. Thai officials began the rescue operation before Musk's team had completed his work. But Musk decided to complete the device anyway and personally flew to Thailand to deliver it to the rescue site.
According to The Guardian, when Musk arrived with his device, Thai officials made it clear that it wasn't needed. "Although his technology is good and sophisticated, it’s not practical for this mission," said Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command center coordinating the rescue effort. At that point, Thai officials had already finished rescuing at least eight of the 12 boys and were already planning the third and final rescue mission.
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That would be all of the security checks, then
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