Sport

England’s grim Barbarians loss and Dad’s Army platoon raise big questions

This was meant to be the week when English rugby union shifted the narrative. For all involved – players, coaches, even the media – the upcoming tour of Australia has been shimmering on the horizon like an oasis in the outback, offering a chance to look forward rather than endlessly back. It was also a […]

Lifestyle

Pregnancy is no picnic when it comes to listeria

Food safety is important for everybody, but it is especially important if you’re expecting. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can change a pregnant person’s immune system, making her more susceptible to contracting foodborne illness. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious diseases expert, discusses the risks associated with listeria and […]

Business

Naomi Osaka and LeBron James launch new media company

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka is launching a new media company in partnership with four-times NBA champion LeBron James aimed at telling stories that cross cultural barriers, the former world number one announced on Tuesday. Hana Kuma, which translates to “flower bear,” will produce stories that are “culturally specific but universal to all audiences” and […]

Technology

Microsoft to retire controversial facial recognition tool that claims to identify emotion

Microsoft is phasing out public access to a number of AI-powered facial analysis tools — including one that claims to identify a subject’s emotion from videos and pictures. Such “emotion recognition” tools have been criticized by experts. They say not only do facial expressions that are thought to be universal differ across different populations but […]

News

Flight attendant, pilot get engaged in mid-flight proposal

Passengers aboard an Alaska Airlines flight were treated to a romantic spectacle when a flight attendant proposed to her girlfriend, a pilot, in mid-flight. The airline said flight attendant Veronica Rojas got permission from officials to stage a proposal to her girlfriend, Alejandra Moncayo, during a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Rojas convinced […]

Sport

Every NBA team should have a Designated Heel like Draymond Green

I have a confession to make as a Boston sports fan: I love Draymond Green. This is controversial given that Green’s main role in the Golden State Warriors’ win over the Boston Celtics in this year’s NBA finals was to do everything in his power to get under the team’s skin. The truth is that […]

Lifestyle

Ask the pediatrician: How can parents of children with autism prepare for telehealth appointments?

Q: How can I help my daughter, who has autism, prepare for a telehealth appointment? A: Telehealth visits can be a helpful part of your child’s ongoing medical care. Because regular visits and therapy may require time away from work and school, using a video or phone call can be a beneficial, convenient and fun […]

Business

Oil ticks higher on strong demand, tight supply

Oil prices edged up on Tuesday on high summer fuel demand while supplies remained tight because of sanctions on Russian oil after its invasion of Ukraine. Brent crude futures settled 52 cents, or 0.5%, higher at $114.65 a barrel. The U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude contract for July expired on Tuesday, closing at $110.65, […]

Technology

Microsoft, Meta, and others are founding a metaverse open standards group

Microsoft, Epic Games, Meta, and 33 other companies and organizations have formed a standards group for “metaverse” tech. The Metaverse Standards Forum is supposed to foster open, interoperable standards for augmented and virtual reality, geospatial, and 3D tech. According to a press release, the Metaverse Standards Forum will focus on “pragmatic, action-based projects” like hackathons […]

News

Aggressive goose acts as guardian for mother duck and her eggs

Residents of a Utah neighborhood said they spent more than a month dodging attacks from an aggressive goose acting as a bodyguard for a mother duck and her eggs. The goose, nicknamed “Gangsta the Goose” by locals, was seen aggressively chasing after anyone the bird perceived to be getting too close to the nest in […]