The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

Regardless of why you pick up an instrument—or what instrument you pick—my two decades holding drum sticks has taught me one thing: Learning to play music will do you good.Otherwise, here's a list of our favorite affordable instruments to get started with music.

The True Return of LGBTQ+ Pride

The True Return of LGBTQ+ Pride

The event is typically held every couple years in a different city around the globe, and in 2019 the location was selected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the uprising lead by black and brown queer folks to combat police harassment in the LGBTQ+ community.

Should I Send My Kid Back to Day Care?

Should I Send My Kid Back to Day Care?

In many ways, MIS-C is similar to other known conditions like Kawasaki’s and toxic shock, as Hayes Bakken, a pediatrician and the lead on outpatient pediatric Covid-19 response at Oregon Health and Sciences University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, pointed out to me.

FAO - News Article: Thirty countries will benefit as Global Environment Facility funds FAO-led projects

FAO - News Article: Thirty countries will benefit as Global Environment Facility funds FAO-led projects

Nations from Brazil to Yemen will see a boost to their efforts to protect biodiversity; reverse land degradation; adapt to climate change; safeguard international waters; and promote sustainable food systems.

Tom Cruise Is Making a Movie in Space With SpaceX and NASA

Tom Cruise Is Making a Movie in Space With SpaceX and NASA

This time around we have news about a Labyrinth sequel (nearly 35 years later, but we’ll take it), a new pandemic-ready movie that was shot on an iPhone, and Tom Cruise's plans to film in space.

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

The company said today it’s releasing what it calls the “most comprehensive medical equipment service database in the world.” The collection of thousands of files is supposed to help biomedical engineering technicians—the techs who update or fix medical equipment on site at health care facilities—repair everything from imaging equipment to EKG monitors to ventilators.

The Race to Get Convalescent Plasma to Covid-19 Patients

The Race to Get Convalescent Plasma to Covid-19 Patients

Like thousands of blood centers across the country, Bloodworks needed to collect something new: plasma from Covid-19 survivors .How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Surfaces?At Bloodworks Northwest, Haley says it was an easy decision to start collecting convalescent plasma.

Lady Gaga’s Together at Home Raised $128 Million for Covid-19 Relief

Lady Gaga’s Together at Home Raised $128 Million for Covid-19 Relief

This time around we have a few more updates on how the coronavirus is impacting the culture landscape, from Netflix to Comic-Con International.

How Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Bluetooth Contact-Tracing

How Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Bluetooth Contact-Tracing

On Friday, the two companies announced a rare joint project to create the groundwork for Bluetooth-based contact-tracing apps that can work across both iOS and Android phones.

FAO - News Article: FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring

FAO - News Article: FAO leads the way to clearer peatland mapping and monitoring

"Mapping peatlands to know their location, extent and greenhouse gas emissions potential, can help countries to plan and better manage their land, water and biodiversity, mitigating climate change and adapting to it more effectively," says Maria Nuutinen, FAO's lead peatlands expert with the Forestry Department and co-author of the publication.

Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic's Effects From Above

Satellite Data Reveals the Pandemic's Effects From Above

In Peru, that kind of work, maps combined with demographic data, will help the government get cash—around $107 (US)—to those quarantined near Cusco.“Buildings and roads aren't visible on the map yet, but you can see them really clearly in satellite imagery,” says Firth.

The Nonprofits and Companies Helping to Fight the Pandemic

The Nonprofits and Companies Helping to Fight the Pandemic

Feeding America has a Covid-19 Response Fund that is helping to ensure food banks across the country can feed those in need right now, including the children who rely on school meals to eat.

A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

Sick patients need their vitals recorded and their symptoms monitored, and staff needs to get updates if someone’s condition starts to worsen (from fever and cough to shortness of breath as blood oxygen levels fall).

14 Apps and Tools to Stave Off Cabin Fever

14 Apps and Tools to Stave Off Cabin Fever

$13 a month (7-day free trial), Android and iOS.It's packed with curated music and spoken word tracks to help you take life a little more easily, as well as guided meditations of various durations so you can pick them out based on how much time you can spare.

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves a $119 million climate resilient project for Cuba

FAO - News Article: Green Climate Fund approves a $119 million climate resilient project for Cuba

12 March 2020, Havana/Rome - The Board of the Green Climate Fund today approved a $119 million disbursement for a FAO co-designed project to boost the resilience to climate change of vulnerable rural communities in Cuba.

WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

WhatsApp Is at the Center of Coronavirus Response

For the 2 billion of those people who also use the encrypted communication service WhatsApp, now more than ever is a time for calling, messaging, and seeking trustworthy information.Cathcart says WhatsApp's priority, even more so during the pandemic, is to elevate accurate information and support fact-checking organizations around the world.

FDA Approves the First Commercial Coronavirus Tests in the US

FDA Approves the First Commercial Coronavirus Tests in the US

"The authorization of our diagnostic test for Covid-19 will help to protect patients and enable medical staff to respond swiftly to treat those who are ill and prevent the spread of infection," Thermo Fisher CEO Marc Casper said in a statement.

Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism

Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism

They hope that this new kind of organism—contracting cells and passive cells stuck together—and its eerily advanced behavior can help scientists unlock the mysteries of cellular communication.

‘Randomizers’ Are Breathing New Life Into Old Games

‘Randomizers’ Are Breathing New Life Into Old Games

At their most basic level, randomizer mods shuffle the data in a game's ROM so that each run becomes a new and unpredictable experience.

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Turkeys

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Turkeys

Photo © Jim / Flickr We all know that chickens, turkeys, cows, sheep, and the like are all domesticated animals, descended from wild relatives yet altered significantly by deliberate human intervention.

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

The company launched an initiative over the summer called “compassionate search ,” which aimed to help Pinterest users combat stress and anxiety by channeling negative emotions into exercises like guided breathing or journaling.

The Bizarre Aye-Aye Isn’t Giving Us the Finger After All

The Bizarre Aye-Aye Isn’t Giving Us the Finger After All

It would seem, then, that the aye-aye (so named because of its cries) wanders the forests of Madagascar giving the world the highly elongated finger .But now, a discovery that really ruins that gag: While exploring the anatomy of the aye-aye’s forearm and hand, a group of researchers discovered the critter has tiny pseudothumbs that likely help it grip branches.

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Researchers will be stationed at boat ramps in the region at various times for the next five months where they will approach recreational fishers and ask them to participate in a research survey about their catch and effort when targeting rock lobsters.

So You Want to Quit Vaping? No One Actually Knows How

So You Want to Quit Vaping? No One Actually Knows How

Some kids who started vaping had no idea e-cigarettes even contained nicotine, says Yvonne Prutzman, also a program director at the National Cancer Institute.“With vaping everything flips on its head,” says Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

A US Election Phishing Attack, Quitting Vaping, and More News

A US Election Phishing Attack, Quitting Vaping, and More News

Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted a US presidential candidate, quitting vaping might be harder than you think, and there's a great deal going on the latest GoPro camera.

The Wild, Unregulated World of Sports Supplements

The Wild, Unregulated World of Sports Supplements

In some cases, there are still some very scary side effects .Dietary supplements are a more than $45 billion industry, and they got that way by promising outsize results in nearly every aspect of your physical well-being, from bigger muscles to better heart health.

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

Feeling Stressed Out? Pinterest Wants to Help

“For a number of years, we’ve worked with emotional health experts to address pinners in distress,” says Ta. If someone searches for terms related to suicide, the platform nudges them toward the appropriate resources, like the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News

A Deadly Tick Virus, Extreme Seasonal Weirdness, and More News

A deadly tick can make you allergic to bacon and carries a mystery virus, cities are turning to Waze for help with car accidents, and you might be paying too much for your PlayStation 4.

This Colorful Keyboard Wants to Teach You How to Play Music

This Colorful Keyboard Wants to Teach You How to Play Music

The Roli Lumi (you know, because “illumination”) is a multicolored, light-up keyboard aimed at musical novices eager to learn to play the piano. Eventually, the goal is to get to playing songs without the guiding lights at all.“We wanted to build a seamless on-ramp to music making,” Lamb says.

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

Remembering Gabriele Grunewald, Who Ran For Herself and Others

Gabriele Grunewald, seen here at the 2017 USA Track & Field Championships, reached an elite level of racing even as she managed treatments for cancer. I too had a struggle that was like, and also deeply unlike, hers: a cancer diagnosis that came after running a fast marathon time, a struggle, a scar.