What the Hell Is China Doing on the Dark Side of the Moon?

by David Axe | The Daily Beast


One year ago last month, a Chinese robot touched down on the dark side of the moon. 

It was the first probe to land on the side of the moon that permanently faces away from Earth as both bodies circle around the sun.… Continues

North Korea’s Secret Coronavirus Crisis is Crazy Scary

by Donald Kirk | The Daily Beast

KIM WON-JIN/AFP via Getty Images

SEOUL–North Korea’s not saying a word about deaths or illnesses from the coronavirus, but the disease reportedly has spread across the border from China and is taking a toll in a country with a dismal health care system and scant resources for fighting off the deadly bug.… Continues

Dodge Durango Hellcat teased in ‘Fast and Furious’ spot is real, headed to New York

by Byron Hurd | Autoblog

“Hellcat all the things” has become a bit of a meme, and it appears Dodge is either in on the joke, non-ironically committed to the concept, or maybe a little bit of both. What makes us say that?… Continues

Coronavirus Casualties Hit Grim Milestone Even as China Fudges Numbers

by Brendon Hong | The Daily Beast

HONG KONG—As of noon on Tuesday, the official coronavirus death toll passed a milestone, topping 1,000 after 97 people died on Sunday and 108 on Monday—the highest daily counts so far. Globally, more than 42,700 have been infected, though virologists around the world and doctors in Wuhan, where the outbreak originated, believe those numbers are in fact much higher.… Continues

Chinese diplomat pushes back against coronavirus ‘rumors’ from GOP senator

By David Beavers | Politico

Chinese Ambassador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai on Sunday pushed back on what he called “suspicion” and “rumors” about the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus.

In an interview with CBS’ Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation,“ Cui acknowledged that “a lot is still unknown, and our scientists, Chinese scientist, American scientists, scientists of other countries are doing their best to learn more about the virus.”… Continues

Charles Dickens: newly discovered documents reveal truth about his death and burial

by Leon Litvack, Associate Professor, Queen’s University Belfast | The Conversation

Dickens After Death, John Everett Millais, June 10 1870 Charles Dickens Museum

When Charles Dickens died, he had spectacular fame, great wealth and an adoring public. But his personal life was complicated.… Continues

2001: A Space Odyssey Hal 9000 Talking Replica with Lights by Hallmark


2001: A Space Odyssey Hal 9000 Talking Replica with Lights by Hallmark:


The latest result in machine intelligence, the HAL 9000—thought to be the most reliable computer ever made and incapable of error—served as the brain and central nervous system for the Discovery One ship’s ill-fated mission to Jupiter.… Continues