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What motivates the motivated reasoning of pro-Trump conspiracists?

Enlarge / January 7, 2021 – St. Paul, Minn. — Trump supporters gather at the Minnesota Governor’s Residence after a “Storm The Capitol” event at the Minnesota State Capitol. (credit: Chad Davis / Flickr) Motivated reasoning is the idea that our mental processes often cause us to filter the evidence we accept based on whether …

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Hackers alter stolen regulatory data to sow mistrust in COVID-19 vaccine

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images) Last month, the makers of one of the most promising coronavirus vaccines reported that hackers stole confidential documents they had submitted to a European Union regulatory body. On Friday, word emerged that the hackers have falsified some of the submissions’ contents and published them on the Internet. Studies of the BNT162b2 …

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With Trump’s vaccine rollout in chaos, Biden unveils five-point plan

Enlarge / US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Wilmington, Delaware on January 15, 2021. (credit: Getty | Angela Weiss) President-elect Joe Biden on Friday unveiled a five-point plan to try to rescue the country’s beleaguered COVID-19 vaccination campaign and achieve his stated goal of reaching 100 million …

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Wandavision premieres in ways that would never work on ABC—and that’s great

Wandavision, as occasionally interrupted by color in its first two episodes on Disney+ as of today.”> Enlarge / The black-and-white world of Wandavision, as occasionally interrupted by color in its first two episodes on Disney+ as of today. (credit: Disney) The modern era of Marvel Comics television has been a jumpy one, with ABC and …

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Report: Xbox’s “instant on” feature could consume 4 billion kWh by 2025

Enlarge / A lot of neon green power potentially (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) The “instant on” feature that’s activated by default on new Xbox Series S/X consoles could suck up a total of 4 billion kWh—the equivalent of a year’s operation for a large power plant—from US owners alone through 2025. That’s according …

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FDA blindsided as Trump Admin cripples agency on its way out

Enlarge / Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) The US Food and Drug Administration is under siege from the Trump Administration, which is forcing through a steady stream of changes in its final days that threaten the remaining independence of the regulatory agency. Perhaps the most dramatic …

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As it turns out, the Biden administration will listen to scientists

Enlarge / Co-Founder & CEO of 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki President & Founding Director Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Professor, Eric Lander, speak onstage during the TIME 100 Health Summit in 2019. (credit: Brian Ach/Getty Images) During the height of the presidential election last October, President Trump warned voters that if Joe Biden was elected …

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Facebook will pay more than $300 each to 1.6M Illinois users in settlement

Enlarge / You see Facebook, Facebook sees you… (credit: Chris Jackson | Getty Images) Millions of Facebook users in Illinois will be receiving about $340 each as Facebook settles a case alleging it broke state law when it collected facial recognition data on users without their consent. The judge hearing the case in federal court …

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FCC fines white-supremacist robocaller $10 million for faking caller ID

Enlarge / Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum addresses an audience on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Gillum’s campaign was targeted by racist robocalls in 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Saul Martinez ) A neo-Nazi, white-supremacist robocaller who spread “xenophobic fearmongering” and “racist attacks on political candidates” has been ordered to pay a …

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