Posts filtered by tags: Coronavirus[x]


The kids aren’t alright

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola Pandemic Pals, I took a walk on the beach this morning before work. Everyone has a story about what they were going to do in 2020 if COVID-19 hadn’t shown up. Back in late January, when things started going sour, the year was young and full of potential.  We moved to a bungalow right on the beach at the end of Fe...
Tags: Startups, Science, Newsletter, Tech, Pacific Ocean, Coronavirus, COVID

Science Twitter Got Catfished by a Fake Professor Who 'Died From Covid'

A bizarre saga of events played out on social media over the weekend, embroiling much of the close-knit world of scientists, academics, and researchers on Twitter. It started with accusations that Arizona State University’s actions had exposed one of their faculty members, an Indigenous woman and anthropologist, to an…Read more...
Tags: Science, Hoaxes, Arizona State University, BethAnn McLaughlin, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sciencing_bi

Drastic Decline in ER Visits Suggests Many People Avoided Critical Medical Care in March and April

A new study out Monday seems to confirm anecdotal reports from health care workers: Emergency rooms across the U.S. saw a massive decline in visits in March and April, possibly because people feared contracting covid-19 if they sought medical care.Read more...
Tags: Science, Emergency, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Testing Czar Admits Covid-19 Tests Have 'Limited Utility' When Pandemic Is Out of Control

The person overseeing America’s national covid-19 testing strategy, Adm. Brett Giroir, admitted on Sunday that tests and contact tracing are of “limited utility” when an outbreak of disease is raging in a completely uncontrolled manner. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic is completely out of control in the vast…Read more...
Tags: Science, America, Tests, Brett Giroir, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Ancient Microbes, Virtual Comic-Con, and Mind-Boggling Sperm, Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Since the world is both metaphorically and, in some places, literally on fire these days, I’ve replaced doomscrolling through my feeds with something more wholesome to preserve my already perennially shaky mental state: farming sims. Nice try, depressing news, but I can’t hear you when I’m 100+ hours deep in Stardew…Read more...
Tags: Science, Police, Farming, Power Rangers, Sperm, Comic Con, Big Oil, Best of the week, Umbrella Academy, Best Of Gizmodo, Stardew, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Verticalfarming

Birx Says Coronavirus Outbreak Is 'Extraordinarily Widespread,' Recommends Some Wear Masks at Home

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, sent an alarming message about the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. on Sunday. Birx said that what the country is experiencing now is different than in March and April, which saw the rapid acceleration of virus transmission in the country. Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, White House, Face Masks, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Deborah Birx, Birx

Creepy Doll Annabelle Is Just as Restless in Quarantine as Everyone Else

The Conjuring breakout star/creepy, creepy doll Annabelle is facing her own sort of quarantine: unable to shoot more spooky movies, she’s forced to live on the New Line Cinema lot, more or less entirely alone. How has she been coping? According to this filmed short, about as well as everyone else. Which is to say:…Read more...
Tags: Science, Horror, Warner Bros, Annabelle, New Line Cinema, Quarantine, The Conjuring, Annabelle Comes Home, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

People Are Apparently Jerking Off With Their Phones During the Pandemic

People are doing things with their phones that I didn’t even know you could do with phones. I mean, I get it: In these crazy coronavirus times, people need to get creative to meet their sexual needs. I totally support having a healthy sex live and masturbation. But… with your phone? Read more...
Tags: Science, Sex, Phones, Masturbation, Vibrators, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Kodak Gave Its CEO Stock Options, Then News Broke of a Million-Dollar Federal Deal and Prices Soared

The Eastman Kodak Company gave its CEO 1.75 million stock options just one day before the company’s stock soared amid news that it would receive a $765 million federal loan to manufacture critical drug components, the New York Times reported Friday.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Kodak, New York Times, Stocks, Stock Market, Insider Trading, Eastman Kodak Company, Disaster Capitalism, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, News Broke

Hundreds of Kids in Georgia Tested Positive for Coronavirus After Summer Camp

A new case report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adds to the growing concern over how safe it will be to reopen schools during the current pandemic. It details an outbreak of covid-19 at an overnight summer camp in Georgia this past June, in which hundreds of children of all ages and teenage staff…Read more...
Tags: Science, Children, Georgia, Schools, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Coronavirus, Covid 19

House Dems Say Trump Admin Got Played for Chumps on $644 Million Ventilator Deal

The White House got duped into overpaying for ventilators by half a billion dollars in the first few months of the novel coronavirus pandemic, House Democrats alleged in an oversight subcommittee report released Friday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, White House, House, Donald Trump, Peter Navarro, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Ventilators, House Dems Say Trump Admin Got Played for Chumps

Bad Advice From Dictators: Gasoline Edition!

Has anyone else noticed a strong correlation between “countries where Covid-19 misinformation proliferates readily” and “countries with strong autocratic tendencies”? Maybe it’s just the fumes getting to me, but I’m pretty sure Rodrigo Duterte told the 106 million Filipinos he ostensibly governs to huff gasoline.Read more...
Tags: Science, Rodrigo Duterte, Things Not To Do, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH funding through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when c...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Biology, Funding, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, UCSF, GSK

Mammoth Biosciences’s CRISPR-based COVID-19 test receives NIH fundings through RADx program

CRISPR tech startup Mammoth Biosciences is among the companies that revealed backing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Accleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program on Friday. Mammoth received a contract to scale up its CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test in order to help address the testing shortages across the U.S. Mammoth’s CRISPR-based approach could potentially offer a significant solution to current testing bottlenecks, because it’s a very different kind of test when co...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Biology, Articles, Tech, United States, Fda, Biotech, Nih, Genetic Engineering, Crispr, Biotechnology, Startup Company, UCSF, GSK

Genomics startup Helix receives $33 million in NIH funding to scale COVID-19 testing

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is revealing the first beneficiaries of its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) program, and San Mateo-based Helix is on the receiving end of $33 million in federal funding as a result. Helix is a health tech startup founded in 2015 that focuses on insights derived from personal genomics, but the company has also developed a COVID-19 test that detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 using RT-PCR methods. The funding will be used to support Helix’s ...
Tags: Health, TC, Science, Medicine, Tech, United States, Genomics, Helix, Fda, Biotech, Nih, San Mateo, EUA, National Institute of Health, U S National Institutes of Health NIH, Coronavirus

The NAACP Wants ISPs to Keep Students of Color Connected Through the Entire Pandemic

Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) to the chief executives of 20 internet service providers in the United States urging them to keep providing internet to students of color, for free, until they are able to attend classes in-person.Read more...
Tags: Science, Education, United States, Digital Divide, Naacp, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Keep The Kids Connected, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund LDF

I Only See My Family Through FaceTime

Are you a frontline worker dealing with new stresses or irresponsible management? Is working (or not working) from home starting to take a psychological toll? How are you coping with reopening? Submit a story using this Google form or send me an email with the subject line “My Covid Story” and…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Labor, Facetime, Sick Days, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Reopening, Working During Covid

President Trump Ditches Mask as U.S. Death Toll Surpasses 150,000

President Donald Trump declined to wear a face mask at a photo-op for the oil industry in Midland, Texas on Wednesday, despite being in close proximity to several people in a state that’s crawling with the coronavirus. The decision to go maskless sent a decidedly anti-science message at a time when U.S. deaths from…Read more...
Tags: Science, Donald Trump, Midland Texas, President Trump, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Congressman Louie Gohmert Has Covid, Suspects He Contracted It From Mask He Wasn’t Wearing

U.S. representative and walking self-parody Louie Gohmert, one of the many mouth-breathing conservative dolts who have mostly refused to wear a mask during the novel coronavirus pandemic, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. He blames the mask.Read more...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Congress, Masks, Karma, Capitol Hill, Louie Gohmert, Face Masks, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

What a Superhero Show Looks Like During Covid-19

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier isn’t coming out next month. The CW’s DC shows won’t be back until next year. As the coronavirus pandemic continues onwards, studios have had to reckon with what shooting a superhero show in the age of social distancing even looks like. But we actually already have an example.Read more...
Tags: Science, Production, Superheroes, Cw, Power Rangers, Toei, Tokusatsu, Super Sentai, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2

He Knew

On May 21, 2019, this sly son of a bitch gazed into our bleak future, and now he reaps the bitter fruit of the trap he set. Read more...
Tags: Books, Science, Game Of Thrones, Conventions, Worldcon, George Rr Martin, A Song Of Ice And Fire, The Winds Of Winter, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Book Jail

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Breaking Artificial Intelligence and How to Fix It

As covid-19 disrupted the world in March, online retail giant Amazon struggled to respond to the sudden shift caused by the pandemic. Household items like bottled water and toilet paper, which never ran out of stock, suddenly became in short supply. One- and two-day deliveries were delayed for several days. Though…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Infrastructure, Systems, Ai, Coronavirus, Covid 19

Tucker Carlson Defends Doctor Who Says Demons Steal Semen From People While They Sleep

Fox News host Tucker Carlson lashed out at tech companies and reporters Tuesday night, insisting that a pro-Trump group called “America’s Frontlines Doctors” was being censored and improperly ridiculed for their beliefs. Carlson, of course, is full of shit.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Medicine, Youtube, Dna, America, Cnn, Aliens, Fox News, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Tucker Carlson, White Supremacy, Carlson

Health care workers may be less, not more, susceptible to COVID, study suggests

Health care workers may be less susceptible to COVID-19 infection than people in the communities they serve, according to surprising early data from an ongoing study at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Of some 3,000 workers tested in May and June, only 1% had antibodies to the novel coronavirus in their blood, despite the fact that the Newport Beach hospital has cared for hundreds of COVID-19 patients. That 1% is far lower than what has been found in wider communities. Some 4-6% of residents...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Research, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Marlins, Riverside, Newport Beach, LA County, Hoag, Orange County Health Care Agency, Top Stories OCR, Related Articles Dodgers, Los Angeles Santa Clara

Who Are 'America's Frontline Doctors', the Pro-Trump, Pro-Hydroxychloroquine Weirdos Banned From Social Media?

A group calling itself “America’s Frontline Doctors” held a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday, falsely declaring that there is a cure for covid-19—hydroxychloroquine—and it was was being suppressed by the world’s leading health experts. The group’s videos were seen by millions on Facebook, Twitter, and…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Republicans, Drugs, Washington, America, Doctors, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Breitbart News, Facebook Twitter, Tea Party Patriots, Astroturfing, Hydroxychloroquine, President Trump

Blame the neanderthals

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola Pandemic Pals, Sorry we’re late today. My toddler has a stomach bug and we’re out of toilet paper. I had to print out a bunch of copies of Breitbart’s home page to handle the mess. Why the unsolicited jab at Steve Bannon’s propaganda outlet? Because it published a video last night spreading purposely harmful COVI...
Tags: Startups, Science, America, Newsletter, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Breitbart, Steve Bannon, Neural, Coronavirus

CES 2021 Is Officially Cancelled, Will Be an All-Digital Experience

Listen closely, do you hear that? That’s the sound of hundreds of thousands of tech journalists, buyers, and exhibitors breathing a sigh of relief as today the Consumer Technology Association announced that its annual Consumer Electronics Show will be an all-digital experience for January 2021.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Tech, Ces, Consumer Electronics Show, Consumer Tech, Consumer Technology Association, Coronavirus, Covid 19, CES 2021

Twitter Trends Are a Crime Against Me, the President, Tweets President

Today in squirmy little squids squirting clouds of ink: Twitter trends that make the president look bad are somehow illegal, according to the president. Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Social Media, Donald Trump, Coronavirus, Mr President You Posted Cringe

Record-Breaking Number of Americans Called Out Sick From Work in April, Study Finds

New research out Monday may provide more insight into how many Americans were sickened by covid-19 during the earliest days of the pandemic, when access to testing was extremely limited. It estimated that at least 2 million people called out from work due to illness in mid-April—around double the number of people who…Read more...
Tags: Work, Science, Coronavirus, Covid 19

A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Humanity joins the hivemind

Welcome to the latest article in TNW’s guide to the AI apocalypse. In this series we’ll examine some of the most popular doomsday scenarios prognosticated by modern AI experts.  It’s pretty easy to think up new ways for robots to destroy us. We’re pretty squishy. But what if AI doesn’t want us dead? Maybe our future overlords will see our weaknesses and, in their infinite benevolence, choose to upgrade us. Perhaps humanity goes extinct through evolution instead of extermination. Welcome to the h...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Science, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, TNW, Neural, Coronavirus

show more filters
June - 2020
July - 2020
August - 2020