What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)

“We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.” These symptoms are likely to be particularly intense during coronavirus-related isolation, according to Lawrence Palinkas, who researches psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments at the University of Southern California.

The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

The Game Developers Conference Is Now Scheduled for Summer

GameStop, the country's most prominent videogame retailer, is working hard to remain open during Covid-19, apparently regardless of the toll that could have on their employees or overall public health.Today, Kotaku again reports that GameStop has closed its stores in California, but retail locations in other states remain open.

Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives of Newborns

Ultra-Fast Genome Sequencing Could Save the Lives of Newborns

Blue Shield of California is the first insurer to cover rapid and ultra-rapid sequencing of babies and children who have life-threatening and unexplained medical conditions.

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The CDC specified only that the patient was in California; the California Department of Public Health announced that the patient was a resident of Solano County—which, as other reports have pointed out, is the location of one of the Air Force bases being used for quarantines of people who’ve returned to the US from countries with the disease.

A Cruise Ship Quarantine, a Hunt for Cheaters, and More Car News This Week

A Cruise Ship Quarantine, a Hunt for Cheaters, and More Car News This Week

How a cruise ship became a coronavirus catastrophe .A new California labor law has created an algorithmic game of spy vs.The number of electric pedal-assist bike-share cycles set to hit the streets of New York by next year, courtesy of Lyft-owned Citibike.

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

On a recent morning in Santa Monica, California, Sergio Avedian pulled into the parking lot of a Vons supermarket, signed into the Uber driver app, and waited.

New Uber Rules, Bomber-Inspired Jet Design, and More News

New Uber Rules, Bomber-Inspired Jet Design, and More News

Uber has a response to a new California law that forces the company to treat drivers like employees: "Well fine, maybe we just won't pick you up ."Uber is now allowing drivers in California to see how much a ride would pay and where it would go before they accept it.

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

Kobe Bryant, an Unforgiving Innovator of the NBA

The former all-star shooting guard of the Los Angeles Lakers was among nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in Calabasas, California.

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Now the Courts Will Decide Whether Uber Drivers Are Employees

Vermont’s Department of Labor wrote in a 2017 bulletin that the “usual course of [Uber]’s business is the provision of a technology platform to its drivers, in exchange for a service fee.” But one federal judge in California called the distinction between technology and transportation company “fatally flawed.” (Uber settled that lawsuit by workers in March 2019, for $20 million.).

It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising

It's Not Just You—Wild Swings in Extreme Weather Are Rising

All that rain meant a bumper crop of grasses and other vegetation, which, as hot and dry conditions returned, likely contributed to a combustible mix of fuels that played a role in the severe fires that have swept California in the past two years .These wild swings from one weather extreme to another are symptomatic of a phenomenon, variously known as “climate whiplash” or “weather whiplash,” that scientists say is likely to increase as the world warms.

Sustainable Swordfish: Fishing Deep for Conservation Solutions

Sustainable Swordfish: Fishing Deep for Conservation Solutions

“The Nature Conservancy needed a conservation solution that could tackle bycatch challenges while still providing economic opportunities for sustainable fishing in coastal fishing communities,” said Dr. Alexis Jackson, Fishery Project Director with TNC’s California Oceans Program.

The Decade That YouTube Changed TV

The Decade That YouTube Changed TV

Taking over TV is quite the coup for a platform that got its start just 15 years ago above a pizzeria in San Mateo, California, and it’s not just late-night television that’s ceding territory to the big red play button.

Police Shootings May Be Causing Black Infants Long-Term Harm

Police Shootings May Be Causing Black Infants Long-Term Harm

He focused on two markers of infant health—gestational age and birth weight—and compared them with the data on police shootings in California over the same nine-year period.White and Hispanic infants didn’t seem to be affected, and police shootings of unarmed victims of other races didn’t produce a strong effect either.

Kamala Harris' Opposing Truths

Kamala Harris' Opposing Truths

Case in point: Headlines this week reporting that California senator Kamala Harris was suspending her presidential campaign and, in doing so, ceding her chance to become the first black woman to win the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Working from a beachside shack on California's Monterey Bay , Nate Lindsey fired a stream of infrared laser pulses down a long fiber-optic cable extending onto the ocean floor.

Are Saturn’s Rings Really as Young as the Dinosaurs?

Are Saturn’s Rings Really as Young as the Dinosaurs?

Previously, planetary scientists had assumed that Saturn’s rings were as old as the solar system itself—about 4.5 billion years old.“Every new exciting result gets challenged,” said Burkhard Militzer, a planetary scientist at the University of California, Berkeley and a co-author of the Science paper.

Aerial Scans Help Bust California's Worst Methane Leakers

Aerial Scans Help Bust California's Worst Methane Leakers

Even though Duren’s California Methane Survey looked only at focused point-source emissions, because it looked at so many and for so long, Duren’s team was able to conclude that by themselves those sources coughed out 500,000 metric tons of methane a year, give or take, and that just 10 percent of the emitters were responsible for 60 percent of the total.

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

To that end, researchers at the University of Southern California have shown that when working in a simulation, you can give robots “tough love” by trying to knock objects out of their hands, and it’ll actually help them better learn to grasp objects.

Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Because of the high burden of proof to determine actual malice, a lengthy review process will likely ensue and allow the deepfake to continue to spread.

Shifting Winds and the Changing Shape of California Fires

Shifting Winds and the Changing Shape of California Fires

But while new research says that climate change might actually reduce the frequency of the Santa Anas, that might not be the good news it first appears.

California’s Wildfires Are the Doom of Our Own Making

California’s Wildfires Are the Doom of Our Own Making

A single spark can ignite a wind-driven wildfire that moves with such speed firefighters can’t safely confront it, even from the air, as flame retardants dropped from planes and helicopters blow off course in the gusts.

Kincade Fire: The Age of Flames Is Consuming California

Kincade Fire: The Age of Flames Is Consuming California

All it takes is one spark to ignite ultra-dry brush, and high winds will carry that flame with incredible speed, overwhelming communities like Paradise, where many residents simply didn’t have time to escape .

A New Gene Helps Explain Why Some People Need Less Sleep

A New Gene Helps Explain Why Some People Need Less Sleep

Fu and her colleague and spouse Louis Ptáček, both at the University of California, San Francisco, had just identified a gene mutation that significantly decreased how many hours someone needs to sleep .

Corporate America's Second War With the Rule of Law

Corporate America's Second War With the Rule of Law

Last month, after a fierce lobbying battle, California passed a law that will likely end up mandating that companies in the “gig economy,” such as Uber, treat gig workers as employees .

California’s Power Outages Are About Wildfires—But Also Money

California’s Power Outages Are About Wildfires—But Also Money

“If the assumptions in your analysis turn out to be wrong, your whole strategy can blow up and be immensely costly, and delay your bankruptcy,” says Jared Ellias, an expert in bankruptcy law at UC Hastings College of the Law. That means you try to get through it fast, and with minimal chaos.

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Why the PG&E Blackouts Spared California's Big Tech HQs

Wara says they tend to be built to higher standards, making them less prone to wind damage.“The lines in the South Bay where the tech headquarters are, like in Mountain View and Santa Clara County, are [surrounded by] wide open space—there's basically no vegetation.

No You Can’t Power Your House With Your Electric Car

No You Can’t Power Your House With Your Electric Car

Indeed, a 2017 study by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that if California hits its goal of getting 1.5 million EVs on its roads by 2025, and “some” of them had the ability to transfer energy into the grid, their batteries would easily exceed the state’s energy storage needs.

A Mass Power Outage, Twitter's Data Misuse, and More News

A Mass Power Outage, Twitter's Data Misuse, and More News

Massive power outages won't save California, Twitter misused your two-factor authentication data, and scientists now know where lightning strikes twice (as much as anywhere else).Power shutoffs can't save California from wildfire hell.

PG&E’s Power Shutoffs Can’t Save California From Wildfire Hell

PG&E’s Power Shutoffs Can’t Save California From Wildfire Hell

“If you imagine the atmosphere over your head as a sponge, you can’t wring it out anymore,” says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA.At ground level, the warm air screaming through the mountains sucks away whatever moisture might be left in the vegetation—which is increasingly little as the climate warms in California and autumns grow increasingly dry .

The Ukraine Whistle-Blower Did Everything Right

The Ukraine Whistle-Blower Did Everything Right

The latest imbroglio centers around a New York Times report Wednesday that House Intel Committee head Adam Schiff (D-California) learned the "outlines" of the whistle-blower's concerns in early August, prior to the complaint reaching the inspector general for the intelligence committee.

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