Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

And as all of this unfolds, new research indicates that the governments around the world have exploited the pandemic to expand their domestic surveillance capabilities and curtail internet freedom and speech.

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

Why Degrowth Is the Worst Idea on the Planet

The US and UK both manufacture more than they did 50 years ago (at least until the Covid-19 pandemic sharply reduced output), and Germany has been a net exporter since 2000 while continuing to drive down air pollution.

Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine

Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine

However, according to John Naslund, who studies digital mental health at Harvard Medical School, the Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented surge in online activity.It’s interesting that they’re not considered essential.” In his research into online groups dedicated to mental health issues, he’s found such communities to be incredibly helpful for some people’s wellbeing.

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

If You've Just Had Covid, Exercise Can Cause Serious Complications, Including Heart Disease

Just last month, former Florida State basketball player Michael Ojo died of apparent heart complications while playing in a pro league in Serbia, shortly after the 27-year-old had recovered from Covid-19.To prevent the pandemic from leading to similarly tragic heart injuries among student athletes, doctors at Ohio State University developed a new protocol, says Saurabh Rajpal, a cardiologist and assistant professor of internal medicine at OSU.

The First Repeat Covid-19 Infection Case Isn’t All Bad News

The First Repeat Covid-19 Infection Case Isn’t All Bad News

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic , scientists have been saying that if the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, sticks around long enough, people are likely to catch it more than once.On Monday, researchers at Hong Kong University presented the first confirmation that this can, in fact, happen with SARS-CoV-2.

The Very 2020 Ascent of Sarah Cooper

The Very 2020 Ascent of Sarah Cooper

In the kind of topsy-turvy story that could only happen in 2020, the UX designer turned comedian is leveraging the fame she's garnered online during the Covid-19 pandemic to put together a special for the streaming giant.

California's Air Pollution Cops Are Eyeing Uber and Lyft

California's Air Pollution Cops Are Eyeing Uber and Lyft

To hit that 60 percent target, the air board estimates that one-third of ride-hail vehicles will have to be electric, and that the companies will need to push their highest-mileage drivers to switch to EVs. The companies would also have to bring back their shared pooling services, which have been suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic .

Inside the Milan Hotel That Housed Covid-19 Patients

Inside the Milan Hotel That Housed Covid-19 Patients

When “guests” arrived, they were sent up to their rooms via a specially-designated Covid-19 positive elevator, not to emerge for weeks.Everyone just wants to leave—and even more, to return to life as it was before the pandemic, back when Hotel Michelangelo was just a place people crashed after a fun day of seeing the sights.

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

The magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic will largely depend on how quickly safe and effective vaccines and treatments can be developed and tested.As these methods take off in the coming years, we will be able to test all trillions of possible solutions to each health problem very quickly.

5 Big Mistakes We Can Make Fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic

5 Big Mistakes We Can Make Fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic

“Given that another surge of Covid-19 is likely, we need to make sure that hospitals have three things,” says Yasmin.To learn more about the other biggest mistakes we should avoid in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, take a look at our video above with Yasmin.

The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Ransomware's Long Game

The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Ransomware's Long Game

New research from Microsoft shows that ransomware attackers are actively making that crisis worse, forcing health care and critical infrastructure organizations to pay up when they can least afford downtime.The Microsoft researchers often observed attackers getting their initial network access by exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in victims' web infrastructure.

Why Covid-19 Quarantine Dreams Are Taking Over the Internet

Why Covid-19 Quarantine Dreams Are Taking Over the Internet

The dreams remind Gravely of reports she’s read about dreamers in Nazi Germany, who wove “bureaucratic fairy tales” about nose-shape-verification departments and regulations prohibiting “residual bourgeois tendencies.” As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, more and more people are experiencing nightmares about the new laws of social distancing—other people coughing on them, crowding too close in elevators, not wearing masks—and, of course, chicken part numbers and other improbable grocery store complexities.

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test

We ran lots of tests, panels for normal domestic cat infectious diseases.” Although the Covid-19 pandemic had hit humans living in areas around the zoo hard, it wasn’t initially assumed to be the likely culprit.

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters

That’s true even in the modern era of microtargeted advertising and social-media-enabled disinformation; and it’s particularly relevant as we begin to imagine what electoral campaigns will look like in the midst of (or, hopefully, the aftermath of) the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vote by Mail Isn't Perfect. But It's Essential in a Pandemic

Vote by Mail Isn't Perfect. But It's Essential in a Pandemic

Election security has become a more prominent (and urgent) topic in the United States over the past few years, but as the Covid-19 pandemic rages, a different type of crisis is also presenting itself: how to carry out voting in a way that maintains both social distancing and electoral integrity.

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

We All Need to Think Both Fast and Slow to Survive Covid-19

It’s also home to the World Health Organization, which has been a critical source of expertise and information throughout the Covid-19 crisis.That’s because the root of the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t really a virus, it’s poor governance and under-investment in prevention, crisis-oriented capacity, and government institutions.

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Crisis That Robots Were Built For

Still, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more sensitive interaction between humans than the doctor-patient relationship, and this has remained a thorny problem in hospital robotics.How well a robot can tackle a health worker’s task depends, in some measure, on whether it’s replacing that human interaction, or simply channeling it.

Tell Us Your Pandemic Stories for Our Oral History

Tell Us Your Pandemic Stories for Our Oral History

Capturing the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, how this crisis unfolds and how our thinking about it changes, is critical both to understanding it now as well as to the stories we someday will tell about it.

Go Ahead, Stream All You Want. The Internet Is Fine—for Now

Go Ahead, Stream All You Want. The Internet Is Fine—for Now

But early data shows that most US broadband providers, and many elsewhere, are standing up to the surge in internet traffic generated by the many people stuck at home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Dane Jasper, CEO of the San Francisco area broadband provider Sonic, says the company has seen a traffic increase of around 25 percent.

What's a Pandemic? Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered

What's a Pandemic? Your Coronavirus Questions, Answered

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, a novel coronavirus , has exploded out of China and spread the disease Covid-19 around the world.And the swine flu pandemic of 2009 infected between 11 and 21 percent of the global population, but was far less deadly, killing at most around half a million people.