I Enrolled in a Coronavirus Contact Tracing Academy

I Enrolled in a Coronavirus Contact Tracing Academy

As people start to slide back into close contact with one another, the nation’s top health officials are worried that the US still doesn’t have systems in place to effectively test, track, and halt the spread of the deadly respiratory disease.

Nature Journal Confidential

Nature Journal Confidential

You may never draw as beautifully as Clare Walker Leslie or John Muir Laws, whose nature journals are exquisite, or be as technically accurate as a scientist recording field notes for rigorous studies, but you don’t have to be.

What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows

What Happened When I Switched From Macs to Windows

Of course, there’s still no 4K screen or touchscreen, and it has only USB-C ports, and I know I will constantly lose the various adapters I’d need just to do basic things like plug in my USB microphone or attach my computer to a TV.

The Biggest Coronavirus Myths, Busted

The Biggest Coronavirus Myths, Busted

“Of course, the only true way of knowing if you have Covid-19 is to get a test for the disease,” Yasmin says.And there are ways to inoculate yourself against such myths, Yasmin says.

Reddit’s Wedding Planners Pivot to Covid-19 Crisis Comms

Reddit’s Wedding Planners Pivot to Covid-19 Crisis Comms

“I would say nonstop we’re moderating recently trying to contain posts and keep subscribers as calm as possible,” says Ashley, writing in a joint response from multiple people behind the shared "wedditmoderator" account (she and the other moderators who replied asked not to be identified by their real names or individual Reddit usernames owing to previous experiences of harassment).

Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters

Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters

They had posted photos in which it appeared that Meza entered the run from a sidewalk during the middle of the race, suggesting the possibility that he cut part of the course and then reentered.

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Unlike teaching, where we have real consequences when we fail to modernize, such as poor evaluations and losing enrollment, there are no real consequences for the professional societies organizing the meetings or for presenting scientists.

The Expanse Is Sci-Fi Like TV Has Never Seen

The Expanse Is Sci-Fi Like TV Has Never Seen

I was thinking about medieval studies or French literature or history, but my entire life I had loved science and math.Allain: Beyond giving you a working knowledge of science, do you think your background has helped you in your career?

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Greta Thunberg Takes on the World

Over the course of the last two weeks, at the 25th Conference of the Parties in Madrid—referred to as COP25, an annual United Nations summit that gathers global leaders, scientists, and activists on issues of environmental justice—16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg has commanded an unusual pull.

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town

The site, which opened in November after three years of construction, is meant to adapt to emerging security threats, and imparts the lessons of recent traumas like the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

Trolling Is Now Mainstream Political Discourse

We had canvassed thousands of the world's leading experts in technology and culture, and had begun the long task of interpreting the more than 700 responses to the final question in our survey:In the next decade, will public discourse online become more or less shaped by bad actors, harassment, trolls, and an overall tone of griping, distrust, and disgust.

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.

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

Super Planetary-Motion Smackdown: Kepler v. Newton

The ancient Greeks studied the earth and the sky, but their basic model had all the objects (sun, moon, and planets) moving in circles around us.Is there a more fundamental model that could explain both the motion of a planet orbiting the sun and the motion of the moon orbiting Earth?

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix took over 100 acres of an old Kodak plant to make a wild obstacle course that includes a six-story seesaw called the Leveler.None are full-time professional drivers, and each brings their own car, creating a mix that includes a Lamborghini Huracán, several drift-happy Nissans, a Ford Mustang and other American muscle, and more.

Vintage Muscle Cars Take Flight in an Homage to Chase Scenes

Vintage Muscle Cars Take Flight in an Homage to Chase Scenes

He requires only a camera, model cars, and a bit of Photoshop to send muscle cars flying in his new book, The Heights . In the final images, the muscle cars careen above the streets so high they look like they're taking off—or coming in for an impossible landing.

The Overlooked Tourism Value of Mangroves

The Overlooked Tourism Value of Mangroves

Photo © Mark Spalding / TNC Reliable tourism information can often be found in the forms of national statistics generated by Tourism Agencies, but there is nothing on mangroves.

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

SpaceX Recovered Its First Rocket Fairing. Let’s Crunch the Numbers!

So, if the boat can travel at 30 mph and it has 41 minutes to get to the rendezvous spot for the fairing, how big of a target area do you need.

Apple’s New iOS 13, a Mars Survival Course, and More News

Apple’s New iOS 13, a Mars Survival Course, and More News

Apple's iOS 13 is ready for public testing; a space camp is teaching students how to survive on Mars; and we've got some bike helmet suggestions for summer. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine

A New Kind of Space Camp Teaches the Art of Martian Medicine

The couple were both enrolled in the Martian Medical Analogue and Research Simulation, a continuing-education course for medical professionals who wanted to learn about health care in space by pretending to practice medicine in pretend space .Here's how that marital rift came to pass: About seven miles outside of Hanksville, Utah, a man stood inside a grain-silo-like building that he and the crew called the Hab. On the other side of the door stood his wife.

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

Flying Car Startup Alaka'i Bets Hydrogen Can Outdo Batteries

New aviation startup Alaka’i says its Skai aircraft will be able to fly for up to four hours and cover 400 miles on a single load of fuel, which can be replenished in 10 minutes at a hydrogen fueling station.

Game of Thrones Recap: How to Ruin Every Beloved Character

Game of Thrones Recap: How to Ruin Every Beloved Character

In other words, she didn't get elected prom queen and her boyfriend doesn't want to make out so it's time to die, King's Landing !Deciding to burn the world because you feel lonely and can't get laid is a real incel move, but here it also gestures at so many pernicious stereotypes about women as overemotional and petty, prone to inventing slights and overreacting to them, full of unpredictable anger without origin.

The Plan to Dodge a Killer Asteroid—Maybe Even Good Ol' Bennu

The Plan to Dodge a Killer Asteroid—Maybe Even Good Ol' Bennu

This year, the fictional killer asteroid that got their blood pumping was fake-discovered on March 26, 2019.Somewhere between 100 and 300 meters across, this rock could crash into Earth at several points in the future, most likely on April 29, 2027.

The Quiet Beauty of High-Octane Sports Cars

The Quiet Beauty of High-Octane Sports Cars

Images in the project span portraiture, reportage, and action photos, some of which were shot from the sweltering cabin of a drifting car. In time, then, Young's photos might join Higley's poem as dedications to bygone eras.

Prep for Your Toughest Races Like a Master Marathoner

Prep for Your Toughest Races Like a Master Marathoner

Personally, I’m thinking, “Hey, I won New York; I won a silver medal; you’re making a mistake.” And then I just said, you know what, I need to control my destiny here.

How the Boston Marathon Messes With Runners to Slow Them Down

How the Boston Marathon Messes With Runners to Slow Them Down

Most marathon courses finish roughly where they start, meaning that the wind will likely blow in your face as frequently as it blows at your back.

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified before the the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. Even before they became a Trump-era norm, conspiracy-minded Congressional hearings were something of an American political tradition.

Calculate How Fast Quicksilver Is Moving in X-Men Apocalypse

Calculate How Fast Quicksilver Is Moving in X-Men Apocalypse

If I know the time this takes and the total distance, I can calculate the average speed as: Rhett Allain That seems straightforward, but I need to point out that this is the average speed.

See All the Tools and Tricks That Make Nascar Go

See All the Tools and Tricks That Make Nascar Go

See All the Tools and Tricks That Make Nascar Go Yes, sure, Nascar racing is all about adrenaline: speedy cars, sweaty pit stops, spectacular fender benders.

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be Alex Edelman/CNP/AP If it’s hard to imagine the sweeping changes proposed in the “Green New Deal” actually happening, don’t blame the Green New Deal.

Elizabeth Holmes’ Downfall Has Been Explained Deeply—By Men

Elizabeth Holmes’ Downfall Has Been Explained Deeply—By Men

Elizabeth Holmes’ Downfall Has Been Explained Deeply—By Men Brendan McDermid/Reuters Maybe Elizabeth Holmes, whom a grand jury indicted last month for fraud, never should have asked herself, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” 1 The eye-roller slogan adorned a plaque on Holmes’ desk at Theranos, her ignoble blood-testing startup.