7 Emergency Preparedness Apps to Keep on Your Phone

7 Emergency Preparedness Apps to Keep on Your Phone

FEMA via Victoria Feng FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) is known to help Americans during natural disasters, but did you know they also have an app to help prepare before, during, and after an event?

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Democrats Are Getting Serious About Universal Broadband

Under the text of the new law, schools that get funding would distribute it to students and staff to pay for broadband service and equipment at "locations that include locations other than the school."

The Best Home Emergency Kit Gear (2021): Flashlights, Stoves, Chargers, and More

The Best Home Emergency Kit Gear (2021): Flashlights, Stoves, Chargers, and More

Photograph: FenixThe Fenix E20 V2 is my top pick for an affordable emergency flashlight, but the ThruNite Archer 2A V3 ($30) is another solid choice.If you're using alkaline batteries, remove them from the flashlight if it's going to sit unused for a long time, otherwise they'll leak and cause problems.

Is It Time for an Emergency Rollout of Carbon-Eating Machines?

Is It Time for an Emergency Rollout of Carbon-Eating Machines?

The researchers found that with an annual investment of between 1 and 2 percent of the global gross domestic product, humanity could scale up a DAC network to remove around 2.3 gigatons of CO2 annually by the year 2050.

Let Fire Stations and EMS Crews Administer Covid Vaccines

Let Fire Stations and EMS Crews Administer Covid Vaccines

However, unlike pharmacies, fire/EMS are already coordinated with one another and already have lines of communication with public health authorities, and could be stood up more swiftly.Education of the public about the process and their interaction with it should be managed collaboratively by federal, state, and local authorities.

The First Shots, Grim Milestones, and More Coronavirus News

The First Shots, Grim Milestones, and More Coronavirus News

An FDA advisory panel authorizes the first vaccine, the US hits grim milestones, and cases rise worldwide.On Thursday, as cases and hospitalization rates rose further, the country hit a grim milestone: The total number of Americans who have died from Covid-19 surpassed the number of US service people who died in combat during World War II.

Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News

Pfizer Seeks Vaccine Approval, the CDC Urges Restraint, and More Coronavirus News

Pfizer seeks FDA approval for its vaccine, the CDC urges Americans to avoid Thanksgiving travel, and the federal pandemic response draws renewed concern.The news comes just days after the companies announced they had the data needed to seek emergency use and found the vaccine to be 95 percent effective and safe.

Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die?

Are Covid Patients Gasping ‘It Isn’t Real’ As They Die?

“When I read some of your tweets, my jaw dropped,” the host told Jodi Doering, referring to her account of gravely ill patients who “scream at you for a magic medicine and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA.

At Least Election Day Didn't Melt Down

At Least Election Day Didn't Melt Down

"We are seeing historic levels of cooperation among federal agencies and state and local election officials to secure this election and to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic," says Mark Lindeman, acting codirector of Verified Voting, a nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes election system integrity.

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

Trump’s ‘Miracle Cure’ for Covid Is a Logistical Nightmare

If the new therapies are meant for people who are newly diagnosed with the disease, then the ability of patients to get their Covid test results quickly will determine whether and when they get access.

A Super-Spreading Presidency, Experimental Treatments, and More Coronavirus News

A Super-Spreading Presidency, Experimental Treatments, and More Coronavirus News

Covid continues its spread through the White House, researchers look at new treatments and symptoms, and the scientific community takes on politics.

A Ransomware Attack Has Struck a Major US Hospital Chain

A Ransomware Attack Has Struck a Major US Hospital Chain

The company's statement did confirm that the "IT network across Universal Health Services facilities is currently offline, due to an IT security issue," and that patient and employee data appear not to have been compromised in the attack.

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

One license covers an entire family, though operators must be over 18.FRS and GMRS are both walkie-talkies, but GMRS radios have the potential for increased range and clarity due to better antennas, higher transmit power, and access to repeaters.

The FDA Just OK'd Emergency Use of Plasma for Covid-19

The FDA Just OK'd Emergency Use of Plasma for Covid-19

Based on the president’s comments and those of FDA head Stephen Hahn and HHS director Alex Azar, the data that tipped plasma into getting this Emergency Use Authorization came from a nationwide program to give people wider access to convalescent plasma, led by researchers at the Mayo Clinic.

Tsunami evacuation zones home to 1 in 10 New Zealanders

Tsunami evacuation zones home to 1 in 10 New Zealanders

NIWA hazards analyst Ryan Paulik, who led the assessment, says overall 430,000 people – or nine per cent of the population – live in the zones of which 170,000 are in red and orange zones.

The Best Veterinary Telemedicine Services

The Best Veterinary Telemedicine Services

It's not a replacement for regular in-office visits, and most vets on telemedicine services can't diagnose or prescribe medications for pets they haven't previously seen in person, but they are able to give helpful advice.

How to Read Covid-19 Research (and Actually Understand It)

How to Read Covid-19 Research (and Actually Understand It)

But by looking at where a study was published, what data it uses, and how it fits into the larger body of scientific research, even the armchair experts among us can start to be more savvy science information consumers.

Covid-19 Opens the Door for Gig Workers to Win Sick Pay

Covid-19 Opens the Door for Gig Workers to Win Sick Pay

An emergency ordinance passed by the Seattle City Council would require app-based companies such as Uber , Lyft , DoorDash, and Instacart to pay their workers a form of sick pay, based on the number of days they’ve worked for the company and the amount they’re earned.

Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals

Let's Put an End to Annual Physicals

The doctor looked in my ears, shined a light in my eyes and mouth, and listened to my heart and lungs with his stethoscope, before ending the exam with this: “Turn your head and cough, sir.” I did what I was told, but the whole experience felt absurd.

The Defense Production Act Won’t Fix America’s N95 Face Mask Shortage

The Defense Production Act Won’t Fix America’s N95 Face Mask Shortage

With federal stockpiles nearly exhausted, public health officials are pleading with the Trump administration to use the Defense Production Act to lead a wartime mobilization of US industry to make the masks desperately needed by healthcare workers.

An Online Library Is Venturing Into Uncharted Legal Waters

An Online Library Is Venturing Into Uncharted Legal Waters

For almost a decade, an Internet Archive program called the Open Library has offered people the ability to "check out" digital scans of physical books held in storage by the Internet Archive.

The Race to Keep Health Care Workers Protected from Covid-19

The Race to Keep Health Care Workers Protected from Covid-19

Access to personal protective equipment (PPE) is severely limited in many parts of the country, testing remains inadequate, and the likelihood of shortages of everything from masks to ventilators to hospital beds has left many workers stressed out, angry, and, in some cases, resigned to endure bedlam.

Data Reveals the True Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Data Reveals the True Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak

Once Covid-19 cases linked to the event started to emerge, the government scrambled to find all the attendees, but got the numbers wrong—first saying that only 5,000 people at the gathering were Malaysia residents, then updating the figure to 10,000 and then 14,500.

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

For now, advice from public health officials at places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still focuses on personal measures—the things you can do, yourself, to try to avoid getting infected.

The Coronavirus Global Health Emergency, an Amazon Rival, and More News

The Coronavirus Global Health Emergency, an Amazon Rival, and More News

Last week, the World Health Organization decided against declaring the coronavirus outbreak an international health emergency in part because the disease seemed to only be spreading through people who had been to Wuhan, China.

The Coronavirus Is Now Infecting People Who Haven't Traveled to China

The Coronavirus Is Now Infecting People Who Haven't Traveled to China

For as long as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China has been raging, public health officials have kept their eyes on one key variable: whether the virus was continuing to spread even far away from the epicenter in Wuhan .On Tuesday, officials in Japan, Taiwan, and Germany all reported their first cases of domestic human-to-human transmission.

Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People

Watch SpaceX Blow Up a Falcon 9 Rocket to Prove It's Safe for People

A Crew Dragon capsule will be mounted atop the rocket, just as it will be later this year when SpaceX sends its first astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station .

The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

Operated by NuScale Power, an Oregon-based energy startup, this prototype reactor represents a new chapter in the conflict-ridden, politically bedeviled saga of nuclear power plants .NuScale’s reactor won’t need massive cooling towers or sprawling emergency zones.

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

Cirrus' $2 Million Vision Jet Now Lands Itself, No Pilot Needed

That red button is easily accessible from both the front seats and the passenger seats behind them, and Safe Return is hardwired into the $2 million Vision Jet’s controls, using autopilot functionality and the small jet’s simplified engine management system to steer the aircraft to a smooth landing and brake to a stop.

Uber's New Features Put a Focus on Rider Safety

Uber's New Features Put a Focus on Rider Safety

The features, announced Thursday by Uber, are among a raft of safety updates planned for the next six months, as the ride-hail company readies to release a report detailing sexual assaults and other serious safety incidents involving Uber drivers and riders.