China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

In the quarantined Chinese city of Wuhan , health workers fighting the explosive outbreak of a new coronavirus have been improvising for weeks, trying to provide whatever care they can for Covid-19 patients whose symptoms range from a cough and fever to severe pneumonia, septic shock, and organ failure.

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is a Petri Dish for Conspiracy Theories

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is a Petri Dish for Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories about the Wuhan coronavirus, which range from believing the disease is a bioweapon to the result of eating bat soup, are playing an ancient chord.Falsehoods about coronavirus fall into two major categories: conspiracy theories about the origins of the illness and misinformation about miracle cures.

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

Would the Coronavirus Quarantine of Wuhan Even Work?

The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it would quarantine the city of Wuhan, the center of an outbreak of a new viral disease that has (officially) killed 17 people and infected more than 500.

Whales Help Explain the Evolutionary Mystery of Menopause

Whales Help Explain the Evolutionary Mystery of Menopause

A paper in PNAS reports evidence that supports this explanation, showing that killer whale grandmas who have stopped reproducing do a better job of helping their grandchildren to survive than grandmothers who are still having babies of their own.

Book Review: Secrets of Snakes

Book Review: Secrets of Snakes

Fortunately, wildlife biologist and science communicator David Steen has taken the most common snake myths, tall tales and snake safety rules and applied real science to them in his wildly entertaining Secrets of Snakes: The Science Beyond the Myths (Texas A&M University Press).A lot of our wildlife myths are about creatures that we believe we know.

Trump's Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading

Trump's Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading

A light edit for coherence: Trump believes—and by all indications this is true belief, not posturing —that after the Democratic National Committee was hacked in 2016, the DNC gave a physical server to Ukrainian cybersecurity company CrowdStrike and refused to let the FBI see the evidence.

New Emoji Are So Boring—but They Don't Have to Be

New Emoji Are So Boring—but They Don't Have to Be

After it encoded the original set of emoji from Japanese cellphone carriers, Unicode started looking to search results: If you submit a proposal for a new emoji, you need to provide screenshots showing how many webpages are found when you search for its associated word or phrase in Google Search, Bing Search, and Google Video Search, plus Google Trends.

Trump Still Doesn't Believe Russia Hacked the 2016 Election

Trump Still Doesn't Believe Russia Hacked the 2016 Election

Nearly three years since US intelligence agencies collectively stated that the Kremlin had hacked the Democratic National Committee, President Donald Trump still takes every opportunity to publicly downplay and dismiss the facts about Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Extreme-Risk Laws Reduce Gun Violence

Extreme-Risk Laws Reduce Gun Violence

But in this case, the threats made the news because local law enforcement officials took preventative action, including obtaining a court order that allowed them to temporarily remove 12 guns from the man's possession.

Ex-Donkey Kong Champ Threatens to Sue Over Record Removal

Ex-Donkey Kong Champ Threatens to Sue Over Record Removal

"I would like to remind Guinness World Records that I, not the current Twin Galaxies administration, am the original verification source of all of Billy Mitchell’s world records, including Donkey Kong and Pac-Man," Day said.

Was Bitcoin Created by This International Drug Dealer? Maybe!

Was Bitcoin Created by This International Drug Dealer? Maybe!

After a month, I was able to convince a colleague with deep cryptocurrency knowledge, someone who’d followed every twist and turn of the Satoshi saga, that Le Roux was the odds-on solution to the mystery of who created bitcoin.

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

And unlike the kinds of DNA technologies police have been using for decades to match crime scene samples to suspects, the genetic profiles generated for genealogy purposes hold a lot more information—including sensitive health information .Defense attorney Rachel Forde discusses evidence in the trial of William Talbott, who was found guilty Friday for the 1987 slayings of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.

He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back

He Cyberstalked Teen Girls for Years—Then They Fought Back

In the spring of 2012, after Moulton had been promoted to detective, a student from Belmont High walked into the police station and told Moulton that someone she hadn’t met and knew only as Seth Williams had been texting and hounding her for naked photos.

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Lawyers in a Murder Trial Clash Over a DNA Forensics Method

Deputy prosecutor Justin Harleman described the groundbreaking forensic technique to the jury Friday, including how a genetic profile of crime scene DNA was uploaded to a public genealogy database.

The True Victims of the Opioid Crisis Are Starting to Rebel

The True Victims of the Opioid Crisis Are Starting to Rebel

Then this spring, the Health Evidence Review Commission, which guides reimbursement decisions, considered new limits: Patients with certain chronic pain conditions would gain coverage for alternative treatments under Medicaid but would have to taper off opioids, even if they have been stable on their doses for many years.

Atmospheric Methane Levels Are Going Up—And No One Knows Why

Atmospheric Methane Levels Are Going Up—And No One Knows Why

“We need to have process representation to understand these mechanisms,” says Eric Kort, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Michigan, “so we can say, for example, with certain changes to temperature and the hydrological cycle, we’d expect methane emissions to increase by X amount.” Without that understanding, Kort suggests, we’re unable to answer some important questions about what looms ahead.

The Evidence Is Strong: Air Pollution Seems to Cause Dementia

The Evidence Is Strong: Air Pollution Seems to Cause Dementia

“I have no hesitation whatsoever to say that air pollution causes dementia,” says Caleb Finch, gerontologist and the leader of USC’s Air Pollution and Brain Disease research network, which has completed many of these new studies.

A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions

A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions

Ether Comb, Ether Go. Bednarek tried putting a dollar's worth of Ethereum into a weak key address that the thief had previously emptied.

The Mueller Report Is Out. Here's Where You Can Read It

The Mueller Report Is Out. Here's Where You Can Read It

"The deputy attorney general and I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish the president committed and obstruction of justice offense," Barr said Thursday, adding that they "disagreed with some of the special counsel's legal theories."

March temperatures more evidence of a warming climate

March temperatures more evidence of a warming climate

NIWA principal scientist climate Dr Brett Mullan says the high March temperatures were consistent with our warming climate and when seen in context with other warm months a clear trend was evident.

Why 5G Makes Me Reconsider the Health Effects of Cellphones

Why 5G Makes Me Reconsider the Health Effects of Cellphones

But what if the FCC is measuring public health effects against a decades-old standard that (a) measures the wrong thing and (b) was based on the work of an insular, private group, half of whose initial funding came from the power and telecom industries and that elects its own members?

Mueller Report Says No Collusion, Barr Raises a Million Questions

Mueller Report Says No Collusion, Barr Raises a Million Questions

Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his 675-day probe —the most politically charged investigation in American history—with a profoundly unsatisfying conclusion about whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice: Maybe .The answer came in a convoluted four-page letter to Congress from newly installed Attorney General Bill Barr, who spent the weekend sorting through Mueller’s final report with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump

Mueller—or the Southern District, or one of the other 18-plus investigations targeting the president—could dramatically alter the impeachment narrative in Washington in at least three ways: (1) by outlining clear evidence of a specific presidential crime, (2) a demonstrable, smoking-gun-included pattern of obstruction, or (3) demonstrable action taken to compromise American interests at the expense of advancing a foreign power’s goals, including actively conspiring with Russia in the 2016 campaign.

Have We Reached Peak Big?

Have We Reached Peak Big?

If and when the political class and plutocrats get concerned enough about the pitchforks coming out , maybe Big Tech will be broken up or regulated and taxes on the rich will rise. The issues with Big Medicine and Big Science will likely need to be solved via changes in policy.

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings

They published their study in a peer-reviewed academic journal, Forensic Science International , and the San Diego Police Department began using it in 2014—around the same time they tested the evidence in the Gregory Benton murder case.

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes and Tampering

With this approach it’s binary: Either the hash matches or it doesn’t, and it's all publicly verifiable." "We can show that there are ways to ensure that all parties have faith in the video and how it was captured." Josh Mitchell, Amber Security Consultant A tool like Amber has obvious appeal for human rights activists, free speech advocates, and law enforcement watchdogs wary of potential abuse coverups, but governments also have an interest in video integrity tools.

Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome

Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome

“We could use an infinite amount of data to train the deep learning engine, because we were using simulations.” The researchers generated tens of thousands of simulated evolutionary histories based on differing combinations of demographic details: the number of ancestral human populations, their sizes, when they diverged from one another, their rates of intermixing and so on.

What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn't Telling Us

What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn't Telling Us

It followed a now familiar pattern: Mueller’s court filing included voluminous detail, including insight into the internal decision-making process of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign—and yet the indictment stopped short of alleging that Stone was part of a larger conspiracy.

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

“They are in a sweet spot for affecting ground-based life.” Melott hypothesized that a supernova around 2.6 million years ago would have increased the flow of muons streaming through the atmosphere several hundred times over.

Colloidal Silver Turns You Blue—But Can It Save Your Life?

Colloidal Silver Turns You Blue—But Can It Save Your Life?

Stan Jones, a libertarian politician from Montana, started taking colloidal silver in advance of Y2K, assuming the new millennium would cause a shortage in antibiotics. Oz told Paltrow he uses colloidal silver as a daily throat spray, and so do his kids.