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.

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

No, the Wuhan Virus Is Not a 'Snake Flu'

The release of genetic data has also spurred a flurry of new research findings in recent days, including one paper published by a team of Chinese researchers last night in the Journal of Medical Virology that claims to have used the viral sequence to find the most likely source of the emerging outbreak.

Free Press Advocates Decry Cybercrime Charges Against Glenn Greenwald

Free Press Advocates Decry Cybercrime Charges Against Glenn Greenwald

The complaint goes to some lengths to emphasize that Greenwald was not initially a subject of the investigation into this alleged hacking group, but that an audio recording uncovered during a lawful search pointed to "direct participation of the journalist in criminal conduct."

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.

Trying to Plant a Trillion Trees Won't Solve Anything

Trying to Plant a Trillion Trees Won't Solve Anything

Last month a bunch of climate scientists and ecologists piled onto that tree research in the same journal, calling out numerous errors in the first team’s calculations.

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

Wealthy Counties Benefited Most From a Flood Relief Program

If some property owners who live near the ocean or in a river floodplain can be convinced to sell their homes, and the land is returned to open space, the entire community will benefit.

The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

The Terrifying Unknowns of an Exotic Invasive Tick

But tick scientists such as Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York, have said for years that what is most needed is routine catching and sampling of ticks themselves, as is done by mosquito control agencies, to figure out what species are hatching and what diseases they may carry.

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

Unlike the previous indictment—which focused narrowly on an apparent offer to help crack a password —the 17 superseding counts focus instead on alleged violations of the Espionage Act. In doing so, the DOJ has aimed a battering ram at the freedom of the press , whether you think Assange is a journalist or not.

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points

As the Journal notes, Facebook’s foray into blockchain could look a bit like a loyalty-points system—tokens that can be earned through and spent on Facebook services, or cashed out elsewhere though partner merchants.

Apple Launches Apple News+ Paid Subscription Service

Apple Launches Apple News+ Paid Subscription Service

Apple formally unveiled its new subscription news service today, a tab within its existing Apple News app that is designed to unlock access to premium magazines and a few national newspapers for $10 per month.

What to Expect From Monday's Big Apple Event

What to Expect From Monday's Big Apple Event

It’s widely expected that streaming video services will be front and center at Monday’s event; the question is whether Apple will highlight is own new original series, or show off some kind of service that aggregates content from other places.

Knock Around a Goat Carcass With These Buzkashi Players

Knock Around a Goat Carcass With These Buzkashi Players

Buzkashi, the centuries-old Central Asian sport in which men on horses fight over a decapitated, disemboweled goat or calf carcass, is surely one of the world’s strangest spectacles. “I’m fascinated by traditions, and buzkashi is a very old tradition,” Huix says.

The Siberian City Where the Winter High Is –40°F

The Siberian City Where the Winter High Is –40°F

"As long as you dress warmly outside, you're not in danger." The series also documents the creative ways Yakutsk residents manage the cold, including building their houses on stilts so the central heating doesn't melt the permafrost—in Russia, Yakutsk is known as "the city on legs"—and placing all sewage, water, and utility lines above ground to keep them from freezing.

The Russian Sleuth Who Outs Moscow's Elite Hackers and Assassins

The Russian Sleuth Who Outs Moscow's Elite Hackers and Assassins

"To do that work from Russia takes a remarkable amount of courage." John Hultquist, FireEye These are just the latest in an ongoing series of reve­lations the Insider and Bellingcat have made about the GRU, an agency now believed to be respon­sible for everything from the Skripal assassination attempt to the hacking and leaking operation targeting US and French elections.

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

Journalism Isn't Dying. It's Returning to Its Roots

In one scene, the Times ’ CEO asks Abramson to cook up new revenue ideas, to which she indignantly responds, “If that’s what you expect, you have the wrong executive editor.” Our reborn Founding Father journalist would find this disconnect between editorial and business absolutely inconceivable.

The Era of Cheap and Easy STD Treatment Is Over. What Went Wrong?

The Era of Cheap and Easy STD Treatment Is Over. What Went Wrong?

Thus people with STDs received drugs that couldn’t cure their infections, allowing resistant strains to spread as if they’d never been treated at all.About 10 years ago, highly resistant gonorrhea began to spread from the Pacific Rim to California and Europe, forcing STD clinics to change treatment regimens from a single round of cephalosporin pills to an injection, bolstered by several days of a second oral antibiotic, azithromycin.

About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series

About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series

About Seascape: the state of our oceans – a Guardian series Unless otherwise stated, all statements and materials, including any statements regarding specific legislation, reflect the views of the individual contributors and not those of the Packard Foundation, theguardian.org, or the Guardian.