How Many Homes Could You Power With Free Doughnuts?

How Many Homes Could You Power With Free Doughnuts?

Let's say that all the Americans who have a Covid-19 vaccine get (and eat) one doughnut a day.This will give a change in energy of about 10 joules.Power is the rate of energy change.

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

That incident differs from the more recent Facebook controversy, in which attackers were able to "scrape” Facebook by enumerating batches of possible phone numbers from more than 100 countries, submitting them to the contact import tool, and manipulating it to return the names, Facebook IDs, and other data users had posted on their profiles.

How Far Should Humans Go to Help Species Adapt?

How Far Should Humans Go to Help Species Adapt?

Over the last several years, Moseby and her colleagues at Arid Recovery have experimented with two threatened marsupial species: the greater bilby, which looks like a small rabbit with a long nose, and the burrowing bettong, also known as the boodie, which has a squirrel-like face, skinny hind legs, and a long tail.

The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News

The Pandemic Turns One, Vaccine Trials Adapt, and More Coronavirus News

The pandemic has raged for a year, vaccine trials contend with approved shots, and Biden signs a $1.9 trillion relief bill.As the vaccine rollout accelerates, drugmakers are facing a new dilemma : getting people to sign up for trials for new shots, where they might get a placebo instead of the real thing.

Help! I’m Drowning in Admin and Can’t Get My Actual Job Done

Help! I’m Drowning in Admin and Can’t Get My Actual Job Done

Finally, remember that losing senior staff and having to hire new ones is a gigantic headache your boss would very much like to avoid, and that this gives you leverage when you explain what you need to do your job effectively and feel fulfilled in your work.

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Chinese Hacking Spree Hit an ‘Astronomical’ Number of Victims

Hafnium has now exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Exchange servers' Outlook Web Access to indiscriminately compromise no fewer than tens of thousands of email servers, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation into the hacking campaign who spoke to WIRED.

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

When Diddy hosted a charity event on Instagram Live for health care workers in April, he had to rotate celebrities like Cardi B, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Michelle Obama in and out of the second spot.“The number one most requested feature was, ‘Can I go live with multiple people?’” says Kristin George, Instagram’s director of product for creators.

Clubhouse's Security and Privacy Lag Behind Its Explosive Growth

Clubhouse's Security and Privacy Lag Behind Its Explosive Growth

In recent months, the audio-based social media app Clubhouse has emerged as Silicon Valley's latest disruptive darling .The app strongly encourages all users to share their address book data so Clubhouse can help you make connections with people you know who are already on the platform.

We Still Don’t Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission

We Still Don’t Know How Well Covid Vaccines Stop Transmission

And because infections—especially asymptomatic ones—are more likely to be detected in the group that’s testing more frequently, the estimated 89.4 percent transmission-blocking effect of the vaccine is almost certainly too optimistic (a caveat the authors acknowledged, saying more research is needed to confirm their findings).

Storm Delays for Vaccines, Expanded Virus Sequencing, and More Coronavirus News

Storm Delays for Vaccines, Expanded Virus Sequencing, and More Coronavirus News

This week, harsh winter weather swept the country and caused a huge number of problems, including delaying the shipments of hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses across the country.

As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

As More Women Enter Science, It’s Time to Redefine Mentorship

When a group of researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi published a paper in Nature Communications last fall suggesting that young women scientists should seek out men as mentors, the backlash was swift and vociferous.

A Quarter of Known Bee Species Haven’t Been Seen Since 1990

A Quarter of Known Bee Species Haven’t Been Seen Since 1990

“With citizen science and the ability to share data, records are going up exponentially, but the number of species reported in these records is going down,” said Eduardo Zattara, the lead author and a biologist from the Universidad Nacional del Comahue and Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council.

It’s Not Just You: Everyone’s Mental Health Is Suffering

It’s Not Just You: Everyone’s Mental Health Is Suffering

From January through September of 2020, the number of people who have taken MHA’s anxiety screenings has increased by 93 percent over the entire previous year.A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation in July 2020 found that 53 percent of adults said the pandemic had a negative toll on their mental health.

A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?

A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?

In the final pages of his Luddite book, Sale had predicted society would collapse “within not more than a few decades.” Kelly, who saw technology as an enriching force, believed the opposite—that society would flourish.

Super Slow Computer Programs Reveal Math's Fundamental Limits

Super Slow Computer Programs Reveal Math's Fundamental Limits

The busy beaver game asks: Given a certain number of rules, what’s the maximum number of steps that a Turing machine can take before halting.Of 6,561 possible machines with two rules, the one that runs the longest—six steps—before halting is the busy beaver.

I Tested Positive for Covid-19. What Does That Really Mean?

I Tested Positive for Covid-19. What Does That Really Mean?

I took a second test three days after the first, and the results came back overnight: negative.There is no single, standard way to detect the virus; different labs set their own thresholds for signaling a positive result.

New Vaccine Data Is Coming: Watch Out for These 3 Claims

New Vaccine Data Is Coming: Watch Out for These 3 Claims

At the same time, it’s important to remember that not every number that’s reported will be based on a full analysis of all the data.

Trust in Vaccines Grows, Distribution Faces Challenges, and More Coronavirus News

Trust in Vaccines Grows, Distribution Faces Challenges, and More Coronavirus News

Trust in vaccines grows slightly, distribution faces challenges, and legislators plan for the next stage.

What's a Semi-Log Plot and How Can You Use It for Covid Data?

What's a Semi-Log Plot and How Can You Use It for Covid Data?

Let's start with a simple plot of the number of confirmed cases as a function of day number.If you want to examine both the huge USA data and the not-so-huge South Korea data, you need a semi-log plot.

Masks Help, but We May Never Know How Much

Masks Help, but We May Never Know How Much

On Wednesday, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals published what many took to be a disheartening result: According to some headlines, a 6,000-person randomized controlled trial in Denmark had found that wearing a mask does not offer any clear protection from being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

The Latest Covid Vaccine Results, Deciphered

The Latest Covid Vaccine Results, Deciphered

Long before any results came in, the protocol for this trial calculated what sort of data—including how many people ended up getting sick—would need to be tallied in order to know that the vaccine had cleared the minimum requirement of 50-percent effectiveness set by the Food and Drug Administration.

Astronomers Finally Know What Causes Fast Radio Bursts

Astronomers Finally Know What Causes Fast Radio Bursts

Neutron stars are best known for powering pulsars, rapidly repeating bursts of radiation driven by the fact that these massive objects can complete a rotation in a handful of milliseconds.

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

Foucault Welles, an associate professor at Northeastern, says that network science “lets us distill vast, chaotic online communication data down to its essence” and “pull out important themes, people, and events for close reading.” This intersection with big data is critical: that it can extract patterns from terabytes of social media interactions strengthens the reach of its conclusions—the findings aren’t about how a small set of users behave, but about aggregate behavior.

A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women

A Deepfake Porn Bot Is Being Used to Abuse Thousands of Women

Sensity was only able to count images shared publicly and the bot gives people the option to generate photos privately.The images are automatically created once people upload a clothed image of the victim to the Telegram bot from their phone or desktop.

Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

Black Witch Moths: A Night-Time Trick or Treat

© Katja Schulz / Flickr This witch doesn’t fly around on a broomstick, yet an unexpected sighting of a 7-inch black moth in October is likely to catch your attention.With their bat-like flight, black witch moths may bring with them treats of fortune or bad omens.

Many Top AI Researchers Get Financial Backing From Big Tech

Many Top AI Researchers Get Financial Backing From Big Tech

Abdalla, who is finishing his PhD at the University of Toronto, has coauthored a paper highlighting the number of top AI researchers—including those who study the ethical challenges raised by the technology—who receive funding from tech companies.

Reddit Bots Are Hunting Down Racists, One Post at a Time

Reddit Bots Are Hunting Down Racists, One Post at a Time

Improving the bot so that it could respond to comments almost instantly, keep a database of all the users it investigated and comments it replied to, and run on a server for months at a time without crashing took much more learning and effort,” says the creator.

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

He delved into the literature, coming across a 1974 paper by Carl Pomerance, a mathematician now at Dartmouth College, which proved that any OPN must have at least seven distinct prime factors.“Seeing that progress could be made on this problem gave me hope, in my naiveté, that maybe I could do something,” Nielsen said.

Your Beloved Blue Jeans Are Polluting the Ocean—Big Time

Your Beloved Blue Jeans Are Polluting the Ocean—Big Time

Regardless, Athey and her colleagues landed on a startling figure: A single pair of jeans may release 56,000 microfibers per wash.This landed them at an even more startling figure: Those two plants alone could be unloading a billion indigo denim microfibers per day into the lake.

A Field Guide to Finding Cool Moths

A Field Guide to Finding Cool Moths

According to Brenner, in her first summer enjoying moths she “photographed a moth that was emerald green, another that was pink, one that was half yellow and half black, and one that was as white as fresh snow.” In just a few months she captured images of a couple hundred moth species and “was completely hooked and happily identified myself as a new ‘moth-er.’”.