Dexamethasone and the Recovery Trial’s High-Speed Science

Dexamethasone and the Recovery Trial’s High-Speed Science

Last week, a British research team announced that a cheap, safe, widely available drug called dexamethasone makes a huge difference in saving the lives of people severely ill with Covid-19.

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

A Drop in Commercial Flights Is Bad for Hurricane Forecasts

These algorithms, which capture the physics of cloud formation, tropical storms, and polar winds, among other things, are then populated with temperature data from satellites and surface observations to generate a three- or 10-day forecast.

Meet ACE2, the Enzyme at the Center of the Covid-19 Mystery

Meet ACE2, the Enzyme at the Center of the Covid-19 Mystery

ACE2, which stands for angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, is a protein that sits on the surface of many types of cells in the human body, including in the heart, gut, lungs, and inside the nose.

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.

After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

As the director of the Propulsion and Energy Research Laboratory at the University of Central Florida, Ahmed has spent the last few years developing a next generation rocket engine that uses controlled explosions to boost stuff into space.

How to Measure Pressure With a Phone and a Baggie

How to Measure Pressure With a Phone and a Baggie

The idea is that the weight increases the air pressure inside the bag, and you can measure the difference with the phone.Would the pressure in the bag be: (a) the same, (b) greater than, or (c) less than with the large square.

Huge waves on Wellington coast to ease later today, says NIWA

Huge waves on Wellington coast to ease later today, says NIWA

High waves pounding Wellington’s south coast today are being caused by a deep area of low pressure passing the Chatham Islands, according to NIWA forecaster Ben Noll.Mr Noll said the low was responsible for generating strong winds and large waves between the Chathams and mainland New Zealand.

The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming

The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming

But 14 years ago, Brilliant, the epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, spoke to a TED audience and described what the next pandemic would look like.I mean, Trump pushed out the admiral on the National Security Council, who was the only person at that level who's responsible for pandemic defense.

Is the Split Over Covid-19 Really About Politics?

Is the Split Over Covid-19 Really About Politics?

(Witness House Republican Devin Nunes telling Fox Business viewers on Sunday that “it’s a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant.”) According to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, only 40 percent of Republicans believe the coronavirus is “a real threat,” compared to 76 percent of Democrats.

Google Will Make a Coronavirus Site—but Not Like Trump Said

Google Will Make a Coronavirus Site—but Not Like Trump Said

When President Trump announced Friday that Google was developing a website for Americans to find out where they could get tested for the novel coronavirus , the details of the project remained unclear.

Trump Declares National Emergency—but Also 'I Don’t Take Responsibility'

Trump Declares National Emergency—but Also 'I Don’t Take Responsibility'

He announced the news in a Friday press conference that was late, unfocused, and confusing to follow—in other words, thoroughly in keeping with the administration's response to the pandemic.This picks up on Trump’s false claim from last week that a rule adopted by the Obama administration had slowed the government’s response.

Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?

Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?

Even when a New York Times health reporter followed up on Trump’s claim about tests, it was framed as a conflict between the president and his advisers, rather than between truth and falsehood.

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Within the Republican establishment, President Herbert Hoover worked 18-hour days, exhorting confidence while refusing to take even basic steps such as having the government guarantee bank deposits.

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

An Esports Exodus to YouTube Reshapes the Livestream Wars

Today, YouTube announced that it will exclusively stream three behemoth esports leagues—the Call of Duty League, the Overwatch League, and Hearthstone Esports, all controlled by Activision Blizzard—that had lived primarily on the game streaming platform Twitch.

Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers

Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers

Yet when faced with declining sales and overall economic weakness in the years following the Great Recession of 2008–2009, Best Buy and other chains buckled under the pressure and lost sight of what they could do that pointing and clicking could not.

‘Tis the season for a Christmas weather forecast…

‘Tis the season for a Christmas weather forecast…

It was a different much more pleasant occasion in the South Island where Cromwell hit 32.8°C on Christmas Day, the warmest temperature recorded across all of New Zealand in December 2018.Daytime temperatures near average (generally in the upper teens.)

Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way

Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way

Maybe the most powerful part of the speech was when he said, “I’m not going to be around forever,” and so he thinks it essential to deeply embed free speech values into Facebook so the company continues giving voice to people long after he’s gone.

PG&E’s Power Shutoffs Can’t Save California From Wildfire Hell

PG&E’s Power Shutoffs Can’t Save California From Wildfire Hell

“If you imagine the atmosphere over your head as a sponge, you can’t wring it out anymore,” says Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA.At ground level, the warm air screaming through the mountains sucks away whatever moisture might be left in the vegetation—which is increasingly little as the climate warms in California and autumns grow increasingly dry .

'Sorry to This Man' Is the Perfect Meme for Right Now

'Sorry to This Man' Is the Perfect Meme for Right Now

This week, it got one: Keke Palmer's accidental roast, "sorry to this man.".All week, people have been using the "sorry to this man" clip to express just about everything they were confused about or wished to dismiss.

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

Imagine the Views From This Italian-Designed Swiss Train

But starting in December 2020, visitors to the Swiss Alps will be able to enjoy the best of both by taking a ride on the Goldenpass Express, in a panoramic train designed by Pininfarina .The Italian design firm is best known for its work in the automotive realm, collaborating most famously with Ferrari on the F40, Testarossa, GTO, Daytona, and more.

The Internet Needs Tumblr More Than Ever

The Internet Needs Tumblr More Than Ever

That, of course, also makes Tumblr the antithesis of other social media hubs like Facebook and Twitter and Reddit.

Tweets Can Be Deleted, but Your Likes Are Forever

Tweets Can Be Deleted, but Your Likes Are Forever

Through the API, the services can delete all your terrible 2009-era takes, says Fayssal Martani, creator of Tweet Archive Eraser.Richard West, creator of TweetDelete, says Twitter appears to limit services like his to deleting roughly 3,200 likes.

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

Google's New Gesture Controls Aren't Just for the Pixel

When Google's next flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, arrives this fall, it will respond to a series of gesture interactions—a pinch of the fingers, or a wave of the hand—without the user ever needing to touch the screen.

Space Photos of the Week: Strap on Your Space Goggles and Bask in the Starlight

Space Photos of the Week: Strap on Your Space Goggles and Bask in the Starlight

Telescopes like Chandra can spot x-ray light coming from massive stars, much larger than our Sun, that are active for only a few million years, sputtering out gas and dust into space.

Depression and the Solace of 'Grinding' in Online Games

Depression and the Solace of 'Grinding' in Online Games

The imitation of forward movement in games like Destiny 2 is catnip to a mind stuck in neutral. It's about what videogame players call "grinding"—the act of repetitiously getting resources, experience points, or anything else you might need in a game to achieve your goals.

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News

Pinterest Wants You to Relax, Equifax’s $700M Fine, and More News. Pinterest wants to calm you down, Equifax gets hit with a record fine, and facial recognition is still struggling with darker faces.

Are Super Automatic Espresso Machines Worth It?

Are Super Automatic Espresso Machines Worth It?

DeLonghi and Saeco (owned by Philips) are two of the top brands in the super automatic world, so I tested out one of each brand’s midrange machines: DeLonghi’s Magnifica S ($800 - $1,100 on Amazon) and Saeco’s Incanto Carafe ($900 - $1,100 on Amazon) .Both the Magnfica S and Incanto grind, compress, brew, and dispense espresso with the tap of a button.

WIRED

WIRED

FaceApp isn't alone in the land of privacy concerns, a curious week-long satellite outage for Europe has finally ended, and WIRED did the math on what it would take to bike to the moon. Europe's week-long satellite outage is over—but serves as a warning.

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme

In the clip, the first daughter looks less welcome than a geek at the cool-kid table, and less than 24 hours after it made the rounds, writer Erin Ryan kicked off the #UnwantedIvanka meme by asking the internet to place Trump into other scenes, like soccer player Megan Rapinoe's goal celebration and Beyoncé's Coachella performance.

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Of the 126 games we tallied from the E3 events held by Microsoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and EA, as well as the annual PC Gaming Show, a paltry six centered exclusively female protagonists, while almost five times as many, 28, centered male characters.