How to Reduce (but Not Eliminate) Covid Risk at Holiday Gatherings

How to Reduce (but Not Eliminate) Covid Risk at Holiday Gatherings

He said his own Thanksgiving may look very different this year and warned people to be careful about social gatherings, calling gathering for holidays a risk.Public health experts tell WIRED there is no completely safe way to hold a Thanksgiving gathering this year, but there are ways to reduce risk.

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

Americans Took Prevagen for Years—as the FDA Questioned Its Safety

While the existence of adverse event reports alone don’t prove a product is the cause, the nature and pattern of complaints about Prevagen worried FDA officials, according to agency records.

Treatment and Vaccine Trials Are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Treatment and Vaccine Trials Are Halted, US Cases Rise, and More Coronavirus News

Treatment and vaccine trials are halted, the US forges ahead with its decentralized response, and new revelations about American society and institutions underscore the deadly toll of the virus.

Inside Citizen, the App That Asks You to Report on Crimes

Inside Citizen, the App That Asks You to Report on Crimes

If Citizen has to grow before it can make money, then it has to entice people to use the app in the first place.But to show what the app is really capable of, it needs the participation and content provided by its users.To grow, Citizen needs videos.

Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past

Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past

In a conventional nuclear reactor, the main line of defense against a meltdown is the fuel control rod, which power plant operators use to control the fission rate in the core.

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

When a reviewer sees cause for concern in a photo, they include the details in a regular report sent to building managers that summarizes recent social distancing violations in their facility.

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

As Businesses Reopen, Some Workers Fear Returning

A spokesperson for Smithfield says the company has instituted several OSHA-compliant safety protocols, including more protective equipment for workers, fever screenings for entry, and sick leave.

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook today announced new features for Messenger that will alert you when messages appear to come from financial scammers or potential child abusers, displaying warnings in the Messenger app that provide tips and suggest you block the offenders.

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

Right to Repair Groups Fire Shots at Medical Device Manufacturers

The company said today it’s releasing what it calls the “most comprehensive medical equipment service database in the world.” The collection of thousands of files is supposed to help biomedical engineering technicians—the techs who update or fix medical equipment on site at health care facilities—repair everything from imaging equipment to EKG monitors to ventilators.

The Case for Reopening Schools

The Case for Reopening Schools

Schools are reopening in countries around the world in response to a substantial body of evidence that children are largely unaffected by Covid-19 and minimally contagious when they get infected.

Adult Cam Site CAM4 Exposed 10.88 Billion Records Online

Adult Cam Site CAM4 Exposed 10.88 Billion Records Online

“Leaving their production server publicly exposed without any password,” says Safety Detectives researcher Anurag Sen, whose team discovered the leak, “it’s really dangerous to the users and to the company.”.

Delivery Companies Hand Out Safety Gear—With Mixed Results

Delivery Companies Hand Out Safety Gear—With Mixed Results

The grocery delivery company had pledged to outfit more than 100,000 of its shoppers with “health and safety kits,” each containing a reusable face mask, a forehead thermometer, and hand sanitizer.“The mask is a joke,” says Amy V., an Instacart worker who received her safety kit this week.

Fits and Starts for Autonomous Vehicles, and More Car News This Week

Fits and Starts for Autonomous Vehicles, and More Car News This Week

The Air Force is getting into flying cars .The federal government has taken a hands-off approach to self-driving cars—but it stepped in to halt passenger trips on a model of autonomous shuttle.

The Feds Ban a Self-Driving Shuttle Fleet From Carrying People

The Feds Ban a Self-Driving Shuttle Fleet From Carrying People

Late Tuesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—the federal agency in charge of road safety in the US—took the unusual step of ordering a fleet of self-driving shuttles to stop carrying passengers.

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

US Coronavirus Prep, a Fatal Tesla Crash Ruling, and More News

The NTSB found that the automaker bears some responsibility for the crash and should restrict the use of its Autopilot feature and better detect when drivers are paying attention; however, the agency also criticized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hands-off approach to regulating new vehicle technologies like Autopilot, saying that it had overlooked risks of advanced driver-assistance features.

New Data Backs Up Details in a Fatal 2018 Tesla Model X Crash

New Data Backs Up Details in a Fatal 2018 Tesla Model X Crash

Last week, the National Transportation Safety Board released dozens of new documents that provide a detailed understanding of the circumstances of Huang's death.The documents confirm a claim by Walter Huang's family that he had experienced this particular glitch, in this particular spot, multiple times prior to the crash.

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

3 Ways for Big Tech to Protect Teens From Harm

With our colleagues from Brainstorm, Stanford’s Lab for Mental Health Innovation, we’ve created guiding principles that companies can follow to create products that protect users and have potential to help: Do no harm :Do not allow teens to be harmed by what they consume.

A Promising Crispr Trial, Happy-ish Tesla Investors, and More News

A Promising Crispr Trial, Happy-ish Tesla Investors, and More News

Gene-editing trials are optimistic and Tesla stocks are going ballistic, but first: a cartoon about meme cinema .You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

All six of those terms have been used by important auto industry organizations—regulators at the US Department of Transportation, standards developers at SAE International, and influential research organization Thatcham Research—to describe automatic emergency braking systems.

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The lens will sit right on the cornea, and Ashley Tuan, vice president of medical devices at Mojo Vision, tells me it will be just like wearing normal contacts.

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

Feds Are Content to Let Cars Drive, and Regulate, Themselves

The Trump administration Wednesday reaffirmed its policy to maintain a light touch in regulating self-driving vehicles , with a new document that is long on promoting the industry and silent on rules governing testing or operating the vehicles.

The Perils and Promise of Artificial Conscientiousness

The Perils and Promise of Artificial Conscientiousness

One of the founders of DeepMind cofounded the Partnership on AI, which aims to direct “attention and effort on harnessing AI to contribute to solutions for some of humanity’s most challenging problems.” On December 4, PAI announced the release of SafeLife, a proof-of-concept reinforcement-learning model that can avoid unintended side effects of its optimization activity in a simple game.

Uber May Be Banned From London, One of Its Biggest Markets

Uber May Be Banned From London, One of Its Biggest Markets

On Monday, the agency Transport for London, which regulates taxis and for-hire vehicles in the city, said it has identified “a pattern of failures” by Uber that threatened rider safety, and that Uber hadn’t done enough to correct the failures.

Feds Pin Uber Crash on Human Operator, Call for Better Rules

Feds Pin Uber Crash on Human Operator, Call for Better Rules

First, the safety panel thinks NHTSA should do more to gauge how self-driving developers are running their test operations on public roads.

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

The Failure of Uber's Self-Driving Car, Polestar's Debut, and More Car News This Week

But this week, when the National Transportation Safety Board released more than 40 documents related to the 2018 crash in which a self-driving Uber killed a pedestrian, it quickly became apparent that the term “mistake” might be generous.

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Know Pedestrians Could Jaywalk

Uber’s Self-Driving Car Didn’t Know Pedestrians Could Jaywalk

The software inside the Uber self-driving SUV that killed an Arizona woman last year was not designed to detect pedestrians outside of a crosswalk, according to new documents released as part of a federal investigation into the incident.

SpaceX and Boeing Still Need a Parachute That Always Works

SpaceX and Boeing Still Need a Parachute That Always Works

The spacecraft was Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule, which will begin carrying NASA astronauts to the International Space Station next year.Later this week, SpaceX will also perform a test of its Crew Dragon capsule, a second try after a catastrophic explosion ended a similar trial run earlier this year.

Ford Is Bringing Huge Screens—and Live Updates—to Its Cars

Ford Is Bringing Huge Screens—and Live Updates—to Its Cars

The bigger screens will allow Ford to show multiple applications (like navigation, phone, and radio) simultaneously, and to automatically configure their arrangement based on which the driver uses most frequently.The new screens will run Sync 4 and offer enough real estate to comfortably display multiple applications, configured to the user's liking.

The NFL's Helmet Tests Are Brainless

The NFL's Helmet Tests Are Brainless

So it’s not surprising that the NFL's helmet testing and ranking has had no discernable impact on the incidence of concussions (to say nothing of the incidence of clinically silent injury, which hasn’t been measured at all).

Smart Summons from Tesla, Drones from UPS, and More Car News

Smart Summons from Tesla, Drones from UPS, and More Car News

Last week, the electric carmaker rolled out a couple of very fun new updates, like “caraoke,” a sharper Automatic Lane Change feature, and in-car app upgrades.