Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Birth, Death, Weddings: An Oral History of Covid-19 Disruptions

Last Sunday afternoon, a friend of ours in New Jersey whose wife was also pregnant said he wasn’t going to be allowed in the delivery room because of the Coronavirus.On Thursday, March 5, I attended the meeting for my high school band’s annual spring trip.

Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

This enhanced status would come not only from our gratitude to these companies for stepping up during a tough time, but from the recognition that we have been too slow to incorporate new technologies in our lives.

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

A blockchain investor named James Todaro tweeted that an 85-year-old malaria drug called chloroquine was a potential treatment and preventative against the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

I Used to Love Cars. Here's What Drove Me Away

Resigning myself to the car slog I turned a practically free BMW into nearly a thousand dollars and 60 hours of wasted resources every month.After five years, I returned the keys to BMW, and started graduate school where I could walk to campus.

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Netflix’s newest superhero coming-of-age drama, Ragnarok, de-Marvelizes the viking myths for our climate-crisis age of Scandinavian child heroes.It follows Magne, an awkward Norweigan teen who moves to a town called Edda with his mother and brother.

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

“In order for it to be a good model, you want it to be as human as possible,” said Hank Greely, a law professor at Stanford University who specializes in ethical and legal issues in the biosciences.

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

Last spring, students at Hinsdale Central High School discovered six vaping detectors in bathrooms and locker rooms around campus.Administrators tried making students take online courses if they were caught with ecigarettes; they talked to law enforcement; the Village of Hinsdale even passed an ordinance that would make it easier for officers to ticket minors caught with the devices.

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

If You Want a Robot to Learn Better, Be a Jerk to It

To that end, researchers at the University of Southern California have shown that when working in a simulation, you can give robots “tough love” by trying to knock objects out of their hands, and it’ll actually help them better learn to grasp objects.

The Glorious Victories of Trans Athletes Are Shaking Up Sports

The Glorious Victories of Trans Athletes Are Shaking Up Sports

The International Olympic Committee has more granular rules: Transgender women can compete in the women’s category as long as their blood testosterone levels have been maintained below 10 nano moles per liter for a minimum of 12 months.

The Delicate Ethics of Using Facial Recognition in Schools

The Delicate Ethics of Using Facial Recognition in Schools

Last year, parents in Lockport, New York, protested plans by school officials to install a $1.4 million facial recognition system, saying it was inappropriate to use such potentially intrusive technology on children.

So You Want to Quit Vaping? No One Actually Knows How

So You Want to Quit Vaping? No One Actually Knows How

Some kids who started vaping had no idea e-cigarettes even contained nicotine, says Yvonne Prutzman, also a program director at the National Cancer Institute.“With vaping everything flips on its head,” says Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Raising Dion Is the Latest in the Netflix Era of Just OK TV

Raising Dion Is the Latest in the Netflix Era of Just OK TV

And there’s the combined story of Nicole and Dion, about a mother and son learning to make a life in a world that doesn’t know what to do with young black boys or black women despite them doing their very best to succeed.

The Tech Helping Dogs Learn to 'Talk' With Humans

The Tech Helping Dogs Learn to 'Talk' With Humans

But then the dog reaches around and his mouth tugs something on the yellow vest he’s wearing, and you hear it again.“My owner needs your attention!

College, Calculus, and the Problem With the SAT

College, Calculus, and the Problem With the SAT

In his new book, The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us, Paul Tough explores this divide, and interrogates whether going to college has become a privilege of wealth and whether it can still lift people out of economic insecurity.

Winners of NIWA Wellington science fair

Winners of NIWA Wellington science fair

Top prizewinners: Blake Shepard, a Year 9 student from Rongotai College, won the $500 Royal Society of New Zealand Wellington Branch prize for the runner-up best overall exhibit with his project: “Is Cotton Rotten?”.

David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV

David Makes Man Invents a Doorway to a New Kind of TV

But the very nature of David Makes Man both invents a doorway into something new and rebels against a genre of TV-making that has historically cast out the stories of black teen boys.

Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt

Lambda School's For-Profit Plan to Solve Student Debt

Lambda says enrollment, now 2,700 students, is growing at 10 percent a month; it foresees soon bringing the ISA model to other subjects, like nursing.The challenge, Allred says, is overcoming the stigma of for-profit coding schools, especially among Silicon Valley firms—which is tricky when you’ve been around less than three years.

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

In Follett's software, Demirkapi says he found bugs that would have given a hacker access to student data like grade point average, special education status, number of suspensions, and passwords.

To End Student Debt, Tie Tuition to Post-Graduation Salaries

To End Student Debt, Tie Tuition to Post-Graduation Salaries

Unlike student loans, ISAs mitigate the risk of pursuing post-secondary education by aligning the economic incentives of school and student. But unlike student loans, if regulated responsibly, ISAs power a risk-averse path to higher education.

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) requires operators of websites and online services to obtain parents' explicit consent before collecting the personal information of children under 13.

NIWA reveals Arrowtown air quality standards breached every time temperature plummets

NIWA reveals Arrowtown air quality standards breached every time temperature plummets

That’s more than double the national standard of 50, with hourly concentrations peaking at 314 micrograms per cubic metre,” says project leader NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley.

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.“It’s not clear it’s solving the right problem.

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.

Facing the Ubiquity of Fortnite in Our Kids' Lives

Facing the Ubiquity of Fortnite in Our Kids' Lives

Amos, the 8-year-old, explained that “the daily challenges reeeeally make you want to play it.” The kids at school are always talking about them, he said, and if you don't know what they are, you're not just not in on the joke—you're a fraud.

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry

Being tall, white, enthusiastic, and good at computers, I’ve ended up the CEO of a software services company, working for various large enterprises to build their digital dreams—which you’d figure would be like being a kid in a candy store for me, sculpting software experiences all day until they ship to the web or into app stores.

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons

Calculating the Ecological Impact of Game of Thrones' Dragons

On the bright side, that means a smaller cottage industry will be needed to ensure that Drogon is fed and cared for without laying waste to the rest of Westeros—or so determined a trio of Maryland high school students on their way to outdueling thousands of other teams in the prestigious Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).

How to Teach Kids to Be Independent Thinkers

How to Teach Kids to Be Independent Thinkers

When teachers answer these questions, it prompts kids to think more deeply about the implications of what they’re learning.

The Woman Who Saved John McAfee from an Epically Bad Deal

The Woman Who Saved John McAfee from an Epically Bad Deal

In 1989, 22-year-old Sonja Hoel had been working as an analyst at the venture capital firm TA Associates in Boston for several weeks—yet she still didn’t have a chair for her desk.

How Tactical Drivers Learn Crazy-Ass Maneuvers

How Tactical Drivers Learn Crazy-Ass Maneuvers

Those fancy car maneuvers you see in action movies aren’t all about good looks. Most students at the school are security or special operations professionals, there to learn about “tactical mobility.” Tactical mobility sounds fancy, but it’s “basically having excellent car control, so if something happens, you’re capable of handling your vehicle and its occupants safely,” says Wyatt Knox, the special projects director at the school.

Fighting Measles, LA Pulls a Classic Move: Quarantine

Fighting Measles, LA Pulls a Classic Move: Quarantine

“This is a legally binding order that’s issued when we want to prevent the increased risk of infection,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the county Department of Public Health, at a press conference on Friday.