A Startup Is Testing the Subscription Model for Search Engines

A Startup Is Testing the Subscription Model for Search Engines

Ramaswamy's startup company, Neeva, is that "something different"—and though it, too, is a search engine, it seeks to sidestep some of Google's problems by avoiding the ads altogether.

In Lockdown, Mathematicians Crack a Stubborn Geometry Riddle

In Lockdown, Mathematicians Crack a Stubborn Geometry Riddle

The problem Greene and Lobb worked on predicts, basically, that every such path contains sets of four points that form the vertices of rectangles of any desired proportion.But again, the problem Greene and Lobb solved involves curves that are smooth, and therefore continuous.

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.

No, You Don't Need to See President Trump's Medical Records

No, You Don't Need to See President Trump's Medical Records

The president Streisand-effected the issue by, of course, tweeting about it: “The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery.”.

Coronavirus Researchers Are Dismantling Science’s Ivory Tower—One Study at a Time

Coronavirus Researchers Are Dismantling Science’s Ivory Tower—One Study at a Time

I put out a call on Twitter for qualified volunteers who wanted to use their extra time to tackle a myriad of research questions at the intersection of computing and Covid-19 epidemiology.And just like that, the Covid-19 Dispersed Volunteer Research Network was born.

What Minnesota’s Protests Are Revealing About Covid-19 Spread

What Minnesota’s Protests Are Revealing About Covid-19 Spread

Following the protests, the Minnesota Department of Health changed the criteria for the state’s still-limited supply of tests to include people who’d participated in mass gatherings within the previous week.

Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

Today, Ayyadurai is one of the most dangerous vectors of health disinformation, racking up millions of engagements on posts that rail against vaccinations, claim Anthony Fauci is a member of the “deep state,” and instruct followers to point blow dryers down their throats to kill the coronavirus.

Covid-19 Is Bad. But It May Not Be the ‘Big One’

Covid-19 Is Bad. But It May Not Be the ‘Big One’

His prediction that the US will need a second 9/11 Commission to examine its failed pandemic response is getting a second look as well—because health experts are coming to the realization that, as devastating as Covid-19 has been, it could have been far worse.

Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

Under so-called “pay-to-publish” models, like the one the UC system is entering with Springer Nature, the university negotiates the cost of making every piece of research it publishes open access.

We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?

We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?

Photograph: Christie Hemm KlokThat night Wolfe told me he was forming a network of research outposts around the globe, in hot spots where potentially devastating viruses were poised to make the jump: Cameroon, where HIV likely passed from chimpanzees into local hunters; the Democratic Republic of Congo, which had seen human outbreaks of monkeypox; Malaysia, home to a 1998 emergence of the Nipah virus; and China, where SARS-CoV had crossed over, likely from bats, in 2002.

In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run

In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run

As Bristol Bay fishermen gear up for this year’s salmon season—one beset by fears that Covid-19 could overwhelm this remote region as thousands of seasonal workers from across the world descend on fishing communities with scant medical resources—they must also contend with a slower-moving hazard: the warming temperatures that threaten a $1.5 billion industry and the people it supports.

OpenAI’s Text Generator Is Going Commercial

OpenAI’s Text Generator Is Going Commercial

Last spring, artificial intelligence research institute OpenAI said it had made software so good at generating text—including fake news articles—that it was too dangerous to release .Machine-learning algorithms are directed to analyze vast collections of text scraped from the web to discover the statistical patterns in language use.

Across the Globe, Scientists Are Striking for Black Lives

Across the Globe, Scientists Are Striking for Black Lives

A Native Hawaiian, Kamai is one of the organizers of the June 10 “Shut Down STEM to Strike for Black Lives,” a call for researchers to stop their work and spend the day learning about how systemic racism functions in their fields and at their institutions, and then to draft plans for eradicating those inequalities.

Just How Historic Is the Latest Covid-19 Science Meltdown?

Just How Historic Is the Latest Covid-19 Science Meltdown?

When The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine pulled an influential pair of Covid-19 papers last Thursday, it was a rare event in scientific publishing.Could these be among “the biggest retractions in modern history,” as one observer described the news about the paper in The Lancet?

The Remarkable Stuff Scientists Get Done as They Work From Home

The Remarkable Stuff Scientists Get Done as They Work From Home

“It may be years before academic research institutions reach a new normal,” the paper concludes.Scientists have redirected their energy toward fighting the novel coronavirus and have shared their data; already over 13,000 papers have been written on the topic, and over 3,000 preprints related to Covid-19 research have been shared on open-access preprint sites like bioRxiv and medRxiv.

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.

Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

Major Hydroxychloroquine Trial Shows No Prevention Benefits

The drug hydroxychloroquine, touted by President Donald Trump and his allies as a treatment and preventative for the pandemic disease Covid-19, does not keep people from getting sick.

Should We Purposely Infect Healthy Volunteers With Covid-19?

Should We Purposely Infect Healthy Volunteers With Covid-19?

Challenge studies purposely infect healthy volunteers with a pathogen in order to study a disease or test a treatment or vaccine.After contacting some friends, Morrison set up 1 Day Sooner, a group that advocates on behalf of volunteers for Covid-19 human challenge studies.

There Are Rumors Kingdom Hearts Is Getting a Disney+ Show

There Are Rumors Kingdom Hearts Is Getting a Disney+ Show

This week we have tidbits about Kingdom Hearts, Fortnite delays, and Half-Life: Alyx.The latest update to Valve's showcase virtual reality title, Half-Life: Alyx, puts liquid inside the various in-game bottles.

To Beat Covid-19, You Have to Know How A Virus Moves

To Beat Covid-19, You Have to Know How A Virus Moves

On the long list of changes to society and the way cities will look in a Covid-haunted world, shifting public outdoor space like streets and parking lots away from cars to other uses may be one of the most striking.

The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

Along with a wide mix of research teams in laboratories across the world, Glanville is pursuing antibody treatments as a complementary tool to fight Covid-19.Right now, the blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients can be transfused into people who are currently fighting the disease, as a way to introduce effective antibodies into their systems.

I Enrolled in a Coronavirus Contact Tracing Academy

I Enrolled in a Coronavirus Contact Tracing Academy

As people start to slide back into close contact with one another, the nation’s top health officials are worried that the US still doesn’t have systems in place to effectively test, track, and halt the spread of the deadly respiratory disease.

Using Science & Culture to Assess Billabong Health

Using Science & Culture to Assess Billabong Health

“If they don’t have a fence around the billabong, [feral] buffalos can destroy it and prevent us from hunting for bush food, like water lilies,” says fellow Yangbala Ranger Santa Louise Morris, who is also studying at Macquarie.

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

The magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic will largely depend on how quickly safe and effective vaccines and treatments can be developed and tested.As these methods take off in the coming years, we will be able to test all trillions of possible solutions to each health problem very quickly.

The Nigerian Fraudsters Ripping Off the Unemployment System

The Nigerian Fraudsters Ripping Off the Unemployment System

The email security firm Agari today will release findings that an actor within the Nigerian cybercriminal group "Scattered Canary" is filing fraudulent unemployment claims and receiving benefits from multiple states, while also receiving CARES payouts from the Internal Revenue Service.

How School Shutdowns Have Longterm Effects on Children

How School Shutdowns Have Longterm Effects on Children

But with schools closed for more than 1.3 billion schoolchildren worldwide, natural disasters can provide researchers with useful insight into a question they, and locked-down parents everywhere, are now asking: will the coronavirus shutdown have a long-term impact on children.

The US Says Chinese Hackers Went Too Far During the Covid-19 Crisis

The US Says Chinese Hackers Went Too Far During the Covid-19 Crisis

"These actors have been observed attempting to identify and illicitly obtain valuable intellectual property and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing from networks and personnel affiliated with Covid-19-related research," the joint announcement says.

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit

A Secret Space Plane is Carrying a Solar Experiment to Orbit

But the real star of the show is a small solar panel developed by the physicists at the Naval Research Lab that will be used to conduct the first orbital experiment with space-based solar power.

Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus

From rising unemployment statistics to promising drug trials, new information about this pandemic emerges constantly, and dozens of theories about how the disease spreads and can be treated get advanced or disproven on any given day.

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.