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).

Million-Year-Old DNA Rewrites Mammoths' Evolutionary Tree

Million-Year-Old DNA Rewrites Mammoths' Evolutionary Tree

DNA from three ancient molars, one likely to be over a million years old, has revealed that there is a ghost lineage of mammoths that interbred with distant relatives to produce the North American mammoth population.

Cops Disrupt Emotet, the Internet's ‘Most Dangerous Malware’

Cops Disrupt Emotet, the Internet's ‘Most Dangerous Malware’

The global effort, known as Operation Ladybird, coordinated with private security researchers to disrupt and take over Emotet's command-and-control infrastructure—located in more than 90 countries, according to Ukrainian police—while simultaneously arresting at least two of the cybercriminal crew's Ukrainian members.

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.The videos all made the same claims: both Skelton and Desselle had been vaccinated for Covid-19 shortly before developing their tremors, and the vaccine, they alleged, was to blame.

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

“They get all the same illnesses as adults, just at a lower rate,” says Lindsay Thompson, a pediatrician and the vice chair for health outcomes and translational research at the University of Florida, who last month wrote a perspective in JAMA Pediatrics summarizing the lessons of the last year.

Want to Fight the Zombie Fire Apocalypse? Weaponize Math

Want to Fight the Zombie Fire Apocalypse? Weaponize Math

“The magic of cellular automata is that by aggregating very simple rules in a space, it actually is able to capture what is called an ‘emergent behavior,’ which is a behavior that is extremely complex,” says Imperial College London engineer Guillermo Rein, coauthor of a new paper describing the work in the journal Proceedings of the Combustion Institute.

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.

Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News

Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News

President Trump tests positive, lawmakers consider new approaches to contact tracing and testing, and America’s largest school districts navigate reopening.Thus far, contact-tracing apps haven’t done much to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the US, as different states coordinate patchwork responses and the federal government doesn’t weigh in.

How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

How the Coronavirus Got to Donald Trump

In fact, Covid-19’s incubation period probably means that the president and his wife could have been infectious at the Cleveland debate with Biden.

The 20-Year Hunt for the Man Behind the Love Bug Virus

The 20-Year Hunt for the Man Behind the Love Bug Virus

He’d been accused of unleashing the Love Bug , a high-profile and extremely successful virus that had infected an estimated 45 million computers worldwide and caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage.

How Google Meet Weathered the Work-From-Home Explosion

How Google Meet Weathered the Work-From-Home Explosion

Google saw Meet undergo 30-times growth in the early months of the pandemic; soon enough, the service was hosting up to 100 million meeting participants each day.Complicating the challenge was that the Google engineers involved in the response were themselves working from home, spread across four offices in three countries.

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

According to the report, High Harbour followed many of the CDC’s recommendations for summer camps, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, staggering the use of communal spaces, and requiring physical distancing outside of cabins.

Can Duck Poop Spread Invasive Fish?

Can Duck Poop Spread Invasive Fish?

As the authors note in the paper, “Only 0.2% of ingested eggs survived gut passage, yet, given the abundance, diet, and movements of ducks in nature, our results have major implications for biodiversity conservation and invasion dynamics in freshwater ecosystems.”.

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don't Really Do Their Job

Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals Don't Really Do Their Job

Instead of waiting for their work to go through the slow process of peer review at scientific journals, scientists are now often going straight to print themselves, posting write-ups of their work to public servers as soon as they’re complete.

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.

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

Now, the DHS "is preparing to advise the US telecom industry on steps it can take to prevent attacks on 5G cell towers following a rash of incidents in Western Europe fueled by the false claim that the technology spreads the pathogen causing Covid-19," The Washington Post reported last week.

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.

How Much Is a Human Life Actually Worth?

How Much Is a Human Life Actually Worth?

The point of social distancing was to “flatten the curve,” to slow the spread of the virus so that hospitals wouldn’t be overwhelmed and governments could take public health measures—like widespread testing and tracing the contacts of sick people—to keep people safe.

5 Big Mistakes We Can Make Fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic

5 Big Mistakes We Can Make Fighting the Covid-19 Pandemic

“Given that another surge of Covid-19 is likely, we need to make sure that hospitals have three things,” says Yasmin.To learn more about the other biggest mistakes we should avoid in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, take a look at our video above with Yasmin.

Solar Panels Could Be the Best Fad Ever

Solar Panels Could Be the Best Fad Ever

I was nursing a beer at his winter holiday party as he told me about the solar panels on his Brooklyn brownstone roof.It was a neighbor from around the corner who'd seen my solar array and, like me before him, was intrigued.

It's Time to Do the Things You Keep Putting Off. Here's How

It's Time to Do the Things You Keep Putting Off. Here's How

There are apps that offer to unsubscribe you from emails in bulk, but I’ve found the best way to tackle this is to just do it one-by-one.

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Trump Bans Travel From Europe—but Covid-19 Is Already Here

Now, some public health experts say they are skeptical that Trump’s European travel ban will contain the spread of the novel coronavirus here in the United States.

No, a Border Wall Won't Stop Coronavirus

No, a Border Wall Won't Stop Coronavirus

Instead of prioritizing physical barriers at all, especially at the southern border, researchers say that the US should be focused on limiting Covid-19 spread at ports of entry around the country through screening and home quarantine orders.

Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

Canceled Flights, New Waymo Sensors, and More Car News This Week

As coronavirus worries spread throughout the country, we get it: Some of you won’t be moving at all.The share of incorrectly parked motor vehicles observed by a team of Cornell University researchers as they hung out in five major US cities for three days each.

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

In Planes and Trains, Mini-Mops and Fog Machines Battle Coronavirus

“Unless you’re really a super shooter,” says Vicki Stover Hertzberg, “gravity takes over.” Hertzberg, who studies how disease moves through planes at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, says you can confine your wary looks to your immediate neighbors in your row, the one in front of you, and the one behind.

The Smartest (and Dumbest) Movies to Watch During an Outbreak

The Smartest (and Dumbest) Movies to Watch During an Outbreak

“A lot of the work that the CDC does is to make sure that disease outbreaks like this don’t ever get to the stage of a global pandemic.

Wuhan Coronavirus 'Super-Spreaders' Could Be Wildcards

Wuhan Coronavirus 'Super-Spreaders' Could Be Wildcards

So far, only a hint of super-spreading has surfaced amid the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China: a Chinese respiratory disease expert gave an early report that 14 hospital workers became ill from a single patient.

Scientists Predict Wuhan's Virus Outbreak Will Get Much Worse

Scientists Predict Wuhan's Virus Outbreak Will Get Much Worse

Already, since Tuesday, the number of diagnosed coronavirus patients in Wuhan has shot up to 729.Using case data scraped from official reports, a team led by Jonathan Read at Lancaster University plotted a temporal map of the coronavirus’s spread, starting on January 1, when local authorities closed the meat-and-animal market where the virus is believed to have crossed into humans from an unknown source .

Inside the Hyper-Organized World of Wedding Planning Spreadsheets

Inside the Hyper-Organized World of Wedding Planning Spreadsheets

Weddings are bizarre in this sense, as they suddenly place an expectation on people who likely have no previous event-planning experience to organize what society pressures them into believing is the most important day of their lives.

Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Anti-Deepfake Law in California Is Far Too Feeble

Because of the high burden of proof to determine actual malice, a lengthy review process will likely ensue and allow the deepfake to continue to spread.