The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The UK Is Secretly Testing a Controversial Web Snooping Tool

The tests, which are being run by two unnamed internet service providers, the Home Office and the National Crime Agency, are being conducted under controversial surveillance laws introduced at the end of 2016.

Vaccines Are Here. We Have to Talk About Side Effects

Vaccines Are Here. We Have to Talk About Side Effects

First, fear of side effects turns out to be one of the main reasons why people doubt these vaccines.According to briefing documents, the Pfizer formula caused fatigue in 59.4 percent of trial participants after their second dose, headaches in 51.7 percent, muscle pain in 37.3 percent, joint pain in 21.9 percent, chills in 35.1 percent, and fever in 15.8 percent.

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

All the Stuff Humans Make Now Outweighs Earth’s Organisms

“They produce this, I think, very eye-catching and also strong message that these two types of stocks—the biomass stock and anthropogenic mass—they are actually at a crossover point more or less in 2020, plus or minus a couple of years,” says social ecologist Fridolin Krausmann of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, who wasn’t involved in the research but was a peer reviewer for the paper.

New Vaccine Data Is Coming: Watch Out for These 3 Claims

New Vaccine Data Is Coming: Watch Out for These 3 Claims

At the same time, it’s important to remember that not every number that’s reported will be based on a full analysis of all the data.

Overcoming Vaccine Skepticism Starts in the Community

Overcoming Vaccine Skepticism Starts in the Community

Ethnic minorities were ten times less likely than the general population to participate in the vaccine trial: They comprise 36 percent of the population, but only 3 percent of trial participants.

Masks Help, but We May Never Know How Much

Masks Help, but We May Never Know How Much

On Wednesday, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals published what many took to be a disheartening result: According to some headlines, a 6,000-person randomized controlled trial in Denmark had found that wearing a mask does not offer any clear protection from being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

The Latest Covid Vaccine Results, Deciphered

The Latest Covid Vaccine Results, Deciphered

Long before any results came in, the protocol for this trial calculated what sort of data—including how many people ended up getting sick—would need to be tallied in order to know that the vaccine had cleared the minimum requirement of 50-percent effectiveness set by the Food and Drug Administration.

Why It’s a Big Deal If the First Covid Vaccine Is ‘Genetic’

Why It’s a Big Deal If the First Covid Vaccine Is ‘Genetic’

Best news since January 10,” tweeted Florian Krammer, a virologist and vaccinologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (who also happens to be a participant in the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine trial).

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Another Surge, Vaccine and Treatment Progress, and More Coronavirus News

Americans prepare for another surge in cases, vaccine and treatment approval moves forward, and new partnerships curb coronavirus misinformation.This news comes approximately a week after a massive international trial found that remdesivir does not prevent deaths among patients with severe cases with Covid-19.

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.

These 4 Covid-19 Vaccines Are Closest to Becoming Reality

These 4 Covid-19 Vaccines Are Closest to Becoming Reality

On July 20, two vaccine candidates published preliminary results from Phase I and II trials showing they induced an immune response and didn’t trigger any major safety concerns, marking a positive step forward.

Everything You Need to Know About the Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine

Everything You Need to Know About the Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine

At this stage, the study can’t tell us whether people who have the vaccine are protected against contracting Covid-19, but it does tell us that the vaccine is safe to use, and that it provokes an immune response .So We Haven’t Actually Solved the Vaccine Problem Yet. Not yet, no.

Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

Health care workers gave hospitalized people the drug in the early days of the pandemic (because they didn’t have much else to give), and influential voices like carmaker Elon Musk and President Donald Trump advocated for it as a possible cure.

How to Read Covid-19 Research (and Actually Understand It)

How to Read Covid-19 Research (and Actually Understand It)

But by looking at where a study was published, what data it uses, and how it fits into the larger body of scientific research, even the armchair experts among us can start to be more savvy science information consumers.

The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic

The CEO of Novartis on Developing Drugs During a Pandemic

As a manufacturer of hydroxychloroquine, the company was in the uncomfortable position of distributing a product that was overhyped for an unintended—and, as the FDA concluded, not likely to be effective —use as a Covid-19 treatment or preventative drug.

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.

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.

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Other states are testing remote grand juries, civil juries, and simulated criminal juries.“I think jury trials where some portion is conducted via teleconference is far from theoretical,” said Thomas Boyd, the administrator of the Michigan state court system, whose office is conducting a pilot using the videoconference system Polycom.

Front-Runners Emerge in the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine

Front-Runners Emerge in the Race for a Covid-19 Vaccine

Having already acquired safety data from human trials of similar vaccines for the related coronavirus that causes MERS , Oxford researchers convinced British regulators to push forward with a large Phase II study involving 6,000 people while the outbreak in the UK is still raging.

Early Remdesivir Data for Covid-19 Is Finally Here

Early Remdesivir Data for Covid-19 Is Finally Here

In late January and early February, as the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 began to spread outside of China , Andre Kalil was spending more and more time inside his office at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha on the phone and emailing with researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

But ever since communities around the globe started sheltering in place as part of a widespread effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 , various apps have tweaked their subscriptions and blasted out marketing emails to offer potential customers free trials.

Anthony Levandowski Pleads Guilty to Stealing Waymo Secrets

Anthony Levandowski Pleads Guilty to Stealing Waymo Secrets

Anthony Levandowski, the once-lauded engineer who cofounded Google’s self-driving car project and helped spark interest in autonomous vehicles , pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing a confidential Google document shortly before leaving the company.

Crispr'd Cells Show Promise in First US Human Safety Trial

Crispr'd Cells Show Promise in First US Human Safety Trial

Last year, each cancer patient received infusions of about 100 million of their own T cells, which had been genetically modified in a University of Pennsylvania lab.

Could You Bungee-Jump Using Only Magnets?

Could You Bungee-Jump Using Only Magnets?

That’s the premise behind this video of the supposed “first wireless bungee jump.” Let me be real clear: It’s a fake.As the cord stretches, it exerts an upward force on the jumper in the same direction that the ground would push.

How to Watch Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial

How to Watch Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Because senators themselves aren’t allowed to speak during the trial, arguments will be made by the impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, who function like prosecutors, and Trump’s legal team.

Elon Musk's ‘Pedo Guy’ Trial, Uber’s Crime Report, and More Car News This Week

Elon Musk's ‘Pedo Guy’ Trial, Uber’s Crime Report, and More Car News This Week

How physics prevented a man in a panic attack from opening an aircraft door in midair .Elon Musk wins his defamation trial , which may have turned on what “pedo guy” means .Researchers say they’ve taught self-driving car software to distinguish between selfish and considerate human drivers in the space of two seconds.

Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way

Elon Musk to Testify as Diver's Slander Trial Gets Under Way

Musk later said that Howard-Higgins told that employee that Unsworth had married a girl when she was as young as 12, though Unsworth’s lawyers say, based on emails, that Howard-Higgins only said that the the diver met his wife when she was 18 or 19.

Amazon Echo Dot Deal: It's on Sale for Just $9

Amazon Echo Dot Deal: It's on Sale for Just $9

The palm-sized gadget is on sale for just $1 if you let Amazon also sign you up for Music Unlimited, which costs $8 per month.Amazon Music Unlimited lets the Echo Dot play virtually any song, like a Spotify or Pandora subscription—two services that are also compatible with Alexa.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

After being mandated to consider a score predicting the risk a person would reoffend or skip court, the state’s judges began offering no-bail release to white defendants much more often than to blacks.

Ex-Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged With Trade-Secret Theft

Ex-Uber Engineer Levandowski Charged With Trade-Secret Theft

Former Waymo and Uber self-driving car engineer Anthony Levandowski —regarded by many as a father of the fledgling autonomous vehicle industry—was indicted Tuesday on 33 federal charges of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets.