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Senior Correspondent/Wired. Full Spectrum: How the Science of Color Made Us Modern https://indiebound.org/book/9781328518903 adam_rogers@wired.comSource
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Better Data on Ivermectin Is Finally on Its Way

Better Data on Ivermectin Is Finally on Its Way

Studies have been small and often not great. The best info so far says don’t use it, get vaccinated, and hang in there for the more promising meds being tested. Edward Mills came to the meeting last month with very good data. A clinical trials expert at McMaster University, Mills was presenting new results from a trial that is looking at how well half a dozen different drugs treat Covid-19—not for the people so sick they’re in the emergency room or the hospital, but in people whose symptoms haven’t gotten that bad yet. People sick at home, in other words. At his online talk, put on by the...

Sep 8
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Sneaky New Bacteria on the ISS Could Build a Future on Mars

Sneaky New Bacteria on the ISS Could Build a Future on Mars

researchers announced that they’d found an hiding aboard the International Space Station. And they were cool with that.In fact, for an organization known for a sophisticated public communications strategy—Mars rovers don’t write their own tweets, is what I’m saying—everyone was pretty quiet about this discovery.Almost too quiet.It’s true that the new life wasn’t, say, a xenomorphic alien with acid for blood. It was a novel species of bacteria, unknown on Earth but whose genes identified it as coming from a familiar terrestrial genus called Methylobacterium. Typically its members like to...

Apr 5
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Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

Why Are Lines at Polling Places So Long? Math

ready to retire. This was 2011; he was teaching computer science in Chicago by then, but that was really just the capstone on a legendary career in software. In 1979, Pelczarski wrote Magic Paintbrush, an artmaking program for the Apple II, the first personal computer capable of color. He started Penguin Software two years later to publish classics like Graphics Magician, and in the late 1980s he went on to develop music software, create a CD-ROM precursor to Google Maps, and play steel drums with Jimmy Buffett. It’s safe to say that computers look and sound the way they do, at least a...

Oct 30
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A New Way to Plug a Human Brain Into a Computer: via Veins

A New Way to Plug a Human Brain Into a Computer: via Veins

of connecting a gooey, thinking brain to a cold, one-ing and zero-ing computer is getting information through your thick skull—or mine, or anyone’s. The whole point of a skull, after all, is keeping a brain safely separate from [waves hands at everything]. So if that brain isn’t yours, the only way to tell what’s going on inside it is inference. People make very educated guesses based on what that brain tells a body to do—like, if the body makes some noises that you can understand (that’s speech) or moves around in a recognizable way. That’s a problem for people trying to understand how the...

Oct 29
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America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

America’s Top Science Journal Has Had It With Trump

that goes back to 1880 and a reputation for publishing world-changing research, the journal Science is the apex predator of academic publishing. Getting an article past its gatekeepers and peer reviewers can make a researcher's career; the journal's news section is a model for high-level reporting on everything from quarks to viruses to blue whales to galactic clusters. Along with its competitors Cell and Nature, the journal represents not just new knowledge but also the cultural mores of the world it covers—innovation, integrity, accuracy, rectitude, fealty to data.So it’s surprising (but...

September 16, 2020
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No, You Don't Need to See President Trump's Medical Records

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

at the US Military Academy last weekend, President Donald Trump appeared lethargic and occasionally slurred words. He seemed to have to his lips, and apparently leading away from his dais.The images caught fire on and in the . What might have been a nothingburger for any other elderly, overweight gentleman a day shy of his 74th birthday turned into a news peg—and for renewed demands that the president release results from a comprehensive physical examination, including a neurological assessment to determine if he had motor or cognitive disabilities.Well, here is a counterproposal: Nobody...

June 19, 2020
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Singapore Was Ready for Covid-19—Other Countries, Take Note

Singapore Was Ready for Covid-19—Other Countries, Take Note

This pandemic—the new disease Covid-19, the virus SARS-CoV-2—is not Singapore’s first epidemiological nightmare. In 2002 and 2003, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the original SARS, tore out of China and through Asia, in Singapore and sparking wholesale revisions to the city-state’s public health system. “They realized they wanted to invest for the future, to reduce that economic cost if the same thing were to happen again,” says Martin Hibberd, an infectious disease researcher now at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who worked in Singapore on SARS.So Singapore...

March 12, 2020
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The Magical Thinking of the White House's New Covid-19 Plan

The Magical Thinking of the White House's New Covid-19 Plan

on Thursday what President Donald Trump called a “phased and deliberate approach” to lifting social-distancing requirements intended to slow the spread of the pandemic disease Covid-19 in the United States. At least three across the US are already trying to work out their own approaches—something the president initially said wasn’t up to them, before recanting. The White House plan, finally released into the wild, still seems to be playing catch-up. It surprisingly aligns with the kinds of things multi-state coalitions are saying about their own efforts to help their economies get moving...

April 17, 2020
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How Much Is a Human Life Actually Worth?

How Much Is a Human Life Actually Worth?

staggering. On May 7, 2,231 Americans died of the disease Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the United States to 75,662, and more than 270,000 worldwide. The economic effects have been nothing short of American carnage. At the end of April the US Congressional Budget Office that the second quarter of 2020 would see the first drop in the US Gross Domestic Product in six years, and the worst since 2008. Since March, 33.5 million people have . Companies large and are going to disappear, along with millions of jobs. Consumer spending, business investment, manufacturing—everything...

May 11, 2020
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