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Out-of-the-box vaccine candidate: Nasal drops of a very slow-growing, synthetic-biology developed version of COVID. It just might work

Antonio Regalado | 
[S]ynthetic biology has led to a way to create a weakened form of the pandemic coronavirus that causes covid-19. Although ...
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Viewpoint: AI ethics guidelines will fail unless they account for regional and cultural differences

Abhishek Gupta, Victoria Heath | 
AI systems have repeatedly been shown to cause problems that disproportionately affect marginalized groups while benefiting a privileged few. The ...
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Brain hunger: The hunt to understand loneliness

Adam Piore | 
Kay Tye set out to answer a question that has taken on new resonance in the age of social distancing: ...
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Limited COVID herd immunity may be developing in hardest hit areas, but it may last only months

Antonio Regalado | 
Millions of US residents have been infected by the virus that causes covid-19, and at least 160,000 are dead. One ...
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DIY COVID-19 vaccine? George Church, other scientists experimenting with home brewed versions

Antonio Regalado | 
Nearly 200 covid-19 vaccines are in development, and some three dozen are at various stages of human testing. But in ...
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How can we better expose ‘silent’ war crimes? Thousands of human rights violations identified through crowdsourced evidence

Karen Hao | 
By some estimates, [a coalition between Saudi Arabia and eight other Sunni Arab states has] carried out over 20,000 air ...
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Why controlling COVID-19 outbreaks could make it harder to test a vaccine

Antonio Regalado | 
The aim is a vaccine by January, and money is no object. On May 21, the US said it would ...
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Viewpoint: Regenerative agriculture—carbon farming—is the ‘feel-good climate solution’ that doesn’t work as promised

James Temple | 
Corporations, politicians, and environmentalists have all embraced carbon farming as the feel-good climate solution of the moment. Several leading Democratic ...
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Struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic? These apps could help you stay sane

Charlotte Jee | 
Set a reminder to write down how you’re feeling every day. Now you’ve started a mood diary. These sorts of ...
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‘Automation is in a tailspin’: How the pandemic has disrupted AI’s ability to understand us

Will Heaven | 
When covid-19 hit, we started buying things we’d never bought before. The shift was sudden: the mainstays of Amazon’s top ...
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Is IVF an essential medical procedure during a pandemic?

Anna Sussman | 
The pandemic confronts patients and health-care providers with new ethical dilemmas. Is it too risky to pursue a fertility procedure ...
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Can Google’s medical AI improve our medical system? Laboratory results and real life offer different answers

Will Heaven | 
[A] study from Google Health—the first to look at the impact of a deep-learning tool in real clinical settings—reveals that ...
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Coronavirus opens door for expanded use of artificial intelligence at hospitals

Karen Hao | 
The Royal Bolton Hospital is among a growing number of health-care facilities around the world that are turning to AI ...
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Are coronavirus antigen tests the key to finding a way out of the pandemic crisis?

Neev Patel | 
PCR testing isn’t perfect, but it’s seen as the most accurate form of testing available for viruses. Unfortunately, it takes ...
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Is life worth living after 75? Why this medical ethicist isn’t a fan of extending the human life span

Ezekiel Emanuel, Stephen Hall | 
In October 2014, [physician and medical ethicist] Ezekiel Emanuel published an essay in the Atlantic called “Why I Hope to ...
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‘It’s going to be a project’: Looking at unconventional efforts to ramp up our coronavirus testing ability

Antonio Regalado | 
Right now, [coronavirus] gene tests—the most accurate kind—are run only in labs or on special hospital instruments. But [biotech entrepreneur ...
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‘Virtual dating’ and how the coronavirus is changing the romantic landscape

Tanya Basu | 
Welcome to dating and sex during the coronavirus pandemic. Dating apps have struggled; after all, the whole point of dating ...
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Coronavirus may survive longer than expected on uncleaned surfaces

Charlotte Jee | 
The news: There were still traces of coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after it emptied of passengers, according to a ...
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No ‘temporary disruption’: Coronavirus threatens to change our lives forever

Gideon Lichfield | 
We all want things to go back to normal quickly. But what most of us have probably not yet realized—yet ...
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Here’s how long the coronavirus survives on common surfaces

Antonio Regalado | 
A big question in the outbreak of Covid-19, which has already infected more than 110,000, is how the germ that ...
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If we use it correctly, artificial intelligence could help us fight the next epidemic

Will Heaven | 
It was an AI that first saw it coming, or so the story goes. On December 30, an artificial-intelligence company ...
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Tracking the coronavirus—and failed containment efforts—by digging through its genome

Antonio Regalado | 
In the unprecedented outbreak of a new coronavirus sweeping the world, the germ’s genetic material may ultimately tell the story ...
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Why AI doctors could signal the arrival of superintelligent robots

Oren Etzioni | 
What would alert us that superintelligence is indeed around the corner? We might call such harbingers canaries in the coal ...
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Creating a synthetic version of the coronavirus fuels hopes of treatments — and conspiracy theories

Antonio Regalado | 
Synthetic versions of the deadly virus could help test treatments. But what are the risks when viruses can be synthetized ...
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Vision implant skips the eyes and goes directly to the brain of blind people

Russ Juskalian | 
[Bernardeta] Gómez was given a six-month window during which she could see a very low-resolution semblance of the world represented ...
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Can artificial intelligence diagnose diseases? Promising apps in development but kinks remain

Douglas Heaven | 
An algorithm that can spot cause and effect could supercharge medical AI. The technique, inspired by quantum cryptography, would allow ...
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Rethinking the brain’s reward system—and what creates human intelligence

Karen Hao | 
In a paper published in Nature ... DeepMind, Alphabet’s AI subsidiary, has once again used lessons from reinforcement learning to ...
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Modern love or eugenics? Genetics pioneer George Church’s dating app matches DNA to ‘wipe out’ inherited disease

Antonio Regalado | 
George Church made a passing comment about a genetic dating app his lab was developing that he said could wipe ...