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How Mark Zuckerberg’s plans to ‘get America vaccinated’ were undermined by… Facebook

How Mark Zuckerberg’s plans to ‘get America vaccinated’ were undermined by… Facebook

In mid-March, Mark Zuckerberg used his Facebook page to announce a goal that was both ambitious and personal. He wanted ...
COVID-fighting pills edge closer to proof-of-efficacy

COVID-fighting pills edge closer to proof-of-efficacy

Peter Landers | Wall Street Journal | 
Osaka-based Shionogi, which helped develop the blockbuster cholesterol drug Crestor, said it designed its pill to attack the Covid-19 virus ...
We have numerous vaccines, but still no effective COVID treatments. Why not?

We have numerous vaccines, but still no effective COVID treatments. Why not?

Joseph Walker | Wall Street Journal | 
Nearly a year and a half into the pandemic, researchers are still struggling to find effective, easy-to-use drugs to treat ...
Corporations split over whether to impose vaccine mandates or offer incentives

Corporations split over whether to impose vaccine mandates or offer incentives

Business leaders broadly agree they need to get more workers vaccinated to keep the U.S. economy humming in the face ...
‘Beyond beating people at Jeopardy’: Artificial Intelligence takes on the human senses

‘Beyond beating people at Jeopardy’: Artificial Intelligence takes on the human senses

Angus Loten, Kevin Hand | Wall Street Journal | 
Even the smartest computers cannot fully understand the world without the ability to see, hear, smell, taste or touch. But ...
Facial recognition systems are the next target for fraudsters. Here’s how to stop them

Facial recognition systems are the next target for fraudsters. Here’s how to stop them

Parmy Olson | Wall Street Journal | 
Facial-recognition systems, long touted as a quick and dependable way to identify everyone from employees to hotel guests, are in ...
Convincing vaccine holdouts: Europe barrels forward, instituting vaccine passports and restrictions for non-compliers

Convincing vaccine holdouts: Europe barrels forward, instituting vaccine passports and restrictions for non-compliers

In most [places in Europe,] vaccination still isn’t obligatory, with a few exceptions such as healthcare workers in Italy. Yet ...
Pressure mounts on FDA to grant full approval to COVID-19 vaccines

Pressure mounts on FDA to grant full approval to COVID-19 vaccines

Felicia Schwartz | Wall Street Journal | 
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to swiftly grant full approval to Covid-19 shots, as vaccine mandates ...
Concerned about insect declines? AI pollinating robots could come to the rescue

Concerned about insect declines? AI pollinating robots could come to the rescue

Mike Cherney | Wall Street Journal | 
Across the globe, startups are testing robots to pollinate everything from blueberries to almonds. And in Australia, one company is ...
‘Precision microbiome analysis’ diets — based on almost no rigorous research — see surge in popularity

‘Precision microbiome analysis’ diets — based on almost no rigorous research — see surge in popularity

Betsy Morris | Wall Street Journal | 
A crop of “precision nutrition” startups are racing to develop and engineer individualized diet programs, based on growing evidence that ...
Crispy plant-based bacon is the alternative protein ‘holy grail’

Crispy plant-based bacon is the alternative protein ‘holy grail’

[Beyond Meat’s] burgers, meatballs, sausage links and other plant-based meat products are projected to generate more than $500 million in ...
How AI could confer ‘digital immortality’

How AI could confer ‘digital immortality’

Asa Fitch | Wall Street Journal | 
Researchers and entrepreneurs are starting to ponder how artificial intelligence could create versions of people after their deaths—not only as ...
Disorienting brain changes that occur during menopause are often only temporary

Disorienting brain changes that occur during menopause are often only temporary

Sumathi Reddy | Wall Street Journal | 
In one of the first studies to take an in-depth look at brain changes in healthy women before and after ...
Africa and COVID: The world’s least prepared continent experiencing an increase in cases linked to new Delta variant

Africa and COVID: The world’s least prepared continent experiencing an increase in cases linked to new Delta variant

The speed of the takeover of the [Delta COVID] variant, which was first identified in India and is forcing governments ...
Looking past the aducanumab approval fiasco: 70 Alzheimer’s drugs are in the clinical pipeline

Looking past the aducanumab approval fiasco: 70 Alzheimer’s drugs are in the clinical pipeline

Allysia Finley | Wall Street Journal | 
Researchers and drug makers have labored fruitlessly for decades to develop treatments that can slow [Alzheimer's] disease’s progression. More than ...
COVID epicenter moves to Indonesia and other developing countries as Delta variant surges

COVID epicenter moves to Indonesia and other developing countries as Delta variant surges

John Emont | Wall Street Journal | 
Indonesia, where Covid-19 cases have reached new highs, has reported about 500 deaths a day in the past week—almost triple ...
South Africa’s Caster Semenya, beset by testosterone level restrictions and intersex challenges, fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

South Africa’s Caster Semenya, beset by testosterone level restrictions and intersex challenges, fails to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

Laine Higgins | Wall Street Journal | 
South Africa’s Caster Semenya can run 800 meters faster than any woman on the planet. But the two-time Olympic gold ...
Drinking and evolution: Why do we seem programmed to consume alcohol if it’s bad for our health?

Drinking and evolution: Why do we seem programmed to consume alcohol if it’s bad for our health?

At sites in eastern Turkey, dating to perhaps 12,000 years ago, the remains of what appear to be brewing vats, ...
A pill to treat COVID? US pours $3 billion into crash antiviral research targeting year-end treatment

A pill to treat COVID? US pours $3 billion into crash antiviral research targeting year-end treatment

The Biden administration will invest more than $3 billion on developing and manufacturing antiviral pills to treat coronavirus, the Department ...
Vaccinate the world against COVID? Why the ambitious multi-billion dollar plan to protect the world’s poor failed

Vaccinate the world against COVID? Why the ambitious multi-billion dollar plan to protect the world’s poor failed

The Covax program, conceived in early 2020 as a kind of Operation Warp Speed for the globe, was supposed to ...
Global COVID vaccine supply crunch? Wealthy developed countries snap up two years of supplies, hardening rich-poor divide

Global COVID vaccine supply crunch? Wealthy developed countries snap up two years of supplies, hardening rich-poor divide

Jared Hopkins | Wall Street Journal | 
The European Union, Canada and other developed countries have signed deals to get hundreds of millions of doses of Covid-19 ...
COVID vaccines aren’t generating antibodies for 10 million people in the US alone, including transplant recipients, who take immunosuppressants. What should they do?

COVID vaccines aren’t generating antibodies for 10 million people in the US alone, including transplant recipients, who take immunosuppressants. What should they do?

Jared Hopkins | Wall Street Journal | 
For many people like [Alicia Merritt,] a liver transplant patient who must take immunosuppressants daily to prevent her body from ...
‘Mixed-handers’ make up less than 1% of the world’s population — except in the NBA where 1 in 12 stars play and write with different hands. What’s going on?

‘Mixed-handers’ make up less than 1% of the world’s population — except in the NBA where 1 in 12 stars play and write with different hands. What’s going on?

Ben Cohen | Wall Street Journal | 
LeBron James writes with his left hand, eats with his left hand and uses his dominant left hand for almost ...
A pill for breast cancer? There's one for early-stage patients with aggressive cases — and it works

A pill for breast cancer? There’s one for early-stage patients with aggressive cases — and it works

Peter Loftus | Wall Street Journal | 
A drug sold by AstraZeneca and Merck & Co. reduced the recurrence of breast cancer in women with an early ...
Top US scientists concluded last spring that the Wuhan COVID lab leak theory is plausible and should be investigated, leaked classified documents show

Top US scientists concluded last spring that the Wuhan COVID lab leak theory is plausible and should be investigated, leaked classified documents show

A report on the origins of Covid-19 by a U.S. government national laboratory concluded that the hypothesis claiming the virus ...
Europe offers alternative to US-backed proposal to waive COVID vaccine property rights, saying its plan would spur innovation and help developing countries

Europe offers alternative to US-backed proposal to waive COVID vaccine property rights, saying its plan would spur innovation and help developing countries

The European Union is pushing back hard against U.S.-backed calls to temporarily waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines, preparing ...
For decades, scientists struggled to find a treatment for one of the most common lung cancer mutations. Amgen has won US approval for the first drug targeting the KRAS variant

For decades, scientists struggled to find a treatment for one of the most common lung cancer mutations. Amgen has won US approval for the first drug targeting the KRAS variant

Joseph Walker | Wall Street Journal | 
[A new] drug, called Lumakras, was approved [May 28] to treat a portion of lung cancer patients with a particular ...
Wuhan lab leak or wet market outbreak? Biden calls for US intelligence agencies to ‘redouble’ investigative efforts into COVID origins

Wuhan lab leak or wet market outbreak? Biden calls for US intelligence agencies to ‘redouble’ investigative efforts into COVID origins

President Biden ordered a U.S. intelligence inquiry into the origins of Covid-19, following renewed scrutiny on the possibility that the ...
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