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Existing Drugs May Work Against Covid-19. AI Is Screening Thousands to Find Out

You’ve heard of chloroquine by now. Originally developed by German scientists in the 1930s, the anti-malaria drug is based on a natural compound present...

The Top 100 AI Startups Out There Now, and What They’re Working On

New drug therapies for a range of chronic diseases. Defenses against various cyber attacks. Technologies to make cities work smarter. Weather and wildfire forecasts...

What Would Life on Mars Be Like? Millions of Us Are Getting a Taste

I live in California’s Bay Area, so for the last week and a half I’ve joined around seven million people in a shelter-in-place mandate....

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 28)

MEDICINE Researchers Push for Mass Blood Tests as a Covid-19 Strategy Gregory Barber | Wired "...a simple blood test, like the kind Zaaijer’s team will perform on...

Apocalyptic Fiction Helps Us Deal With the Anxiety of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Masked people standing six feet apart. Empty shelves in the supermarket. No children in sight outside the school during recess. The social upheaval caused by...

Do We Have to Give Up Our Personal Freedoms to Beat Coronavirus?

In late December 2019 Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, sent a WeChat message to his medical school alumni group telling...

16 Ways Coronavirus May Change the Way We Look at the World

Crisis. A situation where danger and opportunity intersect. In the last several weeks, we’ve heard and learned a lot about the danger and suffering...

A Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be the First That Outwits Nature

It’s been grim news all around for COVID-19. Italy’s skyrocketing death toll has now risen above China’s. Countries are shutting borders. Massive cities in...

Scientists Engineered Neurons to Make Electrically Conductive Materials

Electricity plays a surprisingly powerful role in our bodies. While most people are aware that it plays a crucial role in carrying signals to...

After Coronavirus the World Will Never Be the Same. But Maybe, It Can Be...

Life has changed a lot in the past few days, weeks, or months, depending where you live. As efforts to contain the novel coronavirus...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 21)

MEDICINE America Is Finally Testing for Coronavirus in Significant Volumes Timothy B. Lee | Ars Technica "On Thursday, the total number of coronavirus tests conducted in America...

Is Digital Learning Still Second Best?

As Covid-19 continues to spread, the world has gone digital on an unprecedented scale. Tens of thousands of employees are working from home, and...

Coronavirus May Mean Automation Is Coming Sooner Than We Thought

We’re in the midst of a public health emergency, and life as we know it has ground to a halt. The places we usually...

On the Front Lines of Developing a Test For the Coronavirus

“That escalated quickly!” is a common trope used in popular culture to describe when a situation gets out of hand before you’ve even had...

DeepMind’s Protein Folding AI Is Going After Coronavirus

In late December last year, Dr. Li Wenliang began warning officials about a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China, but was silenced by the police...

To Turbocharge Anti-Aging Treatment, Just Add… a Protein Found in Fruit Flies?

The hunt for the elixir of life is such a universal mythological trope that to talk about it in the context of science seems...

Coronavirus: Seven Ways Collective Intelligence Is Tackling the Pandemic

Tackling the emergence of a new global pandemic is a complex task. But collective intelligence is now being used around the world by communities...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 14)

MEDICINE Flattening the Coronavirus Curve Siobhan Roberts | The New York Times "The ideal goal in fighting an epidemic or pandemic is to completely halt the spread....

Huge $161 Million Investment Means Meat Without the Animal Is Here

In 1931, Winston Churchill made a bold prediction: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast...

Scientists Just Proved These Two Brain Networks Are Key to Consciousness

Consciousness is one of the greatest mysteries of the human species. Where and how does it originate? Why do we have it? Is it...

Tech Must Help Restore Earth’s Biodiversity. These 5 Solutions Are a Start

The combination of climate change, deforestation, pollution, overfishing, and more have produced a biodiversity crisis. On a bad day, 200 species go extinct. If...

Scientists Linked Artificial and Biological Neurons in a Network—and Amazingly, It Worked

Scientists have linked up two silicon-based artificial neurons with a biological one across multiple countries into a fully-functional network. Using standard internet protocols, they...

Custom-Made Bones Are Being 3D Printed in a Lab Then Implanted in People

Become partially android for a couple of years while your body heals itself. It may sound far-fetched, but for patients needing reconstructive surgery, this...

$100 Genome Sequencing Will Yield a Treasure Trove of Genetic Data

What would the implications be if decoding your genes cost less than a pair of designer jeans? We might soon find out after a...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 7)

SPACE Inside Elon Musk's Plan to Build One Starship a Week—and Settle Mars Eric Berger | Ars Technica "Musk always wants to go fast. He will not...

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