Category: Science

July 8, 2020

Kai-Fu Lee Gives AI a B-Minus Grade in the Covid-19 Fight

Robots and computer programs can help with social distancing and food delivery, but have been less helpful in developing a vaccine.


by Nicholas Thompson in Business
June 8, 2020

When Health Care Moves Online, Many Patients Are Left Behind

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, more doctors are turning to telemedicine. That’s a problem for tens of millions on the wrong side of the digital divide.


by Marion Renault in Business
May 11, 2020

Infrared Cameras Can Spot a Fever, but May Not Slow Covid-19

Workplaces are deploying technology to screen employees who may be sick. But past experience suggests the sensors won’t find many infectious people.


by Tom Simonite in Business
May 8, 2020

Health Officials Say ‘No Thanks’ to Contact-Tracing Tech

Silicon Valley companies have proposed automating the arduous task of identifying people potentially exposed to Covid-19. They’re finding few takers.


by Fred Vogelstein Will Knight in Business
April 25, 2020

As Workers Spread Out to Halt the Virus, Robots Fill the Gaps

Social distancing requires rethinking the layout of workplaces. A new breed of robots can help keep factories and warehouses running.


by Will Knight in Business
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April 18, 2020

What is contact tracing?

One of the best tools we have to slow the spread of the coronavirus is, as you have no doubt heard by now, contact tracing. But what exactly is contact tracing, who does it and how, and do you need to worry about it? In...


by Devin Coldewey in Apple
April 17, 2020

AI Uncovers a Potential Treatment for Covid-19 Patients

Software suggested an arthritis drug might quell an out-of-control immune response that damages the lungs. Now it’s being tested in a clinical trial.


by Tom Simonite in Business
April 14, 2020

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won’t Stop Covid Alone

Putting the privacy of these smartphone apps aside, few Americans have been tested—and there’s a risk of false positives.


by Sidney Fussell Will Knight in Business
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April 13, 2020

Italians stuck at home are measuring light pollution for ‘science on the balcony’

The fact that so many people are stuck at home makes for strange opportunities. Italy’s confined populace has taken to singing from the balconies — and now researchers are asking them to use those same balconies to help accomplish a bit of citizen science. The...


by Devin Coldewey in coronavirus