Category: Science

September 23, 2020

Where Was the Battery at Tesla’s Battery Day?

Musk made some big promises at Tesla’s highly anticipated Battery Day. But a prototype never made an appearance, and it was unclear what Tesla had actually achieved.


by Daniel Oberhaus in Business
September 16, 2020

A Utah Company Claims It Invented Contact Tracing Tech

Blyncsy wants states using Apple and Google technology to pay it $1 per resident. It may not win, but the patent tussle could deter others from adopting apps.


by Gregory Barber in Business
September 8, 2020

Why Contact-Tracing Apps Haven’t Slowed Covid-19 in the US

Lack of coordination, test shortages, and mistrust of technology have hobbled what looked like a promising innovation.


by Gregory Barber Will Knight in Business
September 6, 2020

Doctors and Nurses Take to TikTok to Fight Covid Myths

“We can treat only one patient at a time, but if we can get a message out there that can hit thousands or hundreds of thousands, then we can change their thoughts.”


by Helen Santoro in Business
September 3, 2020

Big Tech Companies Want to Help Get You Back in the Office

Alphabet, Microsoft, and Salesforce are offering services to track employees, arrange tests, and record results—all while most of their staffers are remote.


by Tom Simonite in Business
September 1, 2020

Google and Apple Change Tactics on Contact Tracing Tech

The companies will handle more of the technology for notifying people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus. Privacy won’t be affected, they say.


by Gregory Barber in Business
August 24, 2020

Covid Hits Minorities Hardest, but Data Often Doesn’t Show It

Many states are not collecting the race or ethnicity of coronavirus patients, which can make it harder to know the true impact on low-income communities.


by Tom Simonite in Business
August 21, 2020

This Team Made a $500 Ventilator—but It May Never Be Used

Fears of a ventilator shortage inspired doctors and engineers to improvise new designs. Inside the race to build a cheap, reliable machine.


by Erin Schulte in Business
August 10, 2020

Bill Gates Is Still Optimistic

On the Get WIRED podcast, the philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder tackles everything from Covid-19 vaccine development to TikTok.


by Lauren Goode in Business
August 7, 2020

Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’

The techie-turned-philanthropist on vaccines, Trump, and why social media is “a poisoned chalice.”


by Steven Levy in Business