Are we making spacecraft too autonomous?

Does this matter? Software has never played a more critical role in spaceflight. It has made it safer and more efficient, allowing a spacecraft to automatically adjust to changing conditions. According...

Another experimental covid-19 vaccine has shown promising early results

The news: An experimental covid-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech provoked immune responses in 45 healthy volunteers, according to a preprint paper on medRXiv. The levels of antibodies...

Why California covid-19 cases are soaring, despite its aggressive efforts to combat the pandemic

It’s troubling, though not surprising, to see covid-19 cases spiking across the American South and Southwest, where public officials delayed lockdowns, rushed to reopen businesses, or refused to require people to...

How does Indoor playground lighting design for the healthy development of children?

  “The Eyes are the window to your soul.” The care and protection of the eyes has become a very important topic in people's life. However, since the beginning of the 21st century, myopia has...

The US now has more covid-19 tests than it knows what to do with

So how much testing should the US really be doing? American public health experts have never agreed. The economist Paul Romer has said we need to be doing 30 million tests a...

Trump’s freeze on new visas could threaten US dominance in AI

Trump’s move to bar foreigners from working in the US is part of the administration’s broader push to keep US jobs for Americans. In the months leading up to the decision,...

If AI is going to help us in a crisis, we need a new...

What opportunities have we missed by not having these procedures in place? It’s easy to overhype what’s possible, and AI was probably never going to play a huge role in...

Asian-Americans are using Slack groups to explain racism to their parents

Asian-Americans have long been “triangulated” in race conversations in America, according to Claire Kim, a political scientist at the University of California, Irvine—that is, they are seen as standing outside a...

The UK’s contact tracing app fiasco is a master class in mismanagement

There are advantages to being one of the world’s largest single-payer health-care systems. For the UK’s National Health Service, the NHS, big data is increasingly one of them.  Its Recovery...

Here’s how genes from covid-19 survivors could help you

Potential weapons against covid-19 include manufactured antibodies, serum transfusions from survivors, antivirals, steroids, and more than 100 vaccine candidates, some now advancing toward decisive tests in volunteers. But there’s...

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