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Coronavirus Saliva Tests Start to Catch On

Coronavirus Saliva Tests Start to Catch On

SCIENCE | By David Tuller | Oct 6, 2020

Eight months into the pandemic, the move toward saliva screening is gaining traction, with tens of thousands of people across the country undergoing such testing daily.

White House Nixes Updated FDA Guidelines on Vaccine Approval

White House Nixes Updated FDA Guidelines on Vaccine Approval

SCIENCE | By Zeke Miller, Matthew Perrone | Oct 6, 2020

At issue was the FDA's planned instruction that vaccine developers follow patients enrolled in their trials for at least two months to rule out safety issues

Conservative Hoaxers Face Charges over False Voter Robocalls

Conservative Hoaxers Face Charges over False Voter Robocalls

PERSONAL TECH | By Ryan J. Foley | Oct 4, 2020

Two conservative operatives were charged Thursday in connection with false robocalls that aimed to dissuade Black residents in Detroit and other Democratic-leaning U.S. cities from voting by mail.

Gays Appropriate 'Proud Boys' Name with Fun, Empowering Tweets

Gays Appropriate 'Proud Boys' Name with Fun, Empowering Tweets

PERSONAL TECH | By Kilian Melloy | Oct 4, 2020

George Takei took to Twitter to wonder, "What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys." Twitter users took the hint.

Andrew Yang Takes Lead in California Data Privacy Measure

Andrew Yang Takes Lead in California Data Privacy Measure

PERSONAL TECH | By Jocelyn Gecker | Oct 4, 2020

"The amount of data we're giving up is unprecedented in human history," says Yang, who lives in New York but is helping lead the campaign for a data privacy initiative on California's Nov. 3 ballot.

Egypt Reveals 59 Ancient Coffins Found Near Saqqara Pyramids

Egypt Reveals 59 Ancient Coffins Found Near Saqqara Pyramids

SCIENCE | Oct 4, 2020

Egypt's tourism and antiquities minster said on Saturday archaeologists have unearthed dozens of ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo.

Nobel Prizes and COVID-19: Slow, Basic Science May Pay Off

Nobel Prizes and COVID-19: Slow, Basic Science May Pay Off

SCIENCE | By Seth Borenstein | Oct 4, 2020

While the world wants flashy quick fixes for everything, especially massive threats like the coronavirus and global warming, next week's Nobel Prizes remind us that in science, slow and steady pays off.

Radish Seeds, Meats and Cheeses Launched to Space Station

Radish Seeds, Meats and Cheeses Launched to Space Station

SCIENCE | By Marcia Dunn | Oct 3, 2020

A space station cargo ship rocketed into orbit Friday carrying a 360-degree camera for spacewalking, radish seeds for growing and a smorgasbord of fancy meats and cheeses for feasting.

Parkland Parents Create AI Video of Slain Son to Spur Voters

Parkland Parents Create AI Video of Slain Son to Spur Voters

PERSONAL TECH | By Kelli Kennedy | Oct 3, 2020

The 17-year-old's mannerisms and vernacular "yo, it's me" are shockingly life like, but it is just a mirage — a realistic, almost eerie artificial intelligence re-creation of the teen, a victim of a high school shooting.

Misinformation Spikes Online as Trump Confirms COVID-19 Diagnosis

Misinformation Spikes Online as Trump Confirms COVID-19 Diagnosis

PERSONAL TECH | By Amanda Seitz and Beatrice Dupuy | Oct 3, 2020

News Friday that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 sparked an explosion of rumors, misinformation and conspiracy theories on social media.

Search Underway for Murder Hornets Nest in Washington State

Search Underway for Murder Hornets Nest in Washington State

SCIENCE | By Nicholas K. Geranios | Oct 3, 2020

Agricultural officials in Washington state said Friday they are trying to find and destroy a nest of Asian giant hornets — also known as murder hornets — amid concerns they could kill honey bees.

To Free Doctors From Computers, Far-Flung Scribes Are Now Taking Notes For Them

To Free Doctors From Computers, Far-Flung Scribes Are Now Taking Notes For Them

PERSONAL TECH | By Sarah Kwon | Oct 2, 2020

Augmedix, a startup with 1,000 medical scribes in South Asia and the U.S., is part of a growing industry that profits from a confluence of health care trends — including, now, the pandemic — that are dispersing patient care around the globe.

Google Unveils Latest Pixel Phone, Rolls Out New TV Service

Google Unveils Latest Pixel Phone, Rolls Out New TV Service

PERSONAL TECH | By Michael Liedtke | Oct 1, 2020

Google will try to make a bigger splash in the smartphone market with a cheaper high-end model while it also aims to expand its presence on bigger screens with a new TV service.

What We Know About the Airborne Spread of the Coronavirus

What We Know About the Airborne Spread of the Coronavirus

SCIENCE | By Jon Greenberg, PolitiFact | Sep 30, 2020

The emerging picture is a work-in-progress, but many of the pieces do point toward the potential for airborne transmission.

Masturbation Makeover: Arcwave Ion Launches New Technology

Masturbation Makeover: Arcwave Ion Launches New Technology

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 28, 2020

Hey gents, have you heard of the frenulum? It's the underside tip of the penis, and apparently it's the new hotspot of the sex stimulator industry.

TikTok Fate in the Balance as Judge Weighs App Store Ban

TikTok Fate in the Balance as Judge Weighs App Store Ban

PERSONAL TECH | By Anne D'Innocenzio and Matt O'Brien | Sep 27, 2020

Lawyers for TikTok pleaded with a U.S. federal judge on Sunday to delay the Trump Administration's ban of the popular video sharing program from app stores set to take effect at the end of the day.

Unicode Announces New LGBTQ-Related Emoji for 2021

Unicode Announces New LGBTQ-Related Emoji for 2021

PERSONAL TECH | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 25, 2020

Unicode recently announced Emoji 13.1, a series of 217 new emoji to be released in 2021, including new LGBTQ-related emoticons.

Colleges' Opening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say

Colleges' Opening Fueled 3,000 COVID Cases a Day, Researchers Say

SCIENCE | By Michael McAuliff | Sep 24, 2020

The study tracked cellphone data and matched it to reopening schedules at 1,400 schools, along with county infection rates.

How Will We Know That a COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe and Effective?

How Will We Know That a COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe and Effective?

SCIENCE | Sep 23, 2020

According to one expert, it's likely that not just one but several of the competing COVID-19 vaccines will be shown to be safe and effective by the end of 2020. But which one should you receive, if any?

New App Connects HIV-Positive People During Pandemic

New App Connects HIV-Positive People During Pandemic

PERSONAL TECH | Sep 23, 2020

Have you saturated your swipe quotient? Start exercising those fingers because there's a new app in town, focusing on the HIV-positive community.

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