Science & Technology

Early trials show that the medication, which people are supposed to take at the onset of symptoms, could cut coronavirus-related deaths and hospitalizations by half.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The World Health Organization approved the first-ever vaccine for malaria on Wednesday.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Former Facebook product manager and whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a U.S.

Regulating Facebook and holding Mark Zuckerberg accountable: What would that look like?

Former Facebook product manager and whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a U.S.

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Safiya Noble plans to use the $625,000 in award money to create the nonprofit Equity Engine, which she hopes will provide Black women with the time, space, and resources needed to do…

UCLA’s newest MacArthur Genius says search engines reinforce oppressive stereotypes

Safiya Noble plans to use the $625,000 in award money to create the nonprofit Equity Engine, which she hopes will provide Black women with the time, space, and resources needed to do…

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“I really think Facebook, and particularly Mark Zuckerberg, recognize that you can't be on top forever, but they want to try as long as they can,” says Mike Isaac, technology…

Whether Congress will regulate Facebook, and what drove the social media giant’s recent blackout

“I really think Facebook, and particularly Mark Zuckerberg, recognize that you can't be on top forever, but they want to try as long as they can,” says Mike Isaac, technology…

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YouTube says it’s blocking misinformation about all vaccines — not just for COVID — and prominent anti-vaccine activists. That includes Robert F.

YouTube introduces anti-vax ban, but enforcement will be tricky

YouTube says it’s blocking misinformation about all vaccines — not just for COVID — and prominent anti-vaccine activists. That includes Robert F.

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Herman Cain, one-time Republican presidential candidate and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, died of COVID a year ago.

Social media schadenfreude: Reddit’s Hermain Cain Award derides anti-vaxxers who died of COVID

Herman Cain, one-time Republican presidential candidate and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO, died of COVID a year ago.

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From TikTok to YouTube to Instagram, influencers are advertising products on their feeds.

Influencer economy is booming. Santa Monica-based app is fighting for more transparency and equitable pay

From TikTok to YouTube to Instagram, influencers are advertising products on their feeds.

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People can rent the historic telescopes at LA’s Mt. Wilson Observatory for one night — complete with snacks and a guide — for $1,700.

Scoping out Mt. Wilson: Historic telescopes at LA’s observatory can be yours for the night

People can rent the historic telescopes at LA’s Mt. Wilson Observatory for one night — complete with snacks and a guide — for $1,700.

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When someone has an ailment, they usually go to the doctor to receive a diagnosis. But sometimes there isn’t a clear answer, and people are left with mysteries.

‘Bodies’ season 3 investigates STIs, drug addiction, environmental pollution and more

When someone has an ailment, they usually go to the doctor to receive a diagnosis. But sometimes there isn’t a clear answer, and people are left with mysteries.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Facebook has done years of research into Instagram, and found that a sizable percentage of its teen users are suffering from body image and anxiety issues that have been exacerbated by…

Facebook knows about Instagram’s harm on young people — but has no consensus on mitigating problems

Facebook has done years of research into Instagram, and found that a sizable percentage of its teen users are suffering from body image and anxiety issues that have been exacerbated by…

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“The fact is that for most of us, the data suggests that we still got lots of strong protection, especially against serious disease.

Boosters and rapid COVID tests aren’t available. US government needs to step up on pandemic, says columnist

“The fact is that for most of us, the data suggests that we still got lots of strong protection, especially against serious disease.

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Sleeping — something we do for roughly a third of our lifetimes — is essential for our physical and mental well being.

“Sleeping should not be a chore”: The secret to a good night’s sleep

Sleeping — something we do for roughly a third of our lifetimes — is essential for our physical and mental well being.

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Sleep was once thought of as a passive activity during which the body and brain were dormant, but it turns out that sleep is a period during which the brain is highly active and…

Interpreting sweet dreams and COVID nightmares

Sleep was once thought of as a passive activity during which the body and brain were dormant, but it turns out that sleep is a period during which the brain is highly active and…

from Life Examined

Flying cars are coming to LA, possibly as early as 2023.

Flying cars are coming to LA, but this futuristic vision may not solve today’s traffic congestion

Flying cars are coming to LA, possibly as early as 2023.

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Ivermectin is a drug primarily used to treat parasites, especially in livestock.

Ivermectin: Why are people taking an anti-parasite drug for horses to treat COVID?

Ivermectin is a drug primarily used to treat parasites, especially in livestock.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on September 15 with an all-civilian crew for the first time.

SpaceX will send 4 civilians — no astronauts — to space. What will they do on the Inspiration4 mission?

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is set to lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on September 15 with an all-civilian crew for the first time.

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The department added “social media accounts” as a line on the physical field interview cards in 2015, according to a memo from former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

LAPD is collecting social media info from civilians they stop. Some worry it’s mass surveillance

The department added “social media accounts” as a line on the physical field interview cards in 2015, according to a memo from former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck.

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Actor Keanu Reeves is known as the leading man behind films like “The Matrix,” “John Wick,” and the “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” series.

Fake Keanu Reeves accounts are sliding into DMs, scamming women for cash

Actor Keanu Reeves is known as the leading man behind films like “The Matrix,” “John Wick,” and the “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” series.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

People in the U.S. and U.K. are spending more time on TikTok than YouTube, according to a new report from the group App Annie. Hollywood is taking notice.

TikTok stars are trying to make it in mainstream entertainment. But that may not translate

People in the U.S. and U.K. are spending more time on TikTok than YouTube, according to a new report from the group App Annie. Hollywood is taking notice.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand