Science & Technology

While a little more than half of all Angelenos 16 and older have had at least one shot, vaccination rates are now plunging.

from Greater LA

Latinos make up less than 40% of the California population — but more than 55% of the state’s coronavirus cases.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Joe Mathews says national governments and tech companies are not up to the job of regulating the worldwide web.

Joe Mathews: We can’t trust big tech and big government to run the internet

Joe Mathews says national governments and tech companies are not up to the job of regulating the worldwide web.

from Zócalo's Connecting California

The divide over Trumpism is growing, even as the ex-president’s removal from mainstream social media looks increasingly permanent.

Facebook’s Oversight Board upholds temporary ban of Trump. The ex-president may be able to skirt it

The divide over Trumpism is growing, even as the ex-president’s removal from mainstream social media looks increasingly permanent.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Some countries are begging the U.S. to help with coronavirus vaccine supplies to help them curb surges.

Will President Biden loosen patent restrictions on COVID vaccines?

Some countries are begging the U.S. to help with coronavirus vaccine supplies to help them curb surges.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Health officials on Thursday said they’re starting to see a big slowdown in the number of people signing up to get their coronavirus vaccination shots.

Half of people eligible for COVID vaccines still haven’t gotten first shots. Why the drop in signups?

Health officials on Thursday said they’re starting to see a big slowdown in the number of people signing up to get their coronavirus vaccination shots.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Microbiologist and immunologist Brett Finlay says certain bacteria, fungi, and viruses are involved with how the brain plus intestinal and immune systems develop.

‘Good germs’ keep us healthy. Scientists fear we’re killing them with all the COVID sanitizing

Microbiologist and immunologist Brett Finlay says certain bacteria, fungi, and viruses are involved with how the brain plus intestinal and immune systems develop.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This week, Apple released a software update that would let its device users decide whether to share their data and activities with apps and websites.

Apple’s software update blocks data tracking. Could that hurt Facebook's revenue?

This week, Apple released a software update that would let its device users decide whether to share their data and activities with apps and websites.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Last week, a group of scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena made mankind's first powered flight on another planet.

Ingenuity mission on Mars: Parallels with Wright brothers, benefits for future astronauts

Last week, a group of scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena made mankind's first powered flight on another planet.

from KCRW Features

“I’m proud that I was able to be so strong in those moments and hold their hand because inside I was dying, knowing that no matter what I did, no matter how hard we tried, these…

Sense of guilt and being haunted by patients’ cries: Riverside nurse on long fight against COVID

“I’m proud that I was able to be so strong in those moments and hold their hand because inside I was dying, knowing that no matter what I did, no matter how hard we tried, these…

from KCRW Features

"Some of the latest and greatest science about whales was showing that, like humans, they have rich cultures.

Inside the secret culture of whales, from favorite foods to family names

"Some of the latest and greatest science about whales was showing that, like humans, they have rich cultures.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

One way to get California’s carbon emissions under control: use giant vacuums to suck up carbon from the air and store it underground.

Proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions ‘sucks’ — literally. Enter carbon vacuums

One way to get California’s carbon emissions under control: use giant vacuums to suck up carbon from the air and store it underground.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

We’re often nostalgic when looking at past events. Our memories focus on the fun times, the images are often rosier than they actually were.

Can misremembering help us feel better?

We’re often nostalgic when looking at past events. Our memories focus on the fun times, the images are often rosier than they actually were.

from Life Examined

How can we be sure things actually happened the way we remember them? For example, why do siblings remember the same past events differently?

How the malleability of memory impacts everything, from crime to families

How can we be sure things actually happened the way we remember them? For example, why do siblings remember the same past events differently?

from Life Examined

Stanford started a study this week to find the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine dosage for kids under age 12.

Safe COVID vaccine for kids? Stanford researchers are working to make it happen in Pfizer study

Stanford started a study this week to find the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine dosage for kids under age 12.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

“It’s a little overkill to pause, as opposed to what the EU did with a similar side effect with AstraZeneca, which is just for now restrict it to using among older people,” says Monica…

Be cautious, don’t panic: Infectious disease doctor on US pausing Johnson and Johnson vaccine

“It’s a little overkill to pause, as opposed to what the EU did with a similar side effect with AstraZeneca, which is just for now restrict it to using among older people,” says Monica…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The South African variant of COVID-19 might be able to “break through” the Pfizer vaccine. That’s according to a new study from Tel Aviv University.

South African variant can evade some protections from Pfizer vaccine: New Israel study

The South African variant of COVID-19 might be able to “break through” the Pfizer vaccine. That’s according to a new study from Tel Aviv University.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

One out of three COVID-19 survivors may develop a severe mental health or psychiatric condition within six month of their initial diagnosis, according to new research from Oxford…

Psychiatric or neurological problem ails a third of COVID patients within 6 months of diagnosis: Oxford

One out of three COVID-19 survivors may develop a severe mental health or psychiatric condition within six month of their initial diagnosis, according to new research from Oxford…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Over 55% of your day is spent listening. Yet only 2% of us have been trained in how to listen. That’s according to Oscar Trimboli, author of “Deep Listening: Impact beyond Words.”

The art, science, and practice of listening well

Over 55% of your day is spent listening. Yet only 2% of us have been trained in how to listen. That’s according to Oscar Trimboli, author of “Deep Listening: Impact beyond Words.”

from Life Examined

Listening is more than just hearing what people say.

Why good listening matters: Tips from spies, bartenders, and priests

Listening is more than just hearing what people say.

from Life Examined