Category: Technology

  • US hospitals buckling under delta surge: 25% of ICUs are over 95% full

    US hospitals buckling under delta surge: 25% of ICUs are over 95% full

    Enlarge / PALM BAY, FLORIDA, 2021/07/29: A woman arrives at a treatment tent outside the emergency department at Palm Bay Hospital. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories The current surge of the COVID-19 cases driven by the hypertransmissible delta variant is straining hospitals across the US, particularly in the South. Twenty-five percent of hospital intensive care […]

  • This US company sold iPhone hacking tools to UAE spies

    This US company sold iPhone hacking tools to UAE spies

    Optiv spokesperson Jeremy Jones wrote in an email that his company has “cooperated fully with the Department of Justice” and that Optiv “is not a subject of this investigation.” That’s true: The subjects of the investigation are the three former US intelligence and military personnel who worked illegally with the UAE. However, Accuvant’s role as […]

  • Nintendo Switch finally supports Bluetooth audio—but beware the lag

    Nintendo Switch finally supports Bluetooth audio—but beware the lag

    Enlarge / Bluetooth on Switch, presented as an overly literal image translation of the concept. Sam Machkovech In an out-of-nowhere Tuesday evening update, Nintendo reversed course on one of the portable Switch console’s biggest limitations: Bluetooth audio support. This functionality is now live on the system’s 13.0 firmware, available for download across all Switch regions. […]

  • How AI simplifies data management for drug discovery

    How AI simplifies data management for drug discovery

    Calithera is running registered clinical trials on its products to study their safety, whether they’re effective in patients with specific gene mutations, and how well they work in combination with other therapies. The company must collect detailed data on hundreds of patients. While some of its trials are in early stages and involve only a […]

  • In a first, New York passes law banning new fossil fuel vehicle sales after 2034

    In a first, New York passes law banning new fossil fuel vehicle sales after 2034

    Enlarge / Widespread EV charging stations will be critical for New York to feasibly phase-out new fossil fuel vehicles by its 2035 deadline. New York will ban the sale of fossil fuel vehicles starting in 2035 and require all new cars to produce zero emissions. The new law, signed by Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul last […]

  • A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click

    A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click

    From the beginning, deepfakes, or AI-generated synthetic media, have primarily been used to create pornographic representations of women, who often find this psychologically devastating. The original Reddit creator who popularized the technology face-swapped female celebrities’ faces into porn videos. To this day, the research company Sensity AI estimates, between 90% and 95% of all online […]

  • Tension over boosters rises as FDA regulators quit and publicly blast Biden’s plan

    Tension over boosters rises as FDA regulators quit and publicly blast Biden’s plan

    Enlarge / The Food and Drug Administration headquarters in White Oak, Maryland. Two leading vaccine regulators who had previously announced their resignations from the Food and Drug Administration have now come out against the Biden administration’s plan to offer COVID-19 booster shots. In a viewpoint article published in The Lancet on Monday, Marion Gruber, the […]

  • Pandemic tech left out public health experts. Here’s why that needs to change.

    Pandemic tech left out public health experts. Here’s why that needs to change.

    Susan Landau, a Tufts University professor in cybersecurity and computer science, is the author of People Count, a book on how and why contact tracing apps were built. She also published an essay in Science last week arguing that new technology to support public health should be thoroughly vetted for ways that it might add […]

  • Here’s why Russia’s space chief keeps asking Elon Musk to visit him

    Here’s why Russia’s space chief keeps asking Elon Musk to visit him

    Enlarge / Yulia Peresild will play the lead role in the Russian space film The Challenge. Roscosmos The leader of Russia’s space program is desperate to have Elon Musk come and visit him. On multiple occasions, Dmitry Rogozin has invited the founder of SpaceX to come to Kazakhstan for the October 5 launch of the […]

  • What happens when your prescription drug becomes the center of covid misinformation

    What happens when your prescription drug becomes the center of covid misinformation

    Friedman says has been forced to change how he talks to patients when he needs to prescribe hydroxychloroquine. “I’ve now worked into my scripting: ‘Hey, I want to start you on this medicine. You may have heard about it related to covid, that it was being used as a cure and it’s not,’” he says. […]