Category: World

An Existential Crisis in Neuroscience

Happy Holidays. This week we are reprinting our top stories of 2020. This article first appeared online in our “Maps” issue in January, 2020.On a chilly evening last fall, I stared into nothingness out of the floor-to-ceiling windows in my office on the outskirts of Harvard’s campus. As a purplish-red sun set, I sat brooding…

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CDC changes its ‘confusing’ guidelines on coronavirus and surfaces. Here’s what we know.

CLOSE CDC says coronavirus ‘does not spread easily’ by touching surfaces or objects. But it still ‘may be possible.’ USA TODAYRecent guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should have clarified how coronavirus spreads through surfaces.But two days after the federal health agency’s guidelines said COVID-19 “does not spread easily” on…

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Why some viruses die out in summer, but others don’t

By Mark Kaufman2020-05-21 09:30:00 UTC It’s increasingly clear that summer won’t quell the new coronavirus. (Sorry.) The preponderance of research suggests warmer weather might have a small impact on slowing the spread of coronavirus, but the summer itself certainly won’t end the historic pandemic. We’re going to be living with this new, circulating virus —…

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The U.S. Is Building A Contact-Tracer Army

Since late April, Jana De Brauwere has added a new routine to her work-from-home schedule. For four hours a day, four days a week, she calls up strangers, asks them if they are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, and suggests next steps if they are.  De Brauwere, a 44-year-old library manager at the main…

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The Coronavirus Is Showing Banks That Oil Is a Bad Investment

Oil ain’t doing too well these days.Photo: GettyBanks are finally starting to get it: Fossil fuels ain’t worth it. Just last week, Citigroup joined the wave of banks no longer investing in oil and gas projects in the Arctic. The only major bank in the U.S. that hasn’t committed to this is Bank of America.…

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Cloudflare partners with JD to expand its network in China

Cloudflare today announced a new partnership with JD Cloud & AI that will see the company expand its network in Chinato an additional 150 data centers. Currently, Cloudflare is available in 17 data centers in mainland China, thanks to a long-standing partnership with Baidu, but this new deal is obviously significantly larger. CloudFlare’s original partnership…

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