… How Long Will It Take to Develop a Coronavirus Vaccine? …

The earliest it would be deployable is in a year to a year and a half, no matter how fast you go.” A COVID-19 vaccine developed, licensed, and manufactured at a global scale in twelve months would be an unprecedented, even revolutionary achievement. On Monday, Donald Trump held a meeting in the White House to … Continue reading … How Long Will It Take to Develop a Coronavirus Vaccine? …

… America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing …

... The Strongest Evidence Yet “I don’t know what went wrong,” says a former CDC chief. It’s one of the most urgent questions in the United States right now: How many people have actually been tested for the coronavirus? This number would give a sense of how widespread the disease is, and how forceful a … Continue reading … America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing …

…Pentagon can’t account for $10 Trillion

As Trump Attacks Sanders on "Socialism" While Donald Trump in his State of the Union address took a thinly-veiled swipe at Bernie Sanders when he declared that America would never, ever, fall victim to "socialism," analysts were aghast at a recent General Accounting Office report that the Pentagon was forced to make up to $35 … Continue reading …Pentagon can’t account for $10 Trillion

… The Last Time Democracy Almost Died …

Learning from the upheaval of the nineteen-thirties. It’s a paradox of democracy that the best way to defend it is to argue about it. The last time democracy nearly died all over the world and almost all at once, Americans argued about it, and then they tried to fix it. “The future of democracy is … Continue reading … The Last Time Democracy Almost Died …

… Preparing for Coronavirus to Strike the U.S. …

Getting ready for the possibility of major disruptions is not only smart; it’s also our civic duty. As the new human coronavirus spreads around the world, individuals and families should prepare—but are we? The Centers for Disease Control has already said that it expects community transmission in the United States, and asked families to be … Continue reading … Preparing for Coronavirus to Strike the U.S. …

… The Fastest Spinning Object Ever Could Detect the Elusive Vacuum Friction …

It's like one of those waterwheels on a paddleboat, only it's a laser. MirageCGetty Images A 150-nanometer spinning silica ball is the fastest spinner and finest detector of torque ever made. This team of researchers, from Purdue, is following recent developments by ETH Zurich that use a slightly different laser spinner. The setup could be … Continue reading … The Fastest Spinning Object Ever Could Detect the Elusive Vacuum Friction …

… Genetics and AI …

How two technologies can benefit the world’s poorest. by Bill Gates People often ask me which technologies have the most potential to change our lives in the decades ahead. AI is always near the top of the list. It can help us make sense of complex biological systems—like the microbiome in the human gut —and … Continue reading … Genetics and AI …

… How Stephen Miller Manipulates Donald Trump to Further His Immigration Obsession …

Donald Trump’s senior adviser has been the true driving force behind this Administration’s racist agenda. How far will he go? One afternoon in November, a half-dozen government officials sat at a conference table in the White House, waiting for the arrival of Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to Donald Trump. Miller had summoned officials from … Continue reading … How Stephen Miller Manipulates Donald Trump to Further His Immigration Obsession …

…No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air …

At NASA Ames Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, streamlines of dye in a water channel interact with a model airplane. Credit: Ian Allen Do recent explanations solve the mysteries of aerodynamic lift? In Brief On a strictly mathematical level, engineers know how to design planes that will stay aloft. But equations don't explain why aerodynamic lift occurs. … Continue reading …No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air …

… Did Donald Trump Just Get Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence Reduced? …

.... because that would be FUBAR ... damn ... looks like it's true ... shit! The Department of Justice’s decision to seek a lighter sentence for Roger Stone raises troubling questions.Photograph by Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty On Tuesday, four federal prosecutors withdrew from a high-profile case, and one resigned his position, after senior … Continue reading … Did Donald Trump Just Get Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence Reduced? …

… Ten Ways of Looking at the Impeachment and Acquittal …

... pick a number ... any number ... President Donald Trump was acquitted of the charges brought against him in the impeachment trial this week. The coming months are fateful for our democracy. (With apologies to Wallace Stevens, and in descending order of despair—though, perhaps, ascending order of importance.) 1. Impeachment was, despite it all, … Continue reading … Ten Ways of Looking at the Impeachment and Acquittal …

… Rush Limbaugh in his own words …

During his third State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Trump presented the country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to the longtime conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh, who recently announced he has late-stage lung cancer. Past recipients of the award include Elie Wiesel, Rosa Parks and Mother Teresa. Mr. Trump told Mr. … Continue reading … Rush Limbaugh in his own words …

… Who Killed Two Journalists in Ukraine? And Why?…

A complicated war. A controversial trial. A challenge to easy assumptions about good and evil on the battlefield Russian translator Andrei Mironov, left, and Italian photographer Andrea Rocchelli in Milan. (Photo by Gabriele Micalizzi/Cesura) When Russian security police summoned me to an interrogation at Moscow’s Lefortovo Prison in 1993, they allowed me to bring my … Continue reading … Who Killed Two Journalists in Ukraine? And Why?…

…‘The center of the orbit’: Endangered Republicans go all-in on Trump

Senate trial: Senate to vote on Trump impeachment next week A Trial ... With No Witnesses The Senate on Jan. 31 adopted Sen. Mitch McConnell’s resolution to vote on Feb. 3 whether to remove or acquit President Trump on impeachment charges. Many of the most endangered Republicans have concluded that fully embracing President Trump is … Continue reading …‘The center of the orbit’: Endangered Republicans go all-in on Trump

… What Will Brexit Britain Be Like? …

...So far ... ... So Good... The signs point to Brexit Britain becoming a kind of hybrid nation: more welcoming to foreign capital but more hostile to foreign people; freer, but weaker. At 11 P.M. on Friday, Britain will leave / left the European Union. Big Ben will not bong—it’s too expensive—but the United Kingdom … Continue reading … What Will Brexit Britain Be Like? …

… The People Who Power the Presidential Campaigns in Iowa …

Thousands of volunteers from across the country have devoted their time to support a particular candidate this primary season. Here are the stories of eight who did so in the first caucus state. American political campaigns are embarked upon by politicians and staffed by professionals, but they achieve scale only with the help of volunteers. … Continue reading … The People Who Power the Presidential Campaigns in Iowa …

… The Last Time Democracy Almost Died …

Learning from the upheaval of the nineteen-thirties. It’s a paradox of democracy that the best way to defend it is to argue about it. The last time democracy nearly died all over the world and almost all at once, Americans argued about it, and then they tried to fix it. “The future of democracy is … Continue reading … The Last Time Democracy Almost Died …

… The Closing of the Senatorial Mind …

On Day Four of the Trump Impeachment Trial, it was clear that the House Democrats’   case against the President was Not Being Heard. Representative Adam Schiff speaks to the media before the fourth day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Each day this week, when the Senate impeachment trial of Donald John … Continue reading … The Closing of the Senatorial Mind …

…Fake news and fact-checking …

... 7 studies you should know about ... What better way to start the new year than by learning new things about how best to battle fake news and other forms of online misinformation? Below is a sampling of the research published in 2019 — seven journal articles that examine fake news from multiple angles, … Continue reading …Fake news and fact-checking …

… The Cost of Fleeing Climate Change …

How an adoption racket in Arkansas offered a way off the Marshall Islands. Navigational charts, wall decorations, and hats at the Marshallese Resource and Education Center, in Springdale, Arkansas, where estimates of the Marshallese population hover between twelve and fifteen thousand. Photographs by Rana Young for The New Yorker In the summer of 2015, Shelma … Continue reading … The Cost of Fleeing Climate Change …