Maddie Bender

Tech news

A DIY Vaccine Can't Solve the COVID-19 Crisis

An effective vaccine needs to reach an entire population, not just a handful of citizen scientists.
Maddie Bender
4 days ago
Tech news

It's OK If Countries Hack Each Other's Vaccines

Warnings of Russian hacking by Western governments underscore that a Covid-19 vaccine shouldn't be something anyone can 'steal' in the first place.
Maddie Bender
7.27.20
Coronavirus

OK, WTF Is Hydroxychloroquine and Can it Treat Coronavirus?

The antimalarial drug has been talked about as a promising treatment for Covid-19 by Elon Musk and Donald Trump, but the science isn't nearly there yet.
Maddie Bender
3.27.20
Tech news

You Can Now Access 1.4 Million Books for Free Thanks to the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is temporarily eliminating waitlists for tons of ebooks to create a National Emergency Library open to anyone with an internet connection.
Maddie Bender
3.25.20
Tech news

America's Supercomputers Are Now Helping Scientists Fight Coronavirus

From America's national nuclear labs to NASA, the nation's most powerful computers are pitching in to fight coronavirus with a mind-boggling amount of power.
Maddie Bender
3.23.20
Tech news

People Are Trying to Make DIY Ventilators to Meet Coronavirus Demand

As countries face shortages of important medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, makers are desperately trying to fill the gaps with open source designs.
Maddie Bender
3.17.20
Tech news

Doctors Have Injected DNA-Editing CRISPR Into a Live Person's Eye

The trial, which seeks to restore vision in people with a genetic mutation, marks the first time that DNA-editing viruses have been injected directly into a live person.
Maddie Bender
3.4.20
pathogens

She Blew the Whistle on Pathogens That Escaped From a Government Lab. Now She’s Being Fired

A scientist who manages a biosafety lab in Washington State says she's being retaliated against for reporting a leak of an unknown quantity of unknown aquatic pathogens into Lake Washington.
Maddie Bender
2.27.20
Tech news

Scientists Discover the First Animal That Doesn’t Breathe Oxygen to Live

The parasite—which lacks mitochondria, and the genes and proteins needed for breathing—yet again expands our horizons for the possibilities of life on Earth.
Maddie Bender
2.25.20
Tech news

The Sun is Mysteriously Causing Whales to Strand and Die, Research Suggests

New research into gray whale strandings gives us a clue as to how these animals navigate and suggests that solar storms may play a role in their deaths.
Maddie Bender
2.24.20
FOIA

How a City Decides to Buy This Ridiculous $2,000 Weed-Smelling Device

Internal emails show how the "Nasal Ranger," which is like binoculars for your nose, is sold to cities and small towns.
Maddie Bender
2.21.20
Tech news

Scientists Are Encrypting Information Using Crystals

Random numbers are hard to come by, and growing crystals inside normal computers could be one way to get them.
Maddie Bender
2.11.20
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