Covid-19 Is History’s Biggest Translation Challenge

You, a person who's currently on the English-speaking internet in The Year of The Pandemic, have definitely seen public service information about Covid-19. You've probably been unable to escape seeing quite a lot of it, both online and offline, from handwashing...

SpaceX Launched Two Astronauts—Changing Spaceflight Forever

Behnken and Hurley arrive at the pad and emerge from the Tesla’s gull-wing doors in matching white SpaceX flight suits. After stopping to make a last phone call to their families using a phone in the launchpad tower—a NASA preflight tradition—they climb into the...

Trump’s Executive Order Is the Most Futile Attack on 230 Yet

On Tuesday, Twitter placed fact-checking labels on a pair of tweets by President Donald Trump, in which he made baseless claims that the use of mail-in ballots in the 2020 general election will enable large-scale fraud. Rebukes from the Trump administration swiftly...

Video Chat Juries and the Future of Criminal Justice

Here’s a future scenario. Soon after you get your jury summons in the mail, you receive a SurveyMonkey link. Under oath—a checkbox and e-signature sufficed—you answer several questions not just about your personal background but also your WiFi connectivity. Do you...

The Politics of Counting Things Is About to Explode

"There's nothing from the CDC that I can trust," snapped US coronavirus task-force leader Deborah Birx at a White House meeting earlier this month. According to news reports, Birx was frustrated at the agency’s tally of coronavirus deaths, as she and colleagues...

The Flimsy Veneer of Gigantic Advertisements

Times Square wouldn’t be Times Square without all the flashy billboards and blinking signage, but if you’re the type who’d rather see it without them, you’re not alone. Photographer Theo Derksen is also peeved by commercial displays and how they’ve overrun the...

Let’s Rebuild the Broken Meat Industry—Without Animals

Our debts have now come due. The last thing taxpayers should do is bail out an industry that hurts animals, workers, consumers, the environment, and public health. But we don’t need to scrap the whole system and start again. The Achilles heel of factory farming is...

AI-Powered Biotech Can Help Deploy a Vaccine In Record Time

The magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic will largely depend on how quickly safe and effective vaccines and treatments can be developed and tested. Many assume a widely available vaccine is years away, if ever. Others believe that a 12- to 18-month development cycle is...