Charlotte Jee, MIT Tech Review

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Past articles by Charlotte:

China’s Tianwen-1 mission is on its way to Mars

The news: China’s Tianwen-1 mission to Mars successfully lifted off shortly before 1 p.m. local time on Thursday, July 23, Chinese media reported. The mission, which includes a lander, rover, and orbiter, is expected to arrive at the Red Planet in February 2021. China is the first nation to try to transport all three components… → Read More

The Oxford covid-19 vaccine candidate has produced promising early trial results

Trial volunteers produced both antibodies and T-cells and only experienced relatively mild side effects. → Read More

Immunity to covid-19 could disappear in months, a new study suggests

The lowdown: Immunity to covid-19 may be short-lived, according to a new longitudinal study of people who have caught the disease and recovered. The study: Researchers at King’s College London repeatedly tested 96 patients and health-care workers at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for antibodies between March and June. All the participants were… → Read More

A group of 239 scientists say there’s growing evidence covid-19 is airborne

The scientists have written an open letter to the World Health Organization arguing that covid-19 can be transmitted through the air—and we need to adapt our preventative measures accordingly. → Read More

Another experimental covid-19 vaccine has shown promising early results

The news: An experimental covid-19 vaccine being developed by Pfizer and BioNTech provoked immune responses in 45 healthy volunteers, according to a preprint paper on medRXiv. The levels of antibodies were up to 2.8 times the level of those found in patients who have recovered. The study randomly assigned 45 people to get either one… → Read More

The UK is abandoning its current contact tracing app for Google and Apple’s system

The news: The UK is going to abandon its current contact tracing app in favor of one based on technology built by Apple and Google, the BBC reports. Tests of its existing app among residents on the Isle of Wight found it had trouble recognizing iPhones. The app had been supposed to launch for the… → Read More

A cheap steroid might be the first covid-19 drug to save lives

The news: A cheap steroid called dexamethasone significantly cuts the chances that seriously ill covid-19 patients will die, according to the world’s biggest trial of existing treatments. Specifically, it reduced the risk of death for patients on ventilators by a third. For those receiving oxygen, it cut the risk of death by a fifth. The drug… → Read More

Twitter wants you to read articles before you retweet them

Want to read this before retweeting? → Read More

Lockdowns may have prevented more than 3 million deaths in Europe

The news: Lockdowns in Europe helped stop 3.1 million deaths up to the start of May, researchers have estimated. Strictly limiting people’s movements and enforcing social distancing cut the average number of people that contagious individuals infected by 81%. The measures pushed the epidemic’s reproduction number, R, down from 3.8 to below 1 in all… → Read More

A trial is underway of the first new antibody medicine developed to treat covid-19

The news: Patients have started to receive the first antibody drug developed specifically to treat covid-19. It’s being tested in 32 patients at various doses in hospitals in the US. If it’s shown to be safe, the drug, referred to as LY-CoV555, will be studied in non-hospitalized coronavirus patients later this summer. The big idea:… → Read More

Virgin Orbit’s rocket has failed on its first attempt to get into space

The news: Virgin Orbit failed in the first test of its LauncherOne rocket yesterday, after seven years of development and testing. The rocket was transported by a Boeing 747 and released over the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of California. It was supposed to fall for a few seconds, ignite, and then propel itself into… → Read More

Wuhan will test all 11 million residents after spotting its first new coronavirus cases

The news: Wuhan’s entire population of 11 million people will be tested for coronavirus after the city, where the pandemic started, discovered new infections for the first time since its lockdown was lifted. Each district in the city has been instructed to create a plan to test every resident within 10 days, according to a… → Read More

The UK starts testing its contact tracing app this week—but will it work?

The news: The UK government has announced it will start inviting residents of the Isle of Wight to download its official covid-19 contact tracing app this week. The app launch will start with National Health Service and municipal staff tomorrow, with all of the island’s 140,000 residents set to get access from Thursday. If the… → Read More

Facebook has released a map of coronavirus symptoms crowdsourced from its users

The data was gathered from more than one million Facebook users who filled in a survey created by Carnegie Mellon University about whether they were experiencing symptoms like a cough or a fever. → Read More

The US will need to do 20 million tests a day to reopen safely

The news: A group of experts has produced a plan for the US to reopen its economy safely this summer. However, it’s contingent on doing at least 20 million tests every day, scaling up contact tracing, and ensuring those who need to isolate can be properly supported. The report, produced by 45 cross-disciplinary experts assembled… → Read More

Facebook has launched a couples-only social network

The news: Facebook has launched a new app called Tuned, which lets couples message each other, swap music, share their mood, keep a daily shared diary, and send photos and voice memos. It can be used without a Facebook profile and is pitched as a “private space” for couples to connect. However, it isn’t end-to-end… → Read More

WhatsApp is limiting message forwarding to combat coronavirus misinformation

From today, messages identified as “highly forwarded” can be forwarded only to a single person instead of five. → Read More

People with coronavirus may be most infectious in the first week of symptoms

That could lend more weight to the argument in favor of wearing a mask while in public. → Read More

Zoom is facing questions about how private or secure it really is

Zoom has rapidly become the video-conferencing platform of choice as people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. Now it’s under pressure. → Read More

Gig workers are set to strike today demanding better protection from coronavirus

Home delivery services are experiencing unprecedented growth in demand as people stay home. → Read More