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Early Coronavirus Mutation Made It Harder to Stop, Evidence Suggests

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 11:07
Scientists were initially skeptical that a mutation made the coronavirus more contagious. But new research has changed many of their minds.

Need a Hypothesis? This A.I. Has One

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 05:47
Slowly, machine-learning systems are beginning to generate ideas, not just test them.

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine: What You Need to Know

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 02:00
AstraZeneca’s new clinical trial results are positive but confusing, leaving many experts wanting to see more data before passing final judgment on how well the vaccine will work.

How Archaeologists Are Using Deep Learning to Dig Deeper

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 23:30
Trawling ancient history with neural nets.

My Name Is GPT-3 and I Approved This Article

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 23:30
The latest natural-language system generates tweets, pens poetry, summarizes emails, answers trivia questions, translates languages and even writes its own computer programs.

When A.I. Falls in Love

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 23:30
The Times asked GPT-3 to tell us a little about itself and its romantic life.

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 13:51
They can’t detect all conflicts, but new computer programs serve as guard rails when scientists and publishers fail to self-police.

G.M. Drops Its Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks and Aligns With Biden

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:12
General Motors said it would no longer back President Trump’s lawsuit seeking to strip California of the power to set fuel economy standards.

With John Kerry Pick, Biden Selects a ‘Climate Envoy’ With Stature

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:07
Mr. Biden said he would name Mr. Kerry to a cabinet-level climate post, giving him the job of persuading global leaders that the United States is prepared to resume a leadership role.

Small Social Gatherings Aren’t Driving the Virus Surge (So Far)

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 10:23
Yes, the coronavirus can be spread over cocktails and dinners. But these get-togethers do not account for the huge rise in cases seen now, the data show.

The National Zoo’s Panda Cub Has a Name: Xiao Qi Ji

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 08:16
The cub had a live birth and a social media following — everything, it seemed, but a name. Until now.

The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Your Children’s Toys

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 07:25
A scientist tracks the dangers of flame retardants, meant to protect children, and why manufacturers cannot seem to stop using them.

AstraZeneca and Oxford Say Vaccine Is Up to 90 Percent Effective

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 04:57
The drug maker said its vaccine candidate was 70 percent effective on average, and potentially up to 90 percent effective, at preventing Covid-19 in an early analysis.

Can a Computer Devise a Theory of Everything?

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 02:00
It might be possible, physicists say, but not anytime soon. And there’s no guarantee that we humans will understand the result.

Can an Algorithm Prevent Suicide?

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 02:00
The Department of Veterans Affairs has turned to machine-learning to help identify vets at risk of taking their own lives.

Bill Gates, the Virus and the Quest to Vaccinate the World

Mon, 11/23/2020 - 00:00
The billionaire is working with the W.H.O., drugmakers and nonprofits to defeat the coronavirus everywhere, including in the world’s poorest nations. Can they do it?

China to Collect Moon Rocks in a Mission Launching Soon

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 21:10
It has been four decades since lunar samples were brought to Earth, and the Chang’e-5 spacecraft’s bounty could have great scientific value.

Pat Quinn, Who Promoted A.L.S. Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies at 37

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 20:12
Mr. Quinn, who learned he had A.L.S. a month after he turned 30, was credited with helping to make the ice-bucket videos a viral sensation that raised $220 million worldwide.

Can We Make Our Robots Less Biased Than Us?

Sun, 11/22/2020 - 02:00
A.I. developers are committing to end the injustices in how their technology is often made and used.

Things To Do At Home

Sat, 11/21/2020 - 20:17
Spend this holiday week experimenting with turkey bones, painting botanical art or running a virtual race.