Test positivity rates measure the success of a testing program. Even though the US performs a huge number of tests, high test positivity rates across the country show that that it still isn't enough.
July 30, 2020 • ~7 min
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A restart of nuclear testing offers little scientific value to the US and would benefit other countries
Seventy-five years after the first nuclear detonation and nearly 30 years since testing was banned, the US is considering resuming live nuclear testing.
July 14, 2020 • ~10 min
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When Trump pushed hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, hundreds of thousands of prescriptions followed despite little evidence that it worked
When news reports tout a drug, people get interested, even if the benefits are unproven. Patient hopes, requests and demands can easily turn into real prescriptions in their doctor's office.
July 9, 2020 • ~10 min
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The purveyors of these myths, including politicians who have been soft peddling the impact of the coronavirus, aren't doing the country any favors.
July 8, 2020 • ~8 min
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TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity
If teenagers organizing on social media can hamper a presidential campaign rally, how challenging is it to manipulate elections?
June 30, 2020 • ~7 min
Tags: social-media politics donald-trump activism political-activism black-lives-matter campaigning k-pop filter-bubble tiktok political-campaigns
President Trump is scheduled to appear at an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on July 3. For some, this event will symbolize love of country. Others will see it very differently.
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The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, claiming it's good for the economy. But research shows that conservation is better both for public health and for job creation.
June 18, 2020 • ~6 min
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The FDA has sped up its approval process for coronavirus treatments, creating a new division to expedite the regulatory process. But is safety being sidelined for speed?
June 10, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic donald-trump fda food-and-drug-administration hydroxychloroquine clinical-trials oversight
Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19: A new review of several studies shows flaws in research and no benefit
Our expert assessed all the controlled studies so far on hydroxychloroquine. His findings may surprise you.
May 28, 2020 • ~7 min
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It's human nature to try to insulate yourself from the unpleasant realization that death comes for all of us eventually.
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