Why is science letting us down when we need it most?

Stuart Ritchie 2020-08-14 15:30:29 Science is suffering from a replication crisis. Too many landmark studies can’t be repeated in independent labs, a process crucial to separating flukes and errors from solid results. The consequences are hard to overstate: Public policy, medical treatments and the way we see the world may have been built on the shakiest of foundations.In June, the...

Less sex, more insecurity — a coronavirus baby bust is coming

Virginia Heffernan 2020-08-14 15:30:20 “Recreational sex is a popular form of leisure that has been redefined by the COVID-19 pandemic.” So begins a doleful April 23 study in the journal Leisure Sciences.Just to clear up any confusion: “Redefinition” here means “decline.” Of the 1,559 adults who were asked about their pandemic-era sex lives, nearly half said the once “popular form...

What will it take to persuade people to wear masks?

Karen Kaplan 2020-08-13 18:30:54 They’re uncomfortable. They look dorky. They make it hard to breathe. They’re a symbol of Big Government run amok.If these are the reasons why some Americans refuse to wear face masks in public, what will it take to change their minds? Psychologists have the answer: Focus on their moral obligation to avoid putting other people in...

California’s quake early warning system added to Android phones

Rong-Gong Lin II 2020-08-11 18:30:32 Google is adding California’s earthquake early warning system as part of its Android operating system for mobile phones, the company said Tuesday.The feature means that the state’s earthquake early warnings will be piped into phones using the Android system without the need to download a separate app.Gov. Gavin Newsom welcomed the addition of the feature,...

San Quentin COVID-19 disaster shows ‘herd immunity’ challenge

Rong-Gong Lin II, Kim Christensen 2020-08-11 17:30:59 For critics of aggressive stay-at-home orders, the solution seems clear: Reopen the economy and enough people will eventually become infected by the novel coronavirus to achieve “herd immunity” even before a vaccine is available.The idea is that eventually, a sufficient percentage of the population will have survived COVID-19 and become immune, which...

Swarm of earthquakes sparks worry about San Andreas fault

Rong-Gong Lin II 2020-08-11 03:50:55 A swarm of small earthquakes in California, close to the Mexican border, is being closely monitored as to whether it might raise the chance of a much larger event on the San Andreas fault. The largest earthquake on Monday was a magnitude 4.6, reported at 8:56 a.m. under the southeastern part of the Salton Sea,...

What is necessary to assure school safety amid COVID-19?

Deborah Netburn 2020-08-06 18:30:25 Across America, the back-to-school season is nearly upon us. Yet for millions of children, that won’t necessarily mean returning to their classrooms.School administrators, public health officials and epidemiologists are still working to understand what it will take to make school campuses safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The health and safety of all in...

FDA warns to avoid these hand sanitizers with methanol

Melissa Healy 2020-08-05 00:20:51 In the era of COVID-19, hand sanitizer has become such an ever-present commodity that we have come to take its virtues — and its safety — for granted.No longer. The Food and Drug Administration is warning Americans that certain hand-sanitizing products sold under a wide range of labels could be dangerous — or even fatal. ...

Safe COVID-19 child care could be a good sign for schools

Anna Almendrala 2020-08-04 19:30:54 Sabrina Lira Garcia is proud to work as a clinical assistant in the COVID-19 ward of a Los Angeles hospital, but sometimes she wishes she could just stay home with her infant son until the pandemic is over.But pulling her child from day care was not an option for Lira Garcia. She can’t put her career...

As California COVID-19 surge slows, rapid reopening unlikely

Rong-Gong Lin II, Iris Lee 2020-08-04 17:30:24 There are growing glimmers of hope that California’s surge in coronavirus cases could be peaking — but don’t expect the pandemic-shattered economy to share much of this progress in the short term.A Los Angeles Times analysis found that California has now experienced its first weekly reduction in new confirmed coronavirus cases for the...