COVID-19 Is the First Big Test for Pandemic-Prevention Tech

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he author writes, “The coronavirus is putting a lot of new tech, including robots and artificial intelligence, on display. ... Futuristic technology powered by artificial intelligence is helping to identify coronavirus symptoms, find new treatments, and track the spread of the disease. Meanwhile, robots are making interactions with and treatment of sick patients easier.” Photo credit: Civil Protection Office of the Prime Minister, Italy / Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0)
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The Progressive House Primaries to Watch on Super Tuesday (Chris)

The authors write, “A slew of House races around the country, meanwhile, could put an exclamation point on the surge of progressive energy — or they could mark a bright spot in a dark moment for the establishment, if it manages to beat back the outspent challengers.”

Our Research Found No Reason to Suspect Fraud in Bolivia’s October Election (Chris)

The authors write, “The media has largely reported the allegations of fraud as fact. And many commentators have justified the coup as a response to electoral fraud … However, as specialists in election integrity, we find that the statistical evidence does not support the claim of fraud in Bolivia’s October election.”

Nevada May Change DUI Law to Reflect the Unique Ways Marijuana Affects the Body (Reader Steve)

From the Nevada Independent: “Cannabis works through the body differently than alcohol, eluding clear-cut measurements like the 0.8 blood alcohol content threshold.”

Think Flash Floods Are Bad? Buckle Up for Flash Droughts (Mili) 

The author writes, “A typical drought is a slow-motion catastrophe. But scientists are trying to figure out a phenomenon called a flash drought, which forms in as little as two weeks.”

Why Is a Dog’s Nose Wet and Cold? (Mili)

From Popular Mechanics: “If you’ve ever booped the snoot of a good boy … you likely noticed his nose was smooth, wet, and cool. But it turns out the tip of a dog’s slobbery, nerve-packed nose — called the rhinarium — may do more than sniff. It may actually detect weak heat signatures.”

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