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Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

It doesn’t work.The stalwart drug hydroxychloroquine, a decades-old antimalarial that people have more recently used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, started getting attention as a possible treatment and preventative against Covid-19 as early as February. Hydroxychloroquine and the related drug chloroquine killed the virus that causes the disease in vitro—that is to say, in…

Vantablack? Meh. Meet the Ultra-Black Vantafish

Vantablack? Meh. Meet the Ultra-Black Vantafish

Bobbing along on the research vessel Western Flyer just outside California’s Monterey Bay, marine biologist Karen Osborn and her colleagues were hauling deep-sea fish to the surface for cataloging and a photo shoot. Osborn got her hands on a fangtooth, a self-explanatory creature with a mouth full of nasty, big, pointy teeth, attached to a…

A New Gadget Stops Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

A New Gadget Stops Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

As the popularity of Amazon Alexa and other voice assistants grows, so too does the number of ways those assistants both do and can intrude on users’ privacy. Examples include hacks that use lasers to surreptitiously unlock connected doors and start cars, malicious assistant apps that eavesdrop and phish passwords, and discussions that are surreptitiously…