SciFriday: The Marx Brothers Do Science

June 11, 2021

That’s how renowned French microbiologist Didier Raoult described last year’s Oxford University trial of hydroxychloroquine as a therapy for COVID-19. Among other problems, the dosage given patients was six times higher than the maximum safe dosage in the UK—a level considered lethal in France!

The Friday Five – CDC Contradicts its Own Data

June 11, 2021

CDC director Dr. Rachel Wallensky claimed that COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates for US teens is spiking. The CDC’s data shows that her claim is based on conveniently selected start and end dates for her graph, since the most recent data shows rates dropping to record lows.

Amazon Sharing Users’ Internet Connections

June 10, 2021

Millions of Amazon Echo virtual assistants and Ring security cameras were automatically opted into a wi-fi network called Sidewalk, which shares users’ Internet connections with other Amazon devices. Security experts say hackers will have a field day.

Senate Bill Would Enable Creation of Chimeras

June 9, 2021

A bill loaded with amendments benefiting special interests is likely to pass the Senate this week. The bill would allow the NIH to pursue “in vitro culture of chimeric embryos”—the creation of hybrid human-animal embryos for experiments.

Fauci’s Email

June 3, 2021

Emails from NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci reveals that he was thanked last spring for debunking the “lab leak” theory of COVID’s origin by a scientist who funneled grant money from Fauci’s NIH to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Everybody Claims Victory

May 24, 2021

Israel and Hamas both claimed victory in the recent conflict while President Joe Biden took credit for arranging the cease-fire. So, we’re basically back where we were two weeks ago. What’s next?

The Friday Five – Cease-fire

May 21, 2021

After 11 days of rockets, Israel and Hamas have signaled willingness to discuss a cease-fire. The question is how long it will last and what the consequences will be for Israel’s relations with its Western allies.

Crypto Carnage

May 20, 2021

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum suffered major losses after China tightened restrictions that ban financial institutions from offering services involving cryptos. Note: China’s central bank announced its own digital currency just six weeks ago.

Vaccine Hesitancy

May 19, 2021

Health officials in the US are getting creative to try to convince those who are reluctant to be vaccinated against SARS-2 to take the jab. Or is “coercive” more accurate?

Media Covers for Hamas

May 18, 2021

Associated Press criticized Israel for destroying the building that housed its offices in Gaza. The IDF says the building also housed Hamas intelligence operations and weapons manufacturing—and that AP’s local reporters knew about it.

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