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The ‘Eye Mouth Eye’ Debacle Sums Up Tech’s Race Issues

On tech Twitter last Thursday, all eyes were on 👁👄👁. The string of emoji is sometimes used to connote the phrase “it is what it is,” a hieroglyphic shrug of internet nihilism. But as it began to appear in tech workers’ bios last week, rumors spread. Was it an app? The next Clubhouse? A viral…

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The Contagion Detective

The COVID-19 pandemic was some epidemiologist’s nightmare when Adam Kucharski was writing Rules of Contagion. Released this week, the book, which includes brief mentions of the encroaching COVID-19 storm, draws on ideas from “outbreak science” to illuminate how and why viruses spread. Information from biology, Kucharski expertly demonstrates, has helped scientists understand how misinformation rages…

The Damage We’re Not Attending To

World War II bomber planes returned from their missions riddled with bullet holes. The first response was, not surprisingly, to add armor to those areas most heavily damaged. However, the statistician Abraham Wald made what seemed like the counterintuitive recommendation to add armor to those parts with no damage. Wald had uniquely understood that the…

The Important Things We Can’t Manage Are Gorgeous

Poker players like to brag they win with luck not skill. So do investment bankers. Scientists. And writers. Skill, we insist, is our ticket to success. Who can blame us? It’s a useful delusion to bank our identity on skill, says Maria Konnikova. We can’t stand trembling in the chaos. We need some way to…

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Op-Ed: Should We Save Everyone From COVID?

ZDoggMD asks for some perspective on COVID-19 and the culture of "safetyism." Below is a transcript of his remarks on the video: Hey, everyone, Dr. Z. I came to say something really controversial here. We shouldn't try to save everyone from COVID-19. Why is that controversial? Because we have, over years, developed a culture of…

Image-Guidance Connected to Improved Resection in Recurrent CRC

Compared with historical controls, use of image-guidance during surgery led to improved rates of complete resection in locally advanced rectal cancer patients with recurrent disease, a single-center Dutch study found. Among patients with recurrent cancers, 78.9% achieved complete R0 resections when surgeons used an image-guided navigation system, as compared to a historical rate of 48.8%…

End of the Road for Endometrial Scratch in IVF?

Endometrial scratch did not improve first-time success with in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in a randomized, unblinded trial. Patients who received endometrial scratching -- in which the uterine lining is wounded slightly to facilitate embryo implantation -- had live birth rates comparable to patients who received routine care (38.4% v.s 37.1%,…