Why Scientists Should Stop Misusing Science To Influence The Election

Earlier this month, the editors of Scientific American, published an all-out, endorsement of Joe Biden for President—something unprecedented in the journal’s 175 year history. Then, last week, all of the New England Journal of Medicine’s editors signed a scathing review of the Trump administration’s handling of the COVID-19 emergency, calling for Trump to be voted out of office.

In truth, both editorials offer several valid criticisms of the administration on scientific grounds. And to be clear: The present article is not making any counter-endorsement of Donald Trump—far from it.

Rather, we pose an important question: Are high-profile scientists crossing a dangerous line by using their trusted platforms to influence the election? Based on behavioral science, we believe they are and their actions come at the risk of diminishing the public’s trust in

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Johnson has ignored the science and blown our chance to stop a second wave

We shouldn’t be here. Back in June, England had the opportunity to suppress the virus. With a functional test and trace system, support to help people self-isolate, a robust set of regulations to keep work and leisure spaces safe and a clear public communications campaign, we could have suppressed coronavirus into the winter.



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But the opportunity was squandered. Worse, as restrictions were lifted on 4 July – what became known colloquially as “Freedom Saturday” – we were encouraged to relax, to travel back to work, to go to the pub, to mix and mingle. Meanwhile, the country’s dysfunctional, centralised and privately-run test and trace system lurched from one calamity to the next. World class? At failing to contact people and succeeding in losing data, perhaps.

The virus never went away. In some deprived communities, such as Bolton and Rochdale, infections remained

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Apple may stop shipping power adapters with iPhone SE, other current devices

Apple is expected to ship new “iPhone 12” models without an AC power adapter, but it could also do the same for previously released devices like the iPhone SE.

The lack of a charging brick in the box is said to be a cost-saving move for this year’s iPhone models. Apple also stopped shipping power adapters with the Apple Watch Series 6, citing environmental reasons.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman suggested that the Cupertino tech giant would also stop shipping charging bricks with previously released iPhone models that “it’ll keep selling.”

Although Gurman doesn’t specify, his prediction suggests that Apple will — or already has — change the packaging for current

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Science Says Stop Infecting Other People With the ‘Better-Than-Average’ Effect

You’re probably familiar with the famous survey where more than 80 percent of respondents said they were above-average drivers, even though that’s mathematically impossible. And even though all of the respondents had, at some point in their lives, been injured in car accidents. (In fact, another study found that less than 1 percent of respondents considered themselves “worse than average.”)

Findings like that are easy to laugh at… until you realize that most people think they’re above-average at almost everything. A meta-analysis of a number of studies shows that people rate themselves as above average in creativity, intelligence, dependability, athleticism, honesty, friendless… provide people with a survey about almost any trait and teh vast majority will rate themselves as above average.

Social psychologists call it the “better-than-average effect.” Ask me to rate myself — in anything — in terms of basically anything, and I’ll be convinced I’m above average. (Even

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Stop freaking out about the iPhone 12’s 60Hz display



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iPhone 12 Specs

  • The iPhone 12 specs list will not include a 120Hz display, which is a staple feature for high-end Android flagships this year.
  • Several leaks hinted that Apple had tested prototypes with 120Hz displays, but ultimately choose not to enable the feature to save battery life.
  • A high refresh rate would be a great upgrade, but it’s not a must-have feature for the iPhone.

The iPhone 12 launch event is just over a day away, but we already know many things about this year’s iPhone series. The new handsets will deliver major upgrades over last year’s phones, and that’s a statement that applies to any new iPhone. But the iPhone 12 phones will bring over several “firsts” for the iPhone. The iPhone 12 series will be the first iPhone series to come in four models, and all of them will pack OLED displays. All

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Virginia Tech helpless to stop North Carolina in first loss of the 2020 season |

Virginia Tech vs. UNC Chapel Hill, N.C.

HOW THEY SCORED

Virginia Tech 0 14 23 8 — 45

North Carolina 21 14 7 14 — 56

First Quarter

NC—Williams 1 run (Atkins kick), 10:22.

NC—D.Brown 37 pass from Howell (Atkins kick), 7:52.

NC—Williams 19 run (Atkins kick), 4:09.

Second Quarter

VT—Mitchell 1 run (B.Johnson kick), 14:13.

VT—Herbert 8 run (B.Johnson kick), 6:28.

NC—Newsome 6 run (Atkins kick), 4:17.

NC—D.Brown 43 pass from Howell (Atkins kick), :16.

Third Quarter

VT—FG B.Johnson 55, 9:55.

NC—Carter 16 run (Atkins kick), 7:14.

VT—Hooker 5 run (B.Johnson kick), 5:58.

VT—Herbert 52 run (B.Johnson kick), 5:04.

VT—T.Robinson 33 pass from Hooker (run failed), :15.

Fourth Quarter

NC—Newsome 12 pass from Howell (Atkins kick), 12:37.

NC—Carter 62 run (Atkins kick), 8:49.

VT—Mitchell 26 pass from Hooker (Hooker run), 5:20.

A—3,535.

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TEAM STATISTICS

VT NC

First downs 25 31

Rushes-yards 48-260 43-399

Passing 235 257

Comp-Att-Int 15-29-0

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Running back Khalil Herbert made his presence felt in the quarter as well with a 52-yard touchdown run. Herbert converted the third and eight by weaving his way through the secondary to go over 100-yards for the third straight game.

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The Hokies held onto the ball for nearly 11 minutes in the third quarter, but still couldn’t overcome the 21 points they spotted UNC in the first quarter. 

North Carolina went straight down the field on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead while averaging 9.7 yards per play.

Howell was near perfect in the quarter going 10 of 12 for 123 yards with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Brown. Brown, who beat Tech cornerback Armani Chatman down the field, was able to get one foot down at the back of the end zone for the score.

Williams

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Why Trump’s viral Covid and flu misinformation is hard for Facebook and Twitter to stop

A perfect storm of medical misinformation and political disinformation is creating new challenges for the press, for social media platforms and for the public. Take just the events of the last few days. On the heels of his release from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, President Donald Trump stood on the balcony of the White House, removed his mask and then gave a short speech that was quickly uploaded to social media. “Maybe I’m immune, I don’t know,” he declared. The truth is, he is still very contagious. But the public declaration alarmed scientists, who are working to produce an effective and safe vaccine. Online, fans cheered that Trump had beaten Covid-19, even as he put his staff in danger.

A perfect storm of medical misinformation and political disinformation is creating new challenges for the press, for social media platforms, and for the public.

Trump followed up that appearance

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French Consumers Encouraged to Stop Spending on New Smartphones

(Bloomberg) — France is preparing incentives for consumers to shift spending habits to used electronics, in an attempt to lower the impact on the environment and provide a boost to local ecommerce startups.



a person holding a bag and walking on a sidewalk: A pedestrian uses a smartphone while wearing a protective face mask outside the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE luxury goods store in Place Vendome, in Paris, France, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The euro-area economy may be headed for its first recession in seven years as the coronavirus outbreak takes an increasing toll on businesses and consumer confidence.


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A pedestrian uses a smartphone while wearing a protective face mask outside the LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE luxury goods store in Place Vendome, in Paris, France, on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The euro-area economy may be headed for its first recession in seven years as the coronavirus outbreak takes an increasing toll on businesses and consumer confidence.

The government said it will deploy a scoring system on devices’ re-usability from January, and will set aside 21 million euros ($25 million) from its stimulus plan to fund re-usability startups and projects.

Environment minister Barbara Pompili and her colleague for Digital Affairs, Cedric O, told Bloomberg that the government is in talks to boost second-hand

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A Smart, New Approach To Stop Foreign Interference In Elections

FBI Director Christopher Wray’s recent warning that Russia is seeking to disrupt and influence US elections underscores the vulnerability of our elections and political campaigns to foreign influence and hacking. 

As is increasingly the case, whistleblowers likely will be a vital first line of defense.  

Recognizing that, the State Department has launched a promising way to turn the tables on foreign hacking operations and disrupt the disrupters: It is offering whistleblower rewards of up to $10 million to those who can identify or provide the location of individuals who are working at the behest of foreign governments to interfere with a national, state or local election.

Incentivizing knowledgeable insiders to report wrongdoing by offering whistleblower rewards has long been

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