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The WHO got on TikTok to teach teens about coronavirus

On Friday, the World Health Organization made its debut on TikTok in an effort to combat rampant disinformation about the coronavirus. The news: The WHO launched its TikTok presence with a video on Friday about what coronavirus is, and a follow-up video on Saturday about when and …Continue reading

Facebook will now take down posts that spread coronavirus misinformation

The news: Facebook has started deleting posts that contain false claims about the coronavirus, especially ones spreading dangerous misinformation about treatment—such as that drinking bleach cures the virus—and incorrect advice about available health resources. Why it matters: This policy change, announced in a blog post, marks a …Continue reading

How memes got weaponized: A short history

In October 2016, a friend of mine learned that one of his wedding photos had made its way into a post on a right-wing message board. The picture had been doctored to look like an ad for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and appeared …Continue reading

The US military is trying to read minds

In August, three graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University were crammed together in a small, windowless basement lab, using a jury-rigged 3D printer frame to zap a slice of mouse brain with electricity. The brain fragment, cut from the hippocampus, looked like …Continue reading

How iPads might actually help kids learn to read

A study out today in the journal Developmental Psychology suggests that animated text could make e-books superior to physical books. The study: Thirty-five children between three and five years old participated in a series of three experiments using two popular kids’ books: Cat’s Pajamas and Zoom City, both …Continue reading