The Dutch Cure for Coronavirus Listlessness: Get Yourself a Seksbuddy

Illustration: Ernesto Ferreira CondeixaLike nearly every other fully developed organism on the planet, human beings are driven by an instinct to fuck. In fact, a significant portion of the world economy revolves around fucking or the desire to fuck—to the extent some say humans are now becoming desensitized to arousal. But unless you are a…

Fitbit Is Studying Whether Its Watches Can Detect Coronavirus Early

Photo: Victoria Song (Gizmodo)Fitbit owners wear their watches and fitness trackers day and night, which gives the company tons of data about their health. Fitbit is now launching a study to determine whether all of that data can be used to diagnose covid-19 before any noticeable symptoms—including fever and cough—even begin.The Fitbit Covid-19 Study, launched…

U.S. Hits Grim Coronavirus Milestone, Passing 100,000 Confirmed Deaths

A woman passes by a memorial in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, on May 27, 2020.Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images)The number of our fellow Americans lost to the novel coronavirus pandemic soared into the six figures on Wednesday afternoon, with the updated tally on the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine tracker now listing 100,396…

China’s Air Pollution Is Already Worse Than Pre-Coronavirus Levels

Photo: APLast month, China finally ended its coronavirus lockdown. While air quality improved dramatically during The Quiet Time, new data shows it was short-lived. What’s more, air pollution is coming back at higher levels than during the same period last year. A report out Monday from the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air,…

Insurance Companies Are Subsidizing Fox News’ Coronavirus and Climate Misinformation

Photo: GettyInsurance companies have issued some of the loudest calls for climate action, and they rely on hard data to make their assessments. But a new report from Media Matters for America finds that major insurers are top sponsors of Fox News’ coverage of highly misleading pandemic coverage, using tactics it honed through years of…

Coronavirus Thwarts Rescue of Endangered Albatrosses Menaced by Giant Mice

A Tristan albatross on Gough Island attending to her dead chick, which was killed by invasive mice. Image: RSPBThe covid-19 pandemic has forced a delay to an effort to protect vulnerable seabirds from large, invasive mice on an island in the South Atlantic Ocean. The suspension left a team of conservationists stranded in one of…

Can Scientists Justify Intentional Coronavirus Infections to Speed Vaccine Creation?

A lab technician prepares covid-19 patient samples for testing.Image: APOne way to accelerate the development of a covid-19 vaccine is to conduct early testing of promising candidates on human volunteers—a prospect wrought with ethical challenges. A new policy paper outlines the ethical requirements for this type of research, but some critics believe the proposed guidelines…

Belgians Get the Most Delicious Coronavirus Quarantine Order

Photo: GettyAs the coronavirus pandemic continues to pummel the food industry amid government lockdowns, Belgians are being asked to lend a hand to one struggling market in particular: Potatoes. More specifically, Belgians are being called upon to eat a ton of fries.The Brussels Times reported last week that potato farmers were starting down a surplus…

Cyclone Amphan Slams Into India’s Coast Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Photo: GettyOn Wednesday afternoon, Cyclone Amphan made landfall on the India’s border near Sagar Island in West Bengal, bringing sheets of rain and wind speeds up to 100 mph. The storm knocked over trees, uprooted electrical poles, and forced at least 2.6 million people to flee to shelters. At least one person—a two month old…