A Google Plan To Wipe Out Mosquitoes Appears to Be Working

An experimental program led by Google parent Alphabet to wipe out disease-causing mosquitoes succeeded in nearly eliminating them from three test sites in California’s Central Valley. From a report: Stamping out illness caused by mosquitoes is one of Alphabet unit Verily’s most ambitious public-health projects. The effort appears to be paying off, according to a paper published in the journal …

Bill Gates To Spend Billions on Coronavirus Vaccine Development

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said his foundation will spend billions of dollars to fund the construction of factories for the most promising efforts to develop a vaccine to combat the novel coronavirus. From a report: Mr. Gates, a billionaire philanthropist who is one the richest people in the world, said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will work with seven …

New Jersey Desperately Needs COBOL Programmers

In New Jersey, the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in something that few people outside that state’s tech department would have foreseen: a dire need for COBOL coders. From a report, shared by reader AmiMoJo: Standing for Common Business-Oriented Language, COBOL’s day came and went long ago. It initially made a splash by giving coders a programming language that could work …

‘Quit Trying To Make Quibi Happen’

Devindra Hardawar of Engadget, writing about Quibi, a new streaming service that launched today: Nobody asked for Quibi. Nobody, that is, except for Jeffrey Katzenberg, the founder of Dreamworks Pictures and famed Hollywood producer. Where other mobile video startups failed, like Samsung’s long-forgotten Milk Video and Verizon’s own Go90 (RIP), Katzenberg figured he could succeed by pouring money (somehow he’s …

Aircraft carrier captain lost his command because of “Catch-22” COVID-19 dilemma

Enlarge / Captain Brett Crozier addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on November 1, 2019. (credit: Sean LYNCH / US NAVY / AFP) There has been a great deal of outrage expressed over acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly’s decision to “relieve” Captain Brett Crozier of his command over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt …

Apple Begins Making Millions of Face Shields and Sources 20 Million Face Masks

“Apple announced Sunday it’s launched a companywide effort to design, produce and ship face shields to medical workers battling the coronavirus outbreak,” reports CNET: The first shipment was delivered this week to a Kaiser facility in the Santa Clara Valley, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a video posted to Twitter. “Teams across Apple have been working hard on ways …

Elon Musk Shares a Video: Making Ventilators From Tesla Parts

Elon Musk shared a new video today from Tesla Engineering. “We’re trying to make some ventilators from some car parts, so we can help the medical industry without taking away from their supply,” it begins. (All three people who appear in the video are wearing a face mask.) It ends with a demonstration of a prototype using a touchscreen display …

How Robert Cringely Scored 5 Million N95 Masks From China

This week, tech pundit Robert Cringely described how a chance conversation with China-based entrepreneur Anina led to a friend with a garment factory “now making fully certified N-95 respirators with no clear distribution plan.” Late on a Sunday night with the tech world in shut-down, how long would it take for me to find someone looking for up to five …