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Pandemic Erodes Gig Economy Work

SAN FRANCISCO — It was just after 11 a.m. last Wednesday when Jaime Maldonado, 51, pulled his rented Nissan into a lot outside San Francisco International Airport. He figured he had a long wait ahead — about two hours — before Lyft would ping him to pick up a passenger. Occasionally, jets roared overhead — […]

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NASA urging employees to work remotely after second confirmed coronavirus case

NASA is requesting that its employees work from home after a case of the coronavirus, officially called COVID-19, was confirmed at the Marshall Space Flight Center. “We recently received confirmation that an employee at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama has tested positive for COVID-19,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. This […]

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NASA shows it’s lost confidence in Boeing’s ability to police its own work on Starliner space capsule

In a call with reporters Friday, NASA officials said an independent investigation of the marred test flight of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft has produced 61 corrective actions and identified 49 gaps in Boeing’s testing procedures. A decision on whether Boeing will be allowed to proceed with flying astronauts or have to redo the test mission without […]

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A brain scan could help reveal if antidepressants will work for a patient

A doctor who is prescribing antidepressants will largely rely on self-reporting on the part of patients to make their decision. Unfortunately, antidepressants don’t work on every patient. That’s bad news — especially when it comes to treating depressive episodes, which can have a profound impact on people’s lives. Could A.I. and brain-scanning tech help solve the […]