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The 100 greatest innovations of 2022

PopSci The 35th annual Best of What’s New awards. “Every year since 1988, Popular Science has highlighted the innovations that make living on Earth even a tiny bit better. And this year—our 35th—has been remarkable, thanks to the successful deployment of the JWST, which earned our highest honor as the Innovation of the Year. But it’s just one item out of the 100 stellar technological accomplishments our editors have selected to recognize.  The list below represents months of research, testing, discussion, and debate. It celebrates exciting inventions that are improving our lives in ways both big and small. These technologies and discoveries are teaching us about the nature of the universe and treating diseases, but they’re also giving us better ways of entertaining and expressing ourselves.  With 10 categories spanning from aerospace to sports and outdoors, the list is a doozy. We’ve got Naval fighter jets on the big screen and TikTok filters on your phone. There’s gear to help you explore the great outdoors, and devices to help you improve your health and home. We’ve got gadgets galore, a very long suspension bridge, and an EV with a range of 747 miles. So buckle up, and explore the winners below…”

Legal counsel to Justice Alito responds to alleged ethical lapses

Steven Mazie – “I’ve been covering the Supreme Court for only about a decade but I don’t recall seeing a letter from the legal office or seeing a Justice effectively lawyer up in response to allegations. It’s remarkable Justice Alito saw the need to do so here.” The New York Times – Supreme Court Defends… Continue Reading

Senior Democratic lawmakers demand answers on alleged Supreme Court leak

Politico via Yahoo: “Two senior Democrats in Congress are demanding that Chief Justice John Roberts detail what, if anything, the Supreme Court has done to respond to recent allegations of a leak of the outcome of a major case the high court considered several years ago. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)… Continue Reading

Lancet COVID-19 Commission – new ventilation and filtration standards required

Proposed Non-infectious Air Delivery Rates (NADR) for Reducing Exposure to Airborne Respiratory Infectious Diseases November 2022 – “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS- CoV-2) and other respiratory pathogens are effectively transmitted through the inhalation exposure route indoors, mostly in places with inadequate ventilation and filtration. Current building standards, however, promote bare-minimum ventilation and filtration… Continue Reading

Resources for Journalists Reporting on Abortion

Physicians for Reproductive Health: “Abortion is a nuanced subject that brings together many aspects of our lives: health care, economics, insurance coverage, zip code, families, faith, immigration status, race, and gender. If you’re writing an article about abortion, you can use this resource as a starting place to ensure accurate and compassionate reporting. If you… Continue Reading

Where Abortion Is Legal and Where It Loses Protections Without Roe v. Wade

WSJ: “The Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established the constitutional right to an abortion. The majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization upended nearly five decades of precedent and allowed stronger state restrictions to take effect—including total abortion bans. Lawmakers on both sides of the… Continue Reading

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

CDC FluView – “All data are preliminary and may change as more reports are received. A description of the CDC influenza surveillance system, including methodology and detailed descriptions of each data component is available on the surveillance methods page. Additional information on the current and previous influenza seasons for each surveillance component are available on… Continue Reading

TIME The Best Inventions of 2022

“Every year for over two decades, TIME editors have highlighted the 100 most impactful new products and ideas. This year, in a rapidly shifting world, innovation boomed. So in 2022, for the first time ever, we selected the year’s 200 Best Inventions. To compile the list, we solicited nominations from TIME’s editors and correspondents around… Continue Reading

RSV Is Surging: What We Know about This Common and Surprisingly Dangerous Virus

Scientific American – “Your questions answered about what RSV is, how it spreads, what vaccines are on the way and who is most at risk. As flu season picks up and experts weigh concerns about another possible COVID surge, children’s hospitals are already filling with patients with another viral threat: respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.… Continue Reading

Examples of Medical Device Misconnections

FDA: “In order to physically prevent device misconnections from occurring, standardized connector designs for specific medical applications are being developed. FDA expects manufacturers will begin producing devices with new connectors that conform to these design standards. These new connectors are designed to help reduce the risk for medical device misconnections like the examples in these… Continue Reading

Confidence in research: researchers in the spotlight

Elsevier: “The pandemic showed just how important quality research is for addressing global challenges and finding solutions that benefit people everywhere. It accelerated the practice of science and breakthrough, with data shared openly and fast as researchers collaborated across borders, sectors and disciplines. Whether a scientist, healthcare professional, policymaker, regulator or publisher, we were all… Continue Reading