The semiconductor bill unites political rivals

The news: Last month, Stanford’s Sewer Coronavirus Alert Network, or SCAN, added monkeypox to the suite of viruses it tests daily for wastewater. Since then, the virus has been found in 10 of 11 sewer systems that SCAN tested, including those in Sacramento, Palo Alto and several other cities in the Gulf of California.

Why it matters: The World Health Organization declared the spread of monkeypox a global health emergency over the weekend, after weeks of indecision over whether the situation was severe enough to be considered an international threat. While the U.S. has recorded 2,891 confirmed cases of the virus as of July 22, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, SCAN’s wastewater analysis methods can reveal a higher number of cases, much faster.

How it works: SCAN researchers use the data to estimate the actual number of people with monkeypox in the communities they monitor by modeling how wastewater data and monkeypox cases from the past month correlate. This score, which could be updated daily, would be a much faster way to track community spread than waiting for symptomatic patients to see a doctor and be tested, and would help catch infections much earlier . Read the full story.

Read the following: Homophobic misinformation makes it difficult to contain the spread of monkeypox. Read the full story.

– Hannah Kyros

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I’ve scoured the internet to find you today’s funniest/important/scary/fascinating tech stories.

1 China has its domestic tech tycoons in a chokehold
Companies that promised to disrupt the status quo ended up in power. (The Keeper)
+ It is working on a system to help Chinese firms comply with US rules. (FT$)
+ How China’s Biggest Online Influencers Fell From Their Thrones. (MIT Technology Review)

2 Joe Biden’s semiconductor bill makes unlikely political allies
Bernie Sanders and Republicans argue that the legislation will simply line the pockets of the already wealthy. (ABC)
+ Meanwhile, China is forging ahead in manufacturing its own chips. (WSJ$)

3 South Carolina banned websites explaining how to get an abortion
The chilling legislation could set a precedent for conservative states. (WP$)
+ Abortion surveillance could trigger a refugee crisis in the US. (Fast Company $)
+ Big Tech remains silent on US data privacy issues after Roe. (MIT Technology Review)

4 Paris internet cables sabotaged in mysterious attack
Three months later, we still don’t know why. (with cable $)

5 Europe is not built to withstand extreme heat
But what were once considered strange weather phenomena are becoming terrifyingly common. (Slate)
+ Do these heat waves mean climate change is happening faster than expected? (MIT Technology Review)

6 Google Sells Advanced AI to Israel Surveillance
Which would give the government even more power over its people. (The Intercept)
+ Why business is booming for military AI startups. (MIT Technology Review)

7 Erotica is outsourced to the gig economy
But while it helps budding writers find an audience, readers fear their favorite authors are being exploited. (Rest of the World)

8 We must not forget about Hubble 🔭
The James Webb Space Telescope may have made headlines recently, but Hubble still has an important role to play. (CNET)
+ Why Hubble is unlike any other satellite in history. (MIT Technology Review)
+ The Wentian Module is on its way to the Tiangong Space Station. (On the edge)
+ NASA branded clothing is everywhere because we all want to be astronauts. (CNN)

9 Influencers no longer want followers – they want communities
Creating groups of like-minded members breaks down the boundaries between creator and fan. (WP$)
+ Meme creators on Instagram are sick of being deplatformed. (Buzzfeed)
+ Also, it’s getting even harder to make a living on TikTok these days. (The $ info)

10 Don’t mess with this chess robot ♟️
Or you might come out with a broken finger. (The Keeper)

Quote of the day

“You’ve always had people selling snake oil. But they had to go door to door, and now with social media they can sit at home and be spread to every corner of the world.”

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