Elon’s Court-Approved Twitter-Sitter, Measles in LA, and More News

The dust has finally settled on Tesla CEO Elon Musk's battle with the SEC, LA is under quarantine, and the US is falling behind in SIM-swap hacking. Here's the news you need to know in two minutes or less. Elon Musk is getting a stricter Twitter-sitter Musk and the SEC have reached a settlement in their court clash over his tweets. The Twitter kerfuffle stems from an incident when the agency asked a federal judge to hold Musk in contempt of court for violating an agreement that a Tesla lawyer would pre-approve all of his written communications—including tweets. Now, Musk and the SEC set stricter and more specific terms for Musk’s official Twitter babysitter, namely that it would be “an …

By 2080, Tropical Diseases Could Be Headed to Alaska

This story was originally published by Grist and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Nearly a billion people could be newly at risk of tropical diseases like dengue fever and Zika as climate change shifts the range of mosquitoes, according to a new study. Since the life cycle of mosquitoes is temperature sensitive, scientists have long been concerned about how their prevalence might spread as the world continues to warm. The study is one of the first to examine in detail how that might happen by using an overlap of two disease-carrying mosquitoes’ range and projected monthly temperature changes under a variety of future warming scenarios. In the most extreme scenario of more than 4 degrees …

Polio Is Nearly Wiped OutUnless Some Lab Tech Screws Up

In 1979, a photographer named Janet Parker got a disease that wasn't supposed to exist anymore. At first she thought she had the flu, but then she kept getting sicker, got a rash, and went to the hospital, where doctors—in disbelief—diagnosed her with smallpox. Just a year earlier, the World Health Organization had declared that "mankind probably had seen its last case of smallpox," according to The New York Times. That should have been true. But in a Birmingham University lab below Parker's darkroom, a scientist had been working furiously to finish up his viral research, before officials clamped down on the number of facilities studying the nearly dead disease. The scientist wasn't obeying safety protocols, and the virus escaped …