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Nine insect-eating bird species in Amazon in sharp decline, scientists find

Paper suggests climate crisis reducing insects in lowlands and central jungle, as fruit-eaters not affectedBird species are in decline even in the remote parts of the Amazon, far from human interference, a study shows.Scientists have found a sharp decline in nine insect-eating bird species in the lowlands of the central jungle in the space of a few decades. No equivalent decline was found among fruit-eating birds. This, they said, indicated that the climate crisis and its effect on insect popula...
Tags: Amazon, Education, Climate Change, Animals, Environment, Americas, Research, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Insects


Yes, women's equality will come at the expense of some men — that's the point

Demonstrators take part in the Women's March in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., January 20, 2018. Caitlin Ochs/Reuters A new report by the Pew Research Center shows 25% of men believe increased equality for women will come at their expense. They're exactly right, and that's the point. In order to equalize centuries of oppression of women, men will have to stop benefiting in life just for being men. Ashley Jordan is a feminist writer, speaker, activist, and organizer. This i...
Tags: Congress, US, America, Trends, Research, United States, New Zealand, Manhattan, Iceland, Pew Research Center, Reuters, World Economic Forum, Hollander, McKinsey Company, Jessica Valenti, New York City New York


REMINDER Call for Papers: "Understanding Drug Sentencing and its Contributions to Mass Punishment"

I said before that I was going to regularly remind folks of this recent call for papers relating to an exciting event I am excited to be involved in helping to plan, "Understanding Drug Sentencing and its Contributions to Mass Punishment."  So, here again is the full call, which is also available as a full pdf document at this link: INTRODUCTION Discussion of the “war on drugs” frequently fails to examine precisely how drug offenders are sentenced — and how they should be.  Drug sentencing pra...
Tags: Law, Research, United States, COLUMBUS Ohio, Douglas A Berman, Ohio State Journal, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, Academy for Justice, Jana Hrdinová


Coronavirus researchers are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 every day. Here's how they avoid getting infected.

A new COVID-19 testing lab in Glasgow Reuters Scientists and virologists around the world are handling large samples SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, on a daily basis to study how it works and help develop a vaccine. Grace Roberts, a virology research fellow at Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland, says there are strict regulations inside COVID-19 virology labs to avoid contamination and keep researchers safe. The lab rooms are kept at negative air pressure so that air can't e...
Tags: Trends, Strategy, Research, Vaccine, Nordic, Virology, Roberts, Queen s University, University Belfast, Contributor, Pandemic, Belfast Ireland, The Conversation, Juliana Kaplan, COVID-19, COVID


NSSF Partners With Huntwise for +ONE Whitetail Hunt Giveaway

The NSSF has partnered with HuntWise to promote the +ONE Learn to Hunt Initiative. iStock 1146672827 U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- NEWTOWN, Conn.—NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with HuntWise to promote the +ONE Learn to Hunt initiative. In addition to collaborative work intended to spread the message of +ONE, HuntWise will be donating a five-day guided deer hunt to take place in the heart of prime Kentucky whitetail habitat. NSSF’s +ONE Mov...
Tags: Guns, Kentucky, Research, Grand Rapids Michigan, Newtown Conn, NSSF, Hunting News, National Shooting Sports Foundation NSSF, HuntWise, Zach Snow, ONE Movement, ONE Whitetail Hunt Giveaway, Spencer L Blanchard, Whitetail Hunt Giveaway


Increase Traffic, Drive Sales on Shopify

There is a simple truth about selling in any form: You need to draw the footfall if you are going to make sales. Suppose your customer has no interest in visiting your shop or your online store, then you are not even in the game. How you engage your potential customers is one of the secrets to success in eCommerce.  If you want this success, then you first need to appear in searches or on social media feeds. You then need to entice the click. Here we look at some of the proven strategies fo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Instagram, Digital, Sales & Marketing, Research, Shopify, Right Now, Armagh Northern Ireland, Laura McLoughlin, Omnia Shopify


A Smartphone Sensor Can Measure the Heat of Chilis Before You Accidentally Nuke Your Mouth

Popping a random chili into your mouth is the culinary equivalent of playing Russian roulette. Some are mild and packed with flavor, while others will make you feel like you’ve just bitten into the surface of the sun. Without knowing where a chili is from it’s hard to know how hot it is, so researchers from Thailand …Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Research, Sensors, Thailand, Spicy, Capsaicin, Chilis, Chilica Pod, Prince Of Songkla University


These Wrist-Worn Hammers Swing Into Your Hands So You Feel Virtual Objects

One of the remaining struggles with making virtual reality experiences feel more ‘real’ is the lack of tangible interactions between the user and objects that only exist in VR. To help bridge that gap, Microsoft Research has developed a wearable device with a hammer-like appendage that swings in and out of a VR user’s…Read more...
Tags: Science, Microsoft, Research, Vr, Virtual Reality, Pivot, Consumer Tech, Microsoft Research


"Decarcerating Correctional Facilities during COVID-19: Advancing Health, Equity, and Safety"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new report released yesterday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  This press release about the report provides a helpful summary, and here is the start of the press release: Where needed to adhere to public health guidelines and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, authorities should use their discretion to minimize incarceration in prisons and jails — and facilitate testing, quarantine, social supports, and individu...
Tags: Law, California, New York City, Research, National Academies of Sciences Engineering, Douglas A Berman


Impossible Foods Is Now Developing a Plant-Based Alternative to Cow's Milk

There’s a myriad of reasons to replace cow’s milk with alternatives like nut milks, oat milk, or soy milk, but for those who enjoy the experience of consuming animal-sourced dairy products, the alternatives just aren’t the same. So Impossible Foods, makers of the Impossible Burger and other plant-based meat…Read more...
Tags: Food, Science, Research, Milk, Impossible Foods, Impossible Burger


7 tips for a safe and tax-smart benefits open enrollment during COVID-19

For millions of U.S. workers, this month is the beginning of their benefits open enrollment period. This is your annual chance to switch, adjust or cancel usually tax-free company perks for you and your family. The biggest employer-provided benefit is medical insurance. Health coverage has taken on new importance during the coronavirus pandemic. But companies offer many more options that help make their workers' lives a bit easier and less costly. And many benefits experts expect COVID-19 consi...
Tags: Taxes, Research, Sam, Irs, Don, Internal Revenue Service, Centers for Disease Control CDC, HSA, ROTH IRA, Sara Taylor, WorldatWork, Council for Disability Awareness


Millions of Americans have fallen into poverty since federal financial relief ended, according to 2 recent studies

Local residents line up outside the food pantry Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger to receive free food during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 23, 2020 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis/Getty Images The CARES Act helped ease economic burdens for Americans caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but new research shows a rising number of Americans are in poverty since this financial relief ended. reported on research out of Columbia Universit...
Tags: Congress, Trends, Research, Poverty, Economy, Chicago, New York Times, Columbia University, University Of Chicago, Notre Dame, Business Insider, Brooklyn New York, University of Notre Dame, Bedford Stuyvesant, Bruce Meyer, Joseph Zeballos Roig


Estimated 5,000 Cape fur seal foetuses spotted on Namibian coast

Scientists searching for reasons fear breeding cycle will be disrupted for years to comeAn estimated 5,000 Cape fur seal foetuses have been found along the shores of Namibia, a large portion of the expected new pup arrivals.The bodies were spotted by Naude Dreyer of Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN), who flew his drone over Walvis Bay’s Pelican Point seal colony on 5 October and counted hundreds of bodies. “This is tragic, as it makes up a large portion of the new pup arrivals expected in late No...
Tags: Africa, Environment, Research, World news, Wildlife, Marine Life, Namibia, Walvis Bay, Naude Dreyer, Ocean Conservation Namibia OCN


Estimated 5,000 Cape fur seal foetuses found on Namibian coast

Scientists searching for reasons fear breeding cycle will be disrupted for years to comeAn estimated 5,000 Cape fur seal foetuses have been found along the shores of Namibia, a large portion of the expected new pup arrivals.The bodies were spotted by Naude Dreyer of Ocean Conservation Namibia (OCN), who flew his drone over Walvis Bay’s Pelican Point seal colony on 5 October and counted hundreds of bodies. “This is tragic, as it makes up a large portion of the new pup arrivals expected in late No...
Tags: Africa, Environment, Research, World news, Wildlife, Marine Life, Namibia, Walvis Bay, Naude Dreyer, Ocean Conservation Namibia OCN


Thirty-year failure to tackle preventable disease fuelling global Covid pandemic

Study reveals increase in high blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and obesity, all risk factors for disease The failure of governments to tackle a three-decade rise in preventable diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes has fuelled the Covid-19 pandemic and is stalling life expectancy around the world, a comprehensive study has found.The latest data from the Global Burden of Disease study, published in the Lancet medical journal, is from 2019, before Covid, but helps explain the world...
Tags: Health, Science, Obesity, Research, Society, UK News, World news, Diabetes, Life Expectancy, Lancet, Global Burden of Disease, High Blood Pressure, Coronavirus


Project Euphonia’s new step: 1,000 hours of speech recordings

Muratcan Cicek, a PhD candidate at UC Santa Cruz, worked as a summer intern on Google’s Project Euphonia, which aims to improve computers’ abilities to understand impaired speech. This work was especially relevant and important for Muratcan, who was born with cerebral palsy and has a severe speech impairment.Before his internship, Muratcan recorded 2,000 phrases for Project Euphonia. These phrases, expressions like “Turn the lights on” and “Turn up thermostat to 74 degrees,” were used to build a...
Tags: Google, Research, Accessibility, Ai, UC Santa Cruz, Diversity and Inclusion, Euphonia, Julie Cattiau, Muratcan Cicek, Muratcan, ALSA LSVT Global Team Gleason, Parrotron


REMINDER Call for Papers: "Understanding Drug Sentencing and its Contributions to Mass Punishment"

I said before that I was going to regularly remind folks of this recent call for papers relating to an exciting event I am excited to be involved in helping to plan, "Understanding Drug Sentencing and its Contributions to Mass Punishment."  So, here again is the full call, which is also available as a full pdf document at this link: INTRODUCTIONDiscussion of the “war on drugs” frequently fails to examine precisely how drug offenders are sentenced — and how they should be.  Drug sentencing pract...
Tags: Law, Research, United States, COLUMBUS Ohio, Douglas A Berman, Ohio State Journal, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, Academy for Justice, Jana Hrdinová


Covid-19 Can Live on Smartphone Screens for Up to 28 Days, Researchers Find

Back in March, as the covid-19 pandemic took over the planet, Apple finally told users that it’s okay to use some disinfecting wipes on their iPhones. At the time, transmission risks were opaque and it was better to be safe than sorry. In the meantime, we’ve learned that saliva droplets in the air pose the clearest…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Australia, Study, Research, CSIRO, Coronavirus, Covid 19


South Africa’s southern right whale population is falling, research finds

Researcher Els Vermeulen has a whale of a time conducting an annual aerial survey of the country’s southern right whales. But decreasing numbers reveal the depressing nature of this work The post South Africa’s southern right whale population is falling, research finds appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Environment, Research, Data, South Africa, Oceans, Aerial Survey, Openaccess, Habitat, University of Pretoria, Climate Crisis, Southern Right Whales, South Africa (country, Els Vermeulen, Whale Unit


These Plastic Objects Can Talk to Computers Without Electronics or Batteries

The natural assumption is that for a device to wirelessly communicate with another, it needs some basic electronics inside and a source of power. But researchers from the University of Washington have seemingly done the impossible by creating simple plastic devices without batteries, chips, or even wires that can …Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, 3d Printing, Wifi, University of Washington, Internetofthings, Backscatter


This researcher is tracking COVID with help from Google

A research team at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has been working to make epidemiological forecasting as universal as weather forecasting. When COVID hit, they launched COVIDcast to develop data monitoring and forecasting resources that can help public health officials, researchers, and the public make informed decisions. Last month, CMU received $1 million from Google.org and a team of thirteen Google.org Fellows to work pro bono for six months to help continue building out COVIDcast. This w...
Tags: Health, Google, Research, Google.org, Delphi, CMU, Delphi Group, Roni, Carnegie Mellon University CMU, Centers for Disease Control s CDC, COVID-19, COVID, Ryan Tibshirani, Roni Rosenfeld, Mollie Javerbaum, Statistics and Machine Learning


Why Edinburgh University's lockdown study is not all it seems

Commentators have used study as evidence government was too quick to impose full lockdown but conclusions not so clearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWhile it has been widely accepted that the closure of UK schools in March was bad for the life chances of its children, a research paper from the University of Edinburgh has gone as far as to say that the move could have contributed to a higher Covid-19 death toll.The study, published in the British Medical Journal, sugg...
Tags: UK, Science, Education, Scotland, Research, UK News, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Higher Education, Edinburgh University, British Medical Journal, University of Edinburgh, Coronavirus outbreak


Fernanda Viégas puts people at the heart of AI

When Fernanda Viégas was in college, it took three years with three different majors before she decided she wanted to study graphic design and art history. And even then, she couldn’t have imagined the job she has today: building artificial intelligence and machine learning with fairness and transparency in mind to help people in their daily lives.  Today Fernanda, who grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is a senior researcher at Google. She’s based in London, where she co-leads the global People...
Tags: Google, New York, Design, London, Research, Mit, Brazil, Ibm, Ai, Museum of Modern Art, Google Doodle, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Johann Sebastian Bach, Fernanda, Wattenberg, Google She


Big city indifference to strangers may be a myth, study suggests

Behavioural experts in London find socio-economic factors to be the keys to helpfulnessConventional wisdom is that people living in big cities are less likely than smaller towns to help strangers in need, but new research suggests the likelihood of securing assistance is associated with socio-economic factors, and has little to do with the anonymity and the fast pace of urban living. Researchers at University College London (UCL) measured whether people posted a lost letter, returned a dropped i...
Tags: Psychology, UK, Science, London, Research, Society, UK News, Poverty, Universities, University College London UCL, UCL (University College London, Research publishing


Trump is still comparing COVID-19 to the flu. But the coronavirus has already killed 3 times more people than flu does in a year.

President Trump meets with students, teachers, and administrators about how to safely reopen schools at the White House, July 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that the coronavirus was "far less lethal" than the flu in most populations, adding that "sometimes over 100,000" people die from the flu.  Both claims are false: The most Americans who have ever died from the flu in one season is 61,000. The coronavirus' death rate in the US...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Politics, Science, News, Cdc, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Research, World Health Organization, Flu, Donald Trump, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump


Scientists Have Created a Laser Scanner That Can See Through Fog

Even with sophisticated cameras and laser scanners that can see all the way around a vehicle, autonomous vehicles have just as much trouble driving in thick fog as humans do. They could soon have an advantage, however, as researchers have created a new imaging system that can see through obstructions like fog, or at…Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Research, Lidar, Stanford University, Stanford Computational Imaging Lab


Crime Prevention Research Center Releases Report, Carry Permits Soar to 19.48mil(.)+

Percent of Adults with Concealed Handgun Permits 2020, IMG Crime Prevention Research Center USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- During President Trump’s administration, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared to over 19.48 million – a 34% increase over 2016. However, while gun sales have set records in 2020, the growth in concealed handgun permits has slowed as many states shutdown their issuance of new permits. Unlike gun ownership surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answ...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, Guns, California, Montana, US, Alabama, Research, Indiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, North Carolina, American Indians, South Carolina


REMINDER Call for Papers: "Understanding Drug Sentencing and its Contributions to Mass Punishment"

I am going to regularly remind folks of this recent call for papers relating to an exciting event I am excited to be involved in helping to plan, "Understanding Drug Sentencing and its Contributions to Mass Punishment."  Here is the full call, which is also available as a full pdf document at this link: INTRODUCTIONDiscussion of the “war on drugs” frequently fails to examine precisely how drug offenders are sentenced — and how they should be.  Drug sentencing practices are implicated in many fu...
Tags: Law, Research, United States, COLUMBUS Ohio, Douglas A Berman, Ohio State Journal, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, Academy for Justice, Jana Hrdinová


Testing sewage: The Covid canary in our wastewater

Local scientists are using wastewater-based epidemiology to trace the SARS-CoV-2 virus in South Africa’s sewage system, which could act as an early warning system for outbreaks of Covid-19, as well as other diseases The post Testing sewage: The Covid canary in our wastewater appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Research, South Africa, Testing, National, Scientists, Wastewater, Sewage, Epidemiology, Medical Research Council, Sampling, Top Six, Personal Protective Equipment, Tshwane, PPE, Coronavirus, South Africa (country


The Ergodriven Topo standing desk mat isn't cheap, but it really helps with sore feet and muscle fatigue

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Simon Hill/Business Insider Movement is an important part of the potential benefit of a standing desk, so a cushioned standing desk mat that encourages this is a smart investment.The $99 Ergodriven Topo is the top pick in our guide to the best standing desk mats because it offers comfortable cushioning and features contours that are designed to get you moving.I've been using this for several weeks ...
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