Posts filtered by tags: Syndication[x]


 

Research: How location-tracking apps could stop the spread of coronavirus

Nearly half of the world’s population is now locked down in their homes to avoid spreading the coronavirus. With a vaccine likely still many months away, many countries are looking for ways they can get their people and economies moving again without risking further deaths. New research suggests that using an app to track people’s movements and identify and isolate anyone who has come into contact with an infected person could be critical in avoiding or leaving lockdown. This kind of contact-tra...
Tags: Startups, South Korea, Privacy, China, Tech, Syndication


Why conspiracy theories flourish during pandemics

A bioengineered virus, a genetic mutation induced by 5G technology, a big pharma conspiracy, a plot single-handedly masterminded by Bill Gates or Georges Soros. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, conspiracy theories have spread like the virus itself. The whiff of the conspiracy that inevitably seems to trail pandemics is nothing new. When the 1918 flu pandemic hit the Americas, it was blamed on German submarines spreading the virus. During the 1630 plague in Milan, the combination ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Milan, Americas, World, Bill Gates, Syndication, Coronavirus, Georges Soros


Tribalism might be in our DNA — but it doesn’t control us

Is bigotry in our DNA, a remnant of our fear of “the other” way back when that was necessary? If so, why do some battle with their instincts while others embrace them? Peter, 71, Darlington I, Pencil, simple though I appear to be, merit your wonder and awe … if you can become aware of the miraculousness which I symbolize, you can help save the freedom mankind is so unhappily losing. I have a profound lesson to teach. And I can teach this lesson better than can an automobile or an airplane or a m...
Tags: Startups, Science, World, Peter, Syndication, Darlington I Pencil


Research: Ancient Japan’s red flying pheasant may have been an aurora

Pheasants are traditional messengers from Heaven in Japanese folklore. So, what happened the day a giant red one appeared in the sky over that island nation? And, what was it? In the year 620 CE, a strange light, described in ancient texts as a red pheasant, appeared over the skies of Japan. This odd sight perplexed observers, some of whom recorded the event in stories which have since come down to our own time. “On December 30 in 620, a red sign appeared in heaven. The length was more than one ...
Tags: Startups, Japan, World, Syndication


Why the coronavirus lockdown makes you more vulnerable to phishing scams

As the world scrambles to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, social distancing is the best solution we currently have at our disposal to contain the spread of the dangerous virus. For most organizations, companies, and government agencies, this means they must recommend or instruct their employees to work from home and avoid congregating at offices, where they risk becoming exposed to coronavirus contamination. But while remote working provides much-needed protection against COVID-19...
Tags: Security, Startups, Tech, Pandora, Syndication, COVID


Coronavirus is growing exponentially — here’s what the numbers mean

You may have seen a version of the infographic (below) that explains the potential impact of social distancing. It nicely illustrates that reducing the total number of disease-spreading contacts each infected person has can have a dramatic effect on the total number of infections a short time later. The numbers rely on the mathematical concept of “exponential growth”. Recently, Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, told the press that “it looks as though we’re now approaching the fast growt...
Tags: Startups, Science, Boris Johnson, Syndication


Is it ethical to buy non-essential items online during the coronavirus lockdown?

In response to the Coronavirus crisis, the UK government announced that all retail outlets, except for those considered to provide essential goods and services, were to close with immediate effect. Online retail is, however, “still open and encouraged.” So, does that mean we can click with a clear conscience? Business academics Andrew Crane and Dirk Matten argue that a decision has an ethical dimension to it if it has a significant effect on others it is characterized by choice, and it is percei...
Tags: Startups, UK, Tech, Syndication, Andrew Crane, Coronavirus, Dirk Matten


Use this 4-step method to block unwanted thoughts and improve focus

While we can’t control the feelings and thoughts that pop into our heads, we can control what we do with them. Research of smoking cessation programs performed by Dr. Jonathan Bricker, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, suggests we shouldn’t keep telling ourselves to stop thinking about an urge; instead, we must learn better ways to cope. The same applies to other distractions like checking our phones too much, eating junk food, or excessive shopping. Rather than trying to fight the ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Syndication, Growth Quarters, Jonathan Bricker


Coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a wave of cyber attacks — here’s how to protect yourself

While most of the world is trying to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems hackers are not on lockdown. Cyber criminals are trying to leverage the emergency by sending out “phishing” attacks that lure internet users to click on malicious links or files. This can allow the hackers to steal sensitive data or even take control of a user’s device and use it to direct further attacks. The last thing you want at a time like this is to become a victim of a cyber attack and maybe even lose your comp...
Tags: Security, Startups, Tech, Syndication


Supermassive black holes: How did they grow so fast?

Whilst astronomers are fairly certain that supermassive black holes, billions of times more massive than our  Sun, dwell at the center of almost every galaxy in the Universe, they are still unsure how these cosmic monsters reach such tremendous sizes. The problem seems to be one of time, the Universe is 14 billion years old, and recent observations seem to confirm that such black holes were already present when it was just 800 million years old — thus in its relative infancy. How could these bla...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication


The future of black hole images is bright

This month marks the first anniversary of the image of the environment directly surrounding the black hole at the center of the M87 galaxy —captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). In the twelve months since this spectacular achievement, researchers have not rested on their laurels. Several teams have been hard at work imagining and theorizing ways to build a better black hole image. Just this week, as that anniversary approaches, researchers have published a study that promises to both im...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication


Machine language: The definitive guide to chatbot terminology

In the glory days of AOL Instant Messenger, back when screen names and away messages were serious literary pursuits, a mysterious chat maverick strode about the dial-up frontier and schooled legions of uncouth adolescents in the art of conversation. Who was this rogue wordsmith, this tireless vexer of pre-teen millennials? Surely no mortal could generate replies with such speed, charm, and unflinching certainty. Turns out it was a bot, an artificial chat companion named SmarterChild, and it was ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Design & Dev, AOL Instant Messenger, Syndication, SmarterChild


Children are leading archaeological investigations in Scotland – and enriching whole communities

Keig, Aberdeenshire. A gaggle of excited children are instructing community archaeologist Colin Shepherd when to drop a china mug on the floor so that they can see how it breaks on impact. They will use the results of this experiment to better understand an archaeological find: the broken pieces of an old marmalade jar, last used for breakfast around 100 years ago. The children had recently excavated the jar from woodland in which they usually build dens and play hide and seek as part of an arch...
Tags: Startups, Scotland, World, Syndication, Keig Aberdeenshire, Colin Shepherd


How AI can determine which coronavirus patients require hospitalization

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world, governments and hospitals are being overwhelmed with an influx of patients. Under such circumstances, one of the key challenges they must address is managing their resources and developing care and hospitalization strategies that can prioritize the riskiest patients. This is one area where artificial intelligence can help, experts at Jvion believe. The company, which specializes in clinical AI, is undertaking a data analys...
Tags: Startups, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication, Neural, Jvion


The importance of engineers in the battle against the coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has shone a bright light on the use of experts and scientific advice. In the UK the prime minister, Boris Johnson, is flanked by his chief scientist and chief medical officer when giving updates about his response to the outbreak – emphasizing that it is driven by scientific advice. Similarly, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has urged people to “trust in science” while Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, has referred to “consensus among experts.” But the qu...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, World, Boris Johnson, Justin Trudeau, Syndication, Coronavirus


Our coronavirus symptom-tracking app has been used by millions — here’s what we’re learning

The global COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is a public health emergency. In just under three months, we have gone from distant reports of a new disease emerging in China to seeing cities locked down and health services brought to breaking point. Politicians and healthcare leaders are in the unenviable position of having to make impossible decisions about how best to tackle this fast-moving situation. Yet they are missing the one thing that would help them the most: d...
Tags: Startups, China, World, Syndication, Coronavirus


All the coronavirus antivirals and vaccine research projects being fast-tracked right now

Just three months after China first notified the World Health Organization about a deadly new coronavirus, studies of numerous antiviral treatments and potential vaccines are already underway. Never has science advanced so much in such a short period of time to combat an epidemic. Many of the proposals now under study come from research groups that have spent years working to combat similar coronaviruses, particularly SARS and MERS. All that accumulated knowledge has allowed scientists to advanc...
Tags: Startups, Science, China, World, World Health Organization, Syndication, Coronavirus


Researchers explain why social distancing is so hard for many of us

For many people, the most distressing part of the coronavirus pandemic is the idea of social isolation. If we get ill, we quarantine ourselves for the protection of others. But even among the healthy, loneliness may be setting in as we engage with pre-emptive social distancing. There is some great advice out there about how to stay connected at such times. But why is the act of social distancing so hard for so many of us? The answer probably has more to do with our evolutionary history than peop...
Tags: Startups, World, Syndication, Coronavirus


Scientists are working on new ways to recycle chemicals from electronic waste

Our connected consumer society generates a lot of electronic waste, around 50 million tonnes per year worldwide. It is even currently the waste that shows the strongest growth from one year to the next. The value of the raw materials included in this waste is estimated at 50-60 billion euros, depending on materials prices. Legislation and recycling channels for this waste are organized in many countries, thanks to extended producer responsibility systems, but currently, only 20% is recycled in a...
Tags: Startups, Science, World, Syndication


Hubble telescope discovers Galaxy-ripping quasar tsunamis in space

Quasar tsunamis discovered by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope erupt in the most energetic outflows of material ever seen. This outpouring of energy wrecks havoc with galaxies in which these enigmatic objects reside, altering the evolution of these families of stars. Quasars are energetic cores of galaxies, composed of supermassive black holes fed by vast quantities of gas, stars, and planets. These bodies are capable of emitting a thousand times as much energy as the entire galaxies...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Syndication


Study: Awkward pauses in online calls make us see people differently

We all know the feeling, you’re chatting with your friend or even your boss over the internet and you interrupt them awkwardly. A silence ensues as you both try to let each other talk. Then you interrupt each other again and face another awkward silence before sighing collectively at the failure of modern technology to make our modern lives as modern as we want them to be. Transmission delay is a common problem in communication that is supported by technical equipment, such as internet calling, ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication


COVID-19: All you need to know about testing for this coronavirus

One of the key factors in tackling the spread of COVID-19 across the globe is testing. In South Korea, for example, mass testing has been used to try and quickly identify and isolate those with the disease. Testing is also vital to calculate accurate infection and survival rates – data that is critical for getting public safety measures right. And as this coronavirus continues to spread, people are being offered tests for sale, either at a high price from private clinics – including one for £375...
Tags: Startups, South Korea, Science, World, Syndication, Coronavirus


Labs experiment with new and unproven methods to create COVID-19 vaccine

The coronavirus has ground social, economic, and educational exchanges to a halt around the world. For now, public health officials are relying on tools like social distancing to minimize the harm of the virus, but in the long term, a COVID-19 vaccine is the best hope of a return to normalcy. It normally takes a few years to develop a vaccine, but in the face of the coronavirus, biotechnology companies and regulatory agencies are taking aggressive steps to make a COVID-19 vaccine widely availabl...
Tags: Startups, Science, Syndication


What will we do when diseases reach space?

In an effort to mitigate damage from COVID-19 here on Earth, people worldwide are practicing social distancing, attempting to limit the spread of the disease. However, space is extremely tight on space stations, and the first lunar and Martian colonies are also likely to house occupants in close quarters. Disease in space has been affecting astronauts for decades. So, how will we respond to epidemics in space when they inevitably occur. Since the dawn of the human exploration of space, illnesses...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Earth, Syndication, COVID


The distorted idea of ‘cool’ brain research is stifling psychotherapy

‘There is always a well-known solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.’ From Prejudices (1920) by H L Mencken There has never been a problem facing mankind more complex than understanding our own human nature. And no shortage of neat, plausible, and wrong answers purporting to plumb its depths. Having treated many thousands of psychiatric patients in my career, and having worked on the American Psychiatric Association’s efforts to classify psychiatric symptoms (published as ...
Tags: Startups, Science, DSM, American Psychiatric Association, Syndication


Comet Atlas could be the brightest comet in decades

Comet Atlas is racing toward the inner solar system, and it could become the brightest comet seen in the night sky in over two decades. The comet, discovered by an observatory designed to protect Earth from asteroids, may even be visible during the day just two months from now. Also known as C/2019 Y4, this comet was discovered by astronomers at the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) in Hawaii in December 2019. At the time, the comet was exceedingly dim — but the comet became ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Hawaii, Syndication


How chronic stress changes the brain — and what you can do to reverse the damage

A bit of stress is a normal part of our daily lives, which can even be good for us. Overcoming stressful events can make us more resilient. But when the stress is severe or chronic – for example caused by the breakdown of a marriage or partnership, death in the family or bullying – it needs to be dealt with immediately. That’s because repeated stress can have a huge impact on our brain, putting us at risk of a number of physical and psychological problems. Repeated stress is a major trigger for ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Syndication


What designers can learn from Candy Crush’s brilliant UX

One of the best ways to improve as a designer is to study the greats. There’s no doubt that Candy Crush is one of the best selling mobile games of all time, but how does its UX hold up? Consistency Consistency is one of the best ways to get your users comfortable with your product. If they know what to expect from screen to screen it will cut down on confusion. Candy Crush is consistent in its style. Sticking with a bright, playful tone that can be seen across the fonts, sound effects, animation...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Tech, Candy Crush, Design & Dev, Syndication


World’s smallest dinosaur discovered in a 99-million-year-old piece of amber

The head of a flying dinosaur that is hardly bigger than a bee hummingbird has been discovered in 99-million-year-old amber. The piece of polished amber, just 31mm by 20mm by 8.5mm, was found in Kachin Province of northern Myanmar, an area becoming increasingly well-known for its remarkable amber-encased fossils. This exciting little fossil micro-dinosaur named Oculudentavis khaungraae is from the middle of the Cretaceous period, from a stage known as the Cenomanian. The skull looks remarkably b...
Tags: Startups, Science, World, Myanmar, Syndication, Kachin Province


Designer turns Dragon Ball’s radar into a mobile app

This is the first in a series of projects I will be doing in which I’ll be reimagining cool technologies from anime and cartoons as real-world applications. In this case, I’ll be redesigning the Dragon Radar from the Dragon Ball series to be a mobile application. Yes, I’m a geek. I know. It’s okay. If you aren’t familiar with Dragon Ball, it’s a manga-turned-anime series that follows the adventures of the protagonist, Son Goku, through his entire life as he trains in martial arts, makes new frie...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Design & Dev, Syndication, Son Goku, Bulma