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06.04.2020

Is racism and bigotry in our DNA?

Is racism and bigotry in our DNA?

The Conversation Tom Oliver 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… »

06.04.2020

A Potential Coronavirus Vaccine Might Have Been Discovered

A Potential Coronavirus Vaccine Might Have Been Discovered

By Countercurrents Collective Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC, the school’s medical center, are working on a possible vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists announced news of the potential vaccine, which has now been tested successfully on mice, on Thursday. Several research… »

21.03.2020

“We need different priorities in the field of pharmaceutical innovation”

“We need different priorities in the field of pharmaceutical innovation”

Following the threat of legal action against the Italian open source researchers Fracassi and Ramaioli from the company contracted to provide respiratory devices for a hospital in the Italian city of Chiari, we spoke with Panos Papadopoulos, lawyer and social anthropologist, who served as Director… »

21.03.2020

Covering the Needs of Massive Production of Masks with 3D Low Cost Printing

Covering the Needs of Massive Production of Masks with 3D Low Cost Printing

In the battle to meet the needs in consumables and especially masks and stethoscopes, various scientists around the world are involved. Their weapon is 3D printing which seems to help in many areas, as we saw in a previous article on valves in Italy. This time, researchers who have gained… »

14.03.2020

Meet the 17-Year-Old Behind a Website Tracking Coronavirus Cases That Is Now a Vital Global Resource

Meet the 17-Year-Old Behind a Website Tracking Coronavirus Cases That Is Now a Vital Global Resource

A teenager’s website tracking coronavirus has become one of the most vital resources for people seeking accurate and updated numbers on the pandemic. The URL is nCoV2019.live. We speak with 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann, a high school junior from Mercer Island outside Seattle, who started the site in late December, when coronavirus… »

03.03.2020

Fakebook and the Big Data manipulators

Fakebook and the Big Data manipulators

When Facebook announced that it would not remove political advertising with inaccurate content (aka lies) very few people seemed to be surprised, or bothered. When it was reported that interference by Cambridge Analytica, may be with some help from Canadian AggregateIQ was most likely responsible for the success… »

27.02.2020

How the Climate Crisis Is Making the Spread of Infectious Diseases Like Coronavirus More Common

How the Climate Crisis Is Making the Spread of Infectious Diseases Like Coronavirus More Common

Sonia Shah is an investigative science journalist and author of “Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond.” Her new book is titled “The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move” and will be published in June. She says the climate crisis is making… »

05.02.2020

Curbing The Coronavirus – While Targeting China

Curbing The Coronavirus – While Targeting China

By Dr Chandra Muzaffar We are inundated with an avalanche of information on the novel coronavirus infection. Within this avalanche, there is a lot of “news” that is clearly false. Those responsible for such news can be classified into two categories at least. The first comprises mischief-makers who derive some… »

26.01.2020

Which is the way to go forwards with AI?

Which is the way to go forwards with AI?

At the present moment, AI researchers are studying new form and architecture to develop the future AI. Today the main approaches and form are symbolic (based on representations of problems, logic and search) Bayesian networks (probabilistic model) and deep learning. Most people are familiar with a deep learning application that… »

31.12.2019

If you think the millennium bug was a hoax, here comes a history lesson

If you think the millennium bug was a hoax, here comes a history lesson

Nir Oren, University of Aberdeen for The Conversation It’s not hard to find echoes of the late 1990s in the zeitgeist. Now as then, impeachment is on many peoples’ minds, and films such as The Matrix and The Sixth Sense continue to influence culture. Another… »

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