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  • UK local authorities not ready for the number of deaths from Covid-19 27.03.2020
    Even if fatality rates are at the lower end of expectations -- one percent of virus victims -- it is highly likely that death and bereavement services will be overwhelmed.
  • How to identify factors affecting COVID-19 transmission 26.03.2020
    Professors describe potential transmission pathways of COVID-19 and their implications.
  • Interactive product labels require new regulations, study warns 26.03.2020
    Artificial intelligence will be increasingly used on labels on food and other products in the future to make them interactive, and regulations should be reformed now so they take account of new innovations, a study warns.
  • Validation may be best way to support stressed out friends and family 26.03.2020
    In uncertain times, supporting your friends and family can help them make it through. But your comforting words can have different effects based on how you phrase them, according to new research.
  • Data on worldwide respect for academic freedom 26.03.2020
    Academic freedom is fundamental to scientific progress, pursuit of truth, quality higher education and international collaboration. Universities and states have signed statements of their commitment to safeguard academic freedom, yet in practice, they do not always implement them. How severe are infringements of academic freedom? Are these infringements getting better or worse? Scientists have investigated […]
  • How cognitive intelligence is a whole brain phenomenon 26.03.2020
    An international collaborative study provides findings on the neural basis of intelligence, otherwise known as general cognitive ability (IQ).
  • Worldwide urban expansion causing problems 26.03.2020
    As cities physically expanded worldwide between 1970 and 2010, the population in those cities became less dense, according to a new study.
  • Modelling study estimates impact of physical distancing measures on progression of COVID-19 epidemic in Wuhan 26.03.2020
    A new study suggests extending school and workplace closures in Wuhan until April, rather than March, would likely delay a second wave of cases until later in the year, relieving pressure on health services.
  • Video game experience, gender may improve VR learning 25.03.2020
    Students who used immersive virtual reality (VR) did not learn significantly better than those who used two more traditional forms of learning, but they vastly preferred the VR to computer-simulated and hands-on methods, a new study has found.
  • Assessing the global problem of poor sanitation 25.03.2020
    Experts are investigating a better way of measuring the number of people exposed to the health risks of poorly-managed sanitation systems - and it will help reveal whether the world is on track to deliver UN Sustainable Goal 6 (SDG6).
  • International ozone treaty stops changes in Southern Hemisphere winds 25.03.2020
    The Montreal Protocol of 1987 phased out production of ozone-destroying substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Beginning around 2000, concentrations of those chemicals in the stratosphere started to decline and the ozone hole began to recover. In this study, researchers have shown that around the year 2000, the circulation of the Southern Hemisphere also stopped expanding […]
  • How to break new records in the 200 meters 25.03.2020
    Usain Bolt's 200m record has not been beaten for ten years and Florence Griffith Joyner's for more than thirty years. And what about if the secret behind beating records was to use mathematics? Thanks to a mathematical model, researchers have proved that the geometry of athletic tracks could be optimized to improve records. They recommend […]
  • Burying or burning garbage boosts airborne bacteria, antibiotic resistance genes 25.03.2020
    Municipal solid waste is trash -- such as plastic, food scraps and lawn clippings -- that goes into garbage bins and doesn't get recycled. Most of this waste is buried in landfills or is incinerated. Now, researchers have shown that when disposed of in this way, municipal solid waste can be an important source of […]
  • New mathematical model can more effectively track epidemics 25.03.2020
    As COVID-19 spreads worldwide, leaders are relying on mathematical models to make public health and economic decisions. A new model improves tracking of epidemics by accounting for mutations in diseases. Now, the researchers are working to apply their model to allow leaders to evaluate the effects of countermeasures to epidemics before they deploy them.
  • COVID-19: Travel restrictions are most useful in the early and late phase of an epidemic 25.03.2020
    Analysis of human mobility and epidemiological data by a global consortium of researchers, shows that human mobility was predictive of the spread of the epidemic in China.
  • Elections: Early warning system to fight disinformation online 25.03.2020
    A new project is an effort to combat the rise of coordinated social media campaigns to incite violence, sew discord and threaten the integrity of democratic elections.
  • Singapore modelling study estimates impact of physical distancing on reducing spread of COVID-19 24.03.2020
    A new modelling study conducted in a simulated Singapore setting has estimated that a combined approach of physical distancing interventions, comprising quarantine (for infected individuals and their families), school closure, and workplace distancing, is most effective at reducing the number of SARS-CoV-2 cases compared with other intervention scenarios included in the study.
  • The physics that drives periodic economic downturns 24.03.2020
    A professor says that the way spilled milk spreads across the floor can explain why economic downturns regularly occur. Because the economic prosperity derived from new ideas or inventions follows the same S-curve as the spreading of a substance over an area, it inevitably loses its return on investment toward the end of its life […]
  • More men, more problems? Not necessarily 24.03.2020
    Men are more prone to competitive risk taking and violent behavior, so what happens when the number of men is greater than the number of women in a population? According to new research, the answers might not be what you expect.
  • Coronavirus massive simulations completed on Frontera supercomputer 24.03.2020
    A coronavirus envelope all-atom computer model is being developed. The coronavirus model builds on success of all-atom infuenza virus simulations. Molecular dynamics simulations for the coronavirus model tests ran on up to 4,000 nodes, or about 250,000 of Frontera's processing cores. Full model can help researchers design new drugs, vaccines to combat the coronavirus.