SHOULD CHILDREN GET COVID-19 VACCINES? WHAT SCIENCE SAYS

SHOULD CHILDREN GET COVID-19 VACCINES? WHAT SCIENCE SAYS

At a time when much of the world is still struggling to access COVID-19 vaccines, the question of whether to vaccinate children can feel like a privilege. On 19 July, vaccine advisers in the United Kingdom recommended delaying vaccines for most young people under 16, citing the very low rates of serious disease in this age group. But several countries, including the United States and Israel, have forged ahead, and others are hoping to follow suit when supplies allow. Since the early days of the pandemic, parents have been taking…

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THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM THAT CAN IDENTIFY CANCER-CAUSING MUTATIONS

THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM THAT CAN IDENTIFY CANCER-CAUSING MUTATIONS

A team of Spanish scientists, led by Núria López-Bigas, has developed a system based on artificial intelligence that can identify the mutations that cause cancer in different kinds of tumors. Known as BoostDM, it uses self-teaching algorithms and is capable of searching through the mutational profiles of 28,000 genomes in 66 types of cancer and is now available for doctors and scientists the world over to incorporate into their investigations free of charge. López-Bigas, who heads up the Biomedical Genomics Research Group at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in…

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New EU law allows screening of online messages to detect child abuse

New EU law allows screening of online messages to detect child abuse

The European Parliament adopted on Tuesday (6 July) the final of the ePrivacy derogation, a temporary measure enabling providers of electronic communication services to scan and report private online messages containing material depicting child sex abuse. The provisions also allow companies to apply approved technologies to detect grooming techniques. “This interim regulation ends uncertainty for companies. It does not end danger to children. This is only a temporary solution to fix an acute emergency. We need a permanent answer to counter a persistent threat against children,” said Ylva Johansson, Commissioner for Home…

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How technology & technology companies are helping disabled people in the workforce

How technology & technology companies are helping disabled people in the workforce

One in six people worldwide have a disability – and faces economic exclusion. Ensuring digital transformation includes disabled people also brings larger economic benefits. Technology in the areas of edtech, fintech, remote working and networking can all further inclusion. Totalling over 1 billion people globally, people with disabilities – those whose hearing, visual, cognitive, mobility, speech or neural functions are impaired – are the largest minority group in the world. Their inclusion and empowerment is essential, as it not only benefits the person with disabilities, but also family members, who…

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Oppo expects Artificial Intelligence to underpin 6G technology

Oppo expects Artificial Intelligence to underpin 6G technology

Chinese device maker Oppo became the latest player to talk up 6G, outlining its vision for the next-generation of mobile which it expects will revolutionise use of AI and emerge as a truly public serving technology. In a whitepaper developed by Oppo Research Institute, the company indicated 6G would revolutionise the way people interact with AI, and ultimately have a major impact on how systems learn, interact and are applied. This development, it expects, will ultimately benefit humans, with 6G being used by everyone. Oppo expects AI will also play…

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Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine shows 97.6% efficacy

Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine shows 97.6% efficacy

The Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) have reported that the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine showed a 97.6% efficacy. This was based on the analysis of data on disease infection rate among people receiving both shots of the vaccine. The vaccine, which is based on an established and well-studied platform of human adenoviral vectors, uses two different vectors for the two jabs for vaccination. Data from 3.8 million Russians who received both components of Sputnik V from 5 December last year…

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Reports say that Huawei will launch test satellites for 6G technology verification in July

Reports say that Huawei will launch test satellites for 6G technology verification in July

5G technology has now gone mainstream when it comes to offering support on consumer electronics like smartphones, although the deployment of 5G infrastructure is still limited to developed countries online while developing nations are working towards it. As 5G communication technology has reached the milestone, companies have now started working on the next-generation technology — 6G. One of the leaders in this segment, the Chinese giant Huawei, is now moving towards the next step. Report coming from China, citing Chang’an Shumajun as source who has close ties to Huawei, says…

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THE MOON’S CRATERS ARE THE MUSE FOR CONCORDIA RESEARCHER’S SCIENCE-BASED ART

THE MOON’S CRATERS ARE THE MUSE FOR CONCORDIA RESEARCHER’S SCIENCE-BASED ART

For too many women interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), it’s still a man’s world. Not only that: it’s also a man’s moon. Bettina Forget is a Public Scholar and PhD candidate in art education in Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts. She is studying ways in which the arts and sciences can merge to encourage women to enter STEM fields. This includes astronomy, another discipline heavily dominated by men and whose early pioneers had the privilege of naming discoveries after themselves. As a result, says…

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STUDY SHOWS THAT GLOBAL TOURISTS ARE EXPOSED TO A GREATER BURDEN OF MULTI DRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIA

STUDY SHOWS THAT GLOBAL TOURISTS ARE EXPOSED TO A GREATER BURDEN OF MULTI DRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIA

Travelers can pick up the bacteria even during short visits and further spread the strains after returning home. International travellers are particularly vulnerable to virulent strains of drug-resistant bacteria – often picking up several different types during a trip through spending time in the company of other tourists, a new study has revealed. The global spread of intestinal multidrug resistant gram-negative (MDR-GN) bacteria poses a serious threat to human health worldwide, with MDR clones of E.coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae threatening more antibiotic resistant infections around the world. Researchers monitored a…

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MAJOR CHALLENGES FOR ROBOTICS TO LOOK FORWARD IN 2021

MAJOR CHALLENGES FOR ROBOTICS TO LOOK FORWARD IN 2021

2021 would expand on robotic innovations, thus addressing certain unique barriers.Robotics is going to be one of the biggest improvements in how we live and work in the future. And that – is approaching very quickly. The next decade will be an incredibly interesting time to live through, with the potential to fully reshape science, healthcare, production, discovery and our everyday lives. As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic forced technology to greater heights, 2020 accelerated the use of robotics in all sectors, which enabled people to stay safe. 2021…

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