Flying is safer than grocery shopping or eating out, report says
Flying ranks below grocery shopping and eating in a restaurant when it comes to the risk of contracting COVID-19 in a public place, a new study claims.It’s all in the ventilation and the protocols, researchers at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health found in their Phase One report, issued Tuesday and not yet peer-reviewed. This first installment covered travel solely on the aircraft, the researchers said; Phase Two, examining airport operations, will come out in two months.“Analysis from the report shows that ventilation of air on aircraft reduces the possibility of exposure ...
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White Diamond presents short thesis for eXp World Holdings
ValueWalk’s fourth Contrarian Investor Virtual Conference is in the books, and one of the presentations during the conference was from researchers at White Diamond Research, who covered eXp World Holdings. They described it as “a bubble about to burst.”Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreeXp World Holdings surgesWhite Diamond noted that eXp's stock price has surged more than 400% since mid-May, carrying its market capitalization to $3.3 billion. The company's closest peers are ReMax and Realogy, which have market caps of $630 million and $1.1 billion, respectively. eXp's gross prof...
Hong Kong needs tougher laws to tackle wildlife crime say researchers
HONG KONG: Hong Kong is thriving as a transnational wildlife smuggling hub because its laws are not strong enough to tackle organised crime running the lucrative trade, researchers said Friday.With its busy port and transport links, the semi-autonomous territory is a major transit point for illegal parts of endangered animals like elephants, rhinos and pangolins — most of it headed for consumers in mainland China.Record seizures have been made in recent years.But Hong Kong University researchers said the confiscations mask the lack of progress, noting: “No wildlife traffickers have ever been p...
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Atlantic trends can predict Amazon drought 18 months away, study finds
For the first time, researchers have developed a model capable of anticipating drought periods in the Amazon up to 18 months in advance. The study was conducted by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), in Germany, as part of the Tipping Points in the Earth System (TiPES) project, led by physicist Catrin Ciemer and published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.The model was developed based on surface temperature analysis of the Atlantic Ocean. The relation between the humidity of the oceans and the rainfall regime in the Amazon is part of the intrins...
US voter data traded on hacker forums: researchers
Washington (AFP) - A database with information on virtually the entire US voting population has been circulated on hacker forums, opening up the potential for disinformation and scams that could impact the November 3 election, security researchers say.A report released Wednesday by the security firm Trustwave said its researchers "discovered massive databases with detailed information about US voters and consumers offered for sale on several hacker forums."The databases "include a shocking level of detail about citizens including their political affiliation," and the sellers claim to have 186 ...
A team of researchers from Yale have created a robotic fabric.
A team of researchers from Yale have created a robotic fabric. (UK,DE)A team of researchers from Yale have created a robotic fabric.The team have developed the special fabric, which could be used for the likes of assistive clothing, self-deploying tents and even robotic parachutes.Trevor Buckner, a graduate student in Kramer-Bottiglio’s lab and lead author on the paper, said: "Our Field’s metal-epoxy composite can become as flexible as latex rubber or as stiff as hard acrylic, over 1,000 times more rigid, just by heating it up or cooling it down."Long fibres of this material can be sewn onto a...
Rare attacks by orcas leave sailors scared, researchers puzzled
In all his four decades spent at sea, Candido Couselo Sanchez has seen a lot. But a recent incident with a killer whale was something new for the white-bearded captain."I've never seen anything like it, not in all my 40 years at sea - and as a sailor, I've seen a lot," recalls Sanchez.The captain of a Spanish warship says he was two nautical miles off the coast of Galicia when orcas showed up out of the blue.The crew captured the moment on video, with the stunned voices of the sailors heard saying, "Wow, what an enormous creature!"As the whales head off, someone points to the sea and says, "Th...
New York University Abu Dhabi researchers discover immune evasion strategy by parasite that causes malaria
Abu Dhabi: Researchers from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have made new findings on how the parasite that causes malaria is able change the human immune response to the infection. “Our results shed new light on a mechanism for the weakening of adaptive immunity by invasive parasites,” said Aïssatou Diawara, associate scientist.As part of their research, which was carried out in collaboration with the Centre National de Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme in Burkina Faso, the researchers studied the blood of children in rural regions of the West African nation, which led them to ...
Mt. Vesuvius volcanic eruption turned man’s brain into glass
A team of Italian researchers has found intact brain cells of a young man who died almost 2,000 years ago during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.The man was believed to be around 20 years old when he was killed in the volcanic eruption in 79 CE. His body was found in the 1960s in Herculaneum, lying face-down on a wooden bed, buried in volcanic ash with his skull cracked and charred.Charred wood found near the body allowed researchers to estimate that the site reached temperatures higher than 500 degrees Celsius (over 930 Fahrenheit), hot enough to ignite body fat and vaporize soft tissues.The h...
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In a battle of AI versus AI, researchers are preparing for the coming wave of deepfake propaganda
AI-powered detectors are the best tools for spotting AI-generated fake videos.The Washington Post via Getty ImagesJohn Sohrawardi, Rochester Institute of Technology and Matthew Wright, Rochester Institute of TechnologyAn investigative journalist receives a video from an anonymous whistleblower. It shows a candidate for president admitting to illegal activity. But is this video real? If so, it would be huge news – the scoop of a lifetime – and could completely turn around the upcoming elections. But the journalist runs the video through a specialized tool, which tells her that the video isn’t w...
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