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Rocking down to Electric Avenue? Good luck charging your car

blog post image European and U.S. cities planning to phase out combustion engines over the next 15 years first need to plug a charging gap for millions of residents who park their cars on the street.

New WHO Global Air Quality Guidelines aim to save millions of lives from air pollution

blog post image "Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, alongside climate change. New guidelines provide clear evidence of the damage air pollution inflicts on human health, at even lower concentrations than previously understood." "Global assessments of ambient air pollution alone...

This is the real story of the Afghan biometric databases abandoned to the Taliban – MIT Technology Review

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How green is blue hydrogen? Robert W. Howarth. Mark Z. Jacobson. Energy Science & Engineering.

blog post image Blue hydrogen is the production of hydrogen from natural gas combined with carbon capture and storage. Commercial production so far is limited to just two facilities, but blue hydrogen is increasingl...

Will MIT Scientists' Powerful Magnet Lead Us to Nuclear Fusion Energy? - Slashdot

blog post image "A start-up founded by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it is nearing a technological milestone that could take the world a step closer to fusion energy, which has eluded scientists for decades," reports the New York Times: Researchers at M.I.T.'s Plasma Science and Fus...

U.S. employers get religion with vaccine mandates

blog post image As coronavirus infections rise again, U.S. companies mandating vaccinations are confronting an uncomfortable question rarely asked by an employer - what is an employee's religious belief?

Who is the we in 'We are causing climate change'?

blog post image Everyone is not equally complicit here.

Why whales in Alaska have been so happy

blog post image What will happen to Alaska's whales when tourism returns to waters stilled by Covid?

Clinically contextualised ECG interpretation: the impact of prior clinical exposure and case vignettes on ECG diagnostic

blog post image Does teaching ECGs with a clinical vignette improve training? Not greatly ... but having seen a condition previously (and presumably the ECG that went with it) is probably best. The researchers concluded that "ECG training should therefore not rely on experiential learning alone, but instead be supplemented...

How global conferences are using tech to stay in business

blog post image "Moving events online kept the industry going during the pandemic and now they're here to stay." Notable mentions of the conferences Collision, Web Summit, and RISE, and the speed networking software Mingle. "[T]he Distance Learning Association's Thomas Capone says that the future of meetings and events...

The leader's brain: Neuroscience in the workplace

blog post image The brain rarely fires on all cylinders even at the best of times - what more during a pandemic?

Can Money Buy Happiness? A Review of New Data

blog post image Everyone knows the adage “money can’t buy happiness,” although few of us seem to believe it. The best-known theory on this topic is that money actually can buy happiness, but only up to a point. This comes from a study by two Nobel Laureates, Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton (2010), which found...

What happened when a 'wildly irrational' algorithm made crucial healthcare decisions

blog post image Advocates say having computer programs decide how much help vulnerable people can get is often arbitrary - and in some cases downright cruel

'Laws of Nature Turned up to 11': Astronomers Spot Two Neutron Stars Being Swallowed by Black Holes

blog post image In two separate observations, just ten days apart, astronomers discover a neutron star circling a black hole before being gobbled up.

Turkey's plastics ban: Where does the UK send its waste now?

blog post image Turkey is due to ban most plastic waste sent from the UK, so tonnes of packaging will need a new home.

China’s GPT-3? BAAI Introduces Superscale Intelligence Model ‘Wu Dao 1.0’ | Synced

blog post image The Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) releases Wu Dao 1.0, China’s first large-scale pretraining model.

An approach to Bloom's taxonomy

blog post image Taking inspiration from Don Clark http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html this is another approach to Bloom's taxonomy. I've included a worked example in diabetes. Writing learning outcomes is core tool for instructional designers. My rule of thumb is to aim high.

Why Did It Take So Long to Accept the Facts About Covid?

blog post image "The importance of airborne transmission in the pandemic was clear long before the World Health Organization finally began to acknowledge it." "If the importance of aerosol transmission had been accepted early, we would have been told from the beginning that it was much safer outdoors, where these small...

Founded Upon an Error

blog post image A recent post on Reddit asks, “Why was Bayes’ Theory not accepted/popular historically until the late 20th century?” Great question! As always, there are many answers to a questio…

Taking an invention from idea to the marketplace

blog post image Lockdown spurred many people to invent new products, but how did they get to market?