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Australia's growing thirst for alcohol-free wine and beer

blog post image Demand for non-alcoholic drinks "explodes" as more Australians rethink their drinking habits.

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...

Bank of England predicts rebound in the economy

blog post image "The Bank of England said Britain's economy would grow by the most since World War Two this year and slowed the pace of its trillion dollar bond-purchasing programme, but stressed it was not reversing its stimulus." Strong indications finally of a bounce back in the economy highlight the devastating...

AI unlocks ancient Dead Sea Scrolls mystery

blog post image "Cutting edge technology" reveals how scribes foiled modern scholars with one of the Biblical texts.

Build for a crisis: Ideas for the future of local news

blog post image Enjoyed this story of the ingenuity of local newspapers when struck with the crisis of extreme weather. What does it say for our other complex technology and business layers? When crisis strikes perhaps that's when you find the lowest common tech that works and exactly what purpose you are using it for....

Using GPT-2 to generate Tweets

blog post image Last summer I blogged about using a Deep Neural Network to generate tweets but only used 3200 of my tweets. Since then I've used Twitter's archive mechanism to retrieve ALL my tweets (just over 30,000) to train a network. Not any old network - the GPT-2 model from OpenAI. This 'finetuning' of an existing...

International dual and joint degrees to get green light

blog post image "India is set to greenlight dual and joint degrees awarded by Indian universities with international partners as part of its internationalisation plan being pushed through forcefully since its inclusion last year in the National Education Policy (NEP), a blueprint for the next decade." These dual and...

Why does Netflix’s The Dig exclude the women who photographed Sutton Hoo? - Prospect Magazine

blog post image "The filmmakers’ massaging of the facts tells us a lot about how middle-aged women are regarded by Hollywood." Great piece by Emma Hartley in Prospect Magazine about the Netflix film The Dig at Sutton Hoo.

Quantum computing and pharmaceutical research

blog post image "Theoretically, quantum computers can prove more powerful than any supercomputer. And recent moves from computer giants such as Google and pharmaceutical titans such as Roche now suggest drug discovery might prove to be quantum computing’s first killer app." In January this year Boehringer-Ingelheim...

Best Way to Learn Online | Snapask

blog post image "Snapask App instantly matches students with tutors to answer difficult questions! Download and ask for free! Whether it is Primary or Secondary subjects (Malay, English, Mathematics, Phy, Chem, Bio) homework questions can be asked, and the tutor will reply instantly!" Snap a photo of your homework and...

IEA says global CO2 emissions rising again after nearly 6% fall last year

blog post image "Global carbon dioxide emissions dropped by 5.8% in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic slowed economic activity, but they rebounded at the end of the year and are on course to rise further, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday." Whilst economic growth is sought to reduce national deficits following...

Ghana kicks off coronavirus vaccination campaign with COVAX shots

blog post image "Ghana began its coronavirus vaccination drive on Tuesday with 600,000 AstraZeneca doses it received from the global COVAX vaccine-sharing facility aimed at providing shots to developing nations to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic." Great to see Ghana in the news and reading about the ITU nurses getting...

'Undiscovered Titian painting' found in Ledbury church

blog post image "An art historian claims to have found the Renaissance master's signature during restoration work." Fascinating story especially the then - plague - and now - pandemic angle. Enormous dedication from the historian and team who have been working on it - over 11,000 hours of work. Can't remember seeing...

NOAN creates timber wedding chapel in Finnish woodland

blog post image "NOAN has designed a timber chapel within a forest overlooking the Tervajärvi at a campground in southern Finland." What amazing woodwork.

Covid vaccines cut risk of serious illness by 80% in over-80s

blog post image "The UK will soon be in a "very different world", government scientists promise after the success of the jabs."

Killings by Police Declined after Black Lives Matter Protests

blog post image "A study also found body-camera use and community policing increased in places with the most active movements."

'How many dead bodies?' asked Myanmar protester killed on bloodiest day

blog post image Shocking news from Myanmar reported by Reuters. "The day before he was killed, internet network engineer Nyi Nyi Aung Htet Naing had posted on Facebook about the increasingly violent military crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Myanmar." "“#How_Many_Dead_Bodies_UN_Need_To_Take_Action,” he wrote,...

Cornish couple feel 'discriminated against' over wedding language

blog post image "Steph Norman and Aaron Willoughby cannot have their ceremony entirely in Cornish." Apparently they could conduct it English obviously but also in Welsh (which is close to Cornish) but it highlights the lack of legal formality to the Cornish language.

Most brain activity is "background noise"

blog post image "Most brain activity is "background noise" and that's upending our understanding of consciousness." This complexity view of the mind is not new but this article explains it quite clearly.

Why Are COVID-19 Case Numbers Dropping?

blog post image "We don’t know. That part is easy. Also easy is that case numbers really are falling — it’s not just reduced testing — and it’s happening pretty much everywhere. Urban areas and rural. Red states and blue. Places with broad vaccine rollouts and those with hardly any. North and South America,...