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China has won AI battle with U.S., Pentagon's ex-software chief says

blog post image China has won the artificial intelligence battle with the United States and is heading towards global dominance because of its technological advances, the Pentagon's former software chief told the Financial Times.

Outgoing U.N. aid chief slams G7 for failing on vaccine plan

blog post image Outgoing U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock slammed the Group of Seven wealthy nations on Monday for failing to come up with a plan to vaccinate the world against COVID-19, describing the G7 pledge to provide 1 billion doses over the next year as a "small step."

UK COVID cases will surge again even with vaccines, medical officer says

blog post image Britain will see a resurgence in coronavirus cases at some point and can't bring deaths from COVID-19 down to zero even with a successful vaccine rollout, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Tuesday.

UK rollout data on AstraZeneca shot should guide other countries: vaccine chief

blog post image Natural experiments can be a really useful source of data. "Data from Britain's vaccine rollout on the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 shot in older people should help other countries reassess their use of it, the head of the university's vaccine research group said on Tuesday."

Fires Raged in the Amazon Again in 2020

blog post image "After intense fires in the Amazon captured global attention in 2019, fires again raged throughout the region in 2020. According to an analysis of satellite data from NASA’s Amazon dashboard, the 2020 fire season was actually more severe by some key measures." “Our system identified about 23,000...

City fund managers call for rethink of capitalism

blog post image "Two of the world’s biggest fund management bosses have called for a rethink of capitalism and its obsession with constant economic growth, in a plaintive appeal for business and governments to deal more decisively with the challenges of climate change. Anne Richards, chief executive of Fidelity...

Publication bias is a challenge in science and a criticism of the influence of industry.

blog post image Publication bias is a challenge in science and a criticism of the influence of industry. In the domain of biosciences and drug development more accountability (e.g. the FDAAA 2007), editorial and peer-review training (as suggested by the Cochrane Collaboration), and statistical techniques (as championed...

Winners of the 2018 PLOS Computational Biology Research Prize | PLOS Biologue: It's time to celebrate the best of PLOS

blog post image Winners of the 2018 PLOS Computational Biology Research Prize | PLOS Biologue: It's time to celebrate the best of PLOS Computational Biology! In 2017 PLOS Computational Biology launched the "PLOS Computational Biology Research Prize" program with the aim to recognize some of the journal's most outstanding...

Jeremy Hunt can attack me all he wants – but he is wrong to say the NHS is working | Stephen Hawking "Hunt doesn't deny

blog post image Jeremy Hunt can attack me all he wants – but he is wrong to say the NHS is working | Stephen Hawking "Hunt doesn't deny that he dismissed research contradicting his claim of excess deaths due to poorer hospital care and staffing at the weekend. He admits he relied on one paper by Professor Nick Freemantle...

Newcastle hospitals chief sacked for gross misconduct: Sir Leonard Fenwick, longest-serving NHS chief executive, dismissed

blog post image Newcastle hospitals chief sacked for gross misconduct: Sir Leonard Fenwick, longest-serving NHS chief executive, dismissed after inquiry into claims of inappropriate behaviour

GPs in England 'unconfident' discussing physical activity with patients – report: Less than two-thirds of doctors feel

blog post image GPs in England 'unconfident' discussing physical activity with patients – report: Less than two-thirds of doctors feel confident discussing activity levels and almost a third have never heard of national guidelines. "The majority of doctors in England are unfamiliar with recommended levels of physical...

UK research chief 'will not direct science' - BBC News: The new head of UK research has said that he won't centrally direct

blog post image UK research chief 'will not direct science' - BBC News: The new head of UK research has said that he won't centrally direct scientific research.

Will Butler-Adams on why the future of the foldable bike is electric: "Dearie me," Will Butler-Adams sighs, raising his

blog post image Will Butler-Adams on why the future of the foldable bike is electric: "Dearie me," Will Butler-Adams sighs, raising his eyebrows in mock horror as he examines my bike. I’ve arrived at the Brompton factory in Brentford on my much-used fold-up, only to have the company’s chief executive start diagnosing...

UK science chief urges quantum-technologies boost - physicsworld.com

blog post image UK science chief urges quantum-technologies boost - physicsworld.com

Malawi's fearsome chief, terminator of child marriages: Chief Kachindamoto has broken up 850 child marriages in three years,

blog post image Malawi's fearsome chief, terminator of child marriages: Chief Kachindamoto has broken up 850 child marriages in three years, and banned the sexual initiations of young girls.

Chief Executive at the GMC to stand down at the end of the year - Hospital Dr

blog post image Chief Executive at the GMC to stand down at the end of the year - Hospital Dr

Chief Coca-Cola scientist leaves amid criticism over obesity research: Research shifted focus away from harms of sugary

blog post image Chief Coca-Cola scientist leaves amid criticism over obesity research: Research shifted focus away from harms of sugary drinks to exercise benefits.

NHS England chief warns against poor spending review deal: Simon Stevens hopes for ‘considerably more progress’ in negotiations

blog post image NHS England chief warns against poor spending review deal: Simon Stevens hopes for ‘considerably more progress’ in negotiations with Treasury to front-load extra cash and ease pressure on health service

UN scientist Jacquie McGlade raps UK over renewables - BBC News: The UK government's cuts in support for renewable energy

blog post image UN scientist Jacquie McGlade raps UK over renewables - BBC News: The UK government's cuts in support for renewable energy are criticised by the UN's chief environment scientist, Prof Jacquie McGlade.

A report into NHS staffing levels has been delayed after talks with Westminster: The health watchdog NICE ditched plans

blog post image A report into NHS staffing levels has been delayed after talks with Westminster: The health watchdog NICE ditched plans to make public its research on safe nurse staffing levels minutes after an email exchange between the organisation’s chief executive and Jeremy Hunt’s office, it has emerged. Experts...