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New WHO toolkit promotes inclusion of people with dementia in society

blog post image “Towards a dementia-inclusive society: WHO toolkit for dementia-friendly initiatives”, launched today, is WHO’s latest response for establishing and scaling-up dementia-friendly initiatives globally. The toolkit helps countries raise public awareness and understanding of dementia to support people...

Gout and 'Podagra' in medieval Cambridge, England - PubMed International journal of paleopathology.

blog post image "The high prevalence rate of gout in the friary is at least partly explained by the consumption of alcohol and purine-rich diets by the friars and the wealthy townsfolk. Medieval medical texts from Cambridge show that gout (known as podagra) was sometimes treated with medications made from the root of...

Clubhouse And Education

blog post image "New App Has Exciting Potential For Today’s Educators | Emerging Education Technologies" I've used Clubhouse for a couple of months and it certainly provides the opportunity for communities to come together and invite expert speakers. It is refreshing in that it doesn't have screen time and you can...

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...

Python pioneer assesses the 30-year-old programming language

blog post image At age 30, the Python programming language has never been used by more developers across more use cases than it is today.

Brain-Based Learning, Myth versus Reality: Testing Learning Styles and Dual Coding | Science-Based Medicine: Ed. Note: Today

blog post image Brain-Based Learning, Myth versus Reality: Testing Learning Styles and Dual Coding | Science-Based Medicine: Ed. Note: Today we present a guest post from Josh Cuevas, a cognitive psychologist and assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of North Georgia. Enjoy! "Since early on...

Frontline workers left "risking lives to provide treatment and care"

blog post image "The Department for Health and Social Care's decision to prioritise hospitals at the beginning of the pandemic meant social care providers were left exposed by lack of PPE, says the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee in its first report on PPE procurement published today." "While government...

5,000 people have pledged to give at least 10% of their lifetime incomes to effective charities

blog post image 5,000 people have pledged to give at least 10% of their lifetime incomes to effective charities: Today we reached a major milestone. More than 5,000 people have pledged to give at least ten percent of their lifetime earnings to effective charities.

New Steps to Combat Disinformation - Microsoft on the Issues: Today, Microsoft announces two new technologies to help battle

blog post image New Steps to Combat Disinformation - Microsoft on the Issues: Today, Microsoft announces two new technologies to help battle disinformation – Newsguard, which will allow users to check the accuracy of the content they are reading, and Video Authenticator, which can detect deepfakes and other synthetic...

Elevated CO2, increased leaf-level productivity, and water-use efficiency during the early Miocene: Abstract. Rising atmospheric

blog post image Elevated CO2, increased leaf-level productivity, and water-use efficiency during the early Miocene: Abstract. Rising atmospheric CO2 is expected to increase global temperatures, plant water-use efficiency, and carbon storage in the terrestrial biosphere. A CO2 fertilization effect on terrestrial vegetation...

Creating a digital commons

blog post image Creating a digital commons: There are, today, almost no parts of life that are untouched by the presence of data. Virtually every action we take produces some form of digital trail – our phones track our locations, our browsers track searches, our social network apps log our friends and family –...

Poorest adults in worse health now than older generation - study: Research shows widening health gap between higher and

blog post image Poorest adults in worse health now than older generation - study: Research shows widening health gap between higher and lower socioeconomic status. "The poorest third of the UK’s older working-age adults today have worse health than people born a century ago had at the same age, according to research...

UCL cancer policy update

blog post image “Because of the complexity of delivering better cancer care and the dynamics of NHS funding and introducing better practices in the health service there is a strong case for developing new cancer strategies for all the UK nations for the 2020s. Britain could also benefit from leading an independent...

In search of the secret handshakes of ID

blog post image "Many of my sponsoring stakeholders - that is, the people with the power to buy instructional design services - wouldn’t have known a learning solution if it bit them on the toe. Frankly, they really didn’t care about learning. They really didn’t want me to tell them...

Barbara Liskov - the architect of modern algorithms.

blog post image The Architect of Modern Algorithm. "Barbara Liskov pioneered the modern approach to writing code. She warns that the challenges facing computer science today can’t be overcome with good design alone." She talks about her experience and views of AI, the internet, being a woman in computer science (women...

Autonomy, Belonging, Competence. GMC reports on the ABC of wellbeing.

blog post image Caring for doctors Caring for patients: An independent report into the wellbeing of UK medical students and doctors. "In 2018 we commissioned Professor Michael West and Dame Denise Coia, to carry out a UK-wide review to help tackle the causes of poor wellbeing faced by medical students and doctors. ...

Intel’s Neuromorphic System Hits 8 Million Neurons, 100 Million Coming by 2020: The 64-chip Pohoiki Beach system is used

blog post image Intel’s Neuromorphic System Hits 8 Million Neurons, 100 Million Coming by 2020: The 64-chip Pohoiki Beach system is used by researchers to make systems that learn and see the world more like humans. "At the DARPA Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit today in Detroit, Intel plans to unveil an 8-million-neuron...

Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern: WHO

blog post image Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern: WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus today declared the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) a Public Health Emergency of International...

Development of new antibiotics encouraged with new pharmaceutical payment system: The NHS will test the world's first ‘subscription’

blog post image Development of new antibiotics encouraged with new pharmaceutical payment system: The NHS will test the world's first ‘subscription’ style payment model to incentivise pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs for resistant infections. "The new trial will be led by the National Institute for...

What a 2004 experiment in hyperlocal news can tell us about community voices today

blog post image Can a community news platform serve as “technology that protects our minds and replenishes society”? "In 2004, a team of Medill School of Journalism grad students tried to save democracy, newspapers, and local communities. The threat? The internet. Our response? A website called GoSkokie for the...