Be aware that not all face masks protect against smoke particles. In the context of COVID-19, the best data currently suggests that a cloth mask benefits public health, especially for those around the mask wearer, but also to some extent for the person wearing the mask. However, most cloth masks will not capture small wood smoke particles. That requires an N95 mask in conjunction with fit testing for the mask and training in how to wear it. Without a proper fit, N95s do not work as well. … [Read more...] about Why is wildfire smoke so bad for your lungs?
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EA: That’s a hard problem and I don’t know that I have easy or quick solutions. I think we’ll [start to] see more buildings be designed with more flexibility from the start, whether that means walls that can be reconfigured or doors that can be added, or HVAC systems that have multiple different settings and configurations. One of the only certainties is more uncertainty. We’re seeing how quickly people are having to remake their homes into offices or ad hoc schoolrooms. So the more we can design flexibility into everything from our homes to our hospitals from the start, the better, and that gives us the ability to adjust as new science emerges. Some of the changes will be beneficial regardless of whether or not they play a big role in stopping this particular pandemic. … [Read more...] about Why offices and stores could start to look more like hospitals (and why that’s a good thing!)
The display is certainly an improvement over the previous ROG model and looks significantly better. You won’t have a problem checking the phone in bright outdoor light, although the panel does tend to struggle with rendering colours. Additionally, users can also manually set the refresh rate on the ROG Phone 3 to 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, or 144Hz, while you can also set the refresh rate to auto. There is reportedly a secret 160Hz mode, but since it isn’t official, we don’t recommend trying it out. … [Read more...] about Asus ROG Phone 3 Review: The most compelling case for a gaming smartphone yet
Even before the pandemic, the number of remote workers worldwide was growing: Research from the consulting firm MBO Partners found that the number of independent workers in the United States, which includes consultants, freelancers and temporary workers, was around 41 million in 2019. More than 7.3 million workers in the U.S. described themselves in 2019 as “digital nomads”: those who chose to embrace a location-independent lifestyle that allowed them to travel and work remotely. … [Read more...] about Why work from home when you can work from Barbados, Bermuda or Estonia?
A startup in Bengaluru is walking the same path. The pandemic resulted in Aravind Raju, CEO and co-founder of Vumonic Data Labs, a data analytics firm, to execute his long pending plan to relocate business to his village. In March, when the employees were skeptical about coming to office, Raju offered to move operations to his grandmother’s farmhouse in Thevaram, a town in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. The team of 12 agreed. Later, some people had to leave as their family wanted them to return home but six of them are still working from there. “There was a sudden change in our lifestyle. Being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the team’s productivity multiplied. Also, there was no fear of contracting the virus. We successfully revamped our email cleaning app called InstaClean, which helped us get many new users,” says Raju. InstaClean, which had only one lakh users before the lockdown, now has more than 10 lakh users. … [Read more...] about Meet the ‘work from village’ brigade, ditching cities for hometowns