The gunner in our truck had speakers of his own up in the turret. One of his jobs was to communicate with people outside the truck. He was the only one who could. (The windows on an MRAP do not roll down.) In Afghanistan, this mostly meant waving cars off. The best way to defend against bombers was to keep everyone else away. It could make for tense moments. Most civilians were just trying to go about their day. But the gunner in this truck had come up with his own way of defusing tensions. He had hooked up a smartphone to the speakers and blasted music as loudly as any Camaro-driving homeboy back in the States. This morning, he played Motown. As the Four Tops’ “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” rolled out into the streets, the people on the ground perked up. Two small children started dancing. A girl in a pink dress with loafers too big for her came bouncing down an alley. It was as if the circus had come to town and we were an elephant lumbering by. … [Read more...] about Getting Out Of Afghanistan
“You are going to be what helps this process of global integration work,” the president told the delegates. The world works better, he said, when people are networking, trading, and sharing ideas. “But that also means that cultures are colliding. Sometimes it’s disruptive, and people get worried,” Obama said, his words hitting home in the wake of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, which had taken place just the day before. “You’re the bridge,” Obama told the entrepreneurs. “You’re the glue.” … [Read more...] about Can Entrepreneurship Fight Violent Extremism?
A more readily available approach to detecting the coronavirus is a so-called serological test, which looks for antibodies to the virus in patients’ blood. A serological test has multiple advantages: It’s cheaper than a PCR-based test; and it could tell if someone has been infected previously, which would indicate how many cases were missed and who has developed immunity. And fortunately, SARS-CoV-2 also shows up on the serological tests designed for the original SARS virus. … [Read more...] about Inside the coronavirus testing mess that ruined our chance to stop the pandemic
"Given the crisis, we've developed a way to reduce Netflix's traffic on telecommunications networks by 25 percent, while also maintaining the quality of our service. So consumers should continue to get the quality that comes with their plan," Ken Florance, vice-president of content delivery said in a statement on March 24. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus impact: Netflix to cut traffic in India by 25% to ease data gridlock
Some buildings are also beginning to deploy temperature screening to identify people who might be ill. “China and several other countries are currently measuring occupants’ temperatures prior to entering a building using an infrared thermometer, or alternately, utilizing thermal imaging,” says Gowda. “This was quickly deployed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This is not considered a positive test for COVID-19 or other viruses, but both technologies can be administered externally in order to minimize the risk of infection or the need to wear masks or other protective equipment. Typically, when people have a fever, they are at a very contagious point in their illness—with this technology, they can be made aware and directed to the appropriate avenues of testing and potentially quarantine to minimize person-to-person transmission. We are starting to see this technology in some hospitals in the United States, but it should be thought of as one of our first … [Read more...] about How we can redesign cities to fight future pandemics