In other words, Jokerst wants to turn people into walking COVID-19 detectors who, yes, could activate the strip if they are sick, but could activate the strip simply if they are breathing and walking through an infected environment. That means you wouldn’t use this strip at home. Instead, it could be worn by groups stuck together in confined places, like people in prison and essential workers in grocery stores. Hence the smoke alarm analogy. … [Read more...] about This breakthrough mask is a ‘smoke detector’ for COVID-19
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Van Oosterhout doesn’t believe that cats need to be vaccinated yet. Cats don’t seem to get very sick from COVID-19, and don’t seem to easily spread it to other cats. There’s no evidence, yet, that they can spread it to humans. But that may change, and so it makes sense for vaccine developers to have feline vaccines ready. “With this virus, we know we need to be prepared,” he says. “And we haven’t been. That’s why we are in this absolute mess.” … [Read more...] about Will your cat need a COVID-19 vaccine?
Intensity: How intense will the pleasure or pain be on the other side of our decision? Duration: How long will the pleasure or pain go on? Certainty: How certain are we that the pleasure or pain will actually happen? Onset: How long will it take for the pleasure or pain to arrive? (Bentham refers to this as “propinquity”.) Repeatability: What are the chances that these consequences will be repeated over and over again? Opposite effect: What are the chances that the pleasure or pain created could be reciprocated back onto oneself? Number of people: How many people will be affected by this decision, and in what way? Simple enough, right? Not exactly. Felicific calculus and utilitarianism have their fair share of critics. The most common objection is whether or not happiness is actually quantifiable; Bentham’s formula invites decision-makers to assign “utils” as units of measurement to tally a score, but the numerical value designated to various outcomes is … [Read more...] about This centuries-old framework is surprisingly effective for making better decisions
The tremendous ease of Zoom makes this moment of sheltering in place the perfect opportunity to find your new mentor. Come to every conversation having done your research and with questions prepared so that the executive feels that you’re valuing their time. Further, come with a “close” prepared. If the conversation goes well, and if you feel like there’s a rapport, ask the executive if they’d mind if you reached out again a few weeks or months in case you have follow-up questions. If you’re lucky, after a few of these contained, well-planned out 15 or 20 minute conversations, the person may offer to advise you with more regularity. Ideally it would turn into a long-term relationship where you find meaningful ways to add value as well. After all, the strongest relationships are mutual. … [Read more...] about Why now is the best time to connect with a CEO mentor
Urban electrification—via renewable energy, improved buildings, and battery-electric transportation—would not only reduce pollution and curb climate change. It would lessen poverty by providing more than a billion people, by giving them the benefits of a modern energy system. … [Read more...] about These are the top 10 insights from climate science in 2020