AI’s coronavirus test – POLITICO

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PANACEA OR PITFALL?: The Hope, the Hype, the Promise, the Peril. That’s the subtitle of a National Academy of Medicine report on health and artificial intelligence. And it’s a good starting point to size up how software, machine learning and complex algorithms are changing the medical system in the middle of a pandemic.


Everybody celebrates the hope and promise; if you google “Covid and AI” you get something like 2.7 million hits.

But it’s easy to gloss over the hype and the peril. If AI is built on data scaffolding that is tainted, flawed or distorted by systematic bias — or just the wrong starting points — those inequities will be baked in and perpetuated.

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Watch A Test Pilot Trial A Paramedic Jet Suit For Mountain Rescues

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, but it might be your local emergency service.

A recent demonstration involving the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), UK, showed a radical new Avengers-style approach to difficult mountain rescues – a first responder rocketing up to the patient using a jetpack.

GNAAS tested the jetpack produced by Gravity Industries in the Lake District with founder Richard Browning giving a full demonstration. Strapped with dual jets on both sides, he flew from valley floor to a simulated casualty site on the side of Bowfell mountain in just 90 seconds, a marked improvement on the roughly 25 minutes it would usually take on foot, says GNAAS director of operations Andy Mawson.

 Browning demonstrates the jet suit. Credit: Gravity Industries

Of course, these are just trials for now. GNAAS hopes that one day jet suit paramedics will be able to access injured travelers

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New FedEx feeder freighter passes first test flight (with video)

ATR moved a step closer this month to fulfilling an order from FedEx Express (NYSE: FDX) for its new turboprop freighter, which will operate on regional routes to smaller towns and cities.

The aircraft manufacturer, a joint venture between Airbus and Leonardo based in Toulouse, France, said the ATR 72-600 production freighter successfully completed its first test flight on the island of Saint-Martin. During the two-hour flight, the crew performed tests to measure the aircraft’s operational limits with regard to speed and load factors, and other performance characteristics.

FedEx is the ATR freighter’s launch customer, with a firm order for 30 aircraft and an option for 20 more. The first delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter, ATR spokesman Ben Peggie said.

ATR 72-600 freighter takes its first test flight on Sept. 16. (Source: ATR)

The ATR-600 series includes a large cargo door and reinforced floor panels, the advanced cockpit

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Hot Pursuit Remastered Coming This November

  • Positive data show high sensitivity and specificity in the detection of Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma as Volition remains on target for launch of its first product expected later this year
  • Cancer is the most common cause of death in dogs over the age of two years old in the U.S.
  • Together, Lymphoma and Hemangiosarcoma make up approximately one-third of canine cancers

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — VolitionRx Limited (NYSE AMERICAN: VNRX) (“Volition”), a multi-national epigenetics company developing simple, easy to use, cost effective blood tests to help diagnose a range of cancers and other diseases in both humans and animals, is presenting two abstracts with new data on its first product, the Nu.Q™ Vet Cancer Screening Test, at the 2020 Veterinary Cancer Society (VCS) Virtual Annual Conference, which takes place from Thursday, October 15 through Saturday, October 17. 

“The data demonstrate that the Nu.Q™ Vet Cancer Screening Test

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Mohawk Industries, Inc. Invites You to Join the Third Quarter 2020 Conference Call on the Web

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Netflix action thriller, 6 Underground, is the first movie to receive the 30% subsidy under the Film In Malaysia Incentive (FIMI) for post-production visual effects. The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) introduced the Film In Malaysia Incentive (FIMI) in 2013 to promote Malaysia as a location for film production services. Base Media, the leading visual effects and animation studio in Asia with its subsidiary Base Digital Production Sdn Bhd, completed approximately 90 shots that qualified for the subsidy.

Dr. Ahmad Idham bin Ahmad Nadzri, Chief Executive Officer of National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS)
Dr. Ahmad Idham bin Ahmad Nadzri, Chief Executive Officer of National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS)


Emmy Award Winner - Mr. Chris Bremble, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Base Media
Emmy Award Winner – Mr. Chris Bremble, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Base Media

Mr. Chris Bremble, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Base Media, said “6 Underground was the first major project in our Kuala Lumpur studio, and has allowed us to

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Seismic ocean thermometry | Science

Hearing the heat

Most of the excess heat that causes global warming is absorbed by the oceans. Quantifying that heat increase is challenging because it requires many different temperature measurements over both the vertical and horizontal extent of the oceans. Wu et al. report success in this effort through the use of a different method: They inferred temperature changes from sound waves generated by repeating earthquakes (see the Perspective by Wunsch). The travel time of these earthquakes from source to receiver reflects changes in the average water temperature that they encounter. This technique should substantially enhance our ability to monitor ocean warming.

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More than 90% of the energy trapped on Earth by increasingly abundant greenhouse gases is absorbed by the ocean. Monitoring the resulting ocean warming remains a challenging sampling problem. To complement existing point measurements, we introduce a

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Best Internet Radios For 2020

An internet radio gives you greater freedom than a standard radio, with more radio stations and more features at your fingertips.

We’ve picked out the very best radios from our expert testing, ideal for different uses and with a range of functionality. They all have sensational sound quality and are easy to use, giving you the best possible listening experience. Underneath, we’ve also highlighted an inferior internet radio so you know what not to buy.

Only logged-in Which? members can view our recommendations in the table below. If you’re not yet a member you can get instant access by joining Which?.

Top internet radios

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One of the very best internet radios on the market, this British brand DAB+/FM/internet radio launches radio design into a new era. Not only does it bring sensationally warm, crisp and entertaining stereo sound to whatever you’re listening to,

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Google wants to turn YouTube into QVC with new shopping features

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A fresh report from Bloomberg details Google’s new plan to squeeze even more revenue out of YouTube, which is already a $15 billion-a-year business. Google apparently wants to turn YouTube into a shopping destination, where viewers can watch things like product unboxings, makeup, or cooking videos and immediately buy featured products directly through YouTube.

The report says YouTube is currently “testing these features with a limited number of video channels” and “[t]he goal is to convert YouTube’s bounty of videos into a vast catalog of items that viewers can peruse, click on, and buy directly.” The company is asking creators to tag items featured in videos through a new piece of software that can be used for analytics and purchasing. Apparently, YouTube has been testing shopping features for a while now. Bloomberg’s report says, “Late last year, YouTube began testing a similar Shopify

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An Inspired Test for the Scouts

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Being a Scout means being organised, informed and responsible. The Scouts Association UK recently upgraded its business-critical membership management system, and Inspired Testing, a Dynamic Technologies company, was on hand to ensure the system reflects the high standards associated with being a Scout.

Scouts is a worldwide movement, active in 216 countries with a global membership of over 31 million children and youth.

Scouts Association UK Senior Project Manager, Tom Mortimer-Hart, says they required the swift appointment of a company to undertake functional testing of the development of the new system. “We were faced with a hard deadline as the system’s existing software version was end-of-life and out of support.”

From initial discussions and establishing the project approach, kick-off was actioned within a month, just as the country went into lockdown due to the virus outbreak. Lloyd Dignan, Director, Inspired Testing, says: “Our teams worked remotely

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China launches new satellite to monitor ocean environment

A Long March 4B rocket carrying the Haiyang-2C (HY-2C) satellite takes off at 1:40 pm (Beijing Time) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China, on Sept 21, 2020. [Photo by Wang Jiangbo/]

JIUQUAN — China on Monday sent a new ocean-monitoring satellite into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Northwest China.

A Long March 4B rocket carrying the Haiyang-2C (HY-2C) satellite took off at 1:40 pm (Beijing Time), according to the launch center.

The country’s third ocean dynamic environment satellite, the HY-2C, will form a network with the previous HY-2B and subsequent HY-2D to carry out high-precision maritime environment monitoring.

Monday’s launch was the 347th by the Long March rocket series. Xinhua

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