Cause, effect and the need to test for COVID-19 | Marsha Mercer

Hellen Wadman



Marsha Mercer

Marsha Mercer


A wise editor of mine used to say, “Wet streets don’t cause rain.”

John’s point, of course, was not to confuse cause and effect. I’ve thought about his warning often since President Donald Trump began his counter-narrative about coronavirus testing.

As the number of positive cases of COVID-19 soared this summer, Trump repeatedly blamed the tests for causing the cases.

Testing “makes us look bad,” he tweeted in

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Coronavirus live updates: Vaccine project chief says he would quit if there was political interference

Hellen Wadman

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Two San Antonio medical facilities selected for COVID-19 vaccine trials

Hellen Wadman

Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center are two of five sites selected by the U.S. Department of Defense for Phase III of COVID-19 vaccine trials.



A volunteer in South Africa receives a COVID-19 test vaccine injection developed at the University of Oxford in Britain. Patents on potential COVID-19 vaccines have the potential to raise prices on vaccines, creating obstacles for their use, particularly in developing countries.


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A volunteer in South Africa receives a COVID-19 test vaccine injection developed at the University of Oxford in Britain. Patents on potential COVID-19 vaccines have the potential to raise prices on vaccines, creating obstacles for their use,

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Otto Aviation Hopes To Torpedo The Business Jet Market With Its Curious New Design. Will It Sink Or Swim?

Hellen Wadman

Otto Aviation is looking for investors to advance its unconventional “Celera” business aircraft from a prototype to a production airplane built in the thousands. The media attention the company has garnered since formally unveiling the Celera 500L last week is no doubt pleasing.

But with the spotlight comes scrutiny and the questions that all startup aviation

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Trump’s plotting for a pre-election vaccine carries real dangers for your health

Hellen Wadman

The Trump administration is plainly counting on a vaccine for COVID-19 becoming approved by the Nov. 3 election, in the expectation that news of the discovery will inspire a tide of public optimism that will sweep Trump to reelection.

Here’s a more judicious counsel about how you should be reacting to the administration’s push for rapid approval of a vaccine: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Premature approval of a COVID-19

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Rivian to test its electric pickup’s ‘adventure’ capability in Rebelle Rally

Hellen Wadman

Rivian is going to test its claim that its R1T electric pickup is adventure-capable in the Rebelle Rally next month.

Ever since coming out of stealth mode with their electric vehicles, Rivian made it clear that they are targeting people who get the most out of their trucks: People who like to go on adventures.

They specifically call their R1T pickup and R1S SUV “electric adventure vehicles.”

Rivian already tested

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More Zegna Than Brooks Brothers

Hellen Wadman

In 1914, brothers Alfieri, Ettore and Ernesto from Bologna, Italy founded a company that bore their family name: Maserati. In 1926, they produce their first original automobile, the Tipo 26. Over the next century, the company produces race cars, sports cars, luxury coupes, sedans and convertibles — some memorable, some forgettable. In 1966, Maserati unveils the Ghibli, a two-door sports car designed

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Intel’s DAOS tops the IO500 speed challenge for HPC storage

Hellen Wadman

Intel’s Distributed Application Object Storage (DAOS) object storage system – now open-sourced, but developed to make use of its super-fast Optane storage – came out top this summer in the IO500, which measures high-performance computing (HPC) hardware, software and file system combinations against each other.

DAOS arrived in 2015, and is an object storage system designed around Intel’s 3D Xpoint Optane technology, which provides something approaching the high-speed access capabilities

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Chelsio Adopts Synopsys DesignWare 56G Ethernet PHY IP to Accelerate Development of High-Performance Computing SoC

Hellen Wadman

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —

Highlights:

  • Chelsio selected Synopsys’ DesignWare 56G Ethernet PHY IP to accelerate development of its high-speed Ethernet adapter targeting smart NIC and server applications
  • The DesignWare 56G Ethernet PHY with optimized floorplan supports PAM-4 signaling and high-performance algorithms for reliable Ethernet links
  • Continuous calibration and adaptation algorithms deliver robust performance across voltage and temperature variations for operation in harsh conditions

Synopsys, Inc.

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Artificial intelligence manages congenital cataract with individualized prediction and telehealth computing

Hellen Wadman

Dataset collection and preparation for agent training

The pipeline for our study is shown in Fig. 1. The training dataset included clinical records of 594 CC patients before and after surgery, and 4881 of their follow-up images from January 2011 to December 2016. The eligible criteria of patients included diagnosis of CC, informed consent, and completed records of baseline information, lesion condition, comorbidities, surgical procedures, and complications in the first

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Long-awaited Celera 500L ‘bullet’ plane is finally revealed

Hellen Wadman

The whispers started three years ago.

A mysterious bullet-shaped plane was spotted at the Southern California Logistics Airport near Victorville in April 2017. Its unusual design prompted immediate speculation, with military website The War Zone being the first to report that the aircraft was the work of California-based Otto Aviation — and that development was very much under wraps.

Now, in the late summer of the strangest year in aviation

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Free Windows VPNs: are they worth downloading and which ones are good?

Hellen Wadman

If you’re concerned about your online privacy or have ever been frustrated when trying to access certain types of internet content only to find it’s not available in your region, then using the best VPN is the solution.

VPN stands for virtual private network, and when you use one, all your data travels along an encrypted tunnel, keeping it secure and private from anyone who might be snooping on your

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Field Test: Revel Ranger – It Just Wants to Party

Hellen Wadman

PINKBIKE FIELD TEST

Revel Ranger


Words by Mike Levy, photography by Margus Riga
The all-new Ranger is the third bike in Revel’s lineup (remember, the company has only been around for a few years), and it’s also the ”smallest” in their catalog, with 115mm of rear-wheel-travel and a 120mm SID Ultimate on the other end. It’s rolling on 29″ wheels, of course, and Revel makes some bold claims about it,
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What is the real Warp Speed timeline?

Hellen Wadman

With help from Zachary Brennan, David Lim, Brianna Ehley and Lauraine Genota.

— What is the real Warp Speed timeline? A new Pentagon website raises questions.

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AstraZeneca leads vaccine trial enrollment, but companies are a far cry from 30,000 apiece.

FDA says HCQ came from a questionable manufacturer in new memo.

It’s Friday, welcome back to Prescription Pulse. Did you get your Anthony Fauci bobblehead before they

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Tips to help improve broadband speed (Includes interview)

Hellen Wadman

There are many frustrations from working at home, from other family members, to longer-hours and persistent bosses. Having a slow broadband speed does not help the situation of assist with creating a calm working environment. Poor broadband is often the result of inadequate infrastructure or the consequence of an overstrethed provider of Internet services (a service that most employees are having to pay for themselves). Nonetheless, there are things that
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Morrison concerned over 811 question delays, speed of test results

Hellen Wadman

P.E.I.’s chief public health officer is echoing concerns brought to her attention about 811 delays that are preventing people with COVID-19 questions from getting through.

In an interview on CBC News: Compass Thursday, Dr. Heather Morrison said she is worried about the time it is taking for the call centre to return calls, as well as the length of time it takes from the point of testing to getting those

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Make 2020 the year you master web development with this 11-course bundle that’s 98% off

Hellen Wadman

The internet already feels incredibly vast, but you ain’t seen nothing yet. Nearly half the world still lacks internet access, and when they finally do get online, we’ll see an explosion of new ideas, products, and services that are all suited for the modern, always-evolving web.

The backbone of the web as we know it are web developers. This army of experts is unsung heroes, designing the sites that you

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Google has asked the government to test next-gen Wifi in US cities

Hellen Wadman

  • Google is asking the government to let it test next-generation 6GHz WiFi in dozens of cities across the US, according to filings seen by Business Insider.
  • The company wants to test the new technology in 17 states in total, and several cities within California.
  • 6GHz WiFi will be a major upgrade, but don’t expect it to arrive in devices for some time to come.
  • Are you a Google insider with
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Consumer protection: OfReg launches internet speed test

Hellen Wadman

Utility regulator OfReg is providing consumers with a new system to test the speed of their internet connections and verify whether they are receiving the level of service they are paying for.

Internet services have been the topic of frequent consumer complaints, Public Accounts Committee chairman Ezzard Miller said during a hearing concerning the performance of OfReg in July.

The new independent speed test system launched by OfReg last week

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