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Coronavirus: our study suggests more people have had it than previously estimated

July 13th, 2020 at 4:53 pm » Comments Off

Many people suspect they’ve been infected with COVID-19 by now, despite the fact that only 0.5% of the UK’s population has actually been diagnosed with it. Similar numbers have been reported in other countries. Exactly how many people have actually had it, however, is unclear. There is also uncertainty around what proportion of people who […]

How many people are actually fleeing to the suburbs permanently?

July 11th, 2020 at 12:49 am » Comments Off

  You’ve seen the headlines: “Coronavirus Escape: To the Suburbs” in the New York Times, “Coronavirus: Americans flee cities for the suburbs” in USA Today, “Will the Coronavirus Make the Suburbs Popular Again?” in Architectural Digest. The coronavirus pandemic’s stay-at-home orders have residents of dense urban areas like New York City pondering a permanent move […]

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans have evolved to dismiss facts that don’t fit their worldview

July 9th, 2020 at 2:08 pm » Comments Off

Science denialism is not just a simple matter of logic or ignorance Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ineffective pandemic response on an American “anti-science bias.” He called this bias “inconceivable,” because “science is truth.” Fauci compared those discounting the importance […]

The CDC lost control of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Then the agency disappeared

July 9th, 2020 at 2:02 pm » Comments Off

The world’s premier health agency pushed a flawed coronavirus containment strategy — until it disappeared from public view one day before the outbreak was declared a pandemic.  On January 17, the world’s most trusted public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced it was screening travelers from Wuhan, China, because of a […]

Autonomous car makers dispute insurance study’s low estimate of crashes

July 4th, 2020 at 7:56 am » Comments Off

Companies working on self-driving vehicles have criticized an insurance industry study suggesting that only a third of all U.S. road crashes could be prevented by driverless cars, arguing that the study has underestimated the technology’s capabilities. The study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), released on Thursday, analyzed 5,000 U.S. crashes and concluded […]

Self-driving cars won’t eradicate the car crash, study says

July 3rd, 2020 at 9:50 pm » Comments Off

While self-driving cars won’t get distracted or drive drunk, that only accounts for a third of wrecks that occur, according to the insurance industry. Self-driving cars likely have a long, long way to go. In a blow to hopes for a future free of car crashes with the coming of self-driving cars, a study released […]

Coronavirus caused income loss for nearly half of American households

June 24th, 2020 at 2:24 am » Comments Off

  Chief Economist on U.S. recovery and how we’re ‘standing at the bottom of the canyon’  She had been working as a concierge services coordinator at a nonprofit performing arts organization in New York City for four years before the closure of entertainment venues across the city destroyed demand for her skills. “Job hunting is […]

6 charts that show what employers and employees really think about remote working

June 16th, 2020 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Remote working has meant many people are skipping their morning commute. COVID-19 has lead to more and more employees working from home. 98% of people surveyed said they would like the option to work remotely for the rest of their careers. But not everything is positive, with workers finding the biggest challenge is ‘unplugging’ from […]

On the cusp of adulthood and facing an uncertain future : What we know about Gen Z so far

June 9th, 2020 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

  One-in-ten eligible voters in the 2020 electorate will be part of a new generation of Americans – Generation Z. Born after 1996, most members of this generation are not yet old enough to vote, but as the oldest among them turn 23 this year, roughly 24 million will have the opportunity to cast a […]

Coronavirus death toll is heavily concentrated in Democratic congressional districts

June 5th, 2020 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

The coronavirus outbreak has taken the lives of nearly 100,000 Americans. Yet since the start of the outbreak, the death toll has been concentrated in a just a few places – mostly large metropolitan areas, especially the New York City area. The places hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak – which have relatively large shares […]

Community colleges could see a surge in popularity amid Covid-19

May 25th, 2020 at 4:49 pm » Comments Off

Historically, community college enrollment spikes during economic downturns. This year, a public health crisis may draw even more students who don’t want to travel or live in a dorm. The coronavirus crisis has already changed the way this year’s crop of high school seniors are thinking about higher education. And community colleges across the country […]

The average human body temperature is no longer 98.6 F

May 23rd, 2020 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

We’re all chilling out, new research shows One of the most widely accepted standard measurements of the human body, a normal temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, has declined gradually for more than 150 years in the United States by about 1.6% since the pre-industrial era, a new study published in the journal eLife finds. The […]

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