• Google Confirms They Are Developing A Coronavirus Information Website

    Several days ago, US President Donald Trump seemingly misspoke when he said that Google was developing a website that would provide information about the coronavirus, such as by listing information on how to get screened/tested, and so on. However, Verily (a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet) clarified that it is them who will be developing such a website.

    Now it looks like there might have been some truth to Trump’s claims as Google has since come forward and confirmed that they too, will be developing such a website. According to Google, “We’re partnering with the U.S. government in developing a website dedicated to COVID-19 education, prevention, and local resources nationwide. This includes best practices on prevention, links to authoritative information from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and helpful tips and tools from Google for individuals, teachers and businesses.”

    Google also notes

  • Phones Could Track the Spread of Covid-19. Is It a Good Idea? 

    In 2011, two scientists at Cambridge University in the UK devised a clever way to measure and model the spread of the flu—an app called FluPhone that used Bluetooth and other wireless signals as a proxy for interactions between people, and asked users to report flu-like symptoms.

    If you’d had lunch with someone who later got sick, FluPhone would let you know. Besides slowing the spread of the flu, the app promised to help health authorities monitor and model the spread of influenza. FluApp made headlines and the front page of the BBC website at the time. But in the end fewer than 1 percent of people in Cambridge signed up to use it.

    As the deadly Covid-19 respiratory virus stalks the US, some techies suggest using smartphones to track and report transmissions. The idea raises many questions, including how well such a system would actually work, whether it might

  • Apple To Expedite The Approval Of Credible Coronavirus Related Apps

    The coronavirus outbreak is causing a lot of problems for everyone around the world, and as such, many are constantly searching for information about it. Unfortunately, the spike in demand for information has resulted in many unscrupulous developers creating coronavirus apps in a bid to capitalize on it.

    Thankfully, companies have been quick to remove such apps from their stores in a bid to curb misinformation, and it looks like Apple is actually working to counter such bad apps by speeding up the process of reviewing credible apps for the coronavirus.

    According to Apple, “To help fulfill these expectations, we’re evaluating apps critically to ensure data sources are reputable and that developers presenting these apps are from recognized entities such as government organizations, health-focused NGOs, companies deeply credentialed in health issues, and medical or educational institutions.”

    The company adds, “Only developers from one of these recognized entities should submit an

  • Verily’s coronavirus screening website launches with very limited access

    Google’s sister company Verily has launched a screening website for people who want to get tested for COVID-19. However, Verily’s website is very limited in scope: it’s only available to people in the Bay Area of California and it’s more of a pilot program than a public health utility.

    In fact, it’s even more limited than that: in order to qualify you must be 18 years of age or older, be able to speak English, and be a US resident. It very much looks like the program a Verily spokesperson described to us on the phone on Friday and not the expansive triage system that the Trump administration promised.

    The initial question on Verily’s site asks “Are you currently experiencing severe cough, shortness of breath, fever, or other concerning symptoms?” If you answer “yes,” you are told that the program is “not the right fit” and to seek medical attention.

  • What Is Biotechnology (Biotech)?

    I like that I have been born this present day and I do not know how I might have lived at another time in historical past. This useful resource might help set the record straight on GMOs, to appropriate misinformation and present why biotechnology is so necessary to agriculture. The internet and digital know-how may be impacting our bodily and psychological improvement to a larger diploma than we anticipated. Biotechnology and religion is a matter of ethics. The place do you draw the road between science and faith? Do spiritual teams have a proper to try and intervene? Controversial sciences such as cloning and stem cell analysis will inevitably increase the question of ethics. Is it right for humans to attempt to spark life? Some say it is playing God. Others see it as essential. It is arduous to say whether or not biotechnology and religion actually can mix.

    Having …