• Hydroxychloroquine Still Doesn’t Do Anything, New Data Shows

    “In my view, hydroxychloroquine should not be used in the hospital setting,” says Martin Landray, a physician and researcher in the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Population Health and one of the heads of Recovery. “Outside the hospital setting it would be reasonable to use it in the context of a randomized controlled trial, but not otherwise.”

    Speaking of which: The Minnesota study looked at people not in the hospital, so by definition not as sick. And that caused some methodological problems. The lack of easy and fast Covid-19 testing in the US meant that not everyone in the study population had a diagnosis made via PCR testing, or taking a sample via a nasal swab and analyzing it for the virus’ genetic material. For these participants, the team of researchers confirmed that they had Covid-like symptoms, and that they had contact with someone whose infection was confirmed with

  • Good news Southeast Asians. The cool weather is here to stay.

    Have you realized that it has been pretty cold and wet recently in Southeast Asia? It’s quite odd, seeing that we live in a part of the world that’s usually pretty hot.

    Well, if you love the cold weather, you’re in for a treat.

    Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) said that for the next two weeks, we would see more rainfall than the first half of July 2020.

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    “The monsoon rain band is forecast to remain over the equatorial Southeast Asia region in the next two weeks,” said MSS in a July 16 advisory.

    “This is expected to bring short-duration moderate to heavy thundery showers between the late morning and afternoon on many days, and may extend into the evening on a few of these days.”

    They also added that we could expect thundery showers for the next few nights. Widespread windy showers are also expected in the morning

  • Blackmagic announces 12K video camera for $9,995

    Blackmagic Design has announced its first 12K video camera, the Ursa Mini Pro 12K. It’s a higher resolution version of the existing Ursa Mini Pro, which shoots at 4.6K; the new model has a 12288 x 6480 Super 35 sensor capable of capturing 12K footage at 60 frames per second, 8K at 110 fps, and cropped 4K Super 16 at 220 fps.

    The camera uses a PL mount for compatibility with a wide range of high-end cinema lenses, but it can be swapped out for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. Other features include built-in ND filters and a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 expansion port for faster data transfer to external SSDs.

    No-one has a 12K TV, obviously, so this camera isn’t necessarily designed for projects that will actually be viewed in 12K. Instead, Blackmagic says the extra pixels can help produce a cleaner image in 8K or 4K through