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  • This Malaysian university wants to use robots for their graduation ceremonies

    The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has put a halt on many important events across the globe. This ranges from major sporting events like Formula One, to film and music festivals like South by Southwest (SXSW).

    But perhaps nothing stings more than the unlikelihood of a proper graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020.

    After spending years in university, we all look forward to stepping up on that stage and collecting our well-deserved scrolls. Unfortunately, the coronavirus doesn’t care about what you want.

    But one university in Malaysia is proposing the use of robots as real-life student avatars in a pandemic-stricken world.

    Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) is a public university located in the state of Terengganu, along the North-East coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

    Like many educational institutions across the country, UniSZA has been forced to cancel all convocation ceremonies in order to abide by the government-imposed Conditional Movement Control

  • What Facebook doesn’t understand about the Facebook walkout

    I. The CEO

    On Friday afternoon, Facebook made one of its most controversial content moderation decisions in company history. After President Trump posted to Facebook some tweets that Twitter had placed behind a warning for “glorifying violence,” Mark Zuckerberg said that the company would allow them to stand.

    “I know many people are upset that we’ve left the President’s posts up,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, “but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies.”

    “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump had tweeted — quoting a former Miami police chief who, in 1967, called for a violent crackdown on the city’s black community. And just as the president suggested, a long weekend of violence followed in the United States, with police assaulting protesters and bystanders

  • Movie, Know-how & The Human Existence

    Biotechnology is the science which mixes biology with expertise that is being used rampantly in pharmaceutical sector. best definition of technology The Hanlon Laboratory for Monetary Analytics and Data Visualization places cutting-edge information visualization, collaboration and presentation tools within the palms of scholars. ICT has grow to be an integral part of on a regular basis life for many people. It increases its importance in folks’s lives and it’s anticipated that this development will continue, to the extent that ICT literacy will develop into a practical requirement for people’s work, social, and private lives. Biotechnology does not must be lethal, or even harmful, to fundamentally change our lives. While people have been altering genes of plants and animals for millennia — first by means of selective breeding and extra recently with molecular tools and chimeras — we are solely simply beginning to make changes to our own genomes ( amid …

  • Should We Purposely Infect Healthy Volunteers With Covid-19?

    Most researchers, however, don’t believe a human challenge study could directly replace a phase three trial. Because a human challenge study is smaller, it may not gather enough data on the safety and efficacy of a vaccine to satisfy regulators. The trial may not exactly mimic natural infection, and it will only give information on the response of young, healthy volunteers, who may not be representative of the broader population. “I do think that they need to be run alongside phase three, it’s not either-or,” Weller says.

    But a human challenge study could nevertheless speed up the vaccine testing process by giving an earlier indicator of whether a vaccine is effective or not. This could inform decisions on which trials to move forward with or which vaccines to start manufacturing at scale, weeding out non-effective candidates more quickly. Human challenge studies could also make it easier to test more vaccine

  • This Southeast Asian country is paying its citizens to move to the countryside

    If you were offered money to make a switch from living in the city to the countryside, would you take the offer?

    This is the dilemma that many Filipinos are facing at the moment as Rodrigo Duterte’s government unveiled its ambitious ‘Back to the Province’ program.

    With a population of more than 13 million people, Manila has become notorious for being one of the densest cities in the world, while sharing the top spot with India’s Bengaluru for having the worst traffic congestion.

    According to traffic congestion ranking site, TomTom, Manila shares the top spot with Bengaluru at 71 percent of congestion level. To put things into perspective, Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, has only 37 percent.

    Manila has one of the world’s worst traffic. IMAGE: PhilStar.

    The ‘Back to the Province’ program.

    The coronavirus pandemic, which has caused major disruptions to Manila’s transport, utility, and health services, has given Duterte