Open data hub launches to track global responses to COVID-19 Imperial College London has launched a new survey to track how populations are responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Led by the College’s Institute of Global Health Innovation and in partnership with YouGov, the survey will collect responses from 30,000 people from 29* countries every week. The data will be integrated with information about the government safety policies, COVID-19 cases and deaths in each country and shared freely with the public, researchers and policy-makers in anonymised form through an online hub. The project is exploring over time the public’s attitudes towards government COVID-19 safety measures. By generating and sharing one of the most comprehensive datasets of its kind, the work aims to facilitate a better understanding of the effectiveness of policies in curbing the spread of coronavirus and empower governments to plan their actions based on evidence.
Space.com Buy This Infographic as a Full-Size Poster Astronomers have discovered more than 700 alien planets beyond the solar system, and the count is rising all the time. Some are large and hot, and others are smaller and cooler, but scientists are still on the lookout for an Earth twin. They just got closer, with the announcement Dec. 5 of a planet found by NASA's Kepler space telescope to lie in the habitable zone around its star where liquid water, and perhaps life, could exist. You can purchase a 20"x60" poster of this SPACE.com infographic on high-quality 14G Photo Paper from the SPACE.com store here: Buy Poster Embed: Paste the code below into your site.
Build Model Atoms and More on the NOVA Elements App NOVA Elements for iPad is an excellent iPad app for helping students learn about the periodic table of elements. The app is "hosted" by NY Times technology reviewer David Pogue. There are three primary features of the app. Those features are called Explore, Watch, and Play. The Explore feature of NOVA Elements for iPad contains and interactive periodic table of elements. 13 Alternative Search Engines That Find What Google Can't Advertisement R.I.P Google. What would be your first reaction if you saw this? Scared, because your life is completely enslaved to Google. Or, hopeful because this suggests that something better has already arrived? Well, no one is chipping on that digital tombstone yet.
amp.theguardian We knew this was coming. In her 1994 warning to the world, The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett concluded: “While the human race battles itself, fighting over ever more crowded turf and scarcer resources, the advantage moves to the microbes’ court. They are our predators and they will be victorious if we, Homo sapiens, do not learn how to live in a rational global village that affords the microbes few opportunities.” If you think her language hyperbolic, consider the more sober analysis from the US Institute of Medicine in 2004.
SIMBAD Astronomical Database What is SIMBAD, and what is it not ? % The purpose of Simbad is to provide information on astronomical objects of interest which have been studied in scientific articles. Simbad is a dynamic database, updated every working day. It provides the bibliography, as well as available basic information such as the nature of the object, its coordinates, magnitudes, proper motions and parallax, velocity/redshift, size, spectral or morphological type, and the multitude of names (identifiers) given in the literature. The CDS team also performs cross-identifications based on the compatibility of several parameters, in the limit of a reasonably good astrometry.
About: Participatory Science Platform - Science Into Action Participatory Science Platform (PSP) – What is it? The Participatory Science Platform (PSP) initiative was identified in the Science in Society strategic plan, A Nation of Curious Minds, and developed by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry of Education with close involvement of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. The PSP builds on the popularity of citizen science, but rebalances the relationship between the lay person and scientist through a highly collaborative approach. MBIE has initiated and funded three PSP pilots in Otago, Taranaki and South Auckland, with the intent to be evaluate these pilots over 2016/17.
Scientists have been sounding the alarm on coronavirus for months. Why did Britain fail to act? On 24 January, Chinese doctors and scientists reported the first description of a new disease caused by a novel coronavirus. They described how a strange series of cases of pneumonia had presented in December in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people and the capital of Hubei province. At that time, 800 cases of the new disease had been confirmed. Citizen Science Project - NZ Landcare Trust 'Citizen Science Meets Environmental Restoration: measuring success through monitoring' is a three year project funded with support from MfE's Community Environment Fund, that aims to improve the leadership, strategic direction and coordination of citizen science in New Zealand. ‘Citizen Science’ involves community volunteers using practical field monitoring tools, that meet scientific best practice, to report on the state of their local environment. Key activities of the project include: • growing support for citizen science in New Zealand • determining the scope and availability of citizen science monitoring tools and training • investigating approaches for enabling and expanding community-based environmental monitoring • promoting more effective use of data from community monitoring • sharing findings through a national symposium Subscribe to NZ Landcare Trust's e-newsletter on the home page to make sure you don't miss out on any news or announcements linked to this project. Contact
Science Has Always Been Inseparable from Politics Even now, on the heels of the March for Science, we see some scientists hesitate to acknowledge the fact that science is political. Why wouldn’t they? We hold it up as the golden standard of objectivity, and synonymize it with words like ‘unbiased’ and ‘rational’, divorcing it from our human capriciousness. It’s quite natural to associate those notions with science.
Is our Milky Way galaxy a zombie, already dead and we don't know it? Kevin Schawinski, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Like a zombie, the Milky Way galaxy may already be dead but it still keeps going. Our galactic neighbor Andromeda almost certainly expired a few billion years ago, but only recently started showing outward signs of its demise.