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04Aug/22

As online hate speech hits Africa, social media firms told to act

  • Online hate speech targets Zimbabweans in South Africa
  • Widespread digital abuse also seen in Ghana, Kenya
  • Culturally sensitive content moderation key, say activists

By Kim Harrisberg and Nita Bhalla

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI, Aug 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Social media used to be a source of light entertainment for Nora, a 47-year-old Zimbabwean domestic worker living in South Africa. But lately, it has become a source of fear.
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03Aug/22

Love Island: the psychological challenges contestants – and viewers – could face after the show is over

Rachael Molitor, Coventry University

The finale of ITV’s Love Island was watched by millions of fans, many commenting live on social media as Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti were awarded the £50,000 prize. The four couples who made the final will now leave the Majorca villa where they’ve kissed, cried and cracked on for the past eight weeks. When they enter the outside world, they will be met with massive amounts of attention.

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02Aug/22

Drover AI Secures $5.4M Series A Led by Vektor Partners to Scale its Innovative Applications of Computer Vision in Micromobility

Drover AI announces that it has closed on a $5.4M Series A funding round, led by Vektor Partners and with follow-on participation from Seed investors including Avesta Fund, Masik Enterprises and Kurt Jaggers. They join existing investor 500 Global to support the scale up of its innovative solutions for computer vision and artificial intelligence in micromobility. Continue reading

02Aug/22

Kahoot! launches the Kahoot! add-on for Google Classroom

Kahoot!, the global learning and engagement platform company, today announced that it has launched the Kahoot! add-on for Google Classroom, making it possible for educators and learners around the world to discover, create, assign and host interactive learning sessions without ever leaving Google Classroom. As a Google Classroom add-ons early access partner, Kahoot! is one of the first digital learning platforms to be available as a Google Classroom add-on. Continue reading

01Aug/22

Three ways to tackle the ‘Sunday scaries’, the anxiety and dread many people feel at the end of the weekend

Jolanta Burke, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Sunday is often a chance to catch up with friends, lost sleep, and recover from last night’s hangover. But for many of us, by the time Sunday afternoon rolls around, a feeling of intense anxiety and dread sets in – often referred to as the “Sunday scaries”.

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01Aug/22

Taiwanese Startup FaceHeart Video-based Measurement Software Uses AI to Remotely Measure Vitals Stats of Patients

The pandemic has forced most processes and operations to be conducted remotely, and the medical industry isn’t exempted. Fortunately, a new and innovative video-based measurement software from FaceHeart corporation now allows diagnosis of patients to be done remotely using cutting-edge artificial intelligence. FaceHeart exhibited recently exhibited at VivaTech 2022 in Paris, France to other startups and leaders, showing off the company’s latest AI technology. Coontinue reading

31Jul/22

Every Briton should plant 650 trees to offset their yearly CO2 emissions, estimated at 8 tonnes

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are the main cause of climate change, evidenced these days in record high temperatures, forest fires and persistent drought across Europe. Reducing these emissions is imperative to stop this progress, and this is what the UN’s Net Zero strategy pursues. According to estimates by Tribaldata, each UK citizen emits, on average, 8 tonnes of CO2e per year, so the commitment to reducing carbon footprint should not only come from governments and companies, but also from citizens, where each should plant 650 trees to fully offset their environmental impact. Continue reading

29Jul/22

James Lovelock: the scientist-inventor who transformed our view of life on Earth

Mark Maslin, UCL

James Lovelock, the maverick scientist and inventor, died surrounded by his family on July 27 2022 – his 103rd birthday. Jim led an extraordinary life. He is best known for his Gaia hypothesis, developed with the brilliant US biologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970s, which transformed the way we think of life on Earth.

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29Jul/22

Cheap copies of GSK’s HIV prevention drug could be ready in 2026

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – British drugmaker GSK (GSK.L) has struck a deal to allow low-cost generic versions of its long-acting HIV preventive medicine to be used in the developing world, including sub-Saharan Africa where the virus remains a leading cause of death.

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25Jul/22

Monkeypox: World Health Organization declares it a global health emergency – here’s what that means

Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the current monkeypox epidemic a global health emergency.

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