Homeless patients with COVID-19 often go back to life on the streets after hospital care, but there's a better way

What happens to unhoused people who get COVID-19?

J. Robin Moon, Adjunct Associate Professor, City University of New York • conversation
Nov. 25, 2020 ~8 min

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Cities need to embrace the darkness of the night sky – here’s why

Dark skies have value. They are a profoundly wonderful yet highly threatened natural asset.

Nick Dunn, Professor of Urban Design, Lancaster University • conversation
Nov. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Death rates have fallen by 18% for hospitalized COVID–19 patients as treatments improve

Death rates for hospitalized COVID-19 patients fell from 25.6% in March to 7.6% in August, according to a new study on three hospitals in New York. A study in the U.K. found similar results.

Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Nov. 3, 2020 ~6 min

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Testing sewage to home in on Covid-19

Letting an algorithm decide which maintenance holes to test for evidence of coronavirus could improve pandemic containment efforts.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
Oct. 28, 2020 ~5 min

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Light pollution may skew mule deer and cougar dynamic

Light pollution in what is home to some of the darkest night skies in the continental US may change the dynamics between mule deer and cougars.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~8 min

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Homes are flooding outside FEMA's 100-year flood zones, and racial inequality is showing through

New risk models show nearly twice as many properties are at risk from a 100-year flood today than the government's flood maps indicate.

Kevin T. Smiley, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Louisiana State University • conversation
Sept. 24, 2020 ~8 min

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Don't write off government algorithms – responsible AI can produce real benefits

Despite the exams algorithm fiasco, UK government bodies are making positive uses of the technology.

Allison Gardner, Lecturer in Computer Science/Co-founder Women Leading in AI, Keele University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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When it gets hot, asphalt boosts city air pollution

Asphalt is a significant source of air pollutants in urban areas, especially on hot and sunny days, researchers report.

William Weir-Yale • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

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New Deal programs still segregate cities and towns

"New Deal housing policies encouraged racial segregation and their substantial impact on American cities and towns can still be seen today."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Aug. 25, 2020 ~5 min

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Project breathes new life into Early Irish and Old Norse

Musicians, historians and literary scholars hope to find a soundtrack to the world of the Vikings.

By Nuala McCann • bbcnews
Aug. 18, 2020 ~4 min

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