Digital contact tracing's mixed record abroad spells trouble for US efforts to rein in COVID-19

Effective national leadership and trust in government appear to be prerequisites for countries to achieve widespread digital contact tracing.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
yesterday ~11 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic india south-korea covid-19-testing germany privacy contact-tracing smart-phones smart-phone-apps contact-tracing-app digital-contact-tracing data-security covid-19-app

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health

In South Asia, days with both extreme heat and extreme pollution are expected to increase 175% by 2050. Separately, the health effects are bad; together they will likely be worse.

Xiaohui Xu, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health climate-change pollution asthma models air-pollution heat india temperature lung-disease heatwave air-quality south-asia heatstroke

Study sheds light on a classic visual illusion

Neuroscientists delve into how background brightness influences our perception of an object.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: neuroscience vision india research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-institutes-of-health-nih

Advanced cyclone forecasting is leading to early action – and it's saving thousands of lives

Massive cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh could have been so much worse.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change india extreme-weather natural-disasters weather-forecasting bangladesh cyclones tropical-cyclones

Cyclone Amphan: supercomputers predicted it well in advance – saving thousands of lives

Massive cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh could have been so much worse.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change india extreme-weather natural-disasters weather-forecasting bangladesh cyclones tropical-cyclones

What living alongside crocodiles can teach us about coexisting with wildlife

In the villages of central Gujurat, humans and wildlife are forced to share the same spaces – with varying consequences.

Silvio Marchini, Research Associate and Conservation Fellow under the Chester Zoo/WildCRU-University of Oxford Partnership, University of Oxford • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation india crocodiles human-wildlife-conflict

Gender quotas in India had unintended effects

Gender quotas enshrined in the Indian constitution appear to have lowered the representation of other underrepresented groups.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: politics gender india society-and-culture socioeconomic-status

I'm a bit of a modern-day alchemist, recovering gold from old mobile phones

There's 33 times more gold in the average handset than in the equivalent amount of ore. Yet the vast majority is never recovered.

Sandra Wilson, Professor of Ecological Metal Design, University of Dundee • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  india  smartphones  olympics  tokyo-2020  gold-mining  jewellery  gold-series

India's carbon emissions fall for first time in four decades

The fall in the carbon dioxide emissions is not just due to the country's coronavirus lockdown.

By Justin Rowlatt • bbcnews
May 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: fuel carbon-dioxide india oil-gas-industry greenhouse-gas-emissions carbon-footprint coal-mining

Endangered tigers face growing threats from an Asian road-building boom

A new study forecasts that thousands of miles of new road construction will cut through tiger habitat across Asia by 2050. Planning can make these projects more tiger-friendly.

Neil Carter, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Conservation, University of Michigan • conversation
April 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: china india infrastructure wildlife wildlife-conservation endangered-species tigers planning asia poaching habitat roads wildlife-corridors habitat-fragmentation belt-and-road-initiative

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