DNA synthesis method generates ‘true random numbers’

From slot machines to data encryption, many fields need true random numbers. Now researchers have generated them using DNA synthesis for the first time.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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COVID-19 will probably become endemic – here's what that means

Even if some places reach herd immunity, the virus is unlikely to disappear.

Hans Heesterbeek, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology, Utrecht University • conversation
Oct. 12, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: England's R number is creeping up – does that mean a second wave is on the way?

The R number fluctuates more as case numbers fall.

Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Mathematical Modelling, UCL • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~6 min

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A few superspreaders transmit the majority of coronavirus cases

Epidemiological data suggests that 80% of COVID-19 cases can be traced to just 20% of those infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Elizabeth McGraw, Professor of Entomology and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
June 5, 2020 ~8 min

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Dog brains process numbers a bit like ours do

Dogs process numerical quantities in a brain region similar to the one humans use, which could shed light on the evolution of "numerosity."

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~5 min

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Babies get counting words way before we thought

Babies may understand counting words far before they can actually count themselves.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Oct. 24, 2019 ~3 min

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