ESMH Press Review – December 10, 2020

COVID-19 misinformation, climate crisis & internet of things. Check out the ESMH selection of 20 science and tech news published in the last weeks on the web.

Transport & Energy | Agriculture & Environment | Information society | Food & Health | Science policy & Communication | What about us ? | Curious news

In the spotlight

Bizarre vaccine theories pose a real danger to society
heraldscotland, 06.12.2020
Across the globe, getting life back to some semblance of “normality” is at the forefront of most people’s minds and the vaccine presents a first real step in doing just that. But there are those for whom the vaccine represents something else entirely. Read More

Listen: misinformation mailbag
theatlantic, 06.12.2020
Listeners wrote into the Social Distance podcast with questions about all kinds of pandemic misinformation: tests, masks, supplements, vaccines, and more. Hosts James Hamblin and Katherine Wells discuss conspiracy theories, false remedies, and how to approach the people that believe in them. Read More

Facebook bans false claims about COVID-19 vaccines
japantoday, 04.12.2020
Facebook Inc on Thursday said it would remove false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts, following a similar announcement by Alphabet Inc’s YouTube in October. The move expands Facebook’s current rules against falsehoods and conspiracy theories about the pandemic. Read More


Agriculture & Environment

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Climate crisis: 2020 on track to be one of the warmest years on record
skynews, 03.12.2020
Despite global COVID-19 lockdowns, atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases continued to rise, according to a new report. Read More

Global sustainable fishing initiative agreed by 14 countries
guardian, 02.12.2020
Governments responsible for 40% of the world’s coastlines have pledged to end overfishing, restore dwindling fish populations and stop the flow of plastic pollution into the seas in the next 10 years. Read More

Trees can help slow climate change, but at a cost
eurekalert, 01.12.2020
Widespread forest management and protections against deforestation can help mitigate climate change – but will come with a steep cost if deployed as broadly as policymakers have discussed, new research suggests. Read More


Transport & Energy

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More than 500,000 full electric cars sold in Europe in 10 months
guardian, 03.12.2020
Carmakers have sold more than 500,000 battery electric cars in Europe during 2020, a milestone in a move away from fossil fuels. Read More

The pandemic gives us a chance to change how we get around
wired, 02.12.2020
One late summer evening in New York City, the pandemic held uneasily in check, my wife and I headed for a meal at one of the city’s new outdoor dining spots. As we stopped at a midtown intersection to check the restaurant’s address on my iPhone, I noticed something striking: the sheer multiplicity of transport modes swarming around us. Read More


Information society

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How the internet of things can help create a better new normal
wired-co-uk, 03.12.2020
On March 16, prime minister Boris Johnson told everyone in the UK who could do so to work from home. Across the country, office buildings emptied almost overnight. Couriers were summoned to ferry monitors and computers from offices to homes and the streets were packed with people making one final commute. Read More

Job interviews without interviewers, products of the pandemic
nytimes, 01.12.2020
Hiring bias, too, can be reduced using the new technology, since each applicant is asked the same questions in the same way, making performances easier to compare objectively. Read More

Hackers going after COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts, IBM warns
nypost, 03.12.2020
Hackers are going after companies that will likely play a role in the complex process of shipping COVID-19 vaccines around the world, IBM warned Thursday. Read More


Food & Health

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The dawn of digital medicine
economist, 03.12.2020
McKinsey estimates that global digital-health revenues—from telemedicine, online pharmacies, wearable devices and so on—will rise from $350bn last year to $600bn in 2024. Swathes of America’s $3.6trn health-care market are in for a digital makeover. Read More

Singapore approves a lab-grown meat product, a global first
nytimes, 02.12.2020
First, meat came from farms and forests. Then, it came from factories. More recently, entrepreneurs have been Some have wondered whether there’s a more advanced approach: Could meat be grown in a laboratory, from existing cells? Read More

More than 2.5m people in England to get free vitamin D
guardian, 28.11.2020
More than 2.5 million people in England are to be offered a free supply of vitamin D by the government, officials have said. Care homes in England will automatically receive supplies of the supplement for their residents in plans announced on Saturday. Read More


Science policy & Communication

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Corona myths and propaganda: Fact-checking is a civic duty
deutschewelle-en, 08.12.2020
Corona myths and propaganda: Fact-checking is a civic duty. False information spreads quickly, and not just in a pandemic or ahead of an election. In Georgia, DW Akademie trained young people in fact-checking. Read More

The (un)social network: The emergence of digital thought clones and what to do about them
eurekalert, 01.12.2020
Digital thought clones that prey on and manipulate real-time online behavior can be tackled with tough legislation, say experts Read More


EU initiatives

EU vows to crack down on disinformation targeting democracies
deutschewelle-en, 03.12.2020
The European Commission said on Thursday that it will look to “impose a cost” on those who spread fake news. The EU executive’s vice president Vera Jourova says she will unveil legislation next year that will target entities, especially “foreign actors” from such countries as Russia and China, that spread disinformation. Read More


Curious news

A new virtual reality test can measure your vulnerability to stress
forbes, 02.12.2020
Everybody reacts to stress in different ways. A sudden loud noise or flash of light can elicit different degrees of response from people, which indicates that some of us are more susceptible to the impact of stress than others. Read More


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