ESMH Media Review – January 19, 2022

Coronavirus, cities & 2022 innovations: check out the ESMH selection of 31 science & tech news published in the last weeks on the web.

In the spotlight

Calling Omicron ‘mild’ is wishful thinking
theatlantic, 13.01.2022
A flurry of reports has encouraged a relatively rosy view of the variant, compared with some of its predecessors.
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Should we treat Covid like the flu? Europe is slowly starting to think so
cnbc, 12.01.2022
“The situation is not what we faced a year ago,” Sánchez said in a radio interview with Spain’s Cadena SER on Monday as Spanish school children returned to their classrooms after the holidays. “I think we have to evaluate the evolution of Covid to an endemic illness, from the pandemic we have faced up until now,” he added.
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When will Covid-19 pandemic become endemic? Experts share scenarios
nbcnewyork, 12.01.2022
The staggering spike in COVID-19 cases nationwide fuelled mainly by the highly contagious omicron variant has many Americans questioning how long it will take for the pandemic to finally subside for good. While no crystal ball can provide an exact timeline, several medical experts help lay out what the future might hold.
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WHO warns against treating Covid-19 like flu
reuters, 14.01.2022
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday warned against treating Covid-19 as an endemic illness like flu, rather than as a pandemic, saying the spread of the Omicron variant has not yet stabilized.
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Digital transition

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Massive cyberattack hits Ukrainian government websites amid Russia tensions
euractiv-en, 14.01.2022
A massive cyberattack warning Ukrainians to “be afraid and expect the worst” hit government websites late on Thursday (13 January), leaving some websites inaccessible on Friday morning and prompting Kyiv to open an investigation.
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Environmental sustainability

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Australia sees 50.7 °C – highest temperature in 62 years
RTERadio, 14.01.2022
Australia’s Pilbara region is known for its hot and dry conditions. Australian authorities have warned people to stay indoors as a severe heatwave along the northwestern coast pushed temperatures to a blistering 50.7 °C. The temperature is a high last seen 62 years ago.
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Mobility & Energy

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The big idea: could fixing housing fix everything else, too?
guardian, 17.01.2022
From inequality to pollution, the housing crisis sits at the root of a surprising range of problems.
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Agriculture & Food

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Could a global farmers’ assembly help cut agriculture pollution?
guardian, 14.01.2022
Ammonia from animal waste and fertilisers used to grow feed, create air pollution and poorer suffer most.
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Covid-19 testing policy put under the microscope
abs-cbnnews, 05.01.2022
Britain and Israel are overhauling their Covid-19 testing policies as governments seek to reduce the burden on laboratories and struggle with tight supplies of kits amid soaring infection rates fuelled by the omicron variant.
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Science policy & Communication

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Fact check: How do I spot a deep fake?
deutschewelle-en, 14.01.2022
In the era of deepfakes, it can be extremely difficult to know whether or not a video is real just by using your eyes and ears. Should you be worried? No, but you should be prepared. DW explains how to spot deepfakes.
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EU initiatives

How the EU space programme could deliver bigger economic impact
sciencebusiness, 13.01.2022
The EU should do more to help member states and small companies take up space data and technology, so that Europe’s public investment in space projects can return economic value, a new report commissioned by the European Parliament’s research and industry committee (ITRE) has concluded.
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Horizon Europe: Swiss researchers under pressure to relocate or forgo EU grants
swissinfo, 12.01.2022
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced that Swiss-based researchers who were recently awarded Horizon Europe research grants will need to do their work outside Switzerland in the absence of an agreement with the EU.
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