Uber livre des vaccins antigrippe
Uber, le service de location VTC (véhicules de tourisme avec chauffeur), a proposé jeudi dernier de livrer des vaccins antigrippe gratuitement, dans trois villes des Etats-Unis.
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A New Tool in Humanitarian Relief: Texting
Understanding how Ebola is affecting the food supply is far easier when a robot is running the survey. The Atlantic reports.
Pandemics, like war, have a higher cost than their death toll. On top of the 5,000 lives that Ebola has claimed, there are other sorts of victims in the six West African countries the virus has reached. The emergency erodes trust and infrastructures, threatening local economics and livelihoods.
One infrastructure that’s relatively hard to take down with disease, though, is the cellular phone system. Now, researchers are using it to check on the well-being of people living among the Ebola pandemic.
A UN World Food Programme (WFP) survey earlier this month found that households in Kailahun and Kenema—two districts in eastern Sierra Leone badly affected by the Ebola outbreak—are using “severe food coping strategies.”
“This means people are struggling to meet their basic food needs,” said Jean-Martin Bauer, a food analyst with the WFP. These coping strategies can include skipping meals, reducing portion sizes, and eating less-preferred foods.
The results of the survey are key to understanding who needs support and when, but the methods are important too. The poll was conducted by SMS and “interactive voice” calls—that is, by texting or “robocalling” questions to people who live in the two districts. This automated technique keeps researchers safe, and allows for multiple rounds of surveys to be sent out automatically over time.
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3D-Printed Mistakes Are Inspiring a New Kind of Glitch Art
A growing movement of hobbyists is bestowing these apparent mistakes with their own sense of beauty. Flickr group “The Art of 3D Print Failure” has been around since 2011, back when desktop printers were really riding the wave of hype. [via motherboard]
In the group, contributors show off their failures-turned-art, which range from nearly-finished models with slight defects to total plastic spaghetti. Somewhere between those are glitched prints that carry a real aura of artistry.
As well as the Flickr page, there’s a Pinterest board dedicated to “3D Printer Beautiful Errors,” and no shortage of enthusiasts proffering images of their not-quite-there prints on forums and subreddits. Often, they’re looking for advice on how to fix things rather than appraisal of their disfigured results—but it’s often the fact that these works are unintended that imbues them with glitch art charm.
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Previously: - When 3D printers fail, the results are beautiful
The Good Drone
How Drones Are Fighting Infectious Disease
In a remote area of Southeast Asia, drones are fighting a battle — not against terrorists or insurgents, but against infectious disease. LiveScience reports.
Researchers on the island of Borneo are using flying robots to map out areas affected by a type of malaria parasite (Plasmodium knowlesi), which most commonly infects macaque monkeys. In recent years, public health officials in the Malaysian state of Sabah have seen a rise in the number of cases of humans infected with this deadly parasite, which is spread, via mosquitos, from macaques to people.
By mapping the communities where these cases occur, researchers hope to figure out why the parasite is spreading from monkeys to people with greater frequency.
Drakeley and his colleagues used a small, camera-carrying drone called a senseFly eBee to create maps and digital surface models of the land and vegetation surrounding communities where P. knowlesi has turned up in humans. The drone can fly for up to 50 minutes and carries a 16-megapixel digital camera.
"What we're doing is creating a detailed map, which we can then superimpose or overlay with the human and the macaque movement," said Chris Drakeley, professor of infection and immunity at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom
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