Tech, COVID-19 and Ireland

 

In unprecedented, uncertain and frankly scary times like these, we need to stay informed. We look to trusted sources for reliable guidance and while we try to steer well clear of clickbaiters and scaremongers, we certainly don’t want our pill sweetened either. We want the truth, the whole terrifying truth and nothing but that.

However, even in a crisis on this scale, there truly are reasons to have hope, reasons even to crack a smile. We love GoodNewsNetwork.org. Its mission is to confirm “what people already know—that good news itself is not in short supply; the broadcasting of it is.” Crucially, it is trustworthy and politically unbiased (don’t take our word for it) so you can spread the good news not the fake news.

Here’s a selection of articles related to technology (it’s how we make our living right?), to COVID-19 (inevitable) and to Ireland (GNN is unbiased, but same cannot perhaps be said of the Irish contingency at MonkeyFlux…).

 

Click on the links below, enjoy, share them around. There is hope and we will get through this!

 

Technology

 

Apps against COVID

“We are like a company that during wartime switches from making cars to making tanks”

Originally designed to track heart health, the goal of the creators of COVID-19 Citizen Science (CCS) is for use of the app to “increase exponentially, faster than the disease itself.”

 

Bill Gates taking WFH to the next level

The decision to build factories for the top SEVEN potential vaccines will “waste” billions of dollars.

“Even though we’ll end up picking at most two of them, we’re going to fund factories for all seven, just so that we don’t waste time in serially saying, ‘OK, which vaccine works?’ and then building the factory,” – Gates

 

COVID-19

 

Seems confinement works for some couples

“After 13 years of playing hard to get, these two giant pandas have finally mated.”

“Le Le and Ying Ying may have just needed some privacy from the usual slew of visitors in order to kindle a romance.”

 

Smiling through the mask

“Because American Sign Language (ASL) speakers rely heavily on lip-reading for grammar, face masks could obscure up to half of a person’s message.”

People care: (Lawrence) launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for shipping, handling, and materials, but she deactivated the crowdfunding page after she reached her goal of $3,300 in just two days.

 

Good news from Ireland

 

Technology at its best

An article we would have published for the quotes alone!:

Sweetly named Robot Violet, it is clinically proven to kill viruses—and can sanitize an entire hospital room in half the time it would take to do the same task using conventional “deep cleaning” approaches.”

“…it floats around the room as if a Jedi lightsaber were mounted on a Roomba vacuum cleaner.

 

Leading by example

“Prior to going into politics and being removed from the medical register in 2013, Varadkar reportedly spent seven years working as a junior doctor at St. James’s Hospital and Connolly Hospital in Dublin.”

“Trained as a general practitioner, Varadkar rejoined the medical register in March so he could offer up his services to the country’s Health Service Executive once a week.”

“‘Many of his family and friends are working in the health service. He wanted to help out even in a small way,’ said a government spokesperson.”

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