And although pooled sampling does help conserve testing supplies, a robust infrastructure must be in place to organize the gathering of samples and distribution of results, Zehnder added. "The simplest way is if people can swab themselves and then mail it in," thus avoiding a potentially risky trip to a physical testing site, he said. Once the samples can be gathered and processed, there must be a way to use that information to guide a public health response, which would include tracing potential infections and isolating positive cases in the community, he said. … [Read more...] about Wuhan tested millions of people for COVID-19 in just days. Could US cities do the same?
The twin cities
The Menlo Park campus is a massive space, densely packed with buildings; it felt more like I was entering a tiny city than a corporate campus. Inside the buildings, tasteful graffiti-like murals and humorous posters decorate the walls. Instead of offices, Facebook developers work mostly in open spaces laid out like bullpens. Workstations are lined up along shared tables, with no barriers between individual workers. … [Read more...] about Exclusive: a behind-the-scenes look at Facebook release engineering
The current mayor of London, Boris Johnson, sees electric and hybrid-electric vehicles as a key part of improving the capital's air quality. During a session of the London Assembly yesterday, Johnson said that “I want to particularly encourage electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids—they are the way forward." Estimates vary from report to report, but some studies (PDF) have claimed that black cabs—which are currently all diesel-powered—account for around 20 percent of the nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter pollution in London. … [Read more...] about London’s next-gen TX5 black cab will be a plug-in hybrid
More impressive is the breadth and depth of supported leagues and sports. You have the option of exploring NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, Formula 1, Premier League and La Liga, which is a pretty good spread. There's also an interesting Best of the Web section, that, as the name implies, displays some of the best sports-related sites from across the Web. It functions a lot like the sources section in News, and includes everything from memorabilia sites to fantasy sports analysis—though, again, you can't read any of them from within the app; you're forced to go through Internet Explorer instead. … [Read more...] about Hands-on: News, Sports, and Travel go Metro in Windows 8 Release Preview
Flame shares some similarities with Duqu, another piece of highly sophisticated espionage software that researchers suspect was also spawned with the resources of one or more governments. Like Flame, Duqu took a keen interest in AutoCAD drawings stored on infected systems. To limit the number of pilfered documents and avoid uploading data that was of no interest, Flame extracted a 1KB sample of PDFs, Excel documents, and word-processing documents. "The malware then compresses and uploads the sample text to a command-and-control domain where, presumably, the attackers would pick through the contents and instruct the malware to then grab only specific documents that interested them," Gostev explained. … [Read more...] about Iran-targeting Flame malware used huge network to steal blueprints