Although the state of emergency has been lifted, there are still extensive and detailed governmental guidelines for different sectors of the economy. Yesterday, Abe said the government will gradually ease restrictions on events. Next month professional baseball will start with empty stands, gradually allowing increasing numbers of spectators. Concerts and cultural events will be allowed to start with 100 attendees, with numbers increasing step by step up to 50% of a venue’s capacity. … [Read more...] about Japan ends its COVID-19 state of emergency
Another concern is the liability shift that will happen when EMV becomes the standard. Today in the US, law dictates that the card issuer will bear the responsibility for fraud. During the transition, that liability will shift to the merchants until the transition is complete, at which point liability will go back to the card issuer. Conway explained: "If there is counterfeit card fraud at the point of sale, issuers bear that liability. In a post-EMV enviroment, if the card itself was EMV capable, but the terminal at the merchant was not, the merchant is laibale. If both sides of the equation are EMV capable, the issuer will still bear liability for fraud." … [Read more...] about Chip-based credit cards are a decade old; why doesn’t the US rely on them yet?
"I was expecting a number like that produced by cows, so the size of the number really surprised me," Wilkinson said. "It's way, way, way ahead of the estimated methane production by modern livestock." (Cows produce 55 to 110 million tons (50 to 100 million tonnes) of methane each year, he estimated.) … [Read more...] about Dinosaur Farts May Have Warmed Prehistoric Earth
Google is also expanding a tool called Reserve with Google that lets people book appointments directly from a listing. Google previously offered integrations with more than 100 service-booking partners for in-person services, but now businesses can offer appointments for online services via those partners. Businesses will also be able to specify how to attend the online appointment or class right from the listing. … [Read more...] about Google now lets businesses clarify what online services they offer during the pandemic
Consistency is also an issue. The mix and concentration of antibodies differs from one donor to the next, which “is one of the unfortunate reasons why the clinical evidence generated around convalescent plasma has remained rather shallow,” says Thomas Kreil, head of pathogen safety at Japanese pharma company Takeda. Together with several partners, Takeda is working to produce a product called hyperimmune globulin, for which the blood of hundreds of recovered patients is pooled and the antibodies concentrated about 10-fold. Hyperimmune globulin has a longer shelf life than plasma, and its higher concentration would allow doctors to give more antibodies to patients without the risk of TACO. An efficacy trial, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, could start this summer. … [Read more...] about Can plasma from COVID-19 survivors help save others?