Your mother was right – wash your hands

While we wait for science to put a stop to COVID-19, we can all do our part in the simplest of ways

Your mother was right – wash your handsModern medicine has at its disposal a vast array of technologies that can be used to identify, track and predict the risk and potential impact of emerging infectious diseases. Bioassays, genome sequencing and molecular technology can identify a novel pathogen. Computer modelling (in real-time) can provide us with an instant status report showing how much…

How robots could help injured workers recover

Training robots to guide people through tasks could improve return-to-work evaluations and treatment: U of A researchers

How robots could help injured workers recoverTraining robots to guide injured workers through simulated tasks could make return-to-work evaluations and treatment programs more effective and accessible, according to researchers at the University of Alberta. In a review of scientific literature on efforts to use robotics for occupational rehabilitation, the researchers reported that robots with machine learning capabilities have the potential to…

How to master your virtual meeting presence

Think about your audio, consider your video, watch your body language and be sure to record a trial run

How to master your virtual meeting presenceThe right stage presence can make or break a performance, regardless of the words coming out of your mouth. But as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us online, new off-stage video conference rules apply. Off-stage includes online meetings, webinars, interviews and recording podcasts. We’re trained to live and work face to face, not in the…

Cryptocurrency regulations don’t serve customers

New Canadian rules shift all the burden and risks to consumers, and may push away investors

Cryptocurrency regulations don’t serve customersBy Daniel Duarte Research associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy Canadian regulators are putting a crosshair on exchanges that hold cryptocurrencies for their clients. This business model, also called a custodial or centralized exchange, is prevalent all over the world but is headed for extinction in Canada, setting back the nascent financial technology (fintech) industry.…

Final Fantasy VII Remake hits all the right notes

This is a deep dive and evolution of everything in the original FFVII: combat, story, world, characters and magic

Final Fantasy VII Remake hits all the right notesFinal Fantasy VII Remake Developer/Publisher: Square-Enix Platform: PlayStation 4 It was a beautiful moment when Final Fantasy VII Remake ceased to be a remake and became a game of its own. It hit me as the game took me to my first visit to the slums of Sector 7. I looked around thinking this was…

Pandemic gives government perfect excuse to monitor us

Fear often trumps any proportionality or civil-liberties concern. After the virus passes, surveillance tools will remain

Pandemic gives government perfect excuse to monitor usCrises are the perfect breeding ground for authoritarians and social engineers. The extreme measures governments have rolled out to contain the COVID-19 pandemic remind us that fear often trumps any proportionality or civil-liberties concern. Since it originated in Wuhan, the crisis has exposed the spread and depth of the Communist Party of China’s mass-surveillance apparatus.…

COVID-19 lessons can improve health, legal systems

Client interfaces in law and medicine are as moribund as they were a century ago. It’s time to use technology to better advantage

COVID-19 lessons can improve health, legal systemsIn the time of the 1918-19 Spanish flu, the world was very different. Of course, there was no Internet, TV or social media. In fact, there wasn’t even any radio until a few years later. All the news was provided by the newspaper and almost all long-distance transportation was by rail or ship. We’ve come…

Facebook groups keep us connected during pandemic

Facebook groups are a great way to stay connected, interact with each other and offer support wherever needed

Facebook groups keep us connected during pandemicWe’re in unprecedented times. We need connection now more than ever, but we also need to stay two metres back. And as more and more information about the COVID-19 pandemic is released, it seems like this might be the way we have to do things for a while. But how do we stay connected to…

Final Fantasy VII Remake demo shows evolution and polish – mostly

This isn't a game you can casually blow through because you know all the nuances. It will challenge and surprise you, in narrative and combat

Final Fantasy VII Remake demo shows evolution and polish – mostlyFinal Fantasy VII fans have long clamoured for a remake. But why? Final Fantasy VII was a near-perfect gem of a game, for its time. It also occupied a unique cultural place among gamers. It felt like it was – and should be – untouchable. But as years went by and gaming advanced, I couldn’t…

Fast and mesmerizing or slow and memorized

Sayonara Wild Hearts is the best Apple Arcade game I’ve played so far. And Tales of Memo isn’t bad either

Fast and mesmerizing or slow and memorizedI’m back! The fourth edition of my Apple Arcade reviews! No time to waste.  This time we’re taking a look at Tendays Studio’s take on memory games with Tales of Memo, as well as the incredible, beautiful Sayonara Wild Hearts. You can see the first article here, the second one here and the third one…
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