Dr. Mary Fowkes, 66, Dies; Helped Science Understand the Pandemic

Dr. Mary Fowkes, a neuropathologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan whose autopsies of Covid-19 victims early in the pandemic discovered serious damage in multiple organs — a finding that led to the successful use of higher doses of blood thinners to treat patients — died on Nov. 15 at her home in Katonah, N.Y., in Westchester County. She was 66.

Her daughter, Jackie Treatman, said the cause was a heart attack.

When Dr. Fowkes (rhymes with “pokes”) and her team began their autopsies, little was known about the novel coronavirus, which was believed to be largely a respiratory disease. The first few dozen autopsies revealed that Covid-19 affected the lungs and other vital organs, and that the virus probably traveled through the body in the endothelial cells, which line the interior of blood vessels.

“We saw very small and very microscopic blood clots in the lungs, the heart, the

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In-depth Analysis of the Data Science Platform Market

Pune, New York, USA, November 26 2020 (Wiredrelease) Research Dive :Over the last decade, data science has been rapidly progressing both as a technology and as a discipline. Best practices have been created by the leading businesses and it is now becoming part of the operational core for organizations. However, there is a need for a next step for product evolution in data science platform that supports and provides both business users an integrated solution for managing, building, and optimizing predictive models.

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Nowadays, data science platform is the most talked about topic in data science meet-ups, conferences, and top publications. According to a Research Dive analyst review, the concept of data science platform is

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How Dead Mink Are Rising From the Grave, Explained by Science

Dead mink culled in Denmark because of fears over a COVID-19 mutation were reported to be rising from their graves this month as their bodies expanded during the decaying process.

a group of stuffed animals: Culled minks seen at a mink farm in Jyllinge, Denmark on November 14. The dead bodies of thousands of culled minks were reported to be rising from their graves as their bodies expand during the decaying process.

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Culled minks seen at a mink farm in Jyllinge, Denmark on November 14. The dead bodies of thousands of culled minks were reported to be rising from their graves as their bodies expand during the decaying process.

In a statement to Newsweek, the animal welfare charity Humane Society International said: “The mink who have been gassed to death in Denmark were buried in mass shallow graves, where their decaying bodies have started to produce gases as part of the decomposing process, which makes their bodies expand and push back up through the soil.

How Does A Vaccine Work? What To Know Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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Serendipity and science aside, AZ-Oxford Covid-19 vaccine analysis raises many questions

The shortened dosing pattern of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate from the AstraZeneca-Oxford University combine has ended up raising several questions from the scientific community. An interim analysis shared just days ago on the AZ-Oxford vaccine revealed that they had given a shortened half-a-dose first, followed by a second full dose to trial participants. And this achieved greater efficacy, than two full doses.

While an AZ representative called it “serendipity”, it has triggered off queries on whether the protocol has since been changed on the clinical trial and whether it would require changes at the production level as well.

At the global media interaction on the interim analysis, the rationale for the shortened dosing was not explained, except to say that it was seen to work better and more work needed to be done. But in subsequent interactions, company officials reportedly clarified that a manufacturing error had resulted in the changed

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PlayStation 5: Amazon ‘really sorry’ after customers received cat food and other items instead of games console | Science & Tech News, Reports

Amazon says it is “really sorry” following reports that customers who had pre-ordered the new PlayStation 5 instead received deliveries of cat food and a foot massager.

Social media users have expressed their disappointment at what they claim are a spate of unsolicited deliveries, including cat food, a grill, and packing tape, instead of the much-awaited games console.

Amazon confirmed to Sky News that some of the social media reports were genuine, stating: “We’re all about making our customers happy, and that hasn’t happened for a small proportion of these orders.”

“We’re really sorry about that and are investigating exactly what’s happened,” the Amazon spokesperson added.

“We’re reaching out to every customer who’s had a problem and made us aware so we can put it right. Anyone who has had an issue with any order can contact our customer services team for help.”

The affected users have expressed concerns that

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Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020: A Way Forward

a person standing in front of a graffiti covered wall: Technologies can be transferred from other countries.

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Technologies can be transferred from other countries.

By Rajesh Mehta and Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan

Gone are the days when countries could build their global competitiveness based on low labor costs or cheap/abundant natural resources. The new innovation era only favors those who invest their resources and thought process deeply in science and technology. Renowned Scientist and Intellectual Dr. R.A. Mashelkar says: “India needs science that solves, technology that transforms and innovation that impacts. Our new policies must be aspirational in terms of India creating new frontiers of actionable science, technology and innovation that may bring rapid, radical yet sustainable transformation.

The pandemic has made the nation realise the importance of science as a saviour. The investment in science and technology, which has hovered around 0.7% must be raised progressively in the decade of 2020s to 2% of GDP, that has been consistently promised over

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Using Agile with a Data Science Team

Agile helped a data science team to better collaborate with their stakeholders and increase their productivity. As priorities became clear, the team was able to focus and deliver. Buy-in of the data science team by taking them through a journey of agile was crucial to making it work.

Snigdha Satti, a product owner and senior business analyst at News UK, shared her experiences from using agile with a data science team at Agile Tour London 2020.

When starting her assignment with the data science team, Satti mentioned that the first thing she did was to speak to each and every member of the team and their stakeholders to understand each individual’s pain points:

It was quite clear that the team didn’t have a clear direction and motivation, which led to loss in productivity and eventually missing the deadlines. Similarly, stakeholders were frustrated that things were being promised but not

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Spaceloon aims to take science beyond the stratosphere

Sub-orbital spaceflight is an expensive business, and the reliance on rocketry continues to limit access to space and leave gaps in our knowledge of the upper atmosphere. Spaceloon is looking to address these problems with its balloon technology, and you can get on board to help.

Balloons have long been used to collect scientific data about the Earth’s atmosphere, but current state-of-the-art high-altitude balloons can be unreliable and top out at altitudes of around 30 to 35 km (19 to 22 miles). In fact, the current record for the highest altitude for an unmanned balloon is 53.7 km (33.4 miles), achieved by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2013.

Spaceloon is reaching higher. With its patent-pending technology it is looking to enable altitude-specific, consistent and reliable access right up to altitudes of 80 km (50 miles) – that’s right through the stratosphere into the mesosphere, a region of the

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China beat COVID with science, strong public health measures, not just with authoritarianism

By Elanah Uretsky
 |  Palm Beach Post

I live in a democracy. But as Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself longing for the type of freedom I am seeing in China.

People in China are able to move around freely. Many Americans may believe that the Chinese are able to enjoy this freedom because of China’s authoritarian regime. As a scholar of public health in China, I think the answers go beyond that.

My research suggests that the control of the virus in China is not the result of authoritarian policy, but of a national prioritization of health. China learned a tough lesson with SARS, the first coronavirus pandemic of the 21st century.

How China flattened its curve

Barely less than a year ago, a novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, with 80,000 cases identified within three months, killing 3,000 people.

In late January 2020, the Chinese government decided to lock

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