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New York ramps up COVID-19 antibody tests to gauge scope of outbreak, immunity

New York ramps up COVID-19 antibody tests to gauge scope of outbreak, immunity

Health
April 20 (UPI) -- New York started collecting blood samples Monday from 3,000 randomly selected people for antibody testing as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The results may provide a more accurate assessment of how many have been infected with the new coronavirus, but could also serve as a platform for research into potential treatments. There is, however, some concern about the accuracy of the tests, and questions as to whether enough hospitals and clinics will have access to the materials -- and use them properly. Richard Serino, distinguished visiting fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and a deputy minister at the Federal Emergency Management Agency under President Barack Obama, cautioned against thinking ...
Alternative data can gauge creditworthiness, if law permits

Alternative data can gauge creditworthiness, if law permits

Finance
MUMBAI: Indian credit bureaus are waiting for the final draft of the personal data protection law to understand whether they can use alternative data for generating scores, helping assess the creditworthiness of potential borrowers lacking loan records. Alternative data for credit bureaus are data sets acquired from sources outside the core banking systems, such as those from telecom companies, payment firms, and government databases. These could supplement existing core bank data with bureaus in the analysis of transaction behaviour patterns of customers. Banks use credit scores for loan decisions. Sometimes, better credit scores also translate into better priced loans. “There is merit in alternative data. A consent-based framework enables us to access behavioural patterns of individuals ...
Geologists use tide gauge measurements to track tremors

Geologists use tide gauge measurements to track tremors

Science
Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Geologists have developed a method to track tremors using water level measurements recorded by tide gauges. Today, scientists use GPS to track the elevation changes caused by episodic tremors and slow slip earthquakes, but the Global Positioning System has only been in operation since 1995. Researchers have been tracking water levels for much longer. The new analysis technique -- detailed this week in the journal Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America -- could allow researchers to probe pre-GPS tide gauge data for unique seismic patterns called episodic tremor and slip events, or ETS. "The part of the fault that is slipping during [an episodic tremor and slip] can't be totally locked, because it is experiencing periodic slow earthquakes, so that area sort of def...
How to gauge your chances of a phased retirement

How to gauge your chances of a phased retirement

Finance
If your retirement strategy is centered on working as long as possible, better check that the boss is on board.Mirroring what workers have said themselves, new data from the TransAmerica Center for Retirement Studies found that nearly three-quarters of employers say many of their employees expect to work past age 65 or do not plan to retire at all. In late 2016, the group surveyed 901 small companies (five to 99 employees), 301 medium-sized companies (100 to 499 employees) and 600 large companies (500-plus employees).Four in five companies say they support employees working into their 60s and older, and 71 percent say they are "aging friendly." Yet workplace policies show a less promising picture for aging workers, said Catherine Collinson, president of the Transamerica Center for Retireme...