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Sweden determined it has smarter strategy for dealing with COVID-19

Sweden determined it has smarter strategy for dealing with COVID-19

World
Stockholm is a world away from the lockdowns affecting the rest of Europe.The streets are quieter than normal, but there are still plenty of people about. In the King's Gardens they stroll in the spring sunshine, breaking the conventions on social distancing as they huddle together for a selfie beneath the cherry blossom. Sweden is aiming for herd immunity, where around 60% of a population catches an illness By t...
Coronavirus: Scientists say UK virus strategy is ‘risking lives’

Coronavirus: Scientists say UK virus strategy is ‘risking lives’

Health
Hundreds of scientists have written to the government urging them to introduce tougher measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19.In an open letter, a group of 229 scientists from UK universities say the government's current approach will put the NHS under additional stress and "risk many more lives than necessary".The signatories also criticised comments made by Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser, about managing the spread of the infection to make the population immune.The Department of Health said Sir Patrick's comments had been misinterpreted.In their letter the scientists also questioned the government's view that people will become fed up with restrictions if they were imposed too soon. Their lett...
Genome editing strategy could give rice, other crops nutritional boost

Genome editing strategy could give rice, other crops nutritional boost

Science
March 5 (UPI) -- Scientists have developed a new genome engineering strategy for boosting the levels of beta carotene, the precursor of vitamin A, in rice. The novel CRISPR technology method, described this week in the journal Nature Communications, could help plant scientists engineer healthier, more robust crops. Typically, genetic engineers use a special bacterium to transfer beta carotene-producing genes into the rice genome, but the technique is imprecise. Transgenes can end up in unwanted locations in the genome, compromising the plant's health and reducing yields. Scientists at the University of California Davis came up with a better way. "We used CRISPR to precisely target those genes onto genomic safe harbors, or chromosomal regions that we know won't cause any adverse effects ...
European Union offers strategy for artificial intelligence, facial recognition

European Union offers strategy for artificial intelligence, facial recognition

World
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A European Union strategy, announced Wednesday, calls for regulations for artificial intelligence and facial recognition. The plan to shape Europe's digital future is outlined in a 35-page paper and focuses on making Europe a leader in a shared data market. It suggests creating a "European Data Space" between member nations, with heightened transparency, and argues that access to more data will aid the growth of the European technology sector. "The point is that Europe's digital transition must protect and empower citizens, businesses and society as a whole," said Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission president, in a statement Wednesday. "It has to deliver for people so that they feel the benefits of technology in their lives. To make this happen, Europe needs to hav...
U.S. shifts AFRICOM strategy as troops are ‘overmatched’ by militants

U.S. shifts AFRICOM strategy as troops are ‘overmatched’ by militants

Business
Feb. 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Africa Command is shifting its strategy to focus on containing al-Qaida and Islamic State affiliates and other militant groups, according to reports and comments from Pentagon officials. "The Secretary of Defense has been conducting a comprehensive review of DoD forces, programs and activities within each Combatant Command to ensure alignment with the National Defense Strategy's priorities. U.S. Africa Command was the first to present their findings and recommendations," Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said in a Wednesday statement. "As part of this review and in order to better compete with China and Russia in Africa, the Secretary is directing the deployment of elements of the Army's 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) to the continent to conduct train, a...