In these polarized times, people see even fonts as liberal or conservative
- Because the phrase that participants were shown was neutral and didn't contain a political message in itself, researchers were able to test whether the font itself was actually influencing people's perceptions.
- For the second experiment, 1,069 participants were shown either the phrase "A large fawn jumped quickly" or the name "Scott Williams" in one serif font (Jubilat or Times New Roman), one sans serif font (Gill Sans or Century Gothic) and one display font (Sunrise, Birds of Paradise or Cloister Black Light).
- Researchers didn't look at why exactly people viewed certain fonts as more liberal or conservative, but Haenschen said that's something that could be explored in future studies.
- The choice of font could, however, make a difference for a new candidate, like someone running for school board, town council or state legislature, Haenschen said.
China put 46 million people on lockdown to contain the Wuhan coronavirus. But quarantines throughout history have been riddled with mishaps.
- Mallon herself was immune to the disease, but when authorities realized that she had initiated the typhoid fever outbreak in the city, she was sentenced for quarantine at North Brother Island for three years.
- While these efforts may have helped the disease from spreading temporarily, millions of people still died, and these methods were largely seen as "hugely socially disruptive," NPR reported.
- Though the Chinese government took longer to respond to SARS than the Wuhan virus, eventually cities including Beijing issued travel quarantines that affected thousands of people.
- The mayor of Wuhan said 5 million people fled the city before the quarantine went into effect, as urban Chinese workers headed home for the Lunar New Year.
- The virus, which scientists call 2019-nCoV, has killed 107 people and infected nearly 4,600 in 17 countries as of Tuesday, with the vast majority of cases reported in China.
Modified HoloLens helps teach kids with vision impairment to navigate the social world
- This Microsoft research project uses augmented reality to help kids with vision impairment “see” the people they’re talking with.
- This can prevent them from detecting and using many of the nonverbal cues sighted people use in conversation, especially if those behaviors aren’t learned at an early age.
- The team, which started as an informal challenge to improve accessibility a few years ago, began by observing people traveling to the Special Olympics, then followed that up with workshops involving the blind and low vision community.
- Microsoft’s post describing the system and the team’s work with Theo and others is worth reading for the details, but essentially Theo began to learn the ins and outs of the system and in turn began to manage social situations using cues mainly used by sighted people.
To contain disease outbreaks, health officials rely on people’s trust
- As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the Chinese government and health officials around the world are counting on an intangible factor to help them contain the virus: trust.
- “In West Africa, during the Ebola crisis, people distrusted government not because they were uninformed, but because in the past, the government had done things that weren’t trustworthy,” he says.
- Many people living in China have good reasons to feel the same way: during the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003, the Chinese government mislead public health officials and attempted to conceal the extent of the problem.
- While the World Health Organization has said that Chinese officials are being more transparent during this outbreak, people living through it are less confident that their government is telling them the whole story.
- Blair says that there may also be less compliance with public health practices in China if trust is that low, just as there was in Liberia.
Trapped in Iran: My Summer as a Guest of the Revolutionary Guards
- My plane left in four hours and the airport was over an hour’s drive from Tehran.
- That day, in a taxi back to my hotel, I had flicked through my emails and read that a number of travellers, including a French-Iranian academic from Sciences Po in Paris, had recently been detained in Iran on the pretext of violating state security.
- The short man asked me about my family, my education, the countries I’d visited and the languages I spoke.
- But instead of checking in, I was taken to an office at the back of the airport hall with a big glass window overlooking the departure lounge.
- Three days before I left for Iran, British marines impounded one of Iran’s largest oil tankers as it passed through the Straits of Gibraltar, suspecting it of breaking European sanctions by carrying oil to Syria.
A Canadian hotel is offering a baby-making promo. If couples get pregnant while staying there, they win free Valentine's Day stays for 18 years.
- Hotel Zed's tagline is "rebels against the ordinary" and they're taking that same mentality to Valentine's Day. Rather than going the romantic — but overdone — flowers, chocolates or table-for-two route, the Canadian hotel chain is upping the ante with a four-hour Baby Maker Nooner special on Feb. 14, a promotion the hotel has offered for the last five years.
- People are encouraged to stop by the hotel's locations in Kelowna or Victoria and "enjoy four hours of uninterrupted, er, quality time," the hotel said online.
- The nookie will cost $59 CAD but comes with a bonus: If couples welcome a baby nine months later, they'll win free Valentine's Day stays at the hotel for 18 years.
- Hotel Zed said it's aware that "the stork can take many routes to bring a baby into your family" so everyone, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, is welcome.
People are obsessed with a game where you destroy humanity by spreading a disease. It's a way to work through coronavirus anxiety, according to an expert.
- Plague Inc., a game in which players act as a virus fungus, or bacteria, tasked with destroying humanity, has been one of the world's most popular strategy game apps since 2012, and in recent weeks it has climbed the Apple charts to become one of the world's most downloaded games right now.
- The surges of new players during periods of potential epidemics like Ebola, and now coronavirus, does seem to suggest that people are seeking something from the game, said Carras.
- Public health officials are aware that it has the capacity to reach a diverse group of people; 40% of US video game players are women and 25% being over 65, according to Pew research.
- In articles in medical journals Science, Epidemiology, and Lancet Infectious Disease, epidemiologists suggested it could be used as a model for how human populations responded to pandemics and a good way to teach people how viral infections work.
Wuhan, China, and at least 15 other cities have been quarantined as China attempts to halt the spread of the coronavirus. That's about 50 million people on lockdown.
- The virus, which is marked by fevers and pneumonialike symptoms, likely originated in a wet market in Wuhan, an 11 million-person city in China's Hubei province.
- On January 23, authorities put Wuhan under quarantine — halting all public transportation, including city buses, trains, and ferries.
- The order prevents any buses or trains from coming into or leaving the city and grounds all planes at the Wuhan airport.
- Wuhan authorities started to limit car travel the next day as well, The Guardian reported.
- The city of Huanggang (which is home to around 7.5 million people) also went into lockdown last week, as authorities closed subway and train stations.
- The nearby city of Ezhou, too, closed its train stations, while bus travel in Chibi and Zhijiang, two smaller cities, has been stopped.
- Travelers leaving Wuhan before the quarantine went into effect all had their temperatures checked.
Wuhan coronavirus has killed over 100 people. Here are all the countries warning against travel to China.
- And several countries, including the US, UK, and Canada, have warned against all non-essential travel to China and Hubei province as the virus continues to spread around the world.
- The CDC on Monday recommended that people avoid all "nonessential travel" to China due to the disease and raised its alert to a level three.
- Canada's government on Monday warned citizens to avoid all travel to Hubei, including the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang and Ezhou, due to the virus.
- The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Monday advised against all travel to Hubei Province, and told those in the region to leave.
- Finland's foreign ministry issued an advisory on Monday warning citizens against travelling to Hubei province.
- On Monday Germany's Foreign Office advised against "all but essential travel to China," and asked that people avoid travel to the province of Hubei.
I grew up around Kobe Bryant. Here's what that means to me now
- Since Kobe went directly from our high school outside Philadelphia to the NBA, Lower Merion was his only real alma mater.
- And I think all of us who went to school with him — I was class of '95, he was '96 — felt at least a small connection to his legacy, both the good and the bad.
- For those who say it was erased, that wasn't my experience when people wanted to know what I knew about him, especially as a young man.
- Kobe is the fourth man I know of in the Lower Merion class of '96 who is dead.
- Kobe's death is much more removed from me, but they're all bound together now as I think about the people I knew who have gone suddenly and far too soon.