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Between 30 and 80 percent of COVID-19 patients experience neurological symptoms, such as memory loss, headaches, difficulty balancing, nausea, or issues concentrating, better known as the ‘COVID-19 fog.’ This phenomenon suggests SARS-CoV-2 affects parts of the central nervous system, not just the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Mild cases of COVID-19 in patients as young as 30-years-old can lead to this COVID-19 fog, and some SARS-CoV-2 survivors continue to experience cognitive and psychiatric issues even after recovery. COVID-19 patients “forget the names of people they know well, they can’t follow along during business conversations, prioritizing and planning is suddenly difficult, they…


Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is one of the fastest-growing fields, but it is underscored by racial and gender disparities. According to the National Science Foundation, black women make up about 6.5% of the United States’ population but only 2% of the STEM workforce.

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A study by the University of Illinois found that racial microaggressions and a lack of representation of people of color discourage minority students from pursuing STEM majors and thus, perpetuate the racial disparities we see in STEM education programs and later the workforce. …


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First coined in 1998, neurodiversity is a relatively new concept that highlights the diversity of human brains and views the differences in how our brains are “wired” as natural variations. Instead of seeing the neurodiverse community as “suffering from deficit, disease, or dysfunction in their mental processing,” neurodiversity highlights differences in learning and thinking. It is an umbrella term encompassing conditions, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, and dyslexia. Neurodiversity is actually quite common: about 1 in 7 people are considered neurodiverse.

An issue that has largely gone unnoticed during the COVID-19 pandemic…


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Globally, close to 1.9 billion people face food insecurity, a staggering 25% of the world’s population. However, the COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges, such as a large-scale economic downturn, rising unemployment and poverty rates, and high risk of infection or death for those with underlying health conditions, so this number will likely sharply increase. The United Nations set a goal to end world hunger by 2030, but with this new setback, we may only achieve Zero Hunger as late as 2050. This is where artificial intelligence (AI) steps in. …


The COVID-19 pandemic is the defining public health crisis of the 21st century, and efforts to improve treatment, diagnostic testing, and prediction of clinical severity are paramount. Leading researchers across the globe are employing AI to automate parts of the COVID-19 response.

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AI To Detect COVID-19 Through Cough Recordings

A team of researchers at MIT developed an algorithm that identifies the coughs of asymptomatic people with COVID-19 using patterns in four vocal biomarkers: vocal cord strength, sentiment, lung and respiratory performance, and muscular degradation. The MIT Open Voice Model uses acoustics to pre-screen for COVID-19 from cough recordings before a…


Artificial intelligence (AI) is opening new windows into the past. Machine learning and 3D modeling are revolutionizing the field of archaeology, identifying burial sites in satellite images, classifying ancient pottery fragments, locating shipwrecks in sonar images, creating 3D digital reconstructions of historical sites, translating ancient languages, and finding artifacts that are being sold illegally on the web.

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Satellite Imaging to Identify Tombs

Dr. Gino Caspari is a research archaeologist for the Swiss National Science Foundation, and his work focuses on the ancient Scythians, a nomadic people from 3,000 years ago with a rich culture and commanding empire, centered in modern-day Crimea. The tombs of Scythian…


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Japanese company NEC developed a facial recognition system that can identify people wearing face masks with near 100% accuracy.

It focuses on parts of the face that are not covered, such as the eyes, to verify someone’s identity. Verification takes less than one second and has an accuracy rate of over 99.9%, a stark improvement from facial recognition algorithms’ prior identification rate of 20–50% of images of people wearing face masks.


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source: Women You Should Know

Throughout history, women’s accomplishments in the STEM fields are often attributed to their male partner or overlooked entirely. For instance, Martha Chase and Alfred Hershey conducted the renowned Hershey-Chase experiments that confirmed DNA is genetic material and the building block of life. However, only Alfred Hershey, the man of the pair, received the Nobel Prize for their landmark research, and Martha Chase’s involvement went largely unrecognized during her lifetime. In that vein, Rosalind Franklin discovered the double helix structure of DNA using x-ray crystallography, but two males scientists, James Watson and Francis Crick, essentially took credit for her work. We…


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On Wednesday, November 18, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they had finished the efficacy portion of clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccines, finding that the vaccines prevented 95% of cases of the disease, and submitted these results to the Food and Drug Administration for approval. COVID-19 has already claimed over 254,000 lives in the United States and 1.34 million worldwide, so a vaccine is necessary to reduce mortality rates and slow the spread of the disease.

To determine an equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations to the American people, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has set goals to decrease mortality…


A recent movement spearheaded by leading companies, such as Dell Technologies, SAP, Microsoft, and Goldman Sachs, aims to include more cognitive diversity in the workforce.

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Neurodiversity in the Workplace (NITW) + Dell & SAP

Nonprofit organization and consultancy Neurodiversity in the Workplace is at the forefront of introducing neurodiversity talent acquisition programs and practices to employers. It provides a framework and support for partner companies, such as Dell Technologies and SAP, “seeking to tap autistic and neurodivergent potential.”

Let us be disrupters and agents of change, and bring true meaning to diversity in the workforce,” philanthropist Lisa Yang said about…

Natasha Matta

Interested in neuroscience, psychology, public health, bme, immunology, social policy, and intersections of AI ethics with human rights & healthcare.

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