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Data Model Confirms That Wearing Masks Saves Lives

Biplav Srivastava, professor of computer science at the University of South Carolina, and his team have developed a data-driven tool that helps demonstrate the effect of wearing masks on COVID-19 cases and deaths. His model utilizes a variety of data sources to create alternate scenarios that can tell us “What could have happened?” if a county in the U.S. had a higher or lower rate of mask adherence.

3 years ago
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We Need a New Science of Safety

Safety is often seen as a challenge for engineers. While that remains a component, the ability to judge risk is perhaps many times more important in keeping people safe, and that suggests it’s time for a new social science of safety, argues Philip Thomas.

7 years ago

How far should we go?

This summer, I have been reading one of the most impressive ethnographies that I have seen for a long time: […]

12 years ago