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Posted in: Does weather affect spread of the coronavirus outside? See in context

"Great homogeneity was observed in the findings regarding the effect of temperature and humidity on the seasonal viability and transmissibility of COVID-19. Cold and dry conditions were potentiating factors on the spread of the virus"

"Considering the existing scientific evidence, warm and wet climates seem to reduce the spread of COVID-19"

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0238339

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Posted in: Virus forces 1 in 13 students in Japan to consider quitting: survey See in context

In the greater scheme of things, education is really, really cheap. Nowadays however, running universities has become a much more expensive endeavour, because we'll become convinced we need to compete for international rankings.

As Cleo-san says, education is an investment in society - and sometimes that's worth more than the monetary costs. Over decades we have - unfortunately - become trained to think of this as a zero-sum game, where more for me means less for you. The reality is often that there would be more than enough for us both, if our money were being spent properly.

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Posted in: Virus forces 1 in 13 students in Japan to consider quitting: survey See in context

@mmwkdw

Bachelor's degrees are 3 years in England. If Cleo-san is Scottish, they are 4 years.

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Posted in: Microsoft updates Bing search to highlight reputable results See in context

I'm sure their user will be happy.

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Posted in: Kyoto eyes introducing lodging tax amid increasing tourist numbers See in context

Like Kyoto's not expensive enough already....

But it doesn't sound like they've got much of a plan for the money raised - is it really going to be used to improve things, or just to fill a budget shortfall somewhere else?

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Posted in: Man arrested for kicking woman using smartphone while walking See in context

"I told her it was dangerous to use a smartphone while walking, ..."

Says the self-identified Yakuza who resorts to violence whenever he doesn't get his own way. Pot, meet Kettle.

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Posted in: Tokyo to begin seeking names for giant panda cub See in context

Is Panda McPandaface taken yet?

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