First Ebola treatment, jail ballots, AI predicted homelessness
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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we are talking about the first FDA approved treatment for Ebola, San Diego’s inclusion of inmates in voting, and the use of AI to predict homelessness in Canada.
The first treatment for Ebola has been approved by the FDA
The recently ratified drug targets the ‘zaire’ Ebola strain, which usually kills 60% to 90% of those infected.
Source: Medical Xpress
San Diego’s Black Muslims are helping current and former detainees access the ballot
Pillars of the Community, led by Black Muslims, hires incarcerated individuals to register new voters and carry out civic education while in confinement.
Source: The Ground Truth Project
How Canada is using AI to predict the likelihood of becoming homeless
The model seeks to identify susceptible individuals who can then acquire safe housing or necessary resources provided by the city of London in Ontario.
Source: Thomas Reuters Foundation
This company converts shellfish shells into biodegradable plastic
Through using readily available waste, Carapac offers a biodegradable alternative to plastic that can be broken down within 90 days or ingested by marine life.
Social media has aided Nigerian youth in protesting against police brutality
Never before in the history of Nigeria has there been youth-led change as widespread as the #ENDSARS movement.
Source: Global Citizen
US: the first firefighting robot puts out its first commercial fire
Although not suitable for all tasks, the Thermite RS3 will prove helpful on fires in large commercial buildings, wildfires and animal rescues to name a few examples.
Source: New Atlas
Amidst restrictions, telecare is transforming Brazilian health care
Health workers in Brazil are honing in on telecare to keep up and in touch with patients in spite of COVID-19 limitations.
Oakland’s essential places initiative seeks to help low-income communities of colour
Urban planners in Oakland have targeted communities of colour by setting up 15 sites around the city, with the aim of of reducing threat to pedestrians in high-injury corridors.
Source: We Are Not Divided
A radio program is helping save endangered gorillas in Nigeria
Among other objectives, ‘My Gorilla My Community’ encourages listeners to take participative action in protecting the endangered Cross River gorilla subspecies.
This North Pacific island has recovered from a rat invasion dating back to WWII
Since rats were eradicated off the island of Palmyra in 2011, its ecosystem has been steadily recovering. The restorations include two new crab species among others.