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New study explains why bars are perfect for spreading coronavirus

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, states across America have forced bars to close down, much to the chagrin of young adults. A new study, however, suggests that bars might be the worst place to go to avoid spreading the virus. According to experts, crowded indoor spaces full of people yelling over the music or leaning in close to talk to each other are the opposite of social distancing, The Associated Press (AP) reports.

Radiology professional suspended for stalking four doctors in Wakayama

The Japan Times

WAKAYAMA – A female radiologic technologist at a medical university in Wakayama Prefecture was suspended from work for three months on Tuesday for persistently stalking four male doctors over a year-long period. Wakayama Medical University took the disciplinary action against the woman, 44, after she ambushed the doctors, who are in their 20s and 40s, on campus, sent emails professing her attraction to them and at times called them while they were on duty over a year from February 2017. The university had warned the woman twice after receiving complaints from the doctors, but it moved to suspend her because she continued stalking the men. The woman was quoted as telling the university that she had no intention to stalk the doctors.

PSINET: Assisting HIV Prevention Amongst Homeless Youth by Planning Ahead

AI Magazine

Homeless youth are prone to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) due to their engagement in high risk behavior such as unprotected sex, sex under influence of drugs, and so on. Many non-profit agencies conduct interventions to educate and train a select group of homeless youth about HIV prevention and treatment practices and rely on word-of-mouth spread of information through their social network. Previous work in strategic selection of intervention participants does not handle uncertainties in the social network's structure and evolving network state, potentially causing significant shortcomings in spread of information. Thus, we developed PSINET, a decision support system to aid the agencies in this task. PSINET includes the following key novelties: (1) it handles uncertainties in network structure and evolving network state; (2) it addresses these uncertainties by using POMDPs in influence maximization; and (3) it provides algorithmic advances to allow high quality approximate solutions for such POMDPs.

Belt-tightening not enough as colleges, universities face struggle to survive: report

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Despite extensive belt-tightening measures to save money during the coronavirus pandemic, a new analysis reveals more than a dozen colleges and universities in New York State will "perish," a report said Tuesday. Experts predict between 10 percent and 20 percent of higher education institutions will have to make a tough decision within the next 12 months, according to the Boston Business Journal. The loss of revenue from the pandemic has forced colleges, struggling financially even before Covid-19, to plan on less revenue should fewer students stay on campus and pay room and board.

User-Centric Indoor Air Quality Monitoring on Mobile Devices

AI Magazine

Since people spend a majority of their time indoors, indoor air quality (IAQ) can have a significant impact on human health, safety, productivity, and comfort. Due to the diversity and dynamics of people's indoor activities, it is important to monitor IAQ for each individual. Most existing air quality sensing systems are stationary or focus on outdoor air quality. In contrast, we propose MAQS, a user-centric mobile sensing system for IAQ monitoring. MAQS users carry portable, indoor location tracking and IAQ sensing devices that provide personalized IAQ information in real time.