The Data Examiner 12/10/2023

JOHNSON & JOHNSON IS INVESTING IN AI TO FUEL DRUG DISCOVERY:

In recent years, J&J has hired thousands of data scientists and digital specialists and spent hundreds of millions of dollars on their work – in one of the biggest bets in the healthcare industry on data science and artificial intelligence. The long game for the 137-year-old company is a goal that has seen a lot of hype but less concrete proof that it will become a reality: using AI for drug discovery.


For Job Applicants, Looking The Part Could Give You An Edge:

A new study published by the Harvard Business School found that certain accessories or physical features gave candidates an edge in landing a job – even after controlling for race, age and gender – and different jobs favored certain looks.


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DATA WATCH

** Three tips in the art of persuasion. WATCH

** Dog ticks are changing their diet – and it includes humans. WATCH

** Can Sashimi the octopus figure out an underwater maze? WATCH


Renters Are Paying More In Fees:

Fees for trash pickup, pest control, the use of a mailbox, and routine maintenance – many no more than five or 10 bucks each – are piling up for renters, straining the budgets of many tenants whose wages didn’t keep up with rent increases during the COVID-19 pandemic. While rent growth has since flattened in much of the country, large property-investment companies continue with these add-ons to boost their bottom lines, saying it is a way to compensate for rising operating costs. The federal government and some states are pushing back.


DATA In-Depth

AFTER GLOBALIZATION

Decades of open trade linked nearly every corner of the world economically. New wars, pandemics, and shifting geopolitical alignments are reversing that trend. WATCH


Millennials Are Booking Solo Trips This Holiday Season:

To many, gathering as a family during the holidays is sacrosanct. But some millennials are instead traveling alone to places like Buenos Aires and Las Vegas, seeing such travel as a reasonable way to maximize time away. A 2023 study from Flash Pack, a group-trip operator, suggests solo bookings for holiday travel are on the rise, particularly among millennials who might prefer to swap chaotic family dinners for “me” time.


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The Data Examiner 12/03/2023

‘IF ISRAEL FAILS IN GAZA, ALL OF US WILL BE NEXT’ – SON OF HAMAS CO-FOUNDER WARNS THE WEST:

The Palestinian son of a Hamas co-founder – who later converted to Christianity – warned the world that if Israel does not succeed in eliminating Hamas “all of us will be next.” Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, spoke flanked by Israeli flags. Referring to the Hamas massacre and atrocities committed against Israel on October 7, he stated, “This crime cannot be forgiven. None of us should forgive this crime.” Speaking of the Israeli attack on Hamas in Gaza, he explained how those people killed in Gaza by Israel were part of Hamas’ plan to demonize Israel, saying, “So Israel now got stained by blood. This is what Hamas wanted to happen from day one. They wanted to sacrifice thousands of children so Israel can take the blame. Digging tunnels and bunkers under hospitals, schools … Hamas misfired. How many people killed at the hospital and they went so fast to blame Israel and the rest of the world listened to them and listened to their propaganda?” “Nobody’s concerned to check what is true and what is false; whatever that serves our political and short-term interests we go for it,” he continued, referring to the willingness of those supporting Hamas to believe lies perpetuated against Israel. “Suicidal. Not knowing that we are going against evolution; we are going against the collective consciousness of humanity.”


Tesla Vs. Toyota Is The New Hot Battle In Cars:

As hybrid sales slumped and electric-vehicle sales rose a year ago, the EV-hybrid debate looked settled. Elon Musk’s vision for an EV future is being challenged anew by Toyota’s re-energized hybrid plans. Hybrid vehicles, which are often cheaper than all-electric rivals, have seen a surge in buyers this year, in part because of new offerings by Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus.


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DATA WATCH

** Massive waterspout spotted off Italy’s coast. WATCH

** Dolphins outsmart crab traps to secure bait. WATCH

** Tracing the history of barber-surgeons in medieval Europe. WATCH

** Why the U.S. pays $10M a year for this yacht in San Diego, California. WATCH


Owners Are Keeping Zombie Malls Alive Even When Towns Want To Pull The Plug:

Hundreds of older, low-end U.S. malls have lost at least half of their value since the industry’s peak in late 2016, according to real-estate research firm Green Street. As values fall below their outstanding debt balances, owners usually stop paying the mortgages and look to renegotiate or hand back the keys. That’s when Namdar Realty Group and Mason Asset Management like to swoop in. The New York-based real-estate partners make money by buying malls cheap and keeping them going, even as town officials beg them to sell them.


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DEEP-SEA TREASURE HUNTER

A 43-year-old hedge fund executive uses robots to search for deep-sea treasure on the ocean floor – believed to have more artifacts than all the world’s museums combined. READ


To Close A Learning Gap, An Illinois School District Is Offering Classes Separated By Race:

School leaders in a suburban Chicago district have been battling a sizable academic achievement gap between Black, Latino and white students for decades. So a few years ago, it tried something new at the high school: classrooms voluntarily separated by race. Researchers have found small improvements in grades and retention from such programs. Federal laws prevent public schools from mandatorily separating students by race, but education lawyers say optional courses can comply with the law. Critics say the classes undermine the goal of the Civil Rights Act.


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The Data Examiner 11/26/2023

AL-SHIFA HOSPITAL:

Israel Defense Forces said they had confirmed the presence of a Hamas command center inside northern Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, a revelation which came after soldiers carried out an raid into the building. The facility had become a flashpoint in the war. Israeli officials said they had recovered materials suggesting the site was home to significant Hamas operations.


Fans Think Oreos Have Less Filling:

Suspicion over subtle changes to OREO cookies has prompted some devotees to protest what they believe is one of the biggest inflation scandals to date: “Double Stuf” Oreos with just a normal amount of creme, and even less in the original-sized versions. Some fans are posting videos online of twisting Oreos open to reveal scant filling. Snack giant Mondelez, the maker of the world’s best-selling cookie, says it hasn’t tinkered with the creme ratio, but welcomes feedback from consumers.


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In October, buses packed with Venezuelan migrants arrived in downtown Chicago day and night, doubling in number in that time. City officials struggled to open more shelters, while more than 2,300 migrants were sleeping at police stations, in lobbies and just outside in makeshift camps.


DATA WATCH

** How every organ in your body ages from head to toe. WATCH

** Everything in Central Park got there by choice – not by nature. WATCH

** What the longest-running study on happiness reveals. WATCH

** A weevil power-drills through an acorn. WATCH


Pet Psychics Are Moving From The Fringe To Socially Acceptable:

Pet owners are booking sessions with animal communicators to unravel behavioral issues or to learn about their pet’s preferences and wellbeing, allowing them to come away with a stronger sense of connection and an easing of anxiety. Those who tell others about their experiences say they are more likely to be asked for referrals than be mocked.


DATA In-Depth

THE CLUB NO ONE WANTS TO JOIN

A support group for principals is providing emotional support to school leaders who have experienced gun violence in their schools, offering them solace and healing. READ


UN Climate Report:

A United Nations report warns Earth is on track to surpass a critical global warming threshold within the next decade. Global average temperatures are predicted to warm by nearly 3 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels of roughly 13.5 degrees Celsius by 2030, exceeding the 1.5 degrees Celsius increase targeted in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The annual report finds global greenhouse gas emissions need to fall by 42% to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2030; otherwise, Earth’s average temperature is expected to rise between 2.5 degrees Celsius and 2.9 degrees Celsius. China and the U.S. are the top two emitters of greenhouse gases. The findings come amid record-setting global temperatures, with preliminary data suggesting Earth’s global average surface temperature last week briefly passed 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.


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