to your health

Dogs trained to detect COVID-19 in saliva samples

“Researchers in Germany have trained dogs to detect COVID-19 infections from saliva samples. After only one week of training, the dogs were able to detect the presence of the infection with a 94% accuracy rate.” | learn more

fun facts

Covid-19 superspreading events database

“Superspreading Events (SSEs) are events where multiple people —a minimum of 5, for example — get infected with the novel coronavirus.” Highlight: 220 people in Germany sick after, “4-hour-event. Live music, ritualized kissing.” This is a database of information about […]

big ideas

Power prices go negative in Germany. 

After decades of investment into renewable energy sources like wind and solar, the energy produced is having unexpected consequences. Energy prices are actually going negative at times because at times there’s more supply than demand. The missing link in grids […]

under the microscope

Homo sapiens are older than we thought. 

“‘We used to think that there was a cradle of mankind 200,000 years ago in east Africa, but our new data reveal that Homo sapiens spread across the entire African continent around 300,000 years ago,’ palaeoanthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin of Germany’s […]

retail therapy

Germany’s Otto uses AI to order inventory. 

Managing inventory efficiently is a challenge that each retailer (and wholesaler) must figure out how to work through. Managing a broad assortment of inventory gets really hard for a team of humans. Otto has applied AI to automatically order over […]