Dec 1, 2020
Q and A with the experts: how do we get people to listen to expert advice?
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us with alarming prevalence, the existence of people who simply refuse to listen to expert advice.
When it comes to large groups who refuse to wear masks, or the potential for many people to refuse a vaccine – there are real and often dangerous consequences to grapple with.
How do we combat this phenomenon?
Nov 25, 2020
Experts offer a ‘toolbox’ to protect lives and properties from flooding, Canada’s costliest extreme weather challenge
Extreme weather events including floods are becoming more common. Every year, flooding causes millions of dollars in property damage. Approximately 1.7 million Canadian homes are at risk of riverine or overland flooding. And as our climate continues to change, the risk of flooding—and the costs associated with it—are expected to increase.
Nov 24, 2020
Researchers discover a cause of catastrophic computer failures, how to fix the problem
A fault called partial partitioning has been identified as the culprit of catastrophic computer system failures. The good news is that researchers have not only identified it; they have figured out how to fix it.
Nov 23, 2020
Q & A with the experts: The problem with herd immunity and COVID-19
The “herd immunity strategy” has been discussed and largely rejected by scientists as a strategy to combat COVID-19.
Waterloo Science Professor Niayesh Afshordi has been applying tools from observational cosmology to infectious disease modelling, so we asked him to address our questions and tackle some of the persistent misinformation in public discourse about herd immunity. What are the risks associated with it? Why have scientists mostly dismissed the idea?
Nov 19, 2020
Waterloo among new KW4Health Ontario Team
The University of Waterloo is one of more than 30 organizations – and the only educational institution – in Waterloo Region among a newly established network of health expertise announced by the Ontario Ministry of Health.