A prong extending from a remote-controlled robot prototype approaches the mouth of a volunteer to extract a throat swab sample, as part of a self-funded project to assist physicians in running tests on suspected COVID-19 coronavirus patients in a bid to limit human exposure to disease-carriers, at a private hospital in Egypt's Nile delta city of Tanta, on March 20, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

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The change brought on by the coronavirus pandemic showed that a large part of our society was ready for a quick digital leap. In May 2020 about 59% of working people in Finland started doing remote work and electronic use of public services grew by 54%. On the other hand, the pandemic also brought an increase in inequality in society. Remote work or conducting business electronically are not possible for everyone.

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Results of a new study led by researchers of The Mount Sinai School of Medicine suggest vaccination against COVID-19 remains crucial even in young adults who were previously infected.

Although antibodies induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection are largely protective, they do not completely protect against reinfection in young people, as evidenced through a longitudinal, prospective study of more than 3,000 young, healthy members of the US Marines Corps conducted by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Naval Medical Research Center.

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The Clean Propulsion Technologies project consortium, led by the University of Vaasa, aims to develop radically new solutions for clean and efficient marine and off-road transport – a Finnish response to tightening emission legislation and growing global competition in these segments. Business Finland has granted research funding for six research organizations and nine companies to bring these new propulsion solutions from the research phase to real-world application.

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A woman takes a Covid-19 lateral flow test in London. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Black women are dying at significantly higher rates than white men, and that disparity in mortality rates among women of all races are greater than those between white women and white men. These are the findings of a new study led by Harvard University researchers.

The results of the new research were published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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When the concept of the internet first began making its way into public conversation, it felt as if it would change the world in an instant, creating a technology-driven utopia on the way. And while, thanks to exponential growth, the internet drastically changed things, the initial torture of having to use dial-up internet on, what now appear to be a comically sized, desktop computers did remove some of the magic.

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An international jury has selected four winners from the ten finalists in the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The four winning teams were announced during a virtual event introduced by the Mayor of Helsinki, Jan Vapaavuori, and will each take a share of the €1 million prize fund.

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This picture taken on March 9, 2021 shows the arrival of a shipment of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 coronavirus vaccines in Tunisia's capital's Tunis-Carthage International Airport. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has proven equally effective for all age groups, Alexander Gintsburg, the head of the Gamaleya research institute that developed the vaccine, said on Saturday.

"Sputnik V demonstrated the same level of efficacy in all age groups.

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Photograph of the rechargeable PPDFGO tri mask where the three layers are simply stitched together.

A new paper in Oxford Open Materials Science, published by Oxford University Press, presents low-cost modifications to existing N95 masks that prolongs their effectiveness and improves their reusability post disinfectants.

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Researchers at Aalto University are developing wood-based foam materials with the help of artificial intelligence in their Smart Foams research project. The project got funding for research into foams from the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation and the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, while a grant from Business Finland is helping commercialise the foam innovation. The total budget of the project is just under a million euros.
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