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New simulation AI apps allow public health agencies to plan for mass COVID-19 vaccinations

TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2020 – Once a viable COVID-19 vaccination is ready, the logistics of how to vaccinate everyone becomes one of the next hurdles. Researchers at York University have developed a solution, an artificial intelligence drive-through mass vaccination simulation application that can help clinics and public health agencies plan for mass vaccinations ahead of time.

More children and youth drowning as warming temperatures create unstable lake ice

TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2020 – As winters become milder and lake ice less stable, more children and young adults are falling through the ice and fatally drowning, say York University researchers. A new study, which looked at 4,000 drownings in 10 countries, including Canada, Russia, Finland, Germany, Sweden, and the United States, found warming winter air temperatures were a good predictor of the number of drownings.

Precision wins physics professor a lifetime achievement medal

TORONTO, Nov. 13, 2020 – Precision matters. York University Distinguished Research Professor Eric Hessels, who has conducted the most precise measurement to date of the fine structure of helium and of the hydrogen n=2 Lamb shift to come closest to solving the proton-size puzzle, deals in precision every day. It is his work in the precision measurement field that has earned him the 2020 Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics.

Next-gen astronomical survey makes its first observations toward understanding the cosmos

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2020 — The Sloan Digital Sky Survey’s (SDSS) fifth generation collected its very first observations of the cosmos at 1:47 a.m. on Oct. 24. As the world's first all-sky time-domain spectroscopic survey, SDSS-V will provide groundbreaking insight into the formation and evolution of galaxies – like our own Milky Way – and the supermassive black holes that lurk at their centers.