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A station passageway is crowded with commuters wearing face masks during rush hour at Shinagawa Station. A recent survey suggests that 83 per cent of Japanese citizens don’t want the Olympics to proceed as scheduled, fearing a surge in case numbers. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The WHO and the IOC are playing with lives at state-of-emergency Tokyo Olympics

Let’s make one thing perfectly clear — nothing short of people’s lives are at stake at the Tokyo Olympics. No amount of money can justify a single preventable death.
Statistical infrastructure can help improve everything from health care to politics. Andriy Onufriyenko/Moment via Getty Images

Low- and middle-income countries lack access to big data analysis – here’s how to fill the gap

Data science infrastructure is sorely needed in many places. Doctors Without Borders brings medical help to nations in need, but similar efforts are relatively small for statistics.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari shows his COVID-19 certificate after receiving his first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in March 2021. Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP via Getty Images

Nigerian academics weigh in on the faults and frustrations of managing COVID-19

Experts assess Nigeria’s response to COVID-19 so far and express worry that the country does not appear to have learnt much; it isn’t prepared for the next pandemic.
Alzheimer’s, like many diseases, has a genetic component. Tek Images/Science Photo Library via Getty Images

Mixed-ancestry genetic research shows a bit of Native American DNA could reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Using a technique called admixture mapping, researchers can leverage the diversity of people with mixed ancestry to look for hard-to-find genetic risk factors for diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
For some queer people, time at home has meant time away from communities and friends that recognize and support their gender and sexual identities. (Zackary Drucker/The Gender Spectrum Collection)

Queer people’s experiences during the pandemic include new possibilities and connections

Pandemic experiences for queer people were marked not only by loneliness but new possibilities and connections that will shape their lives when the world reopens.
The Badwater Ultra-marathon bills itself as the world’s toughest, covering 217 km from Death Valley National Park to Mount Whitney, California REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonREUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Ultramarathon running: how safe is the sport?

The deadly toll of last month’s mountain race in Gansu province, China, has shaken competitors and fans alike. But is the sport dangerous?
Men cross the front of the still smoking lava rocks from an eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo on May 23, 2021 in Goma in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. GUERCHOM NDEBO/AFP via Getty Images

The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo: its health effects will be felt for a long time

Nyiragongo is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of its fast-moving lava. It can flow at a speed of about 100km per hour.

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