<![CDATA[ICPT | EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION - BLOG]]>Sat, 13 Aug 2022 03:29:10 +0530Weebly<![CDATA[COVID-19 and Education]]>Sat, 05 Jun 2021 01:44:04 GMThttp://icpt.lk/blog/covid-19-and-educationEDUCATION and learning have suffered substantial, and in some ways permanent, setbacks in Pakistan during the pandemic. Schools were intermittently closed due to rising cases and ensuing restrictions, and though private, high fee-paying schools managed to take teaching online so students were not totally left behind, public and low fee-paying schools missed out in a huge way. For these schools, digital learning was and is simply not an option. For millions of students, not only did learning and teaching not take place during the closure period, there was also the serious problem of lost learning that occurs when students disengage from school. When students return to schools after each closure, teachers confront lower levels of retention and have to reassess their expectations of how much a student can catch up given how badly schooling was affected.READ MORE]]><![CDATA[Sri Lanka students seeking overseas education sees change in Covid-19]]>Mon, 31 May 2021 05:21:07 GMThttp://icpt.lk/blog/sri-lanka-students-seeking-overseas-education-sees-change-in-covid-19ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka students going abroad to study are facing changes in admissions, teaching, curriculum and teaching methods, HSBC Bank which is involved in financing overseas education said after an online seminar with representatives from international universities.

over 21,000 students are based overseas on higher education each year, with Australia and the UK ranked among the top destinations for study among Sri Lanka students, followed by the United States (US), Malaysia and India, according to HSB Research READ MORE 

<![CDATA[Why we're investing $150 million to bring biology and AI together: Eric and Wendy Schmidt]]>Thu, 08 Apr 2021 09:51:02 GMThttp://icpt.lk/blog/why-were-investing-150-million-to-bring-biology-and-ai-together-eric-and-wendy-schmidt​Why we're investing $150 million to bring biology and AI together: Eric and Wendy Schmidt
Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Opinion contributors
Published 2:31 PM GMT+5:30 Apr. 5, 2021 Updated 9:25 PM GMT+5:30 Apr. 5, 2021Life and computer sciences have long moved in parallel.
In the 1950s, Rosalind Franklin confirmed the structure of DNA while computer scientists were creating artificial intelligence, teaching machines to play checkers. Two decades later, Moore’s Law as we know it took hold, with computing power doubling every two years. Meanwhile, in 1975, Frederick Sanger was figuring out how to sequence a genome. In the 1990s, the Human Genome Project kicked off while Deep Blue prepared to play and went on to beat reigning chess champion Garry Kasparov. A few years later, we had a full sequence of a human genome — and the ability to make some medical diagnoses with artificial intelligence. READ MORE

<![CDATA[Belarus, Russia develop DNA technologies for forensic science, medicine]]>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 08:10:43 GMThttp://icpt.lk/blog/belarus-russia-develop-dna-technologies-for-forensic-science-medicineBelarus, Russia develop DNA technologies for forensic science, medicine
MINSK, 25 March (BelTA) – Belarusian and Russian scientists have developed DNA technologies for forensic science and medicine, Scientific Director of the Belarus-Russia Union program “DNA Identification”, State Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Aleksandr Kilchevsky told journalists on 25 March, BelTA has learned. Read More
<![CDATA[Harvard journal speaks to publishers’ association]]>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 08:01:01 GMThttp://icpt.lk/blog/harvard-journal-speaks-to-publishers-association​Harvard journal speaks to publishers’ association
he Harvard Data Science Review (HDSR) launched in 2019 with a goal of providing centralized, authoritative, and peer-reviewed content that would help define and shape data science as a scientifically rigorous and globally impactful multidisciplinary field. Less than two years in, the academic community has begun to take notice. Read More
<![CDATA[The God Hypothesis Versus Atheist Science Denial]]>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 07:59:37 GMThttp://icpt.lk/blog/the-god-hypothesis-versus-atheist-science-denialThe God Hypothesis Versus Atheist Science Denial
Michael Egnor
My friend and colleague Stephen Meyer has a superb essay at The Federalist about the major scientific discoveries in the past century that clearly point to God. Dr. Meyer points out that a large percentage of young atheists today cite science as a reason for their disbelief in God, and that is because many atheist scientists have publicly misused modern scientific findings to discredit belief in God. The public square is replete with books and articles written by atheist scientists claiming that cosmology or genetics or evolution properly understood disproves the existence of God. These atheist scientists profoundly misunderstand the implications of their science; they couldn’t be more wrong. As in his new book, Return of the God Hypothesis, Dr. Meyer points to three particularly clear advances in modern science. Read More 
<![CDATA[An ever-growing human footprint]]>Mon, 05 Apr 2021 05:11:42 GMThttp://icpt.lk/blog/an-ever-growing-human-footprintAn ever-growing human footprint
Human activities are increasingly affecting the marine environment but understanding how much and in what ways is an extreme challenge given the vastness of this system. O'Hara et al. looked at a suite of human-induced stressors on >1000 marine species over the course of 13 years. They found that species are experiencing increasing levels of stress over more than half of their ranges, with some species having an even higher proportion of their ranges affected. Fishing has the largest impact, but other stressors, such as climate change, are also important and growing. Read More 
<![CDATA[‘I’m empty.’ Pandemic scientists are burning out—and don’t see an end in sight]]>Wed, 31 Mar 2021 01:57:21 GMThttp://icpt.lk/blog/im-empty-pandemic-scientists-are-burning-out-and-dont-see-an-end-in-sightWhen not caring for COVID-19 patients—her latest was a man with bacterial lung and blood infections superimposed on SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia—Krutika Kuppalli has been helping oversee the rollout of pandemic vaccines at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she’s an infectious disease physician. She has also been meeting with vaccine-hesitant hospital staff, sitting on a committee that reviews all planned COVID-19 clinical trials at MUSC, applying for funding to study patients with Long COVID, and handling online harassment that has followed her numerous media appearances and two rounds of congressional testimony last summer.

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<![CDATA[March 31st, 2021]]>Wed, 31 Mar 2021 01:56:05 GMThttp://icpt.lk/blog/march-31st-2021Marine animals are swimming in circles, and the scientists who discovered the strange behavior don't know why.
Researchers have now observed green sea turtles, tiger sharks, penguins and Antarctic fur seals swimming in consecutive circles at a constant speed — a mystery the scientists think could be tied to the animals' ability to navigate by magnetism.
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<![CDATA[WHO report on coronavirus origins 'only scratched the surface,' scientists sayThe research team stressed that it could be months, or even years, before scientists have a clearer picture of how the pandemic started.]]>Wed, 31 Mar 2021 01:54:59 GMThttp://icpt.lk/blog/who-report-on-coronavirus-origins-only-scratched-the-surface-scientists-saythe-research-team-stressed-that-it-could-be-months-or-even-years-before-scientists-have-a-clearer-picture-of-how-the-pandemic-startedA joint investigation by the World Health Organization and China into the origins of the coronavirus released Tuesday offered little in the form of concrete findings about how the pandemic started — something scientists say will take months and maybe years of work.
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