This week we begin with an article on how recent hydroxychloriquine (HCQ) research studies, conducted by researchers of Indian origin, put the reputation of two respected scientific journals at stake, since the published research conclusions were based on inaccurate and problematic data. The next piece is based on insights by Nasdaq’s Quandl, a leading alternative data provider, which show signs of optimism returning to the US economy. The following article is about the case for “Data Simulation” instead of “Data Visualization”, which could be effectively used to train expert teams to respond in times of crisis, such as COVID-19. Next, we have covered a research study on the sudden surge of weed sales on the dark web, during the COVID-19 lockdown. Then, we have a piece on how developing countries are using satellite images and phone data to help guide relief programs during the ongoing pandemic. Lastly, we have included a video that shows how Amazon uses rugged and explosive-resistant products to assist companies in transferring data to the AWS cloud.

The HCQ study mess: How 3 Indian researchers put reputation of Lancet, NEJM at stake

At a crucial time when the world is relying on science to end the global pandemic, two of the world’s most reputed journals have taken a hit due to the dubious research works of three Indian scientists in the US, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta said in episode 489 of Cut The Clutter.

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New Alternative Data Reveals Signs of Optimism Returning

While the COVID-19 pandemic has substantially shaken the global economy, new alternative data collected by Quandl shows signs of optimism returning.Nasdaq’s Quandl, a leading alternative data provider, recently analyzed the five categories of data that provide the best macro overview of the economy and its likely trajectory: supply chains, small business performance, employment, consumption and credit.

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Move over, data visualization. The era of ‘data simulation’ is here

On November 6, Johns Hopkins University published an article about a simulation to explore how the United States would respond to a fast-moving new virus. The subtitle, which read in part that the simulation “envisions a fast-spreading coronavirus with a devastating impact,” could be mistaken for a headline in today’s papers.

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Weed Sales on the Dark Web Surged Early in the Pandemic

FROM TOILET PAPER to tomato sauce, Covid-19 has turned normal consumers into high-volume doomsday binge shoppers. So perhaps it’s no surprise that as they filled their pantries and supply closets in the early days of the pandemic, online buyers also stocked up on dark web weed.

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Satellite images, phone data help guide pandemic aid in at-risk developing countries

For some of the poorest countries on Earth, the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a life-or-death quandary: If people continue to work, the virus might spread unchecked. But if they have to stay at home to limit the contagion, hunger and malnutrition could soar.

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How Amazon Uses Explosive-Resistant Devices To Transfer Data To AWS

Demand for cloud computing from providers like Amazon Web Services continues to rise from both companies and consumers that rely on remote storage and computing power accessible from anywhere. While other tech giants Google, Microsoft, and IBM are vying to be the go-to providers, Amazon remains the undisputed leader in cloud computing.

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