Online classes are becoming increasingly popular. Business Insider reports that Coursera is one of the most comprehensive e-learning platforms. It offers a wide range of courses and the ability to audit classes for free. What are some of the most popular courses? Machine Learning. Learning How To Learn. Programming for Everybody. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills. Initiating and Planning Projects.
On Friday, Goldman Sachs predicted the UK's economy will grow 7% in 2021. The growth will be led by the coronavirus vaccine rollout and a Brexit trade deal. Over half of the country's population is expected to be immunized by March. Business Insider reports there will be a significant rebound in economic activity from the second quarter of next year. New trade restrictions are likely to weigh on potential growth in the coming years. Goldman said the drag will mostly be slow to materialize.
An SEC filing reveals AMC aims to raise up to $844 million through the sale of 200 million shares to meet cash needs. Business Insider reports that AMC has burned through the bulk of its cash reserves as virus restrictions and a lack of major releases cut into business. In October AMC warned it could run out of money by the end of the year. The upcoming stock sale will likely raise far less than the $844 million target. On Thursday, AMC stock plummeted 16%.
The Wall Street Journal reported Pfizer cut the number of vaccines it planned to ship in 2020. According to Business Insider, this is due to supply chain delays. Sources say Pfizer sourced materials and set up supply chains while developing a vaccine. This is an "unprecedented" move in the world of medicine and vaccine development. But Pfizer and BioNtech maintain they will produce 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021.
UPS has told drivers to stop picking up packages from some large retailers during the holiday season. Business Insider reports the move is just temporary. This year is expected to be busier than usual for carries. More retailers are relying on online orders for holiday shopping. UPS has told drivers to stop picking up packages from some large retailers as the holiday shipping season picks up.
A study led by the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery has identified certain regions in the retina - the lining found in the back of the eye - that are more affected by Alzheimer's disease than other areas. The findings may help physicians predict changes in the brain as well as cognitive deterioration, even for patients experiencing the earliest signs of mild impairment. "These clues can occur very early on in the progression of Alzheimer's disease - several decades before symptoms appear," said Maya Koronyo-Hamaoui, Ph.D., associate professor of Neurosurgery and Biomedical Sciences and co-corresponding author of the study. The findings of the new study, published in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring, were from a clinical trial involving people older than 40 who were showing signs of cognitive decline. In the trial, investigators used a non-invasive technique known as sectoral retinal amyloid imaging to capture retinal images in participants. The retina, which is directly connected to the brain, is the only central nervous system tissue accessible for patient-friendly, high-resolution, and non-invasive imaging. The images were then analyzed using a new process that could identify certain peripheral regions in the retina that corresponded better to brain damage and cognitive status. Both studies show promise for diagnosing and treating Alzheimer's disease, a condition affecting more than 5.5 million people in the U.S., said Keith Black, MD, professor, and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.
“We can see the end is coming but we can’t really get complacent until the end is really here,” said Thomas Unnasch, Ph.D., a distinguished university professor at the University of South Florida. He specializes in emerging infectious diseases.
More than 8.6 million Florida residents have already cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential race, and for some of them, including new citizen Carlos Flores and ex-felon Yraida Guanipa, it was the first time they voted in a U.S. election. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.