A deadly virus is spreading from state to state and has infected 19 million Americans so far. It’s influenza

(CNN)The novel coronavirus that’s sickening thousands globally — and at least six people in the US — is inspiring countries to close their borders and Americans to buy up surgical masks quicker than major retailers can restock them.

There’s another virus that has infected 19 million Americans across the country and killed at least 10,000 people this season alone. It’s not a new pandemic — it’s influenza.
The 2019-2020 flu season is projected to be one of the worst in a decade, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. At least 180,000 people have been hospitalized with complications from the flu, and that number is predicted to climb as flu activity swirls.
The flu is a constant in Americans’ lives. It’s that familiarity that makes it more dangerous to underestimate, said Dr. Margot Savoy, chair of Family and Community Medicine at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine.
“Lumping all the viral illness we tend to catch in the winter sometimes makes us too comfortable thinking everything is ‘just a bad cold,'” she said. “We underestimate how deadly influenza really is.”
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Even the low-end estimate of deaths each year is startling, Savoy said: The Centers for Disease Control predicts at least 12,000 people will die from the flu in the US every year. In the 2017-2018 flu season, as many as 61,000 people died, and 45 million were sickened.
In the 2019-2020 season so far, at least 19 million people in the US have gotten the flu and 10,000 people have died from it, including at least 68 children. Flu activity has been widespread in nearly every region, with high levels of activity in 41 states, the CDC reported this week.
Savoy, who also serves on the American Academy of Family Physician’s board of directors, said the novelty of emerging infections can overshadow the flu. People are less panicked about the flu because healthcare providers “appear to have control” over the infection.
“We fear the unknown and we crave information about new and emerging infections,” she said. “We can’t quickly tell what is truly a threat and what isn’t, so we begin to panic — often when we don’t need to.”

The flu can be fatal

Dr. Nathan Chomilo, an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Minnesota Medical School, said that the commonness of the flu often underplays its severity, but people should take it seriously.
“Severe cases of the flu are not mild illnesses,” Chomilo said. “Getting the actual flu, you are miserable.”
The flu becomes dangerous when secondary infections emerge, the result of an already weakened immune system. Bacterial and viral infections compound the flu’s symptoms. People with chronic illnesses are also at a heightened risk for flu complications.
Those complications include pneumonia, inflammation in the heart and brain and organ failure — which, in some cases, can be fatal.
Chomilo, an internist and pediatrician for Park Nicollet Health Services, said this flu season has been one of the worst his Minnesota practice has seen since the H1N1 virus outbreak in 2009. Some of his patients, healthy adults in their 30s, have been sent to the Intensive Care Unit, relying on ventilators, due to flu complications.

The virus is always changing

Influenza is tricky because the virus changes every year. Sometimes, the dominant strain in a flu season will be more virulent than in previous years, which can impact the number of people infected and the severity of their symptoms.
Most of these changes in the virus are small and insignificant, a process called antigenic drift. That year’s flu vaccine is mostly effective in protecting patients in spite of these small changes, said Melissa Nolan, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina’s School of Public Health.
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Occasionally, the flu undergoes a rare antigenic shift, which results when a completely new strain of virus emerges that human bodies haven’t experienced before, she said.
Savoy compares it to a block party: The body thinks it knows who — or in this case, which virus — will show up, and therefore, which virus it needs to keep out. But if a virus shows up in a completely new getup, it becomes difficult for the body’s “bouncers” — that’s the immune system — to know who to look for and keep out. The stealthy virus can infiltrate easily when the body doesn’t recognize it.
This flu season, there’s no sign of antigenic shift, the most extreme change. But it’s happened before, most recently in 2009 with the H1N1 virus. It became a pandemic because people had no immunity against it, the CDC reported.

Get your flu shot, experts say

To avoid complications from the flu, Savoy, Chomilo and Nolan have the same recommendation: Get vaccinated.
It’s not easy to tell how flu vaccination rates impact the number of people infected, but Savoy said it seems that the years she struggles to get her patients vaccinated are the years when more patients end up hospitalized with the flu, even if the total number of infections doesn’t budge.
The CDC reported at least 173 million flu vaccine doses have been administered this flu season so far — that’s about 4 million more doses than the manufacturers who make the vaccines projected to provide this season.
Still, there are some who decide skipping the vaccine is worth the risk. A 2017 study found that people decline the flu vaccine because they don’t think it’s effective or they’re worried it’s unsafe, even though CDC research shows the vaccine effectively reduces the risk of flu in up to 60% of the population.
Chomilo said some of his most frustrating cases of the flu are in patients who can’t be vaccinated because of preexisting conditions or their age (children under 6 months old can’t be vaccinated).
There are two important reasons to get the flu vaccine, he said — “Protecting yourself and being a good community member.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Dr. Margot Savoy’s first name.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G vs Huawei MediaPad M6 vs iPad Pro 11: Specs Comparison

The tablet market is in decline for a lot of time, but there is a particular niche of the market which is doing very well, mainly thanks to iPads. We are talking about professional and high-end tablets: the ones perfect for power users and for productivity. Samsung just launched the world’s first 5G tablet and it belongs to this niche: it is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G. Given the importance of this tablet, we decided to compare it with the high-end tablets from the other main brands in the market: Huawei and Apple. Here is a comparison between Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G, Huawei MediaPad M6, and Apple iPad Pro 11 (we chose the 11 because the 12.9 variant costs too much to be suitable for such a comparison).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G vs Huawei MediaPad M6 vs Apple iPad Pro 11

Huawei MediaPad M6 10.8 Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G Apple iPad Pro 11
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 257 x 170 x 7.2 mm, 498 g 244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm, 420 grams 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm, 468 g
DISPLAY  10.8 inches, 1600 x 2560p (Quad HD+), IPS LCD 10.5 inches, 1600 x 2560p (Quad HD+), Super AMOLED 11 inches, 1668 x 2388p (Quad HD+), IPS LCD
PROCESSOR Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 980, octa-core 2.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa-core 2.84 GHz Apple A12X Bionic, octa-core 2.5 GHz
MEMORY 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 128 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – micro SD dedicated slot 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 4 GB RAM, 256 GB – 4 GB RAM, 512 GB – 6 GB RAM, 1 TB
SOFTWARE  Android 9 Pie, EMUI Android 9 Pie, One UI iPadOS
CONNECTIVITY  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
CAMERA  Single 13 MP
8 MP front camera
Dual 13 + 5 MP, f/2.0 and f/2.2
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
Single 12 MP f/1.8
7 MP f/2.2 front camera
BATTERY  7500 mAh 7040 mAh, fast charging 15W 7812 mAh
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Optional LTE, pen support, keyboard support 5G, pen support, keyboard support Optional LTE, Pen support, stylus support, reverse charging


The most impressive design is offered by the iPad Pro 11 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G since they have the most narrow bezels around the display. Further, both come with an aluminum unibody design. While Apple iPad Pro 11 has slightly narrower bezels than Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G, the latter is more compact because it sports a smaller display (0.5 inches less). All of these tablets support a stylus, but the S Pen of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G is more advanced due to its additional features (including Bluetooth support and additional sensors allowing to use it as a motion controller).



If you need the most amazing display ever, go for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G. It sports an awesome Super AMOLED panel with a high Quad HD+ resolution and the HDR10+ certification. It is one of the best displays ever mounted on a tablet. Both Apple iPad Pro 11 and Huawei MediaPad M6 are equipped with an IPS panel with a 2K resolution, but the display of the Apple iPad Pro 11 is definitely better. It has a wider color gamut and the TrueTone technology calibrating the color automatically depending on the environment. You can attach a magnetic keyboard to each of these tablets.



In terms of performance, Apple iPad Pro 11 wins the battle. It has better software optimization as well as a configuration with 1 TB of internal storage. But in daily use, Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G is more or less at the same level with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and up to 8 GB of RAM. Both the tablets feature amazing software for productivity, but Galaxy Tab S6 5G is the only tablet to support 5G. It supports 5G connectivity through a single-mode modem, so it has a higher energy consumption, but it supports it. Huawei MediaPad M6 takes the last place once again.



The best main camera is onboard the Apple iPad 11 Pro, but Galaxy Tab S6 5G is the only one to offer a dual camera including an ultrawide lens. If you want the best overall photo quality even in low light conditions, go for the Apple iPad Pro 11. But if you prefer photos that are still great and the chance to use an ultrawide lens, Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G is a better option. Galaxy Tab S6 5G would be my personal choice.



Finally, an aspect for which Huawei MediaPad M6 looks better. It has a bigger 7500 mAh battery. With 5G connectivity and a single-mode 5G modem, we doubt Galaxy Tab S6 5G will offer the same battery life as the Apple iPad Pro 11.



These tablets are only on sale in select markets, except the iPad Pro 11. So it is useless to make a price comparison. Galaxy Tab S6 5G is going on sale in South Korea for about €850/$940, Huawei MediaPad M6 costs just €300/$330 in China, while iPad Pro 11 costs almost €900/$1000 globally. There is not a clear winner here, it mostly depends on the user. Galaxy Tab S6 5G has the most complete specs sheet, but iPad Pro 11 is not far and it offers the most interesting operating system, even though it is a closed OS. Huawei MediaPad M6 is inferior to both, but it has a much higher value for money.

Patent images already insinuated that, but according to a Twitter user, this is for real.

Patent images we showed here back in July 2018 promised the Tesla Model Y would have a cast structure. When he went to Shanghai to announce the start of the smaller SUV program at Gigafactory 3, Elon Musk promised Tesla’s most affordable SUV would have “advanced manufacturing technologies that would be revealed in the future. If we are to believe the Twitter user Nafnlaus, that future is now.

Gallery: Tesla Model Y production

Nafnlaus means anonymous in Icelandic, so we have no way to know on which basis he has posted this on Twitter, although he seems to know what he is talking about in the discussion that follows there:


Wow… is the entire rear structure of the Model Y a single casting?

I almost wonder if Elon specifically included a closeup picture of it specifically to mess with other manufacturers 😉

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The mysterious Twitter user uses the picture above and another one to the detail he wants to highlight. It shows the inside of the left rear wheel well and more specifically a structure that could not have been created solely by welding, as most body panels are joined together. It even could, but not for series production.

Anyway, we lack the engineering knowledge of what that truly means. With that in mind, we have tried to contact Sandy Munro and his team at Munro & Associates to see what they could tell us about that. We still have not heard back, but promise to update this article as soon as we do.

Gallery: Tesla Goes Patent Crazy With Huge Casting Machine For Model Y

The giant casting machine that was patented gave us the impression that the process would include more than the rear structure of the Model Y. Perhaps Nafnlaus refers only to it because that is what he can see in the images as proof of the casting process. If the patents got to production as we have seen them, all the car frame must have been created with this method.

Have a first aid question? Don’t ask Siri.

Not so smart assistance.

Not so smart assistance.
If you’ve fallen and you can’t get up, your smart assistant is probably not the best way to ask for help.

A new study from the University of Alberta, published Tuesday in the medical journal The BMJ, tested smart assistants Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant on their ability to respond helpfully to first aid questions. While Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa way outperformed Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, the results as a whole were underwhelming.

The researchers asked all of the smart assistants 123 questions on 39 first aid topics such as heart attacks, poisoning, and nose bleeds.

Google Assistant and Alexa recognized the topics over 90 percent of the time, and gave accurate and helpful responses in about half of those instances.

Meanwhile, Siri and Cortana’s responses were so poor that it “prohibited their analysis.”

“Overall, the device responses were of mixed quality ranging from the provision of factual guideline-based information to no response at all,” the study reads.

One of the study’s authors, Christopher Picard, is a nursing educator at the University of Alberta. He told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) that he had received a smart assistant as a gift, and was playing around with it in the ER when he started wondering about how helpful the devices would be in an emergency.

That resulted in the comparison study, which revealed that the devices have potential in assisting with home emergencies, but have a long way to go. For example, Picard told the CBC that one of the questions was “I want to die,” and that one of the devices had the “really unfortunate response” of “How can I help you with that?”

At other times, some of the assistants showed promise. For example, when asking “Hey Google, what do I do for someone who can’t breathe?” Google Assistant responded, “Here is some information from the web that might possibly help,” suggested the user call 911 right away, and gave simple instructions for what to do in the meantime. Not too shabby!

According to a tweet from one of the study’s authors, Amazon has since reached out to the authors about what it can do to improve.

A bright spot: Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa all have the ability to call 911. The rub is that, unless commanded explicitly, only Alexa and Google Assistant recognize situations in which it’s appropriate to make those calls — and then, only half of the time.

Still, in an emergency situation, a smart assistant is better than no assistance. So that’s one pro for the often troubling devices.

Unexpected immune response in brain, spinal cord could offer clues to treating neurological diseases

U of A researcher discovers that immune cells in the brain and central nervous system interfere with those in the blood when a nerve is damaged.


An unexpected research finding is providing new information that could lead to new treatments of certain neurological diseases and disorders, including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and spinal cord injury.

University of Alberta medical researcher Jason Plemel and key collaborators Joanne Stratton from McGill University, and Wee Yong and Jeff Biernaskie from the University of Calgary, found that immune cells in our brain and central nervous system, called microglia, interfere with blood immune cells called macrophages.

This discovery suggests that the immune cells in our brain and central nervous system are preventing the movement of the blood immune cells.

“We expected the macrophages would be present in the area of injury, but what surprised us was that microglia actually encapsulated those macrophages and surrounded them—almost like police at a riot. It seemed like the microglia were preventing them from dispersing into areas they shouldn’t be,” said Plemel.

“We’re not sure why this happens. More research is required to answer that question,” he added.

The central nervous system contains both white and grey matter. White matter is composed of nerve fibres covered by myelin, which speeds up the signals between the cells and allows the brain to quickly send and receive messages. In various neurological diseases and disorders, the myelin becomes damaged, exposing the nerves to deterioration.

“We found that both the immune cells that protect the central nervous system, microglia, and the immune cells of the peripheral immune system, macrophages, are present early after demyelination, and microglia continue to accumulate at the expense of macrophages.

“When we removed the microglia to understand what their role was, the macrophages entered into uninjured tissue,” explained Plemel, who is also a member of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute.

“This suggests that when there is injury, the microglia interfere with the macrophages in our central nervous system and act as a barrier preventing their movement.”

An opposite effect happens when a nerve is injured elsewhere in the body. For example, when a nerve is injured in your leg, the macrophages accumulate but the other resident immune cells do not, making the microglia’s response in the central nervous system unique.

While there are several differences in the operation and origin of microglia and macrophages, it has historically been impossible to tell the two types of cells apart.

It is this ability to differentiate between the two that may lead to an increased understanding of how each specific type of immune cell responds to demyelination, and as a result, lead to the development of new techniques and treatments that can combat and repair the damage being caused.

Using the same technique, Plemel and his collaborators also discovered there was more than one type of microglia responding to demyelination.

“The indication of at least two different populations of microglia is an exciting confirmation for us,” said Plemel. “We are continuing to study these populations and hopefully, in time, we can learn what makes them unique in terms of function. The more we know, the closer we get to understanding what is going on (or wrong) when there is neurodegeneration or injury, and being able to hypothesize treatment and prevention strategies.”

The study, “Microglia Response Following Acute Demyelination Is Heterogeneous and Limits Infiltrating Macrophage Dispersion,” was published in Science Advances.

Dopamine-Serotonin Balance Could Be Previously Unknown Factor for Social Anxiety

 Jan 30, 2020 | Original story from Uppsala University

Dopamine-Serotonin Balance Could Be Previously Unknown Factor for Social Anxiety

Artificial intelligence-created medicine to be used on humans for first time

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Image captionThe drug was much quicker to market than ones developed in more traditional ways

A drug molecule “invented” by artificial intelligence (AI) will be used in human trials in a world first for machine learning in medicine.

It was created by British start-up Exscientia and Japanese pharmaceutical firm Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma.

The drug will be used to treat patients who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Typically, drug development takes about five years to get to trial, but the AI drug took just 12 months.

Exscienta chief executive Prof Andrew Hopkins described it as a “key milestone in drug discovery”.

He told the BBC: “We have seen AI for diagnosing patients and for analysing patient data and scans, but this is a direct use of AI in the creation of a new medicine.”

The molecule – known as DSP-1181 – was created by using algorithms that sifted through potential compounds, checking them against a huge database of parameters.

“There are billions of decisions needed to find the right molecules and it is a huge decision to precisely engineer a drug,” said Prof Hopkins.

“But the beauty of the algorithm is that they are agnostic, so can be applied to any disease,” he added.

The first drug will enter phase one trials in Japan which, if successful, will be followed by more global tests.

The firm is already working on potential drugs for the treatment of cancer and cardiovascular disease and hopes to have another molecule ready for clinical trials by the end of the year.

“This year was the first to have an AI-designed drug but by the end of the decade all new drugs could potentially be created by AI,” said Prof Hopkins.

Paul Workman, chief executive of The Institute of Cancer Research, who was not involved in the research, said of the breakthrough: “I think AI has huge potential to enhance and accelerate drug discovery.

“I’m excited to see what I believe is the first example of a new drug now entering human clinical trials, that was created by scientists using AI in a major way to guide and speed up discovery.”

Tesla CEO said in the Q4 2019 earnings call the truck is better than people realize.

Elon Musk was pretty excited about his company’s results in his talk to analysts. A lot is coming in the next two years, but it is no secret the Cybertruck is his favorite Tesla product ever. Despite the love-it-or-hate-it design, it is also the favorite of many more people than they could expect. So much so that Musk believes Tesla will not be able to meet the demand in less than three or four years of production.

Gallery: Tesla Cybertruck Pickup Truck Debut

When asked by Gene Munster, from Loup Ventures, about how many Cybertrucks Tesla would be able to deliver and its production costs, Musk said this:

“We don’t comment on those detailed numbers, except the demand is just far more than we could reasonably make in the space of, I don’t know, three or four years, something like that.”

The last reservation number we have is 250,000 units.

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Divide that by four, and you get close to what Tesla was probably expecting to produce every year: 62,500 pickup trucks if the number has not increased.

New Battery Cell Patented By Tesla: Faster Charging, Lower Cost

According to Musk, the biggest issue is not the production capacity of Fremont alone, but also the number of batteries Tesla can have. Unless the company drastically increases the availability of these components, it may be ahead of a significant bottleneck.

“The thing we’re going to be really focused on is increasing battery production capacity because that’s very fundamental. If you don’t improve battery production capacity, then you end up just shifting unit volume from one product to another and you haven’t actually produced more electric vehicles.”

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That would be “part of the reason” for the Semi production to have been pushed to 2020 instead of 2019 like Tesla previously planned.

“That’s part of the reason why we have not, for example, really accelerated production of the Tesla Semi. It does use a lot of cells and unless we’ve got a lot of battery cells available, accelerating production of the Tesla Semi would then necessarily mean making pure Model 3 or Model Y cars. We’ve got to really make sure we get a very steep ramp in battery production and continue to improve the cost per kilowatt/hour of the batteries. This is very fundamental and extremely difficult.”

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The other reason for that not to happen is probably the limited production capacity. Musk did not address how Tesla plans to solve that, perhaps because no analyst insisted on that. All the Tesla CEO said about this situation was this.

“I have never seen actually such a level of demand at this – we’ve never seen anything like it, basically. I think we will make about as many as we can sell for many years. So, we’ll sell as many as we can make. It’s going to be pretty nuts.”

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Could Tesla dedicate a larger production capacity for the Tesla Cybertruck in Fremont – due to the Chicken Tax – and import Model 3 and Model Y units from China depending on demand? That could be one solution, especially considering the words Musk dedicates to the Cybertruck.

“We tried to build a product that is superior in every way without any preconceptions of how such should look. (…) I think actually the product is better than people realize even, they don’t have enough information to realize just the awesomeness of it. It’s just great.”

Tesla Cybertruck

Is that a reference to the stressed-skin structure it will have, which people still fail to understand? Does Musk plan to present even more “incredible specs” than the one the prototype currently has?

2020 Tesla Model Y

There is still a long way until we see the production version. In the meantime, perhaps we have to take Musk’s enthusiasm with the next few years as a sign of the things to come.

“What we have in front of us in the next couple of years: We’ve got Model Y, we’ve got Giga Berlin, Tesla Semi, Solarglass Roof, Cybertruck, and some very exciting improvements in battery technology. We have full self-driving, we got the next-gen Roadster and probably a bunch of other products we’ll come up with too.”

Are these promises that will take longer to fulfill than predicted, or will they follow the Model Y’s path? Which are these “bunch of other products” Tesla will present? Perhaps the “Battery Day,” probably in April, can tell us more about these things.

Believing willpower is limited is linked to a reduced willingness to provide support to romantic partners

New psychology research indicates that implicit beliefs about willpower can influence people’s relationships. The study, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, found that people who believe willpower is a limited resource tend to be less willing to provide support to their romantic partner compared to those who believe willpower is inexhaustible.

The researchers behind the study were interested in examining how people’s willpower theories were related to interpersonal dynamics.

“While working on my PhD, I received a grant to visit Switzerland to work with Dr. Veronika Job for a semester. Both of us had already been studying people’s beliefs about willpower, and nearly all of the research had found that believing that willpower is limited was associated with poorer outcomes (e.g., less goal-pursuit, lower well-being),” said study author Zoe Francis, a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto.

“I wondered if these same limited-willpower beliefs might have a benefit in interpersonal interactions, since people who get tired easily might be more in-tune with their partner’s fatigue. When we ran the study, though, it didn’t quite turn out that way.”

In the study, 363 individuals living in the eastern United States completed questionnaires that measured their willpower theories, relationship satisfaction, and other factors. The participants, who were all cohabiting with a romantic partner, then completed short online surveys every evening for six days.

The researchers found that participants who held limited-willpower beliefs were more likely to report being fatigued, less happy, and less in control of their life during the evening surveys. These feelings, in turn, were associated with reduced intentions to provide support for their partner.

In other words, those who agreed with statements such as “After a strenuous mental activity, my energy is depleted and I must rest to get it refueled again” were more likely to disagree with statements such as “I am going to do more than my fair share of the household duties” and “I am going to try to ‘be there’ for my partner” during the nightly surveys.

Participants who held limited-willpower beliefs were also more likely to report that their romantic partner was more fatigued and less happy. “Even though limited theorists did notice their partner’s fatigue, that didn’t directly translate to trying to provide more support,” Francis explained.

“A lot of the time, people are trying to balance their own personal needs with the needs of those around them. Your partner might totally get that you are exhausted, but if they feel exhausted themselves, it could be hard for them to properly be there for you. Sometimes all we can do is to be understanding towards each other, and acknowledge that some people feel more tired more readily than others,” Francis told PsyPost.

The researchers controlled for personality traits, self-control, empathy for one’s partner, attachment style, and other factors. But the study — like all research — includes some limitations.

“Our study was correlational, so we do not know whether people’s willpower belief was the reason why they were likely to be more tired, to see their romantic partner as more tired, or to intend to provide less support,” Francis explained.

“Also, because we only collected data from one relationship partner, we don’t know how accurate the participants’ perceptions of their partners were. If we collect data from both partners in the future, we will be able to test their accuracy and also see whether the partners who are receiving support actually feel any more or less supported.”

The study, “You seem tired, but so am I: Willpower theories and intention to provide support in romantic relationships“, was authored by Zoe Francis, Vanda Sieber, and Veronika Job.

Apple 2020 iPad Pro rumor roundup: Everything you need to know

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Another year, another iPad. Except this year marks the 10th anniversary of Apple’s tablet. And with slumping unit sales, there’s some speculation among industry experts that Apple will need to deliver something bigger and better to stem these declines and ultimately help the iPad regain its past glory.

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Apple has continued to stick with silence on the matter, but there’s mounting evidence that the company has planned something substantial for this year’s iPad Pro.

Read on for our look at the latest on Apple’s next iPad Pro and what we can expect from the slate when it hits store shelves this year.

Pricing and availability

There hasn’t been much word on exactly when this year Apple will unveil new iPads, other than reports that it could happen sometime in the first quarter. Pricing is also unknown, but considering Apple likes to deliver new models with the same pricing as the previous year, there’s a good chance of seeing a starting price of $799 for the 11-inch model and $999 for the 12.9-inch model.

Get ready for a better Smart Keyboard

Apple has been trying to turn the iPad into a better notebook alternative, and a new Smart Keyboard might help the company achieve that goal.

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According to a recent report from Digitimes, Apple is working on a new Smart Keyboard accessory that would come with backlit keys. That should make the device a bit easier to use in dimly lit environments and go a long way in making the iPad Pro feel like a true notebook replacement.

A triple-lens camera array

Last year, Apple unveiled new iPhones with a triple-lens camera array. And the company might follow suit with this year’s iPad Pro, according to serial leaker OnLeaks.

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Apple is planning to use the same triple-lens camera array in this year’s iPad Pro lineup, according to the report. While that should translate to better photos, it also means the new iPad Pros could be slightly thicker than last year’s models, which didn’t require as much space as it would to accommodate three cameras.

Plan on improved AR

In a surprise twist, there appears to be a high likelihood that Apple will use the rear cameras in the iPad Pro to boost its augmented-reality cred.

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Apple will use a time-of-flight sensor in the iPad Pro, according to a report in the South Korean news outlet The Elec. That should allow for improved 3D imaging and the ability to create a better augmented-reality experience in the device. Or, Apple could opt to deliver the feature in this year’s iPhones first and bring the time-of-flight sensor to iPads after that.

Same screen sizes

According to OnLeaks, which supposedly obtained information on this year’s iPad Pros, Apple is sticking to the same 11- and 12.9-inch screen sizes this year. That’s good news because those screen sizes tend to be about the right size for most folks.

A Mini LED surprise?

Although earlier iPad versions have stuck to LCD panels, there’s a possibility that Apple might turn to Mini LED technology in this year’s iPad Pro lineup.

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Rumors have been swirling for months that Apple will move to Mini LED, which offers many of the benefits of OLED, like great color and thin designs, but doesn’t suffer from burn-in. And last year, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested Apple could turn to Mini LED in 2020 iPads, creating a unique opportunity for the company to showcase the new technology and put it ahead of competing devices.

That said, Mini LED is still quite expensive to bundle with devices, so Apple might wait until later this year, or even 2021, to deliver the technology in its tablets.

Some questions about 5G

There hasn’t been much talk about 5G in iPads this year, but there’s reason to believe that Apple could turn to the technology in 2020. After all, Apple is planning to bundle 5G in this year’s iPhones, and it would make sense for iPads to follow suit. Whether Apple would go with 5G in an iPad first remains to be seen.

Either way, look for 5G to come to iPads sooner rather than later.