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  Melanom treatement efficiency & mtDNA mutations links

The particularity of mitochondria is that they have their own DNA, independent of that of our cells. It is called mitochondrial DNA or mtDNA. Previous studies have shown that 50% of human cancers are characterized by mutations in mtDNA. A majority of them are located more specifically in a protein structure, “complex I”, involved in the production of ATP by the mitochondria.

Checkpoint blockade response in melanoma (nature-cancer)


  Reshaping hurricane & wind scale

Global warming increases available sensible and latent heat energy, increasing the thermodynamic potential wind intensity of tropical cyclones (TCs). Supported by theory, observations, and modeling, this causes a shift in mean TC intensity, which tends to manifest most clearly at the greatest intensities.

Inadequacy of an open-ended Saffir–Simpson scale (pnas)


  EU' new clinical trial applications

From 31 January 2023, all initial clinical trial applications in the European Union (EU) must be submitted via the Clinical Trials Information System (CTIS). CTIS is now the single-entry point for sponsors and regulators of clinical trials for the submission and assessment of clinical trial data.

Use of Clinical Trials Information System becomes mandatory (ema)


  Mainstreaming sustainability

In this report we reveal the crucial puzzle piece we’ve been missing: how people view the world and their role in it, and what this means for how they relate to sustainability. By capturing this dynamic with six Life-centric Archetypes, we show how organizations can help people live more sustainably to reinvent consumption and themselves for the better.

Around a shared understanding (accenture)


  Country risk atlas 2024

The analysis is based on Allianz proprietary risk ratings model that is updated every quarter with the latest economic developments and Allianz Trade’s proprietary data on global insolvencies and the business environment. The Country Risk Atlas is designed to help businesses and investors make informed decisions by identifying potential risks and opportunities around the world.

Non-payment risk assesment (allianz)


  Insight of successful leaders quality

“No one can teach you how to lead; you need to be willing and able to learn how to lead. Mostly we learn from our experiences and facing adversity. Stepping outside of the spaces where we feel safe — is a powerful teacher.” Here are what Hill says are the top eight most important qualities for successful leadership — along with ideas on how to cultivate them.

What it takes to be a great leader? (hbr)


  Shaping Europe pragmatically

The conclusion to be drawn from our panorama – that Europe should develop a greater capacity for action and self-assertion externally – is so obvious that it is hard for political players to ignore. So there is no lack of insight: “Europe must learn the language of power” – this is one of the phrases that tend to be used in this context.

International reports (kas)


  Supply chains & Generative AI

Corporations have been increasingly deploying artificial intelligence (AI) in supply chains for demand planning and procurement, while exploring its use in other areas, such as standardizing processes and optimizing last-mile delivery. Even in the relatively nascent area of sustainability tracking and measurement, AI adoption is as high as 62%, according to an EY study.

Across the end-to-end (ey)


  How clean will US hydrogen get?

We unpack the proposed IRS guidance, building on our previous research and assessing the implications for emissions and clean hydrogen scale-up. The US needs to get experience building and installing electrolyzers for clean hydrogen at an unprecedented scale today to establish a domestic industry, drive down costs, and expand availability.

Unpacking treasury’s proposed 45V Tax Credit Guidance (rhg)


  Experimenting with experimentation

Proposals for technology policy reform have taken the form of fixed laws of infinite duration, which run the risk of unintended consequences. But lawmakers could take a more curious, experimental approach. This alternative approach to policymaking—which we call “regulatory curiosity”—would enable lawmakers to test different regulatory approaches for fixed periods of time and to gather data that will help them understand the costs and benefits of those different models.

4 model bills for tech policy trials (brookings)


  2024 AI policy forecast

The report covers a wide range of topics pertinent to AI, from international governance efforts to semiconductor export controls, with the aim of giving readers a comprehensive understanding of the key developments in 2023 and how they inform critical policy debates in 2024. The 10 policy questions that the report presents for 2024 will be featured in the Wadhwani Center’s research in the coming year.

Top takeaways (csis)


  How cancer hijacks the nervous system ?

Neurons can have direct effects on cancers, or they can act indirectly, by damping down the immune system so that it can’t fight tumours as effectively. A 2022 discovery hints at one such mechanism: a chemical called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which is released by sensory nerves, can quell the activity of certain immune cells, making them ill-prepared to ward off cancer.

Unpicking the relationship between cancer and neurons (nature)


  Sourcing green building materials

Construction materials have long been deemed “hard to abate” when it comes to reducing carbon emissions associated with their creation and use. Modern-day cement and steel, the cornerstones of the built environment since the 19th century, are carbon intensive in terms of the raw materials and fuel required to produce them. Cement and steel production generate 2.3 billion and 2.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

Framework for procuring green materials (pwc)


  Plants behavior toward light

Since ancient times, plants’ ability to orient their eyeless bodies toward the nearest, brightest source of light — known today as phototropism — has fascinated scholars and generated countless scientific and philosophical debates. And over the past 150 years, botanists have successfully unraveled many of the key molecular pathways that underpin how plants sense light and act on that information.

How plants can sense shining light direction? (quantamagazine)


  Generative AI at work

Since generative AI went mainstream a year ago, it has inspired an equal measure of hype and fear. Boosters of tools such as ChatGPT and DALL-E predict that they will transform our economy, while skeptics worry about their potential to produce inaccurate or harmful results and ultimately replace workers. But until recently, no one had tested what really happens when companies unleash generative AI at scale in real workplaces.

Working paper from NBER (nber)


  Overview of the JAD Methodology

The Joint Application Development methodology is a software development approach that aims to bring stakeholders, developers, and users together in joint sessions. These joint sessions are workshops where project requirements and design are defined. We take a look at the JAD methodology in great detail, exploring its advantages and disadvantages, best practices, and the role it plays in software creation.

JAD tools & software (developer)


  Managing security policies with AI

Using natural language processing, Infinity AI Copilot is designed to enable admins to create and update policies, provide guided incident investigations, and apply controls and rules through a text-based chat interface in the style of ChatGPT. By extending across the Infinity platform, the organization is looking to address one of the weaknesses of single-point tools — a lack of integration and ultimately a restricted view of threat intelligence and insights to address the latest vulnerabilities.

Check Point’s new generative AI tool (csoonline)


  Technologies 2024

Every year, the reporters and editors at MIT Technology Review survey the tech landscape and pick 10 technologies that we think have the greatest potential to change our lives in the years ahead. We consider advances in every field, from biotechnology and artificial intelligence to computing, robotics, and climate tech. This is the 23rd year we’ve published this list. Here’s what didn’t make the cut.

10 Breakthrough (technologyreview)


  New platform of nanoplastics detection

Plastic pollution has been a rising global concern, with increasing plastic consumption every year. Microplastic contaminations have been identified to prevalently from almost everywhere in the environments and even human biological samples. The possibility of nanoplastics crossing biological barriers and entering the biological systems, raising public concern on its potential toxicity.

SRS Microscopy (pnas)


  Main trends in Blockchain in2024

We are at the point of some exciting developments that are set to revolutionize the blockchain landscape, that will be driven by a number of key trends that are shaping the technology’s future. The world will continue to witness the maturation and integration of blockchain, and it will influence diverse sectors.

Is bBlockchain as fix for AI issue? (treasuryxl)


  A new class of antibiotic candidates

Researchers showed that some compounds could kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) grown in a lab dish and in two mouse models of MRSA infection. A key innovation of the new study is that the researchers were also able to figure out what kinds of information the deep-learning model was using to make its antibiotic potency predictions.

Using AI (mit)


  ICH Q5A(R2) Guideline update

The ICH Q5A(R2) draft Guideline on Viral Safety Evaluation of Biotechnology Products reached Step 2 of the ICH process on 29 September 2022. This R2 revision retains key principles of the original Guideline and provides additional recommendations on the established and complementary approaches to control the potential viral contamination of biotechnology products.

The draft guideline (ema)


  Sea level rise projections

Tide gauge measurements and satellite radar altimetry data show that the global mean sea level (GMSL) over the past two centuries is rising at faster rates with respect to the last millennia due to global warming . Changes in global mean sea level (GMSL) are due to the joint effect of thermosteric, barystatic, glacio-hydro-isostatic and land-hydrology components.

The northern Mediterranean coasts (iop)


  The energy-demand opportunity

The combined impact of decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization means organizations that once functioned mainly as energy consumers can now play the dual role of producer–consumer. These energy “prosumers” might still purchase electricity from the grid—only now, they can also produce their own electricity, store it, and sell it.

How companies can thrive in the energy transition? (pwc)


  13 IT resolutions for 2024

We are readying for another demanding year, anticipating that artificial intelligence, economic uncertainty, business demands, and expectations for ever-increasing levels of speed will all be in play for 2024. remain both undaunted by that list and expectant about what they can achieve. They’re articulating ambitions and formulating objectives, turning those would-be challenges into opportunities.

Continuous nature of change (cio)


  Agri-Food management

Conventional intensified food production systems’ reliance on major inputs of synthetic agrochemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides, have boosted food production significantly since the ‘Green Revolution’, but these systems have also emitted great amounts of greenhouse gases (GHG) and caused environmental degradation.

How to increase ecosystem productivity? (nature)


  Risks in climate solutions

Trillions of dollars in public and private investment are required for the transition to a sustainable economy. However, there is also a risk that this finance is channelled towards private pockets, high-emitting activities operating under the guise of ‘green’ initiatives, or criminal activity. The misuse and diversion of financial flows encompasses: bribery, money laundering, tax fraud, misappropriation of funds.

Corruption and integrity (ise)


  How to make chemical manufacturing greener?

A range of government regulations aimed at achieving zero-carbon emissions are driving this migration. These greenhouse emissions regulations will progressively come into effect in the coming decades, culminating, for example, in the European Union’s aim to reduce 95 percent of 1990 level greenhouse emissions by 2050.

Decarbonizing Chemical Industry (iee)


  IT industry outlook 2024

IT professionals report a mainly rosy outlook. A third of them say they are very optimistic about their career paths, their company’s trajectory and the broader technology industry, while 4 in 10 take a slightly more tempered view and report being fairly optimistic about all three. Another 19% have mixed feelings, while just 7% acknowledge more negative concerns about the upcoming year’s prospects.

Trends to watch (comptiacdn)


  EU' State of health preparedness

The 2023 report outlines relevant ongoing initiatives and work that are closely related but that are, for example, coordinated by Commission services outside the public health policy area. By showing these interlinkages, the report takes stock of EU efforts in the area of stronger health security, empha- sising the importance of taking a ‘One Health’ approach6.

Report 2023 (ec.europa)


  The adoption of GenAI

According to a Gartner survey of 1,400 executive leaders in the third quarter of 2023, 45% reported that their organization is piloting or experimenting with generative AI, and another 10% said they’ve already gone live with solutions. When we asked the same questions in March and April 2023, 70% of organizations were purely investigating generative AI and only 4% had gone live.

Five forces in sight (hbr)


  From DevOps to DevEx

Shifts to Agile, DevSecOps, and cloud engineering have all become mainstream in recent years because they enhance speed, quality, and cross-functional collaboratio.Leaders agree that a good developer experience results in better end-user and customer experiences, increasingly shifting focus from measuring speed and quantity to providing the proper tools, platforms, and feedback mechanisms and ultimately creating a culture that works for developers.

Empowering the engineering experience (deloitte)


  The role of N.E in achieving climate targets

Scenarios are not forecasts, but ‘if-then’ statements that help to understand the consequences of certain policy measures or assumptions. Thus, there is a variety of storylines - even for scenarios that share the same climate objectives. Three different models are used in these scenarios, and nuclear energy is used to very different extents by these three models.

Global scenarios (umweltbundesamt)


  Economic outlook 2023-25

Thanks to softening demand and positive base effects on energy and food, disinflation is gaining traction. We anticipate that central banks will pivot earlier than expected by economic forecasters (i.e. summer 2024) but later than market expectations as it takes time to cool down a hot labor market. Indeed, services inflation and wage growth continue to fuel inflationary pressures, especially in the US.

Looking back, looking forward (allianz-trade)


  Financing adaptation

As the world grapples with the urgency of addressing climate-related challenges, the availability, access and adequacy of adaptation finance support have taken centre stage. This paper delves deep into this crucial topic, shedding light on its significance and highlighting the pressing need for a more comprehensive understanding of the problem at hand.

In developing Countries (odi)


  The state of food and agriculture 2023

The State of Food and Agriculture 2023 looks into the true cost of food for sustainable agrifood systems. The report introduces the concept of hidden environmental, health and social costs and benefits of agrifood systems and proposes an approach – true cost accounting (TCA) – to assess them.

The hidden environmental, health and social costs (fao)


  Global medium-range weather forcasting

DeepMind has just shown that its GraphCast model now passes the best “classic” medium-term global weather forecast model. And this at the cost of a ridiculous calculation time: barely a minute on a single processor compared to hours of supercomputer time for canonical methods.

IA weather prediction (science)


  Significant attention to Tailwind CSS

Its approach to building user interfaces promotes a utility-first CSS framework that allows you to easily style your websites without the need to write custom CSS code. This open-source GitHub favourite provides a set of pre-built utility classes that you can apply directly in your HTML code to achieve different styles and layouts within any design.


Is it worth trying in 2024?


  New therapeutic tools for regeneration

The multicellular robots, ranging in size from the width of a human hair to the point of a sharpened pencil, were made to self-assemble and shown to have a remarkable healing effect on other cells. The discovery is a starting point for the researchers’ vision to use patient-derived biobots as new therapeutic tools for regeneration, healing, and treatment of disease.

Biological robots from human cells (innovations-report)


  Turning adversity into advantage

Disruption has hit businesses hard in the last few years. Unforeseen fluctuations in demand at the height of the pandemic, geopolitical unrest driving up wages, material costs and energy prices, climate emergencies, and technology innovations have revealed dangerously low levels of resiliency within engineering, supply, production and operations.

In pursuit of durable resilience (accenture)


  The energy-demand opportunity

The combined impact of decarbonization, decentralization, and digitization means organizations that once functioned mainly as energy consumers can now play the dual role of producer–consumer. These energy “prosumers” might still purchase electricity from the grid—only now, they can also produce their own electricity, store it, and sell it. And they can use data and technology to modulate their energy demand.

How companies can thrive in the energy transition (pwc)


  Climate outlook

Emissions from OECD countries and China—today’s highest emitters—are very likely to decline significantly through mid-century, thanks in part to decades of policy and investments that have brought down the costs of renewable electricity and electric vehicle batteries, positioning these technologies to scale rapidly in the years ahead.

Projections of energy, emissions and global temperature rise (rgh)


  Topographic changes on Earth measured

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has established another milestone in 3D Earth mapping with the 'TanDEM-X 30-metre DEM Change Map', which provides a global overview of changes to Earth's surface. Change maps are relevant for everything from glacial retreat to agricultural development, volcanic activity and urban planning.

New TanDEM-X global dataset (dlr)


  The EU Emissions trading system

Revenues from the auctioning of allowances accrue to Member States and to the EU through two key funds – the Innovation Fund and the Modernisation Fund. In addition, in the near future revenues from auctions and the forthcoming carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) will also contribute to EU Own Resources.

Method and effects (europarl)


  Environmental Unit Cost Lists


The aim of this report is to compare different methodologies used in lists or databases of environmental unit costs. These will Used, among other things, for cost-benefit analyzes and environmental or sustainability reporting. The analysis is based on a core set of lists and databases that emerged from an investigation by the Federal Environment Agency.

A methodological comparative analysis (umweltbundesamt)


  Generative AI Explained

Generative AI can be thought of as a machine-learning model that is trained to create new data, rather than making a prediction about a specific dataset. A generative AI system is one that learns to generate more objects that look like the data it was trained on. Despite the hype that came with the release of ChatGPT and its counterparts, the technology itself isn’t new.

The increase in complexity (qualitydigest)


  Workertech partnership

The value of fairly paid work and decent conditions has only risen in importance through the pandemic and subsequent cost-of-living crisis. By identifying and supporting impact entrepreneurs with a vision for better work, the Workertech Partnership aims – over the longer term - to improve work for millions of workers, as well as shifting the behaviour of large employers, regulators and other institutions towards a better system of work in the UK.

Impact & learning report (resolutionfoundation)


  From plate to planet

Urgent and far-reaching action to transform food systems is needed to reach the Paris Agreement target. Where national governments are falling short, this report shows how cities and regional governments are pioneering policies on food and climate change through dozens of inspiring examples of effective action on-the-ground.

Action on climate change through food (ipes-food)


  Resolving the microbiome diversity conundrum

Different healthy individuals’ microbiome compositions, even in the same population, often differ drama- tically, contrary to the notion that a vital trait should be highly conserved. Moreover, gnotobiotic individuals exhibit highly deleterious phenotypes, supporting the view that the microbiome is paramount to host fitness.

Within computational framework (nature)


  Web application security

The cornerstone of a successful DevOps practice is automation; this is why automating security within workflows (DevSecOps) makes so much sense. DevSecOps is lacing each step of the DevOps process and practice with security. By adding security to the most important outputs into each step of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) they will be secured when deployed and attestable for compliance.

Top 6 DevOps best practices (veracode)


  Innovative new cell therapies

New trial results, however, suggest that scientists are finally making some headway with next-generation CAR T therapies. Last week, BioNTech presented preliminary results from a clinical study of one called BNT211 at the European Society for Medical Oncology conference in Madrid. Researchers are working on ways to make CAR T more potent, more precise, and safer.

How to take aim at solid tumors ? (technologyreview)


  Global tax evasion

All offshore financial institutions claim that the era of bank secrecy is over, but are they truthfully cooperating with foreign tax authorities? Policymakers claim that “the race-to-the-bottom over corporate tax rates is over” and that multinationals will soon pay everywhere at least 15% in tax, but are we sure that companies are not finding new ways to keep tax rates closer to 0?

Report 2024 (taxobservatory)


  Cutting methane from fossil fuels

More than 75% of methane emissions from oil and gas operations and half of emissions from coal today can be abated with existing technology, often at low cost. The oil and gas sector has the greatest share of ready-to-implement and cost-effective technical opportunities to reduce methane emissions.

Benefits assessment for the climate & the health (iea)


  Future risks report

Study based on a double survey of 3,226 risk and insurance experts in fifty countries, on the one hand, and 19,000 people representative of the population of fifteen large countries, on the other hand, certainly still classifies climate change at the top of the reasons for concern, ahead of cybersecurity risks and geopolitical instability.

Axa' survey (axa)


  UE/US Divergent growth

Economic growth in the Euro Area, a region that is comparable with the US, has been deeply disappointing: the region has been falling behind the US since the 1980s, lowering the EU’s overall economic performance rates as a result.1 There are many structural explanations behind the lagging rates of growth.

Warning call (ecipe)


  Life trends 2024

The harmony between people, tech and business is showing tensions, and society is in flux. Five trends explore the decline of customer obsession, the influence of generative AI, the stagnation of creativity, the balance of tech benefits and burden, and people’s new life goals.Opportunity abounds for business and brands in the coming twelve months and beyond.



  State of Climate Tech 2023

there are glimmers of hope. Climate tech’s share of private market equity and grant investment rose to 11.4% in Q3 2023 and is tracking at an annual rate of 10% for the year to date, extending a decade-long upward trajectory. First-time funders continue to join deals in large numbers.

How to reverse the fall in climate tech investment ? (pwc)


  New approaches to desalination

After carrying out a series of new experiments and simulations, and reexamining some of the results from various groups that claimed to have exceeded the thermal limit, a team of researchers at MIT has reached a startling conclusion: Under certain conditions, at the interface where water meets air, light can directly bring about evaporation without the need for heat.

Water evaporation without heat (mit)


  Global wilth report 2023

High inequality has been seen as one of the great social challenges for years – but nothing has been done about it. Stagnation – even if it stops a previous downward trend – is not improvement. Cementing a distribution situation that is perceived as unjust is a creeping social poison. And the challenge is not getting any smaller.

Global financial assets (allianz-trade)


  What America wants from China ?

Preserving a functioning global system that includes China will not be simple or straightforward. Washington has grown increasingly ambivalent in recent years about upholding the existing system, which it played an outsize role in designing. It cannot credibly keep China inside the tent if it is uncomfortable being there, as well.

How to keep Beijing entangled in the world order ? (foreignaffairs)


  How To de-risk climate investments ?

The paper is to highlight the potential reduction in cost of capital as a result of risk mitigation through a well structured and sized credit guarantee facility. This paper outlines three different approaches by which a Global Credit Guarantee Fund (GCGF) could be sized via different proportions of funded capital and callable capital.

Emerging markets & developing economies (climatepolicyinitiative)


  Whole grain (Q&A)

Eating whole grains as part of a healthy diet may help to reduce the risk of many common diseases. This article explores common questions about whole grains, shedding light on their nutritional value, types, and how they contribute to a healthy lifestyle. You will also find easy tips on how to identify whole grain products and increase your everyday consumption.

Facts for healthy choice (eufic)


  International migration 2023

More than one in three OECD countries recorded entry flows not seen in at least 15 years, while several countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, broke absolute records. The immigration of temporary workers, particularly seasonal workers, has also seen a sharp increase. Over 2 million new applications were lodged in OECD countries in 2022, the highest number recorded so far.

Special situations & specific needs (oecd)


  How to unlock future growth?

This report makes a case for empowering chief human resources officers (CHROs) to be “High-Res” growth executives who can drive reinvention beyond the HR function to create top-line growth and non-financial impact. It builds on our findings from 2020 that show leaving employees “Net Better Off” is a powerful catalyst for success in tomorrow’s markets.

Expanding access to highly skilled talent (accenture)


  China annual scorecard

To track Beijing’s reform efforts, China Pathfinder compares China’s economic system to those of market economies. Using six components of the market model—financial system development, market competition, modern innovation system, trade openness, direct investment opennes s, and portfolio investment openness—we establish a quantitative framework for understanding China’s progress or regression on reform

Running out of road (chinapathfinder)


  Inflammatory origin of AMD

Due to commonalities in pathophysiology, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) represents a uniquely accessible model to investigate therapies for neurodegenerative diseases, leading us to examine whether pathways of disease progression are shared across neurodegenerative conditions. Here we use single-nucleus RNA sequencing to pro?le lesions from 11 postmortem human retinas with age-related macular degeneration.

Single-cell analysis & Machine learning pipelines (nature communication)


  Policing carbon markets

Carbon markets have emerged in recent decades as one of the most important tools for curbing industrial greenhouse gas emissions, but they present a number of novel enforcement challenges when compared with more conventional pollution regulations. These challenges include new regulators with narrow authority, lack of legal precedent, and more.

Key points for decision-makers (


  Tiny language models come of age

Machine learning researchers have embraced this lesson. GPT-3.5, the large language model that powers the ChatGPT interface, has nearly 200 billion parameters, and it was trained on a data set comprising hundreds of billions of words. (OpenAI hasn’t released the corresponding figures for its successor, GPT-4.) Training such large models typically requires at least 1,000 specialized processors called GPUs running in parallel for weeks at a time.

How neural networks learn to simulate writing? (quantamagazine)


  Global tech report 2023

Many organizations refuse to be blown off-track. In this year’s edition of our global tech report, technology professionals are resolute. Some leading organizations are already generating profit from their investments in emerging technologies — and are coping well with priorities such as the environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda.



  EU survey on mental health

In the context of this survey, mental health is understood as being a state of well-being that enables people to cope with the various challenges and stresses of life, realise their own abilities, learn and work productively, and contribute to their community. Mental health is an integral and essential component of health and is more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities.

Mental health report (europa)


  Biotechnology Report 2023

Biotech commercial leaders (companies with at least US$500 million in annual revenue), along with their big pharma counterparts, are in dire need of addressing innovation deficits and in search of new revenues to offset the massive wave of pending patent expirations. On the other end of the spectrum, emerging biotechs face a capital-constrained operating environment.

Beyond Borders (ey)


  The global telecom industry

As they maintain their long-standing focus on cost cutting, optimisation and automation, companies can seek out pockets of growth. These include internet of things (IOT) solutions; private 5G networks for business customers; fixed wireless home broadband for households; and, in some markets, the provision of digital infrastructure, data, content and platform services.

Growth in the face of rising demands (pwc)


  Ultra-processed food addiction

Not all foods have addictive potential. The YFAS asks people to report on intake of foods with high levels of refined carbohydrates or added fats, such as sweets and salty snacks.14 These types of foods are most strongly implicated in the behavioural indicators of addiction, such as excessive intake, loss of control over consumption, intense cravings, and continued use despite negative consequences.

Social, clinical, and policy implications (bmj)


  Global economic outlook 2023-2025

Global trade dropped to its lowest level in the last two years amid the ongoing destocking process in the manufacturing sector and we only project a timid exit from recession from -0.6% in 2023 to +3.3% in 2024. Overall, the US will see a mere +1.1% GDP growth in 2024, the slowest rate since 2009, followed by +1.7% in 2025.

Between a micro rock & a macro hard place (allianz-trade)


  USA: On how to thwart China economic growth ?

TheUS administration’s National Security Strategy identifies China as “the only competitor with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it.” Given this assumption, does China’s continued economic growth present an intolerable risk to America’s national security?

US security strategy (brookings)


  Earthworms in food production

Earthworms are critical soil ecosystem engineers that support plant growth in numerous ways; however, their contribution to global agricultural production has not been quantified. We estimate the impacts of earthworms on global production of key crops by analyzing maps of earthworm abundance, soil properties, and crop yields together with earthworm-yield responses from the literature.

Significant contribution (nature communication)


  UK economic performance

The sensitivity of UK firms’ employment growth to their productivity – i.e. how quickly productive firms scale up – fell by 30% after the financial crisis. Instead, the pace of reallocation has slowed, with firms growing and shrinking less in response to shocks than they used to: the rate at which jobs were reallocated from shrinking to growing firms fell by one-fifth after 2008 – 7.5 million missing reallocated jobs.

Ready for change (resolutionfoundation)


  Key to coastal water restoration

Globally, the United Nations estimates that “the number of dead zones worldwide – areas of water that lack enough oxygen to support marine life – has increased from around 400 in 2008 to around 700 in 2019.” The process of eutrophication of estuaries and coasts through the discharge of fertilizer and wastewater generates a growth of CO2 which asphyxiates organisms and ecosystems.

Oyster fight (technologyreview)


  Honeybees’ foraging choices

Honeybees are the most widespread managed pollinators of our food crops, and a crucial part of their well-being is a suitable diet. Yet, we do not know how they choose flowers to collect nectar or pollen from. Here we studied forty-three honeybee colonies in six apiaries over a summer, identifying the floral origins of honey and hive-stored pollen samples by DNA-metabarcoding.

DNA metabarcoding study (nature)


  Global Warming a threat to tropical forests

Today, deforestation is considered the second source of CO2 emissions after the use of fossil fuels”, insists Ghislain Vieilledent. Despite the commitments of the Paris agreement signed in 2015, deforestation has not significantly decreased on a global scale. Our work shows that dry tropical forests are certainly the most affected, but those that are humid will not be spared.

Above 29°c trees can't catch co2 (science advance)


  China's edge in autonomous driving

Similar to the Full Self-Driving (FSD) features that Tesla is beta testing in North America, China's NOA (Navigation on Autopilot) systems are an increasingly capable version of driver-assistance systems that can autonomously stop, steer, and change lanes in complicated urban traffic. This is different from fully autonomous driving, since human drivers are still required to hold the steering wheel and be ready to take over.

Navigation on Autopilot (NOA) (technologyreview)


  Energy-system transition

Over the past decade, the world has invested an average of US$300 billion per year. According to the IEA, annual investments will need to rise to the range of US$560 billion to US$780 billion in the 2030s. Money alone doesn’t solve the problem, as challenges to grid expansion also include long permitting periods, technical complexities, and shortages of skilled labour and materials—which can help increase costs.

Bridging the gaps (pwc)


  The state of AI in 2023

The expected business disruption from gen AI is significant, and respondents predict meaningful changes to their workforces. They anticipate workforce cuts in certain areas and large reskilling efforts to address shifting talent needs. Yet while the use of gen AI might spur the adoption of other AI tools, we see few meaningful increases in organizations’ adoption of these technologies.

Generative AI’s breakout year (mckinsey)          AI index (standford)


  A Japanese Strategy in Asia

Japan’s long-held emphasis on a multifaceted and multilayered approach to Asia policy continues to be a constructive way to address the new regional and international challenges that have emerged. The transnational challenges that have become particularly prominent in recent years have acutely demonstrated the need for an unprecedented level of international cooperation.

Asia’s future at a crossroads (risingpowersinitiative)


  US & Eurozone growth

The US economy stepped up the pace in Q2 2023, with GDP growing above-trend at +2.4% annualized, driven by soaring business investment. The Eurozone's economic outlook is increasingly challenging, with indications of continued weak performance. July's PMIs confirm a further slowdown in the second half of the year.

Growth defying gravity (allianz-trade)


  China’s emergence

China has emerged as an economic superpower that rivals the United States in many ways, although the total economic power of modern democracies—most of which are strategic partners of the United States—vastly exceeds the size of the Chinese economy, trade efforts, and efforts in technology and research and development.

As a superpower (csis)


  It’s getting hot in here

This summer we’ve had a glimpse of what climate change will mean for global temperatures. July was the hottest month ever recorded, bringing extreme heatwaves across the northern hemisphere, temperatures exceeding 50oC in the US and in China, and extensive wildfires in Mediterranean countries.

UK' overheating (resolutionfoundation)

  Climate finance for agrifood systems

Low-carbon and resilient agrifood systems are vital to ensure the food security of a growing human population and global economic development. This report presents the first comprehensive analysis of climate finance flowing to these systems globally, with the aim of better informing decision-makers in this space.

Climate resilience and low-carbon future (climatepolicyinitiative)


  How to bring data protection to SSD ?

To protect the data on high-performance SSDs, most server OEMs use traditional RAID controllers, which were originally designed for hard disk drives. When traditional RAID is deployed with modern SSDs, it behaves in a way that massively reduces SSD performance and endurance, while requiring additional SSD drives for redundancy, reducing available capacity.

A smarter way based application (infoworld)


  Business & Climate adaptation

While decarbonization is about preventing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to curb the impact of climate change, adaptation means adjusting to the physical effects of climate change, like the extreme weather we’re already experiencing. Those effects can be chronic and happen slowly or acute.

How to protect and grow your business (pwc)


  Top AI code assistants for developers

AI coding tools can save developers a ton of time when it comes to software development by taking the wheel and writing, reviewing, and debugging code by simply receiving some human-delivered prompts. This guide will discuss the following top AI code assistants for developers in terms of their features.

Pros, cons & pricing (developer)


  Data-first digital twins

Head of Digital Technology at Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace – explained how the company pivoted its approach to MRO (maintenance and repair operation) in order to maximise TOW (Time-on-wing) of its engines, and how implementing innovative digital twin technology is aiding the company in this endeavour.

The introduction of total care (engineerlive)


  The governance of food systems

The power of giant agribusiness firms was already a matter of concern over a century ago. Attempts have been made to rein them in through anti-trust policies, lobbying registers, and even a UN Code of Conduct on Transnational Corporations. But these efforts were ultimately inadequate, and the power of leading agri-food corporations to set the agenda has only grown.


Who's tipping the scales? (ipes)


  China's Tiangong space station

As planned, by 11 launches and on-orbit missions, China has completed the assembly and started the official operation of the space station. With the completion and operation of the Tiangong space station, China will become the third country able to build and operate space stations independently after the Soviet Union and the United States.

Design and application prospect (phy)


  Quality: isn't just meeting metric

As workplaces shift to offer more perks in the form of “company culture,” it can be easy to dismiss words like “values” and “mission statement” as irrelevant to a generation that touts company lunches, casual Fridays, and vending machines for the intended audience. But that’s not the case. In fact, company values like integrity, providing quality services or a quality product, and making sure a job gets done are all intrinsically tied to quality.

Five successful companies that follow their values to success (qualitydigest)


  How to Define Project Scope?

Project scope is the clear and exact definition of the work and tasks required to successfully complete a project – in our case, an application, app, or website. This scope includes the project’s objectives, deliverables, constraints, resources, boundaries, and key stakeholders. Additionally, the scope will set the parameters of the project and identify what does and does not need to be included.

Tools & Stakeholders (developer)


  Medecine: Reflection paper on AI

EMA is seeking stakeholder feedback on the draft reflection paper on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the medicinal product lifecycle via an open consultation concerning human and veterinary medicines. This consultation aims to initiate the dialogue with all groups of stakeholders in this fast evolving field. During the consultation a workshop will be organised by EMA on 20-21 November 2023 on AI in the context of medicines.

Scheduled workshop (ema)


  "Click Chemistry" therapy in practice

A potent anti-cancer therapy has been created using Nobel prize-winning "click chemistry," where molecules click together like LEGO bricks, in a new study by UCL and Stanford University researchers. The research team created an anti-cancer therapy with three components: one targeting the cancer cell, another recruiting a white blood cell called a T cell to attack the cancer cell, and a third knocking out part of the cancer cell's defenses.

Anti-cancer therapy (nature chemistry)


  Defining alt-proteins

The term “alternative protein” can apply to various protein sources ranging from plant-based protein, to cultivated meat grown from cell cultures, and even to insects. Plant-based protein sources in particular—like tofu, tempeh, or seitan—have histories dating back millennia. However, these products, which aren’t made to provide the experience of meat, are fundamentally different than contemporary alt-proteins.

The future appetite (csis)


  EU' Heat-related mortality

Exposure to heat poses a major threat to high-risk populations in Europe and worldwide by substantially contributing to increased morbidity and mortality9,10. Heat waves are the extreme weather events with the highest impact in terms of attributable counts of death11. Heat-related mortality has been a major concern for the past two decades in Europe, especially after the 71,449 excess deaths registered during the months of June, July, August and September of 2003.

Climate change and the summer of 2022 (nature medecine)


  How to cap ‘luxury’ energy use ?

The researchers found that capping energy demand from those at the top, even while helping those at the bottom, makes both targets easier to reach. The yearly cuts needed fell to 8.8% for the bigger carbon budget and to 22% for the smaller one. Studies have shown the global rich which includes middle-class people in rich countries – play a disproportionate role in heating the planet.

Study in emission target for EU
(nature energy)


  Dinosaur & Mammal

Dinosaurs and mammals have coexisted for the last 230 million years. Although they undoubtedly interacted in many ways, direct fossil evidence for their interaction is rare. Here we report a new fossil find from the Lujiatun Member of the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation of China, showing a gobiconodontid mammal and psittacosaurid dinosaur locked in mortal combat.

In mortal combat (scientific report)


  Millennial survey

The survey findings enable us to better understand the intersection of mental health and work—shining a light on work-specific factors and burnout, as well as the support people receive from employers. In line with the 2022 findings, stigma around mental health clearly remains. While there is a general recognition that employers are improving their support, many employees are still not using the resources offered in their workplaces.

GenZ mental-health ? (deloitte)


  The new sustainability mandate

Companies face intense pressure to act on sustainability issues, and many are committing to ambitious environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives. So, why is so little being achieved on environmental issues? Call it the gap between intentions and reality. Building a better business for a net-zero world often requires tough trade-offs.

How to find out the right balance? (strategybusiness)


  Crop monitoring in Europe

The yield forecasts for almost all crops considered were revised downward. At EU level, the yield forecast for most crops remains at or slightly above the mediocre 5-year average. The main reason for the worsened yield expectations are the distinctly drier-than-usual conditions that occurred for more than one month in large parts of western, central and northern Europe, as well as in eastern Romania.

Jrc report (


  US' racially polarized voting

Using large-sample surveys combined with aggregate demographic and election data, we find that national-level differences across racial groups explain 60% of the variation in district-level voting patterns, whereas geography explains 30%. Black voters consistently choose Democratic candidates across districts, whereas Hispanic and white voters’ preferences vary considerably across geography.

First study of racial voting patterns (cambridge)


  Water pipeline monitoring

Using fibre optic sensors to monitor water networks against wastage: the international journal Sensors published the results of an experiment carried out at Politecnico di Milano aimed at optimising the water network. Researchers from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering pioneered the use of distributed fibre optic sensing (DFOS) based on Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS) technology for monitoring water pipeline networks over long distances.

Distributed fiber optic sensors (mdpi)


Competitive dominance of the cloud

The French Autorité identifies market failures likely to be addressed by the regulations under discussion such as the European (« Data Act ») or the French Governement’s draft law to secure and regulate the digital space. Competition authorities will have to monitor that established players do not hinder the development of smaller or new players based on these technologies.

Market analysis (autoritedelaconcurrence)


  The rise of the AI Engineer

We are observing a once in a generation “shift right” of applied AI, fueled by the emergent capabilities and open source/API availability of Foundation Models. A wide range of AI tasks that used to take 5 years and a research team to accomplish in 2013, now just require API docs and a spare afternoon in 2023.

There are no end of challenges (


  European tech ascendancy

While Europe is clearly doing a good job at producing world-leading companies, its biggest strength lies in emerging sectors like fintech, quantum computing, and climate tech, says the report. It already accounts for around a third of global funding in these key emerging industries, while the continent is home to half of the world’s top science clusters focused on these sectors.

Unlocking a continent's innovation potential (dealroom)


  Reducing software security risk

From nearly two decades of securing software, we know that fixing flaws, not just finding them, is what makes a profound impact on security posture. However, fixing flaws is one of the greatest challenges teams face when it comes to application security...until now. Veracode Fix marks a major leap forward in software security.

Veracode' mesurability tool (vearcode)


  Biotechnology report

Biotech’s deep capabilities around innovation and the importance of its product offerings mean the industry still maintains a favorable mid- to long-term outlook. Companies that focus on the fundamentals will be poised to lead the next phase of expansion once the impact of the recessionary environment and tighter monetary policies subsides.

Beyond borders (ey)


  2023 : Top 10 emerging tech.

To achieve this, expert groups of academics and industry leaders were curated for each of the 10 technologies listed in the 2023 report. They were then asked to predict the future impact of their respective technology, rating the projected influence on a scale from 1 to 10, should these technologies achieve widespread adoption in the next 3-5 years.

Wef report (weforum)


  Climate change litigation

This report reviews key global developments in climate change litigation, with a focus on the period June 2022 to May 2023, drawing primarily on the Climate Change Litigation databases maintained by the Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law. Overall, more than 2,341 cases have been captured in the Sabin Center’s climate litigation databases.

Global trend (


  Technology vision 2023

Our research shows that only 8% of companies are adopting a strategy of total enterprise reinvention. These are the Reinventors, and we believe every company must aspire to be one. Among that backdrop, our Technology Vision provides insights to enable leaders and their organizations to act now to embrace technology and use the foundations of a new reality as a path towards reinvention.

When Atoms meet Bits (accenture)


  Climate finance

Emerging market and developing economies (EMDEs) and least developed countries (LDCs), in particular, have seen significant gaps in both mitigation and adaptation. Further, in a majority of developing countries, public finances are strained, inflation is high, and debt is mounting due to the pandemic and volatile geopolitical conditions.

Between the global South and the global North (climatepolicyinitiative)


  EU' railway assets for biodiversity

Considering ecosystem services when managing railway assets on existing lines and considering environmental assets in conjunction with other asset management plans is of growing importance for UIC and its members. Investors and railway infrastructure managers must consider their environmental footprint, including biodiversity, in their construction and maintenance projects.

Guidelines (uic)


  Global Entertainment & Media Outlook

The slowdown, caused in large measure by sluggish consumer spending, is pushing companies to reset expectations, refocus inward and seek ways to recharge growth. They’re doing so by tapping into the many geographical and sectoral hotspots that offer opportunities and by harnessing emerging technology—in particular, by exploring the power of generative AI as an engine of productivity for the creative process.

Perspectives (pwc)


  Eurozone convergence

While the Economic and Monetary Union has helped increase convergence across countries over the last two decades, the momentum has significantly slowed. In fact, regional disparities are on the rise. In addition, the uneven recovery from the crises is set to increase the income gap as projected growth remains broadly the same across most member countries with still large differences in GDP per capita.

Two steps forward, one step back (allianz-trade)


  Carbon border adjustment mechanism

The CBAM will be introduced on the 1 October 2023 according to Regulation (EU) 2023/9561. The aim is to address the risk of carbon leakage if differences in levels of ambition worldwide persist as the EU accelerates its reduction targets. The purpose of the CBAM is to therefore ensure the same carbon price will be paid for the GHG emissions associated with certain imported goods as in the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

EU' rules (umweltbundesamt)


  The $100 billion bet

Syracuse is about to become an economic test of whether, over the next several decades, the aggressive government policies—and the massive corporate investments they spur—can both boost the country’s manufacturing prowess and revitalize regions like upstate New York. It all begins with an astonishingly expensive and complex kind of factory called a chip fab.

For a new semiconductor manufacturing hub (technologyreview)


  Transforming European Defense

This report outlines a critical role for the European Union to play in coordinating and integrating European defense efforts. To realize a transformation of European defense requires not just more spending but deeper European defense cooperation, coordination, and integration. The European Union can play a critical role in this effort by leveraging its fiscal potential to spur cooperation and integration.

A new focus on integration (csis)


  Talent vs OPT/H-1B visas

While foreign-born applicants who want to work in the US face red tape and long delays, new “talent visas” in the U.K., Australia, Canada and elsewhere are luring away people who have some of the world’s most in-demand skills. Around 80 % of people studying computer science and electrical engineering at the graduate level are international students, the National Foundation for American Policy reports.

In high-demand fields (hechingerreport)


  European economic security strategy

New geopolitical and technological realities requires EU to adapt their approach, preserving the vast majority of Europe’s highly valuable economic links to the world while ensuring that the new risks they face, which are narrow but critical, are effectively tackled. Some advanced economies have already adopted dedicated strategies and are now implementing them.

A significant shift in the bloc’s approach (circabc.europa)


  How "Copilot" could improve your productivity?

Since March, Microsoft have been testing Copilot with 20 enterprise customers, learning alongside companies like Goodyear, General Motors, The Walsh Group, and Avanade. Their overwhelming feedback is that Copilot has the potential to revolutionize work. They point to how it is a game changer for meetings and can jump-start creativity.

Github adds Copilot software for programmers (microsoft)


  What is a holobiont?

Understanding ourselves as holobionts not only has implications for our health, but also for the environment. Human beings tend to conserve species or ecosystems separately, without worrying about maintaining the relationships and cycles that sustain organisms as a whole. But a forest or desert cannot survive without the links that its macro and micro inhabitants weave.

Our bond with microorganisms (elpais)


  Enceladus: Sodium phosphates presence

More recent modelling of mineral solubilities in Enceladus’s ocean indicates that phosphate could be relatively abundant17. Here we present Cassini’s Cosmic Dust Analyzer mass spectra of ice grains emitted by Enceladus that show the presence of sodium phosphates. Our observational results, together with laboratory analogue experiments, suggest that phosphorus is readily available in Enceladus’s ocean.

Several lines of evidence (nature cosmos)


  EU' climate-related extremes

Analysing trends in economic losses is difficult, partly because of high variability from year to year. Some statistical analysis has revealed, however, that economic losses increase over time. As severe weather- and climate-related extreme events are expected to intensify further, it seems unlikely that the associated economic losses will reduce by 2030.

Economic losses (eea)


  Toward free movement in Africa

Analysing georeferenced Afrobarometer survey data from 44,807 respondents in 32 countries, I find that respondents who live in closer proximity to an international land border are more likely to support free movement than those living farther away. As African governments move toward visa-free movement throughout the continent, public support for such policies may vary significantly depending upon geographic location.

Border proximity and attitudes (afrobarometer)


  AR comes to surgery

Augmented Reality (AR), which overlays holographic images onto physical reality, isn’t new, but its use in surgery is just getting started. Kareem Zaki, a Thrive general partner, noted that software advances that deliver the precision needed for surgery are relatively new. And securing FDA regulatory clearances and research publications to support the technology takes time.

AR in health care (webflow)


  Biochar application

Biochar application and conservation tillage are common agricultural strategies for enhancing the organic carbon (OC) content in the soil-biochar mixture and crop yields (Zhang et al. 2020), which have multiple environmental and economic benefits for agricultural systems (Marris 2006; Page et al. 2020).

Long-term organic carbon (OC) sequestration in soil (springer)


  What is a high performer?

High-performing employees recognised by someone who goes above and beyond to achieve their goals and complete their tasks or assignments at work. This type of person takes initiative and focuses on improving their workplace habits and behaviors so that the company or team benefits from their actions.

Tips on how to become one (indeed)


  Taurine, a semiessential micronutrient

Aging is associated with systemic changes in the concentrations of molecules such as metabolites. However, whether such changes are merely the consequence of aging or whether these molecules are drivers of aging remains largely unexplored. If these were blood-based drivers of aging, then restoring their concentration or functions to “youthful” levels could serve as an antiaging intervention.

As a driver of aging (science)


  Unravelling the genetic architecture

As sequencing costs gradually drop, an increasing number of study designs involve whole genome sequencing (WGS) approaches. Large sequencing projects have been undertaken in the general population that can be used as reference panels for genotype imputation in association studies, such as the Haplotype Reference Consortium (HRC1) project.

Through whole genome sequencing (nature)


  miRNA signature of endometriosis

To face the challenge of diagnosing endometriosis, an accurate, reliable, and noninvasive test is required. Previous studies have highlighted the limited diagnostic value of clinical examinations and questionnaires as well as the low accuracy of imaging examinations for the detection of endometriosis, especially the superficial peritoneal phenotype.

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) & AI diagnosis (nejm)


  HPC data centers on energy consumption

More than half of respondents were motivated by the idea of wanting to do more with less: Expand computing capabilities with lower power. As the number of AI/ML/HPDA workloads performed on HPC systems continues to increase, the drive to expand computing capabilities comes up against the required energy costs. 33% say they encounter prohibitive energy costs, pointing to a more acute issue.

Strategic Importance (top500)


  World energy investment

The report provides a global benchmark for tracking capital flows in the energy sector and examines how investors are assessing risks and opportunities across all areas of fuel and electricity supply, critical minerals, efficiency, research and development and energy finance.

2023 IEA report


  Auto-indus: Chinese challenge to EU

Having recognized the potential of electric vehicles 15 years ago, China has since invested vast resources in building a competitive electric vehicle ecosystem. As a result, it now leads the global EV landscape, selling over double the number of BEVs in 2022 compared to Europe and the US combined, while also holding a competitive edge in nearly all aspects of the BEV value chain.

What can policymakers do? (allianz)


  Building better batteries

   br> Some promising battery concepts have been stuck at the research phase for half a century, but they may not languish in labs for much longer. Sparked by the nascent multi-sector electrification boom, an intense effort is now underway to bring high-performance battery technologies into real world use. One hotspot area of research is on batteries suited to grid scale electrical energy storage. Another driver is the demand for electric cars.

The next generation of battery (chemistryworld)


  COVID-19 in Europe

Impacts of COVID-19 are likely to continue in the coming years if more efforts are not made to decrease the circulation of SARS-CoV-2 and mitigate its impact on public health. Options are readily available to reduce the burden of SARS-CoV-2 and other endemic respiratory pathogens. We thus question the current high level of political and societal complacency towards COVID-19 in Europe.

No time for complacency (thelancet)


  Decline in global lake water storage

Here, we analyze the 1972 largest global lakes using three decades of satellite observations, climate data, and hydrologic models, finding statistically significant storage declines for 53% of these water bodies over the period 1992–2020. The net volume loss in natural lakes is largely attributable to climate warming, increasing evaporative demand, and human water consumption.

Satellite monitoring revelation (science)


  Physical activity (PA) & pain tolerance

Changing PA from lower to higher levels might be associated with a higher pain tolerance than an equally large change going from higher to lower PA. This might indicate that it is not only the total PA amount that matters but also the direction of change. These results might suggest increasing PA levels as a possible non-pharmacological pathway towards reducing or preventing chronic pain.

Longitudinal relationships (plos one)


  Data compression drives the internet

With more than 9 billion gigabytes of information traveling the internet every day, researchers are constantly looking for new ways to compress data into smaller packages. Cutting-edge techniques focus on lossy approaches, which achieve compression by intentionally “losing” information from a transmission. Google, for instance, recently unveiled a lossy strategy.

How It Works?? (quantamagazine)


  Deep sea habitats with mining activities

We present The Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ) Checklist, a biodiversity inventory of benthic metazoa vital to future assessments of environmental impacts. An estimated 92% of species identified from the CCZ are new to science. This is likely to be an overestimate owing to synonyms in the data but is supported by analysis of recent taxonomic studies suggesting that 88% of species sampled in the region are undescribed.

Metazoan species live (current biology)


  Ultrafast ultrasound scanners

Challenges in high-resolution human imaging, such as subtle motion and the presence of bone or gas, have limited such acquisition. These issues can be addressed with a large transducer aperture and fast acquisition and processing. Programmable, ultrafast ultrasound scanners with a high channel count provide an unprecedented opportunity to optimize volumetric acquisition.

High-resolution 3D mapping of tissue compartments (science)


  A metaverse that works

Real business value in the metaverse is already emerging, with companies making investments, staking claims, and introducing products. Creating digital twins for factories, designing virtual bank branches, expanding the reach of marquee cultural events—these are just a few of the ways work is getting done in the metaverse.

Finding real-world value in virtual reality (pwc)


  The Arctic

The Arctic sea routes in the future cannot be ruled out, however, and this does hold potential for conflict in that the legal status of the Northwest and Northeast Passages in particular is disputed. The divisions here run along rather unusual lines: while Canada and Russia take the view that the routes along their respective land masses pass through waters inside their territory, the US, the EU and China regard the passages as international sea routes.

Between conflict & coopertaion (kas)


  DB developper

Whether working remotely in an entirely different country or an office setting amongst a team, database developers can leverage the features of collaboration tools to stay on the same page, increase efficiency, share ideas, provide feedback, and more. This guide features some of the best collaboration tools for database developers so you can enjoy similar benefits.

Best collaboration tools (developer)


  German' twisted fusion machine

Proxima Fusion raised €‎7mn in funding to build a device known as a stellarator, a little-known fusion reactor that could hold the key to unlocking the potential of atom-fusing power within our lifetime. While the initial funding round was small, it is noteworthy because the startup is the first spinout from Germany’s esteemed Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics.

Scientific breakthroughs (thenextweb)


  Artificial intelligence regulation

General-purpose artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, such as ChatGPT, are quickly transforming the way AI systems are built and deployed. While these technologies are expected to bring huge benefits in the coming years, spurring innovation in many sectors, their disruptive nature raises policy questions around privacy and intellectual property rights, liability and accountability.

EU regulation (europarl)      AI in depth  (europarl) 


  ISO' Net Zero Guidelines

To support global climate action, ISO offers the Net Zero Guidelines for free download and online browsing. Launched at COP27, the Net Zero Guidelines tackle a major road block for a world where greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to the minimum and balanced by removals: the fragmented net zero governance landscape. Competing approaches and concepts for "Net Zero" sow confusion.

Global basis for harmonizing, understanding, & planning (iso)


  Tackling the gobal skills shortage

The Covid-19 pandemic provided an opportune moment for those looking to start their own business, pursue a hobby on a professional level or try their hand at something new, which came to be known as the Great Resignation. While the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change for millions of workers, it also fed directly into the global skills shortage.

A multi-pronged approach (qualitydigest)


  Europe: Bird population in decline

Using the most recent and largest empirical dataset ever assembled for Europe to investigate the effect of anthropogenic pressures, we highlighted the predominant detrimental impact of agriculture intensification on avian biodiversity at a continental scale over climate change, urbanization, and forest cover changes.

Farmland practices (pnas)


  Navigating economic change

The authors explore how cities can reverse long-term economic underperformance and move towards a new trajectory, looking at seven cities across five countries that have faced severe economic shocks but managed to break away from the resulting cycles of decline and transition to a more successful development path.

Lessons from successful ‘turnaround’ cities for the UK (resolutionfoundation)


  Cefic REACH action plan

The REACH regulation is a crucial EU legislation that gives companies that manufacture or import chemicals into the EU the mandate to register them with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The registration process includes submitting a dossier that outlines the chemical's properties, hazards, and risks associated with its use.

2022 results (cefic)


  UK & Japan parnership

The British government's newly published strategy document states that focusing on R&D, design and intellectual property (IP), plus compound semiconductors, is "targeted and value for money" and will secure advantages for the UK in nascent technologies such as AI, high-performance computing, and quantum.

Semiconductor strategy (publishing.service)


  Microsoft Teams Alternatives

Microsoft Teams is one of the most widely used collaborative tools on the market. While Microsoft Teams can keep you and your colleagues on the same page, it is not the only collaborative tool of its kind. In this collaboration software guide, we will discuss the following Microsoft Teams alternatives and include details on their features, pros, cons, and pricing.

The user-friendly tools (developer)


  EU' International communications

27% of all EU residents make use of international communications within the EU at least several times a month. 9% of EU residents make even daily use of calls or messages, either through the telecommunications network (phone calls or text messages) or via the internet (video calls, internet messaging).

Survey (europa)


  The roots of inflammation & metastasis cancer

Researchers from the Institut Curie, CNRS and Inserm have succeeded in identifying a signaling pathway involving copper and leading to the expression of inflammatory genes in macrophages, cells which are present in all tissues and which play a major role in the innate immune response.

Openness to a new therapy (nature)


  Dietary change in Germany

The current food system is environmentally unsustainable. Globally, food production is responsible for a quarter to a third of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and therefore a major driver of climate change. Agriculture occupies more than a third of the Earth’s land surface and has led to reductions in forest cover and loss of biodiversity.

Towards healthy & sustainable diets (umweltbundesamt)


  The Zoonomia Project

In the new studies, the researchers identified regions of the genomes, sometimes just single letters of DNA, that are most conserved, or unchanged, across mammalian species and millions of years of evolution — regions that are likely biologically important. As well as genetic variants that are more likely to play causal roles in rare and common human diseases.

What makes the human genome unique? (broadinstitute)


  Physical activity effects & addictive substances

Results suggest that there is promising evidence indicating that physical activity can be beneficial for patients with substance use disorders. We conclude, too, that future researchers should better describe their interventions," the authors write. "We also maintain that it is important to consider including participants with mental comorbidities and to monitor physical activity adherence during the intervention and mention it in the results.

Promising evidence (plos)


  Tunisia: The struggle continues

Findings of the latest Afrobarometer survey in Tunisia reveal that an overwhelming majority say the country is heading in the wrong direction, with management of the economy seen as the most pressing issue. Negative assessments of the economy have increased sharply, and fewer than half think things will get better in the near future.

View of economic crisis (afrobarometer)


  Biological invasions

Biological invasions are a growing component of global environmental change . A subset of alien species — those that are invasive — have emerged as a major driver of biodiversity loss and generate massive and rising economic costs. Investments in the management of invasions have been vastly underfunded and delayed, causing trillion-dollar impacts that could have been avoided.

Invasive alien species (abec)


  The French & retirement

In a context of inflation and financial restrictions for households, many (52%) fear a possible deterioration in their income. These reasons related to health and finances come far ahead of the fear of losing one's job or having more difficulty accessing training and updating one's skills. Part of the fiftieth more exposed to occupational hazards have already quit their jobs, because disability, illness or for a job change.

Credoc survey


  EPA: Transition to a clean-transportation

The new proposed emissions standards for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles for model year (MY) 2027 and beyond would significantly reduce climate and other harmful air pollution, unlocking significant benefits for public health, especially in communities that have borne the greatest burden of poor air quality.

Strongest-ever pollution standards (epa)


  Robotic rulemaking

For the public, generative AI might help people structure their information and views into public comments that have a better chance of influencing agency decisions. While agencies usually permit commenters to send in whatever text they want, more sophisticated comments tend to follow a professional format that contains substantive and sometimes highly technical information.

Generative AI Tech., impacts, & conflicts issues (brookings)


  Body weight & metabolic health

There is extensive evidence that sensory association learning, and the consequent power of a cue to control behavior varies considerably across individuals and is associated with risk for weight gain. Modern processed foods are therefore potent reinforcers and, as with drugs of abuse, animal models have shown that their frequent consumption rewires brain circuits, even in offspring born to mothers consuming a high-fat diet (HFD) during lactation.

Sweet & fatty snack modulates reward processing in humans (cell)


  Family businesses

Businesses will need to take into account new groups of stakeholders who have different expectations around what builds trust, and who consume information in entirely different ways. When it comes to these new measures for earning trust, family businesses will need to do a much better job of both showing and telling.

New priorities to secure their legacy (pwc)


  Everything everywhere all at once

While the financial sector has not reached full-blown crisis mode, further bank failures and capital market disruptions cannot be ruled out as policymakers struggle to restore investor confidence. In Europe, more energy-supply constraints, for instance as a result of colder weather towards the end of the year, could require gas rationing, which would push 2023 GDP growth into negative territory.

Spring economic Outlook (allianz)


  Energy: Greece & Eastern Mediterranean

The exploitation of energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean will be one of the greatest political, diplomatic and economic challenges for Europe in the medium term. In an ever-changing environment, Greece, a pillar of political and economic stability, can make a significant contribution to meeting the energy needs of the entire region and Europe.

A Region Arises as Europe's supplier! (kas)


  Brexit & Uk finanacial regulation

Brexit poses unique challenges for EU policymakers as the most important financial centre in Europe is now outside its regulatory framework. The study requested by ECON committee looks at expected medium- to long-term divergence between EU and UK regulation and at options for future cooperation. A few financial sector segments will depend on the broader EU-UK political relationship.

Implications for the EU (europarl.europa)


  For a Safe and Sustainable Life Cycle

Various sectors can benefit from the use of advanced materials, but they can also face challenges. The UBA position paper describes the area of tension between the promising use and possible challenges for environmental and health protection and other sustainability dimensions, illustrates this with various examples and derives corner stones for a safe and sustainable life cycle of advanced materials.

Advanced materials (umweltbundesamt)


  EU' document for the Textiles Industry

Science and technologies are continuously developing and new or emerging processes are being successfully introduced into the industries. In order to reflect such changes and their consequences for BAT, this document will be periodically reviewed and, if necessary, updated accordingly.

Best Available Techniques (jrc)


  Designing quality from the start

Producing high-quality products is crucial for any business. But designing quality into the product from the start is the only significant way a business can improve its product margins. When you use detection methods and find a nonconformance, you’ve already invested in that nonconforming product and are either faced with scrapping the part and your investment or investing more in rework to reclaim some of that investment.

Five key strategies (qualitydigest)


  EU' Social entrepreneurship

In Europe, some 2.8 million social enterprises employ around 13.6 million people. The share of the social economy in paid employment varies between 0.6% and 9.9% across the EU Member States.1 The European Commission promotes social – and inclusive – entrepreneurship because of its important role in job creation, work integration and inclusive and sustainable growth.

Eurobarometer (europa)


  Software development lifecycle (SDLC)

The software development lifecycle defines the stages, flow, steps, and activities used to develop software. Further, the SDLC is a framework programmers can follow to ensure that the software they create is high quality, meets the requirements of the end-user, and is delivered on time and within budget.

Overview of the SDLC (developer)

  Huge moves in the healthcare industry

The big tech companies are seeking a share of the market, which is estimated to be worth more than $8 trillion, with $3.8 trillion of it in the US, according to CB Insights. The healthcare market is projected to have an average annual growth rate of almost 4% by 2024. In 2021, Apple, Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Microsoft, and Meta collectively invested over $3.1 billion in the healthcare industry.

Big Tech (hackernoon)


  Mental health symptoms

High risk of bias in many studies and substantial heterogeneity suggest caution in interpreting results. Nonetheless, most symptom change estimates for general mental health, anxiety symptoms, and depression symptoms were close to zero and not statistically significant, and significant changes were of minimal to small magnitudes.

Before and during the covid-19 pandemic (bmj)


  AI to ensure drug safety

AI serves a variety of purposes in safety evaluations during drug development. Use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the monitoring and reporting of drug safety data is a tool companies can utilize to assist them in this process. AI assists companies by automating information capture, yielding quick output, limiting errors, and helps to understand and classify clinical documentation.

From development to post-marketing product use (pharmtech)


  Europe's big tech bill

If you use Google, Instagram, Wikipedia, or YouTube, you're going to start noticing changes to content moderation, transparency, and safety features on those sites over the next six months. Why? It’s down to some major tech legislation that was passed in the EU last year but hasn’t received enough attention (IMO), especially in the US.

The internet is about to get a lot safer (technologyreview)


  Your facility: 10 ways to improve it

Workplace safety policies along with various technologies can be effective tools for preventing injuries and increasing employee productivity. Overlooking or underutilizing these resources can leave you vulnerable to serious problems and legal consequences. Engaging the whole company, including upper management and every single employee, in using these resources is the only way to truly achieve facility safety.

Safety management system (qualitydigest)


  Keys to climate action

The case studies suggest that attitudes and official positions are evolving. There is a new understanding that an integrated climate-and-development program can simultaneously speed up development and lower GHG emissions if implemented at scale. Investment and innovations in adaptation, resilience, nature, and emissions mitigation can be in each country’s national self-interest.

With developing countries (brookings)


  EU' spyware challenges

This study is an update of the 2021 study on digital technologies as a means of repression and social control prepared at the request of the European Parliament’s DG EXPO. In terms of scope, the update focuses on any situation related to the use of Pegasus-type spyware that has a foreign element.

The EU’s external relations (europarl.europa)


  Global consumer insights

96% of surveyed consumers intend to adopt some type of cost-saving behaviour over the next six months. Still, eager to resume their pre-covid habits, they’re returning to stores and travelling again. Empowered by technology, they’re seeking and demanding seamless in-store and online experiences that better suit their lifestyles—and pocketbooks.

In a world of disruptions (pwc)


  High-quality audit

While the foundations of the audit profession–independence, objectivity and professional skepticism–are unchanged, audit teams are harnessing the digital audit to get a fuller picture of the data, using full populations of the data to understand key business processes and identify risks in real-time.

With the help of data & tech. (ey)


  The structural higher inflation

The five Ds–that will determine the course of inflation over the longer term: decarbonization, demographics, digitalization, deglobalization and debt. The net effect of the factors will be inflationary, with significant variation across countries. The supply of labor is declining, which increases the wage pressure (demographics).

The “five Ds” (allianz-trade)


  EU' pharma site

Europe's pharmaceutical industry is both an innovative, economically important sector and an essential part of services of general interest in geo-economically tense times. In 2020 , the European1 pharmaceutical industry exported goods worth around 510 billion euros, imported goods in Value of 347 billion euros and counted over 835,000 employees.

From resilience to competitiveness (kas)


  Forest : Preservation & Environment

The forest sector contributes to high emissions worldwide through the loss of historically built-up carbon stocks, mainly from deforestation and forest degradation. This report examines how, and under which circumstances, different forms of results-based financing are suitable for reducing emissions and enhancing removals in the forest sector in the context of different countries and mitigation measures.

Potential mechanism with “results-based payments” (umweltbundesamt)


  Risk management approach

In this issue of strategy+business, we’ll sketch out that new game, starting with a close-up view of three of the peskiest “moles” that are popping up: cyber risk, supply chain risk, and climate risk. We’ll note where things are going wrong, how they can go better, and how the presence of trust helps ensure positive business outcomes.

How to challenge the existing mindsets (strategy+business)


  Governance & Reform

People-centred security is defined in this report as the security and safety of women, men, boys and girls across all socioeconomic and cultural groups. This concept has three dimensions: personal security, community-related security and political security. Security and justice sector reform centred on people’s security is context specific, politically aware, culturally sensitive and needs based.

People-centred approach to security sector (dcaf)


  Beyond CRISPR babies

When researchers gather in London next week for the Third International Summit on Human Genome Editing, they will discuss the latest advances in deploying techniques such as CRISPR–Cas9 to treat genetic diseases, and will look ahead to the possible approval of the first genome-editing therapy later this year.

Advances in genome-editing technologies (nature)


  The unsustainable food systems

Food prices have come down from Spring 2022 peaks, debt servicing costs are projected to rise further this year and next, and the worst impacts are surely still to come. About 60% of low-income countries, and 30% of middle-income countries, are now considered at high risk of (or already in) debt distress.

Breaking the cycle of hunger & debt (ipes-food)


  Productivity and income gaps

The UK’s decade of weak productivity growth is clearly important for understanding it’s relative economic decline, but how important is it in the story of household income gaps? For some, productivity growth is all that matters for typical household incomes. But others have argued that this is no longer the case and that incomes and productivity have ‘decoupled’.

Decomposing and understanding differences (resolutionfoundation)


  Business: as game changers

There is a broad sense that business, in its pursuit of profits and the usual modes of operation, has created and exacerbated many of the crises. But that reflects a view of both the potential and the purpose of modern business that has long been out of style. Whether it was the mechanization of agriculture solving the problem of scarcity, the advent of electricity providing immense benefits to people’s quality of life, or the computer revolution enabling much greater connectivity.

Source of great progress and solutions (strategy-business)


  Top 24 RPA tools available today

Robotic process automation (RPA) is an application of technology, governed by business logic and structured inputs, aimed at automating business processes. Using RPA tools, a company can configure software, or a “robot,” to capture and interpret applications for processing a transaction, manipulating data, triggering responses, and communicating with other digital systems.

Streamlining business workflows (cio)


  Forsight Africa

While the external environment is precarious and may remain that way for some time given the evolving geopolitical tensions, domestic policy actions do matter, and Africa's policymakers are not helpless. The time to act is now, in order to regain lost ground and move towards prosperous economies and resilient, inclusive societies.

2023 Top priorities for the continent (brookings)


  Genetic adaptation

We use an ancestry-aware approximate Bayesian computation framework to estimate the nature, strength, and time of onset of selection acting on 2,879 ancient and modern European genomes from the last 10,000 years. our analyses suggest that the risk of inflammatory disorders has increased in post-Neolithic Europeans, possibly because of antagonistic pleiotropy following genetic adaptation to pathogens.

Resistance to infection (cell)


  Transboundary waste shipments

During the drafting of the Waste Shipment Regulation, imprecise legal terms were used, which initially made standardized implementation difficult. In order to define these imprecise terms more clearly, it was necessary to develop a technical basis for interpretation. The main sectors in which plastic waste is generated are packaging, construction, vehicles and agriculture. Electrical/electronic and medical also offer potential volume.

The new entries for plastic waste (umweltbundesamt)


  China's world fisheries & aquaculture

The study for the PECH reviews China’s marine fisheries and aquaculture and its trade of fishery products. It recommends, among other things, to develop an appropriate strategy to respond to China’s increasing domination of the global fishmeal supply, and calls for more transparency on Chinese fishing activities.

Role and impact (europarl)


  Return of El Niño

This year is already forecast to be hotter than 2022, which global datasets rank as the fifth or sixth hottest year on record. But El Niño occurs during the northern hemisphere winter and its heating effect takes months to be felt, meaning 2024 is much more likely to set a new record.

The extreme weather (severe-weather)


  Global macroeconomic outlook

While there is a consensus around a mild recession view, we shouldn’t forget that the profound COVID-19 shock to the global economy and the rapid fiscally stimulated recovery have left a trail of imbalances that will lead to more persistent macroeconomic volatility. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that economic activity is rarely linear.

Transforming uncertainty into opportunity (ey)


  Ancient Egyptian embalming

A team of researchers used molecular analysis to identify several basic ingredients used in mummification, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature.This work is the first instance of the analysis of named materials used in mummification from the different contexts of an embalming workshop and a burial chamber. it provides an important step forward in our understanding of ancient Egyptian embalming materials and methods.

New insights (nature)


  Tech trends 2023

The entire history of IT has been a steady evolution of the same three enduring eternities: interaction, information, and computation. The future of IT will continue to march along these same three tracks toward specific, convergent endgames: simplici- ty, intelligence, and abundance. Three additional categories—the business of technology, cyber and trust, and core modernization—acknowledge the reality that business drives technology.

Insights (deloitte)


  2023 Annual CEO survey

CEO faces daunting near-term challenges, starting with the global economy, which nearly 75% believe will see declining growth during the year ahead. This year’s survey summary organised into nine tough questions—which naturally fall into three groups—about what it takes to operate in our dual-imperative world: The race for the future, Today’s tensions, A balanced agenda.

Winning today’s race while running tomorrow’s (pwc)


  Best available techniques

The BREF on Textiles Industry covers the pretreatment operations such as washing, bleaching, mercerisation or dyeing of textile fibres or textiles where the treatment capacity exceeds 10 tonnes per day, as specified in Point 6.2. of Annex I to Directive 2010/75/EU. This BREF also concerns independently operated treatment of waste water that are not covered by Directive 91/271/EEC.

Textiles Industry (jrc)


  The supply chain trends

Geopolitical tensions have seen nations turn inward and become skeptical about cooperation and interdependence. When it comes to the supply chain, this caution is fair, as if tensions escalate, essential materials may be inaccessible, or major trade routes could be shut down. Therefore, governments and industry leaders are exploring domestic self-sufficiency in material supply and manufacturing.

Shaking up 2023 (kpmg)


  Perceptions of inequality and fairness

The direct economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic do not seem to be the major cause of the decrease in fairness perceptions. Potential drivers include uncertainties about the future, perceived inequality of opportunity, and discontent with measures taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

what has changed over the past 5 years? (Eurobarometer)


  Analytical procedure validation concepts

In parallel to the evolution of compendial and regulatory approaches addressing new quality paradigms for analytical procedure validation (discussed in Part I of this article), fundamentals of the quality by design (QbD) concept have been incorporated into the new International Council for Harmonisation (ICH) Q14 and ICH Q2(R2), which were recently released for public consultation.

Guidelines evolutions in ICH Q14 and Q2(R2) (pharmtech)


  EU tech policy predictions

The European Union has an unusual IT strategy. While the US prioritizes the development of global tech giants, the EU focuses on becoming the sector’s leading regulator. To gauge the details, TNW asked IT experts across the bloc what they predict from the EU’s policies in 2023. All expect significant changes in legislation, with certain technologies particularly prominent in their forecasts.

What to expect in 2023 ? (thenextweb)


  CES 2023

In spite of an economy that’s worrisome for most CEOs and last year’s major flops (remember NFTs?), innovative hardware announcements will continue to make a splash on the showroom floor. From cohesive developments in the smart home category to peculiar designs for electric vehicles, here’s what you can expect.

The main themes of the exhibition (wired)


  Introduction to critical path analysis

CPM can be used to create both static and dynamic schedules, and is particularly well suited for software projects with complex interdependencies. While CPM has been traditionally used for large construction projects, it has since been adapted for use in other industries such as manufacturing, software development, and event planning.

How does CPA work? (developer)


  The power of generosity in ecosystems

Generosity is at the core of cooperation—putting the needs of others first develops trust and bonds. Consequently, designing an ecosystem based on generosity, with flexible boundaries that promote dynamic networks between participants, can potentially work as a “generosity machine.”

Generosity-based collaboration (strategy-business)


  A hiring crisis : Why now?

Is it possible to teach everyone in the country how to code by the time they graduate high school? Perhaps, with concerted, consistent effort, but that alone is not enough to maintain a tech career. The needs of many employers can shift dramatically, which naturally can create gaps between classroom-based career expectations and real-world demand.

The limited supply of talent (informationweek)


  Parasitic infection increases risk-taking

Experimental studies have shown that chronic infections, even in healthy individuals, can lead to increased dopamine and testosterone production. These hormone changes can cause increased aggression and risk-taking behaviour such as increased hyperactive movement, failure to avoid olfactory predator cues (i.e., seeking out instead of avoiding felid urine), and decreased neophobia.

The effects of toxoplasmosis in host behavior (nature)


  Africa: Digital divide

The International Telecommunication Union (2021) report on connectivity notes that despite increased access to mobile broadband networks, the least developed countries (LDCs) may actually be falling further behind in Internet usage. Likely reasons include the cost of services and devices as well as a lack of awareness of the Internet and requisite digital skills.

Who is connected & who is not ? (afrobarometer)


  What’s next for the chip industry

Most of the chips that go into consumer products and data centers, among other commercial applications, are produced in Asia. Moving that manufacturing to the US would be likely to push up costs and make chips less commercially competitive, even with government subsidies. In April 2022, TSMC founder Morris Chang said that chip manufacturing costs in the US are 50% higher than in Taiwan.

The great “reshoring” push (technologyreview)


  IEEJ 2003 outlook

Under the Reference Scenario, and from the perspective of climate change and energy security, the rate at which the world’s energy intensity per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) will decline is faster than in the past. However, as the macroeconomy expands beyond the rate of decline, global energy consumption in 2050 will increase by 1.3 times from 2020 to 17 649 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe).

Energy, Environment and Economy (ieej)


  The energy challenges for EU

Opinions on the EU response to current energy challenges, including opinions on specific EU measures taken in this respect, as well as support for EU measures aimed at securing energy supply and mitigating rising energy prices. Citizens’ willingness to cut down on their energy consumption via a range of different actions.

Survey (eurobarometer)


  Damage relating to cultural heritage

This paper looks beyond mitigation and adaptation, offering a range of examples where loss and damage to cultural heritage is successfully being averted and minimised. While heritage management predates climate change, it can offer important lessons for cultural heritage threatened by climate change impacts.

Measuring the value of loss (odi)


  2023 IT industry outlook

It’s a paradoxical time as we look ahead to 2023, one in which companies are at once ready to forge ahead with new investments and innovations yet must do so with a dose of caution attributable to the uncertainty of the business landscape. This dilemma is reflected in general attitudes about the year ahead. For the most part, channel firms remain positive about their own company’s outlook for 2023.

Trends to watch (comptiacdn)


  The social costs of pesticide

This study aims to provide an assessment of social costs of pesticides in France in the prospect of an integration to the public budget spending, helping public authorities to identify financial flows of public funding with an impact perspective, within a methodological framework based on the social norms at the core of the public system.

The hidden costs in France (frontiersin)


  Scientific integrity

Through its competence for research and technological development, the EU is supporting the academic communities' commitment to ensuring the highest standards on integrity, in full compliance with the principle of academic freedom enshrined in Article 13 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Handling knowledge as a public good (europarl.europa)


  How many yottabytes in a quettabyte?

Representatives from governments worldwide, meeting at the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) outside Paris on 18 November, voted to introduce four new prefixes to the International System of Units (SI) with immediate effect. The prefixes ronna and quetta represent 1027 and 1030, and ronto and quecto signify 10−27 and 10−30.

Extreme numbers get new names (nature)


  The CEO Imperative

The underlying drivers of surging inflation vary by geography and industry, but overall the vast majority of respondents are seeing major or extreme input price increases across all measures, from labor to raw materials. It is critical that CEOs pull what levers they can to mitigate these input pressures, recognizing that some may be out of their control or are secondary effects from other industries.

How to remain resolute on investment (ey)


  Climate shallenge & opportunity

This issue of strategy+business looks at three daunting climate challenges. First among those challenges are the floods, wildfires, droughts, and other natural calamities . The second challenge is equally urgent: decarbonization—starting with how to measure the carbon embedded in global supply chains. Third about investment opportunities that addres the looming green infrastructure crisis.

The unexpected opportunities (pwc)


  Lessons from Italy's economic decline

Italy has faced a series of economic crises in the past 50 years, many of them shared by the United Kingdom. Before digging into the root of Italy’s growth problems. Many factors are to blame: poor economic incentives, a large share of small and unproductive firms, a lack of domestic market competition, and policy capture. Some of Italy’s traps may become future challenges for the UK economy.

UK against a backdrop of low productivity & high inequality (resolutionfoundation)


  Microbium & Brain’s social development

In recent decades, scientists have come to understand that the gut and the brain have powerful mutual influences. Certain types of intestinal ulcers, for example, have been linked to worsening symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease. And clinicians have long known that gastrointestinal disorders are more common in people who also have neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD and autism spectrum disorder.

Experiment (quantamagazine)


  EU Nitrogen pollution

The results of the present review demonstrate and confirm that excessive atmospheric nitrogen deposition negatively affects species assemblages, and thus poses a serious risk to biodiversity. In many cases, it has already caused a decline. The scientific evidence available for the various existing dose-response relationships between nitrogen deposition and the risks for ecosystems and habitat quality of European ecosystems is summarised in Chapters 3 to 9 of this report.

Protection of N-sensitive natural and semi-natural ecosystems (umweltbundesamt)


  African survey on COVID-19 relief assistance

While stimulus packages were designed to protect socio-economically vulnerable groups, studies show that fewer than two in 10 citizens and businesses benefited from government COVID-19 aid in 2020. In spite of governments’ pledge to be transparent in the use of funds, the relief programs were plagued by corruption, fraud, and lack of transparency.

The unfair distribution (afrobarometer)


  Antimicrobial resistance

Europeans’ knowledge about antibiotics leaves room for improvement. Only close to three in ten Europeans correctly answer the four questions used to measure respondents’ knowledge. Significant variations are noted between Member States, ranging from just over half of citizens in Finland who are able to do so, to less than one in ten (8%) in Romania.

Eurobarometer (europa)


  Scaling Cell & Gene Therapy

Cell and gene therapies need to be made cheaper. Much cheaper. With price tags in the millions, they will never be able to deliver on their promise of personalized cures at scale. More automated manufacturing offers one of the most significant ways to cut costs. The sector has been moving hospital lab manufacture towards more standardised and repeatable processes in dedicated facilities, but there’s still a long improvement path to travel.

Through automation process (reutersevents)


  Carbon capture projects

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology has been used for years, often to improve oil well production rates, but rising carbon prices in places like Europe have raised hope that it could become a standalone business case in the future.Some experts say CCS technology, which typically acts as a filter on smokestacks, is key to achieving the goal of a net carbon-free economy by 2050.

Annuel report (globalccsinstitute)


  CFO: On how to drive growth

A recent survey from research firm Gartner found talent is the top challenge facing CFOs heading into 2023, with accurate forecasting and cost management following close behind. Given this and heading into 2023, CFOs need to focus on several key areas, including where the business risks and opportunities lie.

With changing economy & market conditions (informationweek)


  Life expectancy changes since COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered an unprecedented rise in mortality that translated into life expectancy losses around the world, with only a few exceptions. We estimate life expectancy changes in 29 countries since 2020 (including most of Europe, the United States and Chile), attribute them to mortality changes by age group and compare them with historic life expectancy shocks.

Analysis (natures)


  What is ESG?

ESG scores are determined by third-party firms that have their own methodologies to identify a company’s ESG rating. Currently, this isn’t a process that is streamlined across the board, and different companies have their own way of determining a company’s ESG rating. ESG scores and ratings are important because they give an overall picture of the company’s performance in these three areas.

Environmental, social, & governance commitment (cio)


  EU Green transition survey

Delivering the European Green Deal is a key priority of the European Commission. The Commission adopted a series of policy proposals to deliver on the European Green Deal, notably the socalled ‘Fit for 55’ package3 . The package of legislative proposals will make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit to deliver on the EU climate targets.

Report (europa)


  Who's more attractive to mosquitoes ?

It is well-documented that mosquitoes are more strongly attracted to some humans than others, but the underlying mechanisms for this phenomenon remain unclear. The most widely accepted explanation for these differences is that variation in skin odors produced by different humans, related in part to their unique skin microbiota, governs their attractiveness to mosquitoes.

Mosquito attraction behavior (cell)


  Europe’s quantum sector

In order to understand Europe’s position in the global quantum computing market we need to roll the clock back a couple years. Investors and entrepreneurs began flocking to quantum during the COVID-19 tech boom and, despite the expected post-pandemic drop off, analysts are predicting a massive increase in market size over the next 5-15 years.

A massive growth (thenextweb)


  Carbon sequestration in Agriculture

To reach the climate neutrality envisaged in the Green Deal by 2050, reducing agricultural GHG emissions is not enough, and efforts to implement large scale carbon sequestration in European agricultural soils will be necessary. The renewed CAP includes improvements in environmental conditionality and foresees eco-schemes and agri-environmental measures that can help achieve this goal.

Carbon cycle & Agricultural practices (europarl)


  EU' Medical field & Data quality

The increasing amount of healthcare data that are becoming available to support regulatory decision making for medicines. While clinical trials remain the fundamental method of establishing the safety and effectiveness of medicines during the pre-authorisation phase, they do not fully reflect the real world, resulting in gaps between regulatory dossiers and subsequent clinical evidence needed by downstream stakeholders including HTAs, payers and ultimately clinicians and patients.

Framework for medicines regulation (ema)


  Globalization 2.0

After trade tensions that materialized under the Trump administration, the major crises of the past few years – the global Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing war in Ukraine – have intensified doubts about the future of globalization, and increased scrutiny on supply-chain exposures. However, globalization is not dead yet. While intentions to reshore, friendshore or decouple from geopolitically nonaligned countries

Can the US & EU really "friendshore" away from China? (allianz-trade)


  EU' food safety

The Special Eurobarometer on Food safety covered the population of the respective nationalities of the European Union Member States, resident in each of the 27 Member States and aged 15 years and over, with a total of 26,509 respondents. A technical note concerning the interviews conducted by the member institutes of the Kantar network is annexed to this report. It also specifies the confidence intervals.

Survey report (efsa)


  Psychological effects on biological age

The theory specifies how psychological factors such as emotions can affect aging. However, while human psychology is known to go through certain changes throughout the life span, few studies have attempted to describe these changes in the terms of biogerontology (using aging clocks) or determine their effect on physical health.

Contribution assessment (aging-us)


  The ISO trend report

The world around us is changing and the pace of change is faster than ever before. The future has begun and those who do not want to get left behind must ensure their ability to look ahead. That is why ISO has developed a Standardization Foresight Framework; to help us look more systematically at the long-term and to encourage discussion and exchange within the ISO system about future opportunities for International Standardization.

How these trends link to ISO’s work (iso)


  Starlink constellation vs GPS

For the past two years, team at UT Austin’s Radionavigation Lab has been reverse-engineering signals sent from thousands of Starlink internet satellites in low Earth orbit to ground-based receivers. this team has cracked the problem, and they believes that regular beacon signals from the constellation, designed to help receivers connect with the satellites, could form the basis of a useful navigation system.

Could Starlink fill that role? (technologyreview)


  The business cycle in North Africa

North African economies are characterized by a significant share of informal activity and employment. About two-thirds of workers in North Africa operate without any formal arrangement and social protection, and about 30 percent of GDP is estimated to be produced by informal workers and firms.

Informality & Development (imf)


  Modern slavery practices

Trade, development, and foreign policy instruments can contribute to the abolition of modern slavery practices in non-EU countries. The study analyses empirical evidence about the impact of the tools at our disposal. Case studies on Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Mexico, Philippines, Sudan and Thailand trace their use.

External policy tools (europarl)


  Managing partner experience (Px)

35% of channel firms said that they will only work with vendors that offer a seamless partner experience, while the majority (57%) hews close to that high mandate, deeming solid PX important enough that they will accept only slight deficiencies in it even from a vendor partner they are generating revenue from.

Managing the Px lifecycle (comptiacdn)


  Chinese investment in Africa

The Chinese private sector push into Africa is not evenly distributed: 12 countries account for two-thirds of total investment on the continent. They include Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, the Republic of Congo, Zambia, Ghana, Algeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The data suggests Chinese companies also focus on African countries as a sales destination that broadens their reach.

Gauging the future (thediplomat)


  How to boosts wind farms’ energy output

Virtually all wind turbines, which produce more than 5 percent of the world’s electricity, are controlled as if they were individual, freestanding units. In fact, the vast majority are part of larger wind farm installations involving hundreds of turbines whose wakes can affect each other. The energy output of such wind farm installations can be increased by modeling the wind flow of the entire collection of turbines.

Modeling the wind flow (qualitydigest)


  EU' News & Media survey 2022

Citizens’ perceptions of the European Union and Parliament are influenced by what they see, hear and read in various media. This Flash Eurobarometer is designed to present a picture of EU citizens’ media use and media habits, looking at both traditional media and online media. This survey was conducted by Ipsos online panels and their partner network.

Eurobarometer (europa)


  A chilling crisis

A large increase in energy bills this winter was always going to be difficult to bear, but the explosion that we are now on course for will be totally unmanageable for millions of households. The increase in the scale of the problem will require a different, not just a bigger, policy response. This paper examines what that should be.

With soaring energy prices (resolutionfoundation)


  Plastic burning impacts on air quality

Of the 2.4 billion tons of solid waste generated globally each year, approximately 26% is burned residentially and 15% is burned at dump sites. (1) Regulations surrounding the handling, transport, storage, and disposal of solid waste vary across the globe, from landfill and recycling to incidental or intentional combustion.

Atmospheric fine particulate matter at urban and rural sites (acs)


  The Raman revolution

Raman spectroscopy is quickly gaining traction as an efficient, reliable, and economical alternative that can produce accurate, real-time results. Since its discovery in the 1920s, Raman spectroscopy has revolutionised process analysis with its non-destructive mode of operation and capability to measure sample composition.

Measuring LNG composition & concentration (engineerlive)

  Electrochemical system for CO2-free product extraction

There is an urgent need to develop sustainable alternatives to mitigate the anthropogenic CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. Electrochemical reduction of CO2 into value-added chemicals and fuels helps with the urgently needed intermittent storage of renewable electricity and opens broader avenues for closed carbon-cycle processes.

An attractive approach to reduce carbon emissions (cell)


  Drug resistance & medicine access

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is rising faster than expected. Worldwide, more than one million people die of AMR each year, most of them in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Resistant infections can rapidly spread without appropriate access to essential antibiotics and antifungals. Yet, the issue of responsi- bly providing access for people living in resource-poor settings has been largely overlooked.

How can pharma take action? (accesstomedicinefoundation)


  Payment apps & security concerns

Many aspects of life have gone digital, and wallets are no exception. Today, many Americans use the internet and smartphones to transfer money to friends, family and businesses. And while users praise these platforms for making paying for things easier, they also express concerns about security and privacy.

Users’ information at stake (pewresearch)


  Toward a circular value chain

Climate change, resource scarcity, loss of biodiversity, waste, pollution — all of these pressing global challenges have risen to attention in the past few decades as our world economy has grown and expanded. A circular economy, as opposed to the take-make-waste linear model, can help address these and other challenges.

Throughout the value chain (gsb.stanford)


  Front-of-pack nutrition labelling

To the mandatory nutrition labelling, we may also see the use of additional forms of presentation of the nutritional information in the front of package, called “front-of-pack” (FOP) nutrition labelling. These aim to help consumers to see at a glance the essential nutrition information when pur­chasing foods.

Food labels (eufic)


  Faster action on harmful chemicals

Several years ago, we shifted our focus to working with groups rather than individual substances in an effort to accelerate regulatory risk management for substances of concern. With this approach now maturing, we have seen a significant increase in substances being assessed in 2021 – 30 % more than the previous year.

ECHA annual report (europa)


  Human pathogenic diseases & Climate change

Here we carried out a systematic search for empirical examples about the impacts of ten climatic hazards sensitive to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on each known human pathogenic disease. We found that 58% (that is, 218 out of 375) of infectious diseases confronted by humanity worldwide have been at some point aggravated by climatic hazards; 16% were at times diminished.

The full extent of this risk analysed (nature)


  How to switch to ISO 20022 before 2025 ?

ISO 20022 is the new global language for payments messaging, helping make the quality of data, richer, structured and more meaningful. The payments industry continues to change rapidly and is certainly something that is discussed by most heads of treasury and trade. There is a constant need to adopt global standards within the financial community, and ISO 20022 is one standard that’s taking the lead.

Related to trade, treasury & payments (tradefinanceglobal)


  Enhancing patient safety with AI

The overarching aim of the report is to explore how AI can improve patient outcomes by detecting real-time adverse events (AEs) more efficiently and effectively; and how it can be applied to interoperable health data, generated within PSPs to improve the remote monitoring of patients and deliver safer, more personalised and precise treatment options promptly.

Advanced digital technology (deloitte)


  Alternative waste treatment & Costs

The aim of the Gate Fees 2021/22 report is to increase price transparency and, by improving the flow of information, improve efficiency in the waste management market. A lack of market information may reduce a local authority’s ability to make informed decisions on waste management options.

Report (wrap)


  US' population: growth slowdown

The newly released Census Bureau estimates allow us to examine these shifts via specific race-ethnic and age groups. Unlike the 2020 census data, these estimates permit analyses of annual population change. This report focuses on annual changes from July 2016 to July 2017 through July 2020 to July 2021.

Losses and shift in population (brookings)


  Growth projections for coming decade

As the effects of the pandemic dissipate, long-term growth is projected to take-off between Asia, Eastern Europe, and East Africa. China is expected to be the fastest growing economy per capita, even if the projection finds growth to be slowing from what the country achieved over the past decade. he fastest-growing economies to 2030.

The fastest-growing economies to 2030 (cid.harvard)


  Interpretable Machine Learning

Despite the flurry of interpretable machine learning (IML) methodological development over the past several years, a stark disconnect characterizes the current overall approach. IML researchers develop methods that typically optimize for diverse but narrow technical objectives, yet their claimed use cases for consumers remain broad and often underspecified.

Moving from mythos to diagnostics (acm)


  The European schools system

The educational dimension of the study focuses on questions related to teaching and learning, while the operational one concentrates on the administrative and managerial sides of the system. The study pinpoints the key challenges that the system currently faces and provides tailored recommendations on how to overcome them.

Challenges and perspectives (europarl.europa)


  Pharma quality trends

Businesses that make innovative changes amidst upheavals and downturns actually gain momentum and outperform competitors upon recovery. What sets apart thriving pharma businesses is their willingness to spot the market shifts as they begin to crest, pivot to align with them, and then swim through deep waters to ultimately catch and ride the wave.

Trends (qualitydigest)


  UK economic change & Power plays

The Inquiry’s subject matter is the nature, scale, and context for the economic change facing the UK during the 2020s. Its goal is not just to describe the change that Covid-19, Brexit, the Net Zero transition and technology will bring, but to help the country and its policy makers better understand and navigate it against a backdrop of low productivity and high inequality.

The shifting balance of employer & worker power (resolutionfoundation)


  Ransomware: Win10 & 11 protection

Microsoft is concerned enough about ransomware that it built an easy-to-configure anti-ransomware tool directly into Windows 10 and Windows 11. Called controlled folder access, it protects you by letting only safe and fully vetted applications access your files.y default, the feature is not turned on, you’ll have to tell it to get to work.

How to keep it at bay? (computerworld)


  Agile Frameworks

There are many software development methodologies out there that you can use to help your team become more Agile and deliver better quality products; one of the most popular frameworks is Scrum. However, there are other methods you could also consider including Kanban, Lean, and Extreme Programming (XP).

Scrum vs Kanban vs Lean vs XP (developer)


  Renewable power generation

Renewables are increasingly becoming the default source of least cost, new power generation. When this is combined with the impact of the fossil fuel crisis and net-zero emissions ambitions, capacity additions are expected to continue to rise in the years ahead. Between 2000 and 2021, renewable power generation capacity worldwide increased just over four-fold, from 754 GW to 3 064 GW.

Costs in 2021 (irena)


  Degree of certainty in scientific advice

This workshop focussed on the non-regulated areas of EFSA’s work, chemical contaminants and biological hazards in food, plant health and animal health and welfare, and was attended by a total of 76participants, of whom 28were from DG SANTEand 22were risk managers from EU Member Stateinstitutions.

Implications for risk management & communication (efsa)


  Urban Artificial light effects on woody plants

Artificial light at night (ALAN), an increasing anthropogenic driver, is widespread and shows rapid expansion with potential adverse impact on the terrestrial ecosystem. However, whether and to what extent does ALAN affect plant phenology, a critical factor influencing the timing of terrestrial ecosystem processes, remains unexplored due to limited ALAN observation.

An underappreciated effect on phenology (academic.oup)


  James Webb vs. Hubble

The first full-color images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have been released. Webb is the largest and most powerful telescope ever launched into space — a promising successor to the famous Hubble Telescope. Even with our humble, earthbound eyes, we can still observe the difference in image quality and details the telescopes produce.

Their images side-by-side (thenextweb)


  The living standards audit 2022

While the top 10% of households in Britain were richer than those in many other European countries, middle-income British households were 9% poorer than their counterparts in France, while the poorest fifth of households in Britain were more than 20% poorer than their French and German equivalents.

Income growth and inequalities (resolutionfoundation)


  AI from practice to performance

Our survey of over 1,600 C-suite executives and data-science leaders from the world’s largest organizations found that nearly 75% of companies have integrated AI into their business strategies and reworked their cloud plans to achieve AI success. And companies are putting those plans into practice: Nearly a third (30%) of all AI pilot initiatives are subsequently scaled to deliver wide-ranging outcomes.

AI maturity: whay it matters (accenture)


  EU surevy on corruption

The EU Rule of Law Report, published in 2020, 2021 and next in July 2022, demonstrates that the nature and scope of corruption varies between countries, and the effectiveness of anti-corruption policies is quite different across the Union. The EU Rule of Law Report serves as the basis for dialogue with national authorities and parliaments while also informing broader debates across Europe.

From political parties & businesses practices (ec.europa)


  Pacing entrepreneurs to success

Our research has uncovered a novel type of entrepreneurial support organization that we call a pacemaker organization, or pacer, which offers an alternative for emerging-market entrepreneurs. Pacers serve entrepreneurs for the long run, from one year to a lifetime. Like pacers who help world-class marathon runners win races, pacemaker organizations help entrepreneurs achieve their goals in the marathon of scaling up an enterprise.

Building long-term value (ssir)


  Building trust in public institutions

Public trust is the bedrock of democracy and sound public governance. This series provides insights on what drives people to trust governments and public institutions. Based on a unique framework on the Drivers of Trust in Public Institutions and an innovative population survey (OECD Trust Survey), the reports in this series are designed to provide sound evidence on citizens’ assessment of public institutions to help governments build and strengthen public trust.

Across five drivers of trust (oecd)


  Health care, food retail and tech.

Consistently eating healthy is hard. The average person makes more than 200 decisions related to food each day, and these decisions are shaped by financial, educational, geographic, social and emotional factors. For many, the current setup of the food ecosystem makes developing and sticking with healthy food habits feel unattainable and exhausting, which has contributed to a rise in nutrition-related illnesses.

Earning consumer trust (ey)


  Drug-resistant bacteria & marin sponge

A research group led by scientists at the University of São Paulo (USP) in São Carlos, Brazil, has identified a number of bioactive compounds in a marine sponge collected on Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago about 400 km off the coast of Brazil’s Northeast region. “This marine sponge had been studied previously by groups outside Brazil, mainly in the 1990s. We used next-generation techniques to analyze substances from its secondary metabolism.

Bioactive compounds discovery (innovations-report)


  Debt & Climate crises

High levels of public debt service and insufficient fiscal and monetary space have already constrained the crisis responses of most low and middle-income economies. While advanced countries were able to implement extremely expansionary fiscal and monetary policies in response to the pandemic crisis, few countries in the Global South had this option.

How to tackle both? (brookings)


  OECD Test Guidelines for Chemicals

The report describes the considerations, essential steps and organisational aspects of the development of the OECD Test Guideline for the determination of particle size and particle size distributions of nanomaterials. It gives furthermore insights into the selection, preparation and pre-validation of test materials used in an interlaboratory comparison.

Particle size & Distribution of nanomaterials (umweltbundesamt)


  Booklets on cybersecurity institutions

Cybersecurity is one of the first policy areas to challenge traditional governance structures and policymaking … across an unprecedented range of traditional government departments, from defence and foreign affairs to education and finance. These booklets provide tangible frameworks and insights for public and private sector stakeholders who lead key institutions.

Insights for public & private sector stakeholders (dcaf)


  Apple' environmental progress

The technology giant developed a shredder-like machine, dubbed “Taz,” that recovers rare earth magnets from audio modules. “While rare earth magnets are typically lost in these conventional shredders, Taz is designed to keep these valuable materials intact to improve our overall recovery rate,” according to the company’s 2022 Environmental Progress Report, which was released this week.

The breadth of the environmental solutions (apple)


  Forbidden fruit

This increase in the frequency of contaminated fruits and vegetables sold to consumers goes hand in hand with an increase in theintensityofpesticidesusedinmixtures. While 6,4% of fruits were found to be contaminated with at least two of these most toxic pesticides in 2011, this figure has risen to 10,2% in 2019.

The most toxic pesticides found on fruits (pan-eu)


  2022 Gen Z & millennial survey

As this year’s survey results indicate, the sustained workplace changes they’ve been asking for—including higher compensation, more flexibility, better work/life balance, increased learning and development opportunities, better mental health and wellness support, and a greater commitment from businesses to make a positive societal impact—are also the strategies that will help employers attract and retain talent.

Striving for balance, advocating for change (deloitte)


  EU market reform & price stability

The European Union’s flagship climate policy instrument, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), needs more monitoring and transparency in order to prevent “speculation about speculation” and restore political confidence in the market, analysts have said.

Special report (euractiv)


  Are nanoparticles the future of Medicine ?

Since the concept of nanotechnology was introduced in the 1970s, it has made its mark in many everyday products, including electronics, fabrics, food, water- and air-treatment processes, cosmetics, and drugs. Given these successes across different fields, many medical researchers were eager to use nanotechnology to diagnose and treat disease.

The next big thing (qualitydigest)


  Migration for climate action

Human mobility can help provide the labour flexibility and skills urgently required for green transitions, to address climate change and other environmental crises. Evidence across four case studies shows how opportunities and challenges can differ according to the nature of migration, the country context and sectoral green transition needs.

How labour mobility can help the green transition ? (cdn.od)


  Global workforce - Hope & Fears

The upshot for the C-suite? As companies take on ambitious business and societal goals, leaders must remember that employees can be a force multiplier or a detractor. In fact, PwC research has found that the workforce is the number one risk to growth—and also the principal means by which companies can execute growth-driven strategies.

How people think about work today ? (pwc)


  Justice systems in the EU members

The results of these surveys feed into the EU Justice Scoreboard, which provides data on the efficiency, quality, and independence of national justice systems – essential parameters of effective justice systems..Effective justice systems are vital for implementing EU law and upholding the rule of law and the values upon which the EU is founded.

Companies perception for their independence (ec.europa)


  Monkeypox multi-country outbreak

Based on ECDC’s epidemiological assessment, the likelihood of MPX spreading in persons having multiple sexual partners in the EU/EEA is considered high. Although most cases in current outbreaks have presented with mild disease symptoms, monkeypox virus (MPXV) may cause severe disease in certain population groups (young children, pregnant women, immunosuppressed persons).

Rapid risk assessment (ecdc)


  Gender problem in Maths prizes

The mathematical community is especially keen on meritocracy and on avoiding the stigma associated with measures such as quotas. But assessing merit is itself not an exact science, says Jess Wade, a materials scientist at Imperial College London who is known for running science-outreach projects aimed at improving diversity.

A man’s world ? (nature)


  What digital transformation means

What if the freshest insight on how to talk about 21st century transformations isn’t found in a snappy TEDx Talk or an MBA program but in the works of a philosopher born almost 2,500 years ago? Aristotle, for one, had a lot to say about knowledge that is not only relatable but useful for companies undergoing great change.

A philosopher's guide to messy transformations (strategy-business)


  The “chip scan” project

With much higher stakes as for microelectronic chips: How can engineers confirm that what’s inside has truly met the intent of the designers? How can a semiconductor design company tell whether its intellectual property was stolen? Much more worrisome, how can anyone be sure a kill switch or some other hardware trojan hasn’t been secretly inserted?

The ptychographic X-ray laminography (


  RNA folding using quantum computers

Quantum computing technology offers a new approach to finding approximate solutions to problems with exponential scaling. We formulate a simplistic, yet effective, model of RNA folding that can easily be mapped to quantum computers and we show that currently available quantum computing hardware is competitive with classical methods.

RNA structure determination (plos)


  Wave breaking vs climate prediction


Wave breaking is what puts air into the ocean,” says study author Themis Sapsis, an associate professor of mechanical and ocean engineering and an affiliate of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society at MIT. “It may sound like a detail, but if you multiply its effect over the area of the entire ocean, wave breaking starts becoming fundamentally important to climate prediction.”

AI to capture the complexity of breaking waves (mit)


  Global land outlook

We cannot stop the climate crisis today, biodiversity loss tomorrow, and land degradation the day after. We need to tackle all these issues together. Land restoration is integral to joint efforts under the Rio Conventions and other international agreements that are essential to make meaningful progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN convention to combat desertification (reliefweb)


  European political parties

Regulation 1141/2014 gave them EU legal status, created the Authority for European Political Parties and Political Foundations (APPF), and reformed the funding system. The latter regulation was amended further in 2018 – in relation to registration and funding criteria – and in 2019 – regarding protection rules for breaches of personal data.

Towards a revision of the Regulation (europarl.europa)


  The Greening of Additive

What does the quality and consistency of metal powders have to do with sustainability? A great deal, actually. Because Metal Powder Works’ mechanical production process does not rely on gas atomization to produce these common feedstocks, it uses less energy and no industrial gases, both clear wins for the environment, not to mention producing no CO2 while in use.

Steps to reduce waste & energy consumption (sme)


  Annual global CEO survey

The survey provides a glimpse of what is possible when we reimagine the status quo. A case in point: the power of trust. We found that highly trusted companies are more likely to have made net-zero commitments and to have tied their CEO’s compensation to nonfinancial outcomes, such as employee engagement scores and gender diversity in the workforce.


When we reimagine the status quo (pwc)


  Ukraine: Eco. Geography of the war

The war in Ukraine has been waging for a month now, not only causing human suffering on a massive scale, but also sending economic tremors that are felt far beyond the country’s borders. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine’s economy has been pulled between its strong historical ties with the Russian economy and the opportunities in forging new ties with the European Union (EU).

Twelve facts (


  Space: the debris frontier

In the 65 years since Sputnik took its first lonely spin around Earth, the region of space closest to us has become rather more crowded. Today, on International Day of Human Space Flight, it is important to remember that space is no longer inaccessible. The great void of our stratosphere and beyond have never been closer – and that comes with risks.

About objects whirling around our planet (iso)


  Cameras could soon see in 3D

Measuring distance between objects with light is currently possible only with specialized and expensive lidar—short for “light detection and ranging”—systems. If you’ve seen a self-driving car tooling around, you can spot it right off by the hunchback of technology mounted to the roof. Most of that gear is the car’s lidar crash-avoidance system, which uses lasers to determine distances between objects.

Changing how machines see (qualitydigest)


  EU' public opinion

The main concerns of Europeans had changed dramatically between winter 2020-2021 and spring 2021, and they have changed again since spring 2021. Mentions of rising prices/ inflation/ cost of living have increased considerably, moving it from sixth position in spring 2021 to second position, while the environment and climate change has risen from second place to be the most important issue facing the EU.

Eurobarometer 96 (europa)


  The Moon’s permanent shadows

Studies so far have provided a tantalizing glimpse at best. But that’s about to change. Next year, robotic vehicles will enter the bewildering icy depths of PSRs for the first time, revealing what the interiors of these shadowed craters look like. By the decade’s end, NASA plans to send humans to explore in person.

Secrets coming to light (quantamagazine)


  Scrum Project tools

Scrum is an Agile framework that can help with software development and many other types of projects. It differs from other project management methodologies since Scrum typically focuses on helping teams that self-organize and iterate on products and services over time. The Scrum framework allows teams to deliver optimal software to their clients and users.

Best management tools & software (developer)


  Africa’s Urbanisation Dynamics 2022

Africa's Urbanisation Dynamics 2022 provides a new perspective on Africa’s urban economies that is unique in its breadth and level of detail. Based on data from more than 4 million individuals and firms across 2 300 cities in 34 countries, it presents compelling evidence that urbanisation in Africa contributes to better economic outcomes and higher standards of living.

The economic power of Africa’s cities (oecd)


  5 billion people now online

This impressive total marks another important milestone on our journey towards universal internet accessibility, and means that 63 percent of the world’s total population is now online. There’s much more to this story than a headline user figure though, and this article offers extensive analysis to help you understand the implications of this milestone.

The full report (thenextweb)


  Report on antimicrobial resistance

Taking a One Health approach and applying univariate and multivariateanalysis, this report provides an integrated analysis of possible relationships between AMC (consumption of antimicrobial agents) in humans and food-producing animals and the occurrence of AMR (antimicrobial resistance) in bacteria from humans andfood-producing animals at country and European level.

The European Union summary report (efsa)


  Protein Characterization & Tech.

According to market research, the protein therapeutics market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6.86% between 2020 and 2027 (1). This growth is expected to be driven by the rapid rise in chronic disorders, advancements in technologies, broadening awareness of protein therapeutics, increasing adoption of plasma-derived therapies to manage chronic disorders, and mounting government initiatives to develop healthcare sectors.

Empowering technologies (pharmtech)


  Common waste gas management

BAT is a dynamic concept and so the review of BREFs is a continuing process. For example, new measures and techniques may emerge, science and technologies are continuously developing and new or emerging processes are being successfully introduced into the industries. In order to reflect such changes and their consequences for BAT, this document will be periodically reviewed and, if necessary, updated accordingly.

Treatment systems in the chemical sector (


  Revolutionary tool with accelerated response

In search of pharmaceutical agents such as new vaccines, industry will routinely scan thousands of related candidate molecules. A novel technique allows this to take place on the nano scale, minimizing use of materials and energy. The work is published in the prestigious journal Nature Chemistry.

The breakthrough in mixed tech. (innovations-report)


  Technology Vision 2022

We are on the threshold of a new decade of digital transformation, and at a defining moment for all leaders. The Metaverse Continuum will transform how businesses interact with customers, how work is done, what products and services companies offer, how they make and distribute them, and fundamentally how they operate their organizations.

Technology and experience, reshaping business (accenture)


  Why chiplets are the future ?

Apple once again surprised enthusiasts and analysts with its announcement of the M1 Ultra, a variant of the M1 Max that effectively fuses two chips into one. The result is a dual-chip design viewed by software as a single piece of silicon. These announcements target different markets. Apple has its sights set on the consumer and professional workstation world.

Single-Chip Processors Have Reached Their Limits (iee)


  Long covid in children

One of the most heated arguments among doctors and scientists is over how significant a problem long covid in children really is. Estimates of the prevalence can swing between 1.8% and 87% of children, depending on the study. As a result, some researchers warn parents to protect their children from a poorly understood syndrome that may affect them for the rest of their lives, while others say the risks have been overstated.

Raging battle (technologyreview)


  Germany: CAP funds effect to climate action

The analysis is based on the laws and regulations adopted in 2021 for the implementation of direct payments and conditionality. The paper goes on to examine the extent to which the CAP funds used contribute to climate action. The European Commission has laid down that 40% of CAP funds must be climate-relevant.

Analysis and policy recommendations (umweltbundesamt)


  Transforming food systems by 2045

The unprecedented threats facing food systems; the basic ingredients for civil society-led transformation of food systems; what the next quarter century has in store if (agri) business-as-usual is allowed to run its disastrous course; and what food systems could look like by 2045 if, instead, civil society succeeds in planning ahead and collaborating more effectively than ever before.

A long food movement (ipes-food)

  Despair and resilience in the U.S.

COVID’s impact was inequitable: Deaths were concentrated among the elderly and minorities working in essential jobs. The inequity may have spread the COVID mental health shock to groups who had previously reported better mental health. The tragedy of the deaths—over 900,000 people by early 2022— by itself is overwhelming. All the effects of the shock to society’s well-being and mental health have yet to be fully assessed.

Did pandemic worsen mental health outcomes? (brookings)


  Leaders must solve a new equation

CEOs are most worried about the potential for a cyberattack or macroeconomic shock to undermine the achievement of their company’s financial goals—the same goals that most executive compensation packages are still tied to. And they are less concerned about challenges, like climate change and social inequality, that appear to pose smaller immediate threats to revenue.

Reimagining the outcomes that matter (pwc)


  Management Certifications for 2022

A project management certification is a program that assesses someone’s experience and knowledge with the principles, methodologies, and tools associated with project management. Project management certifications are different than project management certificates. PM certifications typically require weeks of courses and hours of education covering different facets of project management.

Top 5 Project (developer)


  Wuhan market

Scientists have released three studies that reveal intriguing new clues about how the COVID-19 pandemic started. Two of the reports trace the outbreak back to a massive market that sold live animals, among other goods, in Wuhan, China1,2, and a third suggests that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 spilled over from animals — possibly those sold at the market — to humans at least twice in November or December 20193.

Epicentre of pandemic’s start (nature)


  Russia and the West

The chief of Russia's space program, Dmitry Rogozin, issued two demands before acceding to the launch. One, he said, OneWeb must guarantee that its satellites will not be used for military purposes. And two, the UK government must give up its ownership of OneWeb. It is virtually impossible to see the UK government agreeing to Russian demands about what it does, and does not, own.

Space cooperation (arstechnica)


  AlphaFold has changed how researchers work

Watching DeepMind’s AI play Go, Hassabis realized that his company’s technology was ready to take on one of the most important and complicated puzzles in biology, one that researchers had been trying to solve for 50 years: predicting the structure of proteins. The three-dimensional structure of proteins determines how they behave and interact in the body. But a large number of important proteins have structures that biologists still don’t know.

Never miss a breakthrough (technologyreview)


  Sustainability Report 2022

The battle against climate change isn’t a choice, it’s billions of choices. No action is insignificant, but certain activities and decisions “move the needle” more than others. Those bolder actions from business leaders are needed now—while there’s still time to limit the damage. It’s time to prove we’re up to the challenge.

The disconnect between ambition and impact (deloitte)


  Striding forward with confidence

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) has become an ever bigger driver, whether it's healthy eating, plant-based ingredients, sustainable supply chains or ethical workforce practices. Investors have also become more mindful of supply chain risks. Technology is the other major influence, opening up varied opportunities to snap up e-commerce targets with direct-to-consumer channels.

Secteur oulook (kpmg)


  Empowering Citizens

The European Parliament’s Autumn 2021 Eurobarometer (EB) survey is the third EB survey conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic. While certain adaptations in the methodology were still necessary due to national restrictions in place11, a trend analysis delivers six significant insights.

Public opinions (europa)

  Cortana explained

Its code name during development was, well, Cortana, named after a female artificial intelligence character in Microsoft’s popular Halo series of video games. In a nutshell, Microsoft Cortana is an AI-powered virtual assistant that responds to voice commands. It’s available as an app in Windows 10 and 11 and works in conjunction with Microsoft 365 productivity software to help users accomplish business tasks.

Past and promising future (computerworld)


  Building complex quantum networks

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Freedom Photonics and Purdue University have made strides toward a fully quantum internet by designing and demonstrating the first ever Bell state analyzer for frequency bin coding.Their findings were published in Optica.

How to transfer information? (phys)


  Living in a world of unicorns

The surge in fintech investment is one example of the unprecedented amount of capital flowing into unicorns—defined as privately owned, VC-backed com- panies valued at $1 billion or more—which are in turn scaling at a never-be- fore-seen rate. If 1999 was the year of the IPO, when companies going public raised a record $69.2 billion, the 2020s have ushered in an era of innovation overdrive that the pandemic has only accelerated.

A diversifying landscape (pwc)


  Employment income tax in Africa

We find that personal and employment income taxes are progressive in African countries, but that their progressivity declines as income increases; this finding is in line with earlier studies that made similar calculations for a sample of OECD countries. However, at the very lowest of incomes (between 0.5 and 0.67 times GDP per capita), we find that employment income taxes are slightly less progressive.

Findings from a new dataset (odi)


  World inequality

We live in a data-abundant world and yet we lack basic information about inequality. Economic growth numbers are published every year by governments across the globe, but they do not tell us about how growth is distributed across the population – about who gains and who loses from economic policies. Accessing such data is critical for democracy.

Report 2022 (


  Foresight Africa

The African continent represents 20 percent of the earth’s surface and is home to 1.3 billion people—likely reaching 2.53 billion people by 2050. It boasts 60 percent of the world’s arable lands, large swathes of forests, 30 percent of the world’s reserve of minerals, and the youngest population of any continent.

Top priorities in 22 (brookings)


  How to spur sustainable value creation ?

Over the past year and a half, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council (WEF-IBC) - a group of 120 global CEOs - led a robust, promising conversation with a set of global companies, standard setters, and international institutions centered on a single priority: measuring sustainable, inclusive growth in a comparable and consistent way.

A set of common metrics (ey)


  Annual global CEO survey

22% of survey respondents have made net-zero commitments (though the largest companies in our sample are further along). CEOs are most worried about the potential for a cyberattack or macroeconomic shock to undermine the achievement of their company’s financial goals—the same goals that most executive compensation packages are still tied to.

Strategy is driven by business metrics (pwc)


  The economic complexity

Economic complexity offers a potentially powerful paradigm to understand key societal issues and challenges of our time. The underlying idea is that growth, development, technological change, income inequality, spatial disparities, and resilience are the visible outcomes of hidden systemic interactions.

The new paradigm (sciencedirect)


  Cost of non-EU Agencies

In relation to the COVID-19, the EU agencies in the health and safety cluster have played an important role in the pandemic, albeit in different ways. Helping to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic has been a high priority for all the agencies and our assessment suggests that they have been quick to react to the crisis.

Focusing on the health and safety cluster (europa)


  Mapping state capacity in Africa

Most studies rely on data supplied by national statistics agencies or the judgments of expert observers. And while scholars acknowledge that the quality of the African state is likely shaped by geographic and ethnic differences within countries, few have measured how state capacity varies at the sub-national level.

Professionalism and reach (afrobarometer)


  India’s tech innovation engines

India recorded 44 new billion-dollar technology companies last year, compared with 10 in 2020 and 9 in 2019 (the country has a total of 83 unicorns). Some analysts are predicting that 2022 will see another surge, with new companies in financial, agricultural and educational technology joining new life-sciences companies, games companies and online marketplaces.

India’s socio-economic and environmental challenges (nature)


  Survey: Future of Europe

91% of young Europeans (15–24-years old) agree that tackling climate change can help improve their own health and well-being, while 87% of all respondents also share this sentiment. 81% of respondents say they are happy living in the EU. 68% of Europeans agree the EU is a place of stability in a troubled world, while 67% agree the EU project offers a future perspective for Europe’s youth.

Report (europa)


  The Cloud Continuum opportunity

For organizations that are leveraging the Continuum by using cloud and cloud-based technologies in more significant ways, the benefits include bottom-line savings such as cost reduction and increased speed to market, and top-line growth in sales via cross-sell and/or up-sell.

How to unleash competitiveness? (accenture)


  Nature-positive for business

From June to August 2021, WBCSD convened 75 stakeholders representing 60 organizations from different disciplines, sectors and value chains. The aim was not to define what “nature-positive” means, but to identify existing relevant frameworks and create a shared understanding of the key nature-positive messages or building blocks to support communication and awareness-raising with non-expert business audiences.

What does mean ? (wbcsd)


  Why it’s so hard to regulate algorithms

Rare glimpses into how these algorithms were performing were not comforting: In several states, algorithms used to determine how much help residents will receive from home health aides have automatically cut benefits for thousands. Police departments across the country use the PredPol software to predict where future crimes will occur, but the program disproportionately sends police to Black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

The use of automated decision systems (ADS) (thenextweb)


  Year of discovery and innovation

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and researchers came together in 2021 to assist the Nation during a challenging and unprecedented time. The race to understand and combat COVID-19 produced enormous and rapid breakthroughs in many areas – from additive manufacturing to genetic testing to computer modeling and digital learning and more.

A year of challenge (nsf)


  WebSpec & the new cookie attack

Folks at Technische Universität Wien in Austria have devised a formal security framework called WebSpec to analyze browser security. And they've used it to identify multiple logical flaws affecting web browsers, revealing a new cookie-based attack and an unresolved Content Security Policy contradiction. These logical flaws are not necessarily security vulnerabilities, but they can be.

Browser security analysis (theregister/arxiv)


  Moving beyond digital

Companies need to move beyond digital. Top companies do this by starting with a big challenge and then building differentiation (digitally) in the capabilities they own. They get their differentiated capabilities right, and then the flow of digital-powered products, services, solutions, and experiences nat- urally follows.

Seven imperatives (pwc)


  Marine reptile fossil skeleton discovery

Ichthyosaurs coexisted with dinosaurs, but these seagoing reptiles were entirely different creatures. They evolved from land reptiles during the Triassic period, over 246 million years ago. Ichthyosaurs became more streamlined and fish-like over time, and diverse species plied the seas until about 95 million years ago.

The largest of its kind (nationalgeographic)


  The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability

The European Green Deal6 was launched in December 2019 and sets out the European Commission’s commitment to tackling environmental challenges such as atmospheric warming, climate change, environmental pollution and degradation. It is an integral part of the Commission’s actions to implement the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals.

Economic Analysis of the Impacts (cefic)


  Cancer immunotherapy & target approche

As tumors develop, they secrete molecules that disable nearby T cells and other immune cells, allowing the tumors to grow unchecked. Drugs known as checkpoint blockade inhibitors, which can take these brakes off the immune system, are now used to treat some types of cancer, but many other types are resistant to this kind of treatment.

Immune system-stimulating drugs (mit)


  ISO and IEC on AI adoption

Artificial intelligence (AI) promises that organizations will be 40-percent more efficient by 2035, unlocking an estimated $14 trillion in new economic value to global GDP by 2030, according to PwC. This makes it the biggest commercial opportunity in today’s fast-changing business climate, all while improving billions of lives.

Responsible use of AI tech. (qualitydigest)


  EU' Healthcare staff flow

This report draws on information provided during different interviews with EU experts conducted between April and September 2021. It is also based on five case studies conducted specifically for the purpose of this study by five partners of the Transfrontier Euro- Institut Network (TEIN).

Cross-border cooperation (europarl)


  Top collaboration tools

The use of collaboration tools exploded during the coronavirus pandemic, as many offices were shuttered in the name of social distancing. With developers unable to exchange ideas and feedback in an in-person setting, they turned to Zoom calls and other forms of communication to continue their work from home.

For software developers (developer)


  UK' Science advice

The UK has been a pioneer in the development of structures to provide science advice to government. The UK’s guidelines for the use of scientific and engineering advice in policy making, first published in 1997 and subsequently revised,15 are seen as setting a blueprint for the principles of handling science advice in government.

Strengths and weaknesses (kas)


  Who shape science in 2021 ?

The Nature’s 10 list explores key developments in science this year and some of the people who played important parts in these milestones. Along with their colleagues, these individuals helped to make amazing discoveries and brought attention to crucial issues. Nature’s 10 is not an award or a ranking. The selection is compiled by Nature’s editors to highlight key events in science through the compelling stories of those involved.

Nature mag selection (nature)


  New urgency for a green recovery

This report focus on ESG in private markets, alongside emerging regulations such as European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), is driving growth and leading many companies and investors to alter their strategies. Thousands of companies have made public commitments to net zero, set science-based targets, or sought to demonstrate their wider commitments to society through B Corp status.

A hot year for the climate (pwc)


  Digital rights and principles

EU citizens are increasingly using digital tools and the internet to work, learn, socialise, to interact with administrations or companies, and to access services such as health and culture. Access to the internet and the use of digital tools is no longer a novelty. For citizens, companies, organisations, and governments in today’s society, they have become essential. The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated this trend.

The common european vision (eurobarometer)


  Alpine region & Covid impacts

This paper looks into the diversity of territorial impacts of the pandemic and drivers behind this diversity. First assessments show that regions in the Alps are particularly sensitive to the shock of the pandemic. First assessments also indicate that several regions within the Alpine region are among those regions in their respective countries that will be hit hardest by the economic recession.

The territorial diversity & economic effects (umweltbundesamt)


  EU’s new buildings law

The European Commission has proposed the introduction of minimum energy performance standards for the 15% worst performing buildings in Europe, which would be rated “G” on the EU’s energy performance scale, whether they are residential or not. By 1 January 2027, all commercial or public buildings would need to reach at least class “F” on the EU’s energy efficiency scale, and then class “E” by 1 January 2030.

€150 billion of EU funding (euractiv)


  Student achievement in 77 societies

We use data from almost 600,000 students in 77 countries participating in the 2018 PISA assessment of student achievement in math, science, and reading. The composite measure of SES that PISA uses can be broken down into six component variables that we here use as simultaneous predictors of achievement.


A Multidimensional predictor


  Food enzymes insight

Enzymes are protein molecules that are present in all living things. They speed up and target chemical reactions, in many cases increasing the rate of reaction millions of times. For example, they aid digestion, metabolise and eliminate waste in humans and animals, and play a crucial role in muscle contraction.

Eu regulation (efsa)


  Cuba’s bet on home-grown COVID vaccines

In a 6 November preprint published on medRxiv1, Vérez Bencomo and his colleagues report that one of the institute’s vaccines, Soberana 02, is more than 90% effective in protecting against symptomatic COVID-19 infection when used in combination with a related vaccine. Importantly, the combination seems to be effective against the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Vaccine effectiveness (nature)


  The Joy of Cryptography

Security is a global property about the behavior of a system across all possible inputs. You can’t demonstrate security by example, and there’s nothing to see in a particular execution of an algorithm. Security is about a higher level of abstraction. This book is at best, one effort at making the path as smooth as a know how.

Ciphering vs deciphering (joyofcryptography)


  The smart-textile experiment

The Cygnus NG-17 spacecraft will launch from NASA Wallops, in Virginia, on a routine resupply mission to the International Space Station. Amid the many tonnes of standard crew supplies, spacewalk equipment, computer hardware, and research experiments will be one unusual package: a pair of electronic textile swatches embedded with impact and vibration sensors.

Test of sensor-laden electronic fabrics in space (spectrum)


  Values & Identities of EU citizens

Values are called the dominating forces in life while our identity determines nothing less than who we are. Both are therefore extremely important in determining citizens’ preferences towards EU policy. But what exactly are these values? To what extent are they shared among EU citizens? In what sense do they differ among different EU Member States?

Surevy 508 (europa)


  Reverse engineering proliferates

Potential applications are growing, including creating models for parts built before CAD existed, matching human limbs for orthotics and prosthetics, updating CAD models to as-built after a production process, repair processes, moldmaking—and the list is getting longer. What is driving this are new metrology sensors and more capable software & more powerful and cheaper computing.

Applications & emerging Technology (sme)


  Achieving ROI From AI Initiatives

Most studies indicate that the majority of enterprise AI projects fail to deliver value. Still, investment in this area is accelerating. How can enterprises best structure their talent, culture, and decision-making to maximize economic value from AI? In this on-demand webinar, researchers Thomas H. Davenport and Laks Srinivasan present the key factors leading to AI investments that deliver real business value.

Reliable path to value (sloanreview)


  Climate change and AI

This report is intended to help guide the action of governments of GPAI Member States and beyond about how to support the responsible adoption of AI for climate action. It is the first step of a program of activities that GPAI would support in this space that we hope would forge concrete international cooperation programs in the form of joint investment in research, development, innovation, regulation, and capacity-building.

Beyond data (gpai)


  IT industry outlook 2022

A breakthrough may lead to a notable advance, which may then be followed by what could be perceived as lateral movement as the other inputs catch-up. Some of the trends highlighted in this report focus on an early-stage facet of a trend, while others recognize a trend moving beyond buzzword to reach a certain stage of market-ready maturity.

Trends to watch (comptiacdn)


  German' Climate cost modelling

Focusing on damages, the German Environment Agency uses the damage costs framework to derive “climate costs”. Mitigation costs are the other framework to calculate climate costs in case the focus is on the costs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The commitment to the Paris Agreement, provides an important benchmark for the mitigation target.

Analysis of damage and mitigation frameworks (umweltbundesamt)


  City Global Index & Remote Work

Study uses data to reveal which global cities are most accessible and attractive for remote workers by assessing factors related to employment compliance, living costs, infrastructure and liveability, in addition to showing current location trends. The first topic we considered was compliance, both in terms of companies hiring remote workers and for employees looking to relocate.

80 cities around the world (workmotion)


  Audit committee & Climate challenge

When asked what advice committee members might offer to other audit committees to get to grips with the climate challenge, education came out on top (87% of all respondents mentioned education), followed by good management information (79%), and making sure there is alignment of the climate challenge with corporate strategy (78%).

Risk assessments as a daunting task (deloitte)


  Shaping change through sustainability

Leaders are often shaped by crises. And COVID-19 certainly raised the bar for leadership teams; many have broken with old practices to reconcile what were perceived to be competing stakeholder priorities and achieve in weeks what previously took years. This willingness to drive rapid organizational change for the benefit of all stakeholders embodies responsible leadership.

Impact on society & the environment (accenture)


  Mapping conflict of interests

The medical product industry maintains an extensive network of financial and non-financial ties with all major healthcare parties and activities. This network seems to be mostly unregulated and opaque. With absent effective conflict of interests oversight, such promotion might ultimately threaten the integrity, equity, and sustainability of healthcare systems.

Oversight and transparency (bmj)


  Frightening statistics

At the UN Climate Summit, Urgewald and 20 NGO partners launched the “Global Oil & Gas Exit List” (GOGEL), an extensive public database that covers 887 oil and gas companies, which account for almost 95% of global oil and gas production. Over the past 3 years, 16 oil and gas companies spent US$ 168 billion on exploration for new oil and gas resources.

Building pipelines halfway to the moon (gogel)


  Data integrity & regulatory oversight.

Revelations of poor practices at a contract research company helping to carry out Pfizer’s pivotal covid-19 vaccine trial raise questions about data integrity and regulatory oversight. Researchers who were testing Pfizer’s vaccine at several sites in Texas during that autumn, speed may have come at the cost of data integrity and patient safety.

Lab management in question (bmj)


  Why do cells control their size?

The new study suggests that cellular enlargement drives a decline in function of stem cells. The researchers found that blood stem cells, which are among the smallest cells in the body, lose their ability to perform their normal function. replenishing the body’s blood cells — as they grow larger.

Bigger doesn’t mean better (


  What Big Oil knew about climate change ?

By the late 1970s, the American Petroleum Institute had formed a secret committee called the “CO2 and Climate Task Force,” which included representatives of many of the major oil companies, to privately monitor and discuss the latest developments in climate science. In 1980, Stanford University researcher worned that global warming would be “barely noticeable” by 2005, but by the 2060s would have “globally catastrophic effects.”

Info. vs desinfo. (fastcompany)


  IT Organizations and Users for 2022

Predicting the future is a risky business, particularly in the current environment of huge uncertainty. But once again, Gartner this week announced its Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users in 2022 and Beyond during its virtual Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo 2021 Americas event.

Top Predictions (informationweek)


  How to rewrite the rules of reproduction ?

If scientists can generate supplies of eggs, it would break the rules of reproduction as we know them. Women without ovaries—for example, because of cancer or surgery—might be able to have biologically related children. What’s more, lab-made eggs would cancel the age limits on female fertility, allowing women to have related babies at 50, 60, or even beyond.

Plan to turn blood into human eggs (technologyreview)


  UK & migrants policy

This briefing presents an overview of the key features of migration and asylum policy in the UK, recent trends in migration patterns, and public perceptions and political narratives on refugees and other migrants. Since the referendum, EU immigration has been on the decline, with 28% fewer National Insurance numbers allocated to EU citizens in 2019 than in 2015.

Attitudes towards refugees and other migrants (odi)


  New way to develop & implement strategy

Many large companies have long regarded strategy development and strategy execution as two separate things. Before the pandemic, top management was generally seen as responsible for developing strategies, while middle managers and employees were responsible for executing them. Decision and action shld be captured immediately to make relevant strategic decisions.

How to make big, old companies act fast ? (strategy-business)


  The uselessness of useful knowledge

It’s true that we have little fundamental understanding of the inner workings of self-learning algorithms, or of the limits of their applications. These new forms of AI are very different from traditional computer codes that can be understood line by line. Instead, they operate within a black box, seemingly unknowable to humans and even to the machines themselves.

The new alchemy? (quantamagazine)


  Global climate wall

We are living in a world in which walls, border patrols, Black Hawk helicopters, unmanned aerial systems, motion sensors, and infrared cameras are placed between the world’s highest emitters and the lowest ones, between the environmentally relatively secure and the environmentally exposed.. This expanding global border regime is increasingly built by private industry.

Borders over climate action (tni)


  G7 fossil fuel investments

The analysis shows that, between January 2020 and March 2021, G7 nations committed more than US$189 billion to support coal, oil and gas, while clean forms of energy received only $147 billion. In other words, fossil fuels received more than half of the total support to energy-intensive sectors. Inconsistent result with the steep decline in emissions needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C and with G7 countries’ own net-zero targets.

Cleaning up their act? (learn.tearfund)


  State of cybersecurity

One of the hallmarks of our digital age is the rapid pace of change. The ability to procure core technology components at lower costs and the ability to connect individuals around the globe have dramatically accelerated the capacity for innovation, and there is often a sense that businesses need to constantly adapt or face irrelevance.

Trends to watch (comptiacdn)


  Youth in Europe

Analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on young people, providing updated information on their economic and social situation, with a focus on employment. This document was provided in-house by the Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies at the request of the committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL).

Economic & social situation (europarl)


  China: Building influence in Africa

12Wielding Influence in the Age of Coronavirus and surrounding publicity, have been clothed in key CCP slogans – above all that they are part of a ‘Community of Health for All’, tying the effort to Beijing’s strategic goal of uniting China and Africa in a ‘Community of Common Destiny’.

Report (kas)


  The right technique for failure analysis

Depending on its purpose, failure analysis can be performed by plant and maintenance engineers, reliability engineers, or failure analysis engineers. Maintenance engineers conduct primary failure analysis based on their knowledge of the plant operations. If the internal team doesn’t have the required expertise, it is advisable to hire consultants that provide failure analysis services.

How to Choose? (qualitydigest)


  COVID super-immunity

T hose who had recovered from COVID-19 months before receiving their jabs harboured antibodies capable of defanging the mutant spike, which displays much more resistance to immune attack than any known naturally occurring variant. These peoples’ antibodies even blocked other types of coronaviruses. “It’s very likely they will be effective against any future variant that SARS-CoV-2.

One of the pandemic’s great puzzles (nature)


  TSMC to build chip fab in Japan

The plant will use 22- and 28-nanometer line processing," said Tadahiro Kuroda, Director of Systems Design Lab (d.lab) at the Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. "So it's not an advanced foundry like the Arizona plant that will use 7 nanometers." But he adds it can produce a range of devices that go into consumer products, sensors, IoT, and auto parts.

Chip shortage (spectrum)


  Access to medicine index

The Methodology Report, which is now available, lays out the metrics by which 20 of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies will be assessed and ranked for the 2022 Access to Medicine Index. It captures society’s expectations of pharmaceutical companies regarding access to medicine in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

New metric (accesstomedicinefoundation)



East Asia and Africa started in 1965 with similar shares of working-age populations, at 53 percent. The share then rose rapidly in East Asia to peak at over 70 percent in 2010 due largely to lower fertility rates, and the saving rates rose from 15 percent of GDP to peak at 34 percent of GDP in 2010. The increase in saving rates facilitated more investment and East Asia’s economic transformation.

Advantages of industries without smokestacks (brookings)


  Medical device industry and quality

Quality management is the cornerstone of medical device manufacturing. There is simply no way to overstate how essential quality is to bring a medical device to market and keep it there long term. A common problem among medical device companies is that senior managers often become disengaged from what’s happening in the quality space.

Five biggest quality mistakes (qualitydigest)


  Special Eurobarometer towards science and technology

Horizon Europe, the EU’s major Research and Innovation programme, is the successor to Horizon 2020. It is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. It aims to support scientific excellence, tackle climate change, help to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

EU citizens’ knowledge and attitudes (eurobarometer)


  Machine Learning vs Deep Learning

Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning are two phrases we often hear being tossed around in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI) and new digital technologies. In the media and the public imagination, mostly these two terms are interchangeable, vague, and (arguably) glamorous. Despite the mixed usage, however, they do, in fact, have some key differences.

What’s the Difference? (developer)


  Agricultural production & emissions

Agriculture is estimated to contribute up to 24% of total GHG emissions worldwide. This is because of the way agricultural goods are produced, as well as the land use change they trigger when forests or peatlands are cleared to cultivate crops or graze cattle. Agricultural production is also the largest source of methane and nitrogen dioxide emissions.

Decarbonising land use (odi)


  API security testing tools

Many larger companies, especially those with a big online presence, have hundreds or even thousands of APIs embedded in their infrastructure. The growth of APIs will only continue to increase. Most APIs are unique, and many organizations simply create new APIs as needed. That can be a nightmare for security teams.

10 tools to the rescue (csoonline)


  Teaching critical thinking

75 percent of employers claim the students they hire after 12, 16 or more years of formal education lack the ability to think critically and solve problems -- despite the fact that nearly all educators claim to prioritize helping students develop those very skills. we still do not understand the concept well enough to determine how teaching critical-thinking skills can be integrated into the curriculum.

Iimproving student ability (insidehighered)


  AI as a "dual-use” technology (NSCAI)

AI technologies are the most powerful tools in generations for expanding knowledge, increasing prosperity, and enriching the human experience. AI is also the quintessential “dual-use” technology. The ability of a machine to perceive, evaluate, and act more quickly and accurately than a human represents a competitive advantage in any field—civilian or military.

Final report (nascai)


  Supervolcano eruptions is ever-present


“Super-eruptions are among the most catastrophic events in Earth’s history, venting tremendous amounts of magma almost instantaneously. They can impact global climate to the point of tipping the Earth into a ‘volcanic winter’, which is an abnormally cold period that may result in widespread famine and population disruption.

Semi-dormant volcanoes' threats (nature)


  Tax not the robots

Instead of robot taxes, policymakers who want to help workers displaced by automation should focus on other policies, such as addressing disparities in taxes on capital and labor and easing labor market frictions. Doing so would benefit workers, firms, and the economy more so than would a tax on robots.

How do you define robot? (brookings)


  OLED Manufacturing & Quantum compute

Quantum computers are still in development,, OTI Lumionics designs compagny uses “quantum-inspired” systems and methods for its simulations to test fine chemicals and materials, a process that could take considerably longer through traditional means. The company has been using the Azure Quantum platform in partnership with Microsoft.

How to improve the manufacturing cycle for organic LEDs (informationweek)


  Climate protection scenarios & criteria

Climate protection scenarios are a key part of long-term climate policy planning. The modelling performed in such scenarios informs the development of 2050 national climate strategies—which themselves serve as roadmaps for the decarbonisation of the economy.

Scope & Ambition (umweltbundesamt)


  EU carbon market reform

The EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is often presented as the crown jewel of EU climate policy, put- ting a price on carbon emissions from the power sector and industry. With a major reform process now under- way, EURACTIV looks at the implications from a social and economic point of view.

Focus on industry & fairness (euractiv)


  Windows 11 at sight


Microsoft has announced plans to soon release Windows 11. It turns out Windows 10 wasn't the last version of Windows after all, but that's okay, because Windows 11 will be free for all Windows 10 users, and includes a whole bunch of new features and improvements over the current version of Windows.

System requirements (windowscentral)


  Additional marine plastic litter elimination

Under the Japanese presidency of the 2019 G20, members agreed to the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision, which commits G20 countries to “reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050”, thereby ensuring that by 2050, the net volume of plastic entering the ocean is zero.

Policy options (resourcepanel)


  Government at a glance 2021

In this complex, interconnected and risky world, public administrations must ensure that they are as resilient as possible, in order to preserve the well-being and confidence of the population in the face of future crises. In the final analysis, therefore, resilience is key to supporting resilient societies and healthy democratic systems.

How to build resilience (oecd-ilibrary)


  EU' food safety almanac


This new edition provides an updated and comprehensive overview of the competent public institutions and the structures of food and feed safety within 37 countries. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as well as its Focal Point network from all 27 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway, as well as observers from Switzerland and EU candidate countries have considerably contributed to this almanac.

Who does what ? (bfr)


  Health care supply chaine: COVID-19 crisis

Due to product shortages, health care systems have begun looking to unconventional sources of supplies, such as using local upholstery companies to make gowns and leveraging the community to help fill product needs. Health systems are increasingly learning that local suppliers can meet product needs and specifications; however,they tend to be at a higher price point.

Building supply chain resiliency (ey)


  AI-based Cybersecurity Technologies

In the new era of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the game of cat and mouse in the realm of cybersecurity has reached its head. AI, from its side, gives cybersecurity added power for more intelligent detection and analysis of cyber threats. But unfortunately, hackers are also using AI as a new weapon to create new – and stronger – malicious innovations.

Overview (developer)


  Rethinking climate finance

Financial markets represent one of the most powerful ways to drive public and private action on climate resilience, as reflected in a "May executive order" from the US administration. The order calls for the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of the Treasury, and other federal agencies to better measure and address financial risks resulting from climate change.

The flow of capital toward climate-aligned investments (brookings)


  Short food supply chains

The EU-funded project SMARTCHAIN hosts today its closing event, showcasing its main findings and recommendations to support collaborative Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs) in Europe. The 3-year long project brought together a wide range of policymakers, practitioners and researchers interested in learning more on collaborative SFSCs and how to support their growth.

Key steps to improve sustainability (eufic)


  Renewable energies in Germany

After continuous growth in previous years, electricity generation from renewable energies also increased in 2020. For the first time ever, renewable energy sources generated more electricity than all fossil energy sources (coal, gas and oil) combined. Wind energy was also able to expand its position as the most important energy source in the German electricity mix.

Data on the development in 2020 (umweltbundesamt)


  How biodiversity can enhance immune system ?

As the incidence of immune-mediated diseases has increased rapidly in developed societies, there is an unmet need for novel prophylactic practices to fight against these maladies. This study is the first human intervention trial in which urban environmental biodiversity was manipulated to examine its effects on the commensal microbiome and immunoregulation in children.

Microbial imbalance or dysbiosis (advances.sciencemag)


  India Pollution: Before & After Cov.19

In this study, we characterize the impacts of COVID-19 on air pollution using NO2 and Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) from TROPOMI and MODIS satellite datasets for 41 cities in India. Specifically, our results suggested a 13% NO2 reduction during the lockdown (March 25–May 3rd, 2020) compared to the pre-lockdown (January 1st–March 24th, 2020) period.

Spatial and temporal variations of air pollution over 41 cities (nature)


  New crew reaches ISS in 3 hours

The mission of the Soyuz space craft carrying two Russian cosmonauts and one NASA astronaut was of immense importance to Russia's space agency Roscosmos, coming as the SpaceX programme relaunches manned spaceflight from the United States and ignites fresh talk of a space race between the two countries.


A vast improvement since 2013


  Meet Google Analytics 4

The latest iteration of Google’s web analytics platform, dubbed Google Analytics 4, is now available. The new property type includes expanded predictive insights, deeper integration with Google Ads, cross-device measurement capabilities and more granular data controls.

Vision for the future of analytics (searchengineland)


  Opinion survey on EU food & farming

Nearly all respondents (95%) think that agriculture and rural areas are important for ‘our future’ in the European Union. Moreover, the survey shows that more EU citizens are aware of the CAP (73% today, 6 percentage points (p.p.) more than in 2017) and believe that the CAP benefits all citizens, not only farmers (76% today, 15 p. p. more than in 2017).

From sustainability to rural areas & food security (ec.europa)


  Blue ammonia shipment

Aramco and the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ), in partnership with SABIC, have successfully demonstrated the production and shipment of blue ammonia from Saudi Arabia to Japan with support from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

To a sustainable future (ieej)


  Covid-19 & Sustainability policy

The pandemic has significantly intensified the crisis phenomena in the Global South, while countries of the Global North have often been able to withstand the impacts of the crisis through government interventions. The gap between the countries of the Global North and the Global South threatens to widen even further.

The international environmental (umweltbundesamt)


  The Multilateralism at stake

We still need international cooperation because global challenges and problems cannot be solved nationally or regionally. Admit-tedly, issues such as security, finance architecture, free trade, health, and migration must be worked out at the local and national levels, and in the case of climate change also largely implemented at such levels.

Is the international order hanging by a thread? (kas)


  Are you reframing your future ?

A key part of your approach in this new environment should be future-back planning, as explained in the first chapter of this report. The megatrends are a valuable basis to generate new planning scenarios, define a relevant purpose for the future and execute with urgency — all with the goal of becoming a more resilient and transformative company.

How to see opportunities where others don’t ? (ey)


  Trickbot pre-emptive strikes

Microsoft and a team of companies and law enforcement groups have disabled — at least temporarily — one of the world’s largest hacking operations, an effort run by Russian-speaking cybercriminals that officials feared could disrupt the presidential election in three weeks. According to Intel 471, a security firm, there were two attacks on the TrickBot infrastructure before Microsoft received court authorization.

Microsoft takes down a risk to the election (nytimes)


  Assessing wildlife destruction

Over half (55%) of global GDP, equal to USD 41.7 trillion1, is dependent on high-functioning biodiversity and ecosystem services. However, a staggering fifth of countries globally(20%) are at risk of their ecosystems collapsing due to a decline in biodiversity and related beneficialservices, reveals a new study by Swiss Re Institute.

Ecosystem collapse as biodiversity declines (swiss re institut)


  Renewable energy and jobs

Renewable energy, now predominant in new electric power capacity, has proven especially flexible, cost-effective, and resilient in the face of the 2020 health and economic crisis. Even better, renewables create numerous and diverse jobs. ast year, jobs in the sector worldwide reached an estimated 11.5 million, continuing a long-term growth trend.

Why clean energy needed ?? (irena)


  OECD: The tax challenges

A consensus-based multilateral solution involving PillarOne and PillarTwo would lead to a more favourable environment for investment and growth than would likely be the case in absence of an agreement by the G20/OECDInclusiveFramework. The full impact of the COVID-19 crisis remains highly uncertain at this stage.

Supporting health systems & recovery above all (oecd)


  To embedding net zero aspirations

What we do know is that leading net zero commitments have certain attributes. They are science-based. They take responsibility for tackling value chain emissions including suppliers, products, services and investments. They also explicitly recognize that net zero requires a reshaping of corporate strategy and in turn a firm’s operating model.

The building blocks (pwc)


  USA: Competition in digital markets

The purpose of the investigation was to document competition problems in digital markets; examine whether dominant firms are engaging in anticompetitive conduct; and assess whether existing antitrust laws, competition policies, and current enforcement levels are adequate to address these issues.

Investigation report (


  What OS keep things running in space?

The ESA’s recently launched Solar Orbiter will spend years in one of the most unwelcoming places in the Solar System: the Sun. Solar Orbiter are almost always run by real-time operating systems that work in an entirely different way than the ones you and I know from the average laptop. Operating systems used in space needs to be done correctly within a strictly specified deadline.

RTEMS vs VxWorks (arstechnica)


  SARS-CoV2-mediated suppression of NRF2

Viral infections usually cause disease in humans through both direct cytopathogenic effects and excessive inflammatory responses of the infected host. This also seems to be the case with SARS-CoV2, as COVID-19 patients develop cytokine storms that are very likely to contribute to, if not drive, immunopathology, and disease severity.

How to suppress pathogenic inflammation ? (nature)


  UK' Huawei cyber security evaluation

This is the sixth annual report for the Cabinet Secretary from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board. It has now completed its sixth full year of work and has covered a number of areas of HCSEC’s work over the course of the year 2019 to 2020.

Annual report (assets.publishing.service)


  EU on alert for new outbreaks

EU Member States are being urged to step up surveillance and biosecurity measures to guard against possible new outbreaks of avian influenza this year. The warning follows outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) among wild and domestic birds in western Russia and Kazakhstan.

Avian influenza overview (efsa)


  To succeed in a negotiation

What do a human rights negotiation in Afghanistan, a crisis negotiation in Calgary, and a business dispute between a Brazilian and a Frenchman have in common? At first blush, nothing. However, when we dig deeper into these high-stakes negotiations, there is a common thread that connects them all.

How to help your counterpart save face? (hbr)


  The oral microbiome

The human oral cavity harbors a complex microbial community known as the oral microbiome. These organisms are regularly exposed to selective pressures, such as the usage of antibiotics, which drive evolution and acquisition of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). Resistance among oral bacteria jeopardizes not only antibiotic therapy for oral infections, but also extra-oral infections caused by bacterial translocation.

Antibiotic resistance genes (plos)


  Cybersecurity awareness: 20+ Free resources

You can’t ensure privacy without first getting your cybersecurity ducks in a row. One of the reasons many publicized attacks involve government agencies and credit reporting agencies is because they are pillars of our very identities in the modern world. Cybersecurity professionals help ensure that those pillars remain firmly in place.

Why cybersecurity professionals are so important ? (comptia)


  Glycoalkaloids in potatoes

Experts identified a health concern for infants and toddlers, considering both mean and high consumers. Among adults, there is a health concern for high consumers only. Glycoalkaloids poisoning can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Public health risks assessed (efsa)


  Phasing out plastics

By 2050, on current trends, greenhouse gas emissions from plastics will increase threefold and could account for as much as 20% of total oil consumption. To achieve net zero emissions globally by 2050, it is critical that the plastics sector reduce its emissions to zero by that date. This report explores the potential for extensive emission reductions in the plastics sector.

Climate impacts (odi)


  Transforming information into insight

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolded, one leading global engineering and technology services company found itself well positioned to meet unprecedented challenges. The firm had kicked off a digital transformation project the year before, including investing in a data and analytics program equipped with advanced tools.

Insights capability in the post–COVID-19 world (strategy-business)


  Identifying & Exposing IO

This paper seeks to answer that challenge by proposing “The Breakout Scale,” a comparative model for measuring IOs based on data that are observable, replicable, verifiable, and available from the moment they were posted. It is intended for use by the operational research community for real-time categorization of IOs as they are identified.

The impact of influence operations (brookings)


  The added value(s) of agroecology

This report is the culmination of a 3-year process of research and collaboration between IPES-Food and a wide range of local, regional and international partners to support the development of sustainable food systems in West Africa. This region is fast becoming a climate hotspot with a number of urgent and interconnected challenges.

Unlocking the potential for transition (ipes-food)


  Antimicrobial resistance report

We have reached a tipping point where large and prom-inent drugmakers have retreated from the antibiotics field and smaller innovative biotech companies have gone bank-rupt due to the poor financial rewards on offer. Antibiotics are taken for short courses and the most precious products are reserved for emergencies.

Benchmark 2020 (accesstomedicinefoundation)


  FastMRI scans with IA

New research finds that rapid MRI scans generated with artificial intelligence (AI) were just as effective as, and were diagnostically interchangeable with, traditional MRI. The results could significantly improve the patient experience, expand access to MRIs, and potentially enable new use cases for MRI.

Deep learning with 4 times less data (nyulangone)


  Google: How to solve streaming. ?

The average person subscribes to three streaming services. Keeping them straight is a mess. But a fix may be coming soon. Google has been working on a new platform called Kaleidoscope. It appears to be a website that combines all of your streaming services in one place, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney Plus and many more.

Jumping between streaming services (fastcompany)


  EU' Transformation of the food system

In recent years, numerous niche innovations have emerged in the food systems of European countries, which have the potential to contribute to the necessary, more sustainable shaping of food systems. These niche innovations are presented in this publication as well as classified and evaluated with regard to their potential contribution to the transformation of the food system.

Niche innovations (umweltbundesamt)


  Dictation with voice commands

We’ve been adding voice commands to Dictate so that you can break away from the keyboard. Whether on desktop or mobile (or transitioning between devices), you can stay in the flow and focus on your message by using dictation with voice commands to add, format, edit, and organize your text.

How to break away from the keyboard? (microsoft)


  FDA Caught in political crossfire

With the national election taking place at a time of desperate hope for new vaccines and therapies to combat the lethal coronovirus, FDA officials are struggling to maintain the credibility and independence of its drug regulatory process amidst accusations of intentionally delaying clinical testing for political reasons.

COVID-19 convalescent plasma (fda)


  Preventing the next pandemic

The report—produced in partnership with universities, research institutions, UN agencies and the secretariats of several multilateral environmental agreements— identifies key anthropogenic drivers for the emergence of zoonoses, from agricultural intensification and increased demand for animal protein to the conversion of land and climate change.

How to break the chain of transmission (pnud,ilri, un)


  Health : Trends in consumer behavior

Consumers are increasingly willing to tell their doctors when they disagree with them, are using tools to get information on costs and health issues, are tracking their health conditions and using that data to make decisions, and accessing and using their medical record data.

The future of health (deloitte)


  If Business travel stopped?

Expenditures in business travel have been growing fast, much faster than global GDP. The Growth Lab had explored this question by looking at labor and entrepreneurial mobility between firms, regions, and countries. But it occurred to them that the importance of knowhow might explain why firms rely so heavily on business travel.

What would happen ? (growthlab)


  Venture pulse

Q2’20 saw regions across the globe continuing to grapple with the challenges associated with COVID-19, including economic turbulence, sudden spikes in unemployment rates, restrictions on travel and movement, and the ramifications of the continued shutdown or slowdown of many sectors and industries.

Global analysis (kpmg)


  Respirators or face masks?

This article’s purpose is to discuss what we know about respiratory protection, and also what can be done to make masks more effective by reducing air leakage. The effectiveness of a mask made from a particular material can vary enormously as a function of how well it seals against the wearer’s face.

Something is better than nothing (qualitydigest)


  Bridging AI’s trust gaps

AI-based solutions are playing a crucial role in the fight against the pandemic — from contact-tracing algorithms to drones that scan body temperatures and ensure compliance with social distancing directives. The primacy of tackling the crisis is reordering ethical considerations.

Aligning policymakers and companies (ey)


  Expectations: 5G in healthcare

his innovation hints at the ways 5G networks could transform and improve all of the critical components of healthcare, a subject especially meaningful today as the spread of the coronavirus has put unprecedented stress on healthcare systems around the world.

The privacy challenge (pwc)


  What’s your leadership origin story?

Origin stories come in many forms: tales of how we entered a profession, personal chronicles explaining how and when we became part of an organization, accounts of how we met our significant other, or even how we emerged as a new person after a crisis. Despite this natural inclination, we rarely examine what we include (and don’t include) in those accounts and how those choices shape our present reality.

About “becoming” leaders & leadership (hbr)


  Climate Performance of the G7

Which value(s) can help us to evaluate sustainable climate performance appropriately? At least since Agenda 2030, it has been clear that sustainability means more than just environmental and climate protection, and requires economic and social concerns to be taken into account, too.

CO2 productivity as a benchmark (kas)


  ML for modeling animal movement

Machine Learning and Deep learning algorithms are powerful and flexible predictive modeling tools but have rarely been applied to animal movement data. In this study we present a general framework for predicting animal movement that is a combination of two steps: first predicting movement behavioral states and second predicting the animal’s velocity.

Tracking data focus on parametric models (plos)


  Business experimentation

Opposition to progress is often “shaped, not so much by fundamental personality traits, but simply by the imperatives of argument, almost regardless of the desires, character, or conviction of the participants. Theses can help us understand why some executives aren’t going full throttle with business experimentation, a practice that is key to innovation, that drives profitable growth and creates shareholder value.

Seven myths (strategy-business)


  Nonhuman primates vaccination results

Vaccines to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are urgently needed. The effect of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccines on viral replication in both upper and lower airways is important to evaluate in nonhuman primates. The use of messenger RNA (mRNA) is a promising approach for Covid-19 vaccination.

Evaluation of the mRNA-1273 Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 (nejm)


  The future model of grocery store

The future of grocery may come down to how we buy things like toilet paper and avocados—or the difference between transactional and experiential purchases. From the beginning, the supermarket’s appeal has been the convenience of everything under one roof. Looking ahead—and in light of COVID-19—that model is ripe for disruption.

Shaking the coconut tree (fastcompany)


  The consumer transformed

The COVID-19 situation has deeply affected urban consumers’ views on spending. Before the outbreak, consumer confidence was sky-high, with almost half (46%) of our survey respondents saying they expected to spend more in the next 12 months. When we reached back out to people after the outbreak had begun, 40% reported a decrease in income as a result of job loss or redundancy.

A customer purchase journey (pwc)


  The interferon beta breakthrough

The treatment from Southampton-based biotech Synairgen uses a protein called interferon beta which the body produces when it gets a viral infection. The protein is inhaled directly into the lungs of patients with coronavirus, using a nebuliser, in the hope that it will stimulate an immune response.

Promising coronavirus treatments (bbc)


  Engineered nanomaterial in food

Following a mandate from the European Commission, the European Food Safety Authority has developed a Guidance on Technical Requirements(Guidance on Particle-TR),setting out information requirements for applications in the regulated food and feed product areas, and establishing criteria forassessing the presence of a fraction of small particles.

Upgrading the conventional risk assessment (efsa)


  For affordable healthy diets

Current estimates are that nearly 690 million people are hungry, or 8.9 percent of the world population – up by 10 million people in one year and by nearly 60 million in five years. The number of people affected by severe food insecurity, which is another measure that approximates hunger, shows a similar upward trend.

Food security and nutrition (fao)


  7 debugging techniques in production

Providing production support to an application is one of the most challenging aspects of software development. Developers are assigned to the maintenance team and work on patching bugs on the application. They are, however, also available on-call in case a production outage happens, in which case they work to get the application back on track as quickly as possible.

Tech. to speed up troubleshooting (thenextweb)


  Removing CO2 from the atmosphere

Adding crushed rock dust to farmland could draw down up to two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air per year and help meet key global climate targets, according to a major new study led by the University of Sheffield. The technique, known as enhanced rock weathering.

Applying rock dust to croplands (newswise)


  OECD Employment

Given the exceptional uncertainties characterising the near-term outlook, the OECD considers two epidemiological scenarios for the coming 18months: one where the virus continues to recede and remains under control, and one where a second wave of rapid contagion erupts later in 2020.

Outlook2020 (oecd)


  Advanced materials

The report describes activities within the project “Advanced materials - Thematic conferences: Assessment of needs to act on chemical safety” to provide discussion input on approaches to describe, cluster and prioritize advanced materials. The report presents a structuring of the field of advanced materials by screening existing definitions and classifications as well scientific activities related...

Screening criteria for relevance assessment (umweltbundesamt)


  Global millennial survey 2020

While the pandemic did unexpectedly result in a dip in stress, there are still concerns that keep millennials and Gen Zs up at night. Three topics stood out for both millennials and Gen Zs in the pulse survey, both before the pandemic and after: family welfare, their longer-term financial futures, and their job/career prospects.

The resilient generations (deloitte)


  Trade and biodiversity

Protecting global biodiversity calls for a variety of instruments, at the EU border as well as in the provisions of preferential agreements. The EU already includes biodiversity-rel ated non-trade provisions in trade agreements, but these provisions are not legally binding and hardly effective.

International trade and environmental rules (europarl)


  Battery production

“Thelong-term outlook for EVs remains bright,as fundamental cost and technology improvements outweigh the short-term impacts of the pandemic,” Bloomberg NEF says in its latest Electric Vehicle Outlook.Its analysts predict that EVs willmake up 10% of global sales by 2025 and 28% by 2030.

In line with environmental policies (euractiv)


  Airborne Transmission of COVID-19

Experts agree that the novel coronavirus behind COVID-19 spreads through direct contact and large droplets that, once sneezed or coughed out, often fall harmlessly to the ground. But a recent letter signed by 239 scientists suggests that the virus may also spread by airborne transmission, lingering in the air for hours within lighter "microdroplets."

New studies (academic)


  RNA gene therapy development?

While messenger RNA (mRNA) is crucially important, it is just one of many types of RNA involved in a range of activities that affect the transmission of genetic information and the functioning—or dysfunctioning—of cells. Appropriately designed RNA-based therapies can thus modulate genetic information in a controlled and targeted manner, effectively acting as gene therapies.

How to to deliver to the right cells ? (pharmtech)


  How to save energy & reduce emissions ?

As the Covid-19 crisis spread around the world, large numbers of people started working from home, with immediate and varied impacts on energy use. Oil demand shrank but residential electricity use surged. Companies such as Google and Facebook announced they would allow staff members to work remotely until at least the beginning of next year, while Twitter said its employees could continue working from home indefinitely.

Working from home (iea)


  Top 15 certifications in demand for 2020

Certifications can validate your IT skills and experience to show employers you have the expertise to get the job done. You can get certified in skills you already have or skills you’d like to put to use in your career — whatever your reason, certifications are a great way to strengthen your resume and set yourself apart from other candidates in a job search.

IT Popular certifications (cio)


  International specialization across products

When analyzing causes and consequences of comparative advantage across products (or indus-tries), theories of international trade typically assume that countries compete within productsby producing the exact same (or perfectly symmetric) output. Yet this is not the case withquality differentiation. The choice of quality allows firms – for a given product – to tailor theiroutput to match the skills of workers in their country.

Quality differentiation & Comparative advantage (growthlab)


  US bank regulators: answer to Covid19

The pandemic and the resulting sudden stopinglobaleconomic activity has increased the riskthat banks will face large credit losses in the coming quarters.In this paper, we argue that policymakersshouldtake more aggressive actions to ensure that banks remain well-capitalized so that they can continue to play their critical roles as providers ofcredit to the economy.

Drawing on lessons from global financial crisis (brookings)


  Agroecological research for africa

Looking behind the money flows, this report found that the obstacles to agroecological research are deep-rooted — but not insurmountable. The majority of donors partially endorse some principles of agroecology while simultaneously supporting conventional approaches. Agroecology is often reduced to the biophysical dimension, and consequently donors like Switzerland pay less attention to concerns.

What is holding back investment ? (ipes)


  EU arms exports

The EU’s annual report on arms export control presently lags behind the national reports of many countries. The introduction of a searchable online database will be a substantial step in increasing the user-friendliness of the report. This paper makes recommendations with regard to readability, comprehensiveness and comparability.

Recommendations for transparency (europarl)


  EU digital transition in a post-covid world

This special report, produced in partnership with Vodafone, analyses the current state of play for Europe’s digital vision of the future in a radically transformed post-coronavirus world. It draws on the expertise of high-level politicians and policymakers, industry experts and business leaders, in order to chart the coming revolution in Europe’s technological landscape.

The coming revolution (euractiv)


  How to create intranet sites in multiple languages

Microsoft 365 now lets you create intranet sites in multiple languages. You can create pages and news in a user’s preferred language, and show site navigation, site title, and the site description in the preferred language, too. The process is relatively easy – but there are a few things to know before launching.

Tips and best practices (computerworld)


  The climate change issue

The evidence clearly shows that climate-related natural resource scarcity or extreme weather events are not the sole cause of violent conflict. Rather, for slow- and rapid-onset events, with short- to long-term effects, climate acts as a ‘threat multiplier’. In other words, climate factors compound existing stresses to increase the likelihood of violent conflict.

Conflict and fragility (odi)


  Use of race correction in clinical algorithms

When the Journal took up the topic in 2003 with a debate about the role of race in medicine, one side argued that racial and ethnic categories reflected underlying population genetics and could be clinically useful.1 Others held that any small benefit was outweighed by potential harms that arose from the long, rotten history of racism in medicine.

Hidden in plain sight (nejm)


  MS ' Project Bonsai & Moab

Project Bonsai is the first service component of Microsoft's vision to empower customers to build, operate, and manage autonomous system. Also announcing Project Moab, a new open-source balancing robot to help engineers and developers learn how to build real-world autonomous control systems with Project Bonsai.

How to incorporate knowledge from experts ? (


  Business success with QMS

During the last three decades, implementing the standard has typically been a significant overhead expense, a never-ending chore to remain compliant, and an added work burden to the staff of most organizations. We’ve developed tools for continual improvement and metrics to demonstrate how well they work, but they are seldom integrated into overall business performance indicators.

Part 1 to 5 (qualitydigest)


  Italians' extraordinary genetic diversity

In Europe, Italians have the highest genetic diversity. The gradient of their genetic variability, scattered all over the peninsula, encloses on a small scale the whole genetic variance between southern and continental Europeans. This amazing diversity started to accumulate soon after the Late Glacial Maximum, which ended approximately 19,000 years ago.

Earliest evidence (phys)


  ITIL certification guide

The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) offers best practices for delivering IT services using a systematic approach to IT service management (ITSM). The ITIL 4 was updated by Axelos in February 2019 to include a stronger emphasis on maintaining agility, flexibility and innovation in ITSM, while still supporting legacy networks and systems.

Costs, requirements, levels and paths (cio)


  Biodiversity as a human right

The study starts with a brief overview of empirical data regarding the impacts of biodiversity loss on human rights, highlighting data gaps and limitations in currently available sources. The study will assess the status and content of existing international obligations on biodiversity and human rights.

Why is it linked to human rights? (europarl)


  Strengthening coordinated education planning

Education is a central need and priority for many affected by emergencies and protracted crises. Emergencies and protracted crises directly affect the education of more than 75 million of the world’s children, with more than half of the world’s children of primary age living in countries affected by crisis.

Global analysis framework (odi)


  Windows 10 May 2020 update

Despite calls for Microsoft to significantly delay its spring Windows release due to the pandemic, the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, version 2004, is expected to begin rolling out to users in the next few weeks. Industry watchers initially expected it on May 12, Patch Tuesday, but the public release now appears to be slated for the last week in May.

Review (computerworld)


  Future of the human climate niche

We show that for thousands of years, humans have concentrated in a surprisingly narrow subset of Earth’s available climates, characterized by mean annual temperatures around ∼13 °C. This distribution likely reflects a human temperature niche related to fundamental constraints. With population growth and warming, over the coming 50 y, 1 to 3 billion people are projected to be left outside the climate conditions that have served humanity well over the past 6,000 y.

The interplay of mechanisms driven by warming (pnas)


  Arabian Sea fuelled by new species

Over the past four decades, the Arabian Sea has experienced a profound loss of inorganic nitrate. In all probability, this is due to increased denitrification caused by the expansion of the permanent oxygen minimum zone and consequent changes in nutrient stoichiometries. These exceptional changes appear to be creating a niche particularly favorable to Noctiluca scintillans which has recently replaced diatoms as the dominant winter, bloom forming organism.

Coast of Oman upheaval (nature report)


  UK' Class of 2020

This briefing note focuses specifically on the effects this economic crisis will have on education leavers. It estimates the level of employment and pay scarring that they could suffer, and also considers the unique effects that this particular crisis will have by putting at risk many of the roles that non-graduate education leavers first enter into.

Education leavers in the current crisis (resolutionfoundation)


  For more resource efficiency

Resource efficiency as an opportunity many countries have begun to develop policies for a more efficient and sustainable use of natural resources at the national level. A compilation of policies by European countries was published by the European Environment Agency. However, for non-European countries there is little information available.

Policies and trends (umweltbundesamt)


  Impact of COVID-19 on Security

COVID-19 threatens to erode trust in publicinstitutions, especially if citizens view their respective authorities as mishandlingthe responseto the crisis or lacking transparencyas tothe scope of thisresponse.29Nevertheless, some executives appear to be receivinga boost in popularity fortheir seemingly robust responses to the pandemic.

Sector governance (dcaf)


  Machine learning goes wild

Extrapolating behaviours from acceleration data of wild individuals is a challenge since it is often impossible to test whether the extrapolated behaviours are correct or not. However, the promising advance of behaviour classification through machine learning is the ability to study the behaviour of wild animals without observing (and possibly disturbing) them.

Using data from captive individuals (plos)


  Europeans’ attitudes towards vaccination

This survey found that the EU has among the lowest confidence in the safety and effectiveness of vaccinesworldwide, that levels of confidence vary by vaccine, and that there is a correlation between the confidence of general practitioners in vaccines and the confidence of the general public.

Special Eurobarometer (europa)


  Spatio-temporal distribution of COVID-19

People moved through Wuhan to 296 prefectures in 31 provinces and regions throughout the country. The researchers linked the population-flow data, which was provided by a major national wireless telecommunications carrier, to COVID-19 infection counts, provided by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Chinese CDC), by location and time at the prefecture level.

Real-time data about population flows (nature)


  Workers disproportionally affected

The researchers found that low income workers, such as farmers and construction or factory workers, tend to work in jobs that require less physical proximity to other people at work than high income workers, such as office workers or school teachers. However, as low income workers tend to be in occupations that are more machine-dependent and less ICT-enabled, this makes them less flexible to work remotely.

Covid economics (cepr)


  COVID-19 vaccine primer

Generally, vaccines must go through three progressively more stringent human trial phases before they are considered safe and effective. The phases assess the candidates’ safety profile, the strength of the immune responses they trigger, and how good they are at actually protecting people from infection and disease.

100-plus in the works (arstechnica)


  EU' audit reform

The content is provisional and will be updated on a regular basis, as needed. It has been prepared to provide general guidance on matters of interest only, and does not constitute professional advice. There may be local nuances which require specific consideration. You should not act upon the information contained herein without obtaining specific professional advice.

Audit legislation (kpmg)


  Social distancing vs physical distancing

Public health experts around the world have said that one of the most vital strategies for slowing the spread of COVID-19 was ‘social distancing’. UQ’s Professor Jolanda Jetten advocated renaming the term to ‘physical distancing’. “The idea of distancing clashes with the deep-seated human instinct to connect with others, especially during challenging times,” she said.

Socially connected while physically apart (nature)


  European CFO Survey

The spread of COVID-19 has compounded Europe’s weak growth and brought some economic activity to a halt. On average, 63 per cent of CFOs report in March 2020 that they are less optimistic about the financial prospects for their company, an increase of almost30 percentage points in six months. If we look at the data based on when CFOs responded throughout March it is apparent that optimism was dwindling fast as the month progressed.

A perspective on COVID-19 (deloitte)


  The Curve: How to break it ?

The phrase “flatten the curve” means to slow the transmission of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in order to spread the total number of cases out over a longer period of time. This will avoid overwhelming the healthcare system.1 The model is accurate as presented throughout the internet, but it also overlooks terrible dangers and enormous opportunities.

The SIR model & the Curve (qualitydigest)


  The sustainable future of humanity

“Agricultural economic water scarcity” is, here, defined as lack of irrigation due to limited institutional and economic capacity instead of hydrologic constraints. To date, the location and productivity potential of economically water scarce croplands remain unknown. We develop a monthly agrohydrological analysis to map agricultural regions affected by agricultural economic water scarcity.

Adaptation strategy to climate change (sciencemag)


  Listeria monocytogenes risks

Evidence of food-borne outbreaks shows that L. monocytogenes is the most relevant pathogen associated with bfV. The probability of illness per serving of uncooked bfV, for the elderly (65–74 years old) population, is up to 3,600 times greater than cooked bfV and very likely lower than any of the evaluated ready-to-eat food categories.

Frozen fruit and vegetables (efsa)


  Pursuing opportunities amid uncertainty

Businesses today are looking to acquire assets that reflect and cater to consumers’ strong environmental and ethical values and comply with increased regulations. Most of these targets are likely to be strategic deal opportunities that offer longer-term value. Consumers are voicing their preferences and businesses are responding.”

Consumers are driving the companies to change ethically (kpmg)


  Global call for stimulus

Governments around the world are acting decisively to protect their businesses and people from the economic disruption being caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic. Whether through tax cuts, investment incentives or changes to filing deadlines, tax systems will play a significant part in helping to alleviate the financial and economic turmoil that is now occurring.

How are governments responding ? (ey)


  EU' Seafood Industry Integration

This study researched the drivers and mechanisms of both structural and non-structural horizontal and vertical integration in the seafood industry in all Member States with a coastline. The objective of the study was to identify trends among the Member States. The observed trends generally fall into three broad, inter-linked categories: regulatory environment, natural resources and firm performance.

Study (europarl.europa)


  COVID-19 patients & Plasma therapy

The results from 10 severe adult cases showed that one dose (200 mL) of convalescent plasma was well tolerated and could significantly increase or maintain the neutralizing antibodies at a high level, leading to disappearance of viremia in 7 d. Meanwhile, clinical symptoms and paraclinical criteria rapidly improved within 3 d. Radiological examination showed varying degrees of absorption of lung lesions within 7 d.

Plasma therapy in severe COVID-19 patients (pnas)


  Codiv19 Health metrics & evaluation

The IHME, which is responsible for the ongoing Global Burden of Disease study, calculated the likely need for hospital admissions and intensive care beds and projected deaths in European countries hit by Covid-19. Looking at measures taken by the UK to curb the spread of the disease, the institute says the peak is expected in 10 days’ time, on 17 April.

Codiv' assessments (healthdata)


  The crisis in crisis

There are some similarities to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014. The epidemic has disrupted market supply chains. Many farmers could not grow or sell their crops. This, coupled with shortages of agricultural labor, has had an impact on food production.

Sub-Saharan Africa (fao)


  Medical drone delivery

Zipline has expanded into Ghana, and has plans to start flying in India as well, but the COVID-19 pandemic is changing everything. Africa is preparing for the worst, while in the United States, Zipline is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to try and expedite safety and regulatory approvals for an emergency humanitarian mission.

Critical medical supplies distribution (spectrum)


  5 new human truths

We are witnessing massive behavior change at a scale and speed that we’ve never seen before, sparked by fear, proselytized by social media, encouraged by government. Such change includes frequent handwashing, working from home and discouraging bad behaviorsuch as toilet roll hoarding. The time to act is now. This document outlines the practical steps you should take to get started.

Now & Next since Covid-19 (accenture)


  Response to COVID-19 by country

COVID-19 presents significant challenges to people and organisations around the globe and the disruption continues to evolve. We know that your business is facing several potentially significant challenges to which you need to respond rapidly. To help you cut through the complexity, PwC's team of specialists collaborated to create a resource for you to stay abreast of the changes that impact your business.


Source (pwc)


  The future of AI

Reducing the data-dependency of deep learning is currently among the top priorities of AI researchers. computer scientist Yann LeCun discussed the limits of current deep learning techniques and presented the blueprint for “self-supervised learning,” his roadmap to solve deep learning’s data problem.

Self-supervised learning (thenextweb)


  Tech COVID-19 pandemic fight

As IT pros around the world go all-out to support a workforce that's suddenly fully remote, many technology workers and companies are also joining efforts to alleviate the COVID-19 crisis in various ways, including developing products to combat the virus, tracking and predicting its spread, and protecting hospitals from cyberattacks.

IT pros help (computerworld)


  The new Microsoft Edge

MS worked hard to address the evolving needs of today’s savvy web surfers. With the new Microsoft Edge, we hope you’ll see great performance, more control over your data and better ways to connect to and make sense of information. Because it’s time to expect more from the web.

The top 10 reasons to switch (windows)


  Managing supply shortages

This article, which draws from the best practices in supply chain and operations management, can help struggling hospitals and other care providers increase the odds they will have those resources. It is based on a central reality: Tackling shortages and supply constraints requires a comprehensive strategy aimed at both the demand- and supply-side roots of the problem.

Filling the gap (hbr)


  COV-19: Genome openly available

The first 21 SARS-CoV-2 genomes in Austria have now been completed and published within the scope of the “Mutational Dynamics of SARS-CoV-2” project recently launched by CeMM in close collaboration with the Medical University of Vienna. The project aims at sequencing 1,000 viral genomes obtained from Austrian patient-derived samples, in order to learn more about the molecular understanding.

Global map of SARS-CoV-2 (innovations-report)


  Face masks for COVID-19

With evidence of benefits in short supply, experts also raised concerns about potential harms. Mask wearing may give people a false sense of security, some experts said. This may lead some members of the public to be lax about other, far more critical precautions, such as staying two meters apart from others, limiting outings, and washing their hands frequently and thoroughly.

A deep dive into the data (arstechnica)


  Vaccine development

Traditional vaccines, like the seasonal flu vaccine, are made by growing up large quantities of the virus and in some way killing or inactivating it so that it can be used safely as a vaccine. This approach is an old technology from the middle of the past century, according to von Hofe. “The main problem here is the time it takes to produce the vaccine, which is at least a year and can be several.

Racing against time (pharmtech) (This server take time to download the article)


  Businesses tied to Silicon v. Tech

Some of these small businesses rely on corporate events for as much as 90% of their revenue. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread throughout the world and shelter-in-place and work-from-home orders remain intact throughout the Bay Area, many of these businesses find themselves with no source of income.

Blank calendars and layoffs (cnbc)


  Cancer methylation signatures

Early cancer detection could identify tumors when outcomes are superior at a time when outcomes aresuperior and treatment is less morbid. This prospective case-control sub-study assessed the performance of targeted methylation analysis of circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) to detect and localizemultiple cancer types across all stages at high specificity.

Sensitive and specific multi-cancer detection (annalsofoncology)


  How Codiv-19 will change aviation

How the current health crisis might spur investment in different segments of robotics and drone technology. These changes were all meant to happen even before the spread of the pandemic, but will now accelerate, forcing all industries to rethink their ecosystems and shift towards a stronger adoption of new technologies.

The fall of commercial travel (airport-technology)


  Codiv-19 FAQ

Though the first cases of the new coronavirus seem to have spread from animals to people, the virus is now spreading from person to person. People who get COVID-19 appear to get sick in a time frame of a couple of days to two weeks after being exposed. At present, there’s no reason to think the pathogen could be transmitted through food or via consumer goods.

What You Need to Know (consumerreports)


  Machine learning & Medic.

In the February 20 issue of Cell, one team of scientists announced that they — and a powerful deep learning algorithm — had found a totally new antibiotic, one with an unconventional mechanism of action that allows it to fight infections that are resistant to multiple drugs. The compound was hiding in plain sight (as a possible diabetes treatment) because humans didn’t know what to look for. But the computer did.

An unconventional mechanism of action (quantamagazine)


  Building coastal protection for less

The Dutch government made this stretch of coast a magnet for kiteboarders and other beachgoers a few years ago when it dropped off an immense pile of sand. Called the Zandmotor, or Sand Motor in English, the project is the world’s largest experiment in coastal storm and flood defense at a time when climate change is causing seas to rise and storms to intensify.

With nature’s help (pulitzercenter)


  Fast vs. Formulated?

In an automobile race, a vehicle must be well designed, highly tuned, and have the proper fuel to outperform the other competitors. In the traditional drug development race to get a molecule to clinic, drug companies sometimes look for shortcuts. Questions about manufacturability and drug performance may not be answered until formulation steps are initiated after the filing of the investigational new drug application.

Postponing early stage formulation (pharmtech)


  How to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 ?

As the COVID-19 outbreak has worsened, the volume of calls fielded by our teams has noticeably increased. By the end of February, the phones were ringing off the hook. Business leaders are concerned, and rightly so, for the welfare of their people and their organizations.

Seven key actions (strategy-business)


  Learning mobility

Learning mobility barriers still exist and according to recent statistics from OECD and Eurostat the shares of mobile students vary widely across Member States. Eurostat has released this year information on the number of mobile graduates for the academic year 2012/2013.

Study (europa)


  ISS gets a new research platform

The International Space Station (ISS) will soon be receiving a new research platform, Bartolomeo, which will play host to both scientific and commercial projects. Created by Airbus and hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA), the platform is heading to the ISS aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft.

The versatile Bartolomeo service (digitaltrends)


  Agricultural applications

Remote sensing has the capacity to assist the adaptive evolution of agricultural practices in order to face this major challenge, by providing repetitive information on crop status throughout the season at different scales and for different actors. We start this review by making an overview of the current remote sensing techniques relevant for the agricultural context.

Estimation from remote sensing (sciencedirect)


  Health equity in england

We cannot say with certainty which of these adverse trends might be responsible for the worsening health picture in England. Some, such as the increase in child poverty, will mostly show their effects in the long term. We can say, though, that austerity has adversely affected the social determinants that impact on health in the short, medium and long term.

The Marmot review (instituteofhealthequity)


  Covid-19 & Global economic assessment

Global GDP growth is projected to slow from 2.9% in 2019 to 2.4% this year, before picking up to around 3¼ per cent in 2021 as the effects of the coronavirus fade and output gradually recovers (Figure 6). Announced and implemented policy actions incorporated in the projections will help to support incomes in the near term, particularly those well-targeted on affected firms and households.



  Building a balanced diet

As the food pyramid is one of the most common and hence most familiar graphic representations, it is used as an example throughout this article. To make it simpler, healthy food guides are used as an umbrella term for FBDGs ( food-based dietary guidelines). The original food pyramid was created in Sweden in 1974.

The universal message (eufic)


  Robots learning complex tasks

Roboticists are developing automated robots that can learn new tasks solely by observing humans. At home, you might someday show a domestic robot how to do routine chores. In the workplace, you could train robots like new employees, showing them how to perform many duties. One such task is setting a dinner table under certain conditions.

Training interactive robots (mit)


  10 breakthrough Tech. 2020

Many of the technologies that made the list seem to overlap and even amplify each other, like advances in personalized and anti-aging medicine. It’s also no coincidence that A.I. is involved in many of these spaces, as it’s allowed for many breakthroughs — something that will continue as it runs on more devices, like your phone.

Assessment (technologyreview)


  Brexit impact on trade and GDP

The paper explore quantitatively the role of non-tariff measures (NTMs), including regulatory measures such as sanitary and technical requirements, in shaping the United Kingdom’s future trade relations with the European Union and the impact on developing countries. We simulate the possible impacts of Brexit using a panel data gravity model and compare the European Union membership effect.

Future trade relations (unctad)


  Plastics in the environment

The establishment of harmonised or standardised investigation methods for the quantitative description of possible impact of plastics on the environment is urgently necessary. The UBA is actively participating in several research projects funded by the BMBF for the establishment of suitable sampling strategies and chemical investigation methods and is also sponsors research projects which are geared towards methodical issues.

From valuable materials to wast (umweltbundesamt)


  Data centers continue to evolve

While data center and information technology terminology acronyms can be complex, we often use metaphors to help bridge the communication gap between project stakeholders. For data centers, we frequently use cars as a comparison. Most people know how to drive a car, but not everyone knows how the various parts work together — and even fewer know how to fix them without assistance.

The great consolidation (areadevelopment)


  The mental health of workers

Thanks to these advances, new professional sectors have been developed under the general description of teleworking including tele-medicine, tele-education, tele-consultancy. However, this growth, based on the associated technological achievements, has not been without a dark side.

Working with technology (europa)


  African' youth unemployment challenge?

Structural change is taking place in Africa, but with a pattern that is distinct from the historical experience of industrialized countries and contemporary East Asia. Export-led manufacturing is playing a much smaller role in the structural transformation of Africa’s economies. Manufacturing in Africa’s GDP has fallensince 1980. Instead, services—some with quite low productivity—absorb the bulk of African workers leaving agriculture and moving to cities.

Industries without smokestacks (rookings)


  Geneva Barometer

The turn of the year was marked in Ge-neva by a contradictory dynamic: On the one hand, several international organisa-tions were con-fronted with severe cri-ses, while on the other hand, ambitious promises for the future were made in many places. At the WHO, the handling of the Corona virus (COVID-19) has domi-nated the agenda since January.

Geneva’s International Organisations (kas)


  2020 Tech Trends

As a variety of technology models hit their breaking point, they herald a bigger shift that enterprises in every industry must note: people will no longer be bystanders when it comes to technology. Whether it’s security standards misaligned with today’s interconnected ecosystems, bad actors leveraging the content neutrality of social platforms to amplify misinformation, or government regulations that are years behind the technology itself, expectations are not being met—and the resulting tech-clash demands action.

Opportunities are knocking (accenture)


  Mathemtical modelling of infectious disease

In recent months, the words “infection” and “outbreak” have not been far from anyone’s mind as we’ve faced the emergence of a new coronavirus, COVID-19. Mathematics may sound like an unlikely hero to help us overcome a global epidemic; however, the insights we gain from studying the dynamics of infectious diseases by using equations describing fundamental variables are not to be underestimated.

Modelling of Infectious Disease Dynamics (plos)


  Economic transformation in low-income countries

Policy-makers in low-income countries are increasingly aiming for a different and higher-quality type of growth. This growth should be more technology intensive, with a diversified production structure, be resilient to shocks, create jobs and be more inclusive. Crucial for this is enhancing economic transformation, defined as the movement of resources from low-productivity to high-productivity activities.

A new body of evidence (odi)


  COVID-19: Vulnerability of African countries

The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic has spread from China to 25 countries. Local cycles of transmission have already occurred in 12 countries after case importation. In Africa, Egypt has so far confirmed one case. Here we evaluate the preparedness and vulnerability of African countries against their risk of importation of COVID-19.

Countries with the highest importation risk (lancet)


  Global powers of retailing 2020

The report identifies the 250 largest retailers around the world based on publicly available data for FY2018 (fiscal years ended through 30 June 2019), and analyzes their performance across geographies and product sectors. It also provides a global economic outlook, looks at the 50 fastest-growing retailers, and highlights new entrants to the Top 250.

Uncertainty surrounding the global economy (deloitte)


  Global information security survey

New EY research suggests that outside of the need for compliance, a gulf separates cybersecurity from the business. To bridge the chasm, CISOs need to prove their value in a language boards and C-suites can understand; and the business needs to embrace cybersecurity from the onset and through the lifecycle of every initiative.

Driving a culture of Security by Design (ey)


  Update of ASF situation in the EU

During the last 12 months, Slovakia was added to the list of affected countries, whereas Czechia was recognised as officially ASF(African swine fever) free in March 2019. ASF is present in each of the non-membercountries on the eastern border of the EU, except Turkey. New introductions from these non-MSs canbe suspected.

Epidemiological analyses of ASF (efsa)


  5G: The EU' "Toolbox"

The European Commission has published the common "toolbox" to guarantee the security of 5G. It leaves the door ajar for Huawei by recommending that member states just limit their involvement to non-sensitive parts of the networks; it thus asserts its autonomy from the pressures of the US administration.

5G' security (europa)


  Annual global CEO survey

The general theme of uncertainty hindering progress moved to the fore in our survey’s ranking of threats to organisations’ growth prospects. Although over-regulation remained the top threat cited globally, CEO concern over uncertain economic growth surged from number 12 to number three. Climate change is increasingly prominent on CEO agendas, as we discuss later in this report.

The rising tide of uncertainty (pwc)


  The value of complementary co-workers

As individuals specialize in specific knowledge areas, a society’s know-how becomes distributed across different workers. This paper studies the interdependencies among co-workers that result from this process in a population-wide dataset covering educational specializations of millions of workers and their co-workers in Sweden over a 10-year period.

Distributed knowledge (advances.sciencemag)


  Time to care

Current World Bank poverty estimates show that almost half the world's population lives on less than $ 5.50 a day, and the pace of poverty reduction has halved since 2013. At the top of the world economy will find a minority of incredibly wealthy people. Their fortune grows exponentially over time, without much effort.

Story of two extremes (oxfamilibrary)


  The best Python IDEs

Where would we be without IDEs and code editors? If you’re a practicing Pythonista, you’re probably well aware of this fact. But as Python’s popularity is constantly growing, so is the selection of Python-related tools. Therefore, the question arises: “Which IDE or code editor should I choose for the most optimal results?”

The very best of them (stxnext)


  Securing climate finance

11,000 scientists from around the world stated clearly and unequivocally that the world was now facing a climate emergency . The task of financing infrastructure of any type, but especially LCCR (low-carbon, climate-resilient) infrastructure in developing countries, is particularly challenging.

Through national development banks (odi)


  World employment 2020

An overview of global and regional trends in employment, unemployment, labour force participation and productivity, as well as dimensions of job quality such as employment status, informal employment and working poverty. It also examines income and social developments, and provides an indicator of social unrest.

An overview of global and regional trends (ilo)


  Governing innovation

What’s the ideal way to approach and allocate resources to innovation? Disruption can happen in any industry, at any time. Whether it’s responding to a new technology, competitor or market – from autonomous vehicles to meatless meats. companies are well aware of the need to innovate to succeed.

The recipe for portfolio growth (accenture)


  Free software is never free!

If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product. Facebook made a gesture toward transparency this week with the launch of its Off-Facebook Activity tool. This offers users a glimpse into the many ways details of real-world transactions get shared with Facebook, regardless of what you’re doing on the Facebook platform.

Free software vs Data mining (vox)


  Governance through Facebook lenses

This study aims to investigate how Facebook can help hold government officials to account, and to examine what government officials do to solicit comments through Facebook. The motivations of users posting concerns in relation to public service delivery will also be surveyed in this research. The paper consists of a literature review, a discussion of the methodology, the data collection and its limitations.

A Pilot study and analysis (kas)


  Foresight Africa

Africa’s population continues to grow at an exponential rate, with the U.N. projecting that 40 percent of the world’s population will live on the continent by the end of the century. Here, AGI’s role as a leading source for policy solutions—and for opportunity—for this increasingly youthful continent shines through.

Top priorities for the continent 2020-2030 (brookings)


  USA' opioid prescribing patterns

Opioids remain an essential tool for medical providers. Inappropriate opioid prescribing can lead to diversion of, addiction to, and overdose from prescription opioids,56789 contributing to an epidemic of opioid related deaths in recent years.10 Promoting cautious, scientifically justified, opioid prescribing has become a leading goal of policy makers in both government and healthcare.

The prescribing of opioids (bmj)


  Youth stocktaking report

Youth are exposed to the increasingly complex globalchallenges of our times including climate change, rising inequality and high levels of public debts. In a context in which political positions are dominated by older age cohorts and existing channels for youth to shape policy outcomes perceived by many asoutdated or inefficient.

Youth needs and aspirations (oecd)


  2020: The emerging trend

New definitions of growth will lead naturally to new thinking in meaning and metrics, which might include personal growth performance measures like learning, happiness, communal longevity or good health. in the future, financial institutions might stop evaluating their loans on categories of firms or countries. Instead, they might look at applicants’ activities that help fulfil specific missions – such as removing plastic from the ocean.

Time to reset capitalism (accenture)


  Investment in fintec

While payments continued to draw the most significant attention from fintechinvestors across most jurisdictions, H1’19 also saw the continued maturation of the fintechindustry as a whole and the broadening of its definition. Areas like wealthtech, proptechand regtechalso grew on the radar of investors.

Trends to watch (kpmg)


  Biopharma Indus vs semiconductor Indus

Two of the world’s most complex manufacturing industries—semiconductor fabrication and biopharmaceutical production—share a common fundamental objective: to maximize process yields through rigorous control of production equipment and process variables. Biopharma manufacturers seek to correlate raw material data with variations in their bioreactor and process chromatography yields, with a goal of achieving greater predictability and control of process results.

Cross-collaboration (pharmtech)


  Corrupt Judges & Corruption

Opaque and unregulated deci-sion-making processes are, the greater the risk of abusing power for self-enrichment. Arbitrary and unclear decisions, whether that be in dispensing justice, granting governmental contracts, or filling public offices, undermine the rule of law and swallow up additional resources. Corruption is a global phenomenon. But a panacea has yet to be found. Instead, various approaches have been tried world-wide.

Threat to the Constitutional State (kas)


  The roots of contemporary populism

There is a nascent but growingbody of research which suggests that vulnerability to unfair economic outcomes is a morecompelling root cause of the current wave of populism.Whatexactlyis meant by economic fairness in this context? Most broadly, as put by Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics, it means that “awards should be according to merit.

Working paper (growthlab.cid.harvard)


  About: Healthy lifestyle

Modifiable lifestyle factors including smoking, physical activity, alcohol intake, body weight, and diet quality affect both total life expectancy and incidence of chronic diseases.6789 Studies have shown that smoking, inactivity, poor diet quality, and heavy alcohol consumption contribute up to 60% of premature deaths and 7.4-17.9 years’ loss in life expectancy.

How to be free from major diseases ? (bmj)


  Tech Exec. about privacy

A panel of tech executives discussed privacy, encryption, and digital advertising this week at CES 2020 Apple’s senior director of global privacy Jane Horvath came out in strong favor of privacy protection, commissioner Rebecca Slaughter of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission came out even stronger.

Privacy, encryption, and digital advertising (iee)


  IT industry ourlook 2020

Automation has always been one goal of enterprise technology, but today’s capabilities open new doors. Just by using cloud systems, companies can take advantage of tools from their cloud provider. Internet of things implementations expand the ability to gather inputs from a variety of sources, and artificial intelligence can help drive actions based on those inputs.

Promising future (comptia)


  Australia' wildfires

Since fires flared up in the states of New South Wales and Queensland in September 2019, parts of Australia have continued to battle unprecedented levels of wildfire activity, even though the annual fire season in the south-east of the country doesn’t typically peak until January–February. CAMS has been closely monitoring the intensity of the fires and forecasting the resulting transport of the pollutants they release.

The most extreme fires (atmosphere.copernicus)


  Pharma' regulatory sourcebook

In Pharmaceutical Technology's ongoing Pharmacopoeia Compliance Series, experts explain the revision process for global and national pharmacopoeias, best practices for monitoring changes, and how to participate in revisions. Other features include FDA warning letters, building a quality culture, and essentials for DOE and QRM.

Best practices (pharmtech)


  Battery with less invasive sourcing tech.

Many battery materials, including heavy metals such as nickel and cobalt, pose tremendous environmental and humanitarian risks. Cobalt in particular, which is largely available in central Africa, has come under fire for careless and exploitative extraction practices. IBM Research has discovered a chemistry for a new battery which does not use heavy metals or other substances with sourcing concerns.

For smart power grid applications (ibm)


  Financial pressure on shale producers

The heat is greatest for small and midsize shale producers, including many whose wells aren't producing as much oil and gas as they had projected to lenders and investors. Some of those companies may be forced out of business, said Clark Sackschewsky, the managing principal of accounting firm BDO's Houston tax practice. Large companies are likely to weather the blow because of their size and global asset diversity.

Fracking forecasts in doubt (marketscreener)


  Digital transformation in healthcare

The development of pioneering new digital treatments and technologies, including robotics, artificial intelligence and data networks, is set to transform our healthcare systems over the coming years, optimising our healthcare system and offering numerous benefits for patients and healthcare providers alike.

Ethical and environmental ramifications (euractiv)


  IT industry outlook2020

The tech industry is faced with a tricky balancing act: continuing to drive innovative solutions while grappling with the side effects of those solutions in the global economy. The challenge itself is not unique—every industry deals with this tension as it becomes more mature—but the new variables here are the scale that tech is able to achieve and the evolutionary aspect of mixing digital and physical worlds.

The trends shaping the industry (comptia)


  Sustainable development goals

Work is becoming more automated. As new, technology-driven models transform industries, capital replaces people and we estimate 30% of UK jobs, 38% of US jobs, 35% of German jobs and 21% of Japanese jobs could be at risk of automation by the early 2030. Add to this the 53% of workers who believe automation will significantly change or make their job obsolete within the next ten years.

Strategy for a better world (pwc)


  Moving away from aid

This report looks at what we can learn from the experience of Chile – a country that has already experienced the full transition from aid, de facto completing this process with the formal graduation from the list of ODA-eligible countries in January 2018. The Chilean government and its development partners have already explored options to collaborate beyond ODA-financed programmes.

The experience of Chile (odi)


  How women undersell their work?

Articles written by female first and last authors were up to 21% less likely to use positive terms to frame their research findings than comparable articles published in the most prestigious journals with at least one man in a lead author position. Additional analyses confirmed that these positive words typically qualified the findings: we would frequently see word combinations such as “novel approach,” “unique mechanism,” or “promising result.”.

The gender gap in self-promotion (hbr)


  The newest shopping trend

In recent years, there’s been a shift in how people are considering what they wear for special (and even not so special) occasions. No longer do fashionistas want — or need — to pay high prices for things that might end up gathering dust in the closet after that one special night. They instead want a more convenient shopping experience, a more affordable lifestyle, greater variety, and the option to consume more conscientiously.

Isn’t new at all (strategy-business)


  Giant surveillance balloons

This alien-looking contraption is referred to as a “stratollite,” a portmanteau of “stratos pheric satellite,” operated by a company called World View Enterprises. It’s a finely honed surveillance device outfitted with a suite of sensors and a camera sensitive enough to detect people standing on the ground from the edge of space.

Lurking at the edge of space (arstechnica)


  Surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis (SAP)

SAP prescribing is a complex process that involves multiple professions across the pre-, intra- and post-operative surgical settings. The utilisation of behaviour change frameworks to identify barriers and enablers to optimal SAP prescribing supports future development of theory-informed antimicrobial stewardship interventions.

In public and private hospitals (journals.plos)


  Tax gap of silicon six

The Fair Tax Mark will later this week release a new report, The Silicon Six and their $100 billion global tax gap, which examines the tax conduct of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and Microsoft over the last decade. The report questions whether the companies, collectively referred to as the ‘Silicon Six’, are paying their way on tax.

Over $100 billion at stake (fairtaxmark)


  Turning theory Into reality

When looking at glorious images of cosmic phenomena, like black holes and supernovae, with striking colors set against the stark, dark backdrop of the universe, it’s important to remember that before that picture could be made, it started as a researcher’s hypothesis. Ideas of these brilliant, stunning celestial forces start as data points on a page before scientists can even develop a sense of what they might look like.

Chandra Telescope (smithsonianmag)


  Streaming media

As incumbents scramble to respond to technical, business, and regulatory challenges posed by innovative disruptors, investors and consumers alike are wondering who will win the fight for new media supremacy. The answer, it turns out, may depend on how old you are, the age of your customers, and how each of you define “video content.”

A radical reinvention (hbr)


  Paying Taxes 2020

The reasons for economies falling behind, whether a lack of investment or a lack of political will, are increasingly well understood. Informed individuals may well ask, “If other governments can progress, why can’t ours?” This research, which is part of the World Bank’s Doing Business study, aims to look at the challenges governments face when they implement new tech.

The changing landscape of tax policy (pwc)


  The ends of arms control

It is a symptom of a new great-power politics that is increasingly shaping the international system. Rus-sia, with its construction of intermediate-range missiles, and China, which increases its military spending each year and has reached parity with the US in some areas already, are contributing to this trend.

A new arms race (kas)


  The production gap

This report aims to expand that discourse and provide a metric for assessing how far the world is from production levels that are consistent with global climate goals.Moving away from fossil fuel production poses both economic and political challenges, but doing so is possible and increasingly necessary to avoid dangerous climate change.

2019 report (productiongap)


  Deadly tick-borne parasite

Babesiosis, an economically consequential animal disease caused by a wide range of tick-transmitted Babesia spp. parasites, is recognized as an emerging infection in humans . Babesia venatorum (formerly Babesia sp. EU1) is notable in that it appears able to infect humans without immune suppression or splenectomy and can present with more severe symptoms.

Tick-transmitted Babesia spp. parasites (wwwnc)


  Anticipating the consumer’s changing needs

In an age when consumer habits and expectations are changing so rapidly, being the biggest player is no longer the aim of the game. To stay in front and win the future consumer, organizations must do more than deploy the right mix of scope, efficiency and scale. The ability to act at scale will remain a critical part of value creation.

The dynamic scale (ey)


  QC unit independence

An effective QC unit must be independent of the manufacturing unit,and the QC unit’s final decision on the release of product must be respected. “It is never appropriate to pressure the quality unit to release product to meet business needs if the product is not acceptable for release,” says Oates. “The quality unit must have a single, final decision-maker who is ultimately responsible for quality decisions.”

The right pieces for a Quality Program (pharmtech)


  A gut fermentation syndrome

Early symptoms of auto-brewery syndrome may be mood changes, brain fog and delirium, instead of signs of intoxication, according to the Richmond study. Some symptoms of auto-brewery syndrome can mimic other conditions or medical events, such as hypoglycemia or a stroke.People who suspect they have auto-brewery syndrome get a breathalyzer so they can test their blood alcohol levels when symptoms manifest.

Underdiagnosed medical condition (bmjopengastro)


  Blockchain adoption

Blockchain is going through a similar path of diffusion across industries far beyond its initial fintech applications.4 More organizations in more sectors—such as technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and health care, and government—are expanding and diversifying their blockchain initiatives. Bockchain appears to be entering a new era of wider, more practical adoption.

2019 Global Blockchain survey (deloitte)


  Embracing the power of technology

Just how worried should we be about killer robots? Amidst all the talk about how artificial intelligence (AI) is threatening society, some experts believe AI shouldn’t be feared. Here’s why we can embrace the power of technology. ISO – in conjunction with its sister organization, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) – has identified the need to develop standards for AI that can benefit all societies.

Setting boundaries (iso)


  Social determinants of health

Modern medicine, a marvel of technology and ingenuity, ushers in waves of progress that can add length and quality to human life. And yet certain powerful countervailing forces work against the efficacy of new treatments. The social determinants of health — often-ignored social factors such as employment; housing; income inequality; and can swamp the health systems that ignore them.

Expanding the health ecosystem (pwc)


  What's populism nowadays ?

This paperexploits geographic variation in the incidence of populism to apply cross-sectional regression analysis to these arguments, and concludes that they are highly unconvincing. Instead, the thus-largely overlooked factor of social mobility is found to have far greater explanatory power. Four settings are analyzed: the 2016 US Presidential Election, the 2017 French Presidential Election, the 2019 European Parliament Elections, and the political stability of developed countries in 2017.

Social mobility & Populism (growthlab.cid.harvard)


  Best tools for DA in your box

With the plethora of new kit that seems to come out every year (or even month), it’s easy to get lost in the depths of debates about R vs. Python and Azure vs. AWS. When asked about my favorite tools, I was reminded that I don’t have the pleasure of being “hands-on” for a living anymore. How to The ideal toolbox we think needs to enable an analyst to do three main things with data: prep, unearth sight and drive action ?

Hands-on tools (qualitydigest)


  Brown to greenBrown to green

According to the IPCC Special Report on 1 .5°C, global CO2 emissions need to decrease to net zero by 2050 in order to keep global temperature rise below 1 .5°C . If we continue at current emissions levels, the remaining carbon budget to stay below 1 .5°C, namely 420 GtCO2, will be expended in just over nine years .1Current NDCs would lead to about 3°C of global temperatures above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century and global GHG emissions continue to climb.

A net-zero emissions economy (climate-transparency)


  Niche work if you can get it

What causes companies to stay true to their calling? What countervailing forces can leaders call on that will keep them where they need to be to stay competitive? Our work in service design and customer experience tells us that the answer can be found in the principles of design thinking. For niche players, the problem of focus is, literally, a question of identity itself.

How to win by being narrow? (strategy-business)


  Facial recognition regulation

Today, nearly half of American adults are in facial recognition databases. Russell Brandom, policy editor at The Verge, explains that the government first started with DMVs running facial recognition on all the photos in their system to see if any of them were the same person, “usually because it was Social Security fraud”. Big tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft have been selling facial recognition tech to various companies for business purposes.

The ACLU is suing the FBI (recode/vox)


  The path of biomolecular mass spectrometry

Originally designed for measuring isotope abundances and elemental masses, mass spectrometry is becoming a mainstay across life sciences. As electrospray ionization of biomolecules turns 30 and the Orbitrap mass analyzer 20, we take this opportunity to highlight the role of both inventions in stirring mass spectrometry from physics into biology and discuss the advances and challenges that may impact the future applications of biomolecular mass spectrometry.

New methodological approaches or instruments (nature)


  Miniature fanged ‘Deer’ rediscovered

In an age of mass extinctions, confirming the survival of lost species provides rare second chances for biodiversity conservation. Global Wildlife Conservation and partners Southern Institute of Ecology and Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research have rediscovered a wildlife species lost to science since 1990 called a silver-backed chevrotain—a deer-like species that is the size of a rabbit, has a silver sheen, and has been hanging on in a region of Vietnam ravaged by poaching by snares.

Most wanted’ list (globalwildlife)


  How operators can make 5G pay ?

The next generation of cellular mobile communications technology has arrived: Major U.S., European, and Asian operators have launched commercial 5G networks. 5G, which is set to succeed the current standard over the next few years, offers an exponential improvement in functionality over 4G.

Expanding services with mobile broadband (strategy-business)


  Smart manufacturing; Where to start for?

Recent efforts in Smart Manufacturing (SM) have proven quite effective at elucidating system behavior using sensing systems, communications and computational platforms, along with statistical methods to collect and analyze real-time performance data. However, how do you effectively select where and when to implement these technology solutions within manufacturing operations?

Few insight for technology implementation (qualitydigest)


  Molecular ‘prime editing’ tool

For all the ease with which the wildly popular CRISPR–Cas9 gene-editing tool alters genomes, it’s still somewhat clunky and prone to errors and unintended effects. Now, a recently developed alternative offers greater control over genome edits — an advance that could be particularly important for developing gene therapies.

Super-precise new CRISPR tool (nature)


  South Africa & Gender equality

Findings suggest that amajority of both men and womenthink equality is already a reality when it comes to education, earning a living, and owning or inheriting land. But fewer than half think equal opportunities and treatment for women have improved in recent years.

Experiences of gender (in)equality (afrobarometer)


  Clinical decision & machine learning as a service

The tremendous increase in computing power and parallelization of processes in the last decades have led to an increase in clinical decision support models, patient-level predictions and other machine learning applications. Their widespread utilization also increased the diversity. Computations now can range from simple statistics and reference interval calculations to complex neural networks.

A training and deployment platform (plos)


  Global economic activity

The likelihood of a recession in the near term is not considered a significant threat by respondents. While there has been more speculation about the potential of a global correction, executives do not see this on the immediate horizon. A majority does not expect a severe downturn, and of the minority that do, say it is not likely until 2021 or 2022.

Global economy is showing resilience (ey)


  Warehousing industry paradox

While it’s unclear how many jobs automation will eventually replace and when it might happen, a new study looks at something more measurable: how new technologies are changing workers’ day-to-day jobs right now. Emerging technologies aren’t actually going to replace the over 1 million warehouse workers in the US anytime soon. But over the next 10 years, the technology may make their lives harder.

Frustrated workers (vox)


  Snow removal tech. is ready

Many airports have gone above and beyond to ensure smooth operations in extreme conditions. For instance, Stockholm Arlanda Airport uses more than 100 pieces of equipment to get rid of snow with a combination of snow blowers, ploughs, loaders, brooms, sprayer trucks and de-icing chemicals and agents.

Five innovative tech (airport-technology)


  WTO' report 2019

The globalization of services has the potential to scale up growth, deepen integration, and level the economic playing field in ways that go beyond the changes wrought by the globalization of manufacturing in recent decades. It holds out the promise of a major expansion not just of trade, but of the essential enablers of trade, development, and economic growth.

Services highlighted (wto)


  Business taxation & Unified approache

OECD Secretariat published a proposal to advance international negotiations to ensure large and highly profitable Multinational Enterprises, including digital companies, pay tax wherever they have significant consumer-facing activities and generate their profits. The new OECD proposal brings together common elements of three competing proposals from member countries.

OECD' proposal


  Foreign business in China

Foreign companies that wish to succeed in China must find a way to fit into one of its major business ecosystems. These are composed of networks of suppliers, banks, distributors, retailers, and trading companies centered around one or several mega firms.

Who gets in and who doesn’t (qualitydigest)


  Olive tree ‘leprosy’

A deadly disease estimated to have killed 1m olive trees in Italy has spread to France. The French agriculture ministry announced the discovery of the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, known as olive tree leprosy, on two trees in the south of the country and said the infected trees would be destroyed to stop it from spreading.

The eradication of Xylella fastidiosa (fao)


  The empty rethoric from BRT

The U.S. tried to buy Greenland (what?), the Amazon is burning, billionaire David Koch died, and CEOs from 181 of the world’s largest companies — as part of the lobbying group The Business Roundtable (BRT) — declared that the purpose of a corporation is not just to serve shareholders (their official position since 1997), but “to create value for all our stakeholders.”

How to follow these principles? (hbr)


  Retaining consumer trust

In emerging markets, digital banks have the ability to reach previously unbanked consumers without having to establish a major physical presence, thereby eliminating significant capital investment requirements. Enabling this, however, requires a high level of trust from the consumer.

The economics of trust (kpmg)


  Environmental rule of law in Asia

The publication covers a variety of topics ranging from land use regulation, smart cities, energy and indigenous people’s rights. All of these topics are relevant to the work of KAS given that we are committed to the cause of sustainable development that takes into account environmental protection.

New features and new problems (kas)


  Adaptation to climate change

The guide addresses planner and project managers involved in designing and implementing an adaptation project in fragile or conflict affected contexts. This includes donors, practitioners from central and local governments, non governmental organisations and other implementing agencies. The guide seeks to sensitise planners and project managers how their interventions could be or have been interacting with conflict.

Guidelines (umweltbundesamt)


  African migrations

Migration has become a staple of the news in many countries, filled with images of desperate Africans fleeing an impoverished continent, poised to descend on the West. These reports are not necessarily false, and they can be valuable in highlighting the human stories of migration but they are not a good basis for helpful action.

Far from mass exodus picture (afrobarometer)


  Restoration of visual function

Here, for an RPE-independent treatment approach, we introduce a hyperpolarizing microbial opsin into photoreceptor precursors from newborn mice, and transplant them into blind mice lacking the photoreceptor layer. These optogenetically-transformed photoreceptors are light responsive and their transplantation leads to the recovery of visual function, as shown by ganglion cell recordings and behavioral tests.

Optogenetically engineered photoreceptors (nature)


  Sit less & move more & more often

This study used a harmonised meta-analysis to examine the association between accelerometer measured physical activity and sedentary time and all cause mortality. Specifically, we examined the dose-response relations of total physical activity, different intensities of physical activity (light, low light, high light, moderate to vigorous, and vigorous) and sedentary time and all cause mortality.

Physical activity vs Sedentary time (bmj)


  Neural signature of brain concussion

The objective of this study was to test the hypotheses that repetitive head hits in the absence of clinically defined concussion, as well as head hits associated with a clinically defined concussion, will both be associated with a decrease in white matter integrity in the midbrain, and in the setting of repetitive head hits in the absence of clinically defined concussion, the amount of disruption to white matter integrity in the midbrain will be related to the number of hits with high rotational acceleration.

Repetitive of subconcussive head impacts (sciencemag)


  IPCC Report 2019

Land degradation and climate change, both individually and in combination, have profound 35 implications for natural resource-based livelihood systems and societal groups (high 36 confidence). The number of people whose livelihood depends on degraded lands has been estimated 37 to ~1.5 billion worldwide (very low confidence).

In the context of climate change (ipcc)


  The state of Tor’s bridges

As the Tor network has grown in popularity and importanceas a tool for privacy-preserving online communication, it hasincreasingly become a target for disruption, censorship, andattack. A large body of existing work examines Tor’s sus-ceptibility to attacks that attempt to block Tor users’ accessto information (e.g., via traffic filtering), identify Tor users’communication content (e.g., via traffic fingerprinting), andde-anonymize Tor users (e.g., via traffic correlation).

Bandwidth denial-of-service (usenix)


  The key to private business growth

Some owners and managers may not fully understand the scale of change required and how to fund and staff for digital transformation. Only 22% of European companies overall say their companies allocate more than 5% of their investments to digitalisation, compared to 35% in more technologically advanced parts of Europe such as Scandinavia.

Time to act in EU   &  Time to act in AFRICA  (pwc)


  Global health issue

Governmental and civil society actors must work together with representatives of business to guarantee that devel-oping and emerging countries in particular enjoy basic medical services. Peter Hefele says that the people in these countries are most sensitive to the relationship between climate change and health. Climatic changes have both a direct and indirect impact on human health. Thus, it is important to focus more sharply on a Global Health policy that is resilient in the face of climate change.

Expanding global health infrastructure (kas)


  The retailvalue chain with Blockchain

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is expected to become a vital part of the infrastructure that will help to digitise and improve efficiency in global supply chains. But where is DLT being adopted and what is the current adoption in industry? This report aims to shed light on these questions, focussing on the functional usage areas of DLT in Product Tracing, Logistics, Financial Transactions, Retail Operations and CircularEconomy.

Global DLT adoption in supply chain (


  How to embrace transformation ?

In recent years, the average lifespan of the largest US public companies has been declining as a result of economic or technological disruption and in some cases, this is because they have missed opportunities to adapt and innovate.1 Similarly, a significant percentage of companies that made up the UK’s list of largest public companies in the 1980s have either been bought, declined or disappeared.

Boards who are future-fit (ey)


  AMD vs Intel

At the heart of your quest for a new or upgraded PC lies an important decision: AMD or Intel? Like Apple versus Microsoft or Fortnite versus Apex Legends, the AMD versus Intel rivalry is one of the great debates for PC enthusiasts. One of these two purveyors of finely wafered silicon will produce the beating heart of your new PC. AMD and Intel are just as different from one another as the products they produce.

Find out the best choice (digitaltrends)


  The new age of tourism

Today, tourism standards have evolved into real tools that help organizations better posi-tion themselves on the market (ISO 20488, online consumer reviews), increasing their competitiveness (future ISO 22525, medical tourism) and contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations blueprint for a more sustainable world.

Travel in depth (iso)


  Eu' agriculture & GMOs regulation

On July 25th, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that organisms obtained by modern forms of mutagenesis such as CRISPR are not exempt from the EU GMO legislation. Consequently, genome edited organisms must comply with the strict conditions of the EU GMOlegislation. This is in stark contrast with the opinion of the Advocate-General of the Court who advised rulingotherwise.

EU GMO legislation (mpg)


  Guide for securable IoT devices

This publication is intended to help Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers understand the cybersecurity risks their customers face so IoT devices can provide cybersecurity features that make them at least minimally securable by the individuals and organizations who acquire and use them. The publication defines a core baseline of cybersecurity features that manufacturers may voluntarily adopt for IoT devices they produce.

Core cybersecurity feature baseline (nist)


  REACH : Improvement action plan

In June 2019 the European chemical industry launched an unprecedented action to help its members proactively and systematically review and update data in previously submitted REACH registration dossiers. This initiative comes in response to the recent conclusion by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) that many REACH registration dossiers require additional information.

How to review chemical safety data ? (cefic)


  Today’s C-suite on Industry 4.0

This report examines what some firms are doing right and what others must do better to manage the most complex business challenge to emerge in generations. Few organizations are achieving transformation at the scale and integration needed for new levels of value to emerge. Instead, ‘pain point’ technology solutions and siloed piloting programs proliferate. Businesses meander along the i4.0 road with no clear view of the future.

Racing ahead with i4.0 initiatives (kpmg)


  Entertainment & Media outlook

Consumers are embracing the expanding opportunities to enjoy media experiences uniquely tailored to their own personal preferences, contexts and schedules. Increasingly mobile and never idle, empowered consumers around the world want to exert greater control over how and when they experience media. They do so by managing their media consumption via smartphones and an expanding range of devices, by curating their personal selection of channels via over-the-top (OTT) services.

Five-year projection (pwc)


  Germany's environmental key fields

Environmental protection in Germany is marked by a strong recourse on the regulatory approach. Envi-ronmental protection through regulation means that the government prescribes rules of behaviour, either orders or prohibitions. Compliance with these rules is monitored. In the case of violations, enforcement measures are taken and the responsible person or company will be penalised.

Environmental protection & Sustainability (umweltbundesamt)


  Physical activity & Metabolic syndrom

Little is known on how the domain and intensity of physical activity (PA) associates with metabolic syndrome (MetS). The aim of this study was to examine associations between PA domains (leisure-time, domestic, active transport, total walking and total PA), PA intensities (light, moderate and vigorous) and PA levels with MetS in the general adult population.

A population-based study (plos)


  Hiring vs Ageism

A bias for younger employees is seen not only in the tech sector, with seven out of 18 top Silicon Valley companies having a median age of 30 or younger, but also in non-tech sectors. A study conducted by the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank showed that callback rates about jobs were lower for older applicants, with women having lower callback rates than men.

From older stereotypes to ageisme (hbr)


  China’s herd of unicorns

Only the U.S. has as many as China. According to the May 2019 Greater China Unicorn Index from Shanghai-based research firm Hurun, there are currently more than 200 such companies in China, 21 of them having entered the ranks in the first quarter of 2019 — almost one per week. Hurun estimates that one-fifth of today’s Chinese unicorns will fail, one-tenth will be acquired, and most of the rest will go public successfully.

Demand that fuels new business opportunities (strategy-business)


  Best workplaces for innovators

The need to develop a culture that fosters inventive thinking has never been more urgent, says Paul Daugherty, chief technology and innovation officer at Accenture, and one of the experts we tapped to help judge the entries. (Accenture served as Fast Company‘s research partner for the list.) Many companies tout their creative chops as a way to attract scarce talent, but not all deliver.

Where innovators can thrive (fastcompany)


  Drug manufacturing quality

Before the MRA was implemented, the EU and the FDA sometimes would inspect the same facilities in the same year, even if the facility had a strong record of compliance. We expect the MRA will reduce this duplication, allowing the FDA and the EU to reallocate their resources towards inspection of drug manufacturing facilities that have potentially higher public health risks.

EUR & FDA partnership (fda)


  Chlorpyrifos residues in fruits

Chlorpyrifos is one of the most widely used pesticides in Europe. Exposure to this pesticide, even in small doses, can harm children’s brain development and function of theirhormonal system.. As European regulators are deciding whether or not to re-approve the use of this harmful pesticide, this briefing brings together the data available on the contamination of fruit with chlorpyrifos.

Europe-wide ban to protect consumers (env-health)


  Meteorological tsunamis

On 19 March 2017, destructive tsunami-like waves impacted the northeast shore of the Persian Gulf (PG). The maximum surveyed runup of about 3 m was observed at Dayyer in southern Iran, where damaging waves inundated the land for a distance of~1 km and resulted in the deaths of five people. Because the PG has always been considered safe from extreme oceanic waves, the event was totally unexpected.

Atmospheric processes (Pure and Applied Geophysics)


  Sustainable urban mobility plans

The main aim of this work is to evaluate how mobility measures can impact air quality at city scale, focusing on NO2 and PM2.5 yearly average improvement. In particular, in this paper we followed a similar approach to Bigazzi et al., 2017, starting from a possible list of interventions that cities can implement from the mobility point of view.

Air quality in urban background (sciencedirect)


  Ultrasound in an Ebola Treatment Unit

Layers of impermeable and stifling personal protective equipment (PPE) constitute an enormous physical barrier to patient care, complicating management of Ebola virus disease (EVD). After a decade of honing our ability to quickly determine “sick or not sick” and allocating time and resources accordingly, we learned that when managing a ward of patients with Ebola, clinical appearance did not always predict survival.

Imaging an outbreak (nejm)


  Buzz Aldrin is looking forward

NASA has been spending billions of dollars each year to build a big, heavy spacecraft and a bigger, much heavier rocket as the foundation for such a return. Along the way, NASA has enriched a half-dozen large aerospace contractors and kept Congress happy. But the space agency still can’t even launch its own astronauts into low-Earth orbit, let alone deep space or the Moon.

Setting the 2024 landing goal (arstechnica)


  Corals shifting from tropical to subtropical waters

"Climate change seems to be redistributing coral reefs, the same way it is shifting many other marine species," said Nichole Price, a senior research scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and lead author of the paper. "The clarity in this trend is stunning, but we don't yet know whether the new reefs can support the incredible diversity of tropical systems".

New blends of species (innovations-report)


  Crisis management

By delving deep into the real-world experiences of organisations like yours, we uncovered some surprising findings, many of which turn the basic notion of crisis management – in fact, how we even think of crisis – on its head. Instead of “admiring the problem,” we’ve used this data as a springboard to reverse-engineer a successful crisis response.

Learning from 4,500 crises (pwc)


  Shaping the process of digitisation in EU

European answers and visions regarding the digital future are all the more important today as, beyond the economic dimension, digitisation has already become an object of competition between the different systems. While the USA and China are increasingly setting the tone with their own regulatory concepts, it is important to further develop and strengthen the European approach to shaping the process of digitisation.

Europe’s next steps (kas)


  Cellular life, death & everything in between

The barrier between life and death is porous even at the level of cells, the fundamental units of life. Researchers are learning that cells once thought terminal or dead can resurrect themselves, or be partially resurrected, under the right conditions. By studying the processes that allow cells in limbo to inch back toward life, scientists ultimately hope to restore diseased cells to health, limit overactive cell division, resuscitate expired organs and even pave the way for long-extinct creatures to roam again.

From brink of extinction to a shrewd awakening (quantamagazine)


  Improving re-source efficiency

Information about the opportunities to be found in various areas in municipalities and outlines specific examples from practice in five case studies where material flows and cycles have been optimised. Different areas of action have been investigated, with examples also taken from outside Germany – from Switzerland and Sweden.

Optimising regional and local material cycles and flows (umweltbundesamt)


  Antimicrobial resistant bacteria

Just how dangerous antimicrobially resistant pathogens are can be seen from a glance at the statistics: according to the Robert Koch Institute, every year roughly 54,500 people in Germany become infected with pathogens that are resistant to several antibiotics, i.e. multi-resistant. Almost two thirds of them take ill in hospital. Approximately 2,400 people die every year after becoming infected with multiresistant bacteria.

Knowing and fighting the enemy (bfr)

  Achievement in geometry education

The dynamic model of educational effectiveness argues that effectiveness studies conducted in several countries have shown that the influences on student achievement are multilevel in nature; educational outcomes are influenced by variables at the student level, the classroom level, the school level and national/regional level. In the dynamic model, OTL is seen as part of “management of time” at the teacher/classroom level and is considered a significant factor of effectiveness.

A Multilevel Comparison of Six Countries (frontiersin)



The US set the tone with SOX on a global scale. Now the balance of power has shifted, and these same powers will apply to GDPR, giving France and Germany, the leaders of a post-Brexit EU, regulatory authority that will span most of the western world. With an $18.8 trillion GDP, the EU is the largest economic zone on the planet, leaving businesses with few options.

Regulators without borders (thenextweb)


  Comparison of men’s & women’s soccer

In the present paper, we argue that most differences between men’s and women’s soccer can be explained by women having to adapt to rules and regulations that are suited for men and their physical attributes. Thus, games are much more demanding for women. Furthermore, we argue that if men had to play with a degree of adaptation similar to that which women do today, they would have to alter their style of play radically.

Relevant anthropometric & physiological differences (frontiersin)


  A hidden structure of the chemical elements

The representation of the periodic table of chemical bonds also has nothing to do with the familiar matrix-like arrangement of the classical periodic tables of the elements. Instead, the 94 covalent bonds are represented in a network of differently coloured circles. Each circle represents a chemical bond, and the colour symbolizes belonging to one of the 44 groups.

Network instead of a matrix (mpg)


  Made in space

Autonomous in-space manufacturing could make it faster and less expensive to build space infrastructure and reduce the amount of mass needed deploy critical capabilities to space. But how do we reach this goal? As CEO of Made in Space, Inc., a company working in this area, I can see a path forward, though it’s not without hurdles.

Autonomous 3D printing & robotics (ieee)


  Global growth

Countries that have diversified their production into more complex sectors, like Vietnam and China, are those who will experience the fastest growth in the coming decade. That is the conclusion of the researchers at the Growth Lab at Harvard’s Center for International Development (CID) who presented new growth projections using the latest 2017 trade data.

2019 - 2027 forecast (cid.harvard)


  Public financial management

A growing body of data and experience shows that shifting from cash to electronic payments provides more security for recipients, especially women, greater efficiency and accuracy in reaching the financially excluded, and a broader range of financial services. It can also save very significant time and human resources that can be then used for more productive purposes, supporting overall economic productivity.

The Digitalization of Payments (cgdev)


  Global millennial survey 2019

The impact of myriad, radical changes to our daily lives has hit younger generations hard—economically, socially, and perhaps psychologically. Through this survey, this “generation disrupted” is telling us that continuous change and upheaval have created a population that is different at its core. But, they’re also providing valuable clues about how society’s institutions can respond to those differences.

Doubt in traditional pillars of trust (deloitte)


  About Hadoop

Dealing with tons of data requires some special arrangement. Common computational techniques are insufficient to handle a floodgate of data;, more so, when they are coming from multiple sources. In Big Data, the magnitude we are talking about is massive—measured in zettabytes, exabytes, or millions of petabytes or billions of terabytes.

The origin and evolution (developer)


  Solving complex business problems

Long steady states of market growth and performance are interrupted by significant, disruptive ones that fundamentally reset “business as usual.” Think steam engine. Or mass production techniques. And more recently, AI and machine learning. Today, we’re in one of those periods of frame-breaking change. Leaders across all industries and geographies are being challenged to solve complex business problems in new ways.

It’s business as unusual (accenture)


  The multidimensional customer

In an era defined by uncertainty, the companies that get closest to their customers will emerge ahead of the pack. This begins with an “outside-in” view, building new ways of understanding how and why people make decisions. The underlying drivers of human decision making have become exponentially more complex in recent years.

The Genesis of these findings (kpmg)


  2019 Global wealth management

An increasing number of clients are willing to pay for financial advice, but what they value is evolving rapidly. To help providers understand how best to deliver value, we surveyed 2,000 wealth management clients across 26 countries to understand what matters most to them. We believe the following five areas are the most important for firms to address.

Redefining the value of wealth management (ey)


  Global entertainment & Media outlook

The move to personalised, active E&M experiences has profound implications for how companies go about framing and developing offerings. At the same time, it will impose new responsibilities and, occasionally, limitations, on how they market and present their products and services. These new dynamics apply across different platforms, content types, and digital and physical experiences.

2019 - 2023 Vision (pwc)


  Plastic biofilms & Bacterial communities

Once in the ocean, plastics are rapidly colonized by complex microbial communities. Factors affecting the development and composition of these communities are still poorly understood. Additionally, whether there are plastic-type specific communities developing on different plastics remains enigmatic.

The plastic-specific microbial community (plos)


  Statistics: Dertecting NC fraction with reduced simple size?

How narrow-limit gauging (NLG, aka compressed limit plans) can reduce enormously the required sample size, and therefore the inspection cost, of a traditional attribute sampling plan. The procedure consists of moving acceptance limits t standard deviations inside the engineering specifications, which increases the acceptable quality level (AQL) and therefore reduces the sample size necessary to detect an increase in the nonconforming fraction.

Supporting innovative application (qualitydigest)


  Windows into the future

A breakthrough by the University of California San Francisco using NVIDIA’s AI architecture to create an electrocardiographic link to your brain has resulted in voice-free vocal communication. This could enable the future of head-mounted wearable computers, provide for cell phone use in crowded spaces and make voice communication possible both in high-noise areas and for those that can’t speak and/or type.

Eliminating voice sound at scale (computerworld)


  Gender & the effect of temperature

The increase in female performance in response to higher temperature is significantly larger and more precisely estimated than the corresponding decrease in male performance. In contrast to math and verbal tasks, temperature has no impact on a measure of cognitive reflection for either gender. Gender mixed workplaces may be able to increase productivity by setting the thermostat higher than current standards.

Battle for the thermostat: on cognitive performance (plos)


  Emission of ozone-depleting chemicals

Monitoring the expected decline in the atmospheric concentrations of banned compounds might seem like an unexciting research task. But on page 413, Montzka et al.1 report an unexpected finding in the long-term measurements of CFC-11, one of the most potent ozone-deplet-ing compounds: its atmospheric con-centration is decreasing much more slowly than would be expected on the basis of its known sources and sinks.

Infringement to Montreal protocol (nature)


  The kenyan digital economy

As innovation is one of the goals of every ICT framework, Kenya’s good performance on the Global Innovation Index [94] indicates that the framework is not only factually up to modern standards as certified by the ITU Regulatory Tracker, but also effective in delivering its goals.

Which framework does it need ? (kas)


  Special Eurobarometer

The very strong calls for more action by the EU in 15 key policy areas bear witness to this. And, in comparison with last year’s results, it is interesting to note that the proportion of those believing that EU action is adequate has risen markedly in most of the fields surveyed, possibly demonstrating that respondents are becoming increasingly aware that the EU is acting on their behalf.

2019 European Elections at sight (europarl.europa)


  Africa: Governing for growth

Alongside conventional drivers of growth, such as high net FDI inflows and strong commodity prices, political stability and perceived levels of corruption have also been influential. To demonstrate this, we modelled the performance of each country across six of the World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators (2013-17).

Economic projection (pwc)


  EU' benefits of the single market

This study provides insights into the economic benefits of the European Single Market (SM) for countries and regions across Europe. Specifically, we evaluate the impact of the trade boosting effects of the SM on productivity, markups, product variety, welfare and the distribution of population across European countries and regions.

Estimating economic benefits (bertelsmann-stiftung)


  Osaka: G20 summit low expectation

The informal group of the world’s twenty leading industrialised and developing economies celebrated its tenth anniversary at the end of 2018. It undoubtedly plays a key role in steer-ing the world economy, particularly in light of the fact that there is little likelihood of a “world government” in the foreseeable future and that the United Nations, which is underfunded and in dire need of reform, is not in a position to fully assume this task.

Selfich growth vs free trad & innovation (kas)


  South Africans & climate change

water-stressed country,South Africa is considered highly vulnerableto the extreme weather patterns of intensified drought, flooding, and storms that characterize climate change(Institute for Security Studies, 2018).Since 2013,nearly every province in the country has experienced some form of drought and water shortagesresulting in water restrictions in urban areas and in the agriculture sector (Climate Analysis Group, 2018).

Raising awareness across the region (afrobarometer)


  Urban safety security concept

Urban populations are often rapidly changing and are composed of diverse social groups that live closely together in densely populated areas. Security sector governance and reform (SSG/R) provides a useful framework for effectively governing these complex social relationships through people-centred approaches to urban safety and security.

For inclusive, safe & resilient cities (dcaf)


  Driving into a cleaner future

The idea of electrical cars has been mooted for years, but it is only now, with the proven effects of climate change, that enough is being done to make them a viable commercial prospect. Indeed, change is already upon us. Monthly figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders suggest that electric car sales in the United Kingdom have risen significantly over the past few years.

Green tech (iso)


  Human well-being at risk

Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere.

Biodiversity dangerous decline (ipbes)


  Best practices in operational development

The technology transfer network should continuously evaluate the project management toolkit, helping optimize and enable successful technology transfers. This evaluation can be facilitated through a monthly forum and face-to-face workshops with the global technology transfer team. The team can pilot new initiatives and tools at their site before finalizing and standardizing across the network.

On technology transfer (pharmtech)


  Why are we entering the danger zone?

The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is the flagship report of the United Nations on worldwide efforts to reduce disaster risk. The GAR is published biennially by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and is the product of the contributions of nations, public and private disaster risk-related science and research, amongst others.

Global assessment report (Disaster Risk Reduction 2019)


  The search of CRISPR kryptonite

The first anti-CRISPRs were discovered in 2013 by a student at the University of Toronto named Joseph Bondy-Denomy. “It was serendipity. We stumbled onto the fact that some phages seemed to be resistant to CRISPR. When we put the phage into a cell, the bacteria couldn’t protect itself.” The number of labs studying such defenses is smaller than the number working with CRISPR.

The antidote for CRISPR (technologyreview)


  SAP's security assessments

Based on observations from security assessments performed for large organizations over the years, Onapsis estimates that the issues affect nine out of every ten SAP systems deployed by more than 50,000 SAP users worldwide -- around 900 million systems in total. Over 400,000 organizations from around the world use SAP software products, including some of the largest multinational corporations.

Configuration vulnerability (csoonline)


  Creating a sustainable food future

As the global population grows from 7 billion in 2010 to a projected 9.8 billion in 2050, and incomes grow across the developing world, overall food demand is on course to increase by more than 50 percent, and demand for animal-based foods by nearly 70 percent. This synthesis report proposes a menu of options that could allow the world to achieve a sustainable food future.

Balancing many competing needs (wri)


  Newly defined Alzheimer's-like

A recently recognized brain disorder that mimics clinical features of Alzheimer's disease has for the first time been defined with recommended diagnostic criteria and other guidelines for advancing and catalyzing future research. Scientists from several National Institutes of Health-funded institutions, described the newly-named pathway to dementia, Limbic-predominant Age-related TDP-43 Encephalopathy, or LATE.

Guidelines proposed (nih)


  Japan's geothermal energy

Renewable energy sources such as geothermal have been getting more attention since the 2011 Fukushima disaster exposed the risk — or folly — of nuclear power. The Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corp. estimates the country’s geothermal potential at 23,400 megawatts, putting it at No. 3 in the world behind the United States and Indonesia.

Geothermal development (japantimes)


  Who are the BATs?

With the rise of a group of powerful internet companies – especially the BATs – the Chinese internet has become the centre of global attention. Referring to Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent, the BATs are the three most powerful companies providing web applications in China. they each occupy a dominant position and enjoy a near monopoly in their respective areas.

China's Tech-Giants (kas)


  Is digital health in a bubble?

With a record $8.1B in funding and the absence of an equally robust exit market, there is more scrutiny on digital health than ever before. Will value creation track with recent investment trends? To provide some structure around this question, we validated a simple framework with fellow investors to assess the current “bubbliness” of digital health. Our verdict: digital health is not in a bubble.

The market opportunities (rockhealth)


  Arctic land & permafrost nonlinear decline

Arctic feedbacks accelerate climate change through carbon releases from thawing permafrost and higher solar absorption from reductions in the surface albedo, following loss of sea ice and land snow. Here, we include dynamic emulators of complex physical models in the integrated assessment model PAGE-ICE to explore nonlinear transitions in the Arctic feedbacks.

The real economic consequences of a melting Arctic (nature)


  FDA' drug review process

Under a new “knowledge management” approach for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), manufacturers will submit applications that present data on drug safety and efficacy in a structured format. The data then can be transmitted to teams of FDA experts from multiple disciplines for timely and efficient assessment.

Modernizing the CDER (pharmtech)

Related:FDA' regulatory framework for AI in medical care


  The squeezed middle class

The cost of a middle class lifestyle has increased faster than inflation. Housing, for example, makes up the largest single spending item for middle-income households, at around one third of disposable income, up from a quarter in the 1990s. House prices have been growing three times faster than household median income over the last two decades.

The trends of middle-income households (oecd)


  M&A strategy beyond tomorrow

Slowing economic activity is viewed as the greatest external risk to the growth plans of many companies. Respondents believe the most likely cause of a slowdown in growth is from tariff and trade disputes undermining carefully calibrated supply chains that have been built up over many years.These trade disputes are often grounded in wider geopolitical tensions that have built up over the past decade.

Confidence barometer (ey)


  Linking emissions to trading

The objective of this paper is to review existing economic models regarding their potential application for a quantitative assessment of the economic effects of linking Emission Trading Systems (ETS). As a matter of fact, most of the economic assessment criteria to evaluate the effects of a bilateral linking of ETS cannot be measured empirically, but need to be modelled by aid of economic modelling.

German's economic models assessment (umweltbundesamt)


  Capital markets in 2030

Technology companies have featured strongly in initial public offering (IPO) activity in recent years. This is set to last, as the sector continues to generate significant demand for equity in public markets, and the competition between exchanges to attract ‘unicorns’ and ‘new economy’ companies intensifies, particularly between the US and China (mainland China and Hong Kong).

Are public markets under threat? (pwc)


  Ready for 6G?

Artificial intelligence will be the main driver of mobile technology and that 6G will be the enabling force behind an entirely new generation of applications for machine intelligence. By any criteria, 5G is a significant advance on the previous 4G standards. The first 5G networks already offer download speeds of up to 600 megabits per second and have the potential to get significantly faster. By contrast, 4G generally operates at up to 28.

Are we in the next generation of tech.? (technologyreview)  


   Chemical industry contributions

The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) commissioned Oxford Economics to provide a detailed assessment of the chemical industry’s activities across the globe, and to quantify their total economic impact. The findings outlined in this report paint an important picture of the industry’s contribution to the global economy, and in so many aspects of people’s daily lives.

The economic impact (icca)


  Education assessement analysis

Children with DLD and those with ASD raise particular levels of concern, albeit for different reasons. For children with DLD there have been concerns about identification and provision of additional speech and language therapy, while for those with ASD concerns have been raised about managing behavior.

Needs, or diagnostic category in neurodevelopmental disorders (frontiersin)


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Wef report (weforum)

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