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Teva to send US millions of malaria pills with potential to help COVID-19

March 21st, 2020 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Hydroxychloroquine one of several drugs cited in recent days as being possibly effective against coronavirus; Israeli firm says it will provide as many as possible at no cost Israeli generic drug giant Teva announced Friday that it will provide ten million doses of its anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which could potentially prove effective in fighting the […]

In the age of automation, technology will be essential to reskilling the workforce

March 13th, 2020 at 2:48 pm » Comments Off

Employees sort parcels with automated guided vehicles (AGVs) at a logistic centre of a postal service in China last November. Manufacturing as we know it isn’t quite dead – but it will be soon. We’re at the cusp of a major transformation where the classic factory worker’s tasks will soon be digitized and managed by […]

Planet Plastic : How Big Oil and Big Soda kept a global environmental calamity a secret for decades

March 10th, 2020 at 6:11 pm » Comments Off

  Every human on Earth is ingesting nearly 2,000 particles of plastic a week. These tiny pieces enter our unwitting bodies from tap water, food, and even the air, according to an alarming academic study sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, dosing us with five grams of plastics, many cut with chemicals linked […]

MIT published a list of the 9 megatrends that will shape the world in 2030. Here’s what they all have in common

March 6th, 2020 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

Climate change, transparency, and nationalism will be driving the workforce 10 years from now.  For decades, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has generated some of the world’s greatest innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups. MIT has built a strong research and engineering culture since its founding in 1861, producing dozens of Nobel laureates along the way. 3Com, […]

Millions of Chinese firms face collapse

March 4th, 2020 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

A closed Apple store in China Brigita, a director at one of China’s largest car dealers, is running out of options. Her firm’s 100 outlets have been closed for about a month because of the coronavirus, cash reserves are dwindling and banks are reluctant to extend deadlines on billions of yuan in debt coming due […]

Could IoT help fight the talent shortage?

February 27th, 2020 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

Fear of losing your job to a robot is nothing new, but is it time the conversation shifted? For as long as there have been robots, there have been fears they will take people’s jobs. The rise of the internet of things (IoT) echoes these concerns. An engineer no longer has to monitor a machine […]

EU introduces AI strategy to build ‘ecosystem of trust’

February 26th, 2020 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission The European Commission today unveiled a sweeping set of proposals that it hopes will establish the region as a leader in artificial intelligence by focusing on trust and transparency. The proposals would lead to changes in the way data is collected and shared in an effort […]

The ‘forever chemicals’ fueling a public health crisis in drinking water

February 9th, 2020 at 3:09 pm » Comments Off

About 700 PFAS-contaminated sites have been identified across the US while those exposed to enough chemicals can face devastating health consequences Recent tests revelaed dangerous levels of PFAS in rain, a range of foods and sewage sludge that farmers spread on cropland as fertilizer. In 2002, the French multinational Saint-Gobain boosted production of chemically weatherproofed […]

Everything you know about recycling is probably wrong

February 7th, 2020 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

A refresher for the new decade. The next time you pass a recycling bin, do yourself a favor and take a peek inside. See anything unusual? Let’s rip the Band-Aid off right now: Turns out many of the things we drop into recycling bins don’t go on to beautiful second lives as bespoke greeting cards […]

Look to cities, not nation-states, to solve our biggest challenges

February 4th, 2020 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Los Angeles’ economy is bigger than that of many nation states. This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting The world in 2020 is looking more turbulent and uncertain than ever. Powerful economic, demographic and technological forces are rewiring international politics. According to the World Economic Forum’s new Global Risks Report, structural […]

Fish, sausage, even honey: Food fraud is hidden in plain sight

January 31st, 2020 at 2:31 pm » Comments Off

A 2018 study found 61% of seafood products tested at Montréal grocery stores and restaurants were mislabelled  The globalization of the food chain has resulted in increased complexity and diminished transparency and trust into how and where our foods are grown, harvested, processed and by whom. Furthermore, recurring incidents of food fraud remind us that […]

Clearview app lets strangers find your name, info with snap of a photo, report says

January 21st, 2020 at 1:35 pm » Comments Off

It may not be long before you’ll have to forget about walking down the street anonymously, says a New York Times report.  ”Just a face in the crowd.” That figure of speech may one day need a footnote to explain it. What if a stranger could snap your picture on the sidewalk then use an […]

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