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Daily news – February 1, 2022 p.m.

Afghanistan  A House Divided: The SCO’s Afghanistan Conundrum (Ayjaz Wani, Observer Research Foundation): Separatism, extremism, and terrorism originating in Afghanistan compelled the neighbouring countries to form the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in 2001. However, instead of presenting a united front, the SCO is rife with disagreements. Increased divergences and mistrust among the members have helped […]

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How digital transformation is driving economic change (Zia Qureshi, Brookings)

We are living in a time of exciting technological innovations. Digital technologies are driving transformative change. Economic paradigms are shifting. The new technologies are reshaping product and factor markets and profoundly altering business and work. The latest advances in artificial intelligence and related innovations are expanding the frontiers of the digital revolution. Digital transformation is […]

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A scuola con Omicron: come fare bene la didattica digitale integrata (DDI) (L.O., Agenda Digitale)

Presidi e genitori sono molto preoccupati a fronte del rischio contagi nelle scuole, a cui il Governo sta rispondendo con didattica a distanza e regole per isolamento, quarantena. La soluzione che stiamo sottovalutando è una buona didattica digitale integrata A scuola con Omicron: come fare bene la didattica digitale integrata (DDI) – Agenda Digitale

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Inequity pandemic: The lost generation of the digital transformation (Patrycja Pendrakowska, ORF)

Internationally, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has varied depending on the measures undertaken, the number of infected, government subsidies supporting businesses, access to online education, and media coverage. It is certain that the negative impact of COVID-19 reached every corner of the world. Indeed, even the richest societies were heavily struck by supply chain […]

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Predictive Model Determines Antidepressant Medication Response (Erin McNemar, MPA, Health IT Analytics)

Using data from the National Institute of Mental Health, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers created a predictive model to determine how a patient will respond to antidepressants. According to researchers, these findings could provide a strong precision medicine approach in identifying the correct medication for individuals. Predictive Model Determines Antidepressant Medication Response (healthitanalytics.com)

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‘Forever’ Chemicals? Maybe Not, Thanks to Supercomputing (Oliver Peckham, HPC Wire)

Nonbiodegradable “forever chemicals” like perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (collectively, PFASs) were invented in the 1930s as a way to advance nonstick and waterproof materials. Unfortunately, as the chemicals began to accumulate in living bodies over time, researchers started to uncover links between PFASs and a range of diseases, including kidney and testicular cancer. Recently, researchers […]

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Australia’s Bartle Frere Bananas using IoT and data to improve banana traceability (Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet)

“If you can trace a cow, you can track anything,” Gavin Devaney, owner and managing director of Bartle Frere Bananas told ZDNet. It’s the reason why for the last two years he has been rolling out sensors and relying on data to improve the overall operation of his 250-acre North Queensland banana farm, including ensuring […]

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Augmented reality project involving Microsoft brings Olympics birthplace to life (Derel Gatopoulos and Theodora Tongas, Associated Press, The Spoksman-Review)

What would it be like to walk around the ancient religious sanctuary of Olympia when the Olympic Games were held? An unusual partnership between Microsoft and Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Sport is offering visitors the answer, launching an immersive tour Wednesday at one of the world’s major archaeological sites. Augmented reality project involving Microsoft […]

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Machine Learning Uses Predictive Analytics For Suicide Prevention (Erin McNemar, MPA, Health IT Analytics)

Johns Hopkins University researchers developed a machine-learning algorithm that uses predictive analytics to identify adolescents experiencing suicidal thoughts and behavior. After decades of analysis, researchers discovered specific risk factors associated with suicidal thought and behavior among adolescents, helping to improve suicide prevention efforts. However, few studies have examined these risk factors in combination with each other, especially […]

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Met Éireann signs up for weather forecasting supercomputer (BBC News)

Met Éireann is joining forces with the national weather services of Denmark, Iceland and the Netherlands to operate a new supercomputer aimed at bringing “significant advancements to short-term weather forecasting”. Met Éireann signs up for weather forecasting supercomputer – BBC News

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In a quantum future, our economy needs to be protected. A cyber security expert explains why (Abhinav Chugh, WEF)

The dawn of the quantum computing age brings with it many potential new risks – including those related to security. Government agencies and industry groups have expressed a growing sense of urgency when it comes to transitioning to a quantum safe future. Cyber security expert Jaya Baloo explains why and how we need to protect […]

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Google and AWS harness the power of machine learning to predict floods and fires (Liam Tung, ZDNet)

Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have highlighted their respective work on machine-learning (ML) models that may help nations deal with environmental crises happening with increasing regularity across the world. The companies flagged up their efforts to tackle climate change effects such as floods and wildfires as the UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 (COP26) wraps up […]