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Digital learning gap leaves european students at risk of online ‘Infodemic’, new OECD Pisa report reveals
European students are struggling to manage the flood of information provided by internet and digital services, according to a new OECD PISA-report ‘21 Century Readers: Developing literacy skills in a digital world’.
Hillary Clinton: ‘There has to be a global reckoning with disinformation’
Her bid for the White House was engulfed by a tidal wave of fabricated news and false conspiracy theories. Now Hillary Clinton is calling for a “global reckoning” with disinformation that includes reining in the power of big tech.
EU accuses Russia and China of vaccine disinformation war
Russia and China are trying to undermine trust in western coronavirus vaccines while promoting their own jabs and using tensions with Britain over vaccines to sow division, an EU report has found.
ℹ️ Misinformation in 2020: What 2020 has taught us ℹ️
— First Draft (@firstdraftnews) May 4, 2021
“There were media sources that hindered the ability of the country to confront the pandemic.”
— The Global Disinformation Index (@DisinfoIndex) May 5, 2021
Artificial Intelligence and the future of humans
Artificial intelligence is already impacting virtually every industry and every human being. This incredible technology has brought many good and questionable things into our lives, and it will create an even bigger impact in the next two decades.
Making skin for robots is hard. But success could bring huge benefits for humans, too
To recreate a human in robot form is no small piece of work. Making a human brain? Researchers have already started modelling synapses and neurons in software and hardware. A robot that can move like a human? Researchers are already building artificial muscles, joints and tendons for the bipedal machines.
— World Economic Forum (@wef) May 5, 2021
UNH research: more than one way for animals to survive climate change
As climate change continues to trigger the rise in temperature, increase drier conditions and shift precipitation patterns, adapting to new conditions will be critical for the long-term survival of most species.
🆕 waste management #innovations!#eicPathfinder project @TriboRemedy is utilizing a new technology called tribolysis to decompose hazardous waste safely 🗑️ & detoxify contaminated waters from harmful pathogens 🌊
— European Innovation Council (@EUeic) May 7, 2021
A new solution to help #SaveOurOcean from #PlasticPollution 🥤@Bubble_Barrier is a bubble curtain and a catchment system, that collects #PlasticWaste before it reaches the ocean🌊 without hindering ship traffic⛴️ or fish movement 🐟
— EU Research Results (@CORDIS_EU) May 5, 2021
Mobility & Energy
China tech titans go all in amid global electric car frenzy
China is shaping up to be the first real test of Big Tech’s ambitions in the world of carmaking, with giants from Huawei Technologies Co. to Baidu Inc. plowing almost $19 billion into electric and self-driving vehicle ventures widely seen as the future of transport.
🏭 In 2020, CO2 #emissions from fossil fuel combustion fell in all EU Member States.
🇬🇷 Greece (-18.7%)
🇪🇪 Estonia (-18.1%)
🇱🇺 Luxembourg (-17.9%)
🇪🇸 Spain (-16.2%)
🇩🇰 Denmark (-14.8%)
🇲🇹 Malta (-1%)
🇭🇺 Hungary (-1.7%)
👉 https://t.co/9ti9ZkHO6h pic.twitter.com/lteA8KdZEb
— EU_Eurostat (@EU_Eurostat) May 7, 2021
— World Economic Forum (@wef) May 6, 2021
Agriculture & Food
EU gives green light to bloc’s first edible insect
Dried yellow mealworms have become the first edible insect to get the go-ahead for marketing authorisation in the EU after receiving the approval of member states in a landmark decision.
Scientists and industry cheer outcome of Commission study on gene editing
Genomics researchers and the agriculture industry have welcomed the publication of a long-awaited report recommending EU legislation on genetically modified organisms be updated to allow the use targeted gene editing in crops.
Globally, overfishing of sturgeons has led to the near extinction of several sturgeon species. Since 1998, international trade of all sturgeon species and related products has been regulated under @CITES. pic.twitter.com/IOD8IgHV7Q
— EU Maritime & Fish (@EU_MARE) May 7, 2021
#LIVESEED is developing "a 🆕 #OrganicSeed health strategy, as well as a roadmap towards using 100% organic seed by 2036". Read more in the @EU_Commission's success story article (available in 🇬🇧, 🇮🇹, 🇩🇪, 🇧🇬, 🇪🇸, 🇫🇷, 🇵🇱, 🇸🇪) in our media corner! 👉 https://t.co/0J9uUq5Byb pic.twitter.com/vJTMtYGfKe
— LIVESEED (@LIVESEEDeu) May 5, 2021
3D detectors measure social distancing to help fight Covid-19
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have repurposed an algorithm they initially developed for self-driving cars to help people observe social distancing rules.
Developed at UCI, new tool helps predict patients’ risk of coronavirus complications
Now UC Irvine scientists have created a tool that uses artificial intelligence to help predict which patients may need that higher level of care.
Researchers develop better way to determine safe drug doses for children
Determining safe yet effective drug dosages for children is an ongoing challenge for pharmaceutical companies and medical doctors alike. A new drug is usually first tested on adults, and results from these trials are used to select doses for pediatric trials.
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Moderna booster increases antibodies against COVID-19 variants, early data shows
Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) said on Wednesday early human trial data shows that a third dose of either its current COVID-19 shot or an experimental new vaccine candidate increases immunity against variants of COVID-19 first found in Brazil and South Africa.
The WHO Global Sodium Benchmarks aim to guide for countries and industry to reduce the sodium content in processed foods.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) May 6, 2021
Science policy & Communication
Twitter launches prompt asking users to rethink abusive tweets
Many of us have dashed off a mean-spirited reply in the heat of the moment. Now, Twitter wants to appeal to the good inside even the most callous trolls in an attempt to improve the tone of its social network.
Brussels calls for a law to protect Europe’s endangered journalists
The EU should recognise the media’s special role as one of the pillars of democracy, according to a senior figure at the European Commission (EC). Věra Jourová said the bloc should introduce a media freedom act for the purpose.
EU to rely on wastewater surveillance to track COVID-19 variants
Wastewater surveillance can be used to track the spread of new variants of the coronavirus among Europe’s population, the EU’s Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius told EURACTIV.
Integrating wastewater surveillance into existing coronavirus testing strategies would help countries and cities to map areas at risk and detect new coronavirus hotspots early on.https://t.co/pPQlKdwesP
— POLITICOEurope (@POLITICOEurope) May 2, 2021
Eight Asiatic lions at Indian zoo test positive for Covid
Animals showing symptoms including dry coughs, loss of appetite and nasal discharge. An Asiatic lion reacts as a worker of the Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden wearing protective gears sprays disinfectant during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus.
— World Economic Forum (@wef) May 7, 2021