ESMH Media Review – July 13, 2022

Digital communications, climate change and energy policy: check out the ESMH selection of 35 science and tech news published in the last weeks on the web.

In the spotlight

Commissioner hints at enforcement details as EU Parliament adopts DSA and DMA
euractiv-en, 05.07.2022
The European Parliament voted to adopt the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) with a broad majority on Tuesday (5 July).
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Digital transition

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Inside the war on fake consumer reviews
time, 06.07.2022
When Kay Dean turned her keen detective’s eye on the reviews for a Toronto dental clinic, she quickly discovered something alarming. The reviewers behind the clinic’s glowing testimonials had also reviewed an array of obscure small businesses across North America and Europe.
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Is AI good or bad for the climate? It’s complicated
alphagalileo, 29.06.2022
As the world fights climate change, will the increasingly widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) be a help or a hindrance? In a paper published this week in Nature Climate Change, a team of experts in AI, climate change, and public policy present a framework for understanding the complex and multifaceted relationship of AI with greenhouse gas emissions, and suggest ways to better align AI with climate change goals.
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Environmental sustainability

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Drought and heat: How is climate change hitting Europe?
deutschewelle-en, 07.07.2022
Lots of sun, little rain: Europe is grappling with another summer of record temperatures and low water levels. Countries like Italy are struggling to fight climate change, and keep the cost of food and energy down.
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Mobility & Energy

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Europe is preparing for Russian gas to be cut off this winter
economist, 11.07.2022
Russia is throttling Europe’s supplies in revenge for its support for Ukraine. German energy bills are expected to rise dramatically.
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Agriculture & Food

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Scientific evidence that people get ‘hangry’
deutschewelle-en, 07.07.2022
Researchers have found a link between hunger and anger, giving credence to the popular term “hangry”.
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Health

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Dangerous incidents at UK laboratories ‘potentially exposed staff to Covid’
guardian, 05.07.2022
Dangerous incidents at UK laboratories, hospitals and Covid test centres potentially exposed staff to coronavirus and other hazards over the course of the pandemic, according to official reports obtained by the Guardian.
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Science policy & Communication

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Is free speech under threat in Irish universities? A UCD audit raises concern
irishtimes, 07.07.2022
Free speech on college campuses has become a major international issue.
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EU initiatives

Parliament backs EU plan to award ‘green’ label for gas, nuclear investments
euractiv-en, 06.07.2022
The European Parliament voted on Wednesday (6 July) in favour of plans to award a green investment label to nuclear and gas projects amid loud protests from green activists, who denounced the “betrayal” of MEPs’ climate commitments.
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Policymakers deliberate on who should qualify for EU support from researchers at risk programme
sciencebusiness, 05.07.2022
MEP Christian Ehler is pushing for a pilot of an EU programme to support researchers at risk, but the European Parliament and the European Commission currently do not see eye to eye on the criteria for defining “at risk”.
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Curious news

Dinosaur diets may help explain dramatic diversity
scientificamerican, 01.07.2022
If you travelled across what is now North America around 75 million years ago, you would see vastly different dinosaur species everywhere you went. The dramatic variation in this period’s fossils, found throughout the western half of the continent, has long puzzled palaeontologists.
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World Chocolate Day: Any occasion, gift dark chocolates for all ages [Many benefits]
ibtimes-in, 07.07.2022
Are you the kind of person that feasts on chocolate when celebrating something? Or do you reserve this comforting superfood for days when you need something to light up your mood? Either way, if you’re a chocoholic, it’s time to celebrate World Chocolate Day with no guilt.
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