Month: April 2019

Inspirefest launches diversity ticket bursary with Silicon Valley Bank

In a bid to ensure that under-represented researchers and entrepreneurs in the STEM and creative fields get access to the brightest minds, Inspirefest has launched a special diversity bursary with Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) for 25 lucky applicants this year. The Inspirefest Diversity Tickets programme, which is sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank, is aimed at…
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3 pressure points that threaten digital transformation

Recent research carried out by MuleSoft in the US found that 85pc of IT leaders reported that their organisation will undergo digital transformation activities in 2019. For the majority, the main goal of this transformation is to increase IT operating efficiency, particularly as IT teams face greater demands across the organisation. Based on the MuleSoft…
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How to strengthen the pipeline of women in biopharma

The biopharma industry is booming, especially in Ireland, and that means there are plenty of jobs available for those who want a career in that sector. So, how can the biopharma industry strengthen its pipeline? Encouraging more women to join would be a good place to start. Mary Collins is an executive director of quality…
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Microplastics in squishy creature’s poo hurt ocean’s ability to absorb CO2

Almost everyone is now aware of the scourge of microplastics and the damage it causes to the world’s oceans, but new findings, including the work of NUI Galway researchers, have revealed yet another worrying discovery. In a paper published to Environmental Science & Technology, a team including lead author Alina Wieczorek found that microplastics also…
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Are we ready for the next big thing in life sciences?

Most days driving towards Dublin, I pass by the giant Takeda (formerly Shire) plant near Dunboyne and marvel at its scale in the same way Intel’s massive chip manufacturing plant wows me in Leixlip when I take a different route to the city. The scale of the plant is, to me, a signpost to the…
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Tariffs won’t solve U.S.-Mexico drug crime

By Earl Anthony “Tony” Wayne, Cecilia Farfan-Mendez, Vanda Felbab-Brown, Rafael Fernandez de Castro What if Mexico threatened a 25 percent tariff on American corn and soybeans unless the U.S. stops providing an estimated $19 billion to $29 billion in yearly drug profits to Mexican criminal groups and blocks weapons trafficking to Mexico? Mexicans can make…
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A federal privacy law could do better than California’s

By Cameron F. Kerry When the California Consumer Privacy Act passed in that state’s Legislature last year, it touched a match to a tinderbox of concerns about how much of our personal information is outside the protection of federal laws. Now companies of all kinds are lining up to support federal data-privacy rules—so long as…
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Measuring the gap between ability and effort in domestic revenue mobilization

By Ipchita Bharali, Indermit Gill Developing countries should expect foreign aid to fall during the transition from low to middle income, and end soon after. In low-income countries, the share of foreign aid is about 2.5 percent of GDP. This drops to 0.8 percent in lower-middle-income economies; by upper-middle-income levels, it is a negligible 0.2…
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Teacher turnover and the disruption of teacher staffing

By Helen F. Ladd, Lucy Sorensen Much has recently been written about the growing problem of teacher shortages. While such shortages may sometimes result from, or lead to, high rates of teacher turnover at the school level, turnover—defined as the yearly rate of departure of teachers from a school—is of policy interest in its own…
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مع مهاجمة حفتر لطرابلس، على الولايات المتحدة الانخراط من جديد في شؤون

By Federica Saini Fasanotti بدأ المُشير خليفة حفتر مسيرته الطويلة نحو السلطة في مايو 2014. وتَحْت راية “عملية الكرامة”، بدأ حفتر معركة كبيرة ضدّ الإسلامويين والميليشيات في بنغازي ومناطق أخرى في شرق ليبيا. وفي 15 مارس، عيّن مجلسُ النواب في طبرق حفترَ قائداً للجيش الوطني الليبي، وهو مجموعة من الميليشيات المختلفة. ويتضمّن الجيش الوطني الليبي…
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