Month: May 2019

Sci-fi origami rose could be a revolutionary water purifier

When it comes to the beauty of a particular new rose, there’s much more than meets the eye. A research team from the University of Texas at Austin has demonstrated how the familiar floral pattern of the rose bulb is also excellent at collecting and purifying water. In a paper published to Advanced Materials, the…
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Data centres and airports can now give energy back to the grid in Ireland

A novel new platform from Eaton, Enel X and EirGrid enables energy-intensive industries in Ireland to help stabilise the grid and contribute to more renewable power. This could see industries such as data centres, electronics and pharma integrate with the grid and, instead of just consuming power, provide it back for use in homes and…
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‘Our mental health is something that needs constant nurturing, like a garden’

Today (30 May) and all weekend at Bloom in Phoenix Park, you will find a garden growing conversations about mental health. ‘Grounded’, sponsored by Janssen, was developed in association with mental health charities Aware and See Change, and designed by landscape architect Maeve O’Neill. O’Neill worked with people living with, affected by or working with…
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Irish financial services sector struggles with skills, AI and cybersecurity

Ireland’s financial services sector, including a growing fintech community, risks being undermined by the pace of technological change and the shortage of skills. Data gleaned from PwC’s 2019 CEO survey has found that the skills deficit is more acute in Ireland than globally, with 84pc of Irish financial services CEOs concerned about the availability of…
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Telltale sign could be hidden warning signal for incoming megaquake

Unlike an oncoming hurricane, earthquakes are significantly harder to predict, making any early warnings almost impossible. However, researchers from the University of Colorado have trawled through huge seismic datasets to discover a potential telltale clue that a megaquake – magnitude 7 or higher – has just happened. In a paper published to Science Advances, the…
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Figures of the week: With AfCFTA officially in force, Africa is now the largest free trade area

By Nirav Patel Today, May 30, 2019, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement officially comes into force. Now, according to a recent Brookings Africa Growth Initiative policy brief, under a successfully implemented AfCFTA, Africa will have a combined consumer and business spending of $6.7 trillion in 2030. Indeed, Africa is home to the world’s largest…
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10 things we learned at Brookings in May

By Fred Dews Below are 10 interesting findings from Brookings research during the month of May. 1. Another recession will happen; automatic policy responses can minimize the damage In a new book produced jointly by the Hamilton Project at Brookings and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, experts lay out a set of policy changes…
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Brexit endgame: A withdrawal agreement for Theresa May, but no clarity on Brexit

By Amanda Sloat As the third anniversary of the Brexit referendum approaches, the United Kingdom has failed three times to gain parliamentary approval of a withdrawal deal, extended the departure deadline twice, held elections to a European legislature it planned to vacate, and pressured its prime minister into announcing her resignation date. Attention is now…
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The future of aid: How the global development business is evolving

By George Ingram The Chief Economist of the World Bank, Pinelopi Goldberg, recently called out the need for a “new vision in development.” We may not yet have a clear new vision, but thanks to three recent publications, we know some of the components. Raj Kumar’s “The Business of Changing the World” contrasts “new aid”…
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For juvenile criminal records, privacy is too often a myth

By Kwadwo Frimpong While the American juvenile justice system has recently undergone a wave of progressive reforms focused on creating pathways to re-entry, there remains an uneven treatment of juvenile records that makes it difficult for returning youth to rebound from their involvement with the justice system. Recently, the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative (RPII)…
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