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CRISPR start-up puts pig organs into monkeys to test future transplants

A company called eGenesis has spent the past few years trying to solve the ever-present organ transplant shortage using the CRISPR gene-editing tool and pig organs. As revealed in MIT Technology Review, the start-up has said it is now placing these genetically modified organs into the bodies of monkeys to see if they could one…
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Swiss team demonstrates carbon-neutral fuel made from sunlight and air

In the race to develop alternative, renewable fuel sources, a team of scientists and engineers from ETH Zurich has unveiled the development of a technology that can produce synthetic liquid fuels. Most importantly, it releases as much CO2 during their combustion as what would have been extracted from the air for their production. CO2 and water are…
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These Irish firms are all experiencing major expansion right now

This week in Careers, we reported on some of the companies currently looking to expand their employee headcount and further scale their business. Kick things off was global HR and payroll company Immedis, which revealed plans to create a spate of new jobs (200, to be exact) in both Irish hubs and abroad. In Dublin,…
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Will the G-20 provide the urgent leadership needed on climate action?

By Amar Bhattacharya In two weeks, G-20 leaders will meet in Osaka to take up a range of pressing global issues, after which a set of key U.N. summits in September will convene world leaders to take stock of and chart forward progress in three vital areas: the 2030 Agenda, climate action, and financing for…
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The age of interdependence: Global digital cooperation in the 21st century

By Emilie Kimball, Jesse I. Kornbluth In July 2018, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres convened a High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma. Created in response to the unprecedented scale and speed of change brought about by digital technologies, the panel has sought to provide a framework to promote the Sustainable…
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The Trump administration’s final HRA rule: Similar to the proposed but some notable choices

By Christen Linke Young, Matthew Fiedler, Jason Levitis On Thursday, the Trump administration finalized a rule that will let employers pay for their workers’ health insurance by subsidizing premiums in Obamacare’s individual market.  The rule does this by expanding the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements, or HRAs, and is generally similar to the October proposed…
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Does Head Start work? The debate over the Head Start Impact Study, explained

By Lauren Bauer Head Start, the federal early childhood education program, has expanded access to preschool to eligible students in low-income families. Head Start was established in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. The goal of the program is to promote school readiness through the provision of health, educational, nutritional, and…
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Charts of the Week: Fathers

By Fred Dews Because this Sunday is Father’s Day, this week’s edition of Chart of the Week focuses on policies affecting the dads in our lives. The case for paternal leave in the U.S. Richard Reeves notes that the U.S. is one of the few advanced nations that does not have dedicate leave for fathers.…
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Jack Dorsey Bets on Bitcoin As ‘Strongest Candidate’ for Global Internet Currency

Jack Dorsey says Bitcoin is the strongest candidate he’s seen for an asset capable of becoming a global internet currency. The CEO of Twitter and Square is working toward making the world’s largest cryptocurrency a global, native internet currency that can reach more people around the world. Dorsey points to Bitcoin’s brand, resilience and lack…
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Freelance Marketplace goLance Joins RippleNet As Rumors Surface About Use of XRP

The online freelance marketplace goLance is now a member of RippleNet. But will goLance utilize the XRP-powered xRapid? CEO Michael Brooks mentioned the company’s partnership with Ripple at the 2019 American Business Awards, and the company’s website now highlights Ripple as one of its payment integrations. In addition, a LinkedIn post from software development company…
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