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This tiny piece of art promises to totally revolutionise printing

Since humans first began painting in caves thousands of years ago, they have relied on pigments to translate the image from a thought to the canvas. Now, however, a new ‘great wave’ of printing without the need for colours looks set to arrive following a major breakthrough by a team from Kyoto University in Japan.…
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London start-up Duffel raises $21.5m in Series A funding round

Travel industry start-up Duffel has secured a staggering $21.5m in funding in its latest Series A funding round. Previous to this, Duffel benefitted from a previous funding round of $4.7m led by Blossom Capital. The start-up is also a 2018 alumni of Y-Combinator’s summer cohort. Duffel has been reticent on the exact details of the…
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New tool lets Alexa listen out for heart attacks while you sleep

By their nature, smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home are designed to always be listening to what’s going on around them. While they are only supposed to be activated by an agreed wake-up statement – such as ‘Hey, Google’ – what if they could be trained to activate in other ways?…
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Global 5G subscription rates to hit 1.9bn by 2024

The telecoms industry is abuzz with talk of the ‘5G race’, focusing on how the next generation of cellular network technology – and the breakneck speeds some of its proponents are promising – will change our society. A report released this month by Ericsson has calculated that 5G smartphone subscriptions will reach more than 10m…
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Retailers can secure up to €25,000 in funding to boost online presence

Today (19 June) the second call opens for applications to the Online Retail Scheme administered by Enterprise Ireland. This €1.25m fund is available for retailers with an online presence to accelerate and internationalise their web-based offering by investing in research, strategy development, implementation and training. Successful applicants will receive funds ranging from €10,000 to €25,000…
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U.N. report firmly blames Saudi Arabia for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

By Bruce Riedel The United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard has delivered a scathing report on the premeditated murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. She recommends that all states impose sanctions on the Saudis involved in the killing, specifically including Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. It’s long…
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Figure of the week: Progress on SDGs in Africa

By Genevieve Jesse, Dhruv Gandhi On June 14, the Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa released its 2019 Index and Dashboards Report, which assesses the impact of government efforts on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The assessment covers data gaps, national strategies, budgeting practices, stakeholder engagement, coordination at the executive level, and legislative actions…
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5 takeaways from “building the workforce of the future” symposium

By Katherine Portnoy At a time when the United States is experiencing one of the longest periods of economic expansion in decades, the job market is changing rapidly—leaving many Americans behind. Digitalization, automation, and global trade have rendered some knowledge and skills obsolete, leading to unfilled jobs and declining social mobility. To address these issues,…
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Salvini comes to Washington

By Giovanna De Maio Only a couple of weeks after the European Parliament elections, Matteo Salvini—the leader of Italy’s right-wing League party—arrived in Washington for meetings with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. A few years ago, it would have been unthinkable for the head of the League to get that…
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Stressful speculations about public debt in Africa

By Indermit Gill, Kenan Karakülah, Shanta Devarajan Earlier this month, the African Economic Research Consortium held its 50th Biannual Plenary and Workshop in Cape Town. The topic was Growing with Debt in African Economies, and the discussions were energetic and educational. We presented a paper at the plenary, a preliminary version of which can be…
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