"(This) is in my view the only thing that has a chance of achieving anything more than tinkering around the edges of an essentially broken, C20, legacy organisation that is failing citizens," Thompson tells ZDNet. "So appoint a Chief Digital Officer by all means, but don't bother unless she or he has top political backing, that is sustained throughout a five-year programme of radical change." … [Read more...] about It’s the biggest job in tech. So why can’t they find anyone to do it?
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Eötvös was testing Einstein's equivalence principle, the idea that two objects dropped at the same time would fall toward a source of gravity at the same rate no matter their mass, no matter how fast the room they're in is moving or where it is in the universe. Eötvös, like countless later experimenters, found that Einstein's equivalence principle was correct Adelberger said. But Fischbach, pouring through the data decades later, thought he'd found a hint of something else, a signature of this fifth force. … [Read more...] about Physicists who disproved ‘5th force’ win $3 million ‘Breakthrough’ prize
In the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, a group of senior Haitian and U.S. doctors chose Deschamps to study in the United States, where she did fellowships in Anthony Fauci’s lab at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Walter Reed military hospital, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On her return to Haiti, she and Pape expanded GHESKIO. It grew from humble origins in a tiny building across the street from an enormous slum known as City of God into a health organization that now treats more Haitians with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis than any other group in Haiti, as well as caring for people with myriad other maladies. … [Read more...] about This physician has battled epidemics, quakes, and poverty in Haiti. Now, she’s taking on COVID-19
Seeing the light on national security ... Since 2008, Beck explained why his views on the matter have evolved. "You also have to remember that intelligence keeps us safe," Beck said. "Unfortunately there's a lot of bad actors in the world. I am a New Zealander, but you also have to understand that national security is a global thing. It's not a singular country's responsibility. New Zealand is part of the Five Eyes... it's all very well to criticize national security until the very day that you need it." No doubt it helps pay the bills as well. (submitted by platykurtic) … [Read more...] about Rocket Report: SpaceX seeks 20km hop license, why Rocket Lab funder left
The resolution also calls for the US to commit to the most ambitious target set in the Paris agreement, keeping global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. To do so, greenhouse gas emissions would need to essentially disappear by 2050 — meaning close to no fossil fuels burned. The THRIVE agenda sets a shorter-term goal of running the US power sector on only carbon pollution-free energy by 2035 — an aim included in Biden’s climate plan. Health costs from the damage inflicted by climate change are estimated to reach between $2-4 billion annually by 2030, according to the World Health Organization. Climate change is also expected to cause 250,000 additional deaths each year by 2030 because of malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress. … [Read more...] about Democrats unveil new agenda for economic recovery and climate action