More tech companies likely to list in Hong Kong in next decade, Alibaba’s Joe Tsai says

a person standing in front of Tung Chee-hwa et al. posing for the camera: Joe Tsai, Alibaba’s executive vice-chairman (left), and former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, at the China Conference: United States organised by the Post. Photo: Edmond So

Joe Tsai, Alibaba’s executive vice-chairman (left), and former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, at the China Conference: United States organised by the Post. Photo: Edmond So

More technology companies from across the globe – not just those based in China – are likely to list on Hong Kong’s stock exchange in the next five to 10 years, particularly emerging tech leaders in Southeast Asia, according to Alibaba’s executive vice-chairman Joe Tsai.

Non-US investors, as well as sovereign wealth and pension funds, are increasing their allocations to Hong Kong and Asia as they seek to tap future growth in the region, Tsai said at a fireside chat as part of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing’s (HKEX) first Southeast Asia Forum on Thursday. HKEX is the operator of the Hong Kong bourse.

“Think about that huge capital base coming to Asia, and a lot of that is focused on

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What’s killing killer whales? Orca report covering a decade of necropsies identifies threats — ScienceDaily

Pathology reports on more than 50 killer whales stranded over nearly a decade in the northeast Pacific and Hawaii show that orcas face a variety of mortal threats — many stemming from human interactions.

A study analyzing the reports was published today in the journal PLOS ONE. The study findings indicate that understanding and being aware of each threat is critical for managing and conserving killer whale populations. It also presents a baseline understanding of orca health.

The study was conducted by a team of marine mammal and orca specialists led by the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and coordinated through the SeaDoc Society, a Washington-based program of the University of California, Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine. The lead author, Dr Stephen Raverty, and coauthor, Dr John Ford, are adjunct professions at the University of British Columbia Institute of Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Zoology, respectively.

The whales

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Our third decade of climate action: Realizing a carbon-free future

A few years ago flooding devastated Chennai, where I grew up. Seeing the images of the city—which had experienced extreme drought for so many years of my life—covered in flood waters, really made the impacts of climate change feel much closer to home. This year, the sky turned orange in Northern California as wildfires continued to rage up and down the West Coast. I know others in Australia and Brazil have experienced similar events, and sadly they won’t be the last.

The science is clear: The world must act now if we’re going to avert the worst consequences of climate change.

We are committed to doing our part. Sustainability has been a core value for us since Larry and Sergey founded Google two decades ago. We were the first major company to become carbon neutral in 2007. We were the first major company to match our energy use with 100

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New research reveals ‘megatrends’ that will affect forests in the next decade — ScienceDaily

A group of experts from academic, governmental and international organisations have identified five large-scale ‘megatrends’ affecting forests and forest communities, published today in Nature Plants. These are likely to have major consequences — both positively and negatively — over the coming decade.

Around the world, 1.6 billion people live within 5km of a forest, and millions rely on them for their livelihoods, especially in poorer countries. They are also home to much of the world’s biodiversity, and regulate key aspects of the carbon cycle. In short, forests are vital in global and national efforts to combat climate change and biodiversity loss, and eradicate hunger and poverty.

Despite their importance, research on forests and livelihoods to date has mainly focused on understanding local household and community-level dynamics — identifying the links between human and natural systems at the regional and global scales is critical for future policy and action.


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Scientists call for decade of concerted effort to enhance understanding of the deep seas

Scientists call for decade of concerted effort to enhance understanding of the deep seas
A close-up image of a bamboo coral called Acanella arbuscula taken from ~1000m deep in the North East Atlantic Credit: NERC funded Deep Links Project (University of Plymouth, Oxford University, JNCC, BGS)

The deep seas—vast expanses of water and seabed hidden more than 200 meters below the ocean surface to depths up to 11,000 meters—are recognized globally as an important frontier of science and discovery.

But despite the fact they account for around 60% of Earth’s surface area, large areas remain completely unexplored, yet the habitats they support impact on the health of the entire planet.

Now an international team of scientists, spanning 45 institutions in 17 countries, has called for a dedicated decade-long program of research to greatly advance discovery in these remote regions.

The program—which scientists have named Challenger 150—will coincide with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which runs from 2021-2030.

Challenger 150

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After more than a decade, ChIP-seq may be quantitative after all

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For more than a decade, scientists studying epigenetics have used a powerful method called ChIP-seq to map changes in proteins and other critical regulatory factors across the genome. While ChIP-seq provides invaluable insights into the underpinnings of health and disease, it also faces a frustrating challenge: its results are often viewed as qualitative rather than quantitative, making interpretation difficult.

But, it turns out, ChIP-seq may have been quantitative all along, according to a recent report selected as an Editors’ Pick by and featured on the cover of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

“ChIP-seq is the backbone of epigenetics research. Our findings challenge the belief that additional steps are required to make it quantitative,” said Brad Dickson, Ph.D., a staff scientist at Van Andel Institute and the study’s corresponding author. “Our new approach provides a way to quantify results, thereby making ChIP-seq more precise, while leaving

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Fastest Emerging-Market Rotation in a Decade Seen Far From Over

(Bloomberg) — Emerging-market investors are switching to value stocks and away from growth ones at the fastest pace in more than a decade, and some say the trend may last up to another 12 months.

The rotation trade triggered by progress toward a coronavirus vaccine and the U.S. election will favor equities in countries such as Mexico and Indonesia over places like China and Taiwan, according to AMP Capital Investors. Eastspring Investments is betting on South Africa where shares have lagged behind their peers this year, while UBS Wealth Management says the switch toward value may last for up to a year.

chart, histogram: Growth Versus Value

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Growth Versus Value

One way of classifying developing nations into value or growth is by looking at how their performance has been correlated with the ratio between MSCI Inc.’s growth and value indexes. The two highest positive readings in a Bloomberg analysis of 18 markets are

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Virtual Reality: The Most Disruptive Technology of the Next Decade, IDTechEx Reports

BOSTON, Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Virtual reality has already had a major impact in a range of different industries. IDTechEx predicts in its recent market research report that this technology will grow to $8Bn by 2030. One way that virtual reality has been used is in planning. VR technologies have recently been shown by an article in the Financial Times to be used by the City of London Corporation to help with planning decisions for future office areas. Virtual reality will be a key technology of the next decade, with IDTechEx predicting that the augmented and virtual reality market will grow to over $30Bn by 2030.

The City of London collaboration was between the City of London Corporation, Innovate UK, New London Architecture (NLA) and VU.CITY. The level of detail captured by the project is down to a 2cm accuracy in a nearly 3km square area. This is

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Three ways the role of a software engineer has changed over the last decade

To say that the role of a software engineer has changed over the last decade would be an understatement. The pace that technology has advanced year upon year has meant demands of employees have increased. It’s no secret that 2020 has been a turbulent year, accelerating technological change further. The global pandemic has fast-tracked the adoption of many tech-focused solutions within businesses, with many turning to digital tools to support our new way of remote working. As a result, the demand for software development has sky-rocketed.

What’s more, software development involves creating and changing software depending on user requests and requirements, and with both of these becoming more challenging and fast paced, software engineers have had to adapt quickly. There are three key advancements that have affected this role over the last decade, namely Corporate Social Responsibility, free open source software and the rise of automation.

Corporate social responsibility


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Science has been in a “replication crisis” for a decade. Have we learned anything?

Much ink has been spilled over the “replication crisis” in the last decade and a half, including here at Vox. Researchers have discovered, over and over, that lots of findings in fields like psychology, sociology, medicine, and economics don’t hold up when other researchers try to replicate them.

This conversation was fueled in part by John Ioannidis’s 2005 article “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” and by the controversy around a 2011 paper that used then-standard statistical methods to find that people have precognition. But since then, many researchers have explored the replication crisis from different angles. Why are research findings so often unreliable? Is the problem just that we test for “statistical significance” — the likelihood that similarly strong results could have occurred by chance — in a nuance-free way? Is it that null results (that is, when a study finds no detectable effects) are ignored while positive

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