Chengdu Continues to Enhance Trade Links and Cultural Exchanges to Expand Circle of Friends Around the World

CHENGDU, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 27, 2020–

The Chengdu-Europe railway line spans over 10,000 kilometers across countless rivers and mountains, transporting goods to vast numbers of people across the Eurasian landmass. With increased trade, cultural links between Chengdu and Europe are also growing stronger. Against this backdrop, Chengdu-Eurasia National Pavilion Cluster (CENPC) has emerged in the Qingbaijiang District of Chengdu to further promote trade and cultural exchanges.

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Head of CENPC’s pavilion for France and the Netherlands Xu Dandan at work (Photo: Business Wire)

CENPC is an important platform for trade exhibition and cultural exchange between countries along the Belt and Road. With trade promotion as a foundation, the project, which is expected to feature over 40 national pavilions, aims to deepen Sichuan’s global cooperation in fields such as culture, talent, education, and science and technology, while catalyzing Chengdu’s international development.


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Everyday activities enhance personal well-being — ScienceDaily

Physical activity makes happy and is important to maintain psychic health. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) in Mannheim studied the brain regions which play a central role in this process. Their findings reveal that even everyday activities, such as climbing stairs, significantly enhance well-being, in particular of persons susceptible to psychiatric disorders. The study is published in Science Advances.

Exercise enhances physical well-being and mental health. However, impacts of everyday activities, such as climbing stairs, walking, or going to the tram station instead of driving, on a person’s mental health have hardly been studied so far. For example, it is not yet clear which brain structures are involved. A team of the Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) in Mannheim, KIT’s Institute of Sports and Sports Science, and the GIScience / Geoinformatics Research Group of Heidelberg University has now

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Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology collaborates with IBM to build future-ready skills and enhance employability

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) and IBM India Pvt Ltd on Thursday announced a collaboration to set up an education and skilling ecosystem that creates critical thinkers, problem-solvers, and next-generation innovators through the Common Services Centre (CSC) Academy.

The CSC Academy, part of the Common Services Centre (CSC) scheme of the Government of India’s Digital India programme and IBM, along with their implementation partners CSR Box, Uva Jagriti Sansthan and Jeevitam, will foster the capability and development of learners with diverse backgrounds and educational needs.

As part of the collaboration, IBM will curate and provide content from its key skilling programs – SkillsBuild and STEM for Girls – to be used for the training services and in community-development programmes that are currently being conducted across the 6000 CSC Academies. The IBM programmes offer courses and project-based learning in various technologies including Cloud & AI.

The CSC Academy

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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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Boosting stem cell activity can enhance immunotherapy benefits — ScienceDaily

Immune-system T cells have been reprogrammed into regenerative stem cell-like memory (TSCM) cells that are long-lived, highly active “super immune cells” with strong antitumor activity, according to new research from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The reprogramming involves a novel approach the researchers developed that inhibits the activity of proteins known as MEK1/2. Currently, several MEK inhibitors are used to effectively treat melanoma, but this study demonstrates that MEK inhibitors don’t just target certain types of cancer cells, but rather, more broadly, reprogram T cells to fight many types of cancer.

The finding appears November 23, 2020, in Nature Immunology.

“Although immunotherapies have improved survival for cancer patients over recent years, survival rates remain sub-optimal. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop novel, more effective anti-cancer immunotherapies,” says Samir N. Khleif, MD, director of The Jeannie and Tony Loop Immuno-Oncology Laboratory and head of the team that conducted this

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EY joins forces with Zilker Technology to enhance eCommerce, enterprise integration and cloud engineering services

More than 360 new team members across four countries join EY

TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2020 /CNW/ – EY is excited to welcome team members from Zilker Technology to our Digital and Emerging Technologies group in the US, Canada, Serbia and India to elevate the firm’s global eCommerce, enterprise integration and cloud engineering capabilities. 

“Companies are under immense pressure to embrace new operating models and ways of working to transform for the future,” says Linda Williams, EY Canada Managing Partner, Consulting. “Zilker’s design, strategy and engineering experience will enhance how we deliver end-to-end digital transformations to help our clients unlock long-term value and thrive in the Transformative Age.”

Zilker offers the unique ability to integrate enterprise technology with customer-centric experiences, aligning the user experience at every customer touchpoint to improve targeting and brand identity — critical components to success in an increasingly competitive virtual environment according to 32%

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AI, ML Tech ‘Needed Today’ to Enhance Decision-Making Process at the Edge, DOD Officials Say

Pentagon officials this week highlighted the potential of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning for automating the decision-making process at the tactical edge. 

The Defense Department’s digital modernization strategy, released in 2019, pinpointed artificial intelligence and machine learning in its four main goals as essential for enabling information sharing across the enterprise. A year and change after the strategy’s release, several Pentagon officials say they are seeing real applications for edge technologies powered by AI and ML.

“The ability to take something on the very far edge where it needs natural language processing, or some forms of I say situational awareness of intent of beyond what’s in front of them and have an ML trying to provide a better decision-making process on the edge of the battlespace to inform, I think those things are needed today,” Alan Hansen, chief of intelligence systems and processing at the U.S. Army’s

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Tempus Announces Strategic Collaboration With Janssen Applying Data Science to Enhance Therapeutic Development

Tempus, a leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and precision medicine, today announced a strategic collaboration with Janssen Research & Development, LLC (Janssen), in which Tempus will work closely with Janssen data scientists and oncologists focused on oncology clinical development programs. The collaboration is part of a multi-year data agreement, which is facilitating predictive AI/machine learning projects, as well as Janssen’s participation in Tempus’ TIME Trial® Network to accelerate patient enrollment in select biomarker-driven trials. The collaboration will leverage the full capabilities of Tempus with those of Janssen with the intent of bringing the power of precision medicine to address the needs of cancer patients.

As part of the collaboration, Tempus is developing a predictive model using machine learning techniques to enhance enrollment in Janssen’s biomarker-driven clinical trials. The goal is to more rapidly identify patients with specific tumor features to increase the efficiency of clinical trial enrollment, an example

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Four Ways Technology Can Enhance Your Supply Chain

According to a March survey conducted by the Institute for Supply Chain Management, nearly 75% of U.S. companies reported supply chain disruptions due to coronavirus-related issues.

Before the pandemic, supply chain resiliency in most industries hadn’t been seriously tested, at least not to the extent that it has recently. Today, the definition of supply chain resiliency has morphed dramatically to include geographic diversification, visibility, and surplus capacity for everything from raw materials to finished goods.

What organizations needed at the pandemic inception—and will continue to need—is a reliable way to predict Covid-19 cases as well as their current supply levels, product burn rates, and sourcing challenges.

With the right technology and data, this is possible. Here are four ways technology can help organizations build a stronger, more proactive supply chain.

  1. Drive Comprehensive Supply Chain Visibility

Recent decades have seen significant growth in global trade and a resulting rise in complex

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AI Technology Can Enhance Human-Centered Work Instead Of Threaten It

Whenever new technologies change the way we work, some worry that their jobs are in jeopardy. And sometimes, new technologies do make certain jobs obsolete. Artificial intelligence is an emerging force in the business world that has the potential to either replace humans in certain industries or empower humans with better tools, depending on how the technology is utilized. And in the high-unemployment COVID era when the terms “outsourcing” and “AI” stoke fears for workforce stability and opportunity, there needs to be a more human-centered approach to workforce training and development.

Samasource, a training data and validation company based in San Francisco, believes AI can enhance how we work and is advocating for “human-in-the-loop,” a work model that requires human involvement even with advanced technology. “It’s really this combination of human

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