Covid-19: Aviation must rely on technology to return to the skies

In an era where contactless has become the new normal, aviation industry players are tolling on tech solutions to track the spread of Covid-19, making travel touchless and seamless. Indian and global airlines including Vistara, Air India, Etihad, and Singapore Airlines are using technology to make travel safer for passengers.

A recent study by Amadeus found that technology plays a crucial role in supporting recovery. Nearly 84 per cent of travellers said the technology would increase their confidence to travel in the next 12 months by addressing concerns around mixing with crowds, social distancing and physical touchpoints.

“Access to technology that reduces human contact, queues and physical touchpoints were the ultimate factor for getting people to travel,” it said. The study was conducted among 6,000 travellers globally, of which approximately 1,000 respondents came from India.

Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer of Vistara, also believes that in a post-pandemic world, touchless

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Donald Trump ignored the science. Joe Biden must rely on it

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President-elect Joe Biden says he will listen to the scientists.


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When President-elect Joe Biden jogged on-stage to give his victory speech on Saturday night, you couldn’t see the smile on his face. He wore a black mask wrapped around both ears. Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care Of Our Own” played over the loudspeakers, but it was a chorus of honking car horns in Wilmington, Delaware, that made the most noise.

This is how you inherit the presidency in the middle of a pandemic.

The United States has been ravaged by the coronavirus unlike any other nation in the world. It has the highest number of deaths and, as of Monday, over 10 million people have been infected. As Biden unmasked and delivered his speech, one word, spoken twice, stood out: science. 

Biden announced

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Hungry plants rely on their associated bacteria to mobilize unavailable iron — ScienceDaily

In nature, healthy plants are awash with bacteria and other microbes, mostly deriving from the soil they grow in. This community of microbes, termed the plant microbiota, is essential for optimal plant growth and protects plants from the harmful effects of pathogenic microorganisms and insects. The plant root microbiota is also thought to improve plant performance when nutrient levels are low, but concrete examples of such beneficial interactions remain scarce. Iron is one of the most important micronutrients for plant growth and productivity. Although abundant in most soils, iron’s poor availability often limits plant growth, as it is found in forms that cannot be taken up by plants. Thus, adequate crop yields often necessitate the use of chemical fertilizers, which can be ecologically harmful in excessive application. Now, MPIPZ researchers led by Paul Schulze-Lefert have uncovered a novel strategy employed by plants to overcome this problem: they release substances from

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Survey finds smaller businesses rely on technology to adapt to the pandemic

In just a few short months, we will be at a year since the pandemic hit this country — and to say it has had a profound impact on businesses is about as big an understatement as there is.

Much of the focus has been the upheaval in enterprise-class companies because they’re big organizations with lots of employees. Small and midsized businesses or SMB segment often gets ignored, I’ve found when talking with technology providers, but the reality is this segment makes up 49% of jobs in the private sector. Also, their technology needs are often the same as enterprises, just on a smaller scale, although the solutions do need to be simpler to manage since information technology organizations are often jacks of all trades.

To get a better understanding of the impact of the pandemic on this segment, Avaya Inc. recently conducted a “Work From Anywhere” study, released

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Coronavirus deals blow to investing models that rely on tech and data

A trader at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) at Wall Street in New York City.

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The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a body blow to the quantitative model-based style of investing, with a majority of the firms using such strategies negatively impacted, a study by Refinitiv has found.

In a report, financial data provider Refinitiv said 72% of such investors were hurt by the pandemic. Some 12% declared their models obsolete and 15% were building new ones.

Machine-learning refers to the use of complicated mathematical models and algorithms based on historical data in order to make predictions without being explicitly programmed to do so.

While such machine-driven models had success in the past as historical correlations among different asset classes held firm, they have suffered in the wake of the pandemic as these linkages have broken down.

These quantitative models have also suffered

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