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GESDA's best pick from the press, web and science journals,
14-21 June 2020

A GESDA product curated by Olivier Dessibourg


China Takes Another Step Towards Uncrackable Quantum Communication  // 15.06.2020, SingularityHub
Based on this Nature article: Entanglement-based secure quantum cryptography over 1,120 kilometers


GESDA Platform 1: Quantum revolution and advanced AI

OpenAI’s new text generator writes even more like a human // 18.06.2020, SingularityHub

Quantum erasing with phonons // 12.06.2020, Physics

> Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity // June 2020, Center for Security Studies, ETHZ

Matteo Bonfanti and Kevin Kohler write that AI promises to change cybersecurity in the coming years. It will likely enhance both cyber offense and defense, and contribute to shaping the cyber threat landscape. Governing these changes is challenging, particularly for state-​related actors.

GESDA Platform 2: Human augmentation

> China is collecting DNA from tens of millions of men and boys, using U.S. Equipment // 17.06.2020, The New York Times
Reference: Australian Strategic Policy Institute report

> How to make a mouse smell a smell that doesn't actually exist // 18.06.2020, ScienceNews
Based on Manipulating synthetic optogenetic odors reveals the coding logic of olfactory perception // 19.06.2020, Science

Meissner corpuscles and their spatially intermingled afferents underlie gentle touch perception // 19.06.2020, Science
Along with this Perspective article: Getting a grip on touch receptors // 19.06.2020, Science

> Diluting blood plasma rejuvenates tissue, reverses aging in mice // 15.06.2020, Berkeley News

Scientists gave ketamine to sheep and were baffled by the result // 16.06.2020, Futurism

It appeared to turn their brains off and then on again.

New discovery allows 3D printing of sensors directly on expanding organs // 17.06.2020, U of Minnesota

Scientists edited human embryos in the lab, and it was a disaster // 16.06.2020, OneZero.Medium

Scientists gene-hack goats to make cancer drug in their milk // 16.06.2020, Futurism

The new science of personalized vaccines // 18.06.2020, TEDx Talk


GESDA Platform 3: Eco-regeneration and geoengineering

Un cristal convertit la lumière en hydrogène avec un rendement record // 15.06.2020, Le Temps

Plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida gets go-ahead // 17.06.2020, Guardian

White House releases ocean exploration strategies // June 2020,
The White House Ocean Policy Committee issued a national strategy for mapping and exploring the waters and seafloor in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. It calls for are establishing standard mapping protocols, maturing emerging exploration technologies, and making data rapidly available.

> New tech captures power plant exhaust to generate more power // 19.06.2020, Futurism

US looks to prove limits of Earth system predictability // 18.06.2020, American Institute of Physics

The U.S. is developing a national strategy for Earth system predictability research that will focus on ways to better understand the practical limits of predictions and increase their usefulness for decision-makers

New group of world leaders representing 15 countries:  our economic recovery won’t succeed unless we invest in nature // 17.06.2020, Press release Campaign for Nature
Sweeping, science-backed policy - a model for the world - harnesses the urgently-needed benefits of protecting nature for our health, food, economies and the climate. Their statement is rooted in the findings of a new report, also launched today by the Campaign for Nature.  “A Key Sector Forgotten in the Stimulus Debate: the Nature-Based Economy” lays out the reasons why governments must funnel stimulus support to protected areas and the communities that both protect them and depend on them.

SpaceWatchGL perspective on US space resources executive order: Kai-Uwe Schrogl on the clarity of existing space Law // 06.04.2020, SpaceWatch.Global

A call for global cooperation for sustainable urban transitions // 2020, Next Einstein Forum

An additional video on this issue.


GESDA Platform 4: Science and Diplomacy

The new world disorder // 18.06.2020, The Economist
If America pulls back from global institutions, other powers must step forward

The two-year fight to stop Amazon from selling face recognition to the police // 12.06.2020, MIT Technology Review

Vaud et Genève lancent la «Trust Valley» pour accroître la confiance numérique // 19.06.2020, Le Temps

Le but de ce partenariat public-privé, auquel sont notamment associés l’EPFL, Sicpa et Kudelski, est de fédérer un écosystème pour faire rayonner l’Arc lémanique.

Selon l'ambassadeur Valentin Zellweger, la crise a montré le rôle «central» de la Genève internationale // 15.06.2020, Le Temps
L’ambassadeur suisse à l’ONU à Genève va quitter son poste après quatre ans. Au moment du bilan, il affirme qu’aucun Etat ne peut se permettre de s’éloigner du multilatéralisme, malgré les attaques répétées dont ce dernier fait l’objet.


La Suisse se profile sur les petites plateformes de recherche en Arctique // 12.06.2020,

Coronavirus is putting the power of private philanthropy to the test // 18.06.2020, Quartz

> Coronavirus: le "Lancetgate" révèle des failles de l'édition scientifique // 16.06.2020, Le Monde

Technology has let us down. Here’s how to make it work for us again // 17.06.2020, MIT Technology Review

European physicists boldly take small step toward 100-kilometer-long atom smasher at CERN // 19.06.2020, Science

35 Innovators Under 35 // 17.06.2020, MIT Technology Review
Meet this year's 35 brilliant young entrepreneurs, inventors, visionaries, humanitarians and pioneers who are working to make the world a better place.

Special section: What now, after the Covid-19 crisis?

How well have OECD countries responded to the coronavirus crisis? // 17.06.2020, The Economist (Intelligence Unit)
In this report, we review how well 21 OECD countries responded to the coronavirus crisis, given their risk profiles.

When the system fails: COVID-19 and the costs of global dysfunction // July 2020, Foreign Affairs

Covid-19 is bad. But it may not be the ‘Big One’ // 17.06.2020, WIRED

We knew how to prevent a pandemic like COVID-19, so what went wrong? How to stop the next pandemic //17.06.2020, NewScientist

The Lancet’s Richard Horton calls for international pandemic inquiry // 15.06.2020, NewScientist

> Matthias Egger, Chef der Corona-Task-Force: «Mit den raschen Lockerungen geht der Bundesrat ein Risiko ein» // 21.06.2020, SonntagsZeitung

Coming out of lockdown is harder than going in // 18.06.2020, Science|Business
Joël Mesot, president of ETH Zurich tells how the university is slowly getting back to speed, and why Brussels and Bern ‘may understand each other better’ after the pandemic. 

Nasem committee releases COVID-19 guide for decision-makers // 16.06.2020, AAAS
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Mathematics’ (NASEM) Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) released a rapid expert consultation report to provide decision-makers with a guide on the benefits and shortfalls of using evidence in response to COVID-19.

> Britain has the wrong government for the COVID-19 crisis // 18.06.2020, The Economist

Learning from the best: Evaluating COVID-19 responses and what Africa can learn // 09.06.2020, Next Einstein Forum

Comment les épidémies ont bouleversé l’histoire des hommes // Juin 2020, The New Yorker (repris dans Courrier International) (Dessin de Lauzan, Chili, dans Courrier International)

Tools, ressources and partners

La convention citoyenne pour le climat dévoile 150 propositions pour « changer en profondeur la société » // 18.06.2020, Le Monde
> La Convention climat remet son rapport final // 21.06.2020, Le Figaro
«Apôtres de la décroissance», éditorial de Yves Thréard // 18.06.2020, Le Figaro

Rearticulating Human Development requires participatory processes, reaching out to hear the voices of the public and listening to the voices of people across the planet //  June 2020, International Science Council

Jhonatan Clausen suggests that by identifying and measuring how people are actually doing in their lives, and how to enable people to enrich their lives, can lead to a more multi-dimensional approach in evaluating wellbeing – leading to lasting action. Jhonatan Clausen is lecturer in development studies and history of economic thought at the Department of Economics at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, PUCP.

La route vers un avenir numérique se poursuit : cinq opportunités pour la transformation numérique en Suisse // 18.06.2020, Communiqué de presse Digital Switzerland
Covid-19 donne une impulsion à la numérisation et établit un avenir hybride dans lequel le numérique et l'analogique se connectent de manière fluide. digitalswitzerland, avec la Wissensfabrik, a élaboré un livre blanc décrivant cinq manières de poursuivre la transformation numérique. Les accents: le potentiel de l'infrastructure numérique, les espaces d'idées, les institutions du savoir, les nouvelles interfaces et les nouvelles relations.

What companies need to understand about "Generation Z" // 17.06.2020, Quartz

Carnotzet scientifique en ligne 'Science et théories du complot: La vérité est-elle ailleurs?' // 17.06.2020, organisé par ScienceValais (avec Pascal Wagner-Egger, psychologue à l’Université de Fribourg, et Olivier Dessibourg, Science communication and Outreach Director GESDA)


> AI has a key role in driving the new normal (webinar) // 22.06.2020, 4pm (CET), organised by SwissCognitive

Immunizing Global Health Against Disruptions (webinar) // 23.06.2020, 2pm - 3pm (CET), organised by the Graduate Institute

Have a very nice and fruitful week! :-)
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