China might get ahead of even the US in Science and technology; what India must do?



The government must also provide direct R&D grants to companies—along the US, Israeli and Chinese models.


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The government must also provide direct R&D grants to companies—along the US, Israeli and Chinese models.

By Smita Purushottam

China has grown immeasurably powerful over the last two decades, having placed science & technology (S&T) at the core of its developmental and military strategy. China invests 2.2% of its GDP on R&D ($496 billion), dwarfing India’s $50 billion (PPP figures, 2017). It is closing in on the American R&D spend of $549 billion, clocking over 17% in annual growth rates between 2000 and 2017, against the US average of 4.3%.

China’s S&T drive, growth,

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Digital transfusion: technology leaders urged to openly question existing business models

Maybe digital transformation — now a well-worn, perhaps overused term — could use a rebranding. “Digital transfusion,” anyone? 

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Photo: Joe McKendrick

Technology executives and professionals, often pushed to the forefronts of such efforts, are being asked to redesign their companies’ business models, often with shaky and begrudging support from their business colleagues. The business side of the house could use transfusions of knowledge on what technology can and cannot accomplish, and the technology side of the house could use of transfusions of support and direction on which way to take technology. 

The nine components of digital transformation were explored in

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Technology for screening fruit juice could provide rapid COVID screening

Technology for screening fruit juice could provide rapid Covid screening
Dr Mark Platt. Credit: Loughborough University

Loughborough University researchers are hoping a technology they developed to quickly screen liquids for microorganisms can be adapted to provide rapid testing for COVID-19.

The team’s unique device, which uses a technique known as resistive pulse sensing, is being launched as a University spin out for use within the soft drinks industry to test for contaminants.

Now the researchers are investigating its capability to provide both coronavirus pre-screening—with results shown in less than five minutes—and a COVID-19 diagnosis—with results shown in less than 20 minutes—by counting and identifying viral particles in a small saliva

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Trump’s ex-lawyer rebuked by election technology firm over baseless fraud theory

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Dominion Voting Systems has issued a firm rebuttal of ex-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell’s baseless claims that the firm interfered in the election to the incumbent’s disadvantage.

The election technology company slammed Ms Powell’s “bizarre election fraud conspiracy” in a statement on Thursday.

Ms Powell, who the White House cut ties with earlier this week, falsely claimed Dominion switched millions of votes to president-elect Joe Biden.

She also baselessly claimed the company has ties to the Clinton Foundation and George Soros, the financier and philanthropist of Jewish descent.

Communists from Venezuela, Cuba and China are all part

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‘Come Play’ Review: A ‘Black Mirror’-esque Story On Technology Presented As A Tense Creature Feature

Come Play, written and directed by Jacob Chase, tells the story of Oliver (Azhy Robertson) who is an autistic kid going through a tough time since his parents are splitting up and he isn’t making any friends at school. Out of the blue, he’s contacted through his mobile device by a creature called Larry that wants to be his friend. But it obviously has sinister plans in its mind. Chase tactfully blends a message about over-dependence on technology with the scares that are synonymous with creature features. And with some great performances, primarily from Robertson, neat editing, and impactful sound

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