THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Friday

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The University of Malta Introduces Blockchain and DLT Degree Program

The University of Malta, the highest educational institution in bitcoin-friendly Malta, has launched a master’s degree program in blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT). The course is aimed at equipping students with the skills they need to function in the rapidly evolving world of blockchain technology, according to reports on October 24, 2019…

We noticed a massive challenge between techies, legal practitioners and business professionals. There was a communication disconnect between us. We think this is the perfect place to have a master’s, one serving the multidisciplinary purposes of the different specializations.

Program coordinator, Joshua Ellul

Scottish tidal power pioneer wins vote of confidence

The Scottish firm that expects to build the world’s most powerful floating tidal turbine has received a vote of confidence from a Swedish engineering giant. Orbital Marine Power has signed what it described as a landmark contract with SKF covering the supply of key systems for inclusion in its generator. The company said the contract brings the industrial capabilities…

We see tremendous potential for floating tidal technology due to its low installation and operating costs.

Michael Baumann of SKF’s marine and ocean energy division

Amazon powers up three new renewable energy projects

Amazon’s newest renewable energy solar projects in the U.S. will be located in Warren County, North Carolina, and Prince George County, Virginia. Together, they total 215 megawatts (MW) and are expected to generate 500,997 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy annually. This will be Amazon’s second renewable energy project in the state of North Carolina and eighth…

We’ve announced eight projects this year and have more projects on the horizon – and we’re committed to investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally.

Kara Hurst, director of sustainability, Amazon

Construction of coal plants in Southeast Asia plummets

Construction of coal plants in Southeast Asia has stalled considerably, with only Indonesia (pictured) breaking ground on new stations in the first half of 2019, according to a Global Energy Monitor (GEM) report released yesterday called “More Fizz Than Boom: 2019 Sees Coal Plant Growth in Southeast Asia Dwindling as Pipeline Continues to Shrink…


The coming electric vehicle transformation

Electric vehicles are poised to transform nearly every aspect of transportation, including fuel, carbon emissions, costs, repairs, and driving habits. The primary impetus now is decarbonization to address the climate change emergency, but it soon may shift to economics because electric vehicles are anticipated to be cheaper and higher-performing than gasoline…


Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning to be Key Drivers of Sustainable Infrastructure Development: CII

Jamshedpur: At the plenary session of CII EXCON 2019 on ‘Nextgen Infrastructure’ held in Jamshedpur, the emphasis on technology as a key driver of the growth of sustainable infrastructure development was highlighted. Recent developments in the areas of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning will go a long way in boosting…

Every sector requires a technological advancement, and in India, there exists a huge demand for houses, thanks to country’s fast urbanisation. Using advanced technology in the construction sector, we believe this demand could be met along with the other government initiatives for both home buyers and well as developers.

Mr Neeraj Kant, Chairman, CII Jharkhand State Council & Managing Director, The Indian Steel & Wire Products Ltd

The rise of Chinese digital economy

CAPE TOWN – In China, digital economic development has become a key driver of the national economy, contributing 67.9 percent of China’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth last year. Data from China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) indicates that aggregates of China’s digital economy in 2018 registered 31.3 trillion yuan… 


HOW DO WE SUPERCHARGE OUR DIGITAL ECONOMY?

The technology sector is booming. In 2018 it grew at 2.6 times faster than the UK economy overall. And that looks set to increase. AI technologies alone could bring an additional £232 billion to the UK economy by 2035. Driverless cars are estimated to add £28bn to the economy in the same time frame. IoT is estimated to save us £75bn over the next five years. We are…


Grand challenges in the science of wind energy

Modern wind turbines already represent a tightly optimized confluence of materials science and aerodynamic engineering. Veers et al. review the challenges and opportunities for further expanding this technology, with an emphasis on the need for interdisciplinary collaboration. They highlight the need to better understand atmospheric physics in…


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