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A prescient call

The UK’s strategy for coping with the coronavirus crisis had been described as being to “contain, delay, research and mitigate” the spread of the disease, and in doing so flatten ‘the curve’ of the epidemic and mitigate its impact on the NHS

Electrosmog alert

A few weeks ago Switzerland's rollout of next-gen 5G mobile networks was stalled over growing health concerns.

Wake up and smell the coffee

A recent briefing by the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) together and VDMA, Europe´s network organisation for mechanical engineering, highlighted how poor the UK’s record has been in deploying and using robots.

Bright outlook for microcontroller market

Research from Fact.MR suggests that the market for microcontrollers will see average annual growth of 10% in the ten years to 2029, driven by automation in consumer electronics, automotive, military & defence, and industrial processes and a shift to smarter devices.

Demand and supply shock

With the impact of the coronavirus growing, concerns are mounting that component shortages will start to have a serious impact in a matter of weeks.

The only way is up

Not that long ago FAANG stocks appeared to be in retreat. Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google were lagging behind their peers and there were worries of another dot.com bubble bursting.

Is the UK government serious about its Digital Tax?

Earlier this week at Davos the chancellor, Sajid Javid, continued to insist that the UK’s proposed digital tax on the leading tech companies would be implemented, despite growing pressure from the US and the decision by the French government to postpone their own digital tax until December.

Does Whitehall need more scientists?

Apparently the government’s chief scientific advisers, Sir Patrick Vallance, thinks that the UK’s civil service is suffering due to a lack of scientific ability and, as a result, is placing the UK at an increasing disadvantage with nations like China.

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