UAE experts turn the focus on latest research in rain enhancement science

The National Center of Meteorology announces on Wednesday targeted research areas for the UAE Rain Enhancement Program’s fourth cycle Projects.
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Abu Dhabi: UAE scientists will focus on new areas of research on rain enhancement, including using artificial intelligence in weather forecasting, to improve the country’s ability to address water-stress issues, it was announced on Wednesday.

The updated research areas include advances in weather modelling and forecasting using artificial intelligence and ensemble modelling; evaluation of rain enhancement effectiveness through the use of cloud chamber and use of randomised inputs in statistical methods; innovations in rain enhancement systems through the use of new measurement and numerical tools; and testing and leveraging several rain enhancement models.

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Meanwhile, the programme will continue to support previous areas of research, locally and globally, to help the awardees fulfil the aims of their projects. Information about on-going projects funded by the programme and

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To protect nature’s benefits, focus on people — ScienceDaily

To calculate the true value of a forest, we need to know how people benefit from it, according to new research published in Nature Sustainability. A healthy forest holds a treasure trove of benefits for people — it can filter water for downstream communities, supply timber for building, and provide a place for people to connect with nature. But a forest — or any other ecosystem — won’t necessarily provide the same things to everyone.

“Context matters,” says Lisa Mandle, lead scientist at the Stanford Natural Capital Project and lead author on the paper. “If we want to protect the critical natural assets we all depend on, we need actionable policies that incorporate people’s diverse needs. It shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all approach when we’re talking about people and nature.”

There’s a growing global movement to invest in nature in order to protect vital resources and improve climate resilience. But

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Brillio Bolsters Strategic Focus on Inorganic Growth

Company to reinforce its emphasis on scale to help enterprises with digital transformation

Brillio, a leading digital technology consulting and solutions company, today announced it will be emphasizing its inorganic growth strategy heading into 2021, further underscoring its commitment to becoming the leading digital technology service provider in the world. The announcement comes just a few months after the acquisition of Cognetik, a data analytics services provider based in the U.S. and Romania.

Helping to enable Brillio’s strategy is its partnership with one of the world’s leading multi-asset investment firms, Bain Capital Private Equity (Bain Capital), which announced a majority stake ownership in Brillio in January 2019. Bain Capital has a long track record of partnering with management teams of technology and digital services companies to accelerate growth.

To lead the execution of its inorganic growth strategy, Brillio announced the appointment of Shiv Pathak as Global Head of Corporate Development.

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Beijing to sharpen country’s R&D focus



a man sitting on a stage in front of a computer: China’s total public and private sector spending on hi-tech research and development reached a record high of US$324 billion last year. Photo: AP


China’s total public and private sector spending on hi-tech research and development reached a record high of US$324 billion last year. Photo: AP

Hello, this is Bien Perez from the South China Morning Post’s Technology desk, with a wrap of our leading stories this week.

Amid rising tensions with Washington, Beijing has had to downplay some of the country’s technological catch-up efforts, such as the “Made in China 2025” policy road map. Sensing a threat to US global hi-tech dominance, the Trump administration had seized on the plan as an example of what it sees as unfair state intervention in China’s economy.

In reality, however, China’s pace of hi-tech initiatives has not slowed down. The country’s spending on research and development broke a record last year, reaching 2.2 trillion yuan (US$324 billion), according to data released in August by three Chinese government agencies, covering the private and public sectors. That

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Food Producers Need To Focus On Technology, Health And Sustainability

It is becoming more difficult to be a successful food company. Despite industry-wide revenue growth, major players are seeing their sales shrink, their production costs rise and competition from small brands intensify.

The global pandemic has exacerbated the impacts of changing consumption trends and made it more urgent to tackle some of these issues.

Once, it was beneficial to be big, to have an integrated supply chain and costly capital equipment as a defensive barrier against smaller competitors, those small competitors are now using digital tools, novel routes to market, and other innovations to undermine those defensive barriers, respond to consumer demands and take market share from established incumbents.

There are six key megatrends that will shape the industry for the next 30 years, new research by Lux Research claims. Companies must recognise and adapt to these trends to

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IBM Spinning Off Infrastructure Managed Services Group To Focus On Cloud Is A Good Move

IBM has been making a flurry of improvements to position the company to better take advantage of the cloud opportunity.  In the past year, IBM acquired Red Hat, deeply integrated many of its products, and installed new CEO Arvind Krishna and President Jim Whitehurst. The company isn’t done. Yesterday, IBM announced that it will spin out its Managed Infrastructure Services unit of its Global Technology Services division into a new public

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IBM Offloads Legacy Business to Focus on $1 Trillion Cloud Industry

Embattled tech relic IBM (NYSE:IBM) has made many attempts to right its flagging business over the years, thus far to no avail. However, in spring 2020, CEO Arvind Krishna — former Senior Vice President of IBM’s cloud and cognitive software segment and a key player in the 2019 acquisition of Red Hat — took the reins of the company. Year-to-date results have again been lackluster, even as cloud computing has become more important than ever before during the pandemic. True to his roots, though, Krishna recently announced IBM will spin off its managed infrastructure services unit into a separate business to focus solely on the cloud.

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Freeing Red Hat from dead weight

During the 2020 second quarter, IBM’s total revenue fell 5.4% year over year to $18.1 billion. Masking cloud computing segment strength — including a 17% increase in Red Hat sales and a total cloud

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Survey shows broad bipartisan support for a stronger focus on science

ARLINGTON, VA — A recent survey commissioned by Research!America on behalf of a working group formed to assess America’s commitment to science shows overwhelming support for science across political parties. A strong majority of Americans agree that “the COVID-19 pandemic is a disruptive event and requires urgent refocusing of America’s commitment to science.” On a bipartisan basis, Americans:

  • Believe science benefits them (88%);
  • Would pay $1 more a week in taxes to support scientific research (66%);
  • Believe America should maintain its global leadership in science (89%);
  • View basic scientific research that advances the frontiers of knowledge as necessary and should be supported by the federal government (77%);
  • Support incentives for private sector investment in science and technology (76%);
  • Express concern about the number of children without home internet access (64%); and
  • Agree the U.S. is at a critical point for committing to a major new initiative to assure
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IBM spins off a quarter of the company to focus on the cloud

IBM is spinning off a significant part of its business to focus on new opportunities in hybrid cloud growth, the company announced on Thursday.



a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: SVP and Director at IBM Research Arvind Krishna speaks on stage during the 2016 Wired Business Conference on June 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Wired)


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NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 16: SVP and Director at IBM Research Arvind Krishna speaks on stage during the 2016 Wired Business Conference on June 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Wired)

The IT services unit of IBM’s Global Technology Services business will become a separate public company. It represents a major departure from IBM’s previous priorities and one of the boldest moves in the company’s more-than-a-century-long history.

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IBM’s managed infrastructure services business represented nearly a quarter of IBM’s revenue last year. But IBM believes its future lies in the hybrid cloud — a technical setup wherein companies may use multiple clouds in addition to their own on-premises servers. IBM’s platform gives

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IBM to break up 109-year old company to focus on cloud growth

(Reuters) – International Business Machines Corp is splitting itself into two public companies, capping a years-long effort by the world’s first big computing firm to diversify away from its legacy businesses to focus on high-margin cloud computing.



a man standing in front of a computer: FILE PHOTO: Man stands near an IBM logo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona


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FILE PHOTO: Man stands near an IBM logo at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

IBM will list its IT infrastructure services unit, which provides outsourcing services including technical support for data centers, as a separate company with a new name by the end of 2021.

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Investors cheered the move by Chief Executive Officer Arvind Krishna, who also engineered the $34 billion Red Hat deal for the 109-year old company last year, sending shares up nearly 11% in premarket trading.

IBM has shifted focus to cloud growth in recent years, aiming to make up for slowing software sales and seasonal demand for its mainframe servers.

Krishna, who took

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