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Good morning, this is Pascal, at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, where I took over the reins last year.

Today I want to tell you about the first time I visited the imposing United Nations office in Geneva after applying to become a lecture guide, about crossing thresholds and making new encounters, and why this is important in recognising humanitarian action in our everyday lives.

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Pascal Hufschmid


Anticipatory reads by GESDA

How Iceland is hammering Covid-19 with science. At a time when science in general, and the most recent science and tech advances in particular (like gene technologies), is observed with skepticism and suffers from a lack of recognition – if not of credibility –, the tiny island nation has made very clever efforts, basing its actions on science, to fight the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic. Not a surprise as one of the major and most innovative companies active in genomics, deCODE Genetics, is based in this country, which is very open to cutting-edge research and, in 2015 already, has constructed a complete and detailed picture of the country’s genomic profile.

With respect to Covid-19, “we’ve been committed for a long time to take everything we learn about human disease and publish it, says Kári Stefánsson, the founder and chief executive of deCODE genetics. There is no way in which we would have not utilized the opportunity.” Here is what he, and his team, have done and learned.

-Olivier Dessibourg

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Reykjavik (Photo: TripGrab.com)

How Iceland hammered Covid-19 with science. The tiny island nation brought huge scientific heft to its attempts to contain and study the coronavirus

Nature (EN)

Designed to deceive: do these people look real to you? A fantastically illustrated article on how to create fake faces with AI.

New York Times (EN)

Robots aren’t the biggest threat to the future of work – policy is! Results from an in-depth report by the MIT.

Singularity Hub (EN)

Part human, part machine: is Apple turning us all into cyborgs? It’s the big tech dream – but could it turn into a nightmare?

The Guardian (EN)

This squishy 3D-printed human heart feels like the real thing. Scientists scanned a heart and reconstructed it in a soup of gelatin.


Battery life: the race to find a storage solution for a green energy future. Billions are being invested in innovative storage technologies.

The Financial Times (EN)

Spaceflight does some weird things to astronauts’ bodies. Not a good news for laug-haul interplanetary filghts.

MIT Technology Review (EN)

A start-up’s unusual plan to suck carbon out of the sky. A competitor to swiss firm ClimeWorks.

The Atlantic (EN)

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This selection is proposed by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator GESDA, working on anticipating cutting-edge science and technological advances to develop innovative and inclusive solutions for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants.

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