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Good morning, this is Zelda, and today we are focusing on innovation, sports and health.

Starting with EPFL's contribution to the development of a strong regional ecosystem in sports and technology to help achieve the SDGs. The co-managers of the Sport Tech Initiative discuss the importance of quality data and a systemic approach in a new episode of the Geneva Solutions Podcast.

We'll also reflect on how to bring digital solutions to the forefront to help tackle hypertension and perinatal depression. And before I leave you, don't forget to dream a little and check out what the young universe has to show you.

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Zelda Chauvet


Sciences & Tech News

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Source: EPFL.

EPFL: 'Quality data and a systemic approach are needed to address innovation in sports'. As Covid-19 put a stop to major sports events, it has also revealed the importance of good health and resilience. EPFL experts discuss the path to transform a field and a region considered as the Washington DC of sports to a true Silicon Valley.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Swiss precision is needed to track hypertension. A clinical study confirms the effectiveness of the Aktiia start-up's bracelet for measuring blood pressure. Another Swiss start-up is exploiting the technology developed at CSEM. The two companies are following different but complementary paths.

Le Temps (FR)

How an app is helping women self-diagnose perinatal depression. After her own experience with postpartum depression, a former pharma executive realized that the condition is drastically undertreated in Switzerland and around the world. So she quit her job and went on a journey to try to find a unique solution.

Swissinfo.ch (EN)

Here's what else is happening

Image of the day

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Image of a galaxy and its supermassive black hole ejecting jets of matter, superimposed on an optical image of the sky. Cyril Tasse - Observatoire de Paris -PSL via AFP].

The mysteries of the "young" Universe captured through never before seen images. The European radio telescope LOFAR revealed, via a series of studies, images of unprecedented accuracy of tens of thousands of star-forming galaxies in the so-called "young" universe.


Anticipatory reads by GESDA

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Once widely available, will fusion energy be a big part of the solution to decarbonize the Earth atmosphere? Once brain-machine interfaces will be easily implantable, allowing to extend someones’ memory or even consciousness, what will be the ethical impacts regarding this human augmentation? Can AI technologies be co-developed on a global scale so that everybody on Earth? More generally, what multilateral actions need to be put in place so that everybody on this planet benefits from upcoming scientific and technological breakthroughs? These questions regularly make the headline - just like in the selection of GESDA’s BestReads below, taken from the worldwide press.

These issues also are at the center of GESDA’s activities, for which the Geneva-based foundation is developing a proprietary decision-making tool that assesses the impact of future scientific advance along various timeframes (5, 10 and 25 years): the Breakthrough Radar. This scouting instrument, announced yesterday in a press release, will be officially disclosed in October at the first GESDA Anticipation Summit, at Campus Biotech, in Geneva. This event will also showcase the concrete solutions GESDA is developing to address the aforementioned challenges.

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This nuclear reactor just made fusion viable by 2030. Seriously. Nuclear fusion has long felt like decades away. Today, the timeline accelerates.

Popular Mechanics (EN)

Scientists completed the first human trial of a wireless high-bandwidth brain-computer interface. The field is advancing rapidly.

SingularityHub (EN)

Wildfires launch microbes into the air. How big of a health risk is that? Now that they know bacteria and fungi can survive in wildfire smoke, a small group of researchers is trying to figure out the implications.

Science News (EN)

Big Tech’s guide to talking about AI ethics. 50-ish words you can use to show that you care without incriminating yourself.

MIT Technology Review (EN)

China’s techno-authoritarianism has gone global. Washington needs to offer an alternative.

Foreign Affairs (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.

Next on the agenda

15 April | Extraterrestrial Life: Are We the Sharpest Cookies in the Jar? The search for extraterrestrial life is one of the most exciting frontiers in Astronomy. Harvard University Professor Avi Loeb gives a lecture on the subject at CERN.


20 April | Open sky: science and spirituality. An interdisciplinary dialogue between theology, philosophy and cosmology to cross the knowledge on the enigma of the origins of life and the meaning of the human being in the universe.


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