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Executive Summary Although European countries have centralized healthcare systems, patient data is distributed across many different databases.  In leveraging AI to improve and tailor treatments, tech companies struggle with getting training data for their algorithms.  Drawing from the experience of three startups, this article describes a five-step process for consolidating the data. © Eggy Sayoga/Getty …

In November 2018, I travelled to Guangzhou, a city of about 14 million people in southern China. Late autumn is the time for making lap yuk, a type of preserved pork that is a local speciality, and across town I would often spot slabs of meat hanging from high-rise apartment balconies, tied up with string …

SAN FRANCISCO – Deadly wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres (6,250 square miles) this year — more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in the state. California fire officials said the state hit the astonishing milestone Sunday with about two months remaining in …

TORONTO — The Canada Pension Plan is overlooking its own rules that say its money cannot be used for political ends, says an environmental group. John Bennett of Friends of the Earth says Crestone Peak Resources — a Colorado-based company wholly owned by the plan — should refund the more than $600,000 it has donated …

TORONTO — An environmental group says the Canada Pension Plan is dodging rules that say its money cannot be used for political ends. John Bennett of Friends of the Earth says the national plan owns a Colorado energy company that has spent more than $600,000 backing industry-friendly political candidates and lobbyists. Crestone Peak Resources is …

The Coalition government this week released its much-anticipated Low Emissions Technology Statement that targeted five different technologies for rapid development: clean hydrogen, energy storage, low-carbon materials (steel and aluminium), carbon capture and storage and soil carbon. The plan was immediately criticised by many experts for shunning proven renewable energy generation, but others were cautiously optimistic. …

Argentina plans to put into orbit a satellite with new precision technology in the coming days, to monitor felling of its native forests round the clock and accurately measure forest carbon stocks in a bid to help curb climate change, scientists said. The SAOCOM 1B satellite, manufactured in the South American country, is due to …

“Our investment philosophy is investing in where the world is going,” Mr Moore said. Spaceship’s flagship super fund, GrowthX, allocates more than 33 per cent of funds to the technology sector. The fund is labelled “high risk” and Mr Moore acknowledges the tech boom can’t last forever. “Double digit growth over an extended period of …

A prolonged heatwave in Siberia is “undoubtedly alarming”, climate scientists have said. The freak temperatures have been linked to wildfires, a huge oil spill and a plague of tree-eating moths. On a global scale, the Siberian heat is helping push the world towards its hottest year on record in 2020, despite a temporary dip in …

Since late 2016, much of New South Wales has been in the grip of “the big dry” – the most intense drought in living memory. In recent months, the story of the water crisis has been dominated by the Black Summer fires and the global coronavirus pandemic. Yet, bucking of the trend of the world’s horror …