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Young UK entrepreneurs get global perspective

Promising new British entrepreneurs will have a chance to hone their business skills through a new volunteer program that links them with startups and companies in developing markets like Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania. The ICS Entrepreneur program expects to see 400 young people participate over the next 18 months. In addition to gaining real-world experience, …

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UK, Germany target 5G, ‘internet of things’

As two countries that have made new technology development a priority, the UK and Germany are teaming up in hopes of doing even more to promote economy-building digital innovations. Both UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke about those goals Sunday at the opening of the CeBIT 2014 high-tech trade show …

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Dubai envisions ‘new-era’ city in 3 years

Dubai’s newly launched smart-city ambitions include the goal of converting 1,000 government services into smart services over the next three years. Plans for the city’s transformation were kicked off this week by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. “Our country is …

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High-speed rail has ‘severe’ costs for Londoners

A UK government proposal for a new high-speed railway underestimates potential costs to the environment and to people, according to the London Assembly Environment Committee. High Speed Two, or HS2, would connect to the existing High Speed One line that runs from St. Pancras in London to the Channel Tunnel. It’s proposed to eventually extend …

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Restoring London’s rivers could prevent flooding

Restoring London’s rivers and flood basins to their natural state would help protect 24,000 homes from risks of flooding, according to a motion passed by the London Assembly. The motion, passed on Feb. 14, urges Mayor Boris Johnson to prioritize funding for projects that restore natural waterways. “This Assembly expresses its sympathy with those affected …

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‘Buckshot’ approach — not silver bullet — can help feed the world

What’s the greatest challenge to growing enough food to feed 7 billion – or even, eventually, 9 billion or more – people? The first problem is the question itself. There is no one challenge to overcome, but multiple challenges: for example, improving yields where it’s needed most, dramatically cutting food losses (from pests, poor refrigeration …

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