Apple, Microsoft and Amazon have all been part of the trillion-dollar club, although Amazon has slipped below $1tn again in recent months. Apple became the first company to hit a trillion in August 2018, and in the 17 months since it has increased in value by 38%, taking it to $1.38tn – roughly six times as valuable as Royal Dutch Shell, the UK’s biggest company. … [Read more...] about $1tn is just the start: why tech giants could double their market valuations
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develop a plan with your child for screen time and try to stick to it ensure children have a balance of activities in the day, with physical activity, face-to-face conversation and tech-free times encourage mealtimes to be tech free ensure you have spoken to your children about how to keep safe online, check they are keeping safe and make it clear you will support them if they feel unsafe or upset online try to ensure there are no screens in the bedroom at night For 11- to 16-year- olds: … [Read more...] about Social media data needed for ‘harm’ research, say doctors
With the advent of global warming, farmers needed diversity more than ever because it was unclear what varieties would flourish in unfamiliar conditions. But national seed collections, and the 15 international seed banks, have struggled for survival. The Iraqi seed vault, which was located near the notorious prison of Abu Ghraib, was looted and destroyed in the chaos that followed the US invasion of 2003. The guardians of Afghanistan’s seed banks hid some of their samples before fleeing the Taliban takeover in the 1990s, but when they returned they found that the boxes had been looted, and the seeds scattered on the ground. The Philippine gene bank burnt down in 2012, six years after it was wrecked by a flood. Egypt’s catalogue of desert seeds, held in the northern Sinai, was ransacked by looters during the 2011 uprisings. There were some daring rescues: materials from the seed bank in the city of Aleppo were smuggled out in batches by workers and commercial courier … [Read more...] about The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world
Last month Boris Johnson also said he would consider decriminalising non-payment of the annual £154.50 licence fee, which the BBC said would result in £200million less to spend on programming. … [Read more...] about Two-thirds of jobs at the BBC are to be moved out of London after wave of criticism over ‘metropolitan bias’ at the corporation
At the time of the merger, Charkin, the former Macmillan CEO, recalls advising Pierre Vinken, the CEO of Elsevier, that Pergamon was a mature business, and that Elsevier had overpaid for it. But Vinken had no doubts, Charkin recalled: “He said, ‘You have no idea how profitable these journals are once you stop doing anything. When you’re building a journal, you spend time getting good editorial boards, you treat them well, you give them dinners. Then you market the thing and your salespeople go out there to sell subscriptions, which is slow and tough, and you try to make the journal as good as possible. That’s what happened at Pergamon. And then we buy it and we stop doing all that stuff and then the cash just pours out and you wouldn’t believe how wonderful it is.’ He was right and I was wrong.” … [Read more...] about Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?