Study: digitization helps achieve climate goals

Comprehensive digitization in mobility and transport, industrial manufacturing and buildings can contribute almost half to meeting Germany’s climate targets, according to an Accenture study. "Up to 120 megatons of carbon dioxide can be saved by 2030 in a best-case scenario", said Achim Berg, president of the digital association Bitkom, which commissioned the study.

This corresponds to almost every second ton of what Germany still has to save in order to achieve the climate targets it has set itself. "The faster and more consistently digital technologies are deployed, the more CO2 we can save in the future", Berg said according to the press release. With the Paris climate protection agreement, Germany committed itself in 2015 to achieving certain climate targets and introducing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, CO2 emissions were still at 805 megatons. In 2030, this may only amount to 543 megatons.

Speed of digitization crucial

The study examines a total of seven application areas for digital technologies in which a particularly large CO2 savings effect can be achieved. The results now presented relate to four areas, namely industrial manufacturing, mobility, buildings and labor Business. Agriculture, energy and health will follow by spring 2021.

Mail from japan: stem cell trials spreading

Hideyuki Otani is a rough at small human cells that can turn into many ties. Back in 2007, the professor from the Graduate College of Medicine at Tokyo’s Keio University received an award that ranked him among the world’s top stem cell researchers. Now living up to its price. Otani’s group, along with colleague Masaya Nakamura and a team of researchers, will conduct the world’s first clinical trial of a spinal cord injury therapy to help paralyzed people walk again.

Finally, this week, the Ministry of Health approved the testing of Okano’s stem cell treatment on four patients. To get underway in the summer. Each of the paraplegic subjects is injected with 200 million neural stem cells, derived from the true all-comers, induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, into the severed nerve connection. In addition, test subjects receive drugs that suppress the immune response. After all, the body is not supposed to fight the small foreign cells, but to let them do their work, the growth of new nerve tracts.

At affchen it already went

The rough hope is that what the cell cocktail has already achieved in monkeys will be repeated in humans: that paraplegics will be able to walk again. The test subjects will be followed by the researchers over the course of a year in order to record not only progress but also possible side effects such as cancer.

Cybercrime: investigations initiated after it failure at dusseldorf university hospital

After the extensive failure of the IT system at the University Hospital in Dusseldorf, which affected many patients for days, the Central and Contact Point for Cybercrime of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has initiated an investigation. "The indications that point to a criminally relevant behavior are growing stronger", said a spokesman for the central office, which is based at the public prosecutor’s office in Koln, to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur on Friday. In the exchange with the affected parties, it will be examined, among other things, whether and if so, what measures are necessary.

Severe restrictions due to IT failure

The failure of the IT system at the University Hospital in Dusseldorf resulted in severe restrictions for the second day in a row on Friday. "We are signed off from the emergency supply", said a spokesman Friday morning the dpa. This means that ambulances will still not be able to drive to the university hospital, but will instead drive to other hospitals. The emergency room itself, however, was manned. "Whoever comes will be treated", he explained. The telephone system was brought back online on Thursday, and both external and internal calls are possible again. "We are available again", emphasized the spokesman.

However, the e-mail traffic was not yet functioning. Scheduled and outpatient treatments did not take place until further notice and will be postponed, according to a warning on the clinic’s website from Thursday evening, which was still displayed on Friday afternoon. Patients were therefore asked not to visit the University Hospital in Dusseldorf – even if an appointment had been made, it said.

Corona crisis: more seniors use video telephony

Video telephony not only replaces many business trips in the Corona crisis, but is also increasingly being discovered by older people in Germany. Four out of ten online users aged 65 and over now use them, compared with just 31 percent at the beginning of the year. This is the result of a representative survey by the digital industry association Bitkom, which was published in Berlin on Tuesday.

Deep divide between users and non-users

However, the proportion of older Internet users overall has hardly changed within this year despite the crisis: One in two people aged 65 and older are still online (July: 49 percent, January: 48 percent). By comparison, in 2014, it was only 38 percent. "Digital technologies have held up in many areas during the Corona pandemic", said Bitkom President Achim Berg. "However, seniors still find it difficult to take the step into new digital territory – more help is needed."

However, according to the survey, the majority of people over 65 who are online say: "I can no longer imagine life without the Internet". 62 percent of online users agree with this statement. In January, this was only 56 percent. "Those who use the net are very tech-savvy, very interested and also see the benefits. But we also have a chasm between users and non-users that is very deep", Berg said.

In the pharmacy or at home: how valid are the corona quick tests??

Rapid tests by trained personnel, self-tests from retail stores: From the beginning of the week, anyone who wants to will be able to test without any special reason whether they are infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and could possibly infect others. It should take no longer than 15 to 20 minutes. Low-cost self-testing and free rapid testing will be available quickly everywhere – at least that’s the plan.

National testing strategy – the federal government pays for tests

Every citizen will be able to take one rapid antigen test a week free of charge in pharmacies, doctors’ surgeries or test centers, with the federal government covering the costs. However, the countries have until the beginning of April to implement this measure as part of the national testing strategy. Trained personnel take a swab with a cotton swab, sometimes deep in the nose and throat. If a test is positive, the necessary sample for the mandatory PCR test can be taken on site.

Antigen tests do not look for genetic material in swab samples like a PCR test, but for molecules that are characteristic of the virus. The self-tests from pharmacies, retail stores and discounters are identical to the rapid tests. However, they must be paid for by the customer. Aldi started selling test kits over the weekend, online orders could be placed at Lidl, and from Monday onwards other stores and drugstore brands wanted to follow suit.

Health: are viruses behind mental disorders??

Depression, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive behavior, psychosis, autism – the diseases that can affect our soul are many and varied. For a long time, researchers have been debating how much is genetic. Now researchers have scanned the genomes of more than 720,000.000 people. 490.000 of them were healthy controls, plus more than 230 000 people who had at least one of.000 people who suffered from at least one of eight mental disorders.

The result: apparently, the individual disorders have more in common genetically than the psychiatric diagnostic pigeonholes previously suggested, because there is no single depression or schizophrenia gene. Individual gene variants each make tiny contributions to driving up risk of mental disorder. The researchers found numerous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are associated with several psychiatric disorders.

To what extent are genes to blame and to what extent is the environment to blame??

But scientists are still unable to answer one important question: How much of the disease is due to genes and how much is due to the environment?? For example, schizophrenia: All gene variants associated with schizophrenia together currently explain only about 20 percent of the differences between sick and healthy subjects. But according to twin studies, the heritability is up to 80 percent. So where is the remaining 60 percent hidden??

Corona vaccines and fake vaccine passports offered on the darknet

Businessmen are trying to profit from the coronavirus pandemic by selling COVID-19 vaccines and fake test certificates on the darknet. AstraZeneca’s vaccines, Russia’s Sputnik V, China’s Sinopharm and Johnson’s vaccine will be on offer Johnson, as found by researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point. As reported by the BBC on Tuesday, additional fake test certificates and vaccination passes were offered.

Vaccine business on the darknet

The authenticity of vaccines offered on the darknet could not be verified, according to the BBC. Prices vary depending on the vaccine between 500 US dollars and 750 US dollars, about 419 euros to 629 euros. The vaccine from AstraZeneca is said to be the cheapest available. It costs 500 dollars, the vaccine from Johnson Johnson and Sputnik are available for 600 dollars, Sinopharm from China for 750 dollars. Some suppliers offer discounts or two doses for the price of one. Next-day delivery in the U.S. Express delivery is available worldwide. It is unclear whether there will be any delivery at all. During a test purchase, security researchers likely fell for a scammer who failed to deliver within the promised timeframe.

Check Point cybersecurity researchers have been monitoring the goings-on in the darknet since January. This is when the first advertisements for vaccines appeared – in Cyrillic script and in English. Since then the number of ads had more than tripled to 1200.

Cyber attack: tu berlin expects it restrictions to last for months

For more than five weeks, the TU Berlin has been working to repair the consequences of a serious hacker attack on the university’s IT systems. Until the central IT services are up and running again, however, it will be "still take several months", a TU spokeswoman told our site. The focus was initially on the most urgently needed services.

At the same time, dependencies between different systems had to be taken into account, "which may require a certain sequence of restarts", said the spokesperson. In addition, there is a "backlog of incidents". It is not yet possible to estimate what costs the attack has already caused or will cause.

No testing without SAP

The IT emergency team, which was set up after the attack at the end of April, aims to have the core SAP system up and running again by the end of June, according to its priority list. There will be no portal access to it for the time being, so students will not have access to a self-service kiosk over the net for the time being.

Media watchdog to become hamburg's new data protection commissioner's new data protection commissioner

In Hamburg, Rot-Grun has agreed on the lawyer Thomas Fuchs as successor to the Hamburg data protection commissioner Johannes Caspar. Eva Botzenhart, a member of the Hamburg Parliament, confirmed this to our site.

Fuchs has been director of the Media Authority Hamburg since 2008. The election in the burgh is to take place next week. The Hamburg State Chancellery has so far not commented on the report to our website.

From 1999 to 2001, Fuchs was personal advisor to the SPD Senator for Economic Affairs, Thomas Mirow. He studied law, philosophy and European law in Hamburg, Brussel and Bremen. As media director, Fuchs last year prohibited Google’s cooperation with the National Health Portal of the Federal Ministry of Health, whose content was to appear at the top of search results. Google took this as an opportunity to clarify in a complaint whether the State Media Treaty and thus the German platform regulation is compatible with European law. The procedure is still pending.