This cutting-edge cloud-computing service is helping researchers track COVID’s spread

Cloud computing is powering a transformaion in healthcare research.


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There’s a saying in the scientific community: all biology is computational biology. In other words, when you’re dealing with whole genomes, or datasets compiled from thousands of records containing thousands more biomarkers, you need serious computational power – and techniques – to get the most out of the data. Now, cloud platforms built for biomedical research are providing the power that these projects need.

Three years ago, Verily, the life sciences arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet, along with MIT and Harvard’s biomedical and genomic research center the Broad Institute, set up Terra, an open-source cloud research platform for storing and analysing biomedical data.

The platform’s creation, says Anthony Philippakis, chief data officer at the Broad Institute, was driven by two trends within the wider biomedical space: an explosion in the volume and types of data available

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iPhone 12 or iPhone 11: Which iPhone should you buy?

Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup was released at the end of 2020, boasting a total of four different models, with varying features, screen sizes and price points. But as the case has often been, Apple didn’t drop the 2019 iPhone 11 models from its lineup. 

Well, some of the iPhone 11 models were dropped. But the core iPhone 11 is still around, in all of its bright colors and at an attractive price point starting at $599 for 64GB of storage. 

The iPhone 12 lineup consists of the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Prices range from $699 for the iPhone 12 Mini, all the way up to $1,099 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. 

There’s no denying that the iPhone 11 is cheaper than the iPhone 12, and rightfully so — it’s a year older at this point, and it

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Société Générale adopts work-from-home policy

French multinational bank Société Générale (SocGen) is allowing its staff in France to work remotely two days a week after completing negotiations with labour unions.

As part of the plan, employees will be given money to help them get the technology they need to work from home.

SocGen is the latest bank to announce plans to increase flexibility for staff after the success of enforced work from home policies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The policy will apply to all its staff in France – about 40,000 – but will eventually extend to its total global workforce of around 140,000.

Caroline Guillaumin, SocGen’s head of human resources, said: “It is essential to quickly define a new work structure that would meet the expectations of our employees after the unique experience of remote working, which we had to set up urgently due to this unprecedented crisis.”

The bank agreed with trade unions

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