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Technion students win international competition in Europe

Technion University students made a notable achievement by receiving first place in an international competition held by EIT Food, Europe’s leading food innovation initiative.

Students from the faculties of Biology, Food Engineering and Biotechnology “harnessed a bacteriophage – a virus that infects bacteria – to prevent spoilage of fruit juices, a phenomenon causing damage estimated at millions of dollars each year.” The purpose of this competition was to solve problems in the food industry by connecting relevant companies with undergraduate and graduate students from four universities – the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, the University of Turin in Italy, the University of Reading in the UK, and the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Overall, nine groups of students competed, including two from the Technion.

The global PepsiCo corporation posed multiple challenges from which the two Technion groups had to choose. Mentors from the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food

Boycott-tainted Poll Win Provides Maduro Total Control In Venezuela

President Nicolas Maduro seized complete regulate of Venezuela’s political establishments on Sunday with a sweeping victory in legislative elections that were boycotted by the principal opposition parties.

Maduro and his still left-wing allies experienced 67.7 % of the vote with in excess of 80 % of ballots counted, even though the opposition bloc which broke the boycott experienced 18 per cent, Countrywide Electoral Council president Indira Alfonzo explained.

Turnout was low with just 31 p.c of the country’s 20 million electorate voting.

Sunday’s predictable triumph offers Maduro’s ruling Socialist Celebration control of an expanded 227-seat National Assembly, the only official system held by the opposition.

It further weakened US-backed opposition chief Juan Guaido, who led the boycott following calling the vote “a fraud”.

A male sells plantains in a sector in Caracas, Venezuela on December 5, 2020 on the eve of legislative voting Photo: AFP / Cristian Hernandez

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Four startups win inaugural Microsoft Emerge X pitch competition in APAC

In feature image above: Team Milky Way AI – one of four winners at Microsoft’s Emerge X Regional Pitching Competition in Asia Pacific

The Emerge X Program sits within Microsoft’s Highway to a 100 Unicorns initiative, which discovers and nurtures high potential technology startups & grows the ecosystem in emerging markets across APAC

Asia Pacific, 3 December 2020 – Four startups from Vietnam, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Singapore are winners at Microsoft’s inaugural Emerge X Regional Pitching Competition in Asia Pacific:

  1. Abivin from Vietnam: An AI-powered platform that optimizes supply chains across multiple sectors by solving the vehicle routing problem
  2. Lifetrack Medical Systems in the Philippines and Singapore: A cloud-based platform that provides affordable access to medical imaging in emerging markets
  3. Agrithmics from Sri Lanka: A cloud-based solution that enriches the agri-industry by digitizing the farm to factory supply chain and connecting farmers and buyers
  4. Milky Way AI, from