Miscellany

Miscellany

Enzyme that eats plastic

Researchers in the US and Britain have accidentally engineered an enzyme which eats plastic and may eventually help solve the growing problem of plastic pollution, a study said on Monday.

Researchers from Britain’s University of Portsmouth and the US department of energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory made the discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme thought to have evolved in a waste recycling centre in Japan.

Avg annual salaries across sectors, cities down by 30%, says study

Annual salaries across sectors and cities have come down this year by around 30 per cent, finds a survey by Randstad India. While the average annual cost to company offered by the highest paying sector is down from Rs 11.3 lakh to Rs 9.6 lakh, the highest paying city saw a drop from Rs 14.8 lakh to Rs 10.6 lakh.

Scientists want to replace pesticides with bacteria

Fresh snow coats the sidewalks outside Indigo Ag Inc.’s Boston offices, but inside the temperature is calibrated to mimic spring in the Midwest. Hundreds of almost identical soy seedlings sit beneath high-intensity arc lamps, basking in the artificially sunny 60F weather.

GDPR covers all heads

European Union’s much hyped privacy law, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect on May 25, 2018. If data is the new oil, personal information is the new currency of the digital world argues Cawder Ravikumar Andrews, Senior Consultant and Lead (Enterprise Risk Management) at a top IT firm and also a certified GRCP, PMP and TOGAF professional in a Q&A with Mini Tejaswi of Financial Chronicle.

Salary hike likely to be better this year

Employees can look forward to an average hike of 9-12 per cent, while top talent may get as much as 15 per cent raise this year as improving hiring pace is pressing organisations to retain their key performers, say HR experts.

Unrestricted internet telephony likely soon

After eight years since its launch, internet telephony may finally arrive in India with legal clarity next month. The Department of Telecom (DoT) is likely to give a go-ahead for unrestricted voice service through this platform, according to sources.

Walmart close to buying majority of Flipkart

Walmart Inc is likely to reach a deal to buy a majority stake in e-commerce player Flipkart by the end of June in what could be the US retail giant’s biggest acquisition of an online business, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said.

My own data was shared by Cambridge Analytica: FB CEO

Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday told lawmakers that he was among the 87 million or so Facebook Inc users whose data was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. But the chief executive of the world’s largest social media network pushed back on Congress members’ suggestions that users do not have enough control of their data on Facebook.

‘Internet industry playing fast and loose with personal data’

The Internet industries are playing fast and loose with people’s personal data. It’s clear that self-regulation is merely wistful thinking and governments are forced to act. The European Union is clearly leading the change with GDPR and other regulations. The Facebook fiasco is a rude wakeup call for all data-driven enterprises, billions of internet users and governments/regulatory bodies all over the world.

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