I have a pretty eclectic set of emails today. Here is a sample:
European Quantum Flagship
France sends first post-quantum encrypted diplomatic message
On 30 November 2022, France transmitted a ‘quantum-safe’ diplomatic message for the very first time, sent to Paris from its embassy in Washington. The post-quantum encryption – securing the message against decryption even by quantum computers – drew on work by CryptoNext Security, a spin-off of INRIA, CNRS and Sorbonne University. The actual content of the communiqué was a Memorandum of Understanding signed by France and the US that day, aimed at supporting quantum cooperation projects between the two countries.
News From The Loop!
So, what’s been going on? We can hardly keep up, here’s just some of the main highlights…
We achieved charity status!
The Loop is now officially a charity, having operated for the past 10 years as a Community Interest Company (CIC). The Loop Drug Checking Service will continue to operate under the original name.
It is fantastic that the Charity Commission has recognised and agreed that drug checking in the UK is a legitimate charitable activity, a true moment in history that will provide greater opportunities to expand and develop funding sources for our leading work. We will continue to work collaboratively with different partners across the country and look forward to what the future will bring under charity status.
The Autumn/Winter edition of Myeloma Matters is ready for you to read!
This issue is a special 25th anniversary edition marking 25 years of Myeloma UK. Featuring a timeline of milestones and articles from the myeloma community.
You can download Myeloma Matters on our website or copy and paste the following into your browser:
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Times Higher Education
Protest comes in many forms, but our lead story today involves a few you might not have heard of before – as we look at the ways Chinese students have expressed their frustration with the country’s strict zero-Covid policy. Elsewhere, Harvard University names its first black president, we have news of the Westminster government’s latest in its battle with the House of Lords over freedom of speech, and hear how a groundbreaking AI system might impact academic writing, for good and for bad.
– Patrick Jack, reporter
The Chinese government’s recent 180 decision to end its zero-Covid policy came as a shock to many around the world, and the relief of many students within the country. This U-turn came after dozens of campuses took to the streets to demand the end of the harsh pandemic measures imposed by Beijing, and months of slightly less obvious forms of protesting. In recent months, footage has circulated online of Chinese students crawling slowly in circles, making cardboard dogs and writing nonsensical literature. Academics, including Ed Vickers, a researcher in the contemporary history of education in Chinese societies at Kyushu University, say these strange acts are a way of voicing boredom at a never-ending lockdown but are also a form of depoliticised protest. “While a few brave souls may chant for Xi Jinping to step down at the risk of arrest and incarceration, more will try to find ways of expressing dissatisfaction without directly challenging the regime and thus triggering draconian sanctions,” he says.
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