Tuesday, October 19

Middle class

Corona causes a sales crisis for shoemakers
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Corona causes a sales crisis for shoemakers

Corona seems to be transforming Germany into a people of constant walkers: In fact, there is less walking. Shoemakers like Andreas Jagic in Obertshausen are experiencing severe losses in sales. WWhen he leaves the house these days, he always sees people everywhere who walk a lot in the fields, forests and meadows. Much more, it seems, than before the pandemic. A people of frequent hikers and long-term walkers. But this impression is obviously wrong when it comes to the actual sole wear.“At the beginning of the pandemic, many people simply stayed at home out of fear, and now all the ways to work are no longer due to all the work in the home office,” says Andreas Jagic, master shoemaker from Obertshausen. Most of them only wear slippers or socks at their desks at home. “The propor...
Energy efficiency from the computer to the program
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Energy efficiency from the computer to the program

Data centers and AI need a lot of electricity – and at the same time should help to cope with climate change. A contradiction? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! A guest post. IIn the fight against climate change, digital technologies have become indispensable. Intelligent control systems across various economic sectors help to be more energy-efficient, to conserve resources and ultimately to achieve climate goals. Intelligent power grids enable more sustainable energy generation and distribution. Digital solutions also help to reduce CO2 emissions in agricultural and industrial production, in trade, as well as in the mobility and transport sector.For example, “digital twins” in the pharmaceutical industry help to optimize the decentralized production of drug...
Why the blockchain is so much more than the bitcoin
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Why the blockchain is so much more than the bitcoin

Is the next industrial revolution based on decentralized technology? Not only one tractor manufacturer has already recognized the potential of the blockchain. Blockchain, cryptocurrency, bitcoin, token – there is confusion around these terms. For some, cryptocurrencies and tokens are as identical as blockchain and bitcoin. But this is a fallacy. Because the blockchain is above all an encryption technology that can be used in a variety of ways. The company CashOnLedger, for example, works with blockchain technology, but not with cryptocurrencies. On the contrary: The aim is not to replace conventional currencies, but to make them programmable in order to link payment transactions directly with the “Internet of Things”.While one is still talking about a possible cooperation with m...
“Mineral water is defamed”
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“Mineral water is defamed”

Heino Hövelmann sells water from the last Stone Age and Sinalco lemonade. He wants to attract new target groups – and is upset about the glorification of tap water. Ein water with “pleasant mineralization, harmonious, balanced, very reserved in its own taste, a pleasant companion to wine and coffee.” This is how it sounds when Heino Hövelmann is the sommelier and describes the advantages of the mineral fountains in the Rheinaue nature reserve. From a depth of 200 to 300 meters, they supply the raw material for the family business that fills mineral water, the lemonade classic Sinalco and other soft drinks in the north of Duisburg. The precious water is pumped from the wells into stainless steel tanks via pipes laid underground. A dozen of them are on the premises in the Walsum dis...