The 2020 Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival Announces Live Event In Lille, France

The festival takes place from October 30-31, 2020.

The 2020 Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival Announces Live Event In Lille, France

The Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the full lineup for its seventh annual season celebrating the legacy of novelist Philip K. Dick. The two-day live event held at the L’Hybride theater in Lille, France will showcase films with a variety of themes including scientific and technological advancements, extraordinary events, and dystopian worlds from October 30-31, 2020.

With a history of bringing independent science fiction film to Europe, the festival is proud to return to a city known for its creative achievements. “Lille has a rich culture deeply influenced by its appreciation for history and the arts, including science fiction writing,” said Daniel Abella, the founder and director of the event. “We are thrilled to screen films created by the most cutting-edge filmmakers who explore in detail the symbiosis between humanity and technology.” Screenings begin on Friday, October

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TikTok Users in UK, Germany, France, Italy, Norway: Ages, Screentime, Open Rates


Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

One in four Britons use TikTok every month, with 17 million regulars spending just over an hour a day on the app, signaling the upstart social network has built a local following almost half as large as Facebook Inc.’s in just three years. 

The data, seen by Bloomberg and contained within a presentation this summer from TikTok’s marketing solutions arm, TikTok for Business, shows that among that group four in 10 are between the ages of 18 and 24 as monthly active users, so-called MAUs. The average Brit uses the app for 66 minutes a day and opens TikTok 13 times in 24 hours. 

In comparison, marketing and research firms We Are Social and Hootsuite estimate Facebook has 37 million users in the U.K.

TikTok has grown prodigiously as more people seek entertainment during lockdowns triggered by the coronavirus. A similar presentation distributed in

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Public Views About Science in France

This roundup of findings shows public views about science-related issues and the role of science in French society. The findings come from a Pew Research Center survey conducted across 20 publics in Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Russia, the U.S., Canada and Brazil from October 2019 to March 2020.

Ratings of medical treatments, scientific achievements and STEM education in France

Majorities in most of the 20 publics surveyed saw their medical treatments in a favorable light on the eve of the global pandemic. Medical treatments were often seen more favorably than achievements in other areas.

Chart shows views on how France compares on medical treatments, scientific achievements and other areas

Across the 20 publics, a median of 59% say their medical treatments are at least above average. In France, 58% think their country’s medical treatments are the best in the world or above average. Only about one-in-ten French think their medical treatments are below average (9%).

About four-in-ten in France view

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France Puts 5G Mobile Frequencies On The Block

France on Tuesday began to auction off radio frequencies for the deployment of ultrafast 5G mobile technology, a process that will add billions of euros to the government’s depleted coffers.

Operators Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Free are bidding for 11 frequency blocks that are currently unused, with the aim of offering 5G services in some French cities by the end of the year.

Some French cities may get 5G by end-2020 Some French cities may get 5G by end-2020 Photo: AFP / Josep LAGO

The fifth-generation successor to 4G technology promises radically quicker transfers of data, heralding major changes to an array of products and services from self-driving cars to remote surgery.

France was to launch the sale of the frequencies in April, but postponed the auction because of the Covid-19 crisis.

France is lagging behind other countries that have already launched 5G services, with South Korea and China the most advanced.

Opponents say 5G poses health problems Opponents say 5G poses health

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