The unusually long February has drawn to an end, and thus it’s time to take a look at the wealth of tech, science, and policy stories that Europe has brought us over the past month. For gadget geeks, February was all about Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where a number of fascinating products were released and announced; if you haven’t already, check out our coverage of the event. Gear and gadgets aside, February also tapped into a rich vein of policy news, significant M&A deals, and exciting tidings from all over Europe.
Here’s our pick of the top stories of the month.
DeepMind, a London-based “neuroscience-inspired AI company” bought by Google in January 2014, has launched DeepMind Health. Its first project is a collaboration with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Working with leading kidney experts at the Royal Free Hospital in London, DeepMind Health has produced a mobile phone app called “Streams.” It is designed to present “timely information that helps nurses and doctors detect cases of acute kidney injury” (AKI), which is “a contributing factor in up to 20% of emergency hospital admissions as well as 40,000 deaths in the UK every year.”