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Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are starting an autonomous shuttle service in California

[Mon 17:05] These hurdles aren't stopping the company from teaming up with Bosch to launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in California. Once the car arrives, the rider hops in and travels to his or her destination without human intervention. The program remains an experiment, so the two partners want it to run its course before letting normal riders hail an autonomous ride. As of writing, Alphabet-owned Waymo is the only company in America that operates a commercial ride-hailing service with autonomous cars.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

25 of the most expensive science experiments in human history

[Mon 15:03] Among the most expensive scientific experiments of all time is the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, coming in somewhere between $14.3 billion and $17.6 billion. The ITER is not alone in the corridors of pricey scientific innovation. Stacker used a variety of sources to curate a gallery of 25 of the most expensive projects at the forefront of scientific research. Stacker used a variety of sources to compile a list of 25 expensive projects at the forefront of scientific research.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Mysterious 'Particle X17' Could Carry a Newfound Fifth Force of Nature, But Most Experts Are Skeptical

[Mon 12:03] The particle's existence would also require a rewriting of the Standard Model of particle physics, the theory that describes the fundamental forces and classifies subatomic particles. Crunching the numbers, the physicists concluded that there must be some unknown intermediate particle that the beryllium decayed into before that particle then emitted the electron and positron pair. The findings show that this proposed X17 particle isn't a fermion - the type of particle that makes up ordinary matter - but rather a boson, a particle that carries energy and sometimes forces. Part of the skepticism arises because the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, tried to hunt for the X17 particle and failed to find any evidence of it.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

SpaceX delivers mice and a floating robot to the International Space Station

[Mon 09:05] SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday, delivering a bunch of supplies and experiments that included everything from a group of genetically engineered mice to a floating robot called CIMON. The crewless Dragon capsule docked with the orbiting outpost three days after launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week. They'll stay on board the space station for the next 30 days before returning to Earth next month. Also making itself at home on the ISS is CIMON-2, an updated version of the original CIMON robot that spent 14 months on the ISS. The visit marked the first time for the space station to host an artificial intelligence system. SpaceX has a contract with NASA to continue resupply missions through 2024, with the space company currently testing a crew-carrying version of the Dragon in preparation for its first-ever launch with astronauts on board.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

We tried out a futuristic, self-driving robotaxi in China

[Mon 09:03] Search engine giant Baidu's autonomous driving arm Apollo rolled out a trial operation of 45 robotaxis in September in Changsha, central China. With many still skeptical about how these robotaxi services will work in reality, I jumped at the chance to try out WeRide's brand-new RoboTaxi service myself. Guangzhou-based WeRide, founded in 2017, plans to offer its robotaxi services in more areas in the city shortly and expand to other cities around China in the longer term, according to Liu. Test rides for the WeRide RoboTaxi service are currently free and members of the public can get coupons to try them out by suggesting three new locations for boarding and alighting from the robotaxis via the company's official WeChat account.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Lilium flying taxis go live in 2025: ‘This is how you're going to experience the future'

[Fri 14:05] Compared to cars or trains, flying taxis could potentially allow greater flexibility of routes while needing much less infrastructure to get started, said Dr. Remo Gerber, chief commercial officer at Lilium. "The Lilium jet is an entirely new concept of how we think about mobility," Gerber said. Flying taxis should turn those calculations on their head. In big cities, Lilium will try to leverage existing infrastructure by building landing pads on top of tall buildings or public parking garages. Gerber said Lilium's ambition is that these hubs of flying taxis are robust enough to transport millions of passengers each year.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

New Technology Improves Gravitational Wave Detectors by Cutting Quantum Noise

[Thu 18:03] Refined instruments reduce noise at the quantum level, allowing for discoveries of more distant gravitational waves. Physicists have successfully developed a new instrument that significantly reduces quantum-level noise that has thus far limited experiments' ability to spot gravitational waves. "That's why it's becoming a new era in gravitational wave astronomy." LIGO's detectors in Hanford, Washington and Livingston, Louisiana reveal an incoming gravitational wave using giant interferometers.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

SoftBank enters the cafe business with new robot-filled Pepper Parlor

[Thu 17:05] Opening this week in Tokyo's bustling Shibuya district, tech giant SoftBank is opening a new eatery staffed by lots of its Pepper robots. At the new Pepper Parlor cafe in Tokyo, the robots greet customers, take orders, and chat with customers at their table. It may seem odd that SoftBank is entering the cafe business, but the company says it wants to use the site to help it learn more about how people interact with robots so that it can improve the design of its current high-tech offerings. Still, over time, SoftBank's robot will only improve, perhaps opening it up to more job offers in the future.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

This giant planet is being evaporated as it orbits its long-dead star

[Wed 21:05] Now, a team from the European Southern Observatory has seen evidence of the first giant planet orbiting a white dwarf - the decayed remnants of a once-bright star which is evaporating the planet as it fades. Using the Very Large Telescope, the team spotted a planet in orbit around WDJ0914+1914, a white dwarf which is the ancient core of a star once like our sun. Scientists had believed that these stellar cores could host planets or planetary remnants, but this marks the first time that a surviving giant planet has been seen around a white dwarf. Spotting the planet was serendipitous, as the team who discovered the planet had been looking at a range of around 7000 white dwarfs as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chip comes with 5G whether you want it or not

[Wed 15:05] Qualcomm will not be providing the new Snapdragon 865 processor with a standalone 4G modem option, and has stated the chip comes only as a package with the second-generation X55 5G modem. The news comes from The Verge, which states the Snapdragon 865 will be "An exclusive for 5G phones, and require the X55 modem." It appears there is no option to pair the Snapdragon 865 with a 4G-only Qualcomm modem. Unlike the Snapdragon 765, which has an integrated 5G modem, the Snapdragon 865 has a modular design and must be paired with a separate modem. Although we won't know specifics until Snapdragon 865 5G phones are announced, 5G devices so far have carried a higher price than their 4G equivalents, potentially making phones with this chip and modem combination even more expensive than their 2019 4G counterparts.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Watch Live: SpaceX launches Falcon 9 resupply mission to the ISS on Wednesday

[Wed 00:05] The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft being used in the launch was also used in the fourth and 11th resupply missions to the ISS. For this mission, the SpaceX rocket will be bringing up "Supplies and payloads, including critical materials to directly support dozens of the more than 250 science investigations and technology demonstrations that will occur during Expeditions 61 and 62," according to a press release from NASA about Wednesday's launch. The Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to reach the ISS on Saturday, December 7, and remain there until January 4. SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster also launched the Crew Dragon capsule into orbit on July 25. During that mission, the Dragon capsule carried 5,500 pounds worth of equipment for experiments and ongoing scientific research to supply the ISS. While it's brought loads of equipment up to the ISS, the goal is still to carry a crew of astronauts to the ISS for the Demo-2 mission with NASA, which SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said he hopes will happen in 2020 if all goes as planned.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Samsung trademarks ‘Hideaway Hinge' as clue to next-generation foldable phone

[Tue 23:05] Critics of Samsung's Galaxy Fold smartphone who were given the phone to review before the official launch found several hardware issues that caused Samsung to recall the phone and postpone the launch. The new Hideaway Hinge could be key to help Samsung avoid similar issues with its next foldable device. Digital Trends pit Motorola's flippable smartphone against the Galaxy Fold in a feature comparison, and while full reviews aren't out yet, as the phone will launch in early January, it's clear the new Razr is more physically attractive in its design, while the Samsung Galaxy Fold beat out its foldable competitor in display, camera, and special features. Digital Trends reached out to Samsung to comment on the Hideaway Hinge trademark, and we'll update this story if we hear back.  Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

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Princeton prof. warns of racial bias in technology at Annenberg talk

[Tue 04:03] Princeton professor Ruha Benjamin discussed underlying racial biases in technology at a talk at the Annenberg School of Communication on Monday. Benjamin, who teaches African American studies, discussed the "New Jim Code," the idea that technology developers can encode their own racial biases without users of that technology knowing. Benjamin also showed a clip of Sleep Dealer, a dystopian sci-fi movie about how technology could be used to oppress and overwork migrant workers. To address the issue of racial bias in technology, Benjamin said the solution relies on developers being conscious of avoiding this problem.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

MLB The Show will end PlayStation exclusivity and go multiplatform

[Tue 03:05] Sony announced today that it has entered into a new multi-year agreement with the MLB to continue its licensing deals for the MLB The Show games, but Sony also revealed that the franchise will be ending its PlayStation exclusivity and become a multiplatform series on additional consoles starting as early as 2021. The Show has been the only triple-A baseball game for year - especially when 2K ended its baseball series after 2013 - and each year's installment is consistently one of the best sports games of the year. Since Sony makes the franchise, it has remained exclusive to PlayStation. MLB The Show started in 2006 as a successor to Sony's plainly-titled MLB series, which launched in 1997.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

PM inaugurates first National Science and Technology Park

[Tue 03:03] ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the country's first National Science and Technology Park at the National University of Science and Technology on Monday. Other guests at the event included Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is also the chairman of the Nust Board of Governors, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, diplomats, industry representatives from across the country and the park's local and international tenants. He also praised the science and technology minister for his passion for a ministry that had been neglected in the past. According to Nust, the NSTP has been launched under the overarching theme of the 'Innovate Pakistan', a platform designed to synergise researchers, creators, investors, implementers and end users of technologies to transform innovative ideas into successful products and services while promulgating a culture of entrepreneurship in Pakistan.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Rumor has it that these are the hardware specs for the next Xbox

[Tue 02:05] Windows Central reported that Microsoft's plan for the next generation would be divided into two machines instead of the one gaming console, which has been often regarded as "Project Scarlett." While no official names for the consoles have been revealed, the website reported last year that one of the machines will serve as an entry-level system on par than the Xbox One X, code-named "Lockhart." While the second variant of the next-generation Xbox will be a more powerful console code-named "Anaconda." According to the report, both Lockhart and Anaconda will be equipped with eight CPU cores, which will target around 3.5GHz, with the Anaconda variant expected to obtain a slightly higher performance compared to Lockhart. With an increase in proprietary optimization, the Anaconda can perform anywhere between four to five times more efficiently than one Xbox One X. The website claims that its sources said that, at the very least, Anaconda would be guaranteed at least 16GB or RAM - 13GB dedicated to gaming software while the other 3GB will be devoted to the console's operating system. The more affordable variant, Xbox Lockhart, will inherit the same CPU power as Anaconda.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The sheer fun of Halo: Reach is a stark reminder of Destiny's failures

[Tue 02:05] Where Destiny stumbles out of the gate Halo: Reach starts strong. Destiny's failure to reach the heights of Halo: Reach, and that of the Halo franchise overall, isn't incompetence. Bungie remembers the formula that made Halo: Reach an instant classic and has tried to repeat it in Destiny. A new player loading Destiny 2 today faces a pile of #content that can outlast every Halo game played end-to-end.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA review: All you need

[Tue 02:05] As mentioned, the ZenBook 13 UX333 has a unique blue-and-gold colorway that first arrived on the Asus ZenBook 3, a top-tier laptop line Asus debuted in 2017. A 50 watt-hour battery ships in the Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA. That's not a massive battery, yet not small, and this laptop is well configured to take advantage of it. Even the Basemark benchmark, the most demanding battery life loop we run, lasted nearly five hours on the Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA. A lighter load, such as watching a 1080p video, will extend life just beyond 13 hours. The Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA remains the gold standard among affordable laptops.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Tesla Cybertruck

[Tue 02:05] Tesla's all-electric Cybertruck is the most exciting, and unusual, truck to debut in the past decade. Its combination of DeLorean-like looks, bulletproof body panels, and customizable air suspension gives it a long list of features that are rare or non-existent on the F-150, Silverado, or Ram. The Cybertruck is bold, but will truck buyers abandon the traditional trio for Musk's rebellious electric truck?   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The judge in the T-Mobile merger trial isn't interested in a drawn-out affair

[Tue 02:05] The trial that ultimately decides whether T-Mobile and Sprint can merge began in a Manhattan federal court Monday, and it's clear that the presiding judge isn't interested in a lengthy affair. The states presented evidence of a Sprint promotion in 2016 that matched its competitors, T-Mobile's MetroPCS brand immediately lowered its prices. While Höttges did not deny Deutsche Telekom spent quite a bit on improving T-Mobile's service and network, he added the failure of the merger with AT&T played an essential part. AT&T paid a $3 billion breakup fee to T-Mobile as a result of the failed 2011 merger - and T-Mobile won a seven-year tower roaming agreement at no cost to the carrier from AT&T that only expired in the past year.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

CES 2020: What to expect from the annual tech bonanza

[Tue 02:05] What will be unveiled at CES 2020? What to expect from AMD at CES 2020. Intel has long used CES to announce its latest chipsets, notably taking the wraps off the first 10nm Ice Lake CPU at CES 2019. With Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit only just in the rear-view, so it's unlikely we'll see any new hardware at CES 2020. We'll be keeping tabs on all the latest pre-CES news and announcements, so check back for the latest on CES 2020.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Tarleton State Professor Tracks Cattle With Technology

[Tue 02:03] Now a team at Tarleton State University in Stephenville is monitoring cattle using the same technology. Then the second Fitbit tracks their activity - how many times a day they chew their cud and how many minutes per day they are eating, and so we can use those for reproductive purposes and for health purposes. We just have two that were used for management purposes, and then I have another technology that I use, or Fitbit that I use, for research purposes. Barbara Jones is a professor with Tarleton State University.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

New ASU courses offer tools for engaging others in science

[Tue 01:03] Aktipis is so enthusiastic about the subject that she conjured up the courage to perform a comedy set when she was invited to be a part of a science comedy night at the recent meeting of the National Association of Science Writers. Looking at the issue of science communications from another perspective, Charles Kazilek, chief technology innovation officer and research professional in the School of Life Sciences, and Karla Moeller, executive outreach coordinator in the Office of the University Provost, launched "Communicating Science to the Public" last year. "Communicating Science to the Public" will cover science writing, podcast and video production, illustrations, infographics and more. Moeller and Kazilek's course will help students learn how to focus on engaging an audience, while maintaining science accuracy - often a challenge for non-scientists who write about science.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Imran inaugurates Pakistan's first science and technology park

[Tue 01:03] Islamabad, Dec 9 Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday inaugurated the country's first science and technology park here that would provide a platform to companies and start-ups for innovation and research. The technology park has been set up at the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad. The university is run by the Army.The National Science and Technology Park, according to Radio Pakistan, is Pakistan's biggest innovation and research ecosystem. The technology park would provide a platform for more than 40 companies, which would include start-ups as well as small-medium enterprises. Speaking at the launching ceremony which was attended by Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Khan vowed to transform Pakistan into a knowledge economy by equipping the youth with the latest technologies.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Cosmose AI raises $12 million to track brick-and-mortar purchasing habits

[Tue 00:05] Roughly four years after its founding, Cosmose today announced that it has raised $12 million in a seed funding round co-led by TDJ Pitango and OTB Ventures, which CEO Mironiuk said will bolster the company's expansion outside its home market of China. A predicitve product - Cosmose Brain - anticipates when and where shoppers will go by correlating offline purchasing habits with online advertising and behavioral data, spotlighting customers most likely to convert at any moment. Its data informs an advertising orchestration dashboard - Cosmose Media - that shows the impact of online ads on visits and measures conversions for every ad format, for each day and store. Specifically, Cosmose claims it generates a nine-digit number called an OMNIcookie for tracking a minimum of 100 smartphones offline and says that shoppers can opt out of tracking by filling out a form on its website.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Analyzing The Top Clinical Trial Technology Trends

[Tue 00:03] Increased clinical trial costs, coupled with a higher percentage of trial failures and an increase in patient-centric trials, have caused a surge in demand for technology adoption in clinical trials. Use of technologies in the R&D market is growing at the rate of around 22 to 23 percent, owing to the various organizational and clinical trial implications, and technology adoption has proved to be time- and cost-efficient for sponsors. The key applications of technology within clinical trials are real-world data capture, improved patient adherence, faster patient enrollment, and better trial data analytics. Investment in clinical trial technology in coming years will be mainly directed toward technologies like Big Data and blockchain.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Communities come face-to-face with the growing power of facial recognition technology

[Tue 00:03] With an effort called Community Control Over Police Surveillance, the ACLU is attempting to give citizens more control over the technology that police could use to monitor them. Launched in 2016, CCOPS aims to help local communities draft and pass laws giving them oversight of any surveillance technology that law enforcement agencies or the government want to deploy. The law would create a process for board approval of any new surveillance technology, require annual reports for equipment purchases, strengthen sunshine laws around law enforcement data, and call for publishing crime reduction statistics. The face recognition conversation can be part of the larger conversation about government surveillance according to Chad Marlow, a senior advocacy and policy counsel at the ACLU, who is also overseeing CCOPS. The proliferation of technology like surveillance cameras and Stingrays-which mimic cell phone towers and send out signals that trick nearby phones into transmitting identifying information and data about their locations-can be reevaluated.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund Launches With $4M Seed Investment

[Mon 23:03] Leaders of the Silicon Slopes community have partnered with the Community Foundation of Utah to launch a Field of Interest Fund dedicated to advancing K-12 computer science education in Utah. The Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund is launched with initial contributions and pledges of $4 million from:- Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight, and his wife Monica;- Ryan Smith, co-founder and CEO of Qualtrics, and his wife Ashley;- Josh James, founder and CEO of Domo, and his wife Marina; and. The formation of the Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund establishes a vehicle to strategically deploy the $4 million and provides an opportunity for individuals, foundations, and organizations that are dedicated to affecting change in computer science outcomes across Utah to contribute. Grants to enable teachers to receive computer science endorsements and teach computer science in their classrooms.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Gov. Herbert, Lt. Governor Cox announce funding for computer science in all Utah schools

[Mon 23:03] "Expanding computer science education to every school is not only vital to meet the needs of the market but also opens doors for our students. By partnering with Silicon Slopes to get computer science education in every school, we are demonstrating that Utah is serious about keeping its place as a national economic leader." "Gov. Herbert understands that computer science is now a foundational literacy that is critical to preparing students to succeed in our technology-driven world, and his budget now clearly establishes access to computer science for all Utah students as a priority for the state," said Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. "These funds, combined with the power of the Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund as a vehicle for all donors across the state to support the master plan for computer science, will put us on course to fulfill our collective vision of ensuring every K-12 student has the opportunity to learn computer science by 2022.". Herbert closed his remarks by declaring the second week of December as Utah Computer Science Education Week in Utah.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Color Stability of Freeze-dried Date Fruits (Barhi CV.) during Storage | Chapter 08 | Advances in Applied Science and Technology Vol. 5

[Mon 23:03] CIELAB color parameters were measured as well as Chroma, the hue angle, the browning index and the total color difference parameters were derivative. The samples were stored for 12 months at three temperatures of 5, 15 and 25°C with an uncertainty of ±1°C to assess the color change kinetics and quantify the degree of change during storage. Analysis on the kinetic constants reveals that the temperature could affect the resulting color of the dried product, in turn, it contributes to the color changes of the freeze dried Barhi during storage. Based on the statistical analysis, the first-order model could be used to fit the data for of color change in freeze-dried Barhi fruit slices.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Apple will join CES privacy roundtable with FTC and Facebook

[Mon 22:05] Apple's reluctance to officially participate in the world's leading consumer trade show CES has been softening in recent years, as the company used the 2019 event as a springboard for third-party Apple TV- and AirPlay-related announcements, as well as a gigantic outdoor poster touting its stance on privacy. According to an official CES schedule, Apple senior director of global privacy Jane Horvath will join FTC commissioner Rebecca Slaughter, Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan, and Procter & Gamble global privacy officer Susan Shook for "Chief Privacy Officer Roundtable: What Do Consumers Want?" - a one-hour discussion starting at 1PM Pacific Time on January 7. The group discussion gives Apple an opportunity to hammer home one of its bigger marketing messages, namely that it remains committed to user privacy across all of its devices and services, with ambitions to see a federal privacy law passed soon. Despite its supposed focus on privacy, Apple had a number of issues of its own to contend with throughout the year, including problems with the security of its FaceTime Audio service, user recordings made by Siri devices including HomePods and Apple Watches, and apparent Chinese government hacking of Uighur Muslims.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The Pixel 4's A.I. will soon screen robocallers without disturbing you

[Mon 22:05] Spam calls bother a lot of us, and Google changed the game when it introduced the Call Screen feature on the Pixel 3. Now, Pixel 4 users in the U.S. won't even have to trigger Call Screen when a suspected spammer or unknown number calls - Call Screen will take over automatically, intercepting the call and finding out whether it is legitimate. The latest addition isn't as flashy as the astrophotography mode added with the Pixel 4, but it's arguably more useful for most Pixel 4 owners. Video calling on Google Duo through the Pixel 4 is also getting some significant improvements.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

From Gozer to mold: The best Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer Easter eggs

[Mon 22:05] Sony's long-awaited Ghostbusters sequel has its first trailer, and the sneak peek at July 2020's Ghostbusters: Afterlife is packed with references to the people, places, and yes, ghosts, of the first two films in the iconic franchise. Here are some of the moments you might have missed in the Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer. During the 1984 film, Ghostbusters receptionist Janine Melnitz attempts to engage with Egon Spengler by asking him about his hobbies. Shortly after revealing that Trevor and Phoebe's grandfather is Egon Spengler - confirmed via a shot of his old Ghostbusters uniform - the trailer shows Phoebe and her pal visiting the Shandor Mining Co. That name should raise a few flags for fans of the original film and 2009's canonical Ghostbusters: The Video Game, as it's clearly a reference to Ivo Shandor, the leader of the Cult of Gozer.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

XEV turns to Kickstarter to get its 3D-printed electric car into production

[Mon 22:05] Chinese startup XEV has been working on a 3D-printed electric car since 2016, and apparently things aren't going well. While XEV previously discussed teaming up with a second Chinese firm to sell the car for the equivalent of $10,000, now the company is trying to crowdfund production through Kickstarter. Previously called LSEV and now branded YoYo, the 3D-printed car is made from just 57 components - a big step down from the thousands of parts that make up a conventional car. Local Motors has already 3D-printed a handful of examples of its Strati electric car, and large automakers have experimented with using 3D printing for certain car parts.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

2020 Golden Globe nominations show big gains for Netflix, Apple TV+ joins in

[Mon 22:05] Despite just launching November 1, AppleTV+ secured its first Golden Globe nomination with The Morning Show, which earned a nod for Best Television Series - Drama. It's not all grim as Phoebe-Waller Bridge looks to continue her Emmy dominance with a personal nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, as well as a Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy for her show Fleabag. Although Chernobyl scored four nominations, and Big Little Lies was recognized in Best Television Series - Drama, stalwart Game of Thrones was hardly to be seen in its final year of eligibility and recent critic darling Watchmen didn't score a single nod. Ramy Youssef received a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for his show, Ramy, but the show itself was not recognized.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Intel develops a cryogenic control chip expected to streamline quantum computing

[Mon 22:05] Intel announced the creation of a new control chip to be used with quantum computers via a press release posted on its Newsroom webpage on Monday, December 9. Code-named Horse Ridge, the new chip is notable because it's expected to be able to control "Multiple quantum bits" without having to rely on wires to transmit data to and from them. Namely, such a device was only able to control one qubit and needed "Hundreds of connective wires into and out of the refrigerator in order to control the quantum processor." Horse Ridge, in contrast, is expected to be able to control multiple qubits and appears to do away with the use of those connective wires. This allows for the Horse Ridge control chip to be placed as close to the qubits as possible, within the quantum refrigerator in which the qubits are housed.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Death Stranding or Control? We predict the winners for The Game Awards 2019

[Mon 22:05] The Game Awards 2019 will be streamed live on Thursday, December 12, and will feature some of the biggest games released all year alongside brand-new game announcements. Control released during a relatively dry period over the summer, but it has remained in the Game of the Year conversation for months as we've seen other acclaimed games all but vanish. Blending nostalgic callbacks to the original games with brand-new gameplay mechanics, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's competitive multiplayer is absolutely excellent, and its free map and mode updates mean that players can keep enjoying the game as a community for years to come. In its favor, it boasts the same tremendous mix of monster-battling combat, world exploration, and customization options as the original game.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Everything we know so far about Ghostbusters: Afterlife

[Mon 22:05] Set to be directed by Juno and Up in the Air filmmaker Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, Ghostbusters 3 will bring back many of the original movie's cast members, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. Expected to hit theaters in July 2020, Ghostbusters 3 will also introduce some new, younger characters to the franchise canon. The film is expected to ignore the events of 2016's female-driven Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, and will instead continue the story told across Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2. Aykroyd, and Weaver are confirmed to return for Ghostbusters 3, it's unknown whether original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 team member Ernie Hudson will also return.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch review: The best Mac in years

[Mon 22:05] Mac fans, myself include, want Apple to return the MacBook Pro to its former glory. The MacBook Pro 16 provides the first glimpse of hope in years. In the case of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, powering the extra pixels appears to steal the extra juice the MacBook Pro 16 includes. Unlike Dell or Microsoft, Apple doesn't offer a larger MacBook Pro without a six-core or eight-core processor, discrete graphics, and 16GB of RAM. The sheer size of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is a concern, as well.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Hardware specifications for the next generation of Xbox may have been revealed

[Mon 22:05] Windows Central reported that Microsoft's plan for the next generation would be divided into two machines instead of the one gaming console, which has been often regarded as "Project Scarlett." While no official names for the consoles have been revealed, the website reported last year that one of the machines will serve as an entry-level system on par than the Xbox One X, code-named "Lockhart." While the second variant of the next-generation Xbox will be a more powerful console code-named "Anaconda." According to the report, both Lockhart and Anaconda will be equipped with eight CPU cores, which will target around 3.5GHz, with the Anaconda variant expected to obtain a slightly higher performance compared to Lockhart. With an increase in proprietary optimization, the Anaconda can perform anywhere between four to five times more efficiently than one Xbox One X. The website claims that its sources said that, at the very least, Anaconda would be guaranteed at least 16GB or RAM - 13GB dedicated to gaming software while the other 3GB will be devoted to the console's operating system. The more affordable variant, Xbox Lockhart, will inherit the same CPU power as Anaconda.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Gov. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Cox announce intent to fund computer science in all Utah schools

[Mon 22:03] "Expanding computer science education to every school is not only vital to meet the needs of the market but also opens doors for our students. By partnering with Silicon Slopes to get computer science education in every school, we are demonstrating that Utah is serious about keeping its place as a national economic leader." "Gov. Herbert understands that computer science is now a foundational literacy that is critical to preparing students to succeed in our technology-driven world, and his budget now clearly establishes access to computer science for all Utah students as a priority for the state," said Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight. "These funds, combined with the power of the Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund as a vehicle for all donors across the state to support the master plan for computer science, will put us on course to fulfill our collective vision of ensuring every K-12 student has the opportunity to learn computer science by 2022.". Herbert closed his remarks by declaring the second week of December as Utah Computer Science Education Week in Utah.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Paine Schwartz invests in Warburton Technology

[Mon 22:03] Paine Schwartz Partners has made an investment in Warburton Technology, a producer of trace-mineral injections for cattle. PRESS RELEASE. SAN MATEO, Calif. - December 9, 2019 - Paine Schwartz Partners, a global leader in sustainable food chain investing, today announced that it is establishing an Animal Health & Nutrition investment platform with a strategic investment through its Paine Schwartz Food Chain Fund IV in Warburton Technology, Inc., a leading producer of trace-mineral injections for cattle and the owner and developer of Multimin® 90. The AH&N platform builds on Paine Schwartz's focus on the animal health and nutrition sector and will also include MS Biotech Holdings, in which Paine Schwartz initially invested in October 2018. "We are pleased to partner with Paine Schwartz and to become part of the AH&N platform," said Lourens Havenga, President and Chief Executive Officer of Multimin® USA. "We will benefit from Paine Schwartz's resources and agribusiness industry experience and operating expertise. We will also have the ability to collaborate with the team at MS Biotec® and expand the market opportunities for both companies. I would like to thank my team at Multimin® USA for all they have done to build this great company and am excited for us to bring Multimin® into its next phase of growth."   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Jianpu Technology Inc. (JT) Q3 2019 Earnings Call Transcript

[Mon 22:03] For a definition of the non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial results, please see our third quarter 2019 earnings press released issued earlier today via wire services and also posted in the Investor Relations section of our website. Mr. Chen will then provide details on the company's financial results and the business outlook before opening the call for your questions. Revenues from banks and the license to financial institutions contribute a larger percentage in the past quarter with healthy gross margin growth improving to 92% in the third quarter of 2019 from 89% in the same period of 2018. One is category expansion in terms of financial products to leverage our platform advantage for cross-selling and also the geographic expansion to leverage our technology and industry know how to penetrate into the other markets.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Pros and Cons of Technology in Health Care

[Mon 21:03] One has to wonder how long before we'll be "Streaming" all but the most complex health care interactions. First of all, we should think about the entire health care experience on a continuum and not just siloed in one acute episode. The whole reason for the design of the medical home is to have a history that can be used for context on the health care journey. So how does medicine adapt to the new technology age? How do we find a space where patients can be satisfied with their access and the transparency of the system? How can we create a space where doctors can be expedient with their time management but still retain the therapeutic relationship and provide much needed context for their patients? How can we stay true to our mission as a health care system to guide our patients through whatever journey they're experiencing, if we rarely engage outside a computer program?   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Here's how 2020's smartphone cameras will improve in photos, videos, and 3D

[Mon 20:05] The company sells a $6 Pro Camera app that can be used to shoot quality-optimized photos and videos with its lenses, as well as correct lens distortions. Some phones use a combination of motion sensor data and jitter-resistant cameras to minimize the blur that comes from shaky hands and the bounces that can normally be seen as people move and walk when shooting videos. It's increasingly apparent that computational photography - the combination of multiple images and related sensor data - is going to be the next big thing in smartphone cameras. When I say that no one's "Exactly" sure how these cameras will pan out in 2020 devices, that's just because there are questions about how quickly and broadly software will catch up.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Conference by Pb Govt’s Dept of Science, Tech and Environment

[Mon 20:03] A Regional Conference is being organized by Punjab Government's Department of Science, Technology and Environment on December 14, which would be presided over by National Green tribunal chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goyal. "The regional conference, under the theme 'No Time Left, Act Now', shall mainly cover various issues like healthy environment for healthy people, state action plans, the journey so far, best practices for environmental protection and management and role of research, innovation and technologies in facing environmental challenges so as to come out with a concrete but realistic way forward in consultation with various stakeholders," said the state Principal Secretary Rakesh Verma on Monday. Verma said that the regional national conference is being organized towards generating awareness among various stakeholders and departments to apprise them of their responsibilities to protect the environment. Various departments, stakeholders, leading experts in the field of environment pollution and its control, strategists, national level research institutes, universities and research scholars shall be deliberating together to come out with a blue point for future course of actions.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

‘Portraits of a Planet’ — astronaut’s Yale exhibition blends art, science

[Mon 20:03] While a crewmember on the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Donald Pettit indulged his passion for photography. Pettit, a chemical engineer and active member of NASA's current astronaut roster, took more than 500,000 images over the course of three spaceflights - tours on the space station from November 2002 to May 2003 and from December 2011 to July 2012, along with a 2008 expedition on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. It is the first large-scale exhibition presented at CCAM, a research center at 149 York St. that blends traditional arts with computer science and technology. "I'm grateful for the opportunity to present them as works of art rather than as a technical treatise on living and working in space."   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Dreamhack celebrates 25th anniversary and announces 2020 schedule

[Mon 19:05] Esports events organizer Dreamhack is celebrating its 25th anniversary today by announcing its schedule for 2020, which includes 11 festivals across the globe. Dreamhack is a giant force in the esports world, holding more large-scale festivals than competitors like ESL. Dreamhack's events in 2018 attracted 350,000 visitors and gave out over $5.5 million in prize money. A Dreamhack festival is a three-day event that holds competitions for multiple games, including Counter-Strike: GO, Super Smash Bros. "Next year's festival lineup is very exciting and we can't wait to show everybody what we have planned at these 11 stops spread across three continents and seven countries," Dreamhack co-CEO Marcus Lindmark said in a press release sent to GamesBeat.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

New Nike Air Zoom SuperRep trainers will give your feet a 'burpee break' during HIIT classes

[Mon 19:05] According to Nike, "The design of the Nike Air Zoom SuperRep takes into account hundreds of hours spent sweating it out, studying and observing fitness classes. In those classes, it became apparent that athletes were either wearing shoes that were cushioned or shoes that were supportive, but there wasn't a shoe that provided both cushioning and support specific to fundamental HIIT movements." The Nike Air Zoom SuperRep also introduces an unmistakable signature mark - an exaggerated arc design near the ball of the foot - that carries into the SuperRep family's other two initial styles, the Nike SuperRep Cycle and Nike SuperRep Go. Together, the trio of shoes form a base for Nike SuperRep that will build throughout 2020 and beyond. The Nike Air Zoom SuperRep launches December 17 for Nike Members in Europe and will be available January 2 on nike.com and at select retailers. The Nike SuperRep Go releases in April and the Nike SuperRep Cycle follows in summer.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Demonstration of high-speed SOT-MRAM memory cell compatible with 300mm Si CMOS technology

[Mon 19:03] Researchers at Tohoku University have announced the demonstration of high-speed spin-orbit-torque magnetoresistive random access memory cell compatible with 300 mm Si CMOS technology. To realize SRAM replacement by SOT-MRAM, it is required to demonstrate high-performance of SOT-MRAM memory cell on 300mm CMOS substrate. The research team led by Professors Tetsuo Endoh and Hideo Ohno - the current president of Tohoku University - has developed an integration process for SOT devices compatible with 55nm CMOS technology and fabricated SOT devices on 300mm CMOS substrates. The newly developed SOT device has simultaneously achieved high-speed switching down to 0.35 ns and a sufficiently high thermal stability factor for the high-speed non-volatile memory applications with robustness against annealing at 400°C. Based on this achievement, the research team has integrated the SOT device with CMOS transistors and finally demonstrated high-speed operation in complete SOT-MRAM memory cells.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Rancho Christian School Students Keep Their Edge in Technology Education with the HOUR OF CODE.

[Mon 19:03] During the week of December 7-11, 2015, Rancho students are participating with students around the world in the Hour of Code. By Rancho Christian School, Neighbor Dec 8, 2015 12:10 pm PT. Rancho Christian School is once again helping its students keep their edge on computer science and technology education. During the week of December 7-11, 2015, Rancho students are participating with students around the world in the Hour of Code, supporting Code.org's initiative for the third consecutive year. Rancho continues to increase its reach in STEM education with computer science classes taught in grades K-12, as well as a Google App school with 2 new science labs and 2 computer labs in their new building.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Technology requires good foundation

[Mon 19:03] Last week, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, asked teachers to embrace technology "And sciences as a way of promoting development". According to Dr Tumwesigye, Uganda should develop like other countries in Europe but that cannot happen if we do not embrace technology and encourage our children to study science subjects. During the same function - a fundraising for a science and computer laboratory for a secondary school in western Uganda - another official said government is currently promoting science, technology and mathematics countrywide in primary and secondary schools to interest young people into loving the disciplines. As government officials urge teachers to embrace technology and sciences, government should first find out why performance in sciences remains poor.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Google Maps' Incognito Mode arrives on iOS

[Mon 18:05] IOS users will be able to tap Google Maps for navigation and location searches without revealing their personal data. In a blog post, Google today announced that Incognito Mode, a privacy feature revealed earlier this year that recently came to Maps on Android, will arrive on iOS in the coming days. Alongside Incognito Mode, a bulk delete tool that removes multiple places from Maps' timeline - a running list of places you've been - will roll out to both iOS and Android users starting next month, Google says. More recently, Google brought personal data controls - including a new data history view-and-delete feature - directly into Google Search.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Oculus Quest hand tracking out now for users, next week for developers

[Mon 18:05] Facebook is delivering an early Christmas gift for Oculus Quest users and developers: Initial support for hand tracking is launching ahead of schedule, the company said today, with users getting access to the feature starting on December 9, and developers following with an SDK during the week of December 16. Hand tracking is a big deal for Quest because it will free users from relying exclusively on controllers to interact with content. Hand tracking support is an unexpected bonus for Oculus Quest users, given that the functionality previously required additional accessories such as a Leap Motion sensor to implement. How well the feature works using early and subsequent releases of the Quest software remains to be seen, but if it's smooth and accurate, initial onboarding and all sorts of other interactions with the Quest may become radically easier for users next year.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Global Membrane and Separation Technology Research Review 2019

[Mon 18:03] PRNewswire/ - The "2019 Membrane and Separation Technology Research Review" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. In the recent years, membrane and separation technology has found highly profitable market opportunities in healthcare and life-science industries. Medical membrane devices have wide-ranging applications in diagnosis, renal therapies, therapeutic apheresis and parenteral nutrition. Research and Markets also offers Custom Research services providing focused, comprehensive and tailored research.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Purdue engineering dean to spend year in U.S. Department of State on global technology

[Mon 18:03] Purdue University announced Monday that President Mitch Daniels has approved a one-year leave of absence for its engineering dean to provide vital expertise to the U.S. Department of State on the economic security of the nation's global technology initiatives, such as artificial intelligence, 5G wireless networks, energy infrastructure, cybersecurity for autonomous systems, and trusted microelectronic chips. Mung Chiang, Purdue's John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and the Roscoe H. George Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will spend a year in Washington, D.C., beginning Dec. 15, 2019, to serve as the science and technology adviser to the Secretary of State. "The intersection between foreign policy and the advances in science, engineering and health is going through a critical time. I am deeply honored to be part of an incredible team led by Keith Krach in the State Department to serve our country, especially in global economic security for the U.S.," Chiang said. "I have the highest confidence in the leadership team of our College of Engineering, and I know the amazing faculty, students, staff and alumni will continue to propel Purdue Engineering to the pinnacle of excellence at scale. We will make sure the pace and impact will be maximized in 2020. I will be back home in Indiana every weekend, and I look forward to returning as Purdue's dean of engineering in one year's time."   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Microsoft adds ‘campaign views' phishing intel to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection

[Mon 17:05] It's against that backdrop that Microsoft revealed today that it's launching "Campaign views" as part of its Office 365 Advance Threat Protection security suite. With campaign views thrown into the mix, companies can now garner great context and visibility into email phishing campaigns, including how attackers are targeting them and which users within the organization are most vulnerable. Through campaign views, security teams can see an overview about a specific phishing campaign, including a timeline of the sending pattern. The timing of the campaign views launch is also particularly notable, as the holiday season is typically ripe for phishing attacks as attackers bombard inboxes with malicious emails masquerading as special offers and fantastic deals.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Huawei rumored to be developing graphene battery tech for the P40 Pro

[Mon 17:05] The next major smartphone release from Huawei is likely to be the Huawei P40 Pro, the successor to the P30 and P30 Pro. The rumors says Huawei may introduce graphene technology to the P40's battery, increasing the capacity without drastically increasing the volume, and helping to speed up the charging. Many companies are working on graphene battery technology, and Huawei is one of them. In addition to the battery, it's speculated the Pro model of the Huawei P40 will have a 6.5-inch OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and a dual hole-punch selfie camera, plus a similar waterfall-style look taken from the Mate 30 Pro.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Watch Elon Musk take Los Angeles by storm in the Tesla Cybertruck

[Mon 17:05] Tesla's Cybertruck is no exception, and video footage of Elon Musk driving it through Los Angeles suggests it's even wilder than we imagined when it broke cover. Los Angeles-based car spotters noticed it immediately, and noticed Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk was behind the wheel. It's reasonable to assume the Cybertruck that took Los Angeles by storm in early December is the same one Musk proudly showed off during the model's unveiling in November 2019. There are plenty of places in Los Angeles to put Musk's claim that the windows are bulletproof to the ultimate test, and Tesla might also want to find out how its leviathan of a truck handles.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are starting an autonomous shuttle service in California

[Mon 17:05] These hurdles aren't stopping the company from teaming up with Bosch to launch an autonomous ride-hailing service in California. Once the car arrives, the rider hops in and travels to his or her destination without human intervention. The program remains an experiment, so the two partners want it to run its course before letting normal riders hail an autonomous ride. As of writing, Alphabet-owned Waymo is the only company in America that operates a commercial ride-hailing service with autonomous cars.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Ford wants to trick your body into thinking it's warm to maximize EV range

[Mon 17:05] Ford is cleverly using ambient lighting to trick motorists into thinking they're warmer than they really are in the winter, and cooler in the summer. Ford points to research carried out by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that finds using the climate control system in an electric car reduces driving range by up to 50 percent. Adapting the color of the ambient lighting to the cabin temperature is a way reduce the amount of power drawn by the climate control system. The 10-seater is equipped with a roof-mounted solar panel that charges a 12-volt battery which in turn powers the ambient lighting, the heated seats, and the on-board electrical systems.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

2K confirms new Cloud Chamber studio will develop next-gen BioShock game

[Mon 17:05] 2K announced today that a new installment in the BioShock series is currently in development. According to the publisher, the next iteration of BioShock will be in development for the next "Several years," in the hands of newly formed 2K subsidiary Cloud Chamber. "BioShock is one of the most beloved, critically praised, and highest-rated franchises of the last console generation. We can't wait to see where its powerful narrative and iconic first-person shooter gameplay head in the future with our new studio team at Cloud Chamber leading the charge," 2K president David Ismail said in a statement. Cloud Chamber is led by industry veteran Kelly Gilmore, who previously worked for 2K under the company's subsidiary Firaxis games, best known for developing the real-time strategy games Civilization and XCOM. With over two decades of experience, Gilmore has contributed to numerous projects and collaborated with several notable figures in the industry.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

A racing-inspired software update could boost the Jaguar I-Pace's range

[Mon 17:05] Jaguar is launching a software update to improve the performance of its I-Pace electric car. While the official EPA range rating of 234 miles doesn't change, Jaguar claims owners can expect a gain of up to eight percent in certain conditions. Jaguar calls the software update over-the-air, but owners will still have to take their cars to dealerships to have it installed, free of charge. Once the update is installed, Jaguar claims other aspects of the I-Pace will be able to receive OTA updates.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

First trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife is filled with spirits of the past

[Mon 17:05] Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife. The Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer doesn't shy away from providing plenty of fan service, including plenty of shots of the Ghostbusters' iconic gear and some scenes of the original ECTO-1 in action. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is officially the third installment of the canonical Ghostbusters movie series, but the fourth film in the overall franchise. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is directed and co-written by four-time Academy Award nominee Jason Reitman, the son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Mindstrong Health Expands Executive Team to Advance Technology for New Virtual Mental Health Care Model

[Mon 17:03] MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 09, 2019 - Mindstrong Health, a healthcare innovation company dedicated to transforming mental health through innovations in digital measurement and virtual care models, today announced the addition of ten senior executives to its leadership team including CEO Daniel Graf, who joined the company in October 2019. "We are dedicated to transforming the way people access mental health, and the talented individuals joining our leadership team today each have a personal connection to our mission. Together, we believe we can make this groundbreaking technology, coupled with our top-tier clinical team, the foundation for a new standard of mental health care." The new team joins Mindstrong inspired by the opportunity to unlock an entirely new virtual care model for people living with a serious mental illness. Founded in 2013, Mindstrong Health has pioneered a new model of comprehensive, around-the-clock virtual care for patients with a serious mental illness.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Science competition seeks next-generation innovators

[Mon 17:03] The judges of a school-science competition have spoken of its ability to inspire a new generation of inventers and innovators. The competition encourages teams of young people to use skills in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects in practical projects. Schools can enter projects either developed specially for the competition or prepared through school partnerships, science clubs or course work and curricular activities. Last year, the £500 top Bright Spark prize went to a collaborative project involving eight pupils from the Tenterden Schools Trust.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Newly Accredited: National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology on Earning AACSB Accreditation

[Mon 17:03] Dean Kune-muh Tsai of the College of Management at National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology shares how his school sought accreditation as a means to increase enrollment and broaden its international reach. Through a series of searching and consulting activities, we identified the rigorous process of AACSB accreditation as a way to examine our colleges in a systematic manner and then, given limited resources, enhance our distinctiveness to better align with our goals. Presented with a persuasive case, stakeholders are more likely to engage in the accreditation process-and their engagement is critical to achieving accreditation. The AACSB accreditation process, we believe, is designed for systematically examining your school in order to identify strengths and weaknesses.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund Launched With $4 Million Seed Investment From Utah Tech Leaders

[Mon 17:03] The first of its kind in the nation, the Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund is launched with initial contributions and pledges of $4 million. Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund is designed to target needs, goals, and strategies outlined in the Utah Computer Science Education Master Plan, with an emphasis on investments that are replicable, innovative, and scalable. "To put our foot on the gas to reach this goal, we need an active and engaged community, and the Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund is a critical step to ensuring that all community members are empowered to be part of the solution. I'm proud to work with Ryan, Josh, and the rest of Silicon Slopes to support this important initiative, and call on my fellow Utahns to join in the effort to create a better future for our youth by expanding equitable access to high-quality computer science education." The formation of the Silicon Slopes Computer Science Fund establishes a vehicle to strategically deploy the $4 million and provides an opportunity for individuals, foundations, and organizations that are dedicated to affecting change in computer science outcomes across Utah.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Roblox's 10 biggest games of all time — each with more than a billion plays

[Mon 16:05] Roblox is revealing its top games of all time, and it says that each one of them has been played more than a billion times. The creators Bethink and NewFissy have been playing on Roblox for many years themselves, but a few years ago they started experimenting with game development. More recently he announced a renewed focus on the game, which we expect will result in exciting new updates in the months ahead. This thriller first appeared on Roblox in 2017, quickly spiking the interest of Roblox players trying to escape The Beast. The game's creator MrWindy is a university student who really loves making games.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Intel previews AI advances in software testing, sequence models, and explainability

[Mon 16:05] In a recent paper titled "A Zero-Positive Learning Approach for Diagnosing Software Performance Regression," a team from Intel Labs, MIT, and Texas A&M University proposed AutoPerf, an approach to automate regression testing in high-performance compute code. Explainability with respect to AI and machine learning is an area of intense study at Intel, and researchers there believe they have developed measures to better understand at least one category of model: speech models. In a paper accepted at NeurIPS 2019, they explain how they employed a recently developed statistical mechanical theory that connects the properties of AI model representations and the separability of classes to probe how data is untangled within the models. "Taken together, these findings shed light on how deep auditory models process time-dependent input signals to achieve invariant speech recognition, and show how different concepts emerge through the layers of the [model]."   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

SyncThink's eye-tracking helps monitor brain health and concussion risk

[Mon 16:05] SyncThink, which uses a virtual reality headset and eye-tracking to perform neurotechnology and brain health analytics, said it has partnered with two clinic chains that can use the tech to evaluate patients for brain health and concussion risk. The Comprehensive Concussion Care and Brain Fitness Centers of Florida will use the VR-based Eye-Sync system to help diagnose patients who have cognitive impairment or possible concussions. Brain Fitness Centers of Florida provides individualized cognitive rehabilitation programs serving patients with a loss of brain function, mild cognitive impairment, and early dementia. "We at Brain Fitness Centers of Florida are excited to implement Eye-Sync to assess brain trauma and age-related neurophysiologic and neuroanatomic dysfunction," Scranton said in a statement.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The Garmin Marq 30th Anniversary Signature Set is for serious (smart)watch collectors only

[Mon 16:05] To celebrate its 30th birthday, Garmin has decided to go big: the company released a limited edition box set of its top-tier smartwatch, the Garmin Marq, for a friendly price of £8,999. With an aviation inspired "Swept wing" aesthetic and a classic monochromatic scheme, the Marq Aviator's GMT bezel gives pilots quick access to two other time zones in addition to the current time, as well as the airport code on the watch face. The MARQ Aviator includes aviation maps and advanced safety features such as Nexrad Weather Radar, airport information and Garmin cockpit integration. The Marq Captain features a regatta timer bezel, coastal charts, tack assist and a port conditions watch face to keep mariners up to speed on the conditions of their port of choice.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

What Do AI and Automation Changes Mean for Your Job?

[Mon 16:03] "Dig into every industry, every job type, and you'll find AI is changing the nature of work," Daniela Rus, Director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, said in opening the conference. Reynolds focused more on the problem of employment polarization, where there are relatively few good jobs that pay very well and many jobs that don't pay well, with many of the middle skill jobs most subject to change due to automation. Reynolds and Andrew McAfee, co-Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, concluded the conference, with McAfee quoting Northwestern's Robert Gordon: "We don't have a job quantity problem, we have a job quality problem. " Society didn't do a good job of addressing the changes of "deindustrialization"-how technology and trade impacted manufacturing in the US, but said we had a new opportunity now, and called for a "place-based strategy" to help communities that will be impacted by technology.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Longer-lasting avocados that fight food waste to go on sale in Europe

[Mon 16:03] "Nature's Pride has integrated the Apeel solution across its expansive avocado value chain to bring Apeel Avocados to Edeka and Netto in Germany, and Salling Group stores, Føtex and Bilka, in Denmark," the company wrote in a statement. The Santa Barbara-based company, backed by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, saw more than 50% reduction in food waste on average at the U.S. retail level, the company said, which prompted Apeel to expand its reach and impact globally. Consumers can find Apeel produce by the Apeel brand mark on stickers, labels and in-store signage. The Apeel Avocados are the first Apeel produce category from the company to arrive in Europe, but other categories are expected to roll out in the future.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Women won’t reach men in computer sciences until 2137 — unless we act now | Opinion

[Mon 16:03] Perhaps most importantly, we need to rethink computer science education so that it's most conducive for both girls and boys. The key factor is in how they learn best and, more specifically, what's most effective for school-aged girls studying coding, robotics, and related computer science topics. This includes actively including female role models in their computer science curriculum, so that young girls see women coders and engineers as a regular part of life. This not only ensures girls learn computer science more effectively, but helps them develop a true passion for the field and imagine themselves as future tech leaders.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

How Small Giant Games got acquired by Zynga and lived to tell the tale

[Mon 15:05] Zynga's acquisition of Finland's Small Giant Games last year represented a triumph for the surging Finnish mobile gaming studio as well as another sign of its new owner's turnaround. Small Giant Games struck gold with its Empires & Puzzles game. One year ago, Zynga announced it was acquiring 80% of Small Giant Games for $560 million, with the rest to be purchased in the coming years based on performance. As Empires & Puzzles continued to soar, Small Giant Games began getting calls from companies feeling them out about potential acquisitions.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

25 of the most expensive science experiments in human history

[Mon 15:03] Among the most expensive scientific experiments of all time is the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, coming in somewhere between $14.3 billion and $17.6 billion. The ITER is not alone in the corridors of pricey scientific innovation. Stacker used a variety of sources to curate a gallery of 25 of the most expensive projects at the forefront of scientific research. Stacker used a variety of sources to compile a list of 25 expensive projects at the forefront of scientific research.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

More advanced remote-sensing technology needed for weed detection, management

[Mon 15:03] The team spent the past four years utilizing remote-sensing technology for weed detection and management. The paper concludes these advancements in UAS-based tools and geospatial information technology create enormous opportunities for efficient and economical assessment of weed infestations as well as site-specific weed management. "With respect to weed characterization, we require precise identification and mapping of a weed species embedded within a mixture of other weed or crop species." Citation: More advanced remote-sensing technology needed for weed detection, management retrieved 9 December 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-12-advanced-remote-sensing-technology-weed.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

PM Imran inaugurates National Science and Technology Park in Islamabad: ISPR

[Mon 15:03] ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the National Science and Technology Park at the National University of Sciences and Technology's Jinnah Auditorium, the spokesperson for the Pakistan Army said in a statement issued Monday. The Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, welcomed PM Imran at NUST, the Inter-Services Public Relations said in its statement, adding that the premier also toured the NSTP's Research and Development Centres. The PM lauded the vision of the NUST's leadership over the completion of such an immensely important effort, the ISPR noted. New and better knowledge economies have replaced the outdated systems of economic development, PM Imran said at the event.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Nvidia trains AI to transform 2D images into 3D models

[Mon 14:05] Nvidia Research created an AI system that can predict 3D properties of 2D images without any 3D training data. For next steps, Nvidia director of AI Sanja Fidler told VentureBeat in a phone interview that the company may attempt to extend the differentiable rendering framework to more complex tasks, like rendering 3D models for multiple objects or entire scenes. Facebook AI Research and Google's DeepMind have also made 2D to 3D AI, but DIB-R is one of the first neural or deep learning architectures that can take 2D images and then predict several key 3D properties, such as shape, 3D geometry, or color and texture of the object, Fidler said. DIB-R follows the release earlier this year of Kaolin, a Nvidia 3D deep learning library with a range of models to help people get started with 3D processing with neural nets.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

2K launches Cloud Chamber game studio to make the next BioShock game

[Mon 13:05] Take-Two Interactive's 2K publishing label announced the founding of Cloud Chamber, a new wholly owned game development studio that will make the next BioShock game. It's also the second new studio that 2K has created in the past year, as it follows on last year's creation of 2K Silicon Valley, a new studio from former Call of Duty and Sledgehammer Games executive Michael Condrey. Asked what Cloud Chamber means, Gilmore said, "I have to have to get my head together on it. At the risk of stepping outside of my wheelhouse, I'm going to get a bit sciency for a second. A literal cloud chamber is a scientific tool that lets us visualize particles in the atmosphere that are otherwise invisible. The chamber creates a space for them to mix with other elements and take shape. This inspired us to think about the ideas in our creative minds as invisible elements, and our daily collaboration as the vehicle for bringing those ideas to life on the screen, for the world to see. Hence, our studio is a human Cloud Chamber." Gilmore said the Cloud Chamber team would benefit from sharing knowledge with other 2K studios, but she said that Condrey's 2K Silicon Valley is working on something different.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Bosch and Daimler launch self-driving car pilot in San Jose

[Mon 13:05] Bustling San Jose - the third-largest metropolis in California, according to the 2010 census - is about to become a testbed for autonomous cars developed by Bosch and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler. Mercedes-Benz sedans capable of level 4/level 5 driving, or automated navigation requiring little-to-no human input or oversight, service communities along the San Carlos Street and Stevens Creek Boulevard thoroughfares between downtown and west San Jose. Safety drivers monitor each trip from the driver's seat, Daimler and Bosch said, ready to take control in the event of an emergency. "If automated driving is to become everyday reality, the technology has to work reliably and safely. And this is where we need tests such as our pilot project in San Jose," said Dr. Michael Fausten, head of engineering for urban automated driving at Bosch.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Global watchdogs urge ‘vigilant monitoring' as big tech companies shift into financial services

[Mon 12:05] Google, Alibaba and other "Big Tech" companies could be forced to share data on financial services customers with banks and financial technology firms to prevent unfair competition. As Facebook's plan for its Libra "Stablecoin" faces scrutiny, a global body of regulators from the world's main financial centers said that Big Tech's growing tentacles raised questions for financial stability, competition and data privacy. The Financial Stability Board called in a report released on Sunday for "Vigilant monitoring" of Big Tech's shift into financial services, which it said could crimp the ability of banks to generate capital through retained profits. While still only "Nascent" in most countries, Big Tech in countries like China has brought financial services within reach of underserved communities, the FSB, which is chaired by Federal Reserve Governor Randal Quarles, said in the report.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Philter Labs Introduces Scientific and Strategic Advisory Board, Welcomes Distinguished Toxicologist to Reduce Harm From Secondhand Smoke

[Mon 12:03] SAN DIEGO, Dec. 09, 2019 - In alignment with the company's corporate charter to reduce the harmful effects of vaping and smoking, Philter Labs, Inc. created a Scientific and Strategic Advisory Board and announced Dr. Michael S. Werley, MS, Ph.D., D.A.B.T. as an advisor. "Progressing the momentum of our proprietary nanofiltration systems and enhancing Philter Labs ability to continue to create innovative solutions continues to be our #1 goal. We see Dr. Werley as an incredible addition to our team and look forward to continuing this journey with him," said John Grimm, Philter Labs CTO. Philter invented ZERO-5 technology - a five-step, nanofiltration process that molecularly manipulates secondhand vape and smoke to reduce emissions; all encapsulated in the world's first hand-held filter measuring at a mere 4 INCHES tall and INCH wide. Created to advise Philter Labs on technical and strategic initiatives to expand the company's impact on mitigating secondhand smoke. Philter Labs will be announcing additional advisory board member experts in the near future.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Study.Com: The Anywhere, Anytime Option For Earning A College Degree

[Mon 12:03] A new pathway to a college degree is opening up at several U.S. institutions, and it may pave the way for dramatically more adults accessing and completing an affordable college education. The courses are subsequently reviewed by independent evaluators, such as the American Council on Education or the National College Credit Recommendation Service, who certify them for college credit. Study.com has entered into partnerships with numerous universities that forge a much deeper integration of its on-line courses with the institutions' degree requirements. As a result, at partnering universities like Thomas Edison State University, Colorado State University, and Purdue University Global as much as 75% of an undergraduate degree program can be satisfied by Study.com courses and prior credit.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

GDS Announces Full Exercise of Underwriters’ Option to Purchase Additional ADSs

[Mon 12:03] SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 09, 2019 - GDS Holdings Limited today announced that the underwriters of its previously announced public offering have exercised in full their option to purchase an additional 824,175 ADSs from GDS at the public offering price of US$45. The securities described above are being offered by GDS pursuant to a shelf registration statement filed by GDS with the Securities and Exchange Commission that automatically became effective as of January 23, 2018. GDS is carrier and cloud neutral, which enables customers to connect directly to all major PRC telecommunications carriers and to the largest PRC and global cloud service providers hosted by GDS in many of its facilities. Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about GDS Holdings' beliefs and expectations regarding the growth of its businesses and its revenue for the full fiscal year, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as GDS Holdings' strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

For Tech Jobs, the Rich Cities Are Getting Richer

[Mon 12:03] The region, and a few other coastal tech hubs, are gobbling up a greater share of high-tech jobs than ever. The data suggests just a few places are pulling away from the rest, taking the highest-paying jobs and investment with them. Looking at a broader set of innovation industries, or more narrowly at just software, a different set of cities join the ranks of the successful. "Many cities are adding jobs and that's great. The question is whether that's really moving the dial," he says.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Mysterious 'Particle X17' Could Carry a Newfound Fifth Force of Nature, But Most Experts Are Skeptical

[Mon 12:03] The particle's existence would also require a rewriting of the Standard Model of particle physics, the theory that describes the fundamental forces and classifies subatomic particles. Crunching the numbers, the physicists concluded that there must be some unknown intermediate particle that the beryllium decayed into before that particle then emitted the electron and positron pair. The findings show that this proposed X17 particle isn't a fermion - the type of particle that makes up ordinary matter - but rather a boson, a particle that carries energy and sometimes forces. Part of the skepticism arises because the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, tried to hunt for the X17 particle and failed to find any evidence of it.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Blue light activates antibodies on demand

[Mon 11:03] Korean researchers have used light to control the binding of two separate and inactive antibody fragments and generate a specific, timely immune response to antigens. Making antibodies more selective and efficient at detecting antigens has been a key research goal for developing new cancer or autoimmune therapies over the last three decades. Briefly, the researchers injected antibodies as two inactive split fragments and used blue light to stimulate a reaction that led to linking of the branches and consequently, activation of their defensive function. This could prove all the more interesting because the trigger source is not limited to blue light - other wavelengths such as near-infrared light could provide similar results with a different pool of antibodies.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Life Science Analytics Market Size, Data, Shares, Trends, Segments, Key Players and Forecast 2019-2026

[Mon 10:03] Dec 09, 2019 - Acumen Research and Consulting has recently published a new report titled Life Science Analytics - global industry analysis, market size, growth opportunities and forecast, 2019 - 2026, which identifies various growth opportunities that shaping the size of the global Life Science Analytics. This exclusive report outlines the significant development and key market trends identified in the global Life Science Analytics. The market size is estimated in terms of volume and value and will also help the shareholders of the Life Science Analytics in identifying the profitable opportunities for their business development. The report also studied about top players functioning in the Life Science Analytics along with their key market structure, strategies, key developments, and key financials.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The Grizzly Cost of Coexistence

[Mon 10:03] Airedales to deter grizzly bears from coming into camp? This was one of several novel recommendations made at a recent meeting of Yellowstone grizzly bear managers in Cody, Wyoming, during a lively brainstorming session about ways to reduce human-bear conflicts. During the nearly 40 years that I have observed and participated in grizzly bear management, I have heard the need for increased funding of coexistence efforts voiced time and time again, bringing together people on all sides of the grizzly bear debate. The funding needed to support coexistence work in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is outlined in an obscure appendix to the 2017 Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy, a plan for managing grizzlies when federal protections are removed - as happened briefly during 2017-2018 before a federal judge reversed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's delisting decision. As a grizzly bear advocate for several nonprofit organizations, I was most successful in advancing coexistence when partnering with skilled agency practitioners.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Share of modern weapons in Russian army should reach 70% in 2020, minister says

[Mon 10:03] The Russian armed forces in 2020 should be 70% equipped with modern weapons, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said on Monday during a conference call. The armed forces, he noted, "Should be equipped with the latest science and technology." "First of all, this concerns strategic nuclear forces, precision weapons and aerospace defense," the minister said. He said that during the next series of meetings held last week in Sochi held by Russian President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces Vladimir Putin, key directions of the development of the Russian Navy were discussed, as well as state defense order regarding construction, upgrading, repair and maintenance of weapons and military equipment of the Russian Navy. "The Supreme Commander-in-Chief set the goal for the armed forces to ensure balanced development of army branch through competent and rational use of budgetary funds and material and technical resources," the minister said.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Protect your Minecraft world from a forest fire in the latest Hour of Code experience

[Mon 10:03] A new Minecraft experience that teaches schoolchildren to code and save a village from a forest fire has been released to mark Computer Science Education Week. In this year's Minecraft Hour of Code' session, people can interact with Minecraft villagers and firefighters, who will guide them through an eight-stage process to tackle forest fires by identifying hazards and removing flammable materials such as dry bush. Once students have learned to identify these hazards, they will code a robotic helper to remove them before being transported to a village that may be at risk of a local forest fire. Previous Hour of Code sessions have seen students build their own Minecraft world and explore oceans.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Self-driving baggage tractor is the latest smart tech for airports

[Mon 09:05] An airport in France has become the first in the world to test an autonomous baggage tractor in a working environment. Built by Charlatte Autonom, the autonomous baggage tractor is designed to improve safety and enhance baggage flow performance, at the same freeing up operators to "Focus on decision-making and management actions, which saves time and efficiency when handling aircraft," the airport said. The Autonom Tract AT135, as it's called, can be driven manually, too, and therefore resembles a regular baggage tractor with a driving seat and steering wheel. When it reaches the aircraft, the baggage is loaded onto the plane, after which the vehicle is returned to the baggage sorting area for the next lot of baggage.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

SpaceX delivers mice and a floating robot to the International Space Station

[Mon 09:05] SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday, delivering a bunch of supplies and experiments that included everything from a group of genetically engineered mice to a floating robot called CIMON. The crewless Dragon capsule docked with the orbiting outpost three days after launching atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week. They'll stay on board the space station for the next 30 days before returning to Earth next month. Also making itself at home on the ISS is CIMON-2, an updated version of the original CIMON robot that spent 14 months on the ISS. The visit marked the first time for the space station to host an artificial intelligence system. SpaceX has a contract with NASA to continue resupply missions through 2024, with the space company currently testing a crew-carrying version of the Dragon in preparation for its first-ever launch with astronauts on board.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Big polluters need not go net zero, just 'help' others: New EPA guidelines

[Mon 09:03] The Environmental Protection Authority on Monday released new draft guidelines requiring proponents to submit plans showing how they will "Reasonably and practicably avoid, reduce and offset emissions to contribute to the state's aspiration of net-zero emissions by 2050.". Dr Hatton quashed hopeful speculation from the conservation sector about whether the guideline meant any new major emitting project would be a priori unacceptable, saying the guideline implicitly allowed for short-term emissions increases. "If the EPA and minister want to take that into account they can. But the EPA advice and the conditions we would advise on will be on the direct emissions." The EPA can only consider the emissions created from processing that gas onshore at Karratha, as Woodside has proposed.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

We tried out a futuristic, self-driving robotaxi in China

[Mon 09:03] Search engine giant Baidu's autonomous driving arm Apollo rolled out a trial operation of 45 robotaxis in September in Changsha, central China. With many still skeptical about how these robotaxi services will work in reality, I jumped at the chance to try out WeRide's brand-new RoboTaxi service myself. Guangzhou-based WeRide, founded in 2017, plans to offer its robotaxi services in more areas in the city shortly and expand to other cities around China in the longer term, according to Liu. Test rides for the WeRide RoboTaxi service are currently free and members of the public can get coupons to try them out by suggesting three new locations for boarding and alighting from the robotaxis via the company's official WeChat account.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Gamified Learning for Tribal, Public & Private School Students & Scholarships of Upto Rs. 50 Crore via STEPapp Created by 400 IITians

[Mon 09:03] PRNewswire/ - Mr. Amitabh Bachchan gave a clarion call of 'Apna Kal Khud Banao' to students as India's first-of-its-kind Gamified Learning Ed-Tech app, STEPapp was unveiled by Eduisfun Technologies Pvt. Ltd. with an aim to revolutionize K-12 education in the country. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan said, "The future of our country lies in the education of our children. Praveen Tyagi's. STEPapp has made learning interesting and rewarding for students. Teaching children through games is an innovative step. My best wishes are with Mr. Tyagi's team comprising 400 IITians, who have helped create an innovation like STEPapp." STEP Learn is the learning program for grades 5-11 mapped to complete math and science syllabus of CBSE and ICSE. It breaks down tough concepts into easy to understand capsules and then tests the children on their learning - in a gamified format. Students will be equipped with EduGames kit that will help them continue gamified learning throughout the academic year.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Nano One Joint Development with Pulead Achieves Critical Milestone

[Mon 09:03] Mr. Dan Blondal, CEO of Nano One Materials Corp., is pleased to report significant progress in Nano One's ongoing joint development work with Pulead to develop, evaluate and optimize scaled production of lithium iron phosphate cathode material using Nano One's patented technology. "It is critical to cathode manufacturers that a sustainable supply of raw materials be in place prior to significant investment decisions on expansion and technology adoption. Pulead has reviewed and approved key suppliers identified by Nano One. This marks an important achievement in our commercialization efforts and moves us closer to the joint objective of licensing Nano One technology for the production of LFP by Pulead.". Dr. Xinhe Yang, VP of Research and Development at Pulead said, "We value the partnership with Nano One and are satisfied that their process can be supported with reliable and sustainable sources of raw materials. Our technical teams are making good progress on commercial viability and we remain committed to the partnership activities." Joint development work on materials testing is ongoing and in support of this Nano One provides cathode materials made with its proprietary process to Pulead and their customers for evaluation.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Taiwan urged to ease rules to attract AI talent

[Mon 09:03] To tackle ongoing brain drain, Taiwan businesses are keen on adopting AI solutions to accelerate operation upgrades and transformations, but what counts more is how they can attract more high-level foreign AI and other tech professionals to work in Taiwan to sustain innovation momentum, according to some experts. This was a consensus reached at an online panel discussion jointly hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center under the National Applied Research Laboratories, and Digitimes to discuss issues concerning tech research and innovation talent and present suggestions for the nation's science and technology development strategy formulation in 2020.To attract foreign AI talent, the panelists all agreed that Taiwan must develop good working environments and relax regulations to allow startups to hire high-level foreign professionals and address the issue of permanent residence for the professionals and their families. As the discussion moderator, Digitimes vice president Eric Huang said that Taiwan has an abundant supply of high-tech talent, prompting many international tech giants such as Google and Microsoft to set up research centers in the country, while Chinese enterprises have also aggressively raided talent from Taiwan by offering attractive pays 2-3 times their existing levels. Richie Tsai, chief operation officer of Taiwan AI Academy, said that it does not matter whether Taiwan's talent are poached to work in Japan, China or the Silicon Valley; what really matters is whether Taiwan industries can attract back the talent by deepening AI deployments.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

SBE Science of Broadening Participation | NSF - National Science Foundation

[Mon 08:03] See the Listing of Relevant SBE Core Programs for Science of Broadening Participation to find the SBE programs that are most appropriate for SBP proposals. SYNOPSIS. The Science of Broadening Participation uses the theories, methods, and analytic techniques of the social, behavioral, economic, and learning sciences to better understand the factors that enhance as well as the barriers that hinder our ability to expand participation in education, the workforce and society generally, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and other sectors. Scholars conducting research that contributes to the Science of Broadening Participation should submit proposals to the most relevant program(s) of the SBE Directorate and designate the proposal as SBP by including "SBP:" at the beginning of the proposal title. A listing of the SBE programs that may be relevant for Science of Broadening Participation proposals is listed below under Related URLs.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Update on DSM Supervisory Board Composition

[Mon 08:03] DSM proposes the appointment of a new Supervisory Board member and re-appointments of existing Supervisory Board members. PRNewswire/ - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, announces that for the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on 8 May 2020., the DSM Supervisory Board will nominate Mr. Thomas Leysen. Royal DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM has no obligation to update the statements contained in this press release, unless required by law.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Data Center Colocation Market Research Report Comprising Development Trends, Key Manufacturers and Competitive Landscape to 2028

[Mon 07:03] Dec 09, 2019 - An extensive and elaborate primary research on Global Data Center Colocation Market report sheds light on numerous facets such as growth factors, statistical growth, business enhancement strategies, financial status to help Data Center Colocation marketers and clients to understand the market globally. Global Data Center Colocation market segmentation, by type: Retail data center colocation, Wholesale data center colocation. Data Center Colocation Market Sales Channel and Value Chain Analysis: It comprise customer, Data Center Colocation market distributor, market value chain, and sales channel study. One of the key aims behind offering market attractiveness index is to guide the target audience and clients to recognize the several market growth opportunities and risks in the Data Center Colocation market globally.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Smart agriculture biotech solutions highlighted at Futex Taipei 2019

[Mon 07:03] Smart agriculture biotech solutions highlighted at Futex Taipei 2019. Driven by the application of sensors, AI, big data and IoT technologies, smart agriculture has developed rapidly in Taiwan, and a spate of latest smart agricultural solutions unveiled by academic research groups at the just-concluded Futex Taipei 2019 are expected to help accelerate upgrades and transformation in the farming sector. The solutions were showcased at the smart agricultural biotech section debuting at this year's edition of the annual event, hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology to enhance collaboration in developing future technologies and applications among industry, academy and research sectors. Among them is a non-toxic AI-based smart farming system, developed by a research team from National Chiao Tung University.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

The biggest battery breakthroughs of 2019

[Mon 07:03] This year offered a little something for everybody with an interest in this area of science, bringing us tech that could charge electric vehicles in 10 minutes, batteries that suck carbon dioxide out of the air and news that the world's biggest battery is set to get even bigger. Here are the most significant battery breakthroughs of 2019.When charging temperatures go extreme. Charging a battery at around 60° C would normally be considered "Forbidden," by scientists, but the researchers' device hits these temperatures in just 10 minutes and then rapidly cools before the deleterious effects can take hold. Neoen and the South Australia government have entered another agreement with Tesla to add a further 64.5 MWh of capacity and 50 MW of output, increasing the size of the world's biggest battery by around 50 percent.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

PM Imran to inaugurate National Science and Technology Park today

[Mon 07:03] The park would be located in the vicinity of National University of Science and Technology, which had earlier secured the approval of the Public-Private Partnership Authority's Board to initiate the process for its flagship project. According to a statement by an NUST spokesperson, the park will serve as a launchpad for the country's researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. The leading engineering and technology university is the most suitable host for NSTP, with its well-established ecosystem to support innovation, technology transfer and commercialisation. The eight key thematic areas of NSTP will include agriculture technology, automobile technology, education technology, energy technology, defence technology, finance technology, health technology and smart technology, which will increase in number, scope and breadth in coming years.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Apple's Activation Lock sends iPhones to the scrap heap instead of refurbishers

[Mon 06:05] Activation Lock is also stopping old iPhones from falling into the hands of people who are willing to purchase refurbished units. Due to the Activation Lock not being properly deactivated, the iPhones are "Parted out or scrapped," instead of being refurbished and returned to the market as perfectly functioning devices. Given the fact that it alone receives thousands of iPhones with Activation Lock still in place, it's likely just a fraction of the electronic waste generated around the globe due to a lack of education about deactivating the feature before disposing of a device. To create more refurbished iPhones for customers to use, and to help prevent further pollution, Schindler suggest that Apple should allow certified recyclers and refurbishers to bypass the Activation Lock for iPhones that were not reported as lost or stolen, which makes up about 99% of the devices that his facility receives.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Snapchat Cameo will edit people's faces into GIFs for harmless deepfakes

[Mon 06:05] Snapchat is testing a new feature that will edit people's faces into GIFs to create essentially harmless versions of the deepfake videos that have propagated online. Snapchat Cameos represents a friendly application of deepfake technology, which has drawn criticism for its potential misuse. Snapchat Cameos will help the app further differentiate itself from rivals, especially after its Stories feature has been copied by the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Snapchat's messaging component remains its most popular feature, and Snapchat Cameos will provide users with more reasons to stay within the app.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Hyundai tries to make ordinary sedans more exciting with the Sonata N-Line

[Mon 06:05] Hyundai is trying to fix that with a sportier N-Line model that offers about twice the horsepower of the standard Sonata. The N-Line is the most powerful Sonata ever, but it falls a bit short of the 301 hp you get from the Toyota Camry TRD's 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. The N-Line has more torque than the TRD and beats the Honda Accord Sport 2.0T in both categories. The Sonata N-Line's fall 2020 on-sale date means it will likely be considered a 2021 model. Hyundai hasn't released pricing, but spokespeople told Digital Trends that the N-Line will fill the place currently held by the SEL Plus trim level as the sportiest Sonata.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Can Indigenous Australians be deported as ‘aliens’? A High Court decision will show us the strength of modern colonial power

[Mon 06:03] For the men, the decision will effectively determine whether they can keep the associations that make them Indigenous. The power to remove an Indigenous person from their traditional country is a power over that person's indigeneity. The Victorian Government also appeared in court in support of Love and Thoms, arguing it was "Unthinkable" Indigenous people didn't belong to Australia. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to belong to an indigenous community or nation, in accordance with the traditions and customs of the community or nation concerned.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

Extending our Female Founders Competition to India

[Mon 06:03] When we began planning for our second Female Founders Competition, it was a business imperative to extend eligibility to India. The competition aims to accelerate funding for women entrepreneurs globally, and it's critical that we're considering women founders in India who are disrupting the enterprise. Last year, as the outcome of our inaugural Female Founders Competition, we invested in two incredible entrepreneurs: Julie Dorsey, the Founder and Chief Scientist of Mental Canvas, and Greta Cutulenco, the CEO and Founder of Acerta. With their success as a foundation, we cannot wait to identify the next wave of female founders disrupting the enterprise.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>

A Few Cities Have Cornered Innovation Jobs. Can That Be Changed?

[Mon 06:03] The report's authors propose identifying eight to 10 cities, far from the coasts, that already have a research university and a critical mass of people with advanced degrees. Unlike businesses in, say, retail or health care, innovation businesses experience a sharp rise in the productivity of their workers if they are in places with lots of other such workers, according to research by Enrico Moretti, who is an economist at the University of California, Berkeley, and others. The report points out that the average output per worker in the 20 cities with the most employment in the 13 high-tech industries is $109,443, one-third more than in the other 363 metros across the country. The cycle is hard to break: Young educated workers will flock to cities with large knowledge industries because that's where they will find the best opportunities to earn and learn and have fun.   Top ^   More >   Google the news >>


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