Physicists and chemists engineer optical fibers with 2D materials — ScienceDaily

At the latest since the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for research on graphene in 2010, 2D materials — nanosheets with atomic thickness — have been a hot topic in science.

This significant interest is due to their outstanding properties, which have enormous potential for a wide variety of applications. For instance, combined with optical fibres, 2D materials can enable novel applications in the areas of sensors, non-linear optics, and quantum technologies. However, combining these two components has so far been very laborious. Typically, the atomically thin layers had to be produced separately before being transferred by hand onto the optical fibre. Together with Australian colleagues, Jena researchers have now succeeded for the first time in growing 2D materials directly on optical fibres. This approach significantly facilitates manufacturing of such hybrids. The results of the study were reported recently in the journal on materials science Advanced Materials.

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From Spaceflight launch deal to a newborn fellowship

HawkEye 360 satellites
An artist’s conception shows HawkEye 360’s satellites in orbit. (HawkEye 360 Illustration)

— Seattle-based Spaceflight Inc. says it’s signed an agreement with HawkEye 360 to support multiple launches of the Virginia-based company’s radio-frequency mapping satellites.

Spaceflight will provide mission management services for HawkEye 360’s Cluster 4, 5 and 6 launches. Each cluster consists of three 65-pound satellites that fly in formation to gather a wide variety of geolocation tracking data. SpaceX sent HawkEye 360’s first cluster into orbit in 2018 as part of a dedicated-rideshare mission organized by Spaceflight. Cluster 2 is scheduled for launch as soon as December on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that’s equipped with Spaceflight’s Sherpa-FX orbital transfer vehicle.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is one of several launch vehicles in Spaceflight’s portfolio for rideshare satellite missions. Other rocket offerings include Northrop Grumman’s Antares, Rocket Lab’s Electron, Arianespace’s Vega, Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha and India’s PSLV. Spaceflight has launched

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Take the ultimate road trip with Ed Ruscha

Danny Kwan, left, Ed Ruscha and Bryan Heath in Ruscha's Datsun pickup truck in a 1975 image from the artist's "Streets of Los Angeles" archive. <span class="copyright">(Ed Ruscha / Getty Research Institute)</span>
Danny Kwan, left, Ed Ruscha and Bryan Heath in Ruscha’s Datsun pickup truck in a 1975 image from the artist’s “Streets of Los Angeles” archive. (Ed Ruscha / Getty Research Institute)

Ed Ruscha invites you on the ultimate road trip: Time travel with him, over 42 years, along the full length of Sunset Boulevard from downtown L.A. to the beach.

Step inside the artist’s 1965 magenta pickup truck, with its blue Naugahyde interior and wimpy-sounding horn. Roll down the windows and let the breeze in, as the vehicle whizzes past the legendary Viper Room, called Filthy McNasty’s in the 1970s. To the left, oh, there’s the Cinerama Dome, showing “The Day of the Jackal” in 1973 and “Back to the Future” in 1985; to the right, a Brentwood hillside minus the Getty Center in 1990. End up at Gladstones by the beach for seafood and cocktails in 2007 because, well,

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Past tropical forest changes drove megafauna and hominin extinctions

Past tropical forest changes drove megafauna and hominin extinctions
Artist’s reconstruction of a savannah in Middle Pleistocene Southeast Asia. In the foreground Homo erectus, stegodon, hyenas, and Asian rhinos are depicted. Water buffalo can be seen at the edge of a riparian forest in the background Credit: Peter Schouten

In a paper published today in the journal Nature, scientists from the Department of Archaeology at MPI-SHH in Germany and Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution have found that the loss of southeast Asian grasslands was instrumental in the extinction of many of the region’s megafauna, and probably of ancient humans too.


“Southeast Asia is often overlooked in global discussions of megafauna extinctions,” says Associate Professor Julien Louys, who led the study, “But in fact, it once had a much richer mammal community full of giants that are now all extinct.”

By looking at stable isotope records in modern and fossil mammal teeth, the researchers were able

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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

The open-ended ban on political advertising is especially significant, after Facebook resisted calls to remove the ads for months. Last month, the company had said it only would stop accepting new political ads in the week before Election Day, so existing political ads would continue circulating. New political ads could have resumed running after Election Day.

But Facebook lags other social media companies in banning political ads. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, banned all political ads from the service a year ago because, he said, they could rapidly spread misinformation and had “significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle.” Last month, Google said it, too, would ban all political and issue ads after Election Day.

Mr. Zuckerberg has said that ads give less well-known politicians the ability to promote themselves, and that eliminating those ads could hurt their chances at broadening their support base online.

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Back to Your Financial Future (Rob Booker and Lou Basenese)

10/07/2020, San Francisco // KISSPR //

On October 14th, at 1 pm EST, Rob Booker and Lou Basenese’s Back to Your Financial Future event is set to take place that will share four simple moves that could rewrite the future of finance for your family’s fortunes. The upcoming webinar that will reveal investment tricks that users can use to make millions of dollars for their savings accounts. Users are given the  chance to sign up for a unique subscription-based service  called Micro-Cap Advantage for continued recommendations from two of America’s most trusted financial gurus in 2020.

Given the central theme of Rob and Lou’s magical DeLorean time machine adventure, many wonder what exactly is Back to Your Financial Future? In short, it gives individuals an edge over others and a chance to earn a little extra money, even if they are already well off. So much could be done with

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Biocom Celebrates the Winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020

Biocom, the association representing the life science industry of California, issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D. of the University of California, Berkeley and Emmanuelle Charpentier, Ph.D. of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens for their discovery of the genetic scissors CRISPR/Cas9.

“Since the discovery of CRISPR/Cas9 by Drs. Doudna and Charpentier – a result of resilience, curiosity and unfettered innovation – this genome editing tool has revolutionized the field of genetics,” said Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom. “Dr. Doudna is an important visionary in the Bay Area and beyond, and her recognition speaks to the booming innovation in California’s unparalleled life science industry. Drs. Doudna and Charpentier have cemented themselves as tremendous role models for all women in STEM. Without their demonstrated determination, creativity and exploratory spirit, such game-changing scientific breakthroughs and

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Lawyers Set For $88 Million Windfall

The lawyers who pursued the Apple Batterygate case are set for a massive $88 million payout.

Owners of various iPhone models had until this week to enter a claim for compensation from Apple for the Batterygate scandal, in which Apple admitted to hampering iPhone performance to improve battery life on its devices. Apple has never admitted any wrongdoing, but has agreed to pay a settlement of up to $500 million.

The Fairness Hearing is set to be heard in the District Court for the Northern District of California on December 4, where it should be decided how much each claimant will receive. Consumers with affected iPhones may be awarded up to $500 per handset, although the payout is likely to be much lower.

The hearing will also hear any objections to the

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Judge Orders Twitter To Unmask FBI Impersonator Who Set Off Seth Rich Conspiracy : NPR

A federal judge has ordered Twitter to reveal account information related to an anonymous user who allegedly peddled a fake FBI report pertaining to the death of Democratic National Committee aide Seth Rich.

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A federal judge has ordered Twitter to reveal account information related to an anonymous user who allegedly peddled a fake FBI report pertaining to the death of Democratic National Committee aide Seth Rich.

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A federal judge in California has ordered that Twitter reveal the identity of an anonymous user who allegedly fabricated an FBI document to spread a conspiracy theory about the killing of Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee staffer who died in 2016.

The ruling could lead to the identification of the person behind the Twitter name @whyspertech. Through that account, the user allegedly provided forged FBI materials to Fox News. The documents falsely linked

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After 3,000 years, Tasmanian devils return to mainland Australia

The pitter-patter of Tasmanian devil feet was heard in the wild of mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years, after a group of devils was released in Barrington Tops, a protected national park about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Sydney.

Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial, have been long gone from most of the Australian continent, and until now the only remaining wild populations were on the island of Tasmania. Mainland devils were likely outcompeted by dingos, the wild dogs that were introduced to Australia at least 3,500 years ago, and which are now considered a pest species.

However, a decade of dingo eradication has offered Tasmanian devils a second chance. By clearing out dingos and reintroducing devils to Barrington Tops, conservationists hope to not only reestablish thriving wild populations of the iconic marsupials, but to also help protect other native

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