Australia’s telco and energy sectors agree to boost infrastructure resiliency

Communications Alliance and Energy Networks Australia (ENA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve the way the two sectors collaborate and share knowledge when responding to emergency situations.

Under the MoU, the pair have agreed to improve the safety of communities by mitigating risks caused by telecommunications or power outages during emergencies, as well as the sustainability of telecommunications and power supply services to communities affected by emergencies to support their recovery.

The MoU also sets out that the two sectors will collaborate and coordinate on preparing telecommunications and electricity networks and infrastructure for responding to emergencies at local, regional, and state level.

A report prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in May found that during the peak period of the Black Summer bushfires, most telecommunication outages were due to power failures rather than direct fire damage to communication assets.

The report found that during

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When human and machine agree about iridium oxide

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A human research team and a machine learning algorithm have found that we need to rethink much of what we know about iridium oxide.


Iridium oxide is an excellent catalyst for electrochemical reactions, and is typically used for the production of energy carriers such as hydrogen from water. Now it turns out that research on iridium oxide carried out so far has been based on a wrong basic assumption: The arrangement of the atoms on its surface is completely different to that previously assumed.

The way in which this surprising result was determined gives a tantalizing first glimpse of how research might be performed in the future: a collaborative effort between a human research team and artificial intelligence analyzed the same problem, and came to the same conclusion. Since the researchers at the TU Wien and the TU Munich reached the same result at the same

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Driscoll’s and Plenty Agree to Grow Strawberries Indoors

WATSONVILLE, Calif. & SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 12, 2020–

Driscoll’s, the leading consumer brand in fresh berries, and indoor vertical-farming company Plenty Unlimited Inc., today announced a joint development agreement to grow Driscoll’s proprietary flavorful strawberries year-round in Plenty’s vertical indoor farms. Driscoll’s 100 years of farming heritage and focus on delivering Only the Finest Berries™ is the ideal complement to Plenty’s industry-leading, sustainable, indoor farming technology and commitment to growing the best tasting produce. Together, the two companies will work to bring flavorful strawberry varieties to market, leveraging the benefits of a controlled growing environment while also creating opportunity for berry expansion into regions that have historically been difficult to serve.

“It’s clear that Plenty’s vision and capabilities of pioneering the potential of indoor farming technology makes them the leader in this space,” said J. Miles Reiter, Driscoll’s Chairman and CEO. “As one of the few

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Analysts Can’t Agree on What Prompted Big Spike in New Bitcoin Addresses

Bitcoin has seen a rapid rise in the creation of addresses on the blockchain so far this month, with one industry executive saying it’s likely due to traders moving funds off the legally troubled BitMEX exchange. Others point elsewhere.

  • The “entities net growth” metric from analytics firm Glassnode, which measures the daily change in unique entities or clusters of addresses controlled by a single participant, rose sharply by 244% from 9,750 to 33,620 in the first six days of October.
  • Tuesday’s tally of 33,620 was the highest since Oct. 3, 2018.
  • The surge in new entities noticeably picked up the pace in the wake of U.S. authorities’ recent decision to bring civil and criminal charges against cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform BitMEX and users’ resulting panicked migration of funds to other exchanges.
  • BitMEX has witnessed an outflow of at least 40,000 BTC (worth around $424 million at press time) since the
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Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs agree to testify before Nov. 3 election

Lawmakers have sought to convene the hearing to explore social-media sites’ content-management practices and the future of a federal law, known as Section 230, that spares tech giants from being held liable for the way they police their sites and services.

GOP lawmakers have ramped up their attacks in recent months as tech companies take a more aggressive stand against controversial tweets and posts from President Trump, including his widely debunked comments that seek to cast doubt over the 2020 election. Democrats, meanwhile, widely reject the claims of bias — instead, they fault Facebook, Google and Twitter for failing to crack down against harmful or abusive posts, photos and videos, including viral election disinformation.

A spokesman for Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.), the Republican chairman of the Commerce Committee, did not respond to a request for comment. The hearing is set to occur virtually, with the tech executives testifying from the

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U.S., Greece Formally Agree to Collaborate on Science and Technology

The United States and Greece entered a fresh agreement to promote and collaboratively advance research and development efforts.

According to a news release from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the  U.S.-Greece Science and Technology Agreement was officially signed in Thessaloniki, Greece Monday by the country’s Minister of Development and Investments Adonis Georgiadis and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

Pompeo will also visit Vatican City and other Mediterranean countries during his time abroad. 

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios attended the official signing ceremony and is also meeting with other Greek officials this week to discuss further collective tech-focused pursuits. He said in a statement that the consensus “will pave the way for R&D investment, technological advancement, and continued leadership in cutting edge fields.”

Though the full agreement did not appear to be publicly released right at the time of the announcement, a fact sheet published

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Why Can’t Experts Agree On Facts?

It’s unnerving when experts disagree or get things wrong. When scientists and health officials clash about facts, who can we trust? We need facts we can rely on. Trying to follow nit-picky scientific jargon might leave us questioning the facts we’re getting from experts and the advice that is supposed to be based on those facts. What is reliable advice? What is a fact?

A fact

A fact is something that is actually true, independent of whether anyone believes it. A fact is something that exists in reality.

Knowing facts

Things get complicated when we try to know facts; when we try to move beyond our subjective experience and gain access to objective reality. We’re are really good at soaking up information (stimulus) from the outside world and constructing mental representations inside our minds that either track with reality or distort

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After boycotts, advertisers and social media giants agree on steps to curb hate speech

(Reuters) — Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have agreed on first steps to curb harmful content online, big advertisers announced on Wednesday, following boycotts of social media platforms accused of tolerating hate speech.

Under the deal, announced by the World Federation of Advertisers, common definitions would be adopted for forms of harmful content such as hate speech and bullying, and platforms would adopt harmonized reporting standards. The deal comes less than six weeks before a polarizing U.S. presidential election.

Three months ago, major advertisers boycotted Facebook in the wake of anti-racism demonstrations that followed the death of George Floyd, an American Black man, in police custody in Minneapolis.

Advertisers have complained for years that big social media companies do too little to prevent ads from appearing alongside hate speech, fake news, and other harmful content. Big tech companies have begun taking steps to fend off calls for more regulation.

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