Second giant ‘murder hornet’ escapes after it was captured by scientists in Washington State

Another “murder” hornet that could have led scientists to its nest has evaded experts once more, following a lost signal.



a hand holding a fork and knife: A live Asian giant hornet is affixed with a tracking device using dental floss on October 7 before being released in a photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.


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A live Asian giant hornet is affixed with a tracking device using dental floss on October 7 before being released in a photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Last week, scientists with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)captured a live Asian giant hornet — known as “murder” hornets for their ability to decimate honeybee populations — and used dental floss to attach a tracking device to its body, which “worked quite well,” said Sven Spichiger, WSDA’s managing entomologist, during a news conference on Monday.

When scientists released the hornet into the wild onto an apple tree, they were initially successful in tracking the insect, but after some time they were unable to locate a signal when

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Tech giant unveils new iPhone 12 with 5G; HomePod Mini; and more

Apple showed off its new iPhone, the first with 5G, along with a new HomePod Mini device at its much-anticipated event on Tuesday.

Apple’s first product unveiling was its new HomePod Mini, a smaller version of the company’s smart speaker that competes with Amazon’s Echo. HomePod Mini has iPhone integration; features “computational audio”; and recognizes multiple voices. It ships the week of Nov. 16 and retails at $99.



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The HomePod Mini. (Apple Photos)

Next up was the iPhone. “Today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said, highlighting new 5G features and benefits such as faster speeds and lower latency. Cook invited Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg on stage to talk about the benefits of the carrier’s 5G network, which is available nationwide today.

Apple then showed off the new iPhone 12, the first iPhone with 5G, starting at $799.

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Meditation Giant Headspace Taps Intuit Alum CeCe Morken To Be Its First Female CEO

Over the last seven pandemic-ridden months, meditation app Headspace has seen its downloads double. The company made its offerings free for first responders and the unemployed, and the number of people using a specific “stressed meditation” series is up sixfold. And as CEOs have become increasingly more mindful of their employees’ mental health, corporations such as Tesco, Hewlett Packard Enterprises and Publicis have signed on for Headspace for Work, while Microsoft is even integrating the meditation service into its Teams platform.

Behind the scenes of much of this recent growth has been CeCe Morken, the woman who is currently serving as Headspace’s president and COO. She assumed the position in April after spending 13 years leading different business units at Intuit—but six months into the job, she’s getting

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Google’s merger with ITA helped it grow into the giant that the Justice Department is scrutinizing

Google critics and rivals have long warned the search engine is threatening countless industries from shopping to travel by consistently pointing people to its own products and services on the biggest search platform on the Web. And those competing against Google to win over consumers say that the search engine forces them to pay their biggest rival in advertising dollars just to show up.

Google’s dominance in search has drawn more regulatory scrutiny and criticism from rivals and lawmakers in recent months, something that is expected to culminate in the Department of Justice filing an antitrust suit against the company in the coming weeks. Lawmakers are also preparing new legislation to rein in tech’s power, following the publication last week of a congressional investigation that found Google engaged in anticompetitive tactics.

The case by the Justice Department would be its biggest swing yet to rein in the power of tech

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An Emerging Internet Giant in China

Pinduoduo Inc. (NASDAQ: PDD) is turning out to be the second most successful e-commerce channel in China. Through its advanced and integrated business model, it has outperformed many of its competitors in a noisy and over-crowded industry. In terms of number of orders and consumers, Pinduoduo is the second largest internet giant in China, according to a detailed analysis by Turner Novak.

Pinduoduo was founded initially back in 2015 as Pinhaohuo (PHH). The initial business model of PHH was buying fruits in bulk from farmers and selling them directly to the consumers using online channel. Pinhaohuo, since a newly established entity did not have its own website or application, used the group chats platform of Tencent’s popular Wechat – often referred to as the Facebook of China. Since a huge chunk of people were using it, it proved a jump-off point for Pinhaohuo’s growth.

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Initially, it got fame and

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Giant electrochemical actuation in a nanoporous silicon-polypyrrole hybrid material

Giant electrochemical actuation in a nanoporous silicon-polypyrrole hybrid material
Synthesis of a nanoporous PPy-silicon material. (A) High-angle annular dark-field scanning TEM top view on a nanoporous silicon membrane filled by electropolymerization with pyrrole. The green and red color codes indicate the N and Si concentration resulting from EDX detection measurements, respectively. (B) Voltage-time recording during galvanostatic electropolymerization of pyrrole in nanoporous silicon, with mean pore diameter d and thickness t. Characteristic regimes are indicated and discussed in the main text. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aba1483

The absence of piezoelectricity in silicon can lead to direct electromechanical applications of the mainstream semiconductor material. The integrated electrical control of silicon mechanics can open new perspectives for on-chip actuators. In a new report, Manuel Brinker and a research team in physics, materials, microscopy and hybrid nanostructures in Germany, combined wafer-scale nanoporosity in single-crystalline silicon to synthesize a composite demonstrating macroscopic electrostrain in aqueous electrolytes. The voltage-strain coupling was three-orders of magnitude larger

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IT Giant TCS Surges to Record After Unveiling $2 Billion Buyback

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Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. surged to a record high after the Indian giant announced a share buyback of as much as 160 billion rupees ($2.2 billion) and said technology spending was recovering faster than anticipated.

Asia’s largest software outsourcing provider reported a larger-than-expected 7% fall in net income to 74.7 billion rupees in the September quarter. But Chief Executive Officer Rajesh Gopinathan said IT budgets were bouncing back and growth should accelerate as clients spend on digital services such as cloud migration, security and work tools to trim costs and adjust to a post-pandemic environment.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Tata Consultancy Services CEO Rajesh Gopinathan Presents First Earnings Since Mistry Court Ruling


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Tata Consultancy Services CEO Rajesh Gopinathan Presents First Earnings Since Mistry Court Ruling

Like Infosys Ltd. and Wipro Ltd., TCS is struggling to serve global financial services giants and corporate clients after a nationwide lockdown forced hundreds of thousands of their employees to work from home. But spending is loosening as

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Gaming giant Razer is launching a prepaid credit card that lights up when you make payments



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  • Gaming company Razer is launching a prepaid credit card with Visa in Singapore.
  • The card is virtual, similar to the Apple Card, but users can request a premium physical card that lights up when you make payments.
  • Razer is the latest tech company to branch out into the personal finance space, along with Apple and Samsung.
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First there was the Apple Card, now there’s the Razer Card.

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Gaming company Razer just unveiled the Razer Card, a prepaid credit card it created with Visa that will be available in beta in Singapore. Razer previously announced its ambitions to build a prepaid card in partnership with the payments giant last year, but unveiled the card and beta program on October 5.

Similar to the Apple Card, the Razer Card is a virtual card that can be accessed via the company’s

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U.S. government scrutinizes Microsoft’s hiring practices as tech giant looks to boost diversity

Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)

Microsoft in June announced a sweeping racial justice plan, including an initiative to spend $150 million on diversity and inclusion programs, and double its number of Black and African American managers and senior employees by 2025 in the U.S.

Now the United States Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is taking a closer look at the company’s hiring and whether it constitutes unlawful discrimination on the basis of race.

“We have every confidence that Microsoft’s diversity initiative complies fully with all U.S. employment laws,” Dev Stahlkopf, corporate vice president and general counsel at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday. “We look forward to providing the OFCCP with this information and, if necessary, defending our approach.”

The OFCCP asks Microsoft to “prove that the actions we are taking to improve opportunities are not illegal race-based

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Hydrogen fuel-cells, giant airbags: Construction is changing

A construction worker at an HS2 building site in the Euston area of London on May 6, 2020.

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Often involving thousands of people, large infrastructure projects comprise a range of stakeholders, including architects, designers, engineers and construction workers. 

The way these schemes operate is changing, with technology and ideas focused on sustainability and efficiency becoming increasingly important.

One project that’s integrated renewable energy and smart technology into its development is HS2, a major high-speed rail network which, once up and running, plans to cut travel times between London and other major urban centers in England.

In recent weeks, HS2 has released details of several initiatives taking place on its sites. These include the trial of artificial intelligence technology to help the multi-billion dollar infrastructure plan lower carbon emissions and costs, as well as the use of electric construction equipment.

And, at the end

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