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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Washington state again fails to live-track murder hornet

SEATTLE — Washington state officials said Monday they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking a “murder” hornet while trying to find and destroy a nest of the giant insects.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture said an entomologist used dental floss to tie a tracking device on a female hornet, only to lose signs of her when she went into a forest.

The hornet was captured Oct. 5 and kept alive with strawberry jam, which she seemed to enjoy, said Sven Spichiger, a department entomologist.

Scientists then tied a tracking device onto her body and released her two days later onto an apple tree. They lost track of her after she went through some blackberry bushes, though officials believe the tracker was still attached at the time of its last signal.

“This one was a lot feistier,” Spichiger said.

A total of 18 hornets have been found in the state since

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Washington state’s broadband guru on an internet moonshot and being a metaphorical prom king

Russ Elliott in his man-cave COVID-19 workspace. (Photo courtesy of Russ Elliott)

When a buddy of Russ Elliott‘s asked if he’d join him in starting a telecom company, he flat out said no. While his friend had been a great help building a website he needed, the venture didn’t have any financial backing and Elliott wasn’t versed in internet connectivity.

But when his friend took the unusual step of sending him a motivational postcard — something with an iceberg and a corny message about not knowing what’s out there unless you took a risk — it played on his mind. Elliott had an MBA. He had drive. He decided to embrace the inspirational cliché.

With that, some 20 years ago Elliott helped launch what became a successful business in Colorado called Brainstorm Internet, serving as its president for 13 years.

“We were nimble and quick and had smart people on

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CEOs of 3 Tech Giants to Testify at Oct. 28 Senate Hearing | Washington, D.C. News

By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEOs of technology giants Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to testify for an Oct. 28 Senate hearing on tech companies’ control over hate speech and misinformation on their platforms.

The Senate Commerce Committee voted last week to authorize subpoenas for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai of Google and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey to force them to testify if they didn’t agree to do so voluntarily. Spokespeople for the companies said Monday that the CEOs will cooperate.

The hearing “must be constructive and focused on what matters most to the American people: how we work together to protect elections,” Twitter said in a tweet in its policy channel.

The hearing will come less than a week before Election Day. It marks a new bipartisan initiative against Big Tech companies, which have been under increasing scrutiny in Washington and from state

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New small biz GWAC dubbed Polaris — Washington Technology

ACQUISITION

New small biz GWAC dubbed Polaris

NOTE: This article appeared first on FCW.com

 

Federal contractors should look for a request for information for the General Services Administration’s planned small business governmentwide acquisition vehicle in October, according to a top official in the agency’s Federal Acquisition Service.

Following the RFI, the agency also plans to release a draft request for proposals for the emerging GWAC “in the next few months” said Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner for the FAS, Office of Information Technology Category, in an Oct. 1 update on the agency’s plans for the contract vehicle.

The developing contract, dubbed “Polaris,” follows GSA’s cancellation of its $15 billion Alliant 2 SB contract in early July, after the effort had endured a year of protests at the Government Accountability Office and in federal court.

The solicitation and timing for Polaris are in line with

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What are the chances Boeing will build a new jet in Washington state again?

“You’re going to have a lot of governors tripping over themselves to offer incentive packages, and Boeing’s going to take advantage of that,” aviation experts say.

EVERETT, Wash. — This week’s decision to move all 787 Dreamliner production out of Everett marks the first time Boeing has moved the commercial airliner assembly that started in Puget Sound out of Washington state.

Yes, other jets have gone away, the 707, 727, 757 — and by 2022, the Queen of the Skies, the 747, will also be gone.

But those programs did not fly away. Rather, those jets aged out as technology and demand changed.

In the case of the 787, Boeing moved its entire production line to its factories in South Carolina.

So, what about the next airplane, whether Boeing calls it the 797 or something else?

“I think Washington is still the incumbent, still the best place to build a

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Advanced IT Concepts (AITC) Named to Fast 50 2020 List by Washington Technology

List Represents the Most Successful Small Businesses in the Government Market

Advanced IT Concepts (AITC), a leading certified Small Business Administration (SBA) systems integration firm providing IT solutions and professional services to the Department of Defense, federal government and public sector agencies, was named by Washington Technology as a Fast 50 Award winner for 2020. The outlet lists 50 of the nation’s fastest growing small businesses representing a full spectrum of capabilities, technologies and customers that make up the government contracting (GovCon) market.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201001005217/en/

AITC was named by Washington Technology as a Fast 50 Award winner for 2020. The outlet lists 50 of the nation’s fastest growing small businesses representing a full spectrum of capabilities, technologies and customers that make up the GovCon market. (Photo: Business Wire)

To be eligible for the Fast 50 List, a small business is ranked

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Washington emergency responders use SpaceX Starlink satellite internet

Washington Emergency Management Division

The Starlink satellite internet network that SpaceX is developing has been used in the field by Washington state emergency responders in recent weeks, the first early application of the company’s service to be disclosed.

Washington’s state military, which includes its emergency response division, began employing Starlink user terminals in early August to bring internet service to areas devastated by wildfires. User terminals are the small devices on the ground that connect to the satellites. The emergency division has seven Starlink user terminals, which it is deploying with early success.

“I have never set up any tactical satellite equipment that has been as quick to set up, and anywhere near as reliable” as Starlink, Richard Hall, the emergency telecommunications leader of the Washington State Military Department’s IT division, told CNBC in an interview Monday.

How Washington’s using Starlink

Starlink is the name for SpaceX’s ambitious plan to

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SpaceX provides Starlink satellites to help Washington state towns get online after wildfires

Washington state emergency officials are using SpaceX satellites to provide internet access in Malden, Wash., after wildfires took out most of the small town in Eastern Washington. (Washington Emergency Management Division Photo)

SpaceX is lending a helping hand to Washington state towns ravaged by recent wildfires.

The Washington Emergency Management Division is using the company’s Starlink satellites to provide public WiFi access in Malden, Wash., where a wildfire destroyed 80% of the small town earlier this month. The satellites are also being used in Western Washington near Bonney Lake, Wash. SpaceX is providing the service for free.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responded to the tweet above:

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Ford CTO Dr. Ken Washington to Discuss Ford’s Technology Strategy at Evercore New Mobility & AI Forum on Sept. 22

DEARBORN, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
Dr. Ken Washington, chief technology officer, Ford Motor Company, is scheduled to speak at the Evercore ISI New Mobility & AI Forum on Sept. 22.

Washington will answer questions on how Ford is future-proofing its vehicle technologies in a time of unprecedented change in mobility and connectivity.

The session is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. EDT and can be viewed at this webcast link. Additional information is available at shareholder.ford.com.

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