COVID-19’s Effect on Autonomous Technologies

In the months and years leading up to the COVID 19 pandemic, media outlets around the world projected the end of personal car ownership and the waning days of pizza delivery drivers. In the not so distant future, personal vehicles would be replaced by a fleet of self-driving cars, hailed by phone or virtual assistant. The consumer could sit in the back seat, working, sleeping, or otherwise entertaining themselves while the car drives down the freeway at breakneck speeds. Similarly, our goods and takeout would maneuver the city in autonomous delivery trucks with drones dropping of packages and dinner at our front door without a single human interaction. That future is still possible, but the timeline appears to continuously get longer and more uncertain as the AV technology space faces development roadblocks and a black swan event no one could have reasonably predicted. The COVID-19 pandemic

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Will coronavirus surge in the winter? Experts don’t know yet

About 2,400 years ago, the Greek physician Hippocrates made a startling discovery: A respiratory disease known as the “Cough of Pernithus” appeared to come and go with the seasons, causing influenza-like outbreaks in ancient Greece in the wintertime before subsiding for much of the rest of the year.

Hippocrates’ observations became the earliest known reference to the seasonal nature of an infectious disease. Since then, scientists have noted numerous other diseases that peak in certain seasons — measles in the spring and influenza in the winter, for instance. Now, as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, researchers are eager to learn whether it will follow a seasonal cycle.

So far, there’s no firm evidence that environmental conditions tied to the changing seasons have any influence on the transmissibility of Covid-19. Yet health officials have warned that a second wave could be looming as the Northern Hemisphere inches into

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Better detection of microwave radiation will improve thermal imaging, electronic warfare, radio communications — ScienceDaily

Army-funded research developed a new microwave radiation sensor with 100,000 times higher sensitivity than currently available commercial sensors. Researchers said better detection of microwave radiation will enable improved thermal imaging, electronic warfare, radio communications and radar.

Researchers published their study in the peer-reviewed journal Nature. The team includes scientists from Harvard University, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pohang University of Science and Technology, and Raytheon BBN Technologies. The Army, in part, funded the work to fabricate this bolometer by exploiting the giant thermal response of graphene to microwave radiation.

“The microwave bolometer developed under this project is so sensitive that it is capable of detecting a single microwave photon, which is the smallest amount of energy in nature,” said Dr. Joe Qiu, program manager for solid-state electronics and electromagnetics, Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.

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MicroStrategy Doubles Down On Bitcoin, KuCoin Hacked For $200m, And More

With September coming to a close with yesterday’s close, here is brief recap of all major Bitcoin and cryptocurrency news events of the past month.

MicroStrategy
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Doubles Down On Bitcoin

In August, business services company MicroStrategy made headlines when it became the first publicly-listed company to convert portions of its cash reserve into Bitcoin. The company purchased $250 million worth of Bitcoin, taking over 21,000 coins off the open market.

In the press release announcing the first purchase, company CEO Michael J. Saylor remarked:

“This investment reflects our belief that Bitcoin, as the world’s most widely-adopted cryptocurrency, is a dependable store of value and an attractive investment asset with more long-term appreciation potential than holding cash.” 

Three weeks after this original announcement, a Securities and Exchange Commission filing indicated MicroStrategy was looking at increasing its exposure to Bitcoin despite it already making up a large portion of its

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Report backs NASA exploration efforts as response to Chinese space program

WASHINGTON — A new report used the growth of China’s space program to argue for continued support of NASA’s own exploration ambitions as well as legislation to assist the space industry and space traffic management.

The China Task Force Report, prepared by a group of Republican House members and released Sept. 30, covers a wide range of issues that group linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and saw as threats to the United States. Much of the report was devoted to issues of national security and the economy.

However, two pages of the 130-page report discussed space exploration. In it, the task force noted Chinese development of a space station and long-term, although as yet unscheduled, plans human lunar mission. “The U.S. should be concerned about the technological innovations and leadership role for the CCP that could come from missions crewed by [People’s Republic of China]-nationals to the Moon,”

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Victory Square Technologies Comments on Recent Promotional Activity Pursuant to OTC Markets Request

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Victory Square Technologies Inc. (“Victory Square″) (CSE:VST) (OTC:VSQTF) (FWB:6F6), today announced that it has implemented an expanded shareholder communications initiative to provide greater transparency into the Company’s business plans and growth strategy.

“The Company plans to communicate more effectively with shareholders on an ongoing basis in order to supply relevant company information,” said Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO of Victory Square. “With portfolio companies that are fast-paced and growing rapidly, we thought it prudent to communicate more regularly with our investor base,” added Mr. Tejani.

As part of its multi-channel approach, Victory Square presented at the LD 500 Virtual Conference hosted by LD Micro on September 2nd, will be presenting at the Proactive One2One Investor Forum on October 27th, and has engaged Electrik Dojo, LLC to increase brand visibility and

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Funding Imbalance Persists For Women-Led Fintechs

The fintech industry has long been dominated by male founders. New research released Thursday highlights this ongoing gender disparity.

At the same time, the Deloitte report offers a glimmer of encouragement for women-run fintech start-ups—and suggestions for leveling the playing field.

The analysis shows that women-founded startups and those co-founded with men comprised 12.2% of the 3,017 fintechs in 2019, only slightly higher than the 10.9% (of 411 startups) recorded in 2010.

Why the disparity? “We are operating at the intersection of technology and finance, which are notably two industries woefully under-represented by women,” Alaina Sparks, Deloitte’s US fintech leader, tells Forbes. “The issue can be exacerbated by bias from those who have tremendous influence in providing the necessary capital to be successful—financial, social, and human capital,” she says.

Encouragingly, more dollars are being directed toward women-founded

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Leveraging Data And Covid-19 To End Diversity Gaps In Tech Events

As Black Lives Matter earns the “biggest movement in U.S. history” ribbon, progress in gender equality is losing steam after decades of improvement.

For many technology events, legacy barriers evaporated given the shift to strictly-remote conferences and interactive webcasts. The question begs, ‘Is open access enough?’ Today’s virtual reality is an ideal time for research on, reflection in and planning for a more equitable future for women’s presence in tech events.

What the data tells us

Ensono – a hybrid IT services provider – recently released Speak Up 2020: Redesigning Tech Conferences With Women In Mind. In this year’s report, Ensono not only refreshed their previous survey by sharing women’s responses when asked about their tech conference experiences, but chose to dig a bit deeper on diversity and the role of unconscious bias in conference planning.

What we find out via the

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Lidar study suggests carbon storage losses greater than thought in Amazon due to losses at edge of forests

LiDAR study suggests carbon storage losses greater than thought in Amazon due to losses at edge of forests
Graphic summary of the main results found in the work. Credit: Celso H. L. Silva Junior

An international team of researchers has found that carbon sequestering losses in the Amazon basin have been undermeasured due to omission of data representing losses at the edges of forests. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes using lidar to estimate the carbon sequestering abilities of trees along the edges of Amazon forests.


Prior research has shown that when part of a forest in the Amazon basin is cut down, the trees that remain at the edges of the forest are not as robust as those that are situated farther in. This is because they are more exposed to pollution, pesticides, herbicides, etc. In this new effort, the researchers noticed that the reduced sequestering abilities of such trees are not included in studies of carbon sequestering losses in

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