Virginia Tech helpless to stop North Carolina in first loss of the 2020 season | Virginia Tech

Running back Khalil Herbert made his presence felt in the quarter as well with a 52-yard touchdown run. Herbert converted the third and eight by weaving his way through the secondary to go over 100-yards for the third straight game.

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The Hokies held onto the ball for nearly 11 minutes in the third quarter, but still couldn’t overcome the 21 points they spotted UNC in the first quarter. 

North Carolina went straight down the field on their first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead while averaging 9.7 yards per play.

Howell was near perfect in the quarter going 10 of 12 for 123 yards with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Brown. Brown, who beat Tech cornerback Armani Chatman down the field, was able to get one foot down at the back of the end zone for the score.


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Unveiling common molecular mechanisms of parasitism and grafting — ScienceDaily

Using the model Orobanchaceae parasitic plant Phtheirospermum japonicum, scientists from Nagoya University and other research institutes from Japan have discerned the molecular mechanisms underlying plant parasitism and cross-species grafting, pinpointing enzyme β-1,4-glucanase (GH9B3) as an important contributor to both phenomena. Targeting this enzyme may help control plant parasitism in crops. Also, this mechanism can be exploited for novel cross-species grafting techniques to realize the goal of sustainable agricultural technologies.

Plant parasitism is a phenomenon by which the parasite plant latches onto and absorbs water and nutrients from a second host plant, with the help of a specialized organ called the “haustorium.” Once the haustorium forms, specific enzymes then help in forming a connection between the tissues of the parasite and host plants, known as a “xylem bridge,” which facilitates the transport of water and nutrients from the host to the parasite.

A similar mechanism is involved in the process

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Analysts worry about UK 5G support in ‘iPhone 12’

Members of the UK’s telecommunications industry are concerned that support for the country’s 5G networks may be limited in the upcoming “iPhone 12” release, with fears it may not include support for 700MHz networks.

It is believed 5G will be an important feature for the 2020 iPhone range, with the new communications technology promising high speed connectivity to consumers. However, Apple’s popular iPhone may cause issues for some carriers, depending on Apple’s implementation of the technology.

According to analysts speaking to The Telegraph, if Apple elects to not include support for 700MHz 5G bands, this could prevent it from working fully with carriers that build out their networks using it. Carriers are expected to take part in a 700MHz spectrum auction set to take place in early 2021, organized by national regulator Ofcom.

Carriers had the opportunity to reuse existing unused spectrum they own for 5G

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Tesla Model 3 Price Too High? Dirt-Cheap Used Electric Cars Can Be Good Deals

The used EV has arrived.

It was only nine years ago that the first won’t-break-the-bank electric cars arrived.

Those non-Tesla EVs — like the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt — weren’t priced at $80,000 like the Model S and the first- and second- generations of those cars have been hitting the used car market over the last several years.

And with a Long Range 2020 Tesla Model 3 starting at about $47,000, “dirt cheap” for an EV is anything under $20,000.

A couple of the better sites for used EVs are MYEV and CarGurus.

Most of the used EVs cited below are first- and second-generation electrics that were sold roughly between 2011 and 2017.

Note: all prices are based on a used vehicle

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Pakistan banned TikTok over ‘immoral and indecent’ content

  • The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said Friday the country was blocking TikTok after receiving complaints against “immoral and indecent” content on the video-sharing platform.
  • In July, the agency said it had issued a “final warning” to TikTok to remove “obscene and immoral content.” 
  • On Friday, authorities said the Chinese-owned company failed to fully comply with the instructions to develop an effective mechanism to control unlawful content.
  • The telecommunication authority kept the door open for a return of TikTok, saying “it is open for engagement” and would review its decision if TikTok develops a mechanism to moderate the content.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan blocked the Chinese social media app TikTok, saying the company failed to fully comply with the instructions to develop an effective mechanism to control unlawful content.

In a statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said Friday that it took the step after receiving

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Has Tesla Really Fired Its PR Department? And Does It Matter?

A few days ago, a leading electric vehicle news website in the US claimed that Tesla had dissolved its PR department, after not having been able to make contact for months. Another US website had been complaining about the same thing, but the original site (Electrek) appears to have had direct confirmation that Tesla
did indeed no longer have a PR department, although presumably not from the PR department itself, since it no longer exists. Why has this happened, and how could Tesla possibly continue its meteoric rise without PR?

Although Electrek calls this an industry first, it isn’t such a surprising move if you take a step back

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First-half thoughts from Iowa State vs. Texas Tech Football


Iowa State coach Matt Campbell’s message never changes. He’s the same after a win or a loss. Never too high. Never too low

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Thirty minutes down in Ames, and Iowa State leads Texas Tech, 21-7, at halftime.

The Cyclones have been pretty well dominant in their first game back since defeating Oklahoma last week as they try to stay undefeated in Big 12 play.

Here are the big takeaways from the first half:

Iowa State is making a statement

Beating Oklahoma was a huge accomplishment for the Cyclones, but it would have been worth a lot less if they didn’t back it up with a win this weekend against Texas Tech.

The Cyclones aren’t there yet, but they’ve been head and shoulders better than the Red Raiders. It’s exactly what a Big 12 title contender should look like.

Special teams is still a problem

Iowa State

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Coronavirus: The science is simple – but can a three-tier system in England really drive down infections? | UK News

The autumn surge in COVID-19 has shown just how hard it is to suppress a highly infectious virus.

Sky data shows 50 areas in England have endured local restrictions since the national lockdown was lifted back in July.

But just one – Luton – has ever come out of restrictions, with local people praised by the prime minister in the House of Commons for following health guidance.

Just a day later the town was once again classified as an area of concern after another rise in cases.

Handwashing, masks and social distancing slow the spread of the virus, but they don’t seem to stop it.

Nationwide cases are rising, with the R number above one, indicating that the epidemic is growing exponentially.

But figures from Imperial College’s REACT study show there is huge variation across England.

In London the R number is estimated to be just below one. But in

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Was An Engine Malfunction To Blame For The Wakashio Oil Ship Crash In Mauritius?

A series of statements last week by the Mauritian Police about the Voice Data Recorder (VDR) of the oil spill ship, Wakashio, has attracted a lot of attention in Mauritius.

There appears to be a divergence from the accounts offered by the Panama Maritime Authorities and what the Wakashio’s Voice Data Recorder reveals. 

It will be crucial that this discrepancy is properly investigated, to ensure the uncertainty surrounding the Wakashio does not continue to persist, given the impact the oil spill has had on the country which is still in a state of National Environmental Emergency.

Questions have also been asked about why other vessels

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Apple’s iPhone 12 Will Cause New Problems For Samsung, Google

It’s hard not to be taken in by the romance of using Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2. The novelty of using a futuristic phone that would be at home in a James Cameron film is yet to wear off for me. 

But there’s one missing feature that makes the Fold 2 feel decidedly dated: Face ID. 

We all know the story of Apple’s biometric security tech: it debuted on the iPhone X in 2017 and outmanoeuvred any Android rival by at least two years. Apple likes to subtly remind anyone who will listen of this, as you can see in the repeated mentions of the word “advanced” on the company’s Face ID explainer site. 

MORE FROM FORBESNew Samsung Phone Beats

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