Black Hole Discoveries Win 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics | World News

By Niklas Pollard and Douglas Busvine

STOCKHOLM/BERLIN (Reuters) – Three scientists who unravelled some of the deep mysteries of black holes, the awe-inspiring pockets of the universe where space and time cease to exist, have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Britain’s Roger Penrose, professor at the University of Oxford, won half the prize of 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.1 million) for his proof that black holes are a direct consequence of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

“It was an extreme honour and great pleasure to hear the news this morning in a slightly unusual way – I had to get out of my shower to hear it,” Penrose told reporters from his home in Oxford on Tuesday.

German Reinhard Genzel, of the Max Planck Institute and University of California, Berkeley, and Andrea Ghez, at the University of California, Los Angeles, shared the other half for discovering that

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HAPSMobile and Loon First in the World to Deliver LTE Connectivity from a Fixed-Wing Autonomous Aircraft in the Stratosphere

Jointly developed communications payload enables video call during Sunglider’s stratospheric test flight

SoftBank Corp.’s HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”) and Alphabet’s Loon LLC (“Loon”) today announced they successfully tested their jointly developed communications payload in the stratosphere on HAPSMobile’s “Sunglider,” a solar-powered unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Taking place during Sunglider’s first stratospheric test flight at Spaceport America (SpA) in New Mexico on September 21 MT, the test marked the world’s first successful delivery of LTE connectivity from a fixed-wing High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) autonomous aircraft in the stratosphere.

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Diagram of the payload test (Graphic: Business Wire)

The stratosphere-ready payload used in the test flight was a first-of-its-kind for a fixed-wing, autonomous aircraft-based HAPS to deliver LTE connectivity. Using MIMO technology, the payload enabled LTE connectivity to be delivered continuously for approximately 15 hours during Sunglider’s test flight. The payload performed

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Stop Looking For An ‘Earth 2.0,’ Say Scientists As They Detect An Even Better ‘Superhabitable’ World

Our planet is the best there is, right? Not necessarily, say researchers at Washington State University who have produced a list of 24 planets outside our Solar System that are not only Earth-like, but may even be better than Earth. 

The list—which is intended to be a “to do” list for a bunch of powerful telescopes due to go live in the next few years—includes planets that are older, a little larger, slightly warmer and possibly wetter than Earth, and which orbit stars with longer lifespans than our Sun. 

The researchers—whose work is published this week in the journal Astrobiology—think the worlds in the list contain some that could be called “super-habitable.” That means they could be places where life could more easily thrive than

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Mexican Nobel Laureate Molina, Ozone Layer Prophet, Dies at 77 | World News

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican scientist Mario Molina, who became his country’s first winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on the threat to the ozone layer from chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), has died at the age of 77, the government said on Wednesday.

One of Mexico’s most eminent scientists, Molina conducted some of his first experiments at a tender age in his childhood home before becoming a global authority on climate change.

The government and his former university announced Molina’s death, but the cause was not immediately clear.

Born in Mexico City, Molina was a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and took postgraduate degrees at universities in Germany and California.

In 2008, he was appointed a scientific adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama and also advised authorities in the Mexican capital on their efforts to reduce smog and air pollution, a chronic problem in

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Creators of Gene ‘Scissors’ Clinch Nobel as Women Sweep Chemistry | World News

By Niklas Pollard, Douglas Busvine and Daniel Trotta

STOCKHOLM/BERLIN (Reuters) – Two scientists won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for creating genetic ‘scissors’ that can rewrite the code of life, contributing to new cancer therapies and holding out the prospect of curing hereditary diseases.

Emmanuelle Charpentier, who is French, and American Jennifer Doudna share the 10 million Swedish crown ($1.1 million) prize for developing the CRISPR/Cas9 tool to edit the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with precision.

“The ability to cut the DNA where you want has revolutionized the life sciences,” Pernilla Wittung Stafshede of the Swedish Academy of Sciences told an award ceremony.

Charpentier, 51, and Doudna, 56, become the sixth and seventh women to win a Nobel for chemistry, joining Marie Curie, who won in 1911, and more recently, Frances Arnold, in 2018.

It is the first time since 1964, when Britain’s Dorothy Crowfoot

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Africa Wildlife Tracking Leverages ORBCOMM’s Satellite IoT Technology to Support Conservation Efforts Around the World

ORBCOMM and Africa Wildlife Tracking (AWT) in Action

AWT is leveraging ORBCOMM’s advanced satellite IoT technology to track and monitor animals of all sizes to support their conservation efforts.
AWT is leveraging ORBCOMM’s advanced satellite IoT technology to track and monitor animals of all sizes to support their conservation efforts.
AWT is leveraging ORBCOMM’s advanced satellite IoT technology to track and monitor animals of all sizes to support their conservation efforts.

Tracking and monitoring solutions help reduce poaching, protect endangered wildlife and deliver valuable insights into animal behavior for researchers and conservationists

ROCHELLE PARK, N.J., Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ORBCOMM Inc. (Nasdaq: ORBC), a global provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, today announced that Africa Wildlife Tracking (AWT), the leader in tracking wildlife, is leveraging ORBCOMM’s advanced satellite IoT technology to track and monitor animals of all sizes to support their conservation efforts. With the added threat of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to supply local populations with food, poaching is likely to increase, making

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Technology will be key to guarantee access to water in the post-pandemic world

VALENCIA, Spain, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Technology will be critical to ensure water supply in emerging countries around the world in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, explained Chema Nebot, Head of Business Development at Spanish Water technology company Idrica.

Nebot, who is one of the leading experts in integral water cycle management technology in Europe, explained that to strengthen the access of the most vulnerable societies to water resources it is going to be necessary and urgent to implement technologies such as digital twin and smart meters in the developing world.

Processes optimisation and automation will boost energy efficiency in the water industry, and countries must bet on the future of the access to water to avoid social conflict.

“The world of tomorrow will rely on good management of water resources across the world. The success of that effort depends largely on the state of

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Big tech weighs on U.S., world equities, capping gains on Trump’s improving health

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Large-cap tech stocks weighed on U.S. and European equities on Tuesday despite reassurances about President Donald Trump’s improving health and progress toward a stimulus deal.

Men wearing protective face masks chat in front of a screen displaying Nikkei share average and world stock indexes outside a brokerage, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan October 5, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

President Trump said he felt “real good” upon returning to the White House after a three-day hospital stay where he received an experimental treatment for COVID-19.

“The view that Trump appears to be on the road of recovery is benefiting the global markets because it indicates that there is stability in the White House,” said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment strategist at Inverness Counsel in New York.

But market-leading large cap tech stocks weighed on U.S. stocks after reports that the U.S. House of Representative’s upcoming

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Navigating The Growing World Of Analytics

Peter Zornio is CTO for Emerson, a Fortune 200 global technology and engineering company headquartered in St. Louis, Mo.

In the manufacturing world, analytics is a hot topic right now — and for good reason. Manufacturing generates more data than any other sector, and according to McKinsey, analytics has the potential to deliver more than $4 trillion of growth in industrial manufacturing alone. At the same time, in a proprietary survey my company conducted last year, digital leaders in the industrial sector cited new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) as the top driver for digital transformation.

But with growing buzz can come confusion. It’s estimated there are hundreds of companies supplying products and services, such as analytics, that are driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution — promising performance improvements utilizing everything from machine learning and computer vision to video content recognition and smart robots.

Recent press and attention surrounding

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Tracker Ventures Corp. Announces LOI to Acquire Majority Stake in Contakt World, an Emerging Digital Contact Tracing Company

Letter of Intent Designed to Strengthen its Technology and Resources through proposed 80.5% Acquisition of Contakt World

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / October 6, 2020 / Tracker Ventures Corp. (“Tracker” or the “Company”) (CNSX:TKR)(OTC PINK:TLOOF)(FRA:B2I), an analytics software company listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an arm’s length non-binding letter of intent (the “LOI”) to acquire a majority interest in Contakt LLC (“Contakt World”), a technology company modernizing the contact tracing process through next-gen data integrations, strategic health partnerships and respect for user privacy to empower and build mutual trust within communities (the “Acquisition”). The Acquisition is expected to close on or before December 31, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.

Contakt World’s unique platform acts as a “sole source” provider of digital contact tracing and ethical health surveillance for government agencies, institutions, enterprises, and small businesses. It meets and exceeds

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