Redtail Technology Survey Uncovers 86% of Advisors Were Technologically Prepared to Work from Home

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Redtail Technology (“Redtail”), a leading provider of client relationship management (CRM) solutions for financial services firms, published the results from their 2020 “Working Remotely” survey, which set out to uncover how advisors adapted during COVID-19.

Redtail surveyed more than 1,750 financial advisory employees and discovered that the large majority of respondents (86%) were prepared with the appropriate technology for a seamless transition to work from home. However, working remotely brought on new challenges, one of which was how to continue to build and maintain client relationships. Respondents noted that using existing modes of communication, such as phone (97.4%), email (96.3%), and video (80%) were the most effective ways to communicate with clients.

“2020 has been the year of adaptation for the financial services industry. The technology enabling remote work has been available for years, and advisory firms were able to quickly transition

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Sensor experts invent supercool mini thermometer — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have invented a miniature thermometer with big potential applications such as monitoring the temperature of processor chips in superconductor-based quantum computers, which must stay cold to work properly.

NIST’s superconducting thermometer measures temperatures below 1 Kelvin (minus 272.15 ?C or minus 457.87 ?F), down to 50 milliKelvin (mK) and potentially 5 mK. It is smaller, faster and more convenient than conventional cryogenic thermometers for chip-scale devices and could be mass produced. NIST researchers describe the design and operation in a new journal paper.

Just 2.5 by 1.15 millimeters in size, the new thermometer can be embedded in or stuck to another cryogenic microwave device to measure its temperature when mounted on a chip. The researchers used the thermometer to demonstrate fast, accurate measurements of the heating of a superconducting microwave amplifier.

The technology is a spinoff of NIST’s custom superconducting

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What Amazon’s push into pharmacy means for pharmacies, health plans, and startups

Companies like Hims or Ro that prescribe and ship medications to your door could see a slight benefit as getting drugs online goes mainstream, but ultimately could have to compete directly with Amazon.

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Analysts and experts credit Amazon with ushering in the widespread adoption of e-commerce shopping and selling habits with its Prime two-day shipping. Amazon Pharmacy could create the same seismic shifts in mail-order prescriptions that initially benefit the existing companies in the space, but ultimately leave those companies competing directly with the behemoth.

Direct-to-consumer pharmacies, for example, could benefit as new consumers learn to order prescriptions online for the first time through Amazon. In a way, it proves their business model is a good one, and that widespread adoption is possible, making the private companies more enticing to potential investors. However, customers could have a more established purchasing relationship with Amazon, given the ubiquity of Prime memberships

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Amazon Wants to Make Your Drugstore Obsolete

The move, while expected at some point, still hit pharmacy giants CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. hard: Both stocks slumped in early trading Tuesday. Investors are right to be concerned.

The prescription drug market is complex and mail order currently accounts for a minority of filled prescriptions, but Amazon is a logistical behemoth that has relationships with millions. The e-commerce leader poses a severe threat if it can deliver drugs reliably, quickly, and cheaply. Amazon certainly got the timing right. Telemedicine and mail-order drug startups are getting people used to the idea of online health care, and the pandemic is likely to boost demand and encourage new habits as people socially distance. 

Even if it takes time for Amazon to pick up steam, it would be foolish for the big pharmacy chains to regard its invasion of their turf as anything but perilous. The move heaps pressure

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Vega Rocket Failure Apparently Caused by Human Error

Screen capture from yesterday’s failed launch.

Screen capture from yesterday’s failed launch.
Image: Arianespace

An Arianespace Vega rocket carrying two satellites failed to reach orbit yesterday after experiencing a catastrophic failure eight minutes into the launch. Officials are attributing the loss of the rocket to a “series of human errors.”

Vega Flight VV17 started off well, with the 98-foot-tall (30-meter) rocket departing the Guiana Space Center at 8:52 p.m. ET. The first three stages, all powered by solid-fuel, did their job, propelling the vehicle and its cargo over the Atlantic ocean toward space. It was when the liquid-fueled upper stage kicked in that things went sideways.

According to satellite launch company Arianespace, the trouble began around the eight-minute mark of the mission. At that point, the upper stage, called AVUM (Attitude and Vernier Upper Module), correctly detached itself and ignited, in what was supposed to be the first of four consecutive

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Black Friday Gaming chair deals: the best prices on places to park your butt

Picking up a Black Friday gaming chair deal is not about some unnecessary luxury purchase. When you’re gaming for hours on end in front of your big screen gaming monitor you’ve got to think about your spine, people. So in that, a Black Friday gaming chair deals is a very necessary luxury.

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You might see the best gaming chair as just the finishing touch to your PC setup, but really it’s something you should be thinking about from the get-go. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, especially with many of us increasingly working from home, means we spend a lot of time in our seats, so it’s 100 percent worth making sure that seat isn’t doing you any more harm than necessary.

Which is why it also makes sense

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New GeekWire podcast explores the future of retail, work, and more



a man holding a sign posing for the camera: GeekWire’s John Cook, left, and Northern Trust’s Jordon Voss host the new podcast, 2025, Tomorrow, Today.


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GeekWire’s John Cook, left, and Northern Trust’s Jordon Voss host the new podcast, 2025, Tomorrow, Today.

Technology was already transforming the world, and the pandemic has hit fast-forward on many of those changes. So what will things look like in another few years?

We’ll answer that question in many different forms on the podcast, 2025: Tomorrow, Today. This new podcast, produced by Geekwire Studios, in partnership with Northern Trust, features thought-provoking conversations about the future of work, shopping and more, with top thinkers in business and technology.

It’s co-hosted by Jordon Voss, Northern Trust senior vice president; and John Cook, GeekWire co-founder and publisher.

Check out a preview above, and subscribe to 2025: Tomorrow, Today in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or any podcast app. We’ll be back tomorrow with more from the first episode, exploring the question of whether shopping malls can survive —

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Beyond the impossible: Lab-grown meat hopes to lure skeptics of plant-based options

This story is part of Tech for a Better World, stories about the diverse teams creating products, apps and services to improve our lives and society.

Winston Churchill foresaw the biggest food innovation of the 21st century back in 1931: “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.”

Today that prospect nears, but is still so new it doesn’t have a widely agreed-upon name: cultured meat, clean meat, lab-grown meat, cultivated meat or, by its detractors, test tube meat. 

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All those terms denote meat grown from animal cells, rather than from a living, sentient animal. I’ll call it cultured meat, but regardless of name, it may start arriving at small scale in 2022 from companies such as Mosa Meat, Memphis Meats, Aleph Farms, and Meatable. It will be positioned as

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More than half of in-hospital deaths from COVID-19 among Black, Hispanic patients, study finds — ScienceDaily

More than half of all in-hospital deaths due to COVID-19 during the first six months of 2020 were among Black and Hispanic patients, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Duke University.

The researchers did not find any racial or ethnic differences in mortality rates among people hospitalized with the disease. Yet a disproportionate number of Black and Hispanic people became sick enough to require hospitalization, and they made up 53% of inpatient deaths.

Fatima Rodriguez, MD, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford, is the lead author of the study, which was published Nov. 17 in Circulation. Tracy Wang, MD, professor of medicine at Duke University, is the senior author.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a spotlight on racial and ethnic disparities in health care that have been happening for years,” said Rodriguez, an expert in health disparities in

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