Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of game vs. Kansas

Texas Tech announced Thursday that head football coach Matt Wells has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Red Raiders (3-6, 2-6 Big 12) are scheduled to host Kansas for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday in Lubbock.

”Texas Tech received notification earlier this morning that Coach Wells tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, Coach Wells has returned home to self-isolate and will continue his duties remotely leading into Saturday’s game against Kansas,” the school said in a statement.

“He will remain in the Big 12′s testing guidelines in order to confirm the positive test. In the case Wells is unable to lead the Red Raiders on Saturday, defensive coordinator Keith Patterson will serve in the head coach capacity.”

Wells is 7-14 since taking over the Red Raiders, who after a big comeback of their own to beat Baylor on a game-ending field goal in their last home game three weeks

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Arecibo Observatory collapses ahead of planned demolition

The instrument platform of the 305-meter telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed overnight, according to the National Science Foundation.

a train traveling over Arecibo Observatory: Arecibo Observatory's 305-meter telescope is shown in November 2020 with visible damage ahead of the collapse.

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Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope is shown in November 2020 with visible damage ahead of the collapse.

It’s a final blow to one of the most powerful telescopes on Earth that has aided astronomical discoveries for 57 years and withstood hurricanes, earthquakes and tropical storms.


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The collapse occurred just weeks after NSF announced that the telescope would be decommissioned and disassembled through a controlled demolition after sustaining irreparable damage earlier this year.

“The instrument platform of the 305m telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell overnight. No injuries were reported. NSF is working with stakeholders to assess the situation. Our top priority is maintaining safety. NSF will release more details when they are confirmed,” according to a tweet by the National Science

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Lorde urges climate action ahead of new book on Antarctica trip

The singer Lorde has written an impassioned entreaty for the world to face the climate emergency head-on after visiting Antarctica.

a large body of water: Photograph: Robert Taylor/AP

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Photograph: Robert Taylor/AP

Lorde said Donald Trump, California wildfires and the advocacy of Greta Thunberg spurred her to “head south” in a bid to visit the frozen continent before it turned “to slush”.

In addition to the magazine essay, Lorde will be releasing a book called Going South – her first – about the journey, with the proceeds directed towards funding a PhD student to study climate change in Antarctica.

She said: “The heated global discourse around climate change was coming to a furious, bubbling head. The Trump administration had the previous year announced its intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement. In August, Swedish 15-year-old Greta Thunberg painted her simple sign and, taking a seat outside her nation’s parliament, mobilised a generation of passionate

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China might get ahead of even the US in Science and technology; what India must do?

The government must also provide direct R&D grants to companies—along the US, Israeli and Chinese models.

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The government must also provide direct R&D grants to companies—along the US, Israeli and Chinese models.

By Smita Purushottam

China has grown immeasurably powerful over the last two decades, having placed science & technology (S&T) at the core of its developmental and military strategy. China invests 2.2% of its GDP on R&D ($496 billion), dwarfing India’s $50 billion (PPP figures, 2017). It is closing in on the American R&D spend of $549 billion, clocking over 17% in annual growth rates between 2000 and 2017, against the US average of 4.3%.

China’s S&T drive, growth, military strategy and geopolitical goals are intertwined, and made clear by Xi Jinping’s declaration that “technology is China’s core combat capability.” Unsurprisingly, China has simultaneously grown more threatening. It has unhesitatingly flexed its new-found muscle, to which the sacrifice of our soldiers on the border bears tragic witness.

Like China,

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Bill Gates looks back at ‘The Road Ahead’ after 25 years and some hit-and-miss tech predictions

Bill Gates is spending plenty of time these days looking forward to the solutions that will get us out of the COVID-19 pandemic or begin to address climate change meaningfully. On Tuesday, he looked back at “The Road Ahead,” 25 years after his first book captured his predictions and enthusiasm for where digital technology was going.

In a GatesNotes blog post, the Microsoft co-founder said he was “too optimistic about some things, but other things happened even faster or more dramatically than I imagined.”

Gates said it’s easy to forget what we were doing in 1995 and how the internet has transformed society since.

“People were still navigating with paper maps. They listened to music on CDs. Photos were developed in labs. If you needed a gift idea, you asked a friend (in person or over the phone),” Gates wrote. “Today you can do every one of these things much

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5 Top-Ranked Tech Stocks to Buy Ahead of Thanksgiving

The three major U.S. indices, namely, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq began the thanksgiving week on a bright note, courtesy encouraging vaccine data from AstraZeneca AZN and the University of Oxford.

The AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine has shown 90% effectiveness. Notably, in late stage trials, vaccines developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have been found 95% effective, while Moderna’s shot is 94.5% effective. Meanwhile, Regeneron’s COVID-19 antibody treatment received emergency use authorization from the FDA.

The positive development on the vaccine front is great news for the United States, which has been seeing rising number of COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks. According to John Hopkins University data, more than 12 million people have been infected in the United States, with the death toll hitting 257,701 as of Nov 23.

Per a Reuters report, Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser for

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Amazon Echo devices get steep discounts ahead of Black Friday

Buy Echo Dot at Amazon – $29 Buy Echo Dot with clock at Amazon – $39

Fire HD 10 – $80

Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet


The most powerful Fire tablet available, the Fire HD 10 is on sale for $80. Even at its normal price of $150, it’s a great value if you’re in need of a basic, no-frills tablet. We gave it a score of 88 for its sharp display, solid performance and hands-free Alexa abilities. The kids version of the Fire HD 10 is on sale for $130, or $70 off its normal price. You’re getting the regular tablet in this bundle in addition to a child-proof case, a two-year warranty and one free year of Amazon Kids+.

Buy Fire HD 10 at Amazon – $80

All-new Echo – $70

Amazon Echo 2020

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Amazon’s latest Echo has dropped to $70, which is $30 off its normal price and the lowest

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Who’s ahead on 5G? – The Washington Post

Early analysis suggests the incoming Biden administration may continue to see Huawei’s growing dominance as a security threat. While offering U.S.-backed loans to compete with Huawei marks a significant change in how Washington aims to push against Huawei’s success, there’s more to the company’s global reach than Chinese state-backed export loans. Beijing’s domestic support and influence in international organizations also help Huawei gain a competitive advantage.

How might this U.S. move affect the global telecom equipment market? Here are three things to know.

1. Loans are key to Huawei’s global presence

The Center for American Progress (CAP), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, recently published a report that analyzes the industrial policy tools Beijing uses to support Huawei.

A key part of Huawei’s global success has been what Beijing refers to as “iron triangle” loans. Here’s how this works: Chinese state policy banks provide loans to mobile network operators across the

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Kids Gaming Platform Roblox Faces Hurdles Ahead of Public Listing: Rough Words | Top News

(Please note paragraph four contains language some readers might find offensive)

By Munsif Vengattil and Joseph Menn

BANGALORE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Profanities and other offensive content that basic word-filtering tools are designed to catch can be found in some game titles and user profiles on children’s gaming platform Roblox, searches of the website show, despite the company’s “no tolerance” policy and assurances it has safeguards to enforce it.

Powered by user-created games, Roblox is on course for a multibillion-dollar stock market debut before year end, riding the lockdown entertainment boom with its appeal as a place for safe fun and interactions for the youngest gamers.

But parenting groups and investors alike said they were concerned about whether the company’s automated systems to moderate content can effectively delete potentially offensive language and images that pop up on the platform.

Simple Google keyword searches of its site – conducted twice by Reuters

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Surprising Changes Ahead For B2B Sellers

B2B sales forces have seen major disruptions in 2020 due to the prevalence of their customers and prospects working from home. But many of these changes were already underway, says Mary Shea, principal analyst at Forrester, who just released the firm’s predictions for 2021. According to Shea, “I’m calling 2020 the year that B2B, sales, marketing and buying has changed forever. But these trends that are occurring as a result of COVID-19 hardships are trends that were already in play, The face-to-face sales meeting has been on a downward trajectory since 2017 when one in seven business buyers said they’d actually rather not meet in person with a sales rep.”

So what’s in store for B2B sellers in 2021? Forrester is predicting four major themes:

  1. AI and automation
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