Bright Spots for Digital Technologies in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic persisting, countries around the world are scrambling to implement preventive measures to flatten the curve of their outbreaks and keep their public health systems from being overwhelmed. Terms like ‘social distancing,’ ‘lockdown,’ and ‘contact tracing’ have now become part of daily conversation as people come to grips with life under a new normal.

How technology is helping to contain the spread of COVID-19

Like South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Singapore has a simple but effective approach to COVID-19: identify, quarantine, and treat patients as quickly as possible. But it is the innovative application of tech-driven strategies that has proven to be the difference-maker in these nations thus far. 

The increased isolation stemming from social distancing measures have forced governments, businesses, and public health organizations to expand the use of technologies to improve testing and contact tracing.

For example, in South Korea, the government rolled out

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Meteor “as bright as the full moon” caught on camera in Japan

A brightly burning meteor was seen plunging from the sky in wide areas of Japan, capturing attention on television and social media. The meteor glowed strongly as it rapidly descended through the Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday.

Many people in western Japan reported on social media seeing the rare sight. NHK public television said its cameras in the central prefectures of Aichi, Mie and elsewhere captured the fireball in the southern sky.


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A camera at Nagoya port showed the meteor shining as brightly as it neared the Earth, the Asahi newspaper reported.

Some experts said small fragments of the meteorite might have reached the ground.

“We believe the last burst of light was as bright as the full moon,” Takeshi Inoue, director of the Akashi Municipal Planetarium, told Kyodo news agency.

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A meteor falls in Tatsuno, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan November 29, 2020 in this still
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Bright Fireball Lights Up Night Sky In Japan Over The Weekend [VIDEO]

KEY POINTS

  • A bright fireball was spotted in western Japan, on Sunday
  • Several cameras captured the moment that the bolide illuminated the surroundings
  • The event was reportedly seen in various regions in Western and Central Japan

A fireball event was spotted in Japan over the weekend. The event was so bright that it momentarily lit up the night sky. 

A bright fireball was spotted at about 1:34 a.m. local time, Sunday in western Japan. According to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), witnesses said that there was a “rumbling noise” then the sky went “totally bright.”

In the video shared by Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK on Twitter, a bright greenish ball can be seen streaming in the sky at various locations. It can be seen falling for a few seconds before illuminating the night sky for a brief moment then fizzling out in an instant. 

A video shared by

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Newtek Business Services Has Bright Future In Spite Of Dividend Cut (NASDAQ:NEWT)

Newtek Business Services (NEWT) is a business development company with a unique, well diversified business model. NEWT has benefited immensely from policy and societal changes that arose as a result of Covid-19. Although it cut dividends recently, it might surprise on the upside if there is additional government stimulus. With an 11% yield, NEWT makes a decent income investment.

Strategy and Portfolio

NEWT’s lending business is focused on providing loans under various Small Business Administration Programs. It holds one of only 4 Non-Bank SBA lender licenses, giving it an important competitive advantage in the space. In fact it’s the largest non-bank lender under the Section 7(NYSE:A) loan program based on annual origination volume. The Section 7(A) loan program provides loans up to $5 million to small businesses, with government guarantees covering up to 75% It has also been a major lender under the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides

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See the moon and a super bright Mars cozy up on Thanksgiving eve tonight

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A waxing gibbous moon over Warsaw, Poland, on July 30.


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Take a break from Thanksgiving prep Wednesday night and head outside for a stargazing break. You’ll get a look at an exceptionally bright view of Mars as it buddies up with the moon in a pairing that’s at least as good as mashed potatoes and gravy.

“The summer and fall of 2020 have been exciting times to see bright Mars and the moon together each month,” astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt says. He’s written about the view on his site, When the Curves Line Up. “The moon passes the planet each month, but because of Mars’ proximity to Earth, we won’t see Mars this bright again until 2033 and 2035.”

Hunt advises stargazers in most climates

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See the moon and a super bright Mars cozy up on Thanksgiving eve

moon

A waxing gibbous moon over Warsaw, Poland, on July 30.


Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

On Wednesday night, take a break from Thanksgiving prep and head outside for a stargazing break. You’ll get a look at an exceptionally bright view of Mars as it buddies up with the moon in a pairing that’s at least as good as mashed potatoes and gravy.

“The summer and fall of 2020 have been exciting times to see bright Mars and the moon together each month,” astronomy educator and former planetarium director Jeffrey Hunt says. He’s written about the view on his site, When the Curves Line Up. “The moon passes the planet each month, but because of Mars’ proximity to Earth, we won’t see Mars this bright again until 2033 and 2035.”

Hunt advises stargazers in most

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Kazakh Fintech Star Kaspi A Pandemic Bright Spot

With most staff working from home, the headquarters of Kazakhstan’s fintech hero Kaspi.kz exudes a sleepiness ill-fitting for a company whose rapid rise has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Kaspi, Kazakhstan’s payment systems and e-commerce leader, became the Central Asian country’s most valuable firm after it was valued at $6.5 billion on the London stock exchange in October in what was the United Kingdom’s second largest float of this year.

The listing took commentators by surprise, coming after a failed attempt — falling short of a $4 billon market cap valuation — the year before.

But Kaspi’s Georgia-born CEO Mikheil Lomtadze, told AFP that the company and its investors, including Goldman Sachs and CIS-focused Baring Vostok — were not fazed by the false start.

“We believe that we have a lot of space for further growth, and we were not in any hurry to do our IPO,” said Lomtadze

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Vice Admiral Robert Sharp, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony last November for the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency site in north St. Louis.




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Our country needs more scientists, engineers, mathematicians and other technical experts from different backgrounds and perspectives to remain competitive in a global economy and society.

However, a data scientist can’t manage information without first being a kindergartner learning to count by tens. A programmer starts learning logic in high school geometry before she uses it to make an amazing app. A geodesist keeps GPS systems dependable because he was once a calculus student mastering integration by parts.

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Aircraft Leasing Stocks Have a Bright Post-Pandemic Future: Here’s Why

Airlines have been one of the sectors most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and with travel demand expected to take years to return to prepandemic levels, there isn’t much reason to get excited about aviation right now. Motley Fool contributor Lou Whiteman, appearing on Motley Fool Live, highlights a sector closely tied to the airlines that he says offers better investment opportunities right now. If you believe aviation will eventually return, these could be companies worth adding to your watch list.

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The future is bright: protecting innovation during uncertain times | Sponsored

To say 2020 has been a particularly uncertain year for the pharmaceutical industry is no understatement. From the supply chain disruption and economic challenges caused by Covid-19 to Brexit unpredictability, all sectors of the industry have been challenged. Events of this year have forced stakeholders to assess current and future priorities. 

And yet, these uncertain times also bring with them opportunity – and that must not be overlooked. In fact, a wealth of new treatments have emerged, and technological advancements have been made, across the industry in 2020. Proceeding with positivity will ensure innovation continues, and new life-changing treatments are delivered to patients.

Pharma Integrates enables support frameworks to be established around a medical issue

That’s the message at the heart of UK-based Life Science Integrates’ annual Pharma Integrates event. With focus on the three strands of trends, treatments and technology, the event brings key industry leaders from

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