NJ Transit Hopes New Technology Can Combat Coronavirus

NEWARK, NJ — NJ Transit is trying to figure out if high-tech innovations such as antimicrobial lighting and a phone app that tracks passenger counts in real time can help prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

On Tuesday, the agency announced that it has selected four companies to test out some state-of-the-art technology aimed at fighting COVID-19. Solutions that have “proven to be successful” may be chosen for a year-long pilot program.

The companies and technology include:

  • Vyv: “Uses proprietary LED antimicrobial light to reduce bacteria/microbes from surfaces. This technology will be tested on an Access Link paratransit minibus, a local transit bus, and within common areas throughout NJ Transit corporate buildings (i.e. elevators, restrooms).”
  • Knorr Merak: “Uses a three-stage air filtration and purification system to mitigate COVID-19. The air filtration technology will be piloted on a light rail car and a passenger rail car.”
  • Piper: “Provides video analytics and collects
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Tesla exec leaves to help Polymateria combat plastic crisis

Rubbish floating in Naifaru Harbour, Maldives, Indian Ocean.

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LONDON — A Tesla executive has left the electric car company and joined a London start-up that’s aiming to address the world’s plastic problem with a new chemical additive.

Steven Altmann-Richer, who led public policy for U.K., Ireland and new markets at Tesla, joined London start-up Polymateria in the last few weeks as head of public affairs and regulatory strategy, after spending three-and-a-half years at the U.S. car company.

Polymateria, which has around 25 staff based out of Imperial College’s start-up incubator, has developed a “biotransformation technology” that breaks down plastic into a wax-like substance that then gets digested by microbes. It has also created a new British standard for biodegradable plastic.

“I want to help policymakers understand that this is a truly revolutionary solution which can improve the environment in their country and globally,” said Altmann-Richer,

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The U.S. Army’s Future Combat Systems Is the Ghost That Won’t Go Away

The Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) was considered a complete failure, deemed not survivable enough, too lost in changing requirements, and too dependent upon immature yet-to-be-proven technologies.  However, FCS could be likened to a “friendly ghost” that lingers, influences, and infuses current Army modernization with an inspirational spirit. 

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates cancelled the ambitious program in 2009 for not being “survivable” enough, among other things, and the program had many critics despite showing some promise. Ultimately, one could reflect upon the history and influence of FCS with a certain irony, because it was widely discredited, criticized and ultimately cancelled … yet the vision of the program, and some of its progress, is very much alive and powerful today. 

First, let’s look at some of the program’s well-known problems. The FCS series of Manned-Ground Vehicles, several of which were fully built, were only 27-tons. The concept was that the

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Google’s new tool helps cities plant trees to combat the climate crisis

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Google is scoping out tree coverage in Los Angeles.


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Google is working on bringing more shade to help cool our cities as the climate crisis worsens. The new Tree Canopy Lab combines artificial intelligence and aerial imaging to help cities see where there are gaps in their tree coverage and tree planting projects. Cities will then know where to plant more trees, Google said.

Google is working with the City of Los Angeles on the project, and said it plans to make insights from Tree Canopy Lab available to hundreds of cities in the next year. 

“Extreme temperatures are becoming more common in cities where concrete and infrastructure are now creating heat islands — areas that experience higher temperatures, leading to poor air quality, dehydration and other public health concerns,” Google

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Bungie’s DeeJ Moves To Iron Galaxy To Work On New Melee Combat Game

Veteran Bungie staffer David “DeeJ” Dague left the Destiny studio earlier this year, and now he’s landed at Iron Galaxy Studios.

The studio announced that Dague–the former communications director at Bungie–will be the head of communications for Iron Galaxy as it begins work on a new IP. Additionally, Iron Galaxy has appointed Chelsea Blakso as co-CEO alongside Adam Boyes, the former PlayStation boss.

Very little is known about Iron Galaxy’s new game, however, apart from the fact that it will be a “new multiplayer melee combat IP for consoles and PC.”

“Video games bring people together in the spirit of friendly competition,” Dague said in a statement. “This opportunity with Iron Galaxy is a chance to welcome players into a community that we will build with them. There is nothing more exciting than witnessing players discover a brand-new game and come together to define its culture. I’m thrilled to be

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Google wants to help cities plant trees to combat the climate crisis

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Google is scoping out tree coverage in Los Angeles.


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Google is working on bringing more shade to help cool our cities as the climate crisis worsens. The new Tree Canopy Lab combines artificial intelligence and aerial imaging to help cities see where there are gaps in their tree coverage and tree planting projects. Cities will then know where to plant more trees, Google said.

Google is working with the City of Los Angeles on the project.

“Extreme temperatures are becoming more common in cities where concrete and infrastructure are now creating heat islands — areas that experience higher temperatures, leading to poor air quality, dehydration and other public health concerns,” Google said in a blog post Wednesday. “Trees are increasingly seen as a solution to both lowering street-level temperatures while improving

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SMTC Corporation to Manufacture Aura V Ventilators in Battle to Combat COVID-19

IPM Chirana’s Aura V ventilator

IPM Chirana’s Aura V ventilator being manufactured by SMTC Corporation
IPM Chirana’s Aura V ventilator being manufactured by SMTC Corporation
IPM Chirana’s Aura V ventilator being manufactured by SMTC Corporation

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq:SMTX), a global electronics manufacturing services provider and winner of Frost & Sullivan’s 2019 Best Practices Award for Customer Value Leadership in the Electronics Manufacturing Services Industry, today announced that the Company will produce Aura V ventilators for its customer IPM Chirana.

“With the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, we are pleased that we are able to draw on experience in building complex equipment that will perform in critical situations to support the medical community in combatting COVID-19 by manufacturing IPM Chirana’s Aura V ICU ventilators,” said Ed Smith, SMTC Corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We selected SMTC to manufacture our Aura V critical care ventilators because of their reputation for quality, customer

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UN Report Highlights How Conserving Biodiverse Areas Will Help Combat Climate Change

Protecting biodiversity will also help combat climate change, according to a latest report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released on Friday. The report underscores the importance of adopting integrated approaches to climate and nature.

Conserving nearly 30 per cent of land in strategic locations could safeguard 500 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon stored in vegetation and soils, which is around half the

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China’s latest unmanned combat systems to enter service, aim to win future wars for PLA: reports



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By Liu Xuanzun Source: Global Times Published: 2020/11/12 20:33:18

Scientists at a Chinese military university have in the past few years been focusing on developing unmanned combat systems intended to win future wars, and their efforts are beginning to bear fruit. Recent reports show multiple types of unmanned equipment, including an amphibious combat platform and a combat vehicle with a new design concept, that are about to enter military service.

Since 2013, the technological innovation team for unmanned combat systems at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has been making independent innovations involving frontier technologies in unmanned warfare, and it has developed many types of unmanned combat equipment, which will lay the technical foundations for Chinese troops to win future wars, China National Radio (CNR) reported on Wednesday.

One of the projects, an unmanned amphibious platform, won a competitive tender by the equipment department of the People’s

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Futuristic US Army goggles are closer to being ready for combat

  • Soldiers and Marines have been putting the first militarized prototype of the US Army’s new Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) to the test at Fort Pickett in Virginia.
  • The evaluations, part of the third of four Soldier Touch Point events, are a big step forward as the Army pushes to begin fielding this technology later next year.
  • The headsets offer soldiers a number of valuable digital tools, as well as improved night vision and target acquisition capabilities, among other things.
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The US Army just took a big step toward fielding a futuristic augmented reality headset that the service hopes will give soldiers the edge on battlefields that are “increasingly urban, congested, dark and unpredictable.”

Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne and Marines recently put ruggedized versions of the Army’s new Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) to the test at Fort Pickett in Virginia during

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