National Effort Prioritizes Advancing Cyberinfrastructure and Research Readiness Among Minority-Serving Institutions

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. and WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Minority Serving-Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC), in collaboration with Internet2, is leading a national effort to help minority-serving institutions identify the science, engineering, health, social science, and humanities education and research priorities that call for increased access to and use of data management and computing resources by the higher education community.

A key component of this collaboration is supporting the dissemination of a survey among presidents, administrative leaders, IT groups, faculty, and staff at nearly 485 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to collect a critical data set aimed at guiding priorities and enabling collaborative initiatives in support of cyberinfrastructure improvements. To date, a survey alert message was sent to more than 5,000 individuals to raise awareness among potential participants. The survey will remain open until December 11, 2020.

“The consortium is a

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Fighting anti-Semitism online requires a global effort

Given the state of global affairs, it is not a given that we — a bipartisan group of elected officials from Israel, the US, Canada, Australia and the UK — would find common ground in the midst of a global pandemic. However, the disconcerting proliferation of anti-Semitism through new technology demands that we take urgent action.

a group of people on a newspaper: People gather for a demonstration organized by the Campaign Against Antisemitism outside the head office of the British opposition Labour Party in central London on April 8, 2018.

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People gather for a demonstration organized by the Campaign Against Antisemitism outside the head office of the British opposition Labour Party in central London on April 8, 2018.

We recently launched the Inter-Parliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism in order to hold social media companies accountable for what takes place on their platforms and help create transparent policies to tackle hate speech.

The hate that we see online isn’t just harmless chatter relegated to dark corners of the internet — it often spills onto the streets, and dangerous

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Scientists call for decade of concerted effort to enhance understanding of the deep seas

Scientists call for decade of concerted effort to enhance understanding of the deep seas
A close-up image of a bamboo coral called Acanella arbuscula taken from ~1000m deep in the North East Atlantic Credit: NERC funded Deep Links Project (University of Plymouth, Oxford University, JNCC, BGS)

The deep seas—vast expanses of water and seabed hidden more than 200 meters below the ocean surface to depths up to 11,000 meters—are recognized globally as an important frontier of science and discovery.

But despite the fact they account for around 60% of Earth’s surface area, large areas remain completely unexplored, yet the habitats they support impact on the health of the entire planet.

Now an international team of scientists, spanning 45 institutions in 17 countries, has called for a dedicated decade-long program of research to greatly advance discovery in these remote regions.

The program—which scientists have named Challenger 150—will coincide with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, which runs from 2021-2030.

Challenger 150

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Airbnb Begins $1 Billion U.S. IPO Effort

Airbnb (ABNB) intends to raise $1 billion in an IPO of its Class A common stock, according to an S-1 registration statement.

San Francisco, California-based Airbnb was founded to develop a two-sided marketplace between property hosts and consumer guests to provide lodging and related services on a temporary basis worldwide.

Management is headed by co-founder, CEO and Head of Community Brian Chesky, who previously earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Below is a brief overview video of Airbnb:

Source: Airbnb

The website aggregates supply and demand globally, provides hosts with pricing tools, scheduling capabilities, insurance coverages, and payment facilitation services.

Airbnb has received at least $3.98 billion from investors including Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund, Silver Lake, Sixth Street, DST Global, Greystar Real Estate, and Accel.

The firm seeks to obtain new hosts as they are the core of supply providers

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Dave Aranda impressed with young running backs’ effort vs. Texas Tech

Here are highlights from Baylor’s postgame press conference following its loss to Texas Tech:

Head coach Dave Aranda

On the frustration behind the loss: “We’ve been through a fair amount of adversity. This was a game I thought we played well enough to win, it’s disappointing that we didn’t finish.”

On RBs Qualan Jones, Taye McWilliams: “I thought there was a lot of positives. There’s a fair amount that we can improve on. They were at their best when they put their foot on the ground and got north and south. For both of them, the most playing time they’ve ever had, their ability to attack it and to help us in our effort I thought was very good and something to build on.”

On why Trestan Ebner exited early: “He was feeling tight prior to the game and we were concerned about how that would look. He wanted to

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Apple features effort to preserve and teach Tuskegee military legacy

On Veterans Day, Apple is highlighting one educator’s efforts using the iPad to document and educate students about the Tuskegee legacy of military service in American history.

At Tuskegee Public School (TPS), every student has received an iPad for learning in the classroom and at home as part of Apple’s Community Education Initiative. Principal and 22-year US Army veteran Tiffany Williams is on a mission to preserve that history for the city’s future generations.

“I have a deep connection with Tuskegee University and the Tuskegee Airmen,” Williams says. “My grandparents taught at Tuskegee University; my grandmother and Daniel Chappie’ James were good friends.”

Continuing a long-running effort, students are using iPad to capture and share stories of local veterans this Veterans Day. The 2020 conversations with veterans are a continuation of the Macon County Veterans Oral History Project, launched in 2017 as a collaboration between Auburn University and TPS


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In a speech of historic dishonesty, Trump tried to reinforce his long-planned effort to retain power

Well into a presidency defined by disinformation and falsehoods, President Trump managed something remarkable on Thursday evening. Speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room, he offered the most thoroughly dishonest comments of his tenure.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: President Trump speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

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President Trump speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

For 15 minutes, he delineated nonsensical allegations about the state of the presidential election, claiming to be the victim of nefarious efforts to prevent him from earning a second term. And when he finished, after espousing obviously false claims to a room of reporters who knew better, he didn’t even have the courage to face their inevitably probing and challenging questions.

Solely for the purposes of illustrating how divergent from reality Trump’s remarks were, we’ll delineate his argument before picking it apart.

The president claimed that Democrats supported

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Effort could aid study of addiction, eating disorders, other neuropsychiatric conditions that involve faulty decision-making — ScienceDaily

When you are faced with a choice — say, whether to have ice cream or chocolate cake for dessert — sets of brain cells just above your eyes fire as you weigh your options. Animal studies have shown that each option activates a distinct set of neurons in the brain. The more enticing the offer, the faster the corresponding neurons fire.

Now, a study in monkeys by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown that the activity of these neurons encodes the value of the options and determines the final decision. In the experiments, researchers let animals choose between different juice flavors. By changing the neurons’ activity, the researchers changed how appealing the monkeys found each option, leading the animals to make different choices. The study is published Nov. 2 in the journal Nature.

A detailed understanding of how options are valued and choices

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Apple steps up effort to build Google search alternative

Apple’s launch promotional material of the New iPhone12 Pro seen displayed on a mobile phone screen with an Apple logo in the background.

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LONDON — Apple has quietly increased its efforts to develop its own search technology for iPhones, according to a report by The Financial Times (FT), as regulators scrutinize the multibillion-dollar payments that Google makes each year to ensure that its search engine is installed as a default search tool. 

When iPhone users with iOS 14, the latest iPhone software, type a query into the search window, Apple now shows its own search results instead of Google’s. It also displays auto-complete style suggestions, highlighting how it is learning from users most common search queries. However, few are likely to have noticed the change. 

The U.S. Department of Justice launched a case last week over payments that Google makes to Apple to

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