U.S. should look at how other high-income countries regulate health care costs, experts urge — ScienceDaily

Structuring negotiations between insurers and providers, standardizing fee-for-service payments and negotiating prices can lower the United States’ health care spending by slowing the rate at which healthcare prices increase, according to a Rutgers study.

The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, examined how other high-income countries that use a fee-for-service model regulate health care costs.

Although the United States has the highest health care prices in the world, the specific mechanisms commonly used by other countries to set and update prices are often overlooked. In most countries with universal health insurance, physicians are paid on a fee-for-service basis, yet health care prices there are lower than in the U.S. To lower health care spending, American policymakers have focused on eliminating fee-for-service reimbursement, which provides an incentive for performing additional services rather than setting up price negotiations to address the main factor that drives health care spending.

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Students, SRS experts engage in ‘STEMulating’ conversations | Savannah River Site

Students are becoming pen pals with Savannah River Site employees whose degrees and careers involve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a new program called “STEMulating Conversations with SRS Experts.”

To date, 74 teachers and academic officials from local schools have enrolled in the pilot program in which K-12 grade students send letters via email to the SRS experts to learn about a range of STEM careers.

Managed by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, STEMulating Conversations offers students the opportunity to develop career aspirations and interests in STEM by communicating with scientists, engineers, IT, and other STEM professionals from SRS.

Through this program, they can ask SRS experts questions about STEM and their careers.

Students in the STEM Lab at Diamond Lakes Elementary in Hephzibah, Georgia, have been exchanging information with chemical engineer Joel Maul and electrical engineer Pamela Finklin at SRS. Their different engineering focuses give students a variety

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How 3 Experts Think About Stock Market Volatility

2020 has been a brutally volatile year for stocks. While the market is on track to finish solidly higher than it started on an incredible bounce back from the lows of late March, plenty of individual investors haven’t enjoyed the same successes as the overall market. 

On the Oct. 26 edition of “The Wrap” on Motley Fool Live, host Jason Hall engaged Motley Fool contributor Brian Feroldi and analyst Emily Flippen in a conversation about strategies to deal with the market’s volatility. Looking to improve your returns and better manage the market’s ups and downs? These three experts explain how they manage it in their own investing practices. 

Jason Hall: What I want to do is just have a little round table conversation. What do you do? What’s your process? How do you think about volatility and how does it form your investing decisions?

Brian Feroldi: I came prepared.

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Artificial intelligence could be used to hack connected cars, drones warn security experts

Cyber criminals could exploit emerging technologies including artificial intelligence and machine learning to help conduct attacks against autonomous cars, drones and Internet of Things-connected vehicles, according to a report from the United Nations, Europol and cybersecurity company Trend Micro.

While AI and machine learning can bring “enormous benefits” to society, the same technologies can also bring a range of threats that can enhance current forms of crime or even lead to the evolution of new malicious activity.

“As AI applications start to make a major real-world impact, it’s becoming clear that this will be a fundamental technology for our future,” said Irakli Beridze, head of the Centre for AI and Robotics at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute. “However, just as the benefits to society of AI are very real, so is the threat of malicious use,” he added.

SEE: Cybersecurity: Let’s get tactical (ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature)

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Data Experts and Enthusiasts From All Over APAC to Get Together at Denodo’s Virtual Annual User Conference


Denodo, the leader in data virtualization, today announced it will be hosting its 3 rd annual user conference, Denodo DataFest, in APAC. Denodo DataFest 2020 will be webcasted as a two-day event with half-day programs scheduled for each day. The event brings together some of the most respectable and well known industry and subject matter experts from across the APAC region, to share their experiences and insights on why logical data fabric, enabled by data virtualization, is the future of data management and the backbone of today’s and tomorrow’s digital enterprises.

Register for the online live stream across APAC, here.

“We are thrilled to be participating in Denodo DataFest 2020 and sharing our logical data fabric journey,” said Johan de Coning, business intelligence manager at Silver Chain Group, Australia. “Data virtualization has been one of the most critical components of our enterprise

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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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‘Free speech’ social media platform Parler is a hit among Trump supporters, but experts say it won’t last

Parler, a Twitter-style social media platform, has gained popularity mostly among President Donald Trump’s supporters and right-wing conservatives after the 2020 presidential election, but experts told ABC News they believe it’s unlikely the platform will grow any further.

“They have this echo chamber and they can’t trigger anyone or target anyone because everyone believes what you believe,” said Fadi Quran, campaign director at Avaaz, a global civic organization that studies misinformation. “It gets boring to be sharing the same type of hate, and so they end up having to come back to the top five social media platforms.”

Parler was founded in 2018 by John Matze and Jared Thomson, two Nevada-based conservative programmers. The app receives financial backing by Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of Robert Mercer, a hedge fund manager and the co-founder of Cambridge Analytica, who revealed her involvement in a post on the app on Sunday.

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Election Security Experts Contradict Trump’s Voting Claims

Fifty-nine of the country’s top computer scientists and election security experts rebuked President Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud and hacking on Monday, writing that such assertions are “unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.”

The rebuttal, in a letter to be published on various websites, did not mention Mr. Trump by name but amounted to another forceful corrective to the torrents of disinformation that he has posted on Twitter.

“Anyone asserting that a U.S. election was ‘rigged’ is making an extraordinary claim, one that must be supported by persuasive and verifiable evidence,” the scientists wrote. In the absence of evidence, they added, it is “simply speculation.”

“To our collective knowledge, no credible evidence has been put forth that supports a conclusion that the 2020 election outcome in any state has been altered through technical compromise,” they wrote.

The letter followed a similarly strong rebuttal of the president’s claims last week by

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Medical ‘advances’ of 2020 could transform future healthcare, leading experts say

The technology used to develop the Pfizer vaccine could be used to tackle illnesses such as cancer and other infectious diseases similar to Covid-19, leading health experts have said, raising hopes that humanity can take a major scientific “leap forward” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Oncologists, vaccinologists, biomedical engineers and doctors have all told The Independent that the technological advancements seen throughout 2020 could come to have a “profound” impact on the future provision of care for patients suffering from a variety of conditions.

The developments made in diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccine manufacturing and medical telecommunications are expected to leave a transformative legacy that will endure beyond the pandemic, experts say.

From RNA-based technology that trains the body to fight cancer, to the so-called “factory in a box” – which aims to manufacture 600 vaccine doses in as little as 60 seconds – the

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SpaceX has a Starlink pricing predicament, telecoms experts say

Considering that after 17 years, Tesla is only now on the verge of posting its first annual profit, you could say Elon Musk knows how to navigate the long road of taking a business from red to black. But that may not make the struggle any easier when it comes to Starlink, SpaceX’s budding satellite-internet service. 

Customers using Starlink’s beta service pay $99 a month, plus $499 for a starter kit that includes the oh-so-vital phased-array antenna. Now, if you think “phased-array antenna” sounds like something that costs more than $499, you’re right — at least according to three telecoms experts we chatted with. 

They say SpaceX is likely paying thousands of dollars to make each antenna that lets customers hook up to Starlink. And although that kind of subsidization makes sense while Starlink races to capture market share, it’s unclear whether scaling up will bring costs down. That could

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