New tech will give cops access to residents’ private security video

Police in Mississippi’s homicide-wracked capital are one step closer to being able to access residents’ livestreaming home security video — in a move opposed by privacy advocates.

The police department in Jackson will soon become one of two dozen places across the country to sign on with Fusus, a company that makes its easier for cops to create a network of real-time video from public and private cameras, NBC News reported.

Residents in the city of 160,000 — which recorded a decade-high 84 murders in 2018 — can opt into the service with their doorbell cameras, like Ring.

The livestream feed would then be funneled directly to the city’s new real-time command center.

“What you see behind us is an opportunity, an opportunity to better observe and fill in the gaps,” said Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba at the center’s ribbon-cutting last month, NBC News said.

Authorities in Jackson are scrambling

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Is it better to give than receive? Children who experienced compassionate parenting were more generous than peers — ScienceDaily

Young children who have experienced compassionate love and empathy from their mothers may be more willing to turn thoughts into action by being generous to others, a University of California, Davis, study suggests.

In lab studies, children tested at ages 4 and 6 showed more willingness to give up the tokens they had earned to fictional children in need when two conditions were present — if they showed bodily changes when given the opportunity to share and had experienced positive parenting that modeled such kindness. The study initially included 74 preschool-age children and their mothers. They were invited back two years later, resulting in 54 mother-child pairs whose behaviors and reactions were analyzed when the children were 6.

“At both ages, children with better physiological regulation and with mothers who expressed stronger compassionate love were likely to donate more of their earnings,” said Paul Hastings, UC Davis professor of psychology

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Great Gifts to Give the Science Nerds in Your Life

The holidays have always been a time to acknowledge the people in our lives that we care about. And after the year we’ve had, this is especially true. The pandemic revealed how much we depend on the people we love, and how social connections brighten our lives.

Just as nothing has been normal this year — the 2020 holiday season will be no different. But gift-giving is one of the few holiday traditions that’s still safe to enjoy.

For this reason, finding that perfect gift might add another layer of stress this year. So if you’re stumped on what to give a science geek this holiday season — you can relax. You’ve come to the right place. Our partners at My Science Shop happen to be experts in shopping for science gifts, and they’ve rounded up some of their most unique options in this 2020 Christmas and holiday gift-giving guide. 

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Badminton: Give me a year, and I’ll catch up with my seniors, says Letshanaa

PETALING JAYA: Promising shuttler K. Letshanaa (pic) is giving herself until the end of next year to be on par with the seniors.

The 17-year-old believes she is trending in the right direction despite her results suggesting otherwise as there is still a wide gulf between her and senior teammates in the women’s singles department.

Letshanaa has been part of all the four internal meets since August including last week’s BAM Mixed Team Championship where she played a total of seven matches against three seniors – Soniia Cheah, Lee Ying Ying and Eoon Qi Xuan.

She lost all of them in straight games.

“There’s certainly some catching up to do, but I don’t think I’m too far behind, ” said Letshanaa, who first gained prominence when she was crowned the national Under-18 champion in 2017 when she was just 14.

She is convinced that her game has gone from strength

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Give a loved one the hug you can’t give in person with a Bearaby weighted blanket

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Winter’s all about snow angels, sledding down hills and, best of all, getting all cozy inside while Mother Nature turns everything into Popsicles outside. And considering that it’s 2020, when staying inside is pretty much the only practical option for many of us, you’re going to start looking seriously at maximizing the part of the equation where you’re getting cozy.

And it doesn’t get any cozier than Bearaby.

No, it has nothing to do with bears…or babies…or baby bears. Bearaby’s collection of high-quality weighted blankets are handmade using sustainable materials; they’re kind of like getting a hug from an eco-conscious Santa Claus. And who couldn’t use a hug like that in 2020?

Medical science has shown that weighted blankets help you get better, deeper sleep. It works by stimulating the parts of your brain that produce serotonin, the hormone that helps stabilize your moods and make you content

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Give the gift of Bill Nye with his virtual reality science kit

This year, you can give your kids the gift of science with fully immersive VR experiments from the scientist generations have grown up with — Bill Nye. 

Bill Nye’s Virtual Reality Science Kit ($59.99) includes VR goggles and a free mobile app that can be used on any smartphone to make kids feel like they’re hanging out with Bill in his lab or are exploring rocky caves, volcanoes, or waterfalls. 

Bill Nye (the Science Guy)’s kit includes an 80-page book that can be brought to life through the VR goggles, which teaches 30 step-by-step science projects.

Kids will learn chemistry, biology, and physics through experiments that help them “tattoo” an egg, create a lemon battery, or make their own speakers. They’ll learn about scientific principles like density, oxidation, and chemical reactions and be able to follow along with Bill Nye as he walks them through all 30 experiments (with

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Amazon will give front-line workers an extra $500 million in bonuses by the end of the year

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  • Amazon said it will give out $500 million in bonuses.
  • In December, full-time employees will get $300 bonuses and part-time employees will get $150 bonuses.
  • Other retailers like Walmart and Home Deport have made similar moves.
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Amazon will pay out $500 million in holiday bonuses to front-line workers, the company said in a blog post Thursday.


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The money will be payed out in $300 bonuses for full-time employees, and $150 bonuses for part-time employees. Including this money, Amazon says it has paid more than $2.5 billion in bonuses to front-line workers this year. It paid another $500 million in bonuses in June.

The coronavirus had led to a surge in e-commerce spending, and Amazon has reported huge earnings this year. The online retailers warehouses around the country remained open, potentially putting

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Technology Can Give Your Small Business A Boost As The Holiday Season Approaches

Michael Plummer, Jr. is President/CEO/CTO of Our Town America, the nation’s premier New Mover Marketing franchise.

The holiday season can be a lucrative time for small businesses, and this year, it’s an even bigger opportunity as the pandemic looms. As The New York Times notes, Harvard researchers estimated that more than 100,000 small businesses had to close their doors during the early stages of Covid-19, and others are barely surviving — merely hoping the holiday season boost is enough to get them to 2021.

Small Business Saturday, which is the Saturday after Thanksgiving, will give many small businesses around the country a chance to remind people of the benefits of shopping local year-round.

Unfortunately, residents aren’t exploring neighborhoods like they could before the pandemic, so this is the time to push hard to make sure your business stands out. Thankfully, technology can be used during these times to

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Genes that give plant nucleus its shape discovered, also regulate copper tolerance — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have identified how the architecture of the cell nucleus can change gene activity in plants. This discovery reveals fundamental knowledge about genome regulation and points towards future methods for potentially manipulating the expression of many genes simultaneously.

The long strands of DNA and the protein machinery needed to turn gene expression on or off are contained, floating within the nuclei of cells. The nucleus is essentially a sack made of a flexible, double-membrane envelope that is supported by an inner, fine-mesh frame of proteins called the nuclear lamina.

“DNA does not drift aimlessly within the nucleus. We expect that there is nonrandom spatial positioning of genes around the nuclear lamina,” said Professor Sachihiro Matsunaga who led the research project from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, recently published in Nature Communications.

Gene regulation is often studied at the one-dimensional level

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Watch astronauts give zero-gravity tour of SpaceX Crew Dragon ship

  • SpaceX and NASA launched Crew-1, their first full-length mission, on Sunday.
  • The four-person astronaut crew gave a video tour of the Crew Dragon spaceship from orbit on Monday.
  • They also gave pilot Victor Glover a gold pin to commemorate his first spaceflight.
  • Watch the full video from inside the spaceship below. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A day after SpaceX rocketed four astronauts into orbit, the crew gave a video tour of their Crew Dragon spaceship.

NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japanese Aerospace Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Sunday night. Their itinerary requires them to spend 27 hours inside the capsule, which they named named “Resilience,” before reaching the space station.

So on Monday, the crew took a few minutes to show the world their spaceship.

“Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and welcome onboard Crew

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