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Resonance Technology’s CinemaVision Makes the MRI Experience Virtually Entertaining | News

NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Bringing the comfort of a personal movie theater into the MRI scanning procedure. Combining vivid video and symphonic-quality audio, Resonance Technology offers the ultimate in-patient comfort. CinemaVision is an immersive entertainment system with an MR Headset and Visor that helps to alleviate anxiety and claustrophobia by transporting patients to a breathtaking virtual world.

Latest CinemaVision audio/video functions are being showcased at the all-virtual RSNA 2020 event from November 29 – December 5. Attendees can learn about new system features current in the 2020 model and any up coming product plans for the future of patient comfort Audio/Video devices for the MRI experience.

“This device represents more than 30 years of development and state-of-the-art engineering.  We are confident this product will give you the tools you need for comforting the patient while undergoing MRI or fMRI scan procedures. To maintain being the

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DOJ Sues Facebook, Alleging Discrimination Against American Workers | National News

The Trump administration is suing Facebook, alleging that the social media giant discriminated against American workers in the way it hired foreigners for high-paying positions.

A lawsuit filed Thursday by the Justice Department accuses Facebook of refusing to recruit or consider U.S workers for some 2,600 positions from January 2018 to September 2019, instead reserving those jobs for H-1B temporary work visa holders that the company sponsored for permanent residency, often known as a green card.

Federal law requires companies to demonstrate that there are no qualified U.S. workers for a position before it offers the job to a foreign worker on a temporary visa who the company can then sponsor for an employment-based green card.

DOJ alleges in its lawsuit that Facebook reserved those thousands of jobs for foreign workers it sponsored for green cards through a federal immigration process dubbed PERM. Facebook did not advertise the positions on

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Amid Pandemic, Orders Soar for Brazil Robot That Feeds Pigs Playing Classical Music | Technology News

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Orders for a Brazilian pig-feeding robot, which plays classical music while dispensing meals, soared this year as farmers strove to cut costs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roboagro, the privately-owned company that sells the robot, said in a statement sent to Reuters on Thursday that orders rose by an average of 400% to 60 units per month.

The machine uses linear feeders allowing the animals, which are divided in pens, to receive the exact amount of feed needed for each meal. As it works, it plays classical music, which the company claims mitigates animal stress.

Roboagro Director Giovani Molin said in the statement the robot reduces the presence of humans on the pig farms, and generates data that helps improve overall herd management.

Feed accounts for up to 75% of pig production costs, and every cent counts amid a steep rise in grain prices due to heated

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Confirmit Named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Voice of the Customer | News

NEW YORK and OSLO, Norway and LONDON, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Confirmit has been named one of the four Leaders in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Voice of the Customer.

According to Gartner, “A Magic Quadrant identifies and analyzes the most relevant providers in a market. To be included in this Magic Quadrant, each vendor had to demonstrate that it satisfied certain criteria.”

The definition of the Leader Quadrant, according to Gartner is, “Leaders have the ability to execute their vision through VoC products, services and demonstrably solid business results in the form of revenue and earnings. Leaders have significant successful customer deployments in a wide variety of industries — from small businesses through to multiple proofs of deployment for more than 1,000 users. They are often the vendors against which other providers measure themselves.”

This year, Confirmit merged with data visualization specialists, Dapresy, adding advanced new reporting capabilities

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Obama, Bush, Clinton Would Take Coronavirus Vaccine on Camera to Show Safety | Health News

Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton have all said they are willing to take the new coronavirus vaccine when available, possibly even doing so on TV to show that the vaccine is safe.

Obama said on an episode of SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” airing Thursday that he will take a COVID-19 vaccine whenever it becomes available to him.

“I promise you that when it’s been made for people who are less at risk, I will be taking it,” Obama said in audio that was released on YouTube. “I may end up taking it on TV or having it filmed, just so that people know that I trust this science. What I don’t trust is getting COVID.”

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Bush’s chief of staff on Wednesday confirmed to CNN that the former president reached out to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of

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Coronavirus live news: Iran passes 1m Covid-19 cases; WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates’ for travel | World news

The last remaining foreign staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have left North Korea, the latest in a mass exodus of foreigners amid strict coronavirus lockdowns.

North Korea has reported zero confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the government has imposed stifling measures that in some cases go beyond the controls already in place in the politically and economically isolated country.

International ICRC staff left Pyongyang on Wednesday and the organisation’s ongoing work there will be managed by its delegation in Beijing, said Graziella Leite Piccoli, the ICRC’s deputy head of delegation for east Asia.

“They have completed their assignments in the DPRK,” she said, using the initials of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “They will be going to their home countries to reunite with their families.”

The ICRC office remained open with very limited activities given the current anti-coronavirus

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Affordable Housing Units Prone to Floods Could Triple by 2050 | Smart News

The amount of affordable housing in the United States that is susceptible to damage and destruction caused by coastal flooding will triple by 2050, reports Daniel Cusick for E&E News.

A new study, published yesterday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, suggests that around 7,668 affordable housing units in the U.S. flood annually. Without swift action to reduce carbon emissions, that number could reach nearly 25,000 units by 2050, reports Oliver Milman for the Guardian. This is the first study of its kind to assess how vulnerable affordable housing units are to flooding and rising sea levels, according to a press release.

According to Reuters, previous studies have forecasted how houses along the coasts will be affected by climate change, but “there’s been much less attention put on these lower-income communities,” says computational scientist Scott Kulp of Climate Central, an independent group of scientists and communicators researching climate change.

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Massive Arecibo Telescope Collapses in Puerto Rico | Smart News

On Tuesday, the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed, ending its nearly 60 years of operation, reports Dánica Coto for the Associated Press (AP).

The collapse saw a 900-ton equipment platform fall from more than 400 feet up and crash into the northern part of the telescope’s 1,000-foot-wide dish, per the AP. The National Science Foundation (NSF), which manages the facility, announced that no injuries have been reported.

This final death knell for Arecibo’s telescope, which tracked asteroids approaching Earth and searched the heavens for habitable planets, followed other serious damages to the massive

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Xiaomi Shares Slide 7.1% After Finalising $3.9 Billion in Equity Deal | Technology News

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp’s shares fell 7.1% in Hong Kong trading on Wednesday as the company finalised a $3.91 billion capital raising that included the city’s largest top up placement.

The company said 1 billion shares were sold at HK$23.70 each as part of the top up deal that was carried out overnight. The final price was a 9.4% discount to Xiaomi’s closing price of HK$26.15 on Tuesday.

Trading of Xiaomi’s stock was halted during the morning session before the company released details of the capital raise during Hong Kong’s lunch break, when trading is stopped for an hour.

It had been expected that details of the deal would be announced before the start of the trading day in line with normal market practices.

Xiaomi did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on why the deal was not announced until lunchtime.

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