Antarctic place names recognise ‘modern explorers’

Antarctica is getting 28 new place names to recognise British individuals who’ve made a major contribution to advancing science in the polar regions.

The list includes Jonathan Shanklin, co-discoverer of the ozone hole, and Alastair Fothergill, whose BBC films such as Frozen Planet have widened understanding of the White Continent.

The honourees will be associated with various mountains, glaciers and bays.

These are features known previously only by their anonymous coordinates.

It’s highly unusual for so large a group of people to be recognised in this way all at once.

But the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee felt something special was required to mark the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the continent.

map: Peak Francis is surrounded by cliffs (Image source: Copernicus/Sentinel-2)

Peak Francis is surrounded by cliffs (Image source: Copernicus/Sentinel-2)

Russian explorer Fabian von Bellingshausen and British/Irish naval officer Edward Bransfield first sighted Antarctica within days of each other in January 1820.

They, of course, have long

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New AI-Based Navigation Helps Loon’s Balloons Hover in Place

Candido and his team have been working on this problem for several years, since the company was first launched as part of the Google X research lab in 2012. Loon is now a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

The big advancement since then has been applying reinforcement learning, something previously used in video games, to a real-world challenge, according to Marc Bellemare, lead author on the Nature paper and a research scientist at Google Canada. “Machine learning refers to the idea of taking data and making predictions about outcomes,” Bellemare says. “With reinforcement learning we are focusing on the decision part. How do we go up or down based on that data? Not only is [the AI controller] making decisions, but making decisions over time.”

Some experts believe the AI-powered balloons can also be used to monitor Earth’s environmental vital signs, such as checking on melting in the Arctic

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Apple falls to fourth place in global smartphone market

Apple has slipped to No. 4 in the global smartphone rankings after being leapfrogged by Chinese upstart Xiaomi.

The iPhone maker, who had recently trailed only Samsung and Huawei in global market share, has fallen out of the top three, according to sales estimates from research firm Gartner.

Apple’s sales of 40.6 million iPhones in the quarter ending September — before the new iPhone 12 line was released — represented just over 11 percent of the overall smartphone market .

Xiaomi, meanwhile, saw sales jump 35 percent over the quarter, taking a 12 percent chunk of the market with its 44.4 million devices sold.

Samsung kept a firm grip on its first place standing, nearly doubling Apple’s sales with 80.8 million smartphones sold. Despite seeing growth slow by more than 20 percent from last year, Huawei kept its hold on second place.

The new figures showed a reduced appetite for

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With ability to fly anywhere in the world, ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ players choose this special place

Paris? New York? Hawaii? Over the Grand Canyon? If you could fly anywhere, even on an imaginary flight via “Microsoft Flight Simulator,” where would you go? The answer to the question is a bit surprising, but actually makes perfect sense in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a new documentary about the making of the rebooted video game, when faced with the ability to fly anywhere in the world, 70% of players chose the same place. They flew home.

Microsoft’s longest running product franchise returned to the skies in August with its first refresh in 14 years. The game takes advantage technology enhancements including use of Bing Maps’ global imagery and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, along with artificial intelligence tech that enables live traffic and real-time weather.

PREVIOUSLY: ‘Flight Simulator’ is back, and it’s real: Microsoft uses cloud to help classic franchise soar again

The 30-minute documentary

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One reseller group snagged nearly 3,500 PlayStation 5 consoles, and the resale market might be the only place to score one after it sold out everywhere online

graphical user interface, text, application: After getting to checkout, PlayStation 5 buyers found out the device had already sold out. Walmart

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After getting to checkout, PlayStation 5 buyers found out the device had already sold out. Walmart

  • The PlayStation 5 launched this week in Europe and the United Kingdom, and customers encountered many of the same issues they faced in the US: The console was sold out near-instantly at most retailers.
  • The only way to get a PlayStation 5 at launch was through a preorder, but some retailers sold PS5 consoles digitally on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A robust resale market for the coveted new game console is at least partially to blame, and that market is dominated by groups that work collectively and use “bots” to buy up as much stock as possible.
  • The manager of one such group told Business Insider that his group is responsible for thousands of PlayStation 5 purchases headed for resale. “You have to put the work in otherwise you literally don’t stand
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Drug development technology wins first place at BizTech 2020

LightCode, a technology that accelerates drug discovery and was developed by Dr. Gilad Rosenblatt and Dr. Boris Simkhovich, has won first place at BizTech 2020. The announcement was made at the BizTech final event which was held online and attended by Israel’s Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay and UAE representative Shrikant Tucker from the Emirati Innovation Authority.BizTech 2020 operates as part of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center t-hub. It is a program designed to foster entrepreneurs who are developing deep technologies by providing them with professional mentorship. BizTech graduates have raised more than #750 m. in the program’s 16 years of operation.The winning project, LightCode identifies the potential of small, molecules to be used in new drugs, accelerating drug discovery. Currently, drug development can take around a decade and an investment of billions of dollars, and approximately 90% of drugs that reach clinical development do
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Global Respiratory Infection Diagnostic Market to 2025 – by Technology, Plex, Place and by Region


The “Respiratory Infection Diagnostic Markets by Technology, Plex, Place and by Region with COVID-19 Impact & Forecasting/Analysis, and Executive and Consultant Guides 2021-2025” report has been added to’s offering.

COVID-19 has broken open the market for point of care testing of respiratory infections. Now the competition for market share begins in earnest. Large new markets are opening up. In health facilities, clinics, physicians’ offices and elsewhere. And let’s not forget the screening market, not just for COVID, but for the rest of the 20 something respiratory pathogens as well. Multiplex vs single plex? Explore the rapidly changing market as competitors jockey for position in new markets that are not yet well understood.

New technology is forever changing the diagnosis of respiratory infections. Shrinking time to result is opening up markets multiple times the size of current microbiology based practice. Diagnosis has already moved into the

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Raiders place Ferrell and Joyneron on virus list

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

The Las Vegas Raiders have placed defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell and defensive back Lamarcus Joyneron the COVID-19 list.

The list is used for players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have had close contact with someone who tested positive.

If the players tested positive they would miss this week’s game against Kansas City. If they are only close contacts and don’t test positive they could return before Sunday.


Mississippi basketball coach Kermit Davis has tested positive for COVID-19 and could be sidelined when the season starts.

Ole Miss announced the positive test on Tuesday, saying if a follow-up test is also positive Davis will isolate at home and miss the Rebels’ first two games.

Ronnie Hamilton would serve as interim head coach for the home games Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 against Central

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Place Technology Expands Customer Base by 1,400 Percent, Announces 4,400 Percent Revenue Growth Year-To-Date

Financial forecasting solutions provider continues to expand customer base in SaaS, professional services markets

Place Technology (Place), the comprehensive financial forecasting solutions provider for SaaS and professional services companies, today announced a 1,400 percent increase in net new customer acquisitions and subscription revenue growth of 4,400 percent year-to-date.

Following a successful $3 million seed round in October 2019, Place concentrated its core business to serve small and medium-sized SaaS and professional services companies, leading to significant year-over-year revenue growth. As uncertainty continues to surround today’s markets, companies are increasingly seeking to enhance their ability to quickly forecast recurring and non-recurring contract revenues, cash flow, sales pipelines and operational expenses without the burden of manual data management.

Notable customer acquisitions include:

  • Nylas, a leading provider of communications APIs for software developers.

  • Robots & Pencils, a mobile first strategy, design and development firm.

  • Skaled, a B2B sales and management consultancy.

“Finance teams

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Apple Is Not a Factor In the One Place Smartphone Demand Is Still Growing

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is running out of places to sell regularly priced iPhones.

Apple Is Not a Factor In the One Place Smartphone Demand Is Still Growing

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Apple Is Not a Factor In the One Place Smartphone Demand Is Still Growing

It’s not an idea everyone agrees with. Even if the Americas market is nearing plausible saturation, China and the rest of Asia — India in particular — still hold lots of growth potential. Indeed, with the first Apple store set to open in India next year, it’s clear Apple is ready to act on the opportunity.

It’s not a bad bet either, on the surface. Although India became the world’s second-biggest smartphone market last year, according to data from Counterpoint Research, the 158 million smartphones sold in India in 2019 is only about 11% of its population of 1.37 billion people. That leaves room for smartphone market growth on the order of 11% to 14% per

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