Puerto Rican scientists, shattered by collapse of Arecibo Observatory, push to rebuild

Génesis Ferrer had dreamed of working in the Arecibo Observatory ever since she first met some of its astrophysicists during a high school trip in Puerto Rico.

After hearing them use terms such as “radiation” and “emission,” Ferrer, 21, said she “just fell in love with the entire idea of being able to understand things so far away.” Like many scientists in the U.S. territory, Ferrer can trace back her interest in astrophysics, biophysics and space to that school trip.

The fourth-year physics student from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus, had recently earned a fellowship from the Puerto Rico NASA Space Consortium to study emissions from red dwarf stars using the giant radio telescope in Arecibo. Because of coronavirus restrictions, Ferrer has been accessing the data she needs from the Arecibo Observatory remotely, hoping she would soon be able to finish her investigation in the place where

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Virginia Tech football’s final push begins with No. 3 Clemson

The final push begins with Saturday night’s showdown against third-ranked Clemson at Lane Stadium, with Virginia Tech (4-5, 4-4 ACC) seeking to end a three-game slide and beat the two-time College Football Playoff champions in Blacksburg, Va., for the first time since 2006.

“We have a chance to feel really good at the end of this season,” Virginia Tech defensive tackle Jarrod Hewitt said. “We’ve had a tough couple weeks. We have a chance to pull off an upset which nobody thinks we can do, and we’ve got our instate rival Virginia coming at home, so it can be a very memorable last two games.”

Before turning their attention to winning back the Commonwealth Cup from Virginia in the regular season finale, the Hokies must contend with two Heisman Trophy contenders on the ACC’s top-ranked scoring offense (45.5 points per game) in quarterback Trevor Lawrence and tailback Travis Etienne.

Lawrence,

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While many Michigan students go virtual, some Ann Arbor parents continue push for in-person classes

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor Public Schools has been hearing from frustrated parents sounding the alarm about their children’s needs not being met by remote-only learning since the beginning of the school year.

Others have used school board meetings to press the district on the “unattainable” metrics they said it has developed to allow for a return to the classroom.

These grievances have become commonplace as AAPS remains one of just 14% of districts statewide still offering only fully remote instruction. Similarly sized districts have either stayed in virtual learning the entire school year or switched to completely virtual learning in recent weeks.

AAPS is operating on the side of caution to limit the spread of COVID-19, district officials said. But some parents said they worry about the potential impact that being socially isolated from their peers so long will have on students.

More than just high schools are

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India’s push for gender equity in science



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One of the focuses of the new Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, currently being drafted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), will be to increase the participation of women in science. To this end, the DST will incorporate a system of grading institutes depending on the enrolment of women and the advancement of the careers of women faculty and scientists. The concept borrows from a programme started by the UK in 2005 called the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network), which is now being adopted by many countries. The DST will soon launch a pilot, which the British Council has helped it develop.

What is Athena SWAN?

The Athena SWAN Charter is an evaluation and accreditation programme in the UK enhancing gender equity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM). Participating research organisations and academic institutions are required to analyse data

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Smartphone Shipments Will Return to Growth in the Holiday Quarter and Beyond Driven by Strong Push Behind 5G, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 25, 2020–

Following a stronger than expected third quarter (3Q20), the global smartphone market is expected to return to growth during the holiday quarter this year. According to the International Data Corporation ( IDC ) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments are forecast to grow 2.4% year over year in 4Q20, followed by 4.4% year-over-year growth in 2021. The market rebound will be fueled by an impressively quick supply chain recovery as well as significant incentives from both OEMs and channels on new 5G products. IDC expects the global market to grow each year through 2024 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.3%.

“Despite concerns around weakness in 5G demand, smartphone volumes exceeded the forecast in 3Q20 and supply-side momentum headed into the holiday quarter and 2021 remains strong,” said Ryan Reith, program vice president with IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Device Trackers

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Smartphone shipments to rebound this quarter thanks to 5G push

Shipments will grow by 2.4% for the holiday quarter and then rise by 4.4% next year, projects IDC.

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Following a rough 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic downturn, the smartphone industry is gearing up for a brighter future.

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Smartphone shipments are estimated to grow by 2.4% this quarter compared with the fourth quarter of 2019, research firm IDC said on Wednesday. Shipments are then forecast to increase by 4.4% for all of 2021. Gazing further into the future, IDC expects a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.3% through 2024.

The rebound will be triggered by a quick and healthy recovery of the supply chain along with a strong push of 5G smartphones by manufacturers and retailers. Seen as a driving force, 5G phones will capture almost 10% of all global smartphone shipments this year and reach

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To push or to pull? How many-limbed marine organisms swim — ScienceDaily

When you think of swimming, you probably imagine pushing through the water — creating backwards thrust that pushes you forward. New research at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) suggests instead that many marine animals actually pull themselves through the water, a phenomenon dubbed “suction thrust.”

The study, published in Scientific Reports, found that small marine animals with multiple propulsers — including larval crabs, polychaete worms, and some types of jellyfish — don’t push themselves forward when they move their appendages, but instead create negative pressure behind them that pulls them through the water.

When the front appendage moves, it creates a pocket of low pressure behind it that may reduce the energy required by the next limb to move. “It is similar to how cyclists use draft to reduce wind drag and to help pull the group along,” says lead author Sean Colin of Roger Williams University, a Whitman

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Now An Amazon Company, Zoox Is Ready To Dial-Up Its Robotaxi Push

Self-driving tech startup Zoox has gone through a big management shakeup and surprise sale to Amazon in the past two years. But with the acquisition complete the secretive Silicon Valley firm is ready to reveal its electric robotaxi and updated plans–which don’t include pivoting to automated deliveries despite being owned by a retail behemoth worth more than a trillion dollars.

“Eventually, probably, we can move other things but it’s very clear for Amazon this is a growth opportunity. Our mission–a ground-up robotaxi, moving people, ride-hailing–is absolutely intact,” CEO Aicha Evans tells Forbes. Next month “you will see the real vehicle. You will see it driving in autonomy, performing maneuvers. We’re unveiling the curtain as to what Zoox is up to and how we’re doing things.”

She didn’t provide a specific date.

Its purpose-built “bi-directional” model with four-wheel

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Facebook Content Moderators Say Office Push Risks Lives

(Bloomberg) — More than 200 of Facebook Inc.’s content moderators said their lives are being put at risk by the requirement to work in offices in global hot spots during the pandemic.



a screen shot of a computer: The Facebook Inc. application is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Facebook is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency.


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The Facebook Inc. application is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Facebook is struggling to respond to growing demands from Washington to explain how the personal data of millions of its users could be exploited by a consulting firm that helped Donald Trump win the presidency.

“Now, on top of work that is psychologically toxic, holding onto the job means walking into a hot zone,” wrote the outside contractors and Facebook employees in a letter to the executives of the social-media company and the contracting companies released Wednesday. Moderators sift through explicit, violent and abusive content to remove it from Facebook’s social network.

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What Amazon’s push into pharmacy means for pharmacies, health plans, and startups

Companies like Hims or Ro that prescribe and ship medications to your door could see a slight benefit as getting drugs online goes mainstream, but ultimately could have to compete directly with Amazon.

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Analysts and experts credit Amazon with ushering in the widespread adoption of e-commerce shopping and selling habits with its Prime two-day shipping. Amazon Pharmacy could create the same seismic shifts in mail-order prescriptions that initially benefit the existing companies in the space, but ultimately leave those companies competing directly with the behemoth.

Direct-to-consumer pharmacies, for example, could benefit as new consumers learn to order prescriptions online for the first time through Amazon. In a way, it proves their business model is a good one, and that widespread adoption is possible, making the private companies more enticing to potential investors. However, customers could have a more established purchasing relationship with Amazon, given the ubiquity of Prime memberships

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