Air pollution spikes linked to lower test scores for Salt Lake County third graders — ScienceDaily

Fine particulate matter (PM2.5), the tiny particles responsible for hazy air pollution, are detrimental to children’s health even inside the classroom. Mounting evidence has linked chronic exposure with poor academic performance in K-12 students. Until now, no research had examined the impact of “peak” air pollution events, the 24-hour spikes of extremely high PM2.5 levels. For students in Salt Lake County, Utah, these episodes are a dangerous reality — the county’s largest city, Salt Lake City, was among the top 10 most polluted American cities for short-term particle pollution in the latest American Lung Association report.

In a new study, University of Utah researchers found that more frequent peak air pollution exposure was associated with reduced math and English language arts (ELA) test scores for third graders in all primary public schools in Salt Lake County during the 2016-2017 year. The minimum peak pollution levels in this study are below

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New Microsoft technology scores meetings by tracking employees’ body language and facial expressions for ‘boredom’ and ‘fatigue’

A new Microsoft patent shows how the technology giant might assign meetings scores based on attendees body language and facial expressions in the future.



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The patent for an “insight computing system” would track numerous parameters including the number of people in a meeting, room temperature, time of day, the number of time each participant speaks, and more.

It would also track “speech patterns” that would be able to detect “boredom” or “fatigue”. This would be matched against other tasks such as “texting, checking email, [and] browsing the Internet” as well as being informed by an employee’s schedule.

This tracking could be done via a smartphone, computer, and a range of other electronic devices, which would allow the system to use wi-fi and Bluetooth beacons to count how many people are in a room at one time.

“Because conventional computerized scheduling systems lack real-world context, users

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Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech updates: Live NCAAF game scores, results for Saturday

Game Recap

The Oklahoma State Cowboys experienced an absolute beatdown Saturday but somehow put the pieces back together and came to play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Oklahoma State snuck past Texas Tech with a 50-44 win. The Red Raiders can consider this payback for the 45-35 loss they dealt the Cowboys the last time the teams encountered one another last October.

Oklahoma State’s offense rushed out of the gates and came up with 21 first-half points. Texas Tech wasn’t quite able to keep up, and the score was 21-17 heading into the break. The offense for Oklahoma State continued to do well in the second half, scoring another 29 points to put the game away.

RB Dezmon Jackson had only a few touches last week, but he got the ball a lot more this time and made it count. Jackson had a dynamite game for the Cowboys; he

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Aluma scores 19 and Virginia Tech opens with 77-62 win

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Keve Aluma scored a career-high 19 points in his debut with Virginia Tech and the Hokies pulled away in the second half to beat Radford 77-62 in a season opener on Wednesday.

Aluma, a Wofford transfer who sat out last season, was 7 of 10 from the field, including three 3-pointers. Nahiem Alleyne added 14 points and Hunter Cattoor had 12, all on 3-pointers. The Hokies shot under 50% overall but made 11 of 26 from the arc for 42.3%. Alleyne and Cattoor are returnees to a program that has nine newcomers.

Justyn Mutt scored with two minutes left in the first half to give the Hokies the lead for good and Alleyne scored seven of the Hokies’ next nine points for a 37-31 halftime lead. Virginia Tech and went up by 17 with just over three

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Pittsburgh vs. Virginia Tech updates: Live NCAA Football game scores, results for Saturday

The Pittsburgh Panthers have had a week off and are no doubt ready to get back on the field. Pitt and the Virginia Tech Hokies will face off in an ACC battle at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday at Heinz Field. The Panthers should still be feeling good after a big win, while Virginia Tech will be looking to right the ship.

Pitt made easy work of the Florida State Seminoles two weeks ago and carried off a 41-17 victory.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech was first on the board but had to settle for second at the end of their game against the Miami (FL) Hurricanes last week. Virginia Tech and Miami (FL) were almost perfectly matched up, but the Hokies suffered an agonizing 25-24 loss. RB Jalen Holston put forth a good effort for the losing side as he punched in two rushing touchdowns. Holston had some trouble finding his

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Marketing automation platform Klaviyo scores $200M Series C on $4.15B valuation

Boston-based marketing automation firm Klaviyo wants to change the way marketers interact with data, giving them direct access to their data and their customers. It believes that makes it easier to customize the messages and produce better results. Investors apparently agree, awarding the company a $200 million Series C on a hefty $4.15 billion valuation today.

The round was led by Accel with help from Summit Partners. It comes on the heels of last year’s $150 million Series B, and brings the total raised to $385.5 million, according the company. Accel’s Ping Li will also be joining the company board under the terms of today’s announcement.

Marketing automation and communication takes on a special significance as we find ourselves in the midst of this pandemic and companies need to find ways to communicate in meaningful ways with customers who can’t come into brick and mortar establishments. Company CEO and co-founder

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Sci-Tech boys soccer scores three second-half goals, defeats Duggan 3-0

SPRINGFIELD – In an unorthodox game that saw the Sci-Tech and Duggan boys soccer teams play seven-on-seven with 10 minute quarters Monday, the CyberCats came away with a 3-0 win behind a trio of second-half goals.

With 38 seconds left in the third quarter, Sci-Tech finally broke the deadlock when freshman Omar Al Yasine received a through ball from a teammate and calmly placed a shot past the Duggan goalkeeper and into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

It was a long time coming for the CyberCats, who created several opportunities in the first half prior to the opening goal, but struggled to find their finishing touch.

Playing under rare circumstances, Sci-Tech coach Kaela Saltmarsh acknowledged the satisfaction her players felt after recording a win in a season that many were unsure would happen.

“They’re proud of themselves,” Saltmarsh said. “They worked hard. They didn’t think that

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Georgia Tech vs. Pittsburgh updates: Live NCAA Football game scores, results for Saturday

The Pittsburgh Panthers are 4-1 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets since October of 2015, and they’ll have a chance to extend that success on Saturday. Pitt and Georgia Tech will face off in an ACC battle at 7 p.m. ET at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. The Panthers will be strutting in after a victory while Georgia Tech will be stumbling in from a loss.

Pitt made easy work of the Florida State Seminoles last week and carried off a 41-17 win.

Meanwhile, Georgia Tech ended up a good deal behind the Notre Dame Fighting Irish when they played two weeks ago, losing 31-13. QB Jeff Sims had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: besides failing to produce a single touchdown, he fumbled the ball once with only 150 yards passing.

Pitt is the favorite in this one, with an

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Hopin Scores Series B, Snap Buys Voca.ai, VR Award Winners

If you follow tech, this was relatively slow news week, dominated by political news, which the denizens of VR Chat gleefully ridiculed with a digital twin of “Total Landscape.” In real tech news, virtual conference platform Hopin announced a big raie, while across the pond, the VR Awards recognized the work of well known companies like Oculus.

Hopin raises $125 M series B. The round was led by IVP with existing investors Accel and DFJ Growth, and Tiger Global joining in. The online events platform’s valuation is over two billion dollars. 

Snap Acquires Voca.ai. The Israeli company created virtual voice agents with AI which enables better

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VT vs. LIB updates: Live NCAAF game scores, results for Saturday

Through 2 Quarters

Down four at the end of last quarter, the Virginia Tech Hokies have now snagged the lead. It’s anybody’s game at halftime, but the Hokies are ahead of the Liberty Flames 20-14.

Virginia Tech has been riding high on the performance of QB Hendon Hooker, who has passed for one TD and 100 yards on 12 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 101 yards. Liberty has enjoyed the tag-team combination of QB Malik Willis and WR CJ Yarbrough. The former has passed for two TDs and 121 yards on 15 attempts in addition to picking up 39 yards on the ground, while the latter has caught one pass for one TD and 32 yards.

this is the first time Liberty has ever been down going into the third quarter

Who’s Playing

No. 25 Liberty @ Virginia Tech

Current Records: Liberty 6-0; Virginia Tech 4-2

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