New discovery by SMART allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome in plants — ScienceDaily

Researchers from the Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) have discovered a way to use Raman spectroscopy for early detection of shade avoidance syndrome (SAS) in plants. The discovery can help farmers with timely intervention against SAS, leading to better plant health and crop yield.

SAS is an adaptive response and an irreversible phenomenon, where plants reach for more light to overcome shaded conditions. It is commonly seen in plants experiencing vegetative shade which is detrimental to plant health, as it leads to a number of issues including hindrance of leaf development, early flowering and weakening of the plant’s structure and immune system.

Thus, early detection of SAS is key for sustainable agriculture and improved crop yield. However, existing methods for detection of SAS in

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Theories Abound About the Origins of a Mysterious Monolith Discovered in the Utah Desert | Smart News

A survey crew from Utah’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) flew low in a helicopter over the state’s Red Rocks Country last week, scanning the craggy landscape. The team was working with the Division of Wildlife Resources to count bighorn sheep, which roam in this secluded part of the desert in southeastern Utah.

But instead of the sure-footed climbers, something else caught the researchers’ attention: a shiny metal monolith protruding from the red rocks. The strange, three-sided structure stood out against the surrounding desert and resembled something out of a science fiction movie.

“One of the biologists is the one who spotted it and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings tells local television station KSL’s Andrew Adams. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘what?’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there—we’ve got

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Apple Wins Smart Fabrics Patent that details Technology that could be applied to Future Over-Ear Headphones, an HMD, Glasses & more


Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent relating to smart fabrics by forming electrical connections in fabric-based items that could include bags, clothing and be integrated into future products such as: Over-ear headphones, Apple Watch bands, accessory cases, eyeglasses an HMD, automotive seating and more. As for automotive seating, Patently Apple covered this in another patent report back in early July. One of the patent figure images is presented below with smart fabrics highlighted in yellow.  


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Technically, Apple’s granted patent covers an item that may include fabric or other materials formed from intertwined strands of material. The item may include circuitry that produces signals. The strands of material may include non-conductive strands and conductive strands. Strands may be intertwined using weaving equipment, knitting equipment, braiding equipment, or other equipment for intertwining strands of material.


The conductive strands may carry the signals produced by the circuitry.

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Smart TVs might add an Xbox in 2021, and more tech news you need to know today

Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Wednesday, 25 November 2020. It’s Thanksgiving Eve! Back Friday.

1. The future is your Smart TV playing Xbox games

Google Chromecast with Google TV for you tab

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Xbox chief Phil Spencer gave an interview with The Verge as part of an hour-long podcast. There’s a fair bit in there and The Verge helpfully has an edited transcript.

  • A few points! One is the first confirmation, I think, that Microsoft sells the console hardware at a loss. It’s no surprise; that’s been the case for most consoles over the past …forever? But it’s confirmed!
  • Spencer is disappointed that expected launch title Halo Infinite was delayed to 2021, not serving as a powerful reason to pick-up the Xbox Series X/S. But Microsoft couldn’t sell more, because of supply chain problems. And it’s the same for Sony, Nvidia, and AMD, all seemingly
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Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate Event – Mayors Panel Announced

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Nov 24, 2020 (3BL Media via COMTEX) —


Register today for Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerate 2020 where we’ll explore the most recent technology advances, business models, and lessons that can make the Smart Connected Cities and Connected Spaces a reality.

Learn and hear from city leaders, the ecosystem, and solution providers on the latest technological advancements and deployments in a variety of smart connected spaces.

Join us for this virtual event on Wednesday, December 9, from 9am – 12pm PT or 7pm – 10pm PT, kicking off with a fireside chat with President Cristiano Amon.

New panel announced: U.S. Mayoral Roundtable: How will Future Technology Support the Transformation of our Cities, moderated by George Burciaga, IGNITE CITIES.

(Host) Mayor Steve K. Benjamin
City of Columbia, SC

Mayor Kirk Caldwell
City & County

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Sound waves power new advances in drug delivery and smart materials


IMAGE: The patented ‘Respite’ nebuliser uses high-frequency sound waves to precisely deliver drugs to the lungs.
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Credit: RMIT University

Researchers have revealed how high-frequency sound waves can be used to build new materials, make smart nanoparticles and even deliver drugs to the lungs for painless, needle-free vaccinations.

While sound waves have been part of science and medicine for decades – ultrasound was first used for clinical imaging in 1942 and for driving chemical reactions in the 1980s – the technologies have always relied on low frequencies.

Now researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, have shown how high frequency sound waves could revolutionise the field of ultrasound-driven chemistry.

A new review published in Advanced Science reveals the bizarre effects of these sound waves on materials and cells, such as molecules that seem to spontaneously order themselves after being hit with the sonic equivalent of a semi-trailer.

The researchers

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The Hisense 65-inch 4K UHD smart Android TV is coming back to Best Buy for $250


Put 65 inches of Android TV goodness in your living room for just $250.


Welcome to the latest episode of Ridiculously Cheap TV News. A couple weeks ago, Best Buy had a 70-inch Hisense model for just $400. (It’s up to $450 now, but still $200 off and a pretty amazing deal.) Shortly thereafter, that TV’s slightly smaller brother was on sale for an even more amazing price.

It sold out very quickly, but as of this morning, Best Buy shows it as “coming soon” — meaning the deal will be back. (We have confirmation from Hisense on this as well, but the timing is unclear.) Here’s the offer: The Hisense H65 65-inch 4K UHD smart Android TV for $250. Earlier this morning, it was briefly available for purchase, but now it’s back to “coming soon.” My advice: Check Best Buy’s page often.

How good can this

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Even Mount Everest, the World’s Tallest Peak, Can’t Escape Microplastics | Smart News

Two years ago, scientists reported that plastic pollution has found its way into the Mariana Trench, the darkest, deepest part of the ocean. Now, plastic has officially infiltrated the highest point above sea level: Mount Everest.

A study published November 20 in the journal One Earth reveals microplastics have been found up and down Mount Everest in staggering concentrations, reports Carolyn Wilke for Science News.

Last year, a team of 34 scientists embarked on an icy expedition up Mount Everest to better understand how climate change is affecting the highest point above sea level on Earth. (Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the furtherest point away from Earth’s core, and Mauna Kea is the tallest from base to peak.) As part of their research, they scooped up snow samples from various spots on the mountain and stored them in stainless steel jars to bring back to the lab for testing, reports

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Smart Access Memory: the simple switch that makes an all-AMD gaming PC sing

With the introduction of AMD’s RX 6000-series GPUs, it’s possible to build a high-end PC that’s entirely reliant on red team technology. Multi-core processor running at 4.7GHz? Got it. Enthusiast-grade 4K graphics card? Fitted. PCIe 4.0 motherboard to plug it all into? Raring to go. Snap it all together and there’s even potential for a little bonus performance that AMD just found down the back of the PCIe interconnect, covered in dust. Something it likes to call Smart Access Memory.

It’s been a while since we would, nay, could wholly recommend an all-red rig for anything beyond the mid-range of gaming PCs. And by that I mean a fairly high-end PC, RX 5700 XT and all, but the spectrum is so skewed that we’re meant to think a $1,500 gaming PC is somehow ‘mid-range’. Regardless, AMD has been an easy enough recommendation to make for the budget and mid-range gamer,

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Smart Inhalers Market Outlook to 2030: Emerging Trends and Will Generate New Growth Opportunities Status

Smart inhalers market accounted forever US $137.6millionin 2019. The market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 11.5% from 2020 to 2030.

The market growth of smart inhalers can be attributed to factors such as the growing geriatric population globally and the rising number of patients suffering from respiratory diseases. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, more than 25 million in the U.S. are suffering from asthma and 14.8 million adults have been diagnosed with COPD. Also, according to the WHO, smoking is considered to be a primary cause for COPD and more than 1 billion people inhale polluted air exposed to tobacco outdoors. These are among the primary factors that will lead to market growth.

Major Key Players of the Smart Inhalers Market are:
Astra Zeneca plc, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Novartis AG, Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., AptarGroup, Inc., Vectura Group plc,

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