Ovation Science Secures First National Retailer for DermSafe At “Source For Sports” Locations Across Canada

VANCOUVER, BC / ACCESSWIRE / November 30, 2020 / (CSE:OVAT) (OTC:OVATF) Ovation Science Inc. (“Ovation” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its DermSafe® Hand Sanitizer Lotion is now available in select locations of Source For Sports, a Canadian sporting goods retailer with over 130 locations across Canada.

“We are excited to now have DermSafe available to consumers in multiple provinces across Canada at Source For Sports; a North American sporting goods retailer that focuses on providing expert advice and personalized service to help customers find what fits their game. This distribution of DermSafe is just in time to support a safe back-to-sports environment for everyone during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mr. Terry Howlett, President of Ovation. “The roll-out of DermSafe to many of the Source For Sports locations across Canada has commenced.” He added, “We were very pleased with the enthusiasm we received about DermSafe from Sports Distributors

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MIND Technology, Inc. Receives Orders for Source Controller Upgrades

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MIND Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIND) (“MIND” or “the Company”) today announced that it has received a Letter of Award (“LOA”) from an unnamed party for the supply of products and services for a Seamap GunLink 4000 source controller upgrade. The LOA also includes an option for the upgrade of a GunLink 4000 on a second vessel in the future. Following the upgrades, the GunLink 4000 systems will be capable of dual near-field hydrophone recording. Delivery of the first GunLink 4000 system upgrade is expected by January 31, 2021.

Guy Malden, MIND Co-CEO, commented, “Through discussions with our customers and others in the industry, we see increasing requirements for dual near-field hydrophone data acquisition capability coupled with advanced energy source shooting pattern capabilities. This functionality allows for higher resolution images while respecting environmental concerns. We believe that our Seamap GunLink

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America’s unique brand of entrepreneurism is, and always has been, a source of hope for the future

Many of us started the new decade with high hopes and renewed aspirations, and instead, this year delivered a devastating blow. For all the setbacks and losses we’ve experienced, a brighter future remains. We can still look forward to a thriving entrepreneurial environment and fruitful innovations that can continue to improve lives and open new opportunities and horizons.

From afar, the state of American entrepreneurialism seems like a Jackson Pollock painting — messy, disorganized and without a central intent or focus. In one slice of the country, there may be a new and flourishing entrepreneurial endeavor, and yet that same company and idea might be illegal in a different part of the country. America has one the of the highest startup failure rates across the globe, yet we produce the greatest share of the world’s “unicorn startups” — private companies that are deemed highly-valued and successful, such as Facebook, Amazon

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Research creates hydrogen-producing living droplets, paving way for alternative future energy source

Research creates hydrogen-producing living droplets, paving way for alternative future energy source
Electron microscopy image of a densely packed droplet of hydrogen-producing algal cells. Scale bar, 10 micrometres. Credit: Prof Xin Huang, Harbin Institute of Technology

Scientists have built tiny droplet-based microbial factories that produce hydrogen, instead of oxygen, when exposed to daylight in air.

The findings of the international research team based at the University of Bristol and Harbin Institute of Technology in China, are published today in Nature Communications.

Normally, algal cells fix carbon dioxide and produce oxygen by photosynthesis. The study used sugary droplets packed with living algal cells to generate hydrogen, rather than oxygen, by photosynthesis.

Hydrogen is potentially a climate-neutral fuel, offering many possible uses as a future energy source. A major drawback is that making hydrogen involves using a lot of energy, so green alternatives are being sought and this discovery could provide an important step forward.

The team, comprising Professor Stephen Mann and Dr.

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Democratic Source Code for a New U.S.-EU Tech Alliance

Code is law. Lawrence Lessig’s 1999 assertion was that in a digital world, programmers were scripting a values system into their technology, often in a fit of absentmindedness. Twenty years later, the U.S. and Europe are living in the geopolitical landscape those early pioneers created. One-time plucky startups have grown into supergiants vacuuming up ever more data and market share. Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming both an enabler for social well-being and an instrument of authoritarian control. Emerging technologies are transforming militaries, creating new battlefields and changing the nature of warfare. U.S. and Chinese officials crisscross the world in a geostrategic great game for 5G dominance. And social media has become a vector for bad actors—including illiberal states like Russia and China—to disrupt and degrade democracies. In 2020, code is power.

The coronavirus has accelerated these trends. The pandemic has fueled data processing in contacttracing

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Sun-Like Star Identified As the Potential Source of the Wow! Signal

The Big Ear Radio Telescope in Delaware, Ohio, was disassembled in 1998 having operated for over 30 years. It was replaced by a golf course. Big Ear was never the world’s biggest radio telescope, nor its most sensitive. But Big Ear nevertheless made one of the most famous observations in the history of astronomy, one that till this day has never been explained.

Throughout the 1970s, Big Ear searched for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations. And on Aug. 15, 1977, it found one — a strong, intermittent signal lasting for 72 seconds, that stood out from the background noise like a searchlight.

The team quickly ruled out a terrestrial origin or a broadcast from a satellite. Nevertheless, the signal was so powerful and unusual that Jerry Ehman, the astronomer who analyzed the data print out, annotated the signal with the word “Wow!”.

The director of the observatory, John Kraus, later gave

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CZI awards $4.7 million for open source software and organizations advancing open science


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Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $3 million in funding for open source software projects representing some of the strongest computational foundations of modern biomedicine, as well as $1.7 million in funding to three distinct organizations advancing reproducibility practices and support for open research infrastructure.

As part of the third cycle of the Essential Open Source Software for Science (EOSS) program, CZI awarded $3 million for 17 new grants. These awards bring the total number of funded proposals to 67 projects and the EOSS program’s total commitment to funding scientific open source to $11.8 million. View the full list of grantees.

Open source software is crucial to modern scientific research, advancing biology and medicine while providing reproducibility and transparency. Yet even the most widely-used research software often lacks dedicated funding. These grants will enable software maintenance, growth, development, and

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Tackling food allergies at the source — ScienceDaily

Food allergies are a big problem. About 7% of children and 2% of adults in the U.S. suffer from some kind of food allergy. These allergies cost a whopping $25 billion in health care each year. Then there’s the time lost at school or work. And there’s the risk of serious complications, even death.

It’s critical to find ways to reduce the suffering caused by food allergies. Food processing companies already spend a lot of effort to label products so people can avoid items they’re allergic to. But what if we could do better? What if we could enjoy the foods we like without worrying they might trigger a health crisis?

That’s the focus of Eliot Herman’s work. Herman has spent his career studying why plants trigger allergic reactions and how to reduce the chance of them being triggered. Herman is a member of the Crop Science Society of America

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Open source data startup Hazelcast fills five leadership roles

  • The data processing and computing platform Hazelcast announced Wednesday that it has hired a new chief financial officer and chief marketing officer, and it promoted a new chief product officer, chief technology officer, and chief revenue officer. 
  • Hazelcast CEO Kelly Herrell says the next phase for the company is to continue scaling, as it plans to double its growth rate in the next several years. 
  • Hazelcast’s cofounders have all left the company, but cofounder Talip Ozturk still serves on the advisory board.
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The data processing and computing platform Hazelcast has completely revamped its leadership team as it races towards aggressive growth targets. In a mix of promotions and new hires, the 12-year-old firm has made five new appointments: 

Hazelcast promoted former consultant David Brimley to chief product officer, former VP of solution architecture John DesJardins to chief technology officer, and former worldwide sales

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Uber in talks to sell its ATG self-driving unit to Aurora – source

FILE PHOTO: An Uber sticker is seen on driver Margaret Bordelon’s car in Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S. February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O’Hare

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc UBER.N is in talks to sell its autonomous driving unit, Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), to self-driving car startup Aurora, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The talks are still ongoing and there is no certainty a deal could be reached, the source said, adding that Uber is also considering taking stake in the new company if Aurora takes over ATG.

Uber’s ATG, which works to develop autonomous driving technology, counts Toyota Motor Corp 7203.T and SoftBank Group Corp 9984.T among its investors. Earlier last year, the unit had raised $1 billion (758 million pounds) from a consortium of investors including SoftBank, that valued it at $7.25 billion.

Uber has been seeking options for its autonomous vehicle divisions, a heavy cash burn

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