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Technology News

NFL teams are using drones and robots to limit virus spread

Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) will use Lucid Drone Technologies’ D1 disinfecting drones to disinfect the seating bowl, handrails, and glass partitions at the stadium. The use of drones reduces seating bowl cleaning times by 95 percent and is 14 times more efficient than regular backpack foggers. The Carolina Panthers are taking a different approach using Xenex Disinfection’s LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots that blast areas with UV light to damage virus DNA and render it inert. However, the team is only using the devices in locker rooms, weight room, rehab areas, suites and offices due to the devices limited range.

Intel inks agreement with Sandia National Laboratories to explore neuromorphic computing

Intel has inked a three-year agreement with Sandia National Laboratories to explore the value of neuromorphic computing for scaled-up AI problems. Researchers hope to leverage neuromorphic computing – circuits that mimic the nervous system’s biology – to develop supercomputers 1,000 times more powerful than any today. Intel’s 14-nanometer Loihi chip processes information up to 1,000 times faster and 10,000 more efficiently than traditional processors. Intel and Sandia hope to apply neuromorphic computing to workloads in scientific computing, counterproliferation, counterterrorism, energy, and national security.

Science News

Human biology registers two seasons, not four, study suggests

A Stanford Medicine study finds that changes in molecular patterns in Californians correspond with two nontraditional “seasons.” The team saw more than 1,000 molecules ebb and flow on an annual basis, with two pivotal time periods: late spring-early summer and late fall-early winter. These are key transition periods when change is afoot — both in the air and in the body. Observations from this study – of higher levels of inflammatory markers in the late spring, or of increased markers of hypertension in early winter – can provide a better foundation for precision health and even help guide the design of future clinical drug trials.

How cells sort themselves

Researchers have discovered a key control mechanism that cells use to self-organize in early embryonic development. Studying spinal cord formation in zebrafish embryos revealed that different cell types express unique combinations of adhesion molecules in order to self-sort during morphogenesis. These “adhesion codes” determine which cells prefer to stay connected, and how strongly they do so, even as widespread cellular rearrangements occur in the developing embryo. Insights into how cells self-organize in early development could also aid efforts to engineer tissues and organs for clinical uses such as transplantation.

Business News

Regal Cinemas Parent Cineworld to Close All Theaters in US and UK

Regal Cinemas owner Cineworld is closing all of the chain’s locations in the U.S. as well as its theaters in the U.K. in the wake of MGM and Universal’s decision to delay the release of “No Time to Die” until next year. Regal is the second largest theatrical chain in the U.S., after AMC, while Cineworld is the U.K.’s biggest cinema operator. Following Disney’s move to change release dates for many of its films — most notably “Black Widow,” which was set for release on Nov. 6 but was moved to summer 2021 — the loss of “No Time to Die” leaves theaters with a dearth of major releases for the remaining months of 2020.

Manhattan apartment sales tumble 46%, leaving 10,000 unsold units

Apartment sales in Manhattan plunged by 46% in the third quarter, as homebuyers continued to flow to the suburbs and Florida. The current supply of luxury apartments for sale would take nearly three years to sell. Manhattan is looking at high unemployment, rising crime, growing sanitation and public transit problems, and only 10% of office workers in Manhattan are returning to their buildings. The likelihood of rising taxes to pay for the city’s and state’s multibillion-dollar budget holes is also driving more and more of the city’s real estate dollars to the suburbs and other states.

Miscellaneous News

‘Green hydrogen’ from renewables could become cheapest ‘transformative fuel’ within a decade

Energy analysts said green hydrogen was likely to leapfrog hydrogen made with gas and coal as the most cost-effective form of the energy before the end of the decade, and by the time an industry could be developed at scale. Chinese manufacturers have reported making systems to create hydrogen with renewable energy for up to 80% less than official Australian estimates from just two years ago. Major economic powers including Germany and Japan are eyeing Australia as a potential source of hydrogen as the world moves away from fossil fuels, in line with the goals of the Paris agreement.

Burger King thinks it deserves a Michelin star

Burger King has suggested that one of its beef burgers deserves a Michelin star — and the marketing campaign has caught the eye of the respected culinary guide. The fast food giant’s Belgian arm launched a petition demanding a sought-after star for its new Master Angus burger, encouraging followers to sign an online petition aimed at Michelin Guide inspectors. The stunt didn’t exactly take off at first — fewer than 500 people have signed the petition — but it did prompt a response on Facebook from the Michelin Guide’s social media team.

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