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Facebook makes a bigger push into shopping with new online storefronts for businesses

Facebook has unveiled a new e-commerce platform and several new shopping features in an effort to make its social network more relevant for business. Facebook Shops, is a further step in Facebook’s efforts to integrate its original social networking site with photo-sharing site Instagram and messaging services WhatsApp and Messenger, which it also owns. Facebook Shops will allow any business to set up a unified Facebook and Instagram virtual storefront, put its catalog online, and take orders through either a link to its own website or, for companies in the U.S. that use Facebook’s “checkout” feature, directly on Facebook’s platform.

Next-Gen Solar Cells Can Harvest Indoor Lighting for IoT Devices

A group of researchers are developing flexible perovskite solar cells specifically for indoor devices. In recent tests, their thin-film solar cell delivered power conversion efficiencies of more than 20 percent under 200 lux, the typical amount of illuminance in homes. That’s about triple the indoor efficiency of polycrystalline silicon. In order to integrate into IoT devices, indoor photovoltaic cells will need to last at least five to ten years, around the time people typically upgrade electronic devices. By some estimates, 75 billion Internet-of-Things devices will have been installed worldwide by 2025. 

Science News

Human-like cyborg eye could power itself using sunlight

The artificial eye contains a lens to focus light and a hemispherical retina, the region at the back of the eye where photosensitive cells generate electrical impulses to be sent to the brain. The artificial eye is 2 centimetres in diameter, with its hollow centre filled with a conductive fluid. The team projected images of letters onto the artificial lens to test how well it worked. A computer hooked up to the eye successfully recognised the letters E, I and Y. The team says it could, in theory, be connected to an optic nerve to do the same, to test whether the device was medically safe.

Genetically Engineering the First Hypoallergenic Cat

Scientists are now employing the gene-editing tool CRISPR in an attempt to create the world’s first truly hypoallergenic cat. And if they’re successful, they then hope to develop a drug that could eliminate the allergy-triggering gene in any cat. Cats have a protein called Feld1 in their saliva and skin. When they groom themselves or shed, they spread this protein around, which is why even being in the same house as a cat can cause an allergic reaction. InBio is hopeful that using CRISPR to delete the gene that instructs for the protein’s production might allow it to create a hypoallergenic cat.

Business News

Rolls-Royce warns of ‘significant’ UK hit as 9,000 jobs are cut

Rolls-Royce has announced plans to cut 9,000 jobs – almost a fifth of its global workforce – as the coronavirus crisis takes a heavy toll on aviation. Rolls-Royce employs about 16,000 staff in its civil aerospace unit in the UK – most of them in Derby. The company said it was targeting £1.3bn in annual cost savings – with £700m of that coming from the job losses. Cuts to employment would be felt worst in its civil aerospace business which accounts for roughly half of annual revenues. Rolls-Royce said its defence divisions in the UK and US would not be affected by the cuts.

Research Shows Low-Wage Workers Make More On Unemployment Than At Former Jobs

University of Chicago economists found 68% of unemployed workers who can collect unemployment will get benefits that top what they previously earned. A pattern of unemployed workers getting paid more through federal and state benefits can be seen nationwide, according to the study. However, the trend is occurring the most in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Montana. Unemployment payments range from $144 per week in Tennessee to $515 in Massachusetts. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, offers all workers an additional $600 per week on top of the state aid they receive.

Miscellaneous News

Woman in China sends 1,000 kg onions to ex-boyfriend to make him cry

In a bizarre incident, a heartbroken woman in China sent 1,000 kg onions to her ex-boyfriend as a revenge. She apparently wanted to make him cry as much as she did after their relationship ended. They were in a relationship for over a year. She spent three days at home crying. But when she got to know that her ex-boyfriend was not upset at all, she decided to send him 1,000 kg of onions. Several sacks of red onions were dumped outside her ex-boyfriend’s door. He was photographed looking at the onions in a clueless state.

Singapore sentences man to death via Zoom call

A man convicted of drug-trafficking offences has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered remotely. Genasan’s said he did not object to the use of video-conferencing since it was only to receive the judge’s verdict, which could be heard clearly, and no other legal arguments were presented. Singapore, which has a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drugs, is one of only four countries known to still execute people for drug-related offences

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