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Technology


The FBI is promoting an at-home exercise app that also tracks your phone’s location and data

The FBI’s workout app, called FitTest, offers a rudimentary interface that guides people through sit-ups, push-ups, and jogging routines. The app collects data from users’ smartphones, including their location and the WiFi networks they connect to. The FBI says the data being collected is only stored within the app on user’s phones but the app’s privacy statement makes room for some tracking: The FitTest privacy statement doesn’t explicitly state which app functions fall under the fbi.gov privacy policy and which do not.

[email protected] Reaches Exascale: 1,500,000,000,000,000,000 Operations Per Second for COVID-19

[email protected] has announced that cumulative compute performance of systems participating in the project has exceeded 1.5 ExaFLOPS. The cumulative performance is 10 times faster than performance of IBM’s Summit supercomputer benchmarked for 148.6 PetaFLOPS. [email protected] employs 4.63 million CPU cores as well as nearly 430 thousand GPUs. The compute capabilities are used to run simulations of protein dynamics in a bid to better understand them and find cures for various diseases.

Science


Researchers rejuvenate aged human cells with stem cell technology

Researchers induced muscle stem cells of elderly mice to express a specific set of proteins that are essential to embryonic development for a short period, finding that when transplanted back, the elderly mice recovered their youthful strength. As time moves forward, the proteins have the effect of reversing the developmental timeline of the cell, forcing it back to its state as an embryonic-like pluripotent cell. The process sees the cell’s DNA being reset and cleared of molecular tags which accumulate as the cell ages.

Warming oceans are causing marine life to shift towards the poles

As oceans warm, populations of species that can adapt to elevated local temperatures have increased nearer to the poles, while those that live closer to the equator are shrinking in size. The researchers found that the warming of oceans by 1Β°C over the past century has triggered a widespread change in local communities, and those species that were more abundant at the poleward limit of their range seemed to fare better than those nearer the equatorial limit. The poleward populations can tolerate a slight temperature increase in cold waters, whereas warming in an already warm tropical environment can prove too extreme for other species.

Business


India’s huge outsourcing industry struggles with work-from-home scenario

As the coronavirus pandemic pushes India into a lockdown, the call centres and IT services firms that function as the world’s back office are struggling to piece together work-from-home solutions and other business-continuity plans. Many of the companies that provide business services such as call centres, information technology services and business process automation were not prepared for work-for-home arrangements, according to interviews with more than a dozen employees of several companies.

Jobless claims soar past 3 million to record high

Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis filed unemployment claims in record numbers with the Labor Department reporting a surge to 3.28 million. The number shatters the Great Recession peak of 665,000 in March 2009 and the all-time mark of 695,000 in October 1982. Consensus estimates showed an expectation for 1.5 million new claims, though individual forecasts on Wall Street had been anticipating a much higher number. The jobless claims numbers were released a day after the Senate passed a $2 trillion plan to respond to the pandemic, the biggest emergency relief package in U.S. history.

Miscellaneous


Dyson plans to build 15,000 ventilators to fight COVID-19

As the world faces ventilator shortages in the growing COVID-19 pandemic, Dyson – the U.K. company known best for making vacuums, air purifiers, and hair dryers – is collaborating on a ventilator in coordination with The Technology Partnership (TTP). Dubbed CoVent, it’s a bed-mounted, portable ventilator that can run from battery power in field-hospital conditions. Dyson has agreed to produce 10,000 ventilators for the country. On top of that, it will produce another 5,000 ventilators for donation. CoVent will need to receive regulatory approval before receiving funding and going into production.

Grocery store throws out $35K worth of food that woman coughed on in ‘twisted prank’

A woman played a “twisted prank” at a Pennsylvania grocery store by purposely coughing on about $35,000 worth of food, which had to be thrown out, the supermarket said. “Working closely with the Hanover Township health inspector, we identified every area that she was in, we disposed of the product and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected everything…While it is always a shame when food is wasted, in these times when so many people are worried about the security of our food supply, it is even more disturbing.”

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