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Technology News

Verizon and Nokia are building private 5G networks for businesses

Verizon will work with Nokia to create private 5G installations that can replace WiFi in large “manufacturing, distribution and logistics facilities”. The idea would consist of micro towers along with small cells, and connect to a company’s local area network and enterprise apps. The company is also working with Microsoft on 5G applications for “computer vision, augmented, mixed and virtual reality, digital twins and machine learning”. The benefits could be huge when the next phase of 5G 3GPP rolls out, as the upcoming ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) and network slicing will be particularly beneficial for industries.

Microsoft made a portable data center in a box

Microsoft has created a portable data center to bring cloud computing to remote environments where it’s difficult to supply reliable cloud connectivity. Microsoft is partnering with satellite operators for connectivity, allowing this Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC) to be used as a mobile command center, in humanitarian assistance, or even military missions. Microsoft’s MDC is ruggedized and housed in a radio frequency (RF) shielded unit, meaning it should operate in challenging climates. The data center will provide compute and storage capabilities, and it will operate with an Azure Stack Hub architecture.

Science News

Why the brain can overvalue a happy ending

According to a recent study, the brain also overvalues the ending of experience rather than accurately summarizing the total value of the experience as it goes along. “Basically, what had occurred earlier is less important for our future compared to what has just very recently occurred.” This cognitive bias can screw up day-to-day decision-making. “We can, of course, think about what we are doing using our prefrontal cortex and then overrule these recency impulses as much as we find useful.” Reflecting on pros and cons is one strategy to support ourselves into wiser decisions.

Cannabis reduces OCD symptoms by half in the short-term

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, report that the severity of their symptoms was reduced by about half within four hours of smoking cannabis. Users reported it reduced their compulsions by 60%, intrusions, or unwanted thoughts, by 49% and anxiety by 52%. Higher doses and cannabis with higher concentrations of CBD were associated with larger reductions in compulsions. As people continued to use cannabis, the associated reductions in intrusions became slightly smaller suggesting they were building tolerance, but the relationship between cannabis and reductions in compulsions and anxiety remained fairly constant.

Business News

Allbirds launches its first line of sustainable apparel

Allbirds – the footwear company known for making shoes from sustainable materials such as merino wool and sugarcane waste – is launching its first apparel line. The collection includes a T-shirt made of a new material Allbirds calls “XO,” a fiber derived from the discarded shells of marine life, which it the company says is the “second most abundant biopolymer on Earth.” It also includes sweaters made from “responsibly sourced” merino wool and a puffer jacket made from a blend of merino wool, recycled polyester and Tencel (a fiber harvested from natural materials rather than oil-based synthetics).

South Korea’s SK Hynix to buy Intel’s NAND business for $9 billion

Intel has agreed to sell its NAND memory chip business to SK Hynix for $9 billion in an all-cash deal that would propel the South Korean chipmaker to second in the global rankings. The move marks the latest effort by the U.S. chip giant to divest its non-core businesses, move away from the volatile commodity NAND chip industry and focus on its remaining Optane memory business, which is smaller but more lucrative because it taps more advanced technology. The deal will help SK Hynix overtake Kioxia in the NAND memory market while narrowing the gap with market leader Samsung Electronics.

Miscellaneous News

Chocolate industry slammed for failure to crack down on child labour

Research finds that more than two-fifths (43%) of all children aged between five and 17 in cocoa-growing regions of Ghana and Ivory Coast – the world’s largest cocoa producers – are engaged in hazardous work. An estimated 1.5 million children work in cocoa production around the world, half of whom are found in these two west African nations alone. Hazardous work includes the use of sharp tools, working at night and exposure to agrochemical products, among other harmful activities. Overall proportion of children working has gone up by 14 percentage points in the past decade.

Thousands of flying squirrels captured in Florida, trafficked with estimated $1M worth, officials say

Seven people were charged in a trafficking operation that trapped thousands of flying squirrels in Florida with an estimated retail value of over $1 million and sold them to buyers in Asia. Poachers captured as many as 3,600 of the small creatures in multiple counties in central Florida over a three-year period. They had set almost 10,000 flying squirrel traps. Investigators discovered that the animals were sold to a wildlife dealer who laundered them through his licensed business and claimed they were bred in captivity.

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