Could Life Exist On Mars? Scientists Discover Multiple Underground Salty Ponds

KEY POINTS

  • Researchers say they have discovered a group of lakes hidden under Mars’ icy surface
  • This follows the detection of another subsurface lake in the same region in 2018
  • The findings revived the debate on whether the Red Planet has alien life or can house microorganisms

A team of Italian scientists discovered a group of three salty ponds beneath Mars’ south pole. The findings revived the debate on whether the Red Planet has alien life or at least can house microorganisms. 

The discovery of these ponds raised the possibility that microbial organisms could survive on Mars but the only hindrance was the high amount of salt concentration, which could be keeping the waters frozen, scientists said in a report published on Sept. 28 in Nature Astronomy.   

The discovery of the salty ponds was significant because their locations were close to another lake discovered in 2018. The largest of them

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Russian surveillance tech startup NtechLab nets $13M from sovereign wealth funds

NtechLab, a startup that helps analyze footage captured by Moscow’s 100,000 surveillance cameras, just closed an investment of more than 1RUB billion ($13 million) to further global expansion.

The five-year-old company sells software that recognizes faces, silhouettes and actions on videos. It’s able to do so on a vast scale in real time, allowing clients to react promptly to situations It’s a key “differentiator” of the company, co-founder Artem Kukharenko told TechCrunch.

“There could be systems which can process, for example, 100 cameras. When there are a lot of cameras in a city, [these systems] connect 100 cameras from one part of the city, then disconnect them and connect another hundred cameras in another part of the city, so it’s not so interesting,” he suggested.

The latest round, financed by Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, and an undisclosed sovereign wealth fund from the Middle East, certainly

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Providing diverse and complete solutions, TEL continues to break through advanced semiconductor process technology

Providing diverse and complete solutions, TEL continues to break through advanced semiconductor process technology

In addition to process technology which enhances the performance of semiconductor devices by scaling, 3D and heterogeneous integration has led to the development of various new structures and new materials. Although these trends have brought increasingly severe challenges to semiconductor production equipment suppliers, more opportunities and innovations have also been created.

According to Roger Chang, Executive Vice President of Tokyo Electron Taiwan, Tokyo Electron Limited with 58 years of history have developed multiple leading edge products such as Coater/Developer, Etch, Thin film deposition, Cleaning, Wafer prober. With strong position in the photoresist Coater/Developer market, TEL has taken 100% market share of Coater/Developer for EUV in high volume manufacturing as the industry moves into the new EUV era.

With this advantage, TEL will continue to strengthen each product and provide integrated process solutions to meet the needs

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Study points to genes that control the establishment of neural circuits during early development — ScienceDaily

In an article published in Nature Genetics, researchers confirm that about 14% of all cases of cerebral palsy, a disabling brain disorder for which there are no cures, may be linked to a patient’s genes and suggest that many of those genes control how brain circuits become wired during early development. This conclusion is based on the largest genetic study of cerebral palsy ever conducted. The results led to recommended changes in the treatment of at least three patients, highlighting the importance of understanding the role genes play in the disorder. The work was largely funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

“Our results provide the strongest evidence to date that a significant portion of cerebral palsy cases can be linked to rare genetic mutations, and in doing so identified several key genetic pathways involved,” said Michael Kruer,

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Microsoft outage was not part of ‘coordinated campaign,’ says cybersecurity agency

The Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) says a widespread Microsoft email outage Monday was not part of a “broader coordinated campaign” — but they’re still keeping an eye out for possible malicious activity.



logo: A man wearing a mask looks at this phone outside the Microsoft office in Beijing, China in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo.


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A man wearing a mask looks at this phone outside the Microsoft office in Beijing, China in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo.

Microsoft reported that a number of users in North America lost access Monday afternoon to its “Microsoft 365” services, including Outlook mail, Microsoft Teams and Teams Live Events, as well as Office.com services.

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The company said late Monday night that the incident had been resolved and that “any users still experiencing impact should be mitigated shortly.”

Officials with CISA, the cybersecurity arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said that “at this point we have no indication of a broader coordinated campaign.”

“We’re working with a

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Microsoft’s Office 365 Back From Outage Lasting Several Hours

(Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp.‘s Office 365, Teams and some of its other online services experienced service interruptions lasting several hours before being resolved on Monday.



Customers stand near the Microsoft Corp. logo during the Microsoft Corp. Xbox One X game console global launch event in New York, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. As Microsoft Corp. begins selling a new Xbox console, the focus of its video-game unit is shifting toward software and services. The company plans to increase investment in developing in-house video games.


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Customers stand near the Microsoft Corp. logo during the Microsoft Corp. Xbox One X game console global launch event in New York, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. As Microsoft Corp. begins selling a new Xbox console, the focus of its video-game unit is shifting toward software and services. The company plans to increase investment in developing in-house video games.

A company spokesman confirmed the outages, which also impacted Exchange Online and OneDrive. He didn’t have any information on the causes.

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Problems with some of the services were reported earlier on Monday by Downdetector, which aggregates user reports of issues. That suggests the outages had lasted a number of hours before being taken up by Microsoft’s recovery team, though they have

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Google expands EMEA cloud business with new partners, cloud regions

Google has explained how the firm intends to strengthen its market position in the EMEA cloud market with new partnerships, promotions, and collaborations. 

On Tuesday, at the start of the Google Cloud Next OnAir EMEA virtual event — a summit for Google Cloud developers and clients to discuss the current cloud landscape, benefits, and challenges — Chris Ciauri, president of the Google Cloud EMEA, said that while the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has heavily disrupted the economy and technology field, the tech giant has been working with partners to try and keep them online and running. 

“At Google Cloud, we have seen first-hand the importance of keeping our cloud up and running, enabling teams to collaborate remotely and scaling to meet the changing demands of our customers,” Ciauri said. “We’ve been working to help businesses and their employees, as well as governments and schools, collaborate and learn during these challenging times.”

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Technology group BCM with revenue growth in the first half of 2020 despite effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

DGAP-News: Brockhaus Capital Management AG / Key word(s): Half Year Results
29.09.2020 / 07:00
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Technology group BCM with revenue growth in the first half of 2020 despite effects of the COVID-19 pandemic

– BCM Group achieves revenue of € 23.2 million; +1% growth compared to H1 2019

– Previous expectation of a “revenue decline in the high single-digit percentage range” for H1 2020 was clearly exceeded

– Environmental Technologies segment (Palas) with strong operating development

– Security Technologies segment (IHSE) due to project postponements on the customer side broadly at prior-year level

Frankfurt/Main, September 29, 2020. Brockhaus Capital Management AG (BKHT, ISIN: DE000A2GSU42, “BCM”), a long-term oriented technology group focused on acquiring high-margin and high-growth technology champions within the German Mittelstand, published its results for the first half of 2020 on September 29, 2020.

In the first

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Dry Powder Inhalers Market : Rising Trends with Top Countries Data, Technology and Business Outlook 2020 to 2026

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Sep 29, 2020 (The Expresswire) —
Dry Powder Inhalers Market” is valued at 3201.1 million USD in 2020 is expected to reach 3632 million USD by the end of 2026, growing at a CAGR of 1.8% during 2021-2026, According to New Research Study. 360 Research Reports provides key analysis on the global market in a report, titled “Dry Powder Inhalers Market by Types (Inherent Flame Retardant Fabric, Treated Flame Retardant Fabric), Applications (Clothing, Home Textiles, Public Utility, Others) and Region – Global Forecast to 2026” Browse Market data Tables and Figures spread through 137 Pages and in-depth TOC on Dry Powder Inhalers Market.

COVID-19 can affect the global economy in three main ways: by directly affecting production and demand, by creating supply chain and market disruption, and by its financial impact on firms and financial markets.

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US faces tight timeline for 2024 moon landing, NASA chief tells Senate

NASA needs to have a new  lunar lander and giant rocket ready by next year in order to return astronauts to the moon by 2024, the space agency’s chief Jim Bridenstine told Congress Wednesday (Sept. 23). 

In a Senate appropriations committee hearing, Bridenstine said NASA aims to send an uncrewed mission, called Artemis 1, around the moon in November 2021 to prepare for the first orbital mission with astronauts two years later, Artemis 2. The Artemis 3 mission would follow, sending astronauts to the south pole of the moon in 2024. 

Bridenstine said he is worried about the effects on the Artemis program if any of the missions are delayed which could happen for technical or funding reasons. 

“If that Artemis [1] mission pushes too far from 2021, if it starts to encroach on Artemis 2 in 2023, it creates a crescendo where if one [mission] starts getting pushed, the

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