Better detection of microwave radiation will improve thermal imaging, electronic warfare, radio communications — ScienceDaily

Army-funded research developed a new microwave radiation sensor with 100,000 times higher sensitivity than currently available commercial sensors. Researchers said better detection of microwave radiation will enable improved thermal imaging, electronic warfare, radio communications and radar.

Researchers published their study in the peer-reviewed journal Nature. The team includes scientists from Harvard University, The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pohang University of Science and Technology, and Raytheon BBN Technologies. The Army, in part, funded the work to fabricate this bolometer by exploiting the giant thermal response of graphene to microwave radiation.

“The microwave bolometer developed under this project is so sensitive that it is capable of detecting a single microwave photon, which is the smallest amount of energy in nature,” said Dr. Joe Qiu, program manager for solid-state electronics and electromagnetics, Army Research Office, an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory.

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Amazon says 19,000 employees tested positive for COVID-19 as it reveals pandemic data for first time

An Amazon employee enters the company’s fulfillment center in Kent, Wash., and is handed a mask, from another employee using tongs, before he can begin a shift in the massive package handling warehouse. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

Amazon released figures on Thursday that for the first time detail the spread of the coronavirus among its employees. The tech giant revealed that more than 19,000 workers have tested positive or been presumed positive for COVID-19.

The company said it has conducted an analysis of data on 1.3 million front-line employees who worked for Amazon and Whole Foods in the U.S. from March 1 to Sept. 19 and compared rates to the general population during that time. Amazon said that if the rate would have been the same among its employees as it is for the general population, it would have seen 33,952 cases among the workforce. Instead, its figure of

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Ad-Tech Company Adomni Is Targeting Voters in Digital Out-of-Home Spots

With Election Day almost a month away and major platforms like Facebook not accepting political ads in the days leading up to Nov. 3, marketers are looking to take messaging outside.

Adomni, the digital out-of-home (OOH) ad-tech company, is welcoming political marketers with open arms, offering them a chance to display ads in more than 200,000 programmatically-connected screens across the U.S. The goal is to give issue advocacy groups and people running for office the opportunity to reach voters with ads that can be updated as the news cycle changes.

Jonathan Gudai, Adomni’s CEO, said that “a lot of the political marketers” currently “have more money than they have actual ways to reach audiences.” And for companies like Adomni, it’s an opportunity to bring “the physical world” into the mix of reaching voters because there are no ad blockers or ways for them to skip what they’re seeing outside.

“It’s

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Should you be buying a second-hand smartphone?

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Back Market

French entrepreneur, Thibaud Hug de Larauze, looks down at his laptop and taps a few keys.

“So today we have 200,000-plus smartphones available to sell,” he tells me.

None of those smartphones are new, instead they have been refurbished, a process involving checks, repairs and cleaning.

Once the phones meet the required standard they can then be sold with a one-year warranty on his company’s website, Back Market, which operates in European countries plus the US.

Based in France, Back Market sells electronics across Europe and the United States. While smartphones are the big sellers, his website lists everything from coffee makers, laptops, to irons.

Formed six years ago by Mr Hug de Larauze and two partners, Back Market does not refurbish the products itself, instead it provides a marketplace for hundreds of other firms to sell their used goods.

It is one of many firms

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AI is helping scientists discover fresh craters on Mars

AI is helping scientists discover fresh craters on Mars
The HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took this image of a crater cluster on Mars, the first ever to be discovered AI. The AI first spotted the craters in images taken the orbiter’s Context Camera; scientists followed up with this HiRISE image to confirm the craters. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Sometime between March 2010 and May 2012, a meteor streaked across the Martian sky and broke into pieces, slamming into the planet’s surface. The resulting craters were relatively small—just 13 feet (4 meters) in diameter. The smaller the features, the more difficult they are to spot using Mars orbiters. But in this case—and for the first time—scientists spotted them with a little extra help: artificial intelligence (AI).


It’s a milestone for planetary scientists and AI researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, who worked together to develop the machine-learning tool that helped make the discovery. The

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Juniper Research Recognizes Boku with two ‘Future Digital Awards’ | Money

Jon Prideaux, CEO Boku, commented, “Boku are thrilled to be recognized in both focus areas of our business. Our customers rely on us to develop solutions and connectivity that enable them to seamlessly and securely transact with their customers in every corner of the globe. These awards highlight the value we have and will continue to deliver to the global brands that make up our customer base.”

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Boku Inc. (AIM: BOKU) is the world’s leading provider of mobile payment and mobile identity solutions. Boku’s technology platform, which is linked to more than 200 mobile wallets and network operators worldwide, verifies user identity, executes payments, and provisions new services, simplifying daily mobile interactions between consumers

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20 Tech Startups Taking Their Next Steps in Platform Calgary’s Junction Program

Platform Calgary is pleased to announce the 20 companies participating in the Junction program. Junction is a nine-week full-time residency that helps entrepreneurs establish a strong foundation and clear path forward to grow their technology-driven businesses. Going on its fifth cohort, the program has helped grow 46 innovative companies either based in or working out of Calgary. As part of Platform Calgary’s mission, Junction builds Calgary’s entrepreneurial capacity, creating an engine for new economic growth, job creation and shared prosperity.

Junction provides workshops, one-on-one advisory sessions, special events and peer-learning to tech startup founders. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has shifted its focus to emphasize business adaptability.

“COVID-19 was a big eye opener for every business. The pandemic made us put greater emphasis on flexibility and resiliency as part of the Junction program and we were able to expand our Advisor network with successful startup founders and leaders from

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NASA is about to launch an upgraded microgravity toilet to the International Space Station

Late Thursday evening, a Northrop Grumman rocket is set to take off from the Virginia coast, carrying an advanced space toilet for the astronauts on the International Space Station. Touted as smaller and lighter than the current toilets on the ISS, the new commode is also supposed to be more accommodating for women astronauts needing to use the space facilities.

Called the Universal Waste Management System, the toilet is one of two upgraded toilets that NASA is making to the tune of $23 million. While the one launching tonight is destined for the ISS, a second identical toilet will also be added to NASA’s future deep-space crew capsule, called Orion. NASA plans to send astronauts to the Moon using Orion in the coming years, and the Universal Waste Management System, or UWMS, will be inside the capsule for anyone needing a pitstop along the way.

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New York, New Jersey exposure notification apps tap Apple-Google API

New York and New Jersey on Thursday announced the launch of new COVID-19 apps based on the Apple and Google Exposure Notification framework.

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement on Thursday. In a press release, Gov. Cuomo’s office also noted that the apps are interoperable with similar exposure notification titles recently released in Pennsylvania and Delaware, meaning the apps provide patchwork coverage across state lines.

With integrated apps, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware were able to create a regional COVID Alert network similar to one in development on the West Coast. The state of Connecticut has also announced that it will launch a similar exposure notification system “in the coming weeks.”

“Testing is to identify a person, so you can isolate and quarantine that person and then find the connections from that person, and that’s contact tracing. We have

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TSX Ends On Positive Note As Technology Stocks Rise

(RTTNews) – The Canadian stock market ended on a positive note on Thursday, led by strong gains in the technology section.

Real estate and consumer discretionary shares were among the other prominent gainers. A few stocks from the materials section moved higher.

Energy stocks tumbled as crude oil prices fell on concerns about energy demand outlook. Financial, industrial and healthcare stocks were mostly subdued.

Despite concerns about the pace of economic recovery due to the continued rise in coronavirus cases across the world, the market managed to edge higher.

The benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index ended with a gain of 63.16 points or 0.39% at 16,184.54, after scaling a low of 16,117.25 and a high of 16,228.45 intraday.

The Capped Information Technology index climbed 2.31%. Constellation Software (CSU.TO) gained about 3.5%, Shopify Inc. (SHOP.TO) gained 2.9%, Kinaxis Inc. (KXS.TO) and Absolute Software Corp (ABT.TO) both gained about 2.4%, Enghouse Systems (ENGH.TO)

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