Boosting the efficiency of single-cell RNA-sequencing helps reveal subtle differences between healthy and dysfunctional cells — ScienceDaily

Sequencing RNA from individual cells can reveal a great deal of information about what those cells are doing in the body. MIT researchers have now greatly boosted the amount of information gleaned from each of those cells, by modifying the commonly used Seq-Well technique.

With their new approach, the MIT team could extract 10 times as much information from each cell in a sample. This increase should enable scientists to learn much more about the genes that are expressed in each cell, and help them to discover subtle but critical differences between healthy and dysfunctional cells.

“It’s become clear that these technologies have transformative potential for understanding complex biological systems. If we look across a range of different datasets, we can really understand the landscape of health and disease, and that can give us information as to what therapeutic strategies we might employ,” says Alex K. Shalek, an associate professor

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EcoGrid Technologies makes energy efficiency projects pay for themselves with innovative technology

TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Every day, Canadian companies struggle to reduce their carbon footprint without increasing their bottom line.

That might sound like a lofty goal, but EcoGrid Technologies, an energy equipment and solutions company based out of Toronto, ON, has a proven track record of helping industrial operators launch energy efficiency projects that pay for themselves and increase cash flow at the same time.

Recently, EcoGrid Technologies worked with LHM Technologies Inc. of Woodbridge, ON to replace facility lighting in its 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing space, where they produce high quality precision components for the aerospace, military, automotive, oil and gas and nuclear energy sectors.

“We are proud to have helped LHM fit its production facility with our state-of-the-art wireless solution,” says George Filtsos, President of EcoGrid Technologies. “Using our exclusive cutting-edge Bluetooth controls to automate illumination levels base on usage has resulted in more than

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How IBM Partners with SimpleCloud for Next-Gen Efficiency

Strategic partner programs have been around the tech industry for decades, and typically involve regional-specific or industry-focused resellers and specialist firms with close ties to their business clients. The results can be good for all involved, providing end customers valuable services and solutions, and building sustainable commercial relationships for both IT vendors and their partners.

The evolution of public cloud computing is delivering new options and opportunities for partner programs, especially among IT vendors that are managing their own cloud platforms and services. IBM Cloud has been especially active in this regard, so it’s worth considering how the company’s service offerings are being leveraged by strategic partners and their customers. Here is how one IBM Cloud partner, SimpleCloud, is making the relationship work.

SimpleCloud and IBM Cloud

SimpleCloud is owned and operated by Summus Render, a Madrid-based company that provides Render-as-a-Service (RaaS) solutions to digital animators and studios, engineering and

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Veritone Brings Efficiency and Optimization to Smart Grids with Real-Time Predictive AI

Patented solutions support green energy boom by empowering utilities to predict optimal energy supply mix and pricing to meet grid demand and ensure grid reliability.

Veritone, Inc. (Nasdaq: VERI), the creator of the world’s first operating system for artificial intelligence, aiWARE™, today announced it has entered the energy sector with Veritone Energy, a suite of proprietary, predictive AI solutions that will help utilities increase profitability and improve grid reliability as they make the transition to renewables.

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Veritone takes on smart grid optimization with real-time predictive AI. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“We are thrilled to be adding a new vertical to our growing customer bases in the Media & Entertainment and Government, Legal and Compliance markets,” said Chad Steelberg, Chairman and CEO of Veritone. “Every year, over $750 billion is invested in global electricity generation and distribution projects, giving Veritone Energy

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Blocking vibrations that remove heat could boost efficiency of next-gen solar cells — ScienceDaily

Led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a study of a solar-energy material with a bright future revealed a way to slow phonons, the waves that transport heat. The discovery could improve novel hot-carrier solar cells, which convert sunlight to electricity more efficiently than conventional solar cells by harnessing photogenerated charge carriers before they lose energy to heat.

“We showed that the thermal transport and charge-carrier cooling time can be manipulated by changing the mass of hydrogen atoms in a photovoltaic material,” said ORNL’s Michael Manley. “This route for extending the lifetime of charge carriers bares new strategies for achieving record solar-to-electric conversion efficiency in novel hot-carrier solar cells.”

UT’s Mahshid Ahmadi noted, “Tuning the organic-molecule dynamics can enable control of phonons important to thermal conductivity in organometallic perovskites.” These semiconducting materials are promising for photovoltaic applications.

Manley and Ahmadi designed

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The Truly High Cost Of “Efficiency”

Thank you Dayna Moon, for the inspiration.

“Efficiency,” in mechanical terms, means the ratio of the useful work performed by a machine to the total energy expended to do that work. In digital marketing terms, “efficiency” should mean the ratio of business outcomes to total money spent to achieve those outcomes. Unfortunately “cost efficiency” has come to mean simply “low cost.” Media agencies have been touting “cost efficiency” as the key benefit of using programmatic ad tech to buy and place digital display media. And who doesn’t love a good deal, or low prices, as it were? 

But of course there’s a catch, as with anything that’s too good to be true. How can there be continuously more ad impressions to buy, while the CPM prices go lower and lower? As far as I’m aware, the number of humans on earth hasn’t exploded recently and the amount of time they

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In the world of financial technology, AI poses questions, heightens efficiency, and encourages ingenuity

This article was written based on discussions from the latest Bloomberg Women in Fintech event. To learn more about the series, please email wif@bloomberg.net.

While AI has been a buzzword for some time, the uncertainty and rapid changes stemming from the global pandemic have brought the technology’s benefits and challenges to the forefront. Within the multitude of applications, several focus areas are helpful for the fintechs in particular, keeping in mind how humans and AI can work together to empower the other.

The opportunities for AI to both assist in a tumultuous working environment and heighten human efficiency were under discussion at the latest panel hosted by Bloomberg’s Women in Fintech. There are many details to consider with a constantly evolving technology, particularly surrounding bias and security, but according to panelists, it is essential that companies look to integrate AI holistically, ensuring automation bolsters their business and empowers employees to

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NSF-funded research will improve reliability and efficiency of sensor networks

For office and household users, the intermittent unreliability of computer networks is a frustrating inconvenience, but for scientific researchers it can disrupt data pipeline necessary to advance knowledge. To address this problem, Computer Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Engin Arslan is developing network monitoring and management infrastructure for distributed science applications. 

He recently received two grants to support his research in the use of network infrastructure for science projects. The National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure Office awarded Arslan a 2-year, $998,568 grant to research sensor networks. He also received an additional 3-year grant of $499,982 with collaborators at University at Buffalo to study high performance networks.

Arslan’s first grant is titled “Robust and Predictable Network Infrastructure for Wide-Area Distributed Sensor Networks.”  

“This project aims to develop robust network management and monitoring framework for distributed sensor networks,” Arslan said. “The project has potential to accelerate the adoption of Internet of Things

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