What’s top of mind for the DNC’s chief technology officer?

With help from Eric Geller, John Hendel, Nancy Scola and Carmen Paun

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— DNC CTO talks disinformation: The DNC’s chief technology officer said the party is seeing as much disinformation from domestic sources as from foreign ones, which she called “deeply troubling.”

— Meanwhile, on the RNC: The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee are sourcing Americans’ answers on whether social media companies “are trying to help Joe

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The Quantum Internet Will Blow Your Mind. Here’s What It Will Look Like

This article appeared in the November 2020 issue of Discover magazine as “The Quest for a Quantum Internet.” Subscribe for more stories like these.


Call it the quantum Garden of Eden. Fifty or so miles east of New York City, on the campus of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Eden Figueroa is one of the world’s pioneering gardeners planting the seeds of a quantum internet. Capable of sending enormous amounts of data over vast distances, it would work not just faster than the current internet but faster than the speed of light — instantaneously, in fact, like the teleportation of Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk in Star Trek.

Sitting in Brookhaven’s light-filled cafeteria, his shoulder-length black hair fighting to free itself from the clutches of a ponytail, Figueroa — a Mexico native who is an associate professor at Stony Brook University — tries to explain how it will work. He grabs

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MIND Technology’s Klein Unit Completes Advanced Naval Technology Exercise

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MIND Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIND) and its Klein Marine Systems subsidiary successfully completed a live Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) in a collaborative effort with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD); Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) and in coordination with the Naval Oceanographic Office’s Fleet Survey Team (FST), at NSWC PCD. 

Despite COVID-19 limitations and numerous planning challenges caused by Hurricanes Laura and Marco, the collaborative team succeeded in conducting a live ANTX event.  Participants travelled across the country to both Gulfport, Mississippi and Panama City, Florida to assess the operational and technical capabilities of emerging technology innovations.

Klein and a group from NSWC Panama City partnered to integrate the Klein UUV 600 and µMAX technologies into their Iver3 vehicle.  In addition, Klein partnered with Seafloor Systems, Inc. to integrate the Klein MAX View 600

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Science and Technology Minister resigns, then changes mind – Inside Israel

Izhar Shay
Izhar Shay

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz met on Thursday night with Science and Technology Minister Izhar Shay who was considering resigning from the government due to the hermetic lockdown.

The two discussed the goings on of recent days and reached agreements on the continuation of Minister Shay’s work as a key member of the Blue and White party.

Gantz and Shay discussed common values, their common desire to “put Israel first” and the desire to create a unifying discourse in Israeli society.

They agreed to define the war against the coronavirus epidemic as a top priority that will continue to be professionally led by Minister Shay within the party and as a member of the Coronavirus Cabinet.

The Minister of Defense stressed his great appreciation for Shay and his work for the citizens of Israel and their health within the Coronavirus Cabinet and under the leadership

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Twitter resurfaces Costco co-founder’s alleged threat over food deal: ‘Absolutely losing my mind’

A resurfaced interaction between Costco’s co-founder and CEO has sent Twitter into hysterics and turned the co-founder into an icon.

According to a Mental Floss article from 2018, current Costco president and CEO W. Craig Jelinek was in a meeting and complaining to Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal about how the company was losing money from sticking with Costco’s legendary quarter-pound hot dog and 20-ounce soda special.

As any real Costco enthusiast knows, the store’s deals aren’t limited to just the shopping aisles — the meal costs only $1.50. Costco hasn’t changed the price of the combo since 1984, when it was first introduced.

“I came to [Sinegal] once and I said, ‘Jim, we can’t sell this hot dog for a buck fifty. We are losing our rear ends,’” Jelinek said during a speech at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s luncheon in 2018. “He said, ‘If you raise the effing hot

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With COVID-19 in mind, Blue Origin gets set for spaceship test

New Shepard landing
Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard booster makes its landing in December 2019. (Blue Origin Photo)

After a nine-month gap, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is planning to send its New Shepard suborbital spaceship on an uncrewed flight to space and back on Thursday, to test a precision landing system for NASA.

And that’s not the only new experiment for Blue Origin’s five-year-old New Shepard flight test program: This 13th test flight will be the first to be flown since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and the first to include extra COVID-19 safety measures.

“Safety is our highest priority,” Blue Origin said in an emailed statement. “We always take the time to get it right to ensure our vehicle is ironclad and the test environment is safe for launch operations. All mission crew supporting this launch are exercising strict social distancing and safety measures to mitigate COVID-19

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