Vardhan Cautions against Virus Spread ahead of Festivals, Winter; Ministry Issues Guidelines to Manage Co-infections

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday cautioned people to be more careful and take the necessary precautions against coronavirus ahead of the festive season, saying the respiratory virus could show its effect more rapidly during the winters.

He said social distancing, wearing masks and repeatedly washing hands are crucial to prevent spread of the virus. Vardhan said if the necessary precautions are taken by people, then the chain of transmission of the virus will break.

“The next 2-3 months will have festivals and coincide with the winter season. As you are aware, the…respiratory virus could show its effect more rapidly during the winter,” he said. Vardhan, who is also the Science and Technology minister in addition to being the country’s health minister, was addressing the directors of the institutes under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

He said if people act carelessly and forget about precautions while celebrating festivals, then

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LiftMaster Provides A Smarter Way To Secure and Manage Community Access Points with the New CAPXLV Access Control System

“The new system includes all of the same great features of CAPXL with the added benefits of an integrated 135⁰ wide angle camera to keep residential communities secure while making access management easier for community managers,” said Erich Struckmeyer, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial, LiftMaster. “CAPXLV also provides more robust cloud-based solutions for advanced monitoring capabilities to help maximize efficiency and improve operations, all while providing residents with the safe, modern living experience they desire.”

Designed with both community managers and residents in mind, CAPXLV provides customizable applications that help streamline the management of buildings, residents and community access points and provide clear visuals for safety and convenience. Community managers can enhance their monitoring capabilities with myQ Community Control and the Community by myQ app for residents.

With myQ Community Control, community managers can:

  • Conveniently manage and control multiple access points across all communities within a portfolio from
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Yotascale raises a $13M Series B to help companies track and manage their cloud spends

These days when you found a startup, you don’t go out and buy a rack of servers. And you don’t build an in-house datacenter team. Instead, you farm out your infrastructure needs to the major cloud platforms, namely Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

That’s all well and good, but over time any startup’s cloud setup will become more complex, varied and perhaps multi-provider. Throw in microservices and one can wind up with a big muddle, and an even bigger bill. That’s the problem that Yotascale wants to attack.

And there’s money backing the startup’s progress, including $13 million in new capital. The round, a Series B, was led by Aydin Senkut at Felicis with participation from other capital pools, including Engineering Capital, Pelion Ventures and Crosslink Capital. Yotascale has now raised $25 million in total.

The funding event caught my eye, as I’ve heard startup CEOs discuss their

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Data tool helps users manage water resources, protect infrastructure — ScienceDaily

River systems are essential resources for everything from drinking water supply to power generation — but these systems are also hydrologically complex, and it is not always clear how water flow data from various monitoring points relates to any specific piece of infrastructure. Researchers from Cornell University and North Carolina State University have now developed a tool that draws from multiple databases to give water resource managers and infrastructure users the information they need to make informed decisions about water use on river networks.

“A streamgage tells you what the water level is at a specific point in the river — but that’s not really enough information,” says Sankar Arumugam, co-author of a paper on the work and a professor of civil engineering at NC State. “If you are an infrastructure operator, what you really need to know is how long it will take for that water-level information to be

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IBM teams up with Activision Blizzard to manage tech for the Overwatch League

IBM will manage the technology for Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, a sign esports is starting to demand the most sophisticated cloud and AI technologies. With esports on the road to becoming a mainstream phenomenon alongside traditional sports, we can expect to see more of this kind of marriage in the future.

In a multi-year deal, IBM is teaming up with Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest players in the game industry. IBM will provide cloud, Watson AI, and machine learning for the Overwatch League and become a presenting partner of the Overwatch League Grand Finals. The technology company will power interactive and analytical content for the league, which is one of the powerhouses of the $950 million esports industry.

The IBM sponsorship component kicks off at this year’s 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals, which started October 8 and run through October 10. The agreement makes IBM the official AI, cloud,

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Children use make-believe aggression and violence to manage bad-tempered peers — ScienceDaily

Children are more likely to introduce violent themes into their pretend play, such as imaginary fighting or killing, if they are with playmates whom peers consider bad-tempered, new research suggests.

Academics from the University of Cambridge believe that the tendency for children to introduce aggressive themes in these situations — which seems to happen whether or not they are personally easy to anger — may be because they are ‘rehearsing’ strategies to cope with hot-headed friends.

The finding comes from an observational study of more than 100 children at a school in China, who were asked to play with toys in pairs. Children whose play partners were considered bad-tempered by their peers were 45% more likely to introduce aggressive themes into their pretend play than those whose partners were reckoned to be better at controlling their temper.

Importantly, however, a child’s own temperament did not predict the level of make-believe

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A new, more trusting style of leadership is needed to manage people working from home, says tech exec

  • Tech company Splunk has more than 6,000 staff working from home and has adapted to a more trusting style of leadership.
  • Splunk is training leaders and managers to understand employees’ needs as they work remotely, according to its Chief Technical Adviser James Hodge.
  • Having people work from home also means companies have access to a wider talent pool, Hodge said.

LONDON — When the coronavirus pandemic closed workplaces earlier this year, businesses effectively went from having one or more locations to having as many offices as they did employees, as staff worked from home.

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For software company Splunk, this effectively meant going from 35 offices to more than 6,000 “overnight,” according to the firm’s Chief Technical Adviser James Hodge. Having so many people working at home has meant a more trusting style of leadership is necessary, Hodge told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Monday.

“The first few months

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How AI And Technology Can Help Patients Manage Chronic Pain

President and CEO of Lucid Lane. Software technology expert and digital health advocate. 

About 20% of adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain. Unfortunately, for those millions of people, doctors and researchers are learning that painkillers — from powerful opioids to over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen — may not actually reduce certain types of chronic pain or improve quality of life. Some painkillers, especially opioids, can also be highly addictive. 

Some treatments for chronic pain begin by addressing the patient’s mental state — their beliefs about pain and the way those beliefs affect their behaviors. New technologies, including some powered by artificial intelligence, may also help make treatments for chronic pain more effective, accessible and affordable. As the president and CEO of a company that provides telehealth to people with pain and substance use issues, here are five things I believe AI and tech tools can

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