NASA’s James Webb Passes Enormous Test, On Track For October 2021 Launch

Despite numerous delays, funding crises, and technical challenges, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is almost ready.

Every single component is fully built, assembled, and integrated.

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House Passes Bills to Boost Emerging Tech and Shore Up Cybersecurity of Electric Sector

A batch of bills aimed at improving the cybersecurity and reliability of the energy sector and informing the United States’ use of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and quantum computing, passed the House Tuesday and now head to the Senate for consideration. 

Here’s a rundown on what the bills do.

Grid Security Research and Development Act

With this bill, Reps. Ami Bera, D-Calif. and Randall Weber, R-Texas, propose that Congress put over $800 million within the next five years toward developing tools and resources to strengthen the cybersecurity and reliability of the electric grid. The legislation is meant to make the energy sector more resilient to cyberattacks and physical impacts associated with climate change, such as the recent wildfires on the West Coast.

It calls on the secretary of Energy to establish research and development plans working with the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and

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Leading-Edge Law: Virginia’s new virus-alert app for smartphone passes the privacy test | Business News

After investigating and speaking with Jeff Stover, director of health informatics and integrated surveillance systems at VDH, my privacy concerns are allayed.

Stover said the app was designed to maximize user trust by avoiding use of any information-gathering or technology that could be used for snooping. The app will not identify you.

The app is built upon functionality recently added to operating systems by Google and Apple that allows phones to store and exchange anonymous keys over Bluetooth, he said.

No information regarding app users is kept on a central server. There is no registration process. The app keeps records by anonymous Bluetooth keys stored only on users’ phones. The app collects no GPS or personally identifying information.

The app of those notified will tell the user only that he or she had prolonged, recent exposure to an unnamed person who reported on the app testing positive for COVID-19.


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Rajya Sabha passes Indian Institute of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020

New Delhi [India], September 22 (ANI): Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a Bill to declare five newly established Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) as institutions of national importance.
The Bill–Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020– seeks to declare five IIITs in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur as institutions of national importance along with existing 15 IIITs.
The said Bill has already been passed by Lok Sabha in the previous session on March 20, 2020. The Bill was introduced in the Upper House by Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and was passed on Tuesday.
“The Bill will declare 5 IIITs in Public-Private Partnership mode at Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala & Raichur as Institutions of National Importance by granting them statutory status along with the already existing 15 IIITs under the IIIT(PPP) Act, 2017,” Pokhriyal said in a tweet.
“IIIT Laws (Amendment)

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RS passes the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill; SP joins session boycott

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Rajya Sabha dy chairman offers tea to protesting MPs; Modi says gesture shows his ‘big heart’

The sit-in protest by eight suspended MPs on Parliament premises continued for the second day on Tuesday, with Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh offering them tea in the morning.

The suspended parliamentarians spent the night in the lawns near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, a first such overnight protest in the Parliament complex, old-timers said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Harivansh Singh’s gesture was proof of his greatness.

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Parliament proceedings live updates| Rajya Sabha passes the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill

Eight Opposition Rajya Sabha MPs, who were suspended by the House on Monday, have begun an indefinite sit-in protest within Parliament, even as the 15 non-NDA parties have appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind not to give assent to the two farm Bills passed in the Upper House on Sunday.

The Opposition leaders will be marching to the President’s House on Tuesday.

The Parliament, which was initially scheduled to end on October 1, will wind up on September 23 taking into account the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

Here are the latest updates:

11.15 am | Rajya Sabha

The Education Minister begins his reply to the debate

He thanks the members for their suggestions. He assures Kamakhya Prasad Tasa that the government is committed to ensuring good education in the northeast. He says it is the government’s aim is to take more institutions from India to the global education scene.

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