Emerging venture markets receive investment boost

(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) Emerging venture markets (EVMs) are gaining momentum as startup ecosystems. The EVMs continue to receive traction from investments and this is evident as seen with Turkish startups who have seen continued growth over the years even as more capital was invested in fewer startup deals in first-half of 2020.

More venture capital inflows but in fewer deals were witnessed in first half of 2020 as investment touched $80 million invested in Turkey-based startups, already 80 per cent of total 2019 funding, while investment deals were down by 51 per cent to 29 from first half in 2019.

The top five disclosed funding rounds in first half 2020 accounted for more than 84 per cent of total funding in the first six months in Turkey’s startup ecosystem compared to 49 per cent across Mena, according to first half 2020 Turkey Venture Investment launched by Magnitt on Monday.

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Astronauts Prepare To Receive Cosmetics And A New Toilet : NPR

Northrup Grumman’s Antares rocket lifts off from the NASA Wallops test flight facility in Virginia on Oct. 2. The rocket was scheduled to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

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Northrup Grumman’s Antares rocket lifts off from the NASA Wallops test flight facility in Virginia on Oct. 2. The rocket was scheduled to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

Thom Baur/Northrup Grumman /AP

Hygiene and self care are vital — even in zero gravity. Which is why astronauts on the International Space Station are preparing for a fun delivery: a skincare serum from the cosmetics maker Estée Lauder, as well as a new and improved toilet.

Astronauts won’t actually be using the brand’s Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, says Robyn Gatens, the acting director of the International Space Station. Instead, the plan is for them to

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Military dogs testing AR goggles to receive handlers’ commands

(CNN) — Dogs working in the United States military could in the future wear augmented reality goggles that enable soldiers to give them remote commands.

The goggles are being developed by Command Sight, a Seattle-based company, with US Army research funding, and would allow military dogs to assist in rescue operations and scout potentially dangerous areas for hazards and explosives while their handlers remain at a safe distance.

The technology, which the US Army says is the first of its kind, works by letting a handler see everything the dog can see and then provide specific commands using visual cues that show up in the dog’s line of vision.

Currently, military dogs are most commonly directed with hand signals or laser pointers, which require the handler to be in close proximity. Handlers can also use audio communication, with a camera and radio attached to the dog, but the commands can

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Future dogs: Army developing augmented reality goggles that receive commands from soldiers – News

Future dogs: Army developing augmented reality goggles that receive commands from soldiers

Hed: Future dogs: Army developing augmented reality goggles that receive commands from soldiers

The Army is developing high-tech augmented reality goggles for dogs that eventually could allow handlers to give them directions from afar, the service said.

Military working dogs are directed via hand signals, speaking or laser pointers, which require the handler to remain close by. That can potentially endanger soldiers on missions that involve finding explosives and hazardous materials, or assisting in rescue operations, the Army statement said Tuesday.

The goggles developed by the Army and the Seattle-based company Command Sight show dogs where to go using a simulated laser pointer.

Initial feedback indicates “the system could fundamentally change how military canines are deployed in the future,” said A.J. Peper, the founder of Command Sight, as quoted in the Army’s statement.

Peper founded his company in

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Black Hole Scientists Receive 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics

  • The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 to three scientists for their groundbreaking work on black holes.
  • Mathematician Roger Penrose will split the prize with the astrophysicists Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez.
  • Penrose solidified the mathematical understanding of black holes—proving Einstein was, in fact, correct—while Genzel and Ghez are credited with discovering Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

    A trio of scientists received the call of a lifetime this morning. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics to three researchers for their work unraveling the mystery and majesty of one of the universe’s strangest phenomena.

    “This year’s prize celebrates the discovery of one of the most exotic objects in our universe: the black hole,” David Haviland, the chair of the Nobel Committee for Physics, said during a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden.

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    RIT, URMC Receive NIH Funding to Study AI-Enabled Toilet Seat Technology for Heart Failure

    Toilet seats with high tech sensors might be the non-invasive technology of the future that could help reduce hospital return rates of individuals with heart disease.

    Heart failure is one of the leading causes of adults admitted to hospitals and more than six million adults in the United States have heart disease, according to the American Heart Association. Re-hospitalizations occur in some instances within 30 days to 6-months of initial treatment. Having a way to intercept these rehospitalizations might afford patients improved care and decrease costs.

    A joint project by researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), will determine if in-home monitoring can successfully monitor vital signs and reduce risk and costly re-hospitalization rates for people with heart failure. The five-year, $2.9 million venture, is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Close up of FIT Seat technology embedded in a common toilet seat

    Photo by: A. Sue Weisler, RIT University Communications

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    Three UB researchers receive National Science Foundation CAREER awards

    From the science of taste to transistor technology to understanding plate tectonics and volcanoes, the funded projects will address issues of societal importance

    Release Date: September 28, 2020

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — Three University at Buffalo researchers have received the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for early-career scientists and engineers.

    CAREER grants provide investigators with funding to conduct research and to develop educational programming in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for K-12 students, university students and members of the public.

    UB’s 2020 recipients are Margarete Jadamec, PhD, in UB’s Department of Geology and the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences; Huamin Li, PhD, in UB’s Department of Electrical Engineering; and Ann-Marie Torregrossa, PhD, in UB’s Department of Psychology.

    Their projects will focus, respectively, on plate tectonics in the Pacific Rim of Fire; 2D materials for novel transistors; and the science of taste and

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    PacStar CEO Peggy Miller to Receive 2020 Sam Blackman Award at Virtual Oregon Technology Awards Ceremony

    The award honors executives in Oregon and Southwest Washington for excellence in industry leadership and for positive impact in the community

    PacStar, a leading developer and supplier of tactical and enterprise advanced communications solutions, today announced that CEO Peggy Miller will receive the 2020 Sam Blackman Award at the Oregon Technology Awards to be hosted virtually today from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Formerly known as the Technology Executive of the Year award, the Sam Blackman Award is named for AWS Elemental founder and 2015 Technology Executive of the Year, Sam Blackman, who passed away in August 2017. The award from the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) recognizes executives of Oregon and Southwest Washington technology companies for excellence in industry leadership as well as positive impact in the greater community.

    This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200923005307/en/

    PacStar CEO Peggy Miller (Photo: Business Wire)

    “We are thrilled

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    SMART researchers receive Intra-CREATE grant for personalized medicine and cell therapy

    Singapore, 22 September 2020 – Researchers from Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalized-Medicine (CAMP), an interdisciplinary research group at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, have been awarded Intra-CREATE grants from the National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore to help support research on retinal biometrics for glaucoma progression and neural cell implantation therapy for spinal cord injuries. The grants are part of the NRF’s initiative to bring together researchers from Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE) partner institutions, in order to achieve greater impact from collaborative research efforts.

    SMART CAMP was formed in 2019 to focus on ways to produce living cells as medicine delivered to humans to treat a range of illnesses and medical conditions, including tissue degenerative diseases, cancer, and autoimmune disorders.

    “Singapore’s well-established biopharmaceutical ecosystem brings with it a thriving research ecosystem that is supported by skilled talents and strong manufacturing

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    Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows to Receive Grant from Wells Fargo Foundation

    COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center was awarded a grant by The Wells Fargo Foundation to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning at Title I schools and will benefit several schools located close to the Learning Center.

    The $4,000 grant will give students access to experiences that will make up for the inability to travel on field trips due to the coronavirus pandemic. The activities will include video elements that support the Georgia Standards of Excellence in this regard. In addition, this new project will help K-12 educators continue to engage students amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    “Now, more than ever, there is the need to support our local teachers with ways to engage their students and advance learning,” said Dr. Michael Dentzau, Oxbow Meadows’ director.

    The Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center is a non-profit organization that exists to educate, inspire, and empower

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