3M Survey Reports Decline In Science Skepticism For First Time In 3 Years

Since 2018, 3M has launched an annual State of Science Index to track public attitudes towards science across the world. But for 2020, the company conducted two surveys, a Pre-Pandemic Wave and a Pandemic Pulse Wave survey, finding that science skepticism has declined for the first time in three years, and that there is an increased public understanding of the importance of science in our daily lives.

In the Pre-Pandemic Wave survey, representative samples of 1,000 adults (aged 18+) in 18 countries, including China, Mexico and the US, were asked to complete a 15-20 minute long survey to assess their attitude towards science. Among the pre-pandemic survey findings, there was a rise in science skepticism to 35%, from an original 29% in 2018.

“As the pandemic sort of

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ICE responds to reports officer wore NYPD jacket, says the word police is a law enforcement symbol

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is looking into reports that one of its officers wore an NYPD jacket that caused alarm for New York City residents, according to a report.

The agency said “police” is a “universally recognized symbol of law enforcement in most cultures.”

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“ICE officers are sworn federal law enforcement officers who enforce U.S. immigration laws created by Congress to keep this country safe. The word ‘POLICE’ is a universally recognized symbol of law enforcement in most cultures, an important distinction given that many of the individuals with whom ICE interacts are not native English speakers. Given the inherently dangerous nature of ICE officers’ work, their ability to quickly establish their identity as sworn law enforcement personnel could potentially mean the difference between life and death.”

Brooklyn residents in Fort Greene protested in front of the 88th police precinct Sunday

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Reports Predict Dazzling Features, Killer Price

The next smart speaker from Apple is about to be announced, it seems. Not only will it come at an amazingly low price, way less than anyone would have expected from an Apple product, but it will also pack surprising components.

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What’s more, it’s been described as “an important product”. Here’s what we know.

You said it’s how much?

The Apple HomePod is a sensational hi-fi smart speaker, sounding better than its rivals. But, from day one, it has been perceived as being pricey. It originally sold for $349 when it launched in early 2018, though has now dropped to $299.

As such, it’s much pricier than its rivals. Apple has consistently promoted the

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Xilinx Shares Surge on Reports of $30 Billion AMD Takeover



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Xilinx Shares Surge on Reports of $30 Billion AMD Takeover

Xilinx Inc. shares surged the most in nearly a year Friday following a report from the Wall Street Journal that the San Jose-based tech group could be bought by its chipmaking rival Advanced Micro Devices. .

The Journal said the pair were in advanced merger talks that could value Xilinx at more than $30 billion, a 16% premium to the group’s closing price on Wall Street last night. Xilinx’s data-center chips have become much more valuable since the coronavirus pandemic triggered a surge in work-from-home dynamics that have pressured companies around the world to improve their technology and storage capabilities.

AMD, meanwhile, has seen its share price rise nearly 90% so far this year, taking its market value past $100 billion, a move that gives the chipmaker substantial firepower — despite a small net cash position of just

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2 reports offer mixed signals for US technology jobs in September

CompTIA’s tracker shows overall gains but IT-related job losses. BLS shows a second consecutive month of growth.

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A new jobs’ report shows a mix of good and not-so-good news in the IT sector, with employment gains and disappointing news in IT occupation job losses, according to analysis by the nonprofit association for the global technology industry CompTIA, in its IT Employment Tracker for October.

This was confirmed by the monthly data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which noted that recovery from the COVID-19 crisis remains both unpredictable and uncertain. While many businesses are still operating in the new normal, some have fully returned to the office, others are doing some combination of the two. 

An estimated 12,900 new net workers in tech and non-tech jobs were recorded by the sector for its industry for September, the second consecutive month in which there was

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Saints fullback Michael Burton gets positive COVID-19 test result after team arrives in Detroit, reports say

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The NFL’s Week 4 COVID-19 troubles continue. The New Orleans Saints, who are in Detroit preparing to face the Lions, have had fullback Michael Burton test positive for COVID-19, according to ProFootballTalk and confirmed by Fox Sports and NFL Network. Testing is currently occurring for those who were in contact with the player on the flight from New Orleans, along with a check on Burton’s positive in case it is false.

Contact-tracing technology used by the league identified three teammates, while four others were identified as having sat near Burton on the team plane, according to ProFootballTalk. One of those players was Saints star running back Alvin Kamara. The Saints are awaiting testing for the seven players, along with the re-testing of Burton.

Saturday was unfortunately an eventful day in the NFL when it comes to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Tennessee Titans recorded positive test No. 16 

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Twitter is changing how it crops photos after reports of racial bias

  • Twitter said it is limiting its reliance on machine learning that helps it decide which part of a photo to crop on its platform.
  • Online users have reported racial bias on the social media firm’s image cropping tool, which automatically focuses on the part of a photo it thinks the viewer will find most interesting.
  • One Twitter user recently highlighted how the face of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is white, was routinely centered in automatic image crops, while that of former President Barack Obama was cut out.
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Twitter is making changes to its photo cropping function after an investigation into racial bias in the software, the company said on Thursday.

The announcement comes after users on the platform repeatedly showed that the tool — which uses machine learning to choose which part of an image to crop based on what

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Russian scientist detained for allegedly passing technology to China – reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian scientist has been detained in Siberia for allegedly passing technology to China, Russian media reported on Thursday.

Alexander Lukanin, a 64-year-old scientist from the Siberian city of Tomsk, was detained on Tuesday after returning from China were he had been working at a local university, according to MBKh Media, a news outlet founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Lukanin’s apartment was also raided by the FSB security service, MBKh Media reported, citing one of the scientist’s friends.

A message sent by Reuters on Thursday to Lukanin’s email address went unanswered. There was no immediate comment from the Russian or Chinese authorities.

Under Russian law, illegally transferring technology to a foreign country can lead to up to three years in prison.

Interfax news agency quoted a source as saying Lukanin had been detained for allegedly passing technology to China but that he was not being accused

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Russian scientist detained for allegedly passing technology to China: reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian scientist has been detained in Siberia for allegedly passing technology to China, Russian media reported on Thursday.

Alexander Lukanin, a 64-year-old scientist from the Siberian city of Tomsk, was detained on Tuesday after returning from China were he had been working at a local university, according to MBKh Media, a news outlet founded by Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Lukanin’s apartment was also raided by the FSB security service, MBKh Media reported, citing one of the scientist’s friends.

A message sent by Reuters on Thursday to Lukanin’s email address went unanswered. There was no immediate comment from the Russian or Chinese authorities.

Under Russian law, illegally transferring technology to a foreign country can lead to up to three years in prison.

Interfax news agency quoted a source as saying Lukanin had been detained for allegedly passing technology to China but that he was not being accused

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AirAsia to Shut Down Its Japanese Operations, Nikkei Reports

(Bloomberg) — AirAsia Group Bhd. is closing down its operations in Japan as it grapples with coronavirus-related restrictions on global travel, Nikkei reported, citing an unidentified person close to the low-cost airline.



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AirAsia Bhd. aircraft stand on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).

The Malaysian group’s directors met Monday and decided to wind up the Japanese venture, Nikkei said. An announcement will follow early next week, according to the report.

AirAsia in August posted its largest quarterly loss on record, and has said it wants to raise as much as 2.5 billion ringgit ($600 million) by the end of the year to weather the pandemic. The airline has also flagged that it’s evaluating its Japanese business, which counts e-commerce group Rakuten Inc. among its investors, and a decision was imminent.

An AirAsia spokesperson said Wednesday there was nothing to announce at this time in relation

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