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Scientific American Sep 17, 2020
— (Securities Exchange Commission) (9/14) Sep 18, 2020
@NikkiHaley: The cost of riots runs much higher than dollars. Small business owners saw their life’s work burn. Families saw their communities torched & looted. People lost trust in each other and lost faith that politicians would protect them. America will pay for these riots for a long time
SEC Releases Report and Recommendations on the 39th Annual Small Business Forum
"The Securities and Exchange Commission today delivered a report to Congress on the 39th Annual Small Business Forum. The Forum is a unique event where members of the public and private sectors gather to craft suggestions for policy impacting emerging businesses and their investors, from startups to smaller public companies. The Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation hosted the 2020 Forum on June 18, 2020 in a completely virtual format, which resulted in an inclusive event that engaged entrepreneurs, investors, market participants and other thought leaders from across the country. The 2020 Forum report is now available for download online."
— (Securities Exchange Commission) (9/14) (Email) (Pocket)
Tasmania's tax system is broken: here are three ways to fix it
"On the contrary, Bureau of Statistics figures show that over the four years to 2018-19, during which time Tasmania’s economy in many respects out-performed the rest of Australia, small business was responsible for only 13% of Tasmania’s net increase in private sector employment."
— Saul Eslake, Vice-Chancellor’S Fellow, University Of Tasmania (The Conversation) (9/15) (Email) (Pocket)
Many Small-Business Employees May Be Close to Losing Health Insurance
""Given the dire economic times, one of the first things you’d expect small businesses to do is to slash some employee benefits," says Dafny, the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration. "So I was surprised we only saw a small reduction in the percent offering coverage, from 60 percent to 57 percent.""
— By Rachel Layne (Harvard Business) (9/17) (Email) (Pocket)
— The Associated Press (Washington Times) (9/17) Sep 18, 2020
Wednesday Sports in Brief
"Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to open its football season the weekend of Oct. 23-24. "
— The Associated Press (Washington Times) (9/17) (Email) (Pocket)
Big Ten football is back: What you need to know
"After what may have been the ugliest, most controversial month in league history, Big Ten college football is back. The conference presidents and chancellors on Wednesday voted to start their season the weekend of Oct. 24 after considering new medical information and testing possibilities presented to them this past weekend."
— (ESPN) (9/16) (Email) (Pocket)
In a reversal, Big Ten restores the fall football season
"Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to the spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 23-24."
— Ralph D. Russo (Christian Science Monitor) (9/16) (Email) (Pocket)
— Karissa Bell (Engadget) (9/15) Sep 18, 2020
Twitter adds election hub to elevate 'reputable' news and voting info
"Twitter recently introduced a new election misinformation policy that allows it to take more aggressive action on tweets that could undermine election results. Now, the company is taking new steps to promote official election information to its users ahead of the 2020 presidential election. "
— Karissa Bell (Engadget) (9/15) (Email) (Pocket)
Why Pennsylvania Could Decide The 2020 Election
"Right now, Pennsylvania looks like the single most important state of the 2020 election. According to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential forecast, Pennsylvania is by far the likeliest state to provide either President Trump or Joe Biden with the decisive vote in the Electoral College: It has a 31 percent chance of being the tipping-point state.1 (That’s what happens when you take one of the most evenly divided states in the union and give it 20 electoral votes.) In fact, Pennsylvania is so important that our model gives Trump an 84 percent chance of winning the presidency if he carries the state — and it gives Biden a 96 percent chance of winning if Pennsylvania goes blue."
— Nathaniel Rakich ([email protected]) (FiveThirtyEight) (9/15) (Email) (Pocket)
The Democrats' Undeserving & Uncivil Campaign
"even weeks from the 2020 election, American politics have reached such an appalling state of incivility that there is no precedent for it in American presidential history. Of course, there was terrible acrimony between Jefferson and Hamilton, and by and against Andrew Jackson, and in the awful contentiousness leading up to and through the Civil ..."
— Conrad Black, American Greatness (Real Clear Politics) (9/15) (Email) (Pocket)
— Lee G. Hornbrook (Medium) (9/17) Sep 18, 2020
How to Succeed in First-Year College Writing
"College writing is the only course required of all students at the university level. Even with AP tests eliminating first-year writing for some students, a third-semester course is often required that all students must take."
— Lee G. Hornbrook (Medium) (9/17) (Email) (Pocket)
Infection Rates Soar in College Towns as Students Return
"Amid a spike in cases at the University of Colorado at Boulder, county health authorities Tuesday urged all students to quarantine for two weeks. Students and others at the university have accounted for 76% of the county’s 663 positive cases over the past two weeks, officials said."
— Ap News (Snopes) (9/17) (Email) (Pocket)
Gender harassment and institutional betrayal in high school take toll on mental health
High school students who endure gender harassment in schools that don't respond well enter college and adulthood with potential mental health challenges, according to a study. Researchers found that 97 percent of women and 96 percent of men from a pool of 535 undergraduate college students had endured at least one incident during high school.
— (Science Daily) (9/15) (Email) (Pocket)
— (Science Daily) (9/14) Sep 17, 2020
New X-ray microscopy technique enables comprehensive imaging of dense neural circuits
"Images generated by XNH must be interpreted to identify which structures are neurons. The team tackled this by applying deep learning, an artificial intelligence technique increasingly used for applications such as face or object recognition."
— (Science Daily) (9/14) (Email) (Pocket)
AI ethics groups are repeating one of society’s classic mistakes
"International organizations and corporations are racing to develop global guidelines for the ethical use of artificial intelligence. Declarations, manifestos, and recommendations are flooding the internet. But these efforts will be futile if they fail to account for the cultural and regional contexts in which AI operates."
— Amy Nordrum (MIT Tech Review (Opinion)) (9/14) (Email) (Pocket)
Nvidia's Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World
"In recent years, Nvidia has ridden one of the biggest waves in technology, selling chips needed to build increasingly clever artificial intelligence algorithms. Now, the company plans to catch another big swell—mobile computing—with a $40 billion acquisition of Arm, which designs the chips found in virtually all smartphones."
— Will Knight (Wired) (9/14) (Email) (Pocket)
— (Market Watch) (9/15) Sep 17, 2020
@tonyschwartz: Let's make it simple: When Trump, and Rush Limbaugh and Tucker Carlson deny the existence of global warming, they're lying, and denying scientific consensus, and they're fueling the demise of civilization.
Facebook gives in to pressure on climate-change myths — including that antifa started deadly wildfires in western states — with new ‘science-based’ hub
"Facebook, long targeted by critics for allowing misinformation on global warming and other environmental developments to populate users’ social-media feeds unchecked, announced it will launch a new information hub to provide "science-based information" about climate change. "
— (Market Watch) (9/15) (Email) (Pocket)
In a Historic Wildfire Season, It’s Time to Follow the Lead of Young Campaigners
"An important paper from the Australian economist Steve Keen lays out in unsparing terms one of the main reasons that the world responded so slowly to climate warnings from scientists: the neoclassical economists who calculated the economic impact of global warming got it disastrously wrong, in part because they assumed "that about 90% of GDP will be unaffected by climate change, because it happens indoors." This, if you think about it for more than a few seconds, is an unwise assumption. As a result of our poor response to the environmental threat, the federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission warned last week that "a world wracked by frequent and devastating shocks from climate change cannot sustain the fundamental conditions supporting our financial system.""
— Bill Mckibben (The New Yorker) (9/16) (Email) (Pocket)
Newly discovered mass extinction event triggered the dawn of the dinosaurs
"And there are going to be important lessons for how we help our planet recover from climate change. Geologists need to investigate the details of the Wrangellia volcanic activity and understand how these repeated eruptions drove the climate and changed the Earth’s ecosystems. There have been a number of volcanically-induced mass extinctions in the history of the Earth and the physical perturbations, such as global warming, acid rain and ocean acidification, are among the challenges we see today."
— Michael J. Benton, Professor Of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University Of Bristol (The Conversation) (9/16) (Email) (Pocket)
— Darrell Etherington (Tech Crunch) (9/14) Sep 17, 2020
Scientists detect a gas that typically indicates the presence of biological life in the atmosphere of Venus
"In a press briefing today, scientists rom the Royal Astronomical Society announced a potentially revolutionary scientific discovery: They’ve detected the presence of phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, which suggests the possible presence of biological life. Phosphine is a gas that’s a known biosignature, which means it’s only present when some for of life is also present – and more than that, it’s a gas that also has no known false positives, at least when detected on Earth, that are mistaken for phosphine and not a result of biological life."
— Darrell Etherington (Tech Crunch) (9/14) (Email) (Pocket)
Venus: could it really harbour life? New study springs a surprise
"In looking to explain the presence of phosphine, astronomer Jane Greaves from the University of Cardiff and her team used the Vega data and modelled almost 100 different chemical reactions in the atmosphere to see if they could recreate the phosphine they’d found. "
— Monica Grady, Professor Of Planetary And Space Sciences, The Open University (The Conversation) (9/14) (Email) (Pocket)
Venus might host life, new discovery suggests
"In 2017 Greaves observed Venus with the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, searching for bar code–like patterns of lines in the planet’s spectrum that would indicate the presence of different chemicals. While doing so, she noticed a line associated with phosphine. The data suggested the molecule was present at around 20 parts per billion in the planet’s atmosphere, a concentration between 1,000 and a million times greater than that in Earth’s atmosphere. "I was stunned," Greaves says."
— Adam Mann, Scientific American (PBS) (9/14) (Email) (Pocket)
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