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A pledge to boost biofuel | Agri News – PostBulletin.com

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is taking action to boost U.S. demand for corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel, as the president seeks to temper criticism from farmers and Midwest politicians before next year’s election.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture on Oct. 4 outlined several steps to aid those renewable fuels, committing to boost annual biofuel-blending quotas to make up for waivers exempting some small refineries from the mandates. The shift, which still must be formally proposed and codified, would…

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YouAppi: How ecommerce apps can get a 70% improvement in returning users – Venture Beat

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Mobile app monetization firm YouAppi says app retargeting and reengagement campaigns can create a 70% improvement in the number of users coming back, particularly for ecommerce apps.

That’s important for app marketers to know, with 77 days to go in the holiday selling season (yes, I suppose ecommerce people are thinking about that already).

Data from mobile marketing platform YouAppi that analyzes shopping app retargeting and reengagement from Q4 2018 shows that these retention marketing ads can generate a significant increase in app usage and sales. In 2019, YouAppi is…

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As Apple sunsets iTunes for Macs, Windows users blast ‘terrible’ app – Venture Beat

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Today’s release of macOS Catalina may reduce complaints from Mac iTunes users regarding Apple’s famously bloated media management and playback app, but for Windows users, the misery appears set to go on indefinitely. Sixteen years after iTunes debuted on PCs — a gesture then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs likened to “giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell” — the app shows no sign of leaving Microsoft’s platform, where it’s continuing to infuriate PC customers.

While Apple officially updated its iTunes web page today to steer Mac users towards macOS Catalina, which…

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Maritime sulfur cap could crimp container port volumes – DC Velocity

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IMO 2020 emissions cap to have unknown impact on container lines, international shippers, Drewry says.

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Ocean cargo carriers will probably be able to recoup the costs of a new cap on sulphur emissions beginning in 2020, but the change still presents enough risk that a new report has downgraded its forecast for the growth rate of world container port volumes for the current year and the rest of the five-year horizon.

Global port throughput is now forecast to rise by 2.6% in 2019, down from the previous 3.0% expectation, according to…

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AirPod rivals give consumers an earful as they try to catch up to Apple – Washington Post

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Robin Seiler, Microsoft’s vice president of program management and devices, wears the company’s Surface Earbuds. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News)

Some people would rather put a broken Q-tip in their ear, while others would prefer a bulky earplug or a mint candy the size of a coin.

That’s essentially the choice consumers have as tech companies including Microsoft, Amazon and Samsung introduce a wave of new, often oddly shaped competitors to the AirPods, Apple’s popular in-ear wireless headphones that start at $159.

Silicon Valley has long been on the cutting edge of aesthetics, with…

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Process for making ductile glass discovered – Phys.org

Process for making ductile glass discovered – Phys.org

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Plasticity-carriers (five-fold silicon shown here) form at the contact of silica nanoparticles under extreme pressure, in route to a fully dense ductile silica glass Credit: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

If you’ve ever dropped your smartphone on a concrete floor, you know that dreaded feeling as you turn it over to see how badly the screen has cracked—but that stress may soon be a thing of the past. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered a way to make glass less brittle and less likely to break.

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Three years ago he could barely walk. Now Atlas the humanoid robot is doing gymnastics. – Washington Post

Three years ago he could barely walk. Now Atlas the humanoid robot is doing gymnastics. – Washington Post

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Atlas, a humanoid robot produced by Boston Dynamics, has become increasingly athletic in recent years. Videos released by the robotics company capture the machine jumping over logs, doing backflips and running outdoors. (Courtesy of Boston Dynamics)

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New smart materials to tackle global challenges – Phys.Org

New smart materials to tackle global challenges – Phys.Org

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Understanding how natural materials are created has helped a Griffith University research team create a smart material platform to aid in the creation of new drugs and even help in the clean-up of polluted environments.

Professor Bernd Rehm, a principal research leader within the Griffith Research Institute for Drug Discovery and Director of the Centre for Cell Factories and Biopolymers, worked with post-graduate Kampachiro Ogura on the development of…

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Trump’s mention of CrowdStrike in call with Ukraine’s president recalls Russian hack of DNC – Washington Post

Trump’s mention of CrowdStrike in call with Ukraine’s president recalls Russian hack of DNC – Washington Post

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky addressing the General Debate of the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday. (Justin Lane/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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Nanotechnology improves chemotherapy delivery – Science Daily

Nanotechnology improves chemotherapy delivery – Science Daily

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Michigan State University scientists have invented a new way to monitor chemotherapy concentrations, which is more effective in keeping patients’ treatments within the crucial therapeutic window.

With new advances in medicine happening daily, there’s still plenty of guesswork when it comes to administering chemotherapy to cancer patients. Too high a dose can result in killing healthy tissue and cells, triggering more side effects or even death; too low a dose may stun, rather than kill, cancer cells, allowing them to come back, in many cases, much stronger and deadlier.

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Malls have a future: location-based entertainment – Venture Beat

Malls have a future: location-based entertainment – Venture Beat

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Every industry is noticing the effects of changing generational preferences and technological progress. The ways we shop, socialize, and amuse ourselves have all shifted into the digital age, limiting our opportunities to make real, in-person connections. The tasks that once got us out and…

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Off-grid mum lets her vegan kids skip school, pick their own bedtimes and never tells them off – and claims t – The Sun

Off-grid mum lets her vegan kids skip school, pick their own bedtimes and never tells them off – and claims t – The Sun

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THIS off-grid mum-of-four lets her kids shun school, pick their own bedtimes and never tells them off – and insists they’re more hard working because of it.

Author Dayna Martin, 46, insists her “radical unschooling” method, where her kids only learn what they want to, is raising a brood of budding entrepreneurs.

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Mum-of-four Dayna Martin, 46, has raised all her kids off-grid but says they’re more hard working for itCredit: PA Real Life

Vegans Orion, 11, Ivy, 14, Tiffany, 18, and Devin, 20, wake up whenever they want to, choose what they eat and and how much screentime they get.

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National Grid to map out ‘invisible’ solar through PV_Live collaboration – Current News

National Grid to map out ‘invisible’ solar through PV_Live collaboration – Current News

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National Grid is improving its solar forecasting by mapping out ‘invisible’ solar panels with the use of generation data from the University of Sheffield.

The university’s PV_Live initiative, funded through Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance, captures generation data from a network of solar PV on thousands of residential and commercial buildings, as well as ground-mounted systems in fields.

A data stream from energy tech firm PassivSystems is mined alongside Sheffield’s Microgen database, providing generation data from a sample of systems for a given…

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AI generates logos from whole cloth – Venture Beat

AI generates logos from whole cloth – Venture Beat

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Generating logos from whole cloth isn’t exactly novel — startups like Logojoy employ AI to create thousands of banners and branding elements on demand. But in a new paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, scientists at Maastricht University in the Netherlands propose an AI system that’s able to synthesize logos at much greater resolution and detail than before.

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Nanofactories: Evolution of Drug Delivery Systems – Advanced Science News

Nanofactories: Evolution of Drug Delivery Systems – Advanced Science News

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Drug delivery systems are engineered technologies to achieve a therapeutic effect by targeted delivery and/or controlled release of therapeutic agents. Such systems are important because they improve drug efficacy and help to decrease side effects.

The next-generation therapeutic platforms, concepts such as nanoreactors and nanofactories, are receiving high…

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Facebook acquires Ctrl-labs to advance its brain-machine interface efforts – Venture Beat

Facebook acquires Ctrl-labs to advance its brain-machine interface efforts – Venture Beat

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Facebook this evening announced it intends to buy Ctrl-labs, a New York-based startup developing a wristband that translates musculoneural signals into machine-interpretable commands. The acquisition hasn’t yet closed, and the terms weren’t revealed publicly.

(CNBC pegs the deal at approximately $1 billion, half the amount Facebook paid to acquire virtual reality company Oculus VR in 2014.) But the Menlo Park company said it plans to fold Ctrl-labs into its Reality Labs division, whose principal work concerns virtual and augmented reality technology.

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New Discovery Advances Flexible Solar Cells a Step Closer to Reality – SciTechDaily
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A few scientists made a strange discovery that could lead to new solar cell design and manufacturing, new techniques that could open up the development of flexible, efficient solar cells. The strange discovery has to do with the actual percentage of surface area a solar cell needs to be effective. Take a guess before you read on. New Discovery Advances Flexible Solar Cells a Step Closer to Reality – SciTechDaily Excerpt: Scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered that the electrodes in organic solar cells actually only need ~1% of their surface area to be electrically conductive to be fully effective, which opens the door to using a range of composite materials at the interface between the electrodes and the light harvesting organic semiconductor layers to improve device performance and reduce cost. The discovery, published yesterday (September 11, 2019), is reported in Advanced Functional Materials. The academic lead, Dr Ross Hatton from the University’s Department of Chemistry, said: “It’s widely assumed that if you want to optimize the performance of organic solar cells you need to maximize the area of the interface between the electrodes and the organic semiconductors. We asked whether that was really true.” The researchers developed a model electrode that they could systematically change the surface area of, and found that when as much as 99% of its surface was electrically insulating the electrode still performs as well as if 100% of the surface was conducting, provided the conducting regions aren’t too far apart.
Fed to conduct repo operation again tomorrow, will inject up to $75B into money markets – CNBC
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Fed Prepares $75 Billion Money Market Shock Therapy

It seems the Fed is trying to fix something, something that costs at least $75 billion to fix. They're conducting what's called a 'repo operation' by 'injecting' $75 billion into money markets. Fed to conduct repo operation again tomorrow, will inject up to $75B into money markets – CNBC - VIDEO The Federal Reserve has announced its plans to conduct a repo operation again tomorrow, injecting up to $75B into money markets. CNBC’s Sara Eisen has more.
Engineers Develop 3D-Printed Multimaterial Fiber “Ink” With Embedded Circuitry – SciTechDaily
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Electric Ink Can Print Your iPhone One Day

The kids at MIT have come upon a new advance in 3D printing that will allow 3D printers to print out more complete electronic devices, thanks to embedded circuitry. Engineers Develop 3D-Printed Multimaterial Fiber “Ink” With Embedded Circuitry – SciTechDaily Excerpt: A new method developed by MIT researchers uses standard 3-D printers to produce functioning devices with the electronics already embedded inside. The devices are made of fibers containing multiple interconnected materials, which can light up, sense their surroundings, store energy, or perform other actions. The new 3-D printing method is described in the journal Nature Communication, in a paper by MIT doctoral student Gabriel Loke, professors John Joannopoulos and Yoel Fink, and four others at MIT and elsewhere. The system makes use of conventional 3-D printers outfitted with a special nozzle and a new kind of filament to replace the usual single-material polymer filament, which typically gets fully melted before it’s extruded from the printer’s nozzle. The researchers’ new filament has a complex internal structure made up of different materials arranged in a precise configuration, and is surrounded by polymer cladding on the outside.
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Stephen Hawking Was Wrong. Black Holes Are Bald. – Space.com

Stephen Hawking Was Wrong. Black Holes Are Bald. – Space.com

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Back in 2017, a gravitational wave rang across Earth like the clear tone of a bell. It stretched and squished every person, ant and scientific instrument on the planet as it passed through our region of space. Now, researchers have gone back and studied that wave, and found hidden data in it — data that help confirm a decades-old astrophysics idea. 

That 2017 wave was a big deal: For the first time, astronomers had a tool that could detect and record it as it passed, known as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

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Ant-Man Reportedly Heading To Disney Plus Instead Of Getting Third Film | MCU PHASE 4 NEWS

Ant-Man Reportedly Heading To Disney Plus Instead Of Getting Third Film | MCU PHASE 4 NEWS

Ant-Man Reportedly Heading To Disney Plus Instead Of Getting Third Film | MCU PHASE 4 NEWS, I discuss the Ant-Man and The Wasp sequel news and how it will be a television series rather than Marvel Movie.

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Meet the electric car that parks vertically against walls – Coventry Telegraph

Meet the electric car that parks vertically against walls – Coventry Telegraph

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The order books have opened on what has to be one of the strangest electric cars yet.

The Nobe 100 has become available for pre-order on Indiegogo after years of planning.

The neo-vintage three-wheeler has been billed as the ‘world’s most sustainable car’.

As well as being the first ever all-wheel drive three-wheeled car, the fully electric Nobe 100’s light weight and all-round versatility means it can be parked vertically.

Roman Muljar, founder and CEO at Nobe, said: “This is a unique milestone in the evolution of road travel.

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– Engineers develop multi-material fibre “ink” for 3D printed devices – Design Products & Applications

– Engineers develop multi-material fibre “ink” for 3D printed devices – Design Products & Applications

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13 September 2019

A new method developed by MIT researchers uses standard 3D printers to produce functioning devices with the electronics already embedded inside.

The new 3D printing method is described in the journal Nature Communication, in a paper by MIT doctoral student Gabriel Loke, professors John Joannopoulos and Yoel Fink, and four others at MIT and elsewhere.The devices are made of fibres containing multiple interconnected materials, which can light up, sense their surroundings, store energy, or perform other actions.

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Cryptokitties creator Dapper Labs raises $11 million and unveils Flow blockchain – Venture Beat

Cryptokitties creator Dapper Labs raises $11 million and unveils Flow blockchain – Venture Beat

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Dapper Labs, the company behind CryptoKitties and upcoming projects such as NBA Top Shot, has raised $11 million in funding. It also unveiled the development of Flow, a new blockchain built to enable decentralized applications at scale.

The largest investor in the round was Andreessen…

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3D printing is making headway in composite manufacturing – IDTechEx.com

3D printing is making headway in composite manufacturing – IDTechEx.com

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Within the field of 3D printing, there is increasing emphasis on functionality as the industry shifts away from the stereotype of rapid prototyping, and materials are not exempt from such scrutiny. For instance, within the field of metal additive manufacturing, metals such as titanium with excellent tensile strength and low density are ideal for lightweighting applications, and as such demand for these materials is continually increasing. However, for certain applications, metals are not sufficiently lightweight enough, which is where composites come into play.
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Design done right: The digital banking revolution is only just beginning – SmartCompany.com.au

Design done right: The digital banking revolution is only just beginning – SmartCompany.com.au

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Over the past decade, the banking sector has evolved drastically. With the rise in digital-first neobanks and new ways of transferring funds, such as peer-to-peer payments, the traditional banking sector has faced immense pressure to ramp up efforts in innovation and place customers at the forefront of everything they do. 

Customers have more choice and, in turn, banks must do more to stand out. But this isn’t just about bells and whistles to grab attention. In a study conducted by the Design Management Institute, design-driven companies consistently outperformed the S&P Index by 219%…

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California could become the largest state to ban facial recognition in body cameras – Washington Post

California could become the largest state to ban facial recognition in body cameras – Washington Post

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California could soon become the largest state to ban the use of facial-recognition technology in law enforcement body cameras, a milestone in the regulation of the fast-developing but loosely controlled technology.

The state Senate approved the three-year moratorium on Wednesday, sending the legislation back to the Assembly, where it is expected to pass. The ban has earned praise from privacy and civil rights advocates, who have long argued that the technology could be deployed for mass surveillance and lead to more false arrests.

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One-Time Billionaire Legendary Oilman T. Boone Pickens Dies at 91 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

One-Time Billionaire Legendary Oilman T. Boone Pickens Dies at 91 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens, a self-described “opinionated energy investor, entrepreneur, proponent of American energy resources and philanthropist” and former billionaire, died Wednesday at his home in Dallas. He was 91 years old.

Born in 1928 in Holdenville, Oklahoma, Pickens, a geologist by trade, made his fortune in oil. He began his career with Phillips Petroleum and, in 1956, was the architect behind Mesa Petroleum. Years later, in 1996, he founded the energy-focused hedge fund BP Capital.











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Regulators OK new solar panel rules that change electricity price; some call it death bell to industry – The Advocate

Regulators OK new solar panel rules that change electricity price; some call it death bell to industry – The Advocate

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Before an unusually crowded audience, Louisiana regulators approved Wednesday, as expected, changes in billing and protocols for individuals installing solar panels to make their own electricity.

On a vote of 3-2, the five-members Louisiana Public Service Commission approved the proposed new rules that effectively lowers the amount traditional utility companies pay individuals for the electricity made by rooftop solar panels.

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How blockchain technology could potentially electrify the energy industry – The New Economy

How blockchain technology could potentially electrify the energy industry – The New Economy

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Start-ups, corporations and investors are all facing different scaling challenges when developing their blockchain products, meaning that the technology is still in its infancy and requires more development

Blockchain technology has the potential to produce new innovations in the energy industry, such as peer-to-peer electricity trading. However, at this stage it is unclear if the technology will be implemented widely enough to disrupt the energy industry. Despite investors backing blockchain tech, the question remains: when will we…

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California Senate passes ride-share bill that has divided Democrats over the future of Uber and Lyft drivers – Washington Post

California Senate passes ride-share bill that has divided Democrats over the future of Uber and Lyft drivers – Washington Post

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The state Senate approved the bill in Sacramento late Tuesday night, sending it back to the state Assembly before needing the governor’s signature.

The bill has proven particularly divisive for members nationwide of the Democratic Party. That’s in part because it has pitted Obama-era…

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Apple will release iOS 13 and watchOS 6 on September 19, macOS Catalina in October – Venture Beat

Apple will release iOS 13 and watchOS 6 on September 19, macOS Catalina in October – Venture Beat

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Three months after giving developers access to beta versions of its new Apple TV, Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone operating systems, Apple has officially set a release date for the final releases of iOS 13 and watchOS 6 for certain devices: September 19, 2019. Other final releases have been…

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