New brain cell-like nanodevices work together to identify mutations in viruses


IMAGE: An electron micrograph of the artificial neuron. The niobium dioxide layer (yellow) endows the device with neuron-like behavior.
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Credit: Dr. R. Stanley Williams

In the September issue of the journal Nature, scientists from Texas A&M University, Hewlett Packard Labs and Stanford University have described a new nanodevice that acts almost identically to a brain cell. Furthermore, they have shown that these synthetic brain cells can be joined together to form intricate networks that can then solve problems in a brain-like manner.

“This is the first study where we have been able to emulate a neuron with just a single nanoscale device, which would otherwise need hundreds of transistors,” said Dr. R. Stanley Williams, senior author on the study and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We have also been able to successfully use networks of our artificial neurons to solve toy versions of a

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New York Tech Prepares to Thrive Online Today and Tomorrow


New York Institute of Technology this month kicked off an almost completely remote fall semester on its Long Island and New York City campuses. The process of rapidly moving select courses online for this fall happened over the summer, and development of further online offerings for the upcoming spring semester is ongoing. But even before the COVID-19 pandemic, senior leaders had decided to make online learning a key pillar of New York Tech’s growth strategy.

To enable this shift—both in preparation for the fall and the future—New York Tech partnered with Everspring, a leading provider of digital solutions that empower universities to create engaging online courses.

“Given our need to deliver a consistent, effective remote learning environment by the fall semester, we wanted a partner with the ability to help us get courses online quickly,” said Junius Gonzales, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

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How “New” Infrastructure Investment Addresses Our National Debt Debacle

But with respect to future debt; would it not be wise and just for that nation to declare in the constitution they are forming that neither the legislature, nor the nation itself can validly contract more debt, than they may pay within their own age, or within the term of 19 years.   Thomas Jefferson September 6, 1789

This week’s CBO report projects that the U.S. national debt will be twice our country’s GDP by 2050, and that it will function as an increasing drag on economic growth for the next 30 years. This is shocking, but the math is straightforward: GDP growth will average only 1.6% from 2020-2050, losing a quarter point because of massive Covid-related debt that snowballs upward into the future. Do we let the next generation go quietly into that good night, or do we address the issue

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What should I look for when purchasing a new laptop preloaded wth Windows 10?

Eyal Goldshmid, Special to TCPalm
Published 10:02 a.m. ET Sept. 23, 2020


Columnist Kim Komando shares tips on using Windows to do more, faster.

Q: I have a tendency to hang onto my technology (cell phone, laptop, even my car) because I’m not someone who has to have the latest and greatest and each new upgrade means having to spend time bringing the new device up to speed. Having said this, I’m overdue on upgrading my Dell Windows 7 laptop to something newer, but I’m not certain what to do given all the bad things I’ve read about Windows 10. What should I look for when purchasing a new laptop with Windows 10? Once I buy one, would setting it up include bypassing all Windows 10 updates and potential problems, or is that wishful thinking?

— Kathy M., Vero Beach

A: Any new PC system you get

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01 Communique Provides FREE Live Demo of IronCAP Post-Quantum Cryptography Technology | 2020-09-23 | Press Releases

TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / September 23, 2020 /01 Communique Laboratory Inc. (“01 Communique”) (TSXV:ONE) today announces that IronCAP is the first in the post-quantum cybersecurity industry to provide a free live demo of its post-quantum cryptography IronCAP technology. IronCAP technology can be used to encrypt sensitive data such as those sent by financial, legal, and other institutions, and protects personal or business data.

The live demo is available at

The demo allows the user to type a message or upload a small file to receive back the encrypted data, which can then be uploaded back for decryption. Demo users are encouraged to independently hire experts to assess the strength of the IronCAP encrypted data.

Andrew Cheung, CEO of 01 Communique, stated, “Demo users will find that our IronCAP X product is more secure and faster than current encryption alternatives to address the growing concern about personal information

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Apple Has a New Fitness Target

In 1984, it came for the personal computer. In 2007, it changed the way consumers used cellphones. In 2015, it strapped technology to our wrists. Now, in 2020, Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is taking aim at personal fitness. Given its track record of disruption and innovation, this trillion-dollar company will likely remain the apple of many investors’ eyes. 

Apple is banking on Fitness+ to work out

In a characteristically glitzy online presentation from its spaceship headquarters in Cupertino, California, on Sept. 15, Apple announced new Apple Watch models, updated iPads, bundled digital services, and something that it hopes forces new rivals like Peloton Interactive (NASDAQ:PTON) to pedal faster — Apple Fitness+. The new service is slated to debut this fall. 

People working out with Apple Fitness + on their IPhone and Apple Watch

Image Source: Apple

Apple Fitness+ is designed to “intelligently incorporate metrics from Apple Watch for users to visualize right on their iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, offering a first-of-its-kind personalized

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Cerebras Systems Expands Global Footprint with New Offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Toronto, Canada

LOS ALTOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cerebras Systems, the pioneer in accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) compute, today announced its continued global expansion with the opening of new offices across Japan and Canada. Cerebras Systems G.K., a wholly owned subsidiary located in Tokyo, will offer local sales and support for customers and regional systems integrators, including partners like Tokyo Electron Device Ltd. (TED). In Canada, Cerebras Systems launched an engineering office focused on accelerating R&D, located in downtown Toronto. With more than fifteen engineers currently employed, Cerebras plans to triple its Toronto engineering team in the coming year.

“Japan and Canada are enormously important markets for Cerebras, and we look forward to growing our presence in both regions,” said Andrew Feldman, CEO and Co-Founder of Cerebras. “Our mission is to enable customers to do the hardest AI work more quickly and more easily. This is an exciting time in Cerebras’ history as

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A Look at New Technology in the CNC Machining Industry

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Innovations in Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining present new challenges and new opportunities for manufacturers. Recent developments are changing the game. 

To stay competitive, today’s shop needs to leverage both the technology and the workforce for competitive advantage. Three trends to watch are multi-axis machines, human-machine interface,  and interconnectivity or “smart” machines.

“Right now — as it’s harder and harder to find good programmers and operators of machinery — with manufacturing being on the rise, many companies are looking more to automation and machines with attached robots to help keep up with the pace of the market. 5-axis machinery is still very hot as well and is becoming more and more easily found in standard job shops across the country,” explains Tom Kohm, President & CEO of Premier Equipment, a leading seller of used CNC machines. 

Multi-Axis Machines

The latest CNC  machines support a 4

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Michigan Tech develops three new open-source tools in response to COVID-19

Michigan Tech’s Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Lab developed three new open-source tools in response to COVID-19: a high-temperature 3D printer, a firefighter PAPR mask and a printable, emergency-use ventilator.

Today, with the evolution of digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D printers and circuit milling systems, humanity can share designs with others who can then replicate medical-grade devices for the cost of locally sourced materials.

When the team began these studies last spring, personal protection equipment (PPE) was in short supply, most PPE was one-use and disposable, and the demand for hospital equipment was greater than supply. So the MOST Lab focused on a printer that could make reusable face masks, respiratory equipment that could be custom fit for firefighters and an inexpensive design for a 3D-printed ventilator.

Joshua Pearce leads the MOST Lab and is the Richard Witte Endowed Professor of Materials

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New Computer Science Education Programs to Inspire Future Generations

Wales’s leading manufacturer Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) is supporting a collaboration to create educational programmes promoting STEAM learning.

This is becoming an increasingly important area as information technology advances.

The Pencoed-based manufacturing facility, which creates the latest broadcast and 4K technology equipment, is supporting an initiative between Sony Global Education and Raspberry Pi to develop Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths (STEAM) educational packages.

The partnership will see Sony Global Education, which aims to inspire technological learning, utilise its educational software, while Raspberry Pi will provide its single board computers, popular for its compactness and versatility.

Through the collaboration the organisations will create a package to provide educational computer science programmes to enhance STEAM learning.

As part of the process, they will develop educational content for the Japanese market, which will be released next year, with the longer-term aim of contributing to the future of STEAM opportunities globally.

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