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UW researchers develop tiny sensors that can be dropped from moths, land safely and collect data

The University of Washington sensor system can ride on the back of an insect, such as this Manduca sexta moth. (University of Washington Photo / Mark Stone)

The same University of Washington team that brought us the beetle cam is now taking flight with moths, developing tiny sensors that can hitch a ride and be dropped into remote areas to collect data.

The sensors weigh just 98 milligrams, or one tenth the weight of a jellybean, and can be attached to a small drone or insect. When a researcher sends a Bluetooth command, the sensor is released and can fall to the ground from as high as 72 feet without breaking. It can then collect data such as temperature or humidity for almost three years, according to a report by UW News on Thursday.

Shyam Gollakota, a UW associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science &

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“Touch-And-Go”: OSIRIS-REx is set to land on an asteroid and collect material in October

The spacecraft will carry out the collection attempt autonomously due to communication delays. If successful, the collection could be the largest sample recovery in decades, according to NASA.

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An artist’s rendering depicting OSIRIS-REx above Bennu.

Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft has been tasked with traveling billions of kilometers to an asteroid, collect a sample of its surface, and return the material back to Earth.

Last week, NASA announced the “countdown” to the craft’s upcoming asteroid “Touch-And-Go” (TAG). OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to attempt its first TAG on Oct. 20. If successful, the attempt could yield the largest space material since the Apollo era, according to NASA.

In September 2016, the OSIRIS-REx Mission launched aboard an Atlas V 411 rocket en route to its asteroid target, Bennu. After more than two Earth years in transit, OSIRIS-Rex arrived at Bennu in December of

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Suburban students collect technology to help others with remote learning

A pair of suburban high school students are working toward a shared dream: to make digital devices accessible to more students.

Their collection box located near the entrance to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library has drawn steady donations — of mostly laptops and iPads — and the teens are just getting started.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Rohan Ganeshan, a freshman at Buffalo Grove High School, and Sachleen Tuteja, a sophomore at Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, met while junior high students at Quest Academy in Palatine.

Beyond their love of math and science, the two share a passion for service and helping others. The pandemic only magnified that. When schools made the switch to e-learning, the disparity among students who had access to technology in their homes and those who did not was glaring to these teens.

“Ensuring distance learning is nearly impossible for these students, especially given the high-level interactions in

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Google to Collect 30% Cut on In-App Purchases Starting in 2021

Taking a page out of Apple’s  (AAPL) – Get Report book, Google will begin more strictly enforcing rules that require developers to use Google’s  (GOOGL) – Get Report payment system for in-app purchases. 

Google announced the change on its Android developer blog on Monday, describing it as a clarification of Google’s existing rules on in-app purchases. Google had an existing policy requiring developers to use Google’s billing system, but the policy had been loosely enforced. 

“We’ve always required developers who distribute their apps on Play to use Google Play’s billing system if they offer in-app purchases of digital goods, and pay a service fee from a percentage of the purchase,” wrote Sameer Samat, VP of product management at Android. “We only collect a service fee if the developer charges users to download their app or they sell in-app digital items, and we think that is fair.

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Apple won’t collect fees on paid Facebook events until 2021

Now, Apple has agreed to let Facebook Pay process all paid online event purchases. This means Facebook can absorb the cost, and Apple won’t get a cut. But this agreement only lasts until December 31st.

“Apple has agreed to provide a brief, three-month respite after which struggling businesses will have to, yet again, pay Apple the full 30 percent App Store tax,” a Facebook spokesperson said. Facebook will not collect fees until August 2021.

The other big catch is that Facebook Gaming creators are left out of the deal. They’ll still have to hand over 30 percent of earnings that come through the iOS app.

“Apple’s decision to not collect its 30 percent tax on paid online events comes with a catch: gaming creators are excluded from using Facebook Pay in paid online events on iOS,” said Vivek Sharma, VP of Facebook Gaming. “We unfortunately had to make this concession

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Seattle startup Attunely raises $6M to help debt collection agencies collect payment

Attunely CEO Scott Ferris. (Attunley Photo)

Attunely is raising more cash to support increasing demand for its machine learning platform used by debt collection agencies. The Seattle startup raised a $6 million Series A round from Framework Venture Partners, Anthos Capital, Vulcan Capital, and others.

Founded in 2018 and spun out of Seattle-based startup studio Pioneer Square Labs, Attunely crunches data related to debt records and consumer interaction history, in addition to other information such as macroeconomic trends, to produce a “score” for consumers who owe payment.

Attunely CEO Scott Ferris said the company saw a surge in activity earlier this year from creditors and recovery agencies that are “seeking technology solutions to optimize revenue recovery on call center resource constraints.”

“In addition, they are hyper-sensitive to only contacting consumers who are receptive and have a propensity to pay,” Ferris added. “Our machine learning platform does not require personally identifiable

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DHS, USCIS Want to Collect More Biometric Information from Immigrants

The Homeland Security Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services want to collect more biometric information from immigrants, the agency announced Tuesday.

The use of biometrics under a rule the agency plans to propose would grow beyond fingerprinting to include collection of voice, iris and facial recognition scans, the department said in a press release. Publication of the proposal is “imminent,” according to the release.

Currently, the agency collects fingerprints—as well as a signature and photographs—from immigration applicants during appointments. 

Right now, biometric technology is used in background checks, but the new rule would allow the agency to also use biometrics for identity verification, secure document production and records management, according to the release. It also gives DHS the power to collect DNA to establish familial relationships between adults and minors in custody. 

Ken Cuccinelli, the senior official performing the duties of the deputy secretary for DHS, said in the

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