Day: September 8, 2020

New subspecies of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly found in the Arctic Circle of Yakutia

New subspecies of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly found in the Arctic Circle of Yakutia
The newly described subspecies of the Arctic Apolloa, named Parnassius arcticus arbugaevi. Credit: Dr Roman V. Yakovlev

An isolated population of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly species: the Arctic Apollo (Parnassius arcticus), turned out to be a new to science subspecies with distinct looks as well as DNA. Named Parnassius arcticus arbugaevi, the butterfly is described in a recent paper, published in the peer-reviewed, open-access scientific journal Acta Biologica Sibirica.


“Thanks to the field studies of our colleague and friend Yuri Bakhaev, we obtained unique butterfly specimens from the Momsky Range in North-Eastern Yakutia. This mountain range, which is about 500 km long, has until now been a real ‘blank spot’ in terms of biodiversity research,” explains the lead author of the study, Dr. Roman Yakovlev, affiliated with Tomsk State University and Altai State University.

“With the kind permission of Mikhail Ivanov, Director of the Momsky National Park,

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Computer glitches disrupt classes nationwide as schools return online

HOUSTON — Students across the U.S. ran into computer glitches Tuesday as they began the school year with online instruction at home because of the coronavirus threat, adding to the list of problems that have thrust many a harried parent into the role of teacher’s aide and tech support person.

The online learning platform Blackboard, which provides technology for 70 of the nation’s 100 biggest districts and serves more than 20 million U.S. students from kindergarten through 12th grade, reported that websites were failing to load or were loading slowly, and users were unable to register on the first day of school.

Three of Texas’ largest school districts — Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth — were hit with technical problems, as were school systems in places such as Idaho and Kansas. A ransomware attack forced schools in Hartford, Connecticut, to postpone Tuesday’s start of online and in-person classes.

Elsewhere around

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This Time Is Never Different And Why The U.S. Tech Bubble Won’t Last

Note: This article is a rebuttal piece to Open Insight’s 7th Newsletter.

Howard Marks famously wrote in his book, “The Most Important Thing” about the power of the pendulum:

Those who believe that the pendulum will move in one direction forever – or reside at an extreme forever – eventually will lose huge sums. Those who understand the pendulum’s behavior can benefit enormously.

We bolded the keyword here – eventually. The problem with value investors (us) is usually of an issue of being too early. Value investors ignore psychological elements and buy too early leading to mispricings getting more mispriced, and sell too early when valuations tend to swing massively to the other side.

This tendency of being too early is what gives value investing its real edge, which is that value investors tend to have to stomach years of underperformance before outperforming for many years. We are

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China launches initiative for global data security issues

HONG KONG (AP) — China has launched an initiative to address global data security issues, a countermove to the U.S. “clean network” program that is aimed at discouraging other countries from using Chinese technology.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the initiative in Beijing on Tuesday at a seminar on global digital governance.

He said mounting risks for cyber security threaten national security, public interests and personal rights.

The move comes amid a deterioration in U.S.-China relations encompassing trade tensions and competition in telecommunications and artificial intelligence technologies, with the U.S. accusing Chinese technology companies of threatening American national security.

“Bent on unilateral acts, a certain country keeps making groundless accusations against others in the name of ‘clean’ networks and used security as a pretext to prey on enterprises of other countries who have a competitive edge,” Wang said, according to a transcript of his speech released by the ministry. “Such

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Make human-centric lighting the center of a post-pandemic built environment (MAGAZINE)

JAMES TU. (Photo credit: Image courtesy of Energy Focus, Inc.)

JAMES TU. (Photo credit: Image courtesy of Energy Focus, Inc.)

The novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, responsible for COVID-19, has abruptly and drastically reduced the frequency and degree of common physical interactions, and caused global economies to shrink by unprecedented magnitudes. With heightened awareness of pandemic risks, what will the “new normal” be like? How will the lighting industry both cope and evolve in the post COVID-19 age that is destined to reshape the economic climate and infrastructure landscape?

Lighting is hands down the most visible and universal technology humans are exposed to in the built environment. In the modern world, people spend approximately 90% of the time indoors, mostly with the lights on, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Even outdoors, during evening hours, lighting is still required to accompany human activities. In the digital, post-COVID-19 world, LED lighting has an advantageous position to become the control hub

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The scientist leading the ambitious US COVID-19 vaccine programme

Steroid treatment linked to lower deaths

People severely ill with COVID-19 are less likely to die if they are given drugs called corticosteroids than are people who do not receive this treatment, according to an analysis of hospital patients on five continents. The authors say that steroids should be part of the standard treatment for people with severe COVID-19.

Reference: JAMA paper

Mink can pass SARS-CoV-2 to humans

An investigation of Dutch mink farms has found the first documented cases of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 between animals and humans. Genetic analysis suggests that workers had introduced SARS-CoV-2 to mink, which spread the virus back to workers.

Reference: bioRxiv preprint (not yet peer reviewed)

Antibodies persist for months

A sweeping survey in Iceland shows that antibodies against the new coronavirus endure in the body for four months after infection. This counters earlier evidence suggesting that these important immune molecules disappear quickly. The

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Global Biochip Market 2020 by Technology, Trends, Share, Revenue, Top Companies, Segmentation to 2025

The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

Sep 08, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
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Global Biochip Market: Drivers and Restrains

The research report has incorporated the analysis of different factors that augment the market’s growth. It constitutes trends, restraints, and drivers that transform the market in either a positive or negative manner. This section also provides the scope of different segments and applications that can potentially influence the market in the future. The detailed information is based on current trends and historic milestones. This section also provides an analysis of the volume of production about the global market and also about each type from 2015 to 2026. This section mentions the volume of production by region from 2015 to 2026. Pricing analysis is included in the

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Progress Software to Post Stronger-Than-Expected Results

Progress Software  (PRGS) – Get Report shares on Tuesday were higher after the business-application-technology developer said it expected to report fiscal-third-quarter results better than Wall Street analysts had estimated.

Separately, the company said it definitively agreed to acquire Chef Software of Seattle for $220 million cash.

For the quarter ended Aug. 31 the Bedford, Mass., company estimates adjusted earnings of 75 cents to 78 cents a share. That’s up from its previous estimate of 69 cents to 71 cents.  

Non-GAAP revenue should come in at $109 million to $111 million, up from its previous guidance between $104 million and $109 million. 

Analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting adjusted profit of 67 cents a share on revenue of $107.7 million.

For the fiscal year, adjusted earnings now are expected to range $2.94 to $2.97 a share, up from the company’s previous view of $2.82 to $2.86. 

Progress Software expects

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Nasdaq futures plunge as tech stocks continue to sink

BY THE NUMBERS

Tech stocks extended their worst rout since March, with Nasdaq futures tracking for an over 3% decline at Tuesday’s open. A plunge of that magnitude at the close would bring a three-session loss in the Nasdaq to the brink of a correction, down nearly 10% from Wednesday’s record high. Dow and S&P 500 futures were also pointing to lower opens, but not nearly as severe as the Nasdaq. (CNBC)

* 10% to 15% market correction would be healthy right now, long-time bull Ed Yardeni says (CNBC)

Shares of Softbank sank 7% in Tokyo on Tuesday after a weekend of reports that the Japanese conglomerate made a huge bullish bet on tech stocks. The Wall Street Journal said Softbank used options linked to as much as $50 billion in tech stocks, driving up volumes and contributing to a trading frenzy.

Shares of Nikola, already up 244% as of

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Will Apple Announce Apple Watch Series 6, iPad Air, Today?

September 8, 1PM EDT, update below. This post was first published at 6AM EDT, September 8, 2020.

It’s Tuesday, September 8. Apple would probably be holding its annual iPhone and Apple Watch event this week in a regular year. But so far, there’s not even been an announcement of when such an event (virtual, I presume) might take place today.

MORE FROM FORBESForget Apple Watch Series 6: Apple Watch SE May Be Here In Days

Several of the world’s key Apple predictors have said that today’s the day… for something to happen. Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech, who has quickly become one of the most reliable and prolific of leakers, says that Apple will, by press release, announce the next iPad Air and Apple Watch Series 6 today.

September 8, 1PM

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