Day: September 30, 2020

SpaceX reinforcing heat shield of its Dragon spacecraft ahead of planned October flight

He said there “was nothing to be concerned with at all times. The astronauts were safe, and the vehicle was working perfectly.” The heat shield is a vital component of the spacecraft that protects the astronauts as they plunge through the thickening atmosphere, creating temperatures that reach as high as 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit.

In addition to reinforcing the part of the heat shield, he said the company is refining how it measures the capsule’s altitude as it returns to Earth. During the August test flight, the drogue parachutes deployed at a slightly lower altitude than the company expected, but still well within safety parameters, he said.

Finally, SpaceX and NASA are working with the Coast Guard to create a 10-mile “keep-out zone” around the spacecraft once its splashes down in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico.

During the test mission, recreational boats swarmed the vehicle, still loaded with volatile

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Louisiana Tech at BYU odds, picks and best bets

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-0) and BYU Cougars (2-0) meet at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo, Utah, for a 9:00 p.m. ET kickoff Friday (on ESPN2). We analyze the Louisiana Tech-BYU college football betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets.

Louisiana Tech at BYU: Betting odds and lines

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET.

  • Money line: BYU -1667 (bet $1667 to win $100) | Louisiana Tech +850 (bet $100 to win $850)
  • Against the spread/ATS: BYU -22.5, -110 (bet $110 to win $100) | Louisiana Tech +22.5, -110 (bet $110 to win $100)
  • Over/Under: 55.5, Over -115 (bet $115 to win $100) | Under -106 (bet $106 to win $100)

Louisiana Tech at BYU: Three things to know

  1. BYU has been on fire, at least through two games. They’re fifth
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Athletes And Staff Get Wearables To Ensure Social Distancing

Each year, thousands of elite and amateur runners compete in the London Marathon. Last year, 42,000 people completed the 26.2-mile course that spans across the British capital, with thousands of people lining the streets to lend their support.

The marathon is an opportunity to achieve personal goals and raise millions of dollars for charitable causes.

But running a mass participation event in the era of Coronavirus is impossible and marathons across the globe have been canceled or postponed, much to the disappointment of those who had spent months training and fundraising for their big day in the limelight.

London Marathon

London hopes things will return to normal for the 2021 event but in the meantime, the 40th staging of the event will take place in a secure bubble in St James Park. Just 100 elite athletes will compete in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair races,

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The Current Tech Stock “Bubble” Reflects Pessimism, Not Optimism

Since the U.S. stock market started its rebound in early April of this year, technology has been the leading sector. Driven initially by mega-cap tech behemoths Amazon
, Apple
, Facebook, Google
, and Microsoft
, the tech rally has spread into some fast growing mid- and small-cap stocks as well as high-profile IPOs like Snowflake. 

Many investors and pundits are concerned that tech stocks are experiencing a bubble, as in 1999‒2000. However, instead of excessive optimism about the future, rising tech valuations may reflect pessimism about future economic growth and profit weakness in other sectors. Given the current high unemployment rate of 8.4% and the large number of small business closures, Consumer Cyclical, Basic Material, and Energy stocks could have muted profits for an extended period. Technology’s secular growth, fueled by the Internet, cloud computing, ecommerce, and the ongoing digital transformation of business,

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What investment trends reveal about the global AI landscape

A staff member, wearing a face mask following the COVID-19 outbreak, looks at a robot at the venue for the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China July 9, 2020. (REUTERS/Aly Song)

“We aren’t what we were in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s,” former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recently reflected. “In those days, all technology of consequence for protecting our people, and all technology of any consequence at all, came from the United States and came from within the walls of government. Those days are irrevocably lost.” To get that technology now, “I’ve got to go outside the Pentagon no matter what,” Carter added.

The former Pentagon chief may be overstating the case, but when it comes to artificial intelligence, there’s no doubt that the private sector is in command. Around the world, nations and their governments rely on private companies to build their AI software, furnish their

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Amazon sees broad audience for its palm recognition tech

Amazon is introducing new palm recognition technology in a pair of Seattle stores and sees broader uses in places like stadiums and offices

SEATTLE — Amazon has introduced new palm recognition technology in a pair of Seattle stores and sees a broader potential audience in stadiums, offices and other gated or secured locations.

“And it’s contactless, which we think customers will appreciate, especially in current times,” Kumar wrote in

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Professor uses 21st century technology to teach the classics amid pandemic

For more than five decades, Professor Emeritus Charles Krohn has nourished the soul of his students, teaching the classics at the University of St. Thomas in Houston — and he wasn’t about to let the coronavirus get in the way.

“They couldn’t run me off, so I just stayed around when the pandemic hit,” said Krohn.

But that’s meant embracing technology and a whole new way of teaching — at the age of 91.

When asked if his students are helping him, Krohn responded, “Oh, yes, definitely. Yeah, especially if something technical as well. ‘Well, Professor Krohn, why don’t you try doing this?'”

He currently teaches five days a week and often relies on his theater background to engage his students. 

“It makes for more communication because you’re aware of the audience, as I’ve now made, and in a way more aware of the students in this online contact,” said

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Rokt appoints new CTO to accelerate technological innovation in the next stage of growth

E-commerce tech company continues to invest in strengthening the executive team with appointment of new CTO, Corey Bertram

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rokt, the global leader in e-commerce marketing technology, has been actively expanding its leadership team – and today announced that Corey Bertram has joined the executive team as Chief Technology Officer. Bertram brings to the team deep technical experience – with a background in chaos engineering, infrastructure, and software architecture- as well as a new energy to propel Rokt into its next phase of growth.

Rokt welcomes Corey Bertram as Chief Technology Officer.
Rokt welcomes Corey Bertram as Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to Rokt, Corey oversaw Datadog’s Infrastructure & SRE teams through its extensive multi-cloud growth in its lead-up to IPO. Bertram also led the engineering division of Timshel, building the underlying platform technology for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. In his time at Netflix, Bertram oversaw the expansion of the

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Virginia Tech vs. Duke – Game Preview – October 3, 2020

Virginia Tech went from being in the top 20 to dropping completely out of the latest Associated Press rankings.

But the Hokies didn’t lose last week.

In fact, they delivered a resilient performance in their season-opening 45-24 victory over North Carolina State despite having 23 players and four coaches out due to either COVID-19 positive tests or contract tracing.

But multiple Big Ten teams and Pac-12 frontrunner Oregon vaulted Virginia Tech (1-0, 1-0 ACC) in the rankings. The Hokies, still ranked No. 23 in the coaches poll since Pac-12 teams have yet to be included in those rankings, will try to climb back up starting Saturday when they face struggling Duke in Durham, N.C.

The Blue Devils are 0-3 (all conference losses) for the first time in the 13-year tenure of coach David Cutcliffe. They are allowing 30.3 points per game and scoring just 13.0, which is tied for sixth

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Best PS4 Gaming Headset for 2020

While most standard wired headphones with microphones technically work as headsets for the Xbox One or new Xbox Series X (you simply plug the headphone into the 3.5mm jack on your controller), having a dedicated “gaming” headset ensures an optimized experience. And having a decent mic allows others to hear you clearly when you’re in the middle of a long gaming session — even if there’s a lot of background noise.

Many people with an Xbox One or Xbox One X choose to go with a wired headset simply because it can be plugged into the already wireless controller. It’s also worth noting that many, if not most, wired Xbox headsets also work just fine with the PlayStation 4, Windows PCs, Macs and the Nintendo Switch.

If you

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