Tag: Communities

How Killer Mike’s Greenwood Will Transform Banking For Black And Latinx Communities

Killer Mike has always stepped up to the plate to uplift Black businesses, specifically in building a Black economy that will cultivate and empower the community. 

He co-owns two shops, Graffitis Swag Shop and The SWAG Shop, in Atlanta and his Netflix
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series Trigger Warning With Killer Mike focused on different socio-political matters, including race, sovereignty, white gang privilege and new ideologies surrounding religion and a “New America.”

Most recently, the rapper-activist announced that he was teaming up with Bounce TV founder Ryan Glover to launch Greenwood, a Black-owned and operated digital banking platform. The banking service, which includes leadership from former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, aims at providing an accessible way to support Black-owned banks and

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A new assembler for decoding genomes of microbial communities developed

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Researchers from the Center for Algorithmic Biotechnology at St Petersburg University, as part of a group of Russian and American scientists, have developed the metaFlye assembler. It is designed to assemble DNA samples from microbial communities. With its help, it is possible to solve a wide range of fundamental and applied problems, among which is the control of the process of treating patients and even the creation of new drugs.


At present, to study the DNA of any living organism, scientists around the world use complex biotechnological instruments—DNA sequencers. These special machines cannot ‘read’ the genome from start to finish (like people read books). They do it in separate short fragments—reads. Combining reads into longer fragments, and ideally into a single sequence of the original genome, is an extremely complex computational problem. It is like assembling a million-piece puzzle. The problem is complicated by the fact

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Technology is helping global communities recover during the pandemic

  • Businesses, universities, and communities around the world are innovating with digital technologies — including social media, mobile apps, analytics, and cloud computing — to cope with the pandemic. 
  • Yolande E. Chan, Arman Sadreddin, and Suchit Ahuja, researchers in business technology management, found many organizations are incorporating digital technologies into phases of their crisis management plans.
  • From identifying potential threats to containing crises, these technologies rely on community participation and infrastructure to helping global populations operate safely during this time.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Amid the horrific public health and economic fallout from a fast-moving pandemic, a more positive phenomenon is playing out: COVID-19 has provided opportunities to businesses, universities, and communities to become hothouses of innovation.

Around the world, digital technologies are driving high-impact interventions. Community and public health leaders are handling time-sensitive tasks and meeting pressing needs with technologies that are affordable and inclusive, and don’t

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New California Port Emissions Data Shows Advanced Diesel Technology Boosts Clean Air for Frontline Communities

New emissions data published by the Port of Long Beach (POLB) California shows the introduction of new generation diesel trucks has generated substantial clean air benefits for communities located near freight facilities, according to the Diesel Technology Forum, a not for profit educational association.

“The emissions inventory just released from the Ports of Long Beach demonstrates how the introduction of the latest clean diesel technology can support economic growth and generate substantial air quality improvements for communities located near freight facilities,” said Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.

“In 2019, trucks serving the POLB accounted for just 7 tons of fine particle (PM 2.5) emissions, down from 186 tons in 2005. This 97 percent reduction in emissions is largely due to the introduction of new technology diesel trucks even as cargo volumes in the port have expanded by 14 percent. In 2005, trucks were the second leading

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Avaya Earns 2020 Tech Cares Award for Giving Back to Global Communities and Customers During COVID-19

Avaya (NYSE: AVYA), a global leader in solutions to enhance and simplify communications and collaboration, today announced that TrustRadius has recognized Avaya with the 2020 Tech Cares Award for going above and beyond to provide global communities, clients, and frontline workers with support during the COVID-19 crisis.

“As the pandemic continues to impact global businesses, Avaya has reimagined the way we connect with our customers, our colleagues and our communities and has provided the Avaya OneCloud communications and collaboration solutions that are helping them stay engaged, stay connected and stay safe,” said Simon Harrison, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Avaya. “The pre-COVID mindset must continue evolving to give employees the ability to work from anywhere. Avaya continues to provide the capabilities and the experience that is creating the future of the digital workplace and the future of customer experience for our customers and users around the world.”

At

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Coastal Change Happens! USGS Has Data and Tools to Help Coastal Communities Prepare

The U.S. Geological Survey has launched a new Coastal Change Hazards website focused on coordinating research and delivering tools needed by coastal communities to respond to natural hazards along our Nation’s coastlines.

As Hurricane Sally approached the US Gulf Coast, the USGS Coastal Change Hazards team produced a series of forecasts for impacts on the beach. Forecasts were updated daily based on wave and storm surge forecasts from NOAA.

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Our Nation’s coasts vary greatly, from relaxing sandy beaches and barrier islands, ecologically productive marshes, magnificent rocky coasts and cliffs, to tropical islands fringed by coral reefs and permafrost coasts where ice holds the sediments together. Each coastline is unique and faces different elements of coastal change.

Equally importantly, with more than 40% of the United States population inhabiting coastal counties, we must use the best available information and tools to reduce societal risk, protect natural resources, develop and

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Exide’s latest bid to avoid additional liability for poisoning L.A. County communities

In 2015, Exide Technologies agreed to close this Vernon recycling plant permanently. But cleanup goes on. <span class="copyright">(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)</span>
In 2015, Exide Technologies agreed to close this Vernon recycling plant permanently. But cleanup goes on. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

For decades, the negligent operators of Exide Technologies, a battery recycling facility, emitted lead, arsenic and other toxic contaminants into people’s homes, communities and the environment.

Hundreds of millions of dollars, much of it fronted by taxpayers, has been spent on cleanup so far, and the extent of the toxic devastation caused by the company still isn’t fully known. Yet Exide is asking for — and may well receive — permission to walk away from all future liability.

Ever since the contamination was discovered, Exide has worked to evade its full responsibility to Californians. The company failed to comply with environmental regulations, then largely escaped liability for its actions by hiding behind a 2015 non-prosecution agreement it entered into with the federal Department of Justice. It

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New technology is helping fire-struck communities predict air quality better

Historic wildfires on the West Coast of the United States have filled the skies with burnt-orange haze and thick ash, forcing residents to consider whether it’s even safe to step outside and take in a lungful of air. A warming climate means that wildfire seasons will likely continue to grow in duration and destructiveness. As smoke blankets the Western states, people have increasingly turned to air quality measurements to understand the air they’re breathing.

This data has become easily accessible online only in the last few years. While government agencies have been monitoring air quality for decades as part of the requirements of the Clean Air Act, low-cost air quality sensors obtainable by the general public only recently took off, filling in the gaps with more localized and frequent readings.

Before air quality maps were available on apps such as AirNow, IQAir, and PurpleAir, “you would get the L.A. Times

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Ocean warming and acidification effects on calcareous phytoplankton communities

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IMAGE: Examples of normally formed (a, c) and malformed (b, d) specimens of E. huxleyi (above) and R. clavigera (below) observed in the mesocosm samples
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A new study led by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) warns that the negative effects of rapid ocean warming on planktonic communities will be exacerbated by ocean acidification.

The research, recently published in the journal Scientific Reports of Nature, shows that some of the major environmental changes projected for this century in the Mediterranean Sea (e.g., ocean acidification, ocean warming, and the increasingly frequent marine heatwaves in summer) can have adverse effects on the productivity of calcifying phytoplankton communities (coccolithophores).

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by human activities have alarmingly increased in the past decades. A quarter of this anthropogenic CO2 has been absorbed by the

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Digital technologies will help build resilient communities after the coronavirus pandemic

Digital technologies will help build resilient communities after the coronavirus pandemic
A woman checks temperatures at the entrance to a post office in Taipei, Taiwan amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Shutterstock

Amid the horrific public health and economic fallout from a fast-moving pandemic, a more positive phenomenon is playing out: COVID-19 has provided opportunities to businesses, universities and communities to become hothouses of innovation.


Around the world, digital technologies are driving high-impact interventions. Community and public health leaders are handling time-sensitive tasks and meeting pressing needs with technologies that are affordable and inclusive, and don’t require much technical knowledge.

Our research reveals the outsized impact of inexpensive, readily available digital technologies. In the midst of a maelstrom, these technologies—among them social media, mobile apps, analytics and cloud computing—help communities cope with the pandemic and learn crucial lessons.

To gage how this potential is playing out, our research team looked at how communities incorporate readily available digital technologies in their responses to

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