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Your hair can crack steel when it hits the right spot

your hair can crack steel when it hits the right spot

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By Meagan CantwellAug. 12, 2020 , 12:00 PM

Although your hair is much softer than steel, razors typically only last for a handful of shaves. Previously, researchers attributed this to the sharp edge gradually wearing down after each use. But a new study reveals a different process at play.

Researchers used a powerful electron microscope to observe how the razor blades change after shaving. Instead of the razor slowly and evenly losing its sharp edge, they instead saw the formation of tiny cracks, then large chips of steel flaking off the edge of the blade.

By observing this cutting in action under a microscope (above) the researchers discovered the roughness of the blade’s edge made it vulnerable to splitting. Steel, although hard overall, varies in hardness throughout its microstructure. When the hair pushed on a softer region bordered by a harder region, the stress on this boundary fractured the blade, the team reports this month in Science.

Now that they understand why razor blades fail, the scientists hope to develop longer lasting alternatives. They are experimenting with using high pressure to mold steel into a sharp, even edge—and soon plan to test its durability. 

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How big data can help businesses achieve compliance in 2021

how big data can help businesses achieve compliance in 2021

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There’s no denying that modern businesses that leverage big data technology have seen revenue boosts and significant cost cuts. According to a business survey report published by BARC, companies using big data saw a profit of 8 percent and a 10 percent reduction in overall costs. Big data can help companies make better financial decisions, improve their operational processes, increase employee compliance, and much more. For accountants and finance professionals, tasks and activities are incredibly data driven. They deal with data from invoices, expense receipts, purchase orders and employee expense reports on a daily basis. Expense-related data is valuable for a company as it helps accountants and finance teams to:Cross-check and verify expense details and transaction statements with the submitted expense report; Make strategic decisions on departments’ budgets and expense policies based on number-driven insights;Predict risks such as expense fraud through duplication submissions, overstated bills and holiday expenses;Leverage opportunities such as negotiating deals with hotel and flight vendors that your employees prefer.However, broken internal processes can contribute to unrecorded business expenses, missing documentation and inaccurate insights. All these factors lead to a business making ill-informed business decisions that can prove detrimental to their financial health. This is where …

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Few Black educators win prestigious White House teaching award

few black educators win prestigious white house teaching award

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Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching winner LeShundra Young and her advanced placement biology students at Germantown High School

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By Jeffrey MervisAug. 12, 2020 , 11:15 AM

Diversity isn’t an official criterion for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). But the three Black educators named to this year’s class of 107 winners announced last week say receiving the nation’s highest honor for precollege teaching makes them even more committed to fostering a more inclusive U.S. technical workforce.

“As a female and an African American, I hope I can be that face to students and teachers [from groups underrepresented in science] around the country,” says LeShundra Young, a biology teacher at Germantown High School in Madison, Mississippi. “It’s harder to relate to someone who doesn’t look like you.”

The lack of diversity in the 2019 class—the other Black educators selected are Pamela Hytower, a middle school math teacher in Georgia’s Carroll county, and Ashley Kearney, a high school math teacher in Washington, D.C.—isn’t unusual for the award. Winners are drawn from a pool of finalists submitted by each state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. …

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Reify raises $30M in Series B round for clinical trial cloud computing system – MedCity News

reify raises $30m in series b round for clinical trial cloud computing system – medcity news

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A company that markets cloud computing systems for the biopharma industry has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round.
Boston-based Reify Health said Wednesday that it had closed the round, led by Battery Ventures, with participation from Sierra Ventures and Asset Management Ventures. The company’s software, StudyTeam, is designed to upgrade the computer systems that healthcare staff at clinical trial sites use to run studies, thereby helping to accelerate enrollment and reduce workloads, it said. The company said it plans to use the money to continue expanding the system.
“The life science industry spends over $4 billion every year on technologies aimed at making clinical trials more efficient,” Reify Health CEO Ralph Passarella said in a statement. “Yet, very little of that investment goes towards technology that helps the frontline healthcare staff who enroll and care for patients. If we want to make clinical trials faster, cheaper and more predictable, the industry can’t keep building technology that increases efficiency for some but decreases efficiency for those working directly with patients.”
In one example of the kind of redundant work that the company seeks to reduce, staff at research sites must often spend several hours manually copying information about …

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The Value of Data Now vs. Data Later

the value of data now vs. data later

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Since 1965, the tech industry has considered Moore’s Law the defining trajectory of big data. Microchips have since become more affordable, efficient, and smaller. Today, the big data industry is moving beyond Moore’s Law as enormous amounts of data are generated every millisecond worldwide – and with no end in sight. As the amount of data organizations are responsible for handling continues to rapidly grow, how can IT professionals keep up?

In recent years, overwhelming amounts of data often are stored in a single, static depository referred to as a data lake. Data stored in the “lake” can be later accessed for analysis. However, because data stored in the data lake is static, security analytics are only available for past events. This presents a myriad of issues for security professionals whose job it is to stop data breaches in real-time.

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Alternatively, organizations should aspire to analyze data as it flows and better pinpoint anomalies in user activity patterns. If security professionals are armed with more instantaneous data, they are empowered to make more informed decisions with regard to network events and user behavior anomalies. This can be illustrated in the below example.

Imagine a pedestrian …

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Is showering overrated? Expert discusses the science of cleanliness

is showering overrated? expert discusses the science of cleanliness

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Science has shown that the trillions of bacteria living inside our bodies play an important role in supporting our immune system and maintaining our physical well-being.
But what about the other trillions of bacteria, archaea, fungi, parasites and yes, viruses, taking up residence outside of our bodies on our skin? Do these microorganisms also play an important role in maintaining our health? Or—as the $100 billion personal care industry would lead us to believe—are they notorious germs that must be scrubbed off daily to satisfy a socially appropriate level of clean?
Yale School of Public Health Lecturer Dr. James Hamblin does his best to address those questions in his new book, “Clean—The New Science of Skin and the Beauty of Doing Less.” (Riverhead, 2020, 280 pages.) Hamblin, MPH ’18, is a preventive medicine specialist, staff writer for The Atlantic, and podcast host whose work has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR, PBS, Politico, MSNBC, the BBC and Vice.
The book is the result of five years of deep research that took Hamblin on a journey through soap factories, microbiology labs and the Manhattan offices of one of the world’s most popular high-end …

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Insights can be a contractor’s nemesis or friend | Lexology

insights can be a contractor’s nemesis or friend | lexology

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Insights gleaned out of the analysis of Big Data are quite possibly the most valuable thing any party can have at their disposal in making informed and strategic decisions during these challenging times.
The term Big Data is very well explained by SAS, a company that is a leader in business analytics software:

“Big Data is a term that describes the large volume of data — both structured and unstructured — that inundates a business on a day- to-day basis. But it’s not the amount of data that’s important. It’s what organisations do with the data that matters. Big data can be analysed for insights that lead to better decisions and strategic business moves.”

Insights can be a contractor’s nemesis.
The performance of contractors during this recession is capable of being the subject of data analysed insights by the industry regulator, the QBCC.
The QBCC has been on a journey for several years to become an insight-driven regulator.
In an article I published over two years ago, entitled Enormous Brother is Watching, I stated:

“A regulator who is reforming its operations around making better use of data is the QBCC. In an article entitled QBCC embraces the benefit …

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Global Big Data Analytics Market, By Deployment Mode, By Application, By Component, By Organization Size, By End Use Industry, By Region, Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, 2025

global big data analytics market, by deployment mode, by application, by component, by organization size, by end use industry, by region, competition, forecast & opportunities, 2025

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NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  Global Big Data Analytics Market, By Deployment Mode (On-Premise, Cloud and Hybrid), By Application (Risk & Fraud Analytics, Enterprise Data Warehouse Optimization, Internet of Things, Customer Analytics, Operational Analytics, Security Intelligence and Others), By Component (Solutions and Services), By Organization Size (Large Enterprises and SMEs), By End Use Industry (BFSI, Healthcare, Government, IT & Telecom, Manufacturing, Retail and Others), By Region, Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, 2025 Read the full report: https://www.reportlinker.com/p05950942/?utm_source=PRN Global big data analytics market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of over 12% during the forecast period and surpass $ 87 billion by 2025.Big Data Analytics is a combination of various tools such as Hadoop and Apache. The main function of these tools is to collect, manage, organize, access and deliver structured as well unstructured data.Increasing expansion in IoT devices market and implementing AI solutions are some of the factors which are driving the growth of big data analytics. The major challenge with the big data analytics is that as data sets are becoming more diverse, there is a big challenge to incorporate them into an analytical platform. Another challenge is, there is acute shortage of professionals in …

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iD Mobile has just made big data cheap offering 100GB for an amazing £15/pm

id mobile has just made big data cheap offering 100gb for an amazing £15/pm

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Carphone Warehouse’s very own network iD Mobile is cheap – that’s just  what it does best! – but its latest offer when it comes to SIM only deals is exceptional, blending cheap bills with big data packages.Right now by going through retailer Mobiles.co.uk, you can spend just £15 a month while scoring an exceptional 100GB of data. That’s enough to stream 20,000 songs, watch the Lord of the Rings extended cut 18 times or browse the internet for 38 hours a day….somehow.The data cap is strong, the price is affordable, but iD has one extra factor going for it. With all of its SIMs, you are only committed to a 1-month rolling contract. That means you can stay as long as you like or leave at any time.Interested? You can see more about this iD Mobile deal below or consult our SIM only deals guide to see how it competes with the rest of  the market but we can tell you now, for this price this is easily the best price around. This cheap SIM only deal in full: iD SIM only plan from Mobiles.co.uk | 1-month contract | 100GB data | Unlimited minutes and texts | £15 a monthNeed lots …

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2020 Insights on the Global Cloud Computing Services, Platforms Infrastructure and Everything as a Service Market to 2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

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The “Cloud Computing Services, Platforms Infrastructure and Everything as a Service 2020 – 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.The report evaluates the general cloud service market as well as specific market opportunities within the healthcare, energy, insurance, entertainment, and financial services sectors. The report also evaluates the emerging growth drivers for cloud services including wearable technologies. It also includes specific recommendations for CSPs and their customers.Cloud is an enabler of business process change as it facilitates key benefits including expenditure reduction (CapEx and OpEx), service development and delivery efficiencies, and greater flexibility to meet evolving business needs. Cloud technologies and solutions are becoming increasingly more important to communication service providers, enterprise, content and commerce providers. This is particularly the case as many businesses IT departments predominantly implement virtualization of network functions and softwaritization of applications and operational support systems through the use of software-defined network solutions.Clouded based technologies are evolving at a rapid pace along with the myriad of ways in which services can be developed, implemented, and operated. Various players in the cloud ecosystem achieve varying degrees of sustainability in accordance with their ability to identify gaps in IT infrastructure and/or services delivery regardless …

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