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Dinosaur species related to T. rex discovered in England

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For Belarus Leader, a Fading Aura of Invincibility

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MOSCOW — The autocratic leader of Belarus, never a stickler for accurate vote counting, boasted early in his 26-year rule that he was so popular that he had to falsify his share of the vote because the original number — 93.5 percent — was too implausibly high. He said he made it 86 percent instead.“Yes, we falsified the last election,” the leader, Aleksandr Lukashenko, said after winning his third term as president in 2006.On Sunday, Mr. Lukashenko, known as “Europe’s last dictator,” claimed yet another victory, his sixth, in yet another presidential election marred by faulty arithmetic, this time to give him an implausible landslide victory with more than 80 percent of the vote.But instead of celebrating triumph in what should have been just another routine rite of popular affirmation, Mr. Lukashenko is fighting for his political life, besieged by protests across his country and a tsunami of international criticism.“He has been falsifying elections for decades. He can’t help himself but this year is different,” said Andrei Sannikov, a former Belarusian diplomat who was arrested after he ran against Mr. Lukashenko for the presidency in 2010.Image Protesters took to the streets of Minsk on Monday. Credit…Misha Friedman/Getty ImagesIndeed, international …

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“COVID-19 is fast-tracking digital transformation” and fuelling growth – Telkom CEO

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Trucking insurance startup bets on telematics – FreightWaves

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The company announced a $16 million Series A funding round on Wednesday.

Trucking insurance is a troubled industry, besieged by skyrocketing costs on the one hand and lack of profitability for insurance companies on the other. Among the startups aiming to resolve those challenges is High Definition Vehicle Insurance (HDVI), a Chicago-based outfit that brings an integrated suite of hardware and software solutions to an industry that has been slow to join the telematics revolution.

“There hasn’t been any real innovation in commercial vehicle insurance and especially heavy- duty trucking for decades,” CEO Chuck Wallace told FreightWaves. The HDVI team, he said, “is rebuilding the commercial vehicle insurance company from the ground up.”

Founded in 2018. HDVI announced a $16 million Series A funding round on Wednesday, led by 8VC and Munich Re Ventures, with additional participation from Qualcomm Ventures and Autotech Ventures. (Disclosure: 8VC is an investor in FreightWaves.)

The creation of Wallace, a co-founder of Esurance, and Reid Spitz, a former venture capital investor in the logistics and insurance-technology (“InsurTech”) space, HDVI offers what Wallace described as a holistic value proposition, wrapping its insurance around trucking telematics solutions provided by partners that include Samsara, KeepTruckin and SmartDrive.

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Digital Transformation Solution for MSMEs Amidst Global Pandemic

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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated multiple sectors in society as it not only greatly affected public health but also affected the economy, mainly the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Too often have we heard about MSMEs shutting down their business due to cost issues that they could no longer sustain. The Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs special staff, Fikri Satari, said that one of the ways MSMEs in Indonesia can do to survive the global pandemic is through digital transformation as it would enable businesses not just to survive but also to be competitive. “The main thing that MSMEs can do to survive this situation is to adapt their businesses, especially amidst the digital age. Digital literacy must be adopted to survive and compete with other businesses,” said Fikri Satari in an online seminar on MSMEs and the digital ecosystem on August 12. This was also echoed by Midtrans CEO, Erwin Tanudjaja, who believes that MSMEs “Must start to adapt and do the transition into a number of digital platforms. Amid the pandemic, many people are more interested in shopping at e-commerce platforms than go to physical stores.”


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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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VP nominee Kamala Harris has a particular climate-change agenda: environmental justice

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If presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s climate-change policy is by some accounts too broad to make implementation a surety, the focus of his newly named vice presidential pick may recast the party’s green agenda moving forward.
Senator Kamala Harris, who Biden tapped to be his running mate on Tuesday, has grown increasingly firm in her commitment to a particular angle when it comes to man-made climate change: environmental justice.
Her addition to the top of the Democrats’ ticket for November comes just days after she released new legislation, the Climate Equity Act. In it, she and co-sponsors aim to ensure that any environmental regulation or legislation would be rated based on its impact on low-income communities, similar to a Congressional Budget Office score.
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“Harris’s strength in messaging climate issues and selling the Biden climate agenda is her ability to tie climate to social justice and public health issues,” wrote Our Daily Planet editors Miro Korenha and Monica Medina. “She approaches climate justice from a prosecutorial lens and much of her own presidential climate plan focused on holding polluters …

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SAIC’s Mark Forman: Data Analytics, Other Digital Transformation Tools Could Help Agencies Manage Supply Chains

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Mark FormanMark Forman, vice president of digital government strategy at Science Applications International Corp., wrote in a Nextgov article published Tuesday that government agencies should adopt digital transformation techniques and tools to scale supply chains in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other future crises.
“Using modern solutions like data analytics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other IT modernization tools, government agencies will be able to source an end-to-end supply chain that assures equipment and supplies arrive where and when needed,” Forman wrote.
He mentioned some of the tools that could be used by agencies to come up with responsive and integrated supply chains in response to the pandemic, including an integrated network of warehouses, demand planning platforms for data capture and forecasting and distribution tools for overseeing carrier selection and transportation.
The Department of Defense has adopted a “performance-based logistics digital approach” that required the integration and modernization of dozens of platforms to better manage and forecast surge needs and Forman said other agencies should do the same to better respond to the pandemic and prepare for future crises.
“Effective operations require insight into supply chains both vertically and horizontally in order to identify binding constraints, which may be in …

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Robotic pets used to remedy loneliness

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Posted: Aug 12, 2020 / 11:47 AM EDT
/ Updated: Aug 12, 2020 / 11:47 AM EDT

Officials in Alabama may have come up with a solution to ease the feeling of loneliness during the pandemic.

The solution is pets. Now these special, furry pals contain sensors that allow them to respond to presence and touch.

Some of these pets have been spending time with seniors in Alabama and according to research, it made a huge difference.

The study is ongoing, but 70 percent of seniors’ emotions improved after cuddling with pets.

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Climate Change in Your Backyard & Its Impacts

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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -Last week, we talked about how weather differs from climate. In this week’s “Climate Change in Your Backyard”, I spoke with a Maine State Climatologist and Climate Change Institute Research Assistant Professor Sean Birkel about what the potential impacts of warming temperatures would be for our area.Copyright 2020 WAGM. All rights reserved.

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