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  • The CDC suggests COVID-19 immunity lasts for three months
    by Rachel Feltman on August 14, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Several months into the pandemic, the CDC now feels confident that people infected with COVID-19 maintain some immunity—but not necessarily for the long haul.

  • Mathematical tool helps calculate properties of quantum materials more quickly
    on August 14, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Many quantum materials have been nearly impossible to simulate mathematically because the computing time required is too long. Now engineers have demonstrated a way to considerably reduce the computing time. This could accelerate the development of materials for energy-efficient IT technologies of the future.

  • Computer scientists set benchmarks to optimize quantum computer performance
    on August 14, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Computer scientists have shown that existing compilers, which tell quantum computers how to use their circuits to execute quantum programs, inhibit the computers’ ability to achieve optimal performance. Specifically, their research has revealed that improving quantum compilation design could help achieve computation speeds up to 45 times faster than currently demonstrated.

  • Versatile new material family could build realistic prosthetics, futuristic army platforms
    on August 14, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Nature’s blueprint for the human limb is a carefully layered structure with stiff bone wrapped in layers of different soft tissue, like muscle and skin, all bound to each other perfectly. Achieving this kind of sophistication using synthetic materials to build biologically inspired robotic parts or multicomponent, complex machines has been an engineering challenge.

  • AI software enables real-time 3D printing quality assessment
    on August 14, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Researchers have developed artificial intelligence software for powder bed 3D printers that assesses the quality of parts in real time, without the need for expensive characterization equipment.

  • Eight tips for boosting mental health at college in the age of COVID-19
    by Candice Wang on August 14, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    As about 20 million college students prepare to either return to school or take courses remotely, they’re not only facing the risk of infection with coronavirus, but also a mental health crisis.

  • NASA Awards Contract for Strategic Research and Analysis, Communications, Exhibits Services
    on August 14, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    NASA has awarded the Strategic Research and Analysis, Communications, and Exhibits Services (SRACES) contract to Media Fusion LLC of Huntsville, Alabama, to provide comprehensive strategic research and analysis, communications, and exhibits services at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

  • A light bright and tiny: Scientists build a better nanoscale LED
    on August 14, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    A new design for light-emitting diodes achieves a dramatic increase in brightness as well as the ability to create laser light — characteristics that could make it valuable in a range of applications. The device shows an increase in brightness of 100 to 1,000 times over conventional submicron-sized LED designs.

  • Hypothesis underlying the sensitivity of mammalian auditory system overturned
    on August 14, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    A new study challenges a decades-old hypothesis on adaptation, a key feature in how sensory cells of the inner ear (hair cells) detect sound.

  • Watching changes in plant metabolism — live
    on August 14, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Almost all life on Earth, e.g. our food and health, depend on metabolism in plants. To understand how these metabolic processes function, researchers are studying key mechanisms in the regulation of energy metabolism. A new method of in vivo biosensor technology has enabled them to monitor in real time what effects environmental changes have on the central metabolism of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.

  • Rewriting the recent history of productive Cascade Arc volcanoes
    on August 14, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Volcanic eruptions in the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest over the last 2.6 million years are more numerous and closely connected to subsurface signatures of currently active magma than commonly thought, according to newly publish research.

  • One step closer to bomb-sniffing cyborg locusts
    on August 14, 2020 at 6:29 pm

    Research has determined that locusts can smell explosives and determine where the smells originated — an important step in engineering cyborg bomb-sniffing locusts.

  • SA Road weather alert issued at 10:40am CST
    on August 15, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Issued: Saturday at 10:40am CSTDescription: Road weather alertSummary: Cancelled Road Weather Alert for Adelaide Hills

  • Adelaide weather
    on August 15, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Adelaide weather radar Satellite cloud map

  • Adelaide weather forecast
    on August 15, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Saturday Possible shower 8°C – 16°CSunday Mostly sunny 6°C – 16°CMonday Possible shower 6°C – 17°CTuesday Showers 8°C – 15°C

  • Current weather for Adelaide at 11:00am CST
    on August 15, 2020 at 9:35 am

    Temperature: 13.0°C Feels like: 10.6°CDew point: 10.2°C Relative humidity: 83%Wind: W at 13 km/h, gusting to 24 km/h Rain: 0.0mm since 9amPressure: 1016.9 hPa

  • Exclusive: UPS, FedEx warn they cannot carry ballots like U.S. Postal Service
    on August 15, 2020 at 12:13 am

    United Parcel Service and FedEx on Friday shot down social media calls that they step in to deliver mail-in ballots from the U.S. Postal Service, which is warning states of potentially “significant” delays. “FedEx does accept individual ballots, and we advise that customers planning to return their ballots via FedEx should closely review their state’s guidelines on absentee voting and deadlines for ballots or related election documents,” FedEx said.

  • Venezuela jails 15 for decades over botched invasion
    on August 14, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Venezuela on Friday sentenced 15 people to more than two decades in prison over a failed invasion plot that President Nicolas Maduro has said was an attempt to overthrow him.

  • 43 felony charges, new task forces: Here's what Chicago is doing to combat potential looting
    on August 14, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Dozens of people have been charged in connection with widespread looting in downtown Chicago earlier this week, the county prosecutor said.

  • New Jeffrey Epstein Victims, Including 11-Year-Old Girl, Come Forward in Lawsuit
    on August 14, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    A Florida woman who alleges Jeffrey Epstein sexually assaulted her when she was 11-years-old is among nine accusers who have filed a new lawsuit against the millionaire pedophile’s estate.The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court, alleges Epstein sexually abused them from as early as 1978—far earlier than Epstein’s previously known instances of abuse—and continued until 2004. Five of the women in the lawsuit claim they were underage when they were abused, including a Tennessee woman who says she was 13 when the financier raped her multiple times. The other four women in the lawsuit were over 18. They were part of a “massive sex trafficking network” run by Epstein for him and his wealthy and powerful friends, it claims.Victoria’s Secret Mogul May Finally Have to Explain His Epstein Ties“These nine Plaintiffs come forward to stand up for themselves and others, after they were sexually abused and assaulted by Epstein,” the lawsuit says. “Some… were raped by Epstein, repeatedly.”Epstein, 66, was found dead by suicide in his jail cell at Manhattan Correction Center last month. The sex offender was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges for allegedly abusing dozens of underage girls over two decades, beginning in the 1990s. The charges came 12 years after the disgraced businessman pleaded guilty in state court in Florida to soliciting prostitution. He was sentenced to 18 months behind bars in a widely criticized plea deal, and served 13 before he was released.Some of the most shocking claims detailed in the new suit relate to the woman from Tennessee, whose alleged abuse started in 1978 when she was 13, and continued for a long period. Epstein “sexually assaulted, abused, battered and raped her multiple times,” the lawsuit says.This assault is the oldest abuse allegation against Epstein, who would have been 25 at the time and working on Wall Street after leaving his teaching gig at the Manhattan prep school Dalton. A woman from Florida alleges in the suit that, in 1993, when she was just 11 years old, Epstein “sexually assaulted, abused, battered and digitally penetrated her on three, separate occasions.” She also alleges Epstein forced her “to perform oral sex on him,” according to the lawsuit. How We Got the Scoop on Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest“As a result of the aforementioned sexual abuse, [the woman] suffered and continues to suffer from severe and serious injuries including… severe emotional distress and physical manifestations thereof,” the lawsuit states.The women were allegedly sexually abused by Epstein and his associates in New York, Florida, New Mexico, California, and the United States Virgin Islands—but the suit also claims abuse happened in South Carolina, a location not mentioned in previous lawsuits and criminal cases against Epstein. The suit doesn’t detail how the females met Epstein, or how they came to file a lawsuit together. They were able to sue Epstein’s estate due to New York’s Child Victims Act—which allows individuals abused as children to bring claims regardless of the statute of limitations.Dozens of victims have laid claim to Epstein’s estate, which includes his unsold $88 million Manhattan mansion.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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