Black scientists, physicians are using hashtags to uplift

Black scientists are embracing the hashtag movement that forced the nation to take a hard look at systemic racism.

As #BlackLivesMatter remains a rallying cry across the country, Black researchers and physicians are using tags including #BlackBirdersWeek, #BlackInAstro, #BlackInNeuro and #BlackInChem to lift up the achievements of their peers and call out the discrimination they face on a daily basis.

Racism has long been an issue in academia. Black scientists report high rates of both subtle and overt forms of workplace discrimination and, according to a 2019 study, are less likely than their white peers to receive funding for their research. Research published in April via the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that underrepresented groups are innovative at a higher rate than their majority peers but their achievements are often overlooked.

So Black birders, astronomers, botanists, physicians and neuroscientists, many of them women, have taken to Twitter

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New Britain students may take classes in-person, online or on a hybrid schedule

Parents of New Britain students will have the option this fall to keep their children home for all-online education, send them to school for traditional classes or try a mix of both.

In explaining the school district’s plan for teaching 10,000 students during the pandemic, Superintendent Nancy Sarra emphasized that parents will have choices.

One option that might help working parents and guardians is a hybrid system: They may design a schedule for their children to attend in person on certain days, and take classes virtually on the others.

If families choose in-person classes, they should prepare their children for a daily schedule very different than usual.

“All of our desk in the classrooms will be 3 feet apart, all students except for preschool must wear a mask and a face shield,” Sarra said in a recent online town hall for city parents.

Staff will maintain distance from students, kindergarten

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State Gives San Leandro Guidance To Start Classroom Teaching

SAN LEANDRO, CA — If the San Leandro Unified School District wants to hold classes in schools instead of online this fall, State epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools.

Alameda County is currently on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus “Watch List.”

Pan, the former health officer for Alameda County, said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s Watch List.

Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post their plan and submit it to their local health officer to apply for a waiver.

California Department of Public Health officials will then review each application on a case-by-case basis, taking

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Shopify Is Seizing an $80 Billion Pot of Gold

This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.

By Stephen McBride

I’m about to show you the most important table in all of investing. Please look at it closely.

Below, you’ll find the world’s 10 largest publicly traded companies in 2000, 2010, and 2020.

You probably recognize most of these stocks. The 2020 column reads like a “who’s who” of the most popular US stocks today. But you’ll notice a strange pattern when you look across all three columns.

The list completely changes every decade. In other words, most of the world’s dominant companies falter and fall out of the top 10. Only Microsoft has maintained its position since 2000.

And usually when a stock drops off the list, it does not decline gracefully. Investors who owned it get crushed. For example, from 2001–2018, General Electric (GE) stock plunged 79%, Cisco (CSCO) collapsed 89%, and Intel (INTC) dropped 56%.

Now

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Dixons Carphone to axe 800 jobs in management overhaul

Changes to management structures will result in a reduction of 800 roles. Photo: Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Changes to management structures will result in a reduction of 800 roles. Photo: Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Dixons Carphone (DC.L) is to cut 800 jobs as part of an overhaul of its store management structure.

It comes months after the technology retailer announced plans to shut all 531 of its standalone Carphone Warehouse mobile phone stores in the UK, with the loss of 2,900 jobs.

At the time the retailer said around 1,800 staff were expected to be kept on, with the company focusing on its ‘shops-in-shops’ and its online business.

The Currys PC World owner is now looking to streamline store management structures as it adapts to increasing online sales, prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dixons Carphone said it will remove retail manager, assistant manager and team leader roles, introducing new sales manager, customer experience manager and operational excellence manager positions in stores as part of its

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The United States Is Reopening Many of the Wrong Schools

With coronavirus cases spiking in dozens of states, the prospect of anything resembling a normal school year is fading fast.

Schools can’t safely reopen if infections are exploding in the communities they serve.

But in regions where the pandemic appears to be under control, it is most important to get the youngest children back into school buildings, to stop the alarming slide in their learning. Older students, especially those in college, are better equipped to cope with the difficulties of online education.

That is the broad consensus among experts on back-to-school priorities. But, as things stand now, much of the United States is preparing to do exactly the opposite.

In many towns, college students are more likely than kindergartners to return to school for in-person instruction. An example is my home of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where schoolchildren will be learning completely online and university students will be attending at least

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Google’s Fitbit Acquisition Hits EU Roadblock

Europe isn’t letting up on antitrust scrutiny of tech behemoths like Google.

The European Commission said Tuesday it has opened an “in-depth investigation” into Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, which makes and sells smartwatches focused on activity tracking. Google said in November that it was paying $2.1 billion for the company, giving Google an immediate foothold in the wearables market, which is dominated by rival Apple with its popular Apple Watch.

“The data collected via wrist-worn wearable devices appears, at this stage of the commission’s review of the transaction, to be an important advantage in the online advertising markets,” the regulators wrote in a statement. “By increasing the data advantage of Google in the personalization of the ads it serves via its search engine and displays on other Internet pages, it would be more difficult for rivals to match Google’s online advertising services. Thus, the transaction would raise barriers to entry

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FTSE caught in tug-of-war as companies offer mixed results

Well, that’s all from us for today. Louis Ashworth will be back bright and early.

Here’s a quick recap of today…

Interim results: Ferrexpo, Hastings, Hill & Smith, IP Group, Legal & General, Metro Bank, Morgan Sindall, PageGroup, Segro, William Hill

Economics: New car registrations (UK); services PMI final (UK, China, eurozone, US, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Spain); ADP employment, trade balance (US)

The FTSE 100 found itself in a tug-of-war today as share-price shifts for some of London’s biggest companies left the blue-chip bourse in a state of equilibrium.

At the end of the trading session, Europe’s major equity benchmarks showed modest  gains while the Dax underperformed.

London’s benchmark index ended 0.05pc higher to 6,036 while the FTSE 250 jumped 0.73pc to 17,283.25.

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Home Office to drop ‘racist’ algorithm used in visa approval system

Secretary of State Priti Patel will suspend the use of the algorithm from

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These 3D Technologies Are Changing the Way Shoes Are Made

3D technology is not the future for footwear design — it’s already here, changing the way brands design and market their product. When it comes to footwear production, 3D technology has been introduced at multiple stages. Significant attention has been given to 3D printing for its tangible results, but 3D software, whether utilized for product ideation or marketing visualization, is emerging as an influential solution at both ends of the footwear journey.

“If you look at the major footwear manufacturers, there’s been conceptual modeling in some way for quite some time,” said Scott Green, director of product management in the software business unit at 3D Systems. “They have artists who do 2D paper drawings and designs, but then at some point, someone has got to make a looks-like, feels-like model.”

As software design has improved, this 3D modeling has been brought forward in the production process so that designers frequently

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Microsoft Kept Servers Running on Nothing but Hydrogen for 2 Days

Photo credit: Microsoft
Photo credit: Microsoft

From Popular Mechanics

As part of its plan to go carbon-neutral by 2030, Microsoft is considering replacing its diesel backup generators with hydrogen battery storage. The company has successfully kept part of one of its datacenters online for 48 hours on hydrogen power alone.

Datacenters are massive facilities that are usually full of servers and any variety of other computer or telecoms equipment. They might house the daily or even hourly backups from financial institutions and other high-demand users, because the wrong kind of disaster could wipe out a bank’s entire internal network.

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But datacenters, not just Microsoft’s, host most of the internet without any lampshade of backing up or disaster planning. That’s your cloud storage—it’s where your Squarespace website is hosted,

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