US technology embargo list gives China a blueprint for home-grown innovation over the next decade, top science official says



China is looking to make home-grown strides in innovative technology, such as the development of advanced aircraft tyres and computer chips, to reduce its reliance on the United States. Photo: EPA


China is looking to make home-grown strides in innovative technology, such as the development of advanced aircraft tyres and computer chips, to reduce its reliance on the United States. Photo: EPA

China’s top science and technology official says the central government is viewing Washington’s list of embargoed or controlled technologies to China as an outline for what to focus on over the next decade, reflecting Beijing’s strategy of enhancing domestic research to cut reliance on American technologies.

“The US’ technological containment list will be our mission for scientific and technological development,” Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said at a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday.

The aim is to avoid “being strangled” technologically, he said. “We must focus on core technologies, key materials, techniques and basic algorithms, and take the initiative in areas such as mask aligners (which produce integrated circuits), tyres (for aircraft) and

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Lagundi trial gets green light, virgin coconut oil seen to reduce risk of coronavirus

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) — The Food and Drug Administration approved clinical trials for herbal medicine ‘lagundi’ as a supplement coronavirus treatment, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña announced Saturday.

De la Peña said in a briefing that participants will be around 200 COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms and admitted at the Quezon Institute quarantine center, Sta. Ana Hospital, and Philippine National Police-National Capital Region community quarantine center.

Experts from the Philippine General Hospital will lead the medical research.

“Ang hangad natin ay ma-address ang symptoms gaya ng ubo, lagnat at mga sore throat,” De la Peña said.

[Translation: We hope that lagundi could address symptoms such as cough, fever and sore throat.]

He added that the research will also try to find out if ‘lagundi’ may reduce severity of symptoms.

Other clinical trials

The FDA has yet to approve the studies which aim to look into

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A new lens on the world: Improving the metalens with liquid crystal

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Credit: Giuseppe Strangi & Federico Capasso

 CLEVELAND–For more than 500 years, humans have mastered the art of refracting light by shaping glass into lenses, then bending or combining those lenses to amplify and clarify images either close-up and far-off. 
 

But in the last decade or so, a group led by scientist Federico Capasso at Harvard University has begun to transform the field of optics by engineering flat optics metasurfaces, employing an array of millions of tiny microscopically thin and transparent quartz pillars to diffract and mold the flow of light in much the same way as a glass lens, but without the aberrations that naturally limit the glass.
 

The technology was selected as among the Top 10 Emerging Technologies by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2019, which remarked that these increasingly smaller, clearer lenses

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Medly Pharmacy Expands Executive Team With Appointment of Chief Technology Officer and Chief Financial Officer

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Sept. 9, 2020  /PRNewswire/ — Medly Pharmacy, a full-service, digital pharmacy that offers free same-day prescription delivery, has expanded its executive team by welcoming two new members to the company’s C-suite. Robert “Rob” Horowitz will join the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Prasad Pola will join as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

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The expansion of the executive team coincides with Medly’s plan to expand its platform nationally, following its Series B funding round. With a deep understanding of how to effectively manage and strategize a company’s financials, Mr. Horowitz will be responsible for focusing on Medly’s growth into additional markets. Mr. Pola, working from the same blueprint, will be examining all product technologies for optimization, steering Medly toward what is most efficient for the company, and its existing and new customer base.

“We are very pleased to welcome both

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‘Fortnite’ (ALL) Adding Real-Time Ray Tracing, DLSS And NVIDIA Reflex Technology Later This Week

In Fortnite, players and their friends lead a group of Heroes to reclaim and rebuild a homeland that has been left empty by a mysterious darkness only known as “the Storm.”

Players will band together online to explore the world for resources, build extravagant forts, find or build insane weapons and traps as they protect their towns from the strange monsters that emerge during the Storm.

Fortnite Battle Royale is the FREE 100-player PvP mode in Fortnite. One giant map. A battle bus.

The last one standing wins.

On September 17 the game will add support for ray traced reflections, shadows, global illumination, and ambient occlusion significantly raising the image quality in the game. At the same time, NVIDIA DLSS is coming to Fortnite to boost frame rates and generate beautiful, sharp images in the game. Additionally, NVIDIA Reflex technology for reduced latency will also be supported.

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LeaseLock and QBE North America Partner to Eliminate Deposits in U.S. Rental Housing Market

Insurance partnership will power the next phase of growth for LeaseLock

LeaseLock and QBE North America today announced a strategic partnership, with QBE’s world-class customized and comprehensive insurance solutions powering LeaseLock Zero Deposit™. LeaseLock is the first and only nationwide lease insurance provider, backed by A-rated carriers to help eliminate security deposits, surety bonds, and guarantors in rental housing. LeaseLock’s partnership with QBE, a leading program underwriter in the US, delivers enhanced rent loss and damage protection to apartment communities while also creating more affordable leasing for renters.

LeaseLock coupled with QBE’s customized solutions, insurance expertise and ease of doing business will facilitate best-in-class product innovation to meet the unique needs of enterprise multifamily portfolios.

LeaseLock enterprise clients currently manage or own over 2 million rental units. Leading multifamily operator clients include Greystar, Pinnacle, Alliance, FPI, Avenue5, Bell Partners, Harbor Group, The Bainbridge Companies and LMC. Top ownership clients include

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West Virginia and Massachusetts Woman-Owned Firms Take Top Honors in Federal Contracting

8(a) Graduate Firm of the Year; Industry Leaders also to be honored during National Small Business Week

Washington, Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced two women-owned firms will receive awards honoring their work in federal contracting.  

  • Action Facilities Management, Inc. (AFM), an 8(a)-certified commercial facilities management firm specializing in infrastructure and security support services from Morgantown, West Virginia;  and

  • Specialty Materials Inc. (SMI), a firm specializing in composite fiber and prepreg products that support the aerospace industry from Lowell, Massachusetts, has been named the National Subcontractor of the Year. 

These two women-owned small businesses were selected from among a strong field of candidates submitted by SBA’s ten regional offices.  

Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year:  

Diana Lewis Jackson, President, and CEO, Action Facilities Management, Inc. (AFM)
Morgantown, West Virginia

Diana Lewis Jackson is President and CEO of Action Facilities Management, Inc.

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China sends satellites into space in first sea-based commercial launch

China has successfully sent nine satellites into orbit in its first commercial launch of a rocket from a platform at sea, state media reported on Wednesday. The satellites, one of which belonged to video-sharing platform Bilibili, were deployed by a Long March 11 rocket from the Yellow Sea on Tuesday, media reported.

Common public screening methods unreliable; student athletes may need heart test after COVID-19

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. COVID-19 screening in public venues is unreliable

NASA mulls possible mission to Venus after recent discovery of possible life

NASA is considering approving by next April up to two planetary science missions from

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The Science Zone teaches Idea Lab students STEM and art with 3D printers

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) – The new three-dimensional printer at the science zone roars to life making a cat that can hold a teabag. This is the second printer The Science Zone has. An educator says the possibilities are endless.



a desktop computer sitting on top of a desk: The Science Zone debuts it's Snapmaker 2


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The Science Zone debuts it’s Snapmaker 2

“Kids are working on a Dungeons and Dragons campaign and printing miniatures and terrain,” said Darcie Gudger, the Idea Lab educator and coordinator.

She adds they hope to print chess pieces next.

Their new machine is called Snapmaker two which can 3D print, burn wood and engrave with a laser. This technology is used in lots of different fields.

“Educators use it because you can print educational materials or games and puzzles,” Gudger said.

She wants to use this technology to give students lots of creative freedom.

“I have one student that’s interested in 3D printing model

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3CL Protease Inhibitor NLC-001 Added to COVID-19-focused Joint Venture Between Todos Medical and NLC Pharma

  •  NLC-001 is a proprietary blend of plant extracts administered orally as dietary supplement
  •  US FDA granted Certificate of Free Sale for NLC-001 on August 28, 2020
  •  JV evaluating potential of NLC-001 to treat COVID-19 in clinical studies in Israel
  •  Todos evaluating commercialization options for NLC-001 Worldwide

NEW YORK, REHOVOT, Israel and SINGAPORE, Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE — Todos Medical Ltd. (OTCQB: TOMDF), an in vitro diagnostics company focused on developing and distributing comprehensive solutions for COVID-19, and developing blood tests for the early detection of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, today announced that NLC Pharma has added the dietary supplement NLC-001 to its joint venture with Todos Medical. NLC-001 is an orally administered proprietary blend of plant extracts that includes a powerful potential 3CL protease inhibitor that could help support and maintain healthy immune function. The 3CL protease plays a vital role in the intracellular replication

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