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Experts hail big step forward in fusion technology in UK

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European scientists have taken a significant step closer to mastering a technology that could allow them to one day harness nuclear fusion, providing a clean and almost limitless source of energy, British officials said Wednesday.

Researchers at the Joint European Torus experiment near Oxford managed to produce a record amount of heat energy over a five-second period, which was the duration of the experiment, the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority said.

The 59 megajoules of sustained fusion energy produced were more than double the previous record achieved in 1997.

The agency said the result was “the clearest demonstration worldwide of the potential for fusion energy to deliver safe and sustainable low-carbon energy.”

“If we can maintain fusion for five seconds, we can do it for five minutes and then five hours as we scale up our operations in future machines,” said Tony Donne, program manager for EUROfusion. “This is a big moment for every one of us and the entire fusion community.”

Ian Chapman, CEO of the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority, said the results were a “huge step closer to conquering one of the biggest scientific and engineering challenges of them all.”

The facility, also known as JET, is home to the world’s largest and most powerful operational tokamak — a donut-shaped device that is considered one promising method for performing controlled fusion.

Scientists who were not involved in the project believed it was a significant result, but still a very long way from achieving commercial fusion power.

Which CMS do publishers use? Tech stack of world’s top news websites analysed

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While newsrooms experiment with many technologies, they are more alike than different in the technology they choose to deliver their core functions such as content management, a Press Gazette analysis has found.

Using data from BuiltWith, a business intelligence company that creates technology profiles of websites, Press Gazette analysed the content management technology underpinning leading news sites (based on their traffic)  to get an insight into the solutions selected. We found that more than four in ten news websites use WordPress for at least part of their domain.

Although BuiltWith’s data cannot give us an exhaustive picture of the tech stack used by a newsroom, it can inspect a page’s source code to pick up some of the most popular tech tools used by websites around the world.

And getting these tech tools right is critical for newsrooms.

Making the right technological decisions is, says Sanjay Ravindran, New Statesman Media Group’s (NSMG) chief information officer, “crucial” on two fronts.

Which CMS do publishers use? Tech stack of world’s top news websites analysed

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While newsrooms experiment with many technologies, they are more alike than different in the technology they choose to deliver their core functions such as content management, a Press Gazette analysis has found.

Using data from BuiltWith, a business intelligence company that creates technology profiles of websites, Press Gazette analysed the content management technology underpinning leading news sites (based on their traffic)  to get an insight into the solutions selected. We found that more than four in ten news websites use WordPress for at least part of their domain.

Although BuiltWith’s data cannot give us an exhaustive picture of the tech stack used by a newsroom, it can inspect a page’s source code to pick up some of the most popular tech tools used by websites around the world.

“You want the best tools for your business but, secondly, stakeholders — the editorial team, the commercial teams, the management — all need to be confident in the solution that you’re proposing. And, more and more, it’s the modularity and ability to change — not necessarily very quickly, but efficiently,” he says.

“There are some industry standards but where the variation happens is really around how you intend to monetise your audience or if a particular site has a specific USP [unique selling proposition] that needs something that isn’t available in the standards solutions.

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Vizio Accelerates Advertising Technology Investments

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announced the expansion of its direct-to-device advertising business to meet increasing advertiser demand and further fuel its growth as a streaming-first, data-driven media company.

The latest additions to Vizio’s in-house ad tech team include experts and engineers from across the industry, such as VP of Product Management Oscar “Oz” Lang, formerly head of product for Adobe’s Advertising Cloud TV business; and VP of Product Engineering Ben Sullins, formerly SVP of Engineering with SpotX. Additional new members of Vizio Ads’ technology team have recently joined from WarnerMedia, Comcast, Discovery, Magnite, Vevo Ads and other leading companies.

To house this growing team, Vizio recently expanded its footprint with the opening of its Tech Innovation center in Denver in December. The new Denver office is home to 140 of Vizio’s engineering and tech specialists focused on the innovation of Vizio’s software, ad products, and entertainment ecosystem. The Vizio Ads and Innovation teams are now more than 400 people strong, collaborating together to drive the future of television  from offices in key markets across the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Denver.

“Since our IPO last year, we have been heavily investing in engineering and software to scale our Platform+ operations and build out our in-house ad tech team,” said David Rudnick, senior vice president of product engineering at Vizio. “This investment will not only provide unique opportunities and measurable outcomes for advertisers, but it also helps us drive better consumer experiences.”

The expanded team will focus on innovation, planning, targeting, measurement, and product development across the entire Vizio Ads product suite, which is fueled by proprietary Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology from Vizio’s Inscape. Inscape provides unparalleled viewership data from 18.6MM+ devices, which provides brands and agencies with greater transparency, accuracy, relevancy, control, and attribution that connects ad buys to business outcomes.

Vizio Ads’ suite of products include True Incremental Reach, Universal Frequency Control, and Household Connect, which is its omnichannel offering helping marketers expand audience reach for cross-device campaigns. Vizio’s Homescreen is the first stop for millions of Smart TV households, and streamlines the search and discovery process for viewers, while providing exclusive opportunities for marketers to reach those viewers with tune-in ads and creative brand messaging.

Robot technology at CRMC

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It has been used at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center (CRMC) since September, almost immediately after coming to market. The technology is designed to help ensure more predictable results enabling orthopaedic surgeons the ability to improve outcomes and increase patients’ mobility all while allowing them to recover faster.

CRMC was selected to be one of the first facilities in the country to use the state-of-the-art technology. The robot assists orthopaedic surgeons with pre-surgical planning, intraoperative real-time feedback and the ability to verify final soft tissue tension/gap balance and overall leg alignment. This is unique to this new technology as opposed to previous robotic platforms used over the past decade. Most patients needing a knee replacement are candidates for robotic-assisted knee replacement

Fellowship-trained hip and knee reconstruction surgeon Dr. Erik Severson is one of the first orthopaedic surgeons in the nation to begin using the VELYS robotic platform and has been selected to begin training other surgeons around the country on the use of this technology.

“We’re very fortunate to have several great orthopaedic surgeons in this area and I think all of us do knee replacement surgery very well,” stated Dr. Severson. “The reason I’m excited about this particular robotic technology is because despite doing the very best we can, there is still a population of patients experiencing residual pain after what seems like a successful surgery. Our hope is that this new technology markedly decreases the percentage of patients we see that are generally unhappy with their knee replacement for reasons we’ve previously been unable to explain.”

Cyberattacks on US schools increasing amid reliance on technology

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Amid a growing reliance on technology due to the coronavirus pandemic, cyberattacks have become a growing threat to schools across the United States – leading to school shutdowns and to demands for more funding to address the problem.

Starting last year, when many schools were more dependent on technology in order to conduct virtual learning due to pandemic shutdowns, several high-profile incidents were reported, leading school officials to scramble to recover data or even manually wipe all laptops.

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“Pretty much any way that you cut it, incidents have both been growing more frequent and more significant,” Doug Levin, director of the K12 Security Information Exchange, a Virginia-based nonprofit that helps schools defend against cybersecurity risk, told The Associated Press.

Precise data is hard to come by since most schools are not required to publicly report cyberattacks. But experts have said public school systems — which often have limited budgets for cybersecurity expertise — have become an inviting target for ransomware gangs.

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How to add technology to your fleet

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It can be confusing to know which technologies make sense for your fleet. The wrong decision can be costly. However, not exploring these new technologies is not really an option, either. Refusing to invest in technology can make it more difficult to

On the other hand, you can’t just rush out and invest in every new thing that comes on the market.

Choosing the right technology for your fleet should be a well-thought-out and measured process that is used for each new technology you are considering.

The first step is to have a thorough understanding of all of your duty cycles, as well as knowing how efficient and/or safe you are in each market segment. Also, make sure you have goals as to what you are hoping to achieve by investing in the new technology and establish KPIs that will allow you to determine if you achieve those goals.

Next, begin to gather information about the technology you are considering. Make sure to vet the manufacturer of the technology but be careful not to dismiss products from new entrants in the field. Read the literature from the manufacturer but also try to find information from independent sources.

Reach out to other fleets to find out what their real-world experience has been with the technology. Efficiency or safety gains achieved on a test track or in a limited trial are helpful, but it is best to have data from fleets that are actually using the technology in their day-to-day operations.

Select a sample number of your own vehicles to have the technology installed on or order a percentage of your new vehicles spec’d with the new technology.

Consistently track the performance of the new technology using the KPIs you had previously set. Analyze the performance data to determine if it makes sense to deploy this technology throughout your operation, in select parts of your fleet, or if this is a technology that does not make sense for you.

What health care technology will look like in 2030

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Right now, we’re in a world where, to some extent it’s data, data everywhere and not an insight to drink. What do we actually do with these streams of data? How do we serve up the important few out of the trivial many so that it gets in front of a clinician or a care manager or someone who can actually intervene in an appropriate way on behalf of the patient? How do we serve up all of the new clinical information that is being created every single day in a way that can actually inform care decisions to drive better outcomes? That’s the real question.

And I imagine this is going to be harder because we’re talking about a future where there’s even more data. That data is more mainstream, it’s more connected. Maybe it’s even better data than what we’re using today.

But I imagine that the problem still has to be, how do we get people other than the consumer themselves to actually be the ones that are using and acting on that data? How do we get the clinical team involved?

Nick Cericola: Yeah, absolutely. And to be fair, Rae, I think the industry does hold the ambition to shift some control to patients. We want patients to be in a seat of greater agency over their care management, and we imagine that the internet of things, which I think someday are just going to become things, because everything’s going to be connected at some point, will become sort of the chassis on which individuals can make more informed decisions about their wellness or health care.

Smart city technology and the future of policing

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After the demands the past two years have brought on policing, smart city technologies open a window of opportunity for law enforcement that is about more than just solving and deterring crime. It can also improve contentious community relations and mend a broken identity between the protectors and the protected.

By adopting smart city technology, police departments can become more effective by saving staff hours and costs and providing better service. This can build stronger relationships with the community.

A “smart city” is one where data collection by sensors and analytics are used to facilitate services for better performance, improved sustainability, lower costs and a decreased environmental impact. IBM defines a smart city as “one that makes optimal use of all the interconnected information available today to better understand and control its operations and optimize the use of limited resources.” [1] Once the data is collected and analyzed, the results are communicated to city decision-makers so that they may take actions to improve operations and manage assets that citizens access.

Think of something simple like your waste bin that is picked up weekly by the garbage truck managed by your city’s waste management company. Instead of the city sending trucks on the same route week in and week out, bins with sensors would notify the trash company when a bin is full. This saves time and money for the taxpayer and reduces pollution. Apply this concept to law enforcement and personnel hours can be directed toward community policing rather than labor-intensive work, and officers would have more time to be in the community as more than just enforcers.

In 2018, the RAND Corporation led work to identify high-priority needs for innovation in law enforcement. A panel of law enforcement experts noted, “There is a call for practices and technologies to improve police-community relations. Very high interest in this theme is being driven largely by the social and political tensions raised in recent years, in the wake of officer-involved shootings controversies and civic unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Baltimore, Maryland, and other jurisdictions.” [2] In 2021, after the death of George Floyd, this same argument can still be made, and smart city technology is leading the way.

Smart cities already deploy autonomous and electric vehicles complete with charging stations, LED streetlights for energy efficiency and better safety, and open-source data for governments to understand where resources need allocation. [3] Cities like Denver and New York City use smart city technology in the form of gunshot-detection systems[4] These technologies can not only enhance the effectiveness of the police but also facilitate closer ties between the police and the people they serve.

How Technology Is Helping The Art World Protect Itself

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In November 1966, a flood in Florence, Italy, damaged 1,400 pieces of art beyond restoration, including Cimabue’s The Crucifixion. Beyond traditional art, new art forms have emerged – digital art collections to art NFTs and virtual reality (VR) and augmented art like Estelle Tse’s VR adaptation of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Every piece of art – traditional or digital – is going through the same transformation – how do you protect and preserve art for future generations?

Tejeiro cites partners such as Vancouver-based Arius specializing in conservation authentication of fine art as an example of the specialization in art preservation with technology.

Tejeiro believes that art-specific 3D laser scanning is helping galleries and auction houses enhance buyers’ online experience.

“Art sellers increasingly need to provide a more sophisticated online experience and interactive imagery is critical to conveying the rich detail of a work of art,” adds Tejeiro. “Art-specific 3D color laser scanning offers immersive, in-depth high-resolution visual experiences, giving collectors peace of mind – even in remote transactions.”

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