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Kim Jong Un’s science policy improved industries, North Korea university says

Oct. 26 (UPI) — Kim Jong Un’s past pledge to bring improvements at North Korean farms and factories is being highlighted on the website of the regime’s top university.

Kim Il Sung University recently posted online a past statement from the North Korean leader calling for the widespread application of science and technology, South Korean news service NK Economy reported Monday.

The remarks from Kim were made in June 2013, when the leader visited a machine plant and met with a local official who directly requested technical documents that could go toward improving production, the university said. Kim agreed to the request, and the leader’s decision has been beneficial to other North Korean entities, according to the university.

“Today, in North Korea’s factories, enterprises and cooperative farms, science and technology dissemination offices are well established, demonstrating enormous vitality in the struggle for science and technology talent,” the North Korean statement

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Why science matters explored in online magazine

This year has challenged leaders, researchers and the public with thorny scientific questions, from the coronavirus pandemic to widespread misinformation on scientific issues.

The magazine is a collaboration of the Aspen Institute, a think tank that brings together a variety of public figures and private individuals to tackle thorny social issues, the digital science magazine Leapsmag and GOOD, a social impact company.

It’s packed with 15 in-depth articles about science with a view toward our campaign year.

Among them are the results of an August survey on adult Americans’ science priorities that show strong national support for basic science research, a piece on immigrant scientists, and a report on scientific issues facing the Navajo Nation and other Native communities.

There are also tips on how to avoid social media misinformation and a thought-provoking piece on how scientific experts are made into celebrities, sometimes with disastrous results.

“We need science for

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Auburn University political science professors address concerns, questions about voting, election during hourlong webinar

Auburn University political science professors address concerns, questions about voting, election during hourlong webinar

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AUBURN, Ala., Oct. 23, 2020

AUBURN, Ala., Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Six Auburn University political science professors addressed public concern about everything from cybersecurity to potential wait times at polling locations less than two weeks ahead of Election Day during an hourlong webinar session on Friday.

(PRNewsfoto/Auburn University)
(PRNewsfoto/Auburn University)

Mitchell Brown, Kathleen Hale, Soren Jordan, Jon Fisk, Bridgett King and Ryan Williamson—all members of Auburn’s Election Administration Initiative, or EAI—joined Auburn Student Government Association Executive Vice President of Outreach Michael Bennett to offer their thoughts about the impending elections in a webinar titled “Voting in 2020: What to Expect.” The group discussed a variety of topics during the session, including polling location logistics, early voter turnout and post-election procedure, taking questions from a group of attendees that included media,

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Carbon-Negative Food Made From Thin Air? This Science Fiction Idea May Be A Reality Sooner Than You Think

Consumer awareness of climate change and animal welfare are driving a meatless meat revolution. Unlike pasture-raised meats, plant- and fermentation-based proteins are low-emission, and require very little water and land use. Transitioning away from mega-greenhouse gas-emitting foods like beef only tackles part of the crisis. Our planet is still choking on excess carbon dioxide. 

With synthetic biology, it is possible to transform CO2 from a harmful gas into delicious, life-sustaining nutrition. I’ve previously written about the forgotten space tech that could feed the world, one of its practitioners is Lisa Dyson, Ph.D., CEO of Kiverdi, whose initiative Air Protein aims to transform carbon dioxide into meat-free meat. In recognition of her work, Dyson was recently awarded the SynBioBeta 2020 Bio-Innovator of the Year

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New center at USF College of Marine Science will help explore ocean floors

The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, based in St. Petersburg, has received a $9 million federal grant to launch a Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovation.

The center will create maps of the seafloor and develop more efficient technologies — including underwater robots and satellites, for ocean and coastal zone mapping — that can be used to model coastal storm events, sea level rise and safe navigation in ports. The center also will develop rapid response tools that can be used in coastal disasters, according to its new website.

The grant by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, known as NOAA, will be administered over five years.

The center will be home to eight marine science faculty and offer training modules, certificate programs, graduate courses and seminars for students and professionals. Steve Murawski, USF professor and Downtown Partnership-Peter Betzer Endowed Chair of Oceanography, will serve as director.

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NASA to Announce New Science Results About Moon

NASA to Announce New Science Results About Moon

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — NASA will announce an exciting new discovery about the Moon from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) at a media teleconference at 12 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 26. Audio of the teleconference will stream live on the agency’s website.

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NASA Logo. (PRNewsFoto/NASA) (PRNewsFoto/) (PRNewsfoto/NASA)

This new discovery contributes to NASA’s efforts to learn about the Moon in support of deep space exploration. Under NASA’s Artemis program, the agency will send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface in 2024 to prepare for our next giant leap – human exploration of Mars as early as the 2030s. Understanding the science of the Moon also helps piece together the broader history of the inner solar system.

Briefing participants are: 

  • Paul Hertz, Astrophysics division

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University of New Orleans computer science scholarship, and more metro college news | Crescent City community news

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS COMPUTER SCIENCE: Alumna and Google Vice President Sabrina Farmer has funded a computer science scholarship with a $250,000 gift to the University of New Orleans. Farmer, who earned her undergraduate degree in computer science from UNO, is vice president of engineering site reliability for many of Google’s billion-customer products such as Gmail, Search, Google Maps, Android and Chrome. A Marrero native, she also oversees reliability of product infrastructure, including Google’s authentication, identity and abuse systems.

UNIVERSITY OF HOLY CROSS: Free telecounseling is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday from the University of Holy Cross. To schedule a session, call (504) 398-2168.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP: A $250,000 gift from alumni Tom and Connie Kitchen will create an undergraduate scholarship at the University of New Orleans. Tom Kitchen, a former executive with Stewart Enterprises and Avondale Industries, earned both a bachelor’s

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