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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.

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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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Block-Education Sets Out On The Path of Introducing Blockchain in Curriculums of Higher Education

Block Education

Block Education
Block Education
Block Education

Paris, France, Oct. 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Education about blockchain technology is necessary to create the professionals of tomorrow, and being a leader in the industry Block-Education is now taking some crucial steps in that direction. The French blockchain education company has now decided to join hands with various business schools and universities for developing blockchain education programs and courses that can help professionals understand the potential of this revolutionary technology. As more colleges and universities join hands with them, Blockchain-aware professionals trained through their programs will be available soon in the French industry. 

The main highlight of blockchain technology is that it puts all data on a distributed, immutable ledger; thus making it tamper-proof. In many cases it allows data to be put on the ledger without any human intervention, thus further boosting the credibility of data. That has made blockchain a

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Texas vs. Baylor odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from expert on 25-11 run

A critical Big 12 matchup is on tap Saturday when the visiting Baylor Bears take on the Texas Longhorns. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. ET from Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Both teams are eager to get back on the field, albeit for different reasons. Texas wants to erase the sting of a quadruple-overtime loss in the Red River Shootout. And Baylor just wants to play after losing three games this season due to COVID-19.

The Bears and Longhorns have split their last 10 games since 2010, with the Bears winning 24-10 at home last season. The Longhorns are nine-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 61 in the latest Texas vs. Baylor odds from William Hill. Before making any Baylor vs. Texas picks, be sure to see the college football predictions from SportsLine’s Josh Nagel. 

A Nevada-based handicapper with more than 20 years of experience in the

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Asteroid samples leaking from OSIRIS-REx

WASHINGTON — NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft collected so much material from the surface of the asteroid Bennu that the lid of its sampling head is jammed open, causing material to leak out and changing the agency’s plans for the mission.

At a media briefing called by NASA on short notice Oct. 23, three days after the spacecraft touched down on the asteroid, officials said that images taken of the head of the sampling device, called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM), showed material leaking out of the container from a gap in a Mylar diaphragm that is supposed to seal the bottom of the head.

“I am highly confident that TAGSAM was success, that it collected abundant mass: definitely evidence of hundreds of grams of material, and possibly more,” said Dante Lauretta, principal investigator for OSIRIS-REx at the University of Arizona. “My big concern now is that the particles are escaping

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NASA’s Osiris-Rex asteroid sample is leaking into space

  • NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft briefly landed on an asteroid called Bennu on Tuesday to collect samples of its rock.
  • But now a valve on the probe’s sample-collecting arm won’t close, and the bits of asteroid it grabbed are floating away.
  • The team is frantically trying to store the asteroid dust in a safer place before they lose much more. 
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NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission successfully scooped up a sample of fine dust and grit from an asteroid called Bennu on Tuesday. It was the first time NASA had ever gathered a sample from an asteroid.

But the spacecraft’s sample-collecting arm seems to have gathered so much asteroid material in that maneuver that part of the valve designed to keep the sample contained won’t close. Now, bits are falling out.

“There’s so much in there that the diaphragm that is supposed to keep the sample in is

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Mohegan Sun firming up plans for ‘bubbleville,’ to host more than 35 college basketball teams, including UConn men and women

The Mohegan Sun is finalizing details that will bring as many as 40 college basketball teams into its “bubble” environment for nonconference games between Nov. 25 and Dec 5.

The UConn men and women, both of whom are committed to playing in multi-team events that have been scheduled or moved to Mohegan Sun, will be part of the plan, conceived as a way to save nonconference games amid the pandemic .

The Naismith Hall of Fame and the Gazelle Group, which run several of the early season tournaments, were the drivers of the nonconference bubble concept, which has been in the works for months.

“It’s an enormous undertaking,” said Greg Procino, VP of basketball operations for the Hall of Fame. “and it’s changing every day, but we have a lot of firm pieces. We expect 35-plus teams to play about 40 games.”

The UConn men will play in the Legends

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Hungarians march to protest Orban’s reach at top university

BUDAPEST — Thousands of Hungarians marched on the streets of the Hungarian capital Friday to protest government actions that they claim strips one of the country’s most prestigious universities of its independence.

The march, organized on the country’s national holiday commemorating the anti-Soviet uprising of 1956, follows weeks of protests by the students of the University for Theater and Film Arts in Budapest. Their demonstrations have become a symbol of resistance to Orban’s autocratic government, drawing support from universities, theater groups and artists around the world,.

“There is a common set of rules concerning universities in Europe, which has developed over the centuries, and the cornerstone of these rules is institutional autonomy. This is exactly what the government is trying to take away,” Hungarian actor Zoltan Bezeredi, who joined Friday’s march, told The Associated Press.

Legislation passed this summer by the ruling Fidesz party transferred the ownership of the university

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‘I was gutted:’ Greenwich school board, parents react to special education report

GREENWICH — When the state ruled in her young son’s favor and found the Greenwich Public Schools had broken the law, Audra O’Donovan expected meaningful change.

But the special education parent and co-founder of the Special Education Advisory Council, who had filed a complaint with the state after the district denied one of her three children a comprehensive evaluation, O’Donovan said she was dismayed when even the state mandate didn’t move the needle.

“Our PPS (Pupil Personnel Services, which oversees special education) department refused to follow the corrective action and brought my family to due process,” she said during public comments of Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting. “Which basically means they sued me. I was forced to hire an attorney for my 7-year old son.”

According to O’Donovan, the state Department of Education again intervened and mandated an evaluation of her son. Several weeks later, while attending a Planning

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Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and precious particles are drifting away in space, scientists said Friday.

Scientists announced the news three days after the spacecraft named Osiris-Rex briefly touched asteroid Bennu 200 million miles away.

The mission’s lead scientist, Dante Lauretta, said Tuesday’s operation collected far more material than expected for return to Earth — in the hundreds of grams. The sample container on the end of the robot arm penetrated so deeply into the asteroid and with such force, however, that rocks got sucked in and became wedged around the rim of the lid.

The team was scrambling to put the sample container into the return capsule as early as Tuesday — much sooner than originally planned — for the long trip home. Particles are continuing to escape, and scientists want

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Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Back on the Rise

The University of Alabama System announced that the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus was back on the rise this past week, including on the Tuscaloosa campus.

Overall, there were 142 new cases including at UAB and UAH, with 68 in Tuscaloosa. 

While that figure is still relatively low, especially when compared to early-semester numbers, its the highest number since mid-September and twice as many as the previous week. 

Experts are warning that the country is poised to enter its worst stretch yet of the pandemic. The Washington Post reported that hospitalizations increased in 38 states over the past week. 

Per NBC News, the United States set a daily record for coronavirus cases on Thursday as the number soared past 77,000, topping the previous high set in July.

The data is from Oct. 16-22. Football coach Nick Saban, who apparently had a false positive test last week, said on

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