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Boston University student who wants to use artificial intelligence for quality control in cannabis industry wins startup competition

Christopher Donaldson, who is pursuing his MBA at Boston University, wants to bring artificial intelligence into the marijuana industry to help with quality control and to build bridges between testing facilities and growers.



a close up of a plant: Marijuana at the Garden Remedies cultivation facility in Fitchburg.


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Marijuana at the Garden Remedies cultivation facility in Fitchburg.

It’s a goal he’s now closer to after winning the fourth annual, and first virtual, Boston University Cannabis Startup Competition.

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Sponsored by the BU alumni-founders of Green Lion Partners, the startup competition looks to create opportunities for current students and alumni entrepreneurs who are developing innovative ancillary companies within the cannabis industry.

At the competition, Donaldson presented EROWTH, a machine learning company with a goal of building quality control and prediction models primarily for growers and testing labs.

“We’re trying to help build bridges and communications between testing facilities, growers and machines just so there’s more transparency, people have more data

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Lancaster University to help control the spread of invasive malaria mosquito

Lancaster University is involved in a major research project which aims to control the spread of an invasive malaria mosquito in Sudan and Ethiopia. According to the World Health Organisation, there were 228 million cases of malaria in 2018.

The four year £3.5m project funded by the Wellcome Trust will investigate the origins and epidemiological importance of the invasive malaria mosquito Anopheles stephensi in the Horn of Africa.

During the next four years Dr Luigi Sedda at Lancaster Medical School will contribute to the project with the sampling, analysis and mapping of the emergence, establishment and spread of An. stephensi in order to identify the dynamics and bionomics of the mosquito population and inform its control.

This project is timely, since the invasion of Anopheles stephensi is in large parts of the Horn of Africa. This malaria urban vector poses an

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Texas Board Revises Sex Education Standards to Include More Birth Control

“Texas is a very diverse state, obviously, and the 200-plus rural school districts that I represent, I wanted to give them the freedom and the latitude to include some of those items in their curriculum, in their teaching, if they choose to do so,” he said at Friday’s meeting.

More than 20 hours of public comment, from across the political spectrum, were heard in June and September over revisions of the state’s health education standards. Ricardo Martinez, the chief executive of Equality Texas, an L.G.B.T.Q. advocacy group, testified multiple times ahead of Friday’s vote and said that excluding language about gender identity, sexual orientation and consent hindered students’ ability to navigate the world.

“You change hearts and minds by educating people about the lived experiences of those around them,” he said in an interview. “Robbing folks, especially at this age, from receiving their vital information of how you can make

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Britney Spears fears her father; judge keeps him in control of her career

Britney Spears fears her father and will not resume her career so long as he has power over it, her attorney said in court Tuesday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny declined to suspend James Spears from his central role in the court conservatorship that has controlled his daughter’s life and career for 12 years as Britney Spears’ attorney Samuel D. Ingham III requested at the contentious hearing. But the judge said she would consider future petitions for his suspension or outright removal, which Ingham plans to file.

“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” Ingham told the judge. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”

The pop star has been on an indefinite work hiatus since early 2019.

James Spears’ attorney, Vivian Lee Thoreen, defended what she said was his perfect record in his run as

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Global Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical and Control Instruments Industry

Global Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical and Control Instruments Market to Reach $492. 9 Billion by 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical and Control Instruments estimated at US$378.

New York, Nov. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Global Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical and Control Instruments Industry” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05961061/?utm_source=GNW
7 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$492.9 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 3.8% over the analysis period 2020-2027. Search, Detection, and Navigation Instruments, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 4.9% CAGR and reach US$131.7 Billion by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Automatic Environmental Control segment is readjusted to a revised 4.1% CAGR for the next

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Noise reduction via intermittent control by utilizing a plasma actuator

Noise reduction via intermittent control by utilizing a plasma actuator
Top view (top) and cross-sectional view (bottom). The plasma actuator consists of top and bottom electrodes and a dielectric layer between them. Credit: TOYOHASHI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY.

A research team in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology developed a method for reducing aerodynamic noise via plasma. Cavity flow, such as the flow around car gaps of high-speed trains, often radiates aerodynamic noise. A plasma actuator inducing flow was applied to suppress this noise. By periodically switching off the power of the plasma actuator, a higher reduction in sound pressure level was observed when compared with continuous operation under the same power consumption.


A research team in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology has developed a method for reducing aerodynamic noise via plasma generation in air. The flow over a hole or concave shape is termed as cavity flow, where aerodynamic noise is

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Global Wireless Access Control Industry

Global Wireless Access Control Market to Reach $1. 7 Billion by 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Wireless Access Control estimated at US$1. 1 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$1.

New York, Nov. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Global Wireless Access Control Industry” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05961222/?utm_source=GNW
7 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 6.5% over the analysis period 2020-2027. Hardware, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to record a 7% CAGR and reach US$815.5 Million by the end of the analysis period. After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the Software segment is readjusted to a revised 6.3% CAGR for the next 7-year period.

The U.S. Market is Estimated at $313.7 Million, While China is Forecast

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GOP poised to keep control of State Board of Education

Republicans are poised to keep their majority on the state Board of Education even as Democrats may pick up a seat currently held by a GOP member.

The 15-member board, currently made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, sets policies and standards for Texas public schools, including the curriculum and graduation requirements. With four incumbent Republicans retiring, Democrats were hoping to gain additional sway on the panel.

At about 1 a.m., with 72 percent of polling locations and 98 percent of counties reporting, Republicans were leading in six of the eight races on the ballot, according to the Texas Secretary of State. GOP members currently hold seven of those seats.

The only outlier is Democrat Georgina Perez in the 1st district, which represents West Texas. She was ahead by about 6 points in the latest count.

Democrat Rebecca Bell-Metereau was leading in the 5th district, which represents part of

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Texas education board remains in Republican control

Democrats appeared poised to gain one seat on the Republican-dominated State Board of Education early Wednesday morning, with tight races in all three they hoped to flip.

With the final votes still being counted around the state, Democrat Rebecca Bell-Metereau, a Texas State University professor, was leading Republican Lani Popp, a Northside Independent School District speech pathologist, in District 5. Incumbent Ken Mercer, a Republican who held the seat for 14 years, decided not to run for reelection in the district, which picks up communities along the Interstate 35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin and stretches into the Hill Country.

But Republicans appeared poised to keep control of two other seats Texas Democrats wanted to flip this year. Republican Will Hickman, an intellectual property lawyer, led Democrat Michelle Palmer, an Aldine ISD history teacher, in the District 6 seat vacated by Donna Bahorich, a Houston Republican and former board

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In early results, GOP maintaining control of State Board of Education

Early ballot counts are showing Republicans poised to keep their majority in the state Board of Education, even as Democrats inched ahead in some seats currently held by GOP members.



a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera: Carisa Lopez, representing the Texas Freedom Network, delivers her message to the media outside after speaking to the State Board of Education as it hears comments on proposed changes to the state's social studies curriculum at its meeting in Austin on September 11, 2018.


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Carisa Lopez, representing the Texas Freedom Network, delivers her message to the media outside after speaking to the State Board of Education as it hears comments on proposed changes to the state’s social studies curriculum at its meeting in Austin on September 11, 2018.


The 15-member board, currently made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, sets policies and standards for Texas public schools, including the curriculum and graduation requirements. With four incumbent Republicans retiring, Democrats are hoping to gain additional sway on the panel.

At about 8:30 p.m., with 5 percent of polling locations and about 50 percent of counties reporting, Republicans were leading six of the eight seats on the

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