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High-speed atomic force microscopy takes on intrinsically disordered proteins

KANAZAWA, Japan, Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Kanazawa University’s pioneering high-speed atomic force microscope technology has now shed light on the structure and dynamics of some of life’s most ubiquitous and inscrutable molecules – intrinsically disordered proteins. The study is reported in Nature Nanotechnology.

Our understanding of biological proteins does not always correlate with how common or important they are. Half of all proteins, molecules that play an integral role in cell processes, are intrinsically disordered, which means many of the standard techniques for probing biomolecules don’t work on them. Now researchers at Kanazawa University in Japan have shown that their home-grown high-speed atomic force microscopy technology can provide information not just on the structures of these proteins but also their dynamics.

Understanding how a protein is put together provides valuable clues to its functions. The development of protein crystallography in the 1930s and 1950s brought several protein

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Air University hosts first-ever JADO, JADC2 symposium > United States Air Force Academy > Air Force Academy News

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) —

Military and government representatives from multiple academic and intelligence communities met in person and virtually for the first Air University Joint All Domain Operation/Joint All-Domain Command and Control Symposium, Nov. 18-20.

The symposium objectives were to examine the development of concepts to ensure dominant planning, decision and execution, or PDE, cycles in highly contested and degraded environments and to identify key PDE issues affecting JADO and JADC2 future concepts.

Air University’s Curtis E. LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education hosted the symposium.

The more than 150 virtual and in-person attendees from across the Department of Defense and government agencies were able to participate in one of three mission-area working groups, or MAWGS: Decision Advantage, Dynamic Tasking Order and JADO Professional Military Education.

The Decision Advantage MAWG analyzed current operational and air component PDE cycles to identify where today’s automation can compress the

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Keesler AFB partners with local university to reach new heights > U.S. Air Force > Article Display

KEESLER AIR FORCE, Miss. (AFNS) —

The Air Force continuously drives to find innovative ways to modernize and improve the force. Collaboration can stem innovation and expand knowledge, creating a consistent approach of improvement and advancement.

Keesler AFB and Mississippi State University developed a partnership earlier this year to enhance cyber capabilities.

“Our goal is to share ideas and resources,” said Violet Brantley, 81st Training Group training administrator. “By working together, we can learn from each other.”

Throughout 2020, Keesler AFB and MSU have conducted multiple visits, toured the area and tested their capabilities together.

“Cyber is a very fast, evolving field, and it is extremely important to train with currency,” said David Shaw, MSU provost and executive vice president. “We strive to benefit students everywhere, so we must adapt to research findings for security.”

MSU eventually assisted the 81st TRG by collaborating to improve instruction and taught multiple cyber

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Census ‘Anomalies’ May Force Bureau To Miss Dec. 31 Reporting Deadline : NPR

A supporter of President-elect Joe Biden holds up a phone displaying the Electoral College map in Philadelphia on Nov. 7.

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The Census Bureau has uncovered routine “anomalies” in the results of this year’s national count that may force the bureau to miss a legal reporting deadline. That outcome could thwart President Trump’s unprecedented attempt to change who is counted in numbers that determine each state’s share of congressional seats and Electoral College votes for the next decade.

“These types of processing anomalies have occurred in past censuses,” the bureau’s director, Steven Dillingham, said in a statement released Thursday. “I am directing the Census Bureau to utilize all resources available to resolve this as expeditiously as possible.”

The first set of

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How The Department Of The Air Force Is Driving Forward With AI

Military operations are facing an increasingly disruptive battlefield from information warfare, to malicious cyber activity, and political information subversion. Combating these threats not only requires rapid advancements in data and adoption of transformative technologies such as AI and machine learning, but also a change in the traditional mindset and culture of all ranks in the military. 

Military branches have needed to be forward thinking to make sure they keep up with these adapting environments and threats. In particular, the Department Of The Air Force has understood that in order to combat these new threats they need to educate and train their airmen accordingly. By increasing data-use and literacy to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of decisions, readiness, mission operations, and cybersecurity, the Department of the Air Force is changing their culture to be a more collaborative organization. 

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From Space Force to Artemis: what Joe Biden presidency may mean in orbit and beyond

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham

Donald Trump set bold goals for space exploration during his time in office – from crewed missions to the Moon and Mars to a Space Force. By contrast, his successor Joe Biden has been relatively quiet on space policy. So how is space exploration likely to change going forward?

It is clear is that there will be change. NASA’s current chief, Jim Bridenstine, has already announced he is stepping down. And we know that US human spaceflight policy rarely survives a change in presidency.

That said, the amazing success of the crewed SpaceX launch to the International Space Station (ISS), however, means the commercial crew programme

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A Conversation With United States Secretary Of The Air Force Barbara Barrett

Almost a year ago, Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett oversaw the launch of a new branch of our military, the U.S. Space Force, the first new service since the creation of the Air Force itself in 1947. 

In this sobering, eye-opening segment of What’s Ahead, Barrett persuasively explains the crucial need for a service totally focused on our needs in space. Like it or not, space has become a cockpit of power politics, a far cry from the peaceful area it was when we landed a man on the moon over 50 years ago. China and Russia have become aggressive. Beijing, for instance, used a missile to blow up one of its satellites to show what it could do to the thousands of satellites that now populate space. Barrett describes two hair-raising, space-based incidents that occurred with Russia. 

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50 test positive for coronavirus at Syracuse University in 1 day, could force early move to online classes

Syracuse, N.Y. — Fifty students have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at Syracuse University in a 24-hour span, according to an email sent by an SU official to staff and students.

The university had already announced it would move to remote instruction this coming Monday after it recorded 98 cases in a one-week span. The new surge in cases could lead to SU moving to online instruction earlier, according to the email sent by vice chancellor J. Michael Haynie.

Tuesday’s surge in cases comes as cases in the rest of Onondaga County have also risen. County Executive Ryan McMahon said he expects that Wednesday will be the “worst day yet” for Covid-19 in the county. McMahon also said the rise in cases is partially attributable to Halloween parties.

On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo put yellow-zone restrictions on parts of Onondaga County because of the increasing cases. In the “yellow

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Launching the Task Force on Next Generation Community Schools

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, families and schools across America face an extended period of educational disruption. Recent research illustrates the toll that this upheaval has had on our nation’s young people. In a nationally representative survey of high school students, one-third of young people reported being unhappy or depressed. Projections of learning loss on math and reading due to COVID-19 show that educational disruptions will likely result in negative effects, especially for students who were already behind. Low-income students and students of color, who have historically been poorly served by our education systems, are being hit particularly hard.

Yet perhaps one silver lining out of this crisis, as argued in the recent Brookings report “Beyond reopening schools: How education can emerge stronger than before COVID-19,” is the increasing recognition that transformation is urgently needed in the country’s schools. We know that children learn better when their physical

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Did COVID-19 Force You Into A Career Change? Here’s 5 Tips To Help

Across the United States, millions of people have lost jobs as COVID-19 shutdowns threw the economy into a recession. For those left unemployed – from hourly workers to professionals – It’s a blow to both the pocketbook and the psyche.

“People’s very identities are often tied to their jobs and careers,” says Kimberly Roush, founder of All-Star Executive Coaching and co-author of Who Are You… When You Are Big?

“In a situation like this, you’ve lost your job, your title, your paycheck and are left wondering who you are and where you go from here?”

Roush specializes in coaching C-level executives and recently launched a national version of a 12-hour group coaching program for executives

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