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Is US Doing Enough Coronavirus Testing To Reopen? Harvard Analysis Finds Few States In Good Shape

International Business Times

A Harvard University-NPR analysis indicated Thursday only nine, relatively small U.S. states are doing enough coronavirus testing to safely reopen their economies even though about half are planning to lift restrictions in coming days. The analysis identified Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming as having adequate testing programs in place but warned contact tracing and isolation of positive cases still would be necessary. For New York to safely open, it would need to run at least 100,000 tests a day. As of Wednesday, the state was running nearly 34,000 tests a day. Georgia, Texas and Colorado, which are relaxing their social distancing restrictions, are far from meeting minimum testing targets, the analysis indicated.

Many Pacific islands are untouched by COVID-19. Its arrival could be disastrous

PBS NewsHour

The Pacific region has seen the fewest cases of COVID-19 -- at least 14 Pacific countries and territories report no single case of the coronavirus, despite 3.5 million cases confirmed globally. But these islands have already started to feel the economic effects of the pandemic, and could face a devastating human toll if the virus were to hit. Excluding Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, there have been fewer than 270 confirmed cases across the entire region. American Samoa is currently the only U.S. state or territory without a single positive case. The governments of Pacific islands have warded off the virus so far by imposing early and strict quarantines, and making the most of their geographical remoteness.

States with few virus cases get big share of relief aid

Associated Press

Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming are not epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet these four states scored big this spring when Congress pumped out direct federal aid, while the two hardest-hit states, New York and New Jersey, got comparatively little given the vast numbers of cases and deaths they have seen. An Associated Press analysis shows that states with small populations like these took in an out-sized share of the $150 billion in federal money that was designed to address coronavirus-related expenses, when measured by the number of positive tests for the COVID-19 disease. Their haul ranged from $2 million per positive test in Hawaii to nearly $3.4 million per test in Alaska. In Wyoming, with less than 600 positive cases, the $1.25 billion it received from the congressional package equates to 80 percent of its annual general state budget.

DARPA Demonstrates "Competition" Tool at Combatant Command DefenceTalk


Service members at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii recently tested a prototype DARPA system designed to help military analysts and planners determine if observed events – such as increased force movements, cyber intrusions, and civil unrest – are unconnected occurrences, or if they're part of an adversary's coordinated campaign to achieve strategic objectives in a geographic region. Operational representatives from the command's intelligence and operations divisions spent three days in December trying out DARPA's COMPASS tool suite. COMPASS, which stands for Collection and Monitoring via Planning for Active Situational Scenarios, analyzes large streams of data to uncover competition campaigns, and displays results that represent the evidence and the analysis behind each hypothesis. COMPASS seeks to leverage advanced AI and other technologies to help commanders make more effective decisions regarding a competitor's complex, multi-layered competition activity. Competition refers to actions – both non-violent and violent – designed to achieve geopolitical goals without provoking full-blown armed conflict.

Google canceled the online publication of more than 100,000 X-rays after privacy concerns

Daily Mail - Science & tech

In 2017, Google was two days away from posting 112,000 chest X-rays taken of more than 30,000 patients on public servers before last-minute privacy concerns put a stop to the project. The X-rays were part of a program conducted with the National Institutes of Health to see if Google's machine learning tools could be used to better identify disease markers using visual information. The X-rays were collected at a government research hospital in Bethesda, Maryland where a large number of clinical research studies were being conducted. According to a new report in The Washington Post, based on emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, Google and NIH began collaborating on the project in the summer of 2017 and were hoping to reveal findings from the project at an artificial intelligence conference in Hawaii on July 21. The X-rays were analyzed by Google's TensorFlow, an open source machine learning software that was developed by the Google Brain Team in 2015.

How Individualized Learning Leverages Technology for Deeper Learning: What School Could Be in Hawai'i MarketScale


This is an episode from Josh Reppun's "What School Could Be in Hawai'i," a podcast on the people, technology and methodologies pushing the mantle of education in the 50th state. Susannah Johnson is the founder of Individualized Realized, an education consultancy aimed at meeting educators where they are – as she did in the classroom with students for thirteen years – on the path to student-centered, authentic, globally minded, and liberated learning. In the move towards student-centered learning technology is essential for individualized learning. Over ten years developing a fully individualized program, the use of technology not only opens up learning to be multidimensional, but also for the asynchronous management of dozens of curricula. When students own their own learning, technology moves beyond learning tool to become a partner for that learning.

US Navy drops supplies to submarine at sea by DRONE for the first time

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The US Navy has a new method for transporting supplies to off-shore submarines – drone delivery. The military organization has successful delivered a five-pound payload consisting of circuit cards, medical supplies and food to the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) while at sea. Delivering supplies by drone will eliminate the need for submarines to pull into ports for goods and allow them to spend more time in the fight. This is the first time the US Navy has employed the use of a drone to deliver goods and Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Keithley, assigned to COMSUBPAC said'What started as an innovative idea has come to fruition as a potentially radical new submarine logistics delivery capability.' 'A large percentage of parts that are needed on submarines weigh less than five-pounds, so this capability could alleviate the need for boats to pull into ports for parts or medical supplies.'

Andrew Yang says Clinton criticism of Gabbard 'inappropriate'

FOX News

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says it's "inappropriate" for 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to be "commenting directly" about her party's current contenders for the White House. Yang also called the push to eliminate private insurance by rivals Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as part of their "Medicare-for-all" plans, "too disruptive." And the tech entrepreneur and 2020 longshot, who has seen his campaign soar in recent months, said that if he doesn't win the Democratic nomination, he'd "be open to" serving as running mate. Yang made his comments while taking questions from reporters Tuesday evening in Hollis, N.H., and Wednesday morning after headlining'Politics and Eggs,' a must stop for White House hopefuls campaigning in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state. Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang signs the famed wooden eggs ahead of speaking at'Politics and Eggs' at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 His swing through the Granite State comes days after Clinton firmly inserted herself into the 2020 campaign – arguing without evidence that Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is a "Russian asset," and mocking President Trump's direct interactions with foreign leaders.

Hawaii's spike in STDs linked to online dating

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines for Oct. 14 are here. Check out what's clicking on The U.S. continues to see a rise in the number of sexually transmitted diseases, according to health officials -- and in Hawaii, the increase is believed to be linked to online dating. Health officials in the Aloha State have reported a significant increase in chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. All three of the infections were at or near their highest rates in about 30 years.

Black holes as we know them may not exist

FOX News

This image by the Event Horizon Telescope project shows the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the heart of the M87 galaxy. If you were to dive into a black hole (something we would not recommend), you"d likely find a singularity, or an infinitely small and dense point, at the center. Or that's what physicists have always thought. But now a pair of scientists suggests that some black holes may not be black holes at all. Instead, they may be weird objects chock-full of dark energy -- the mysterious force thought to be pushing at the bounds of the universe, causing it to expand at an ever-increasing rate. "If what we thought were black holes are actually objects without singularities, then the accelerated expansion of our universe is a natural consequence of Einstein's theory of general relativity," said Kevin Croker, an astrophysicist at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Croker and a colleague describe this idea in a new study, published online Aug. 28 in the ...