The path to 5G has been notable for the lack of acrimony over radio standards, but that doesn’t mean there’s no rivalry at all.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. are pitching rival radio access technologies for 5G, but it’s not the kind of knock-‘em-down, drag-‘em-out fight which made 3G and 4G standard-setting so entertaining for bystanders.
AlcaLu is offering a technology called UF-OFDM, or Universal Filter OFDM, which it says can support low-bandwidth, low-powered IoT at one end of the scale and high-bandwidth video at the other.
Huawei is also proposing an enhancement on the OFDM wave form which it calls Filtered OFDM. Separately it is working on something called Sparse Code Multiple Access (SCMA).
From the National Center for Science Education
House File 272, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on February 17, 2015, and referred to the House Committee on Education, would, if enacted, prevent Iowa from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards — and part of the stated reason is the NGSS’s treatment of evolution and climate change.
According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette (March 2, 2015), the bill’s lead sponsor Sandy Salmon (R-District 63) objects to the fact that the standards were not written in Iowa, but is also “concerned that the standards miss some key math and science concepts, present evolution as scientific fact[,] and shine a negative light on human impacts on climate change.”
Also sponsoring HF 272 are Dean Fisher (R-District 72), John H. Wills (R-District 1), Greg Heartsill (R-District 28), Steven Holt (R-District 18), Larry Sheets (R-District 80), Ralph C. Watts (R-District 19), and John Landon (R-District 37). But Salmon told the Gazette that the bill was stalled in a subcommittee and that she did not expect it to emerge.
A lead state partner in the development of the NGSS, Iowa is currently considering whether to adopt the standards. A review team is expected to consider input from four public forums and a public on-line survey in March 2015 and to make a recommendation to the state board of education, which will decide whether to adopt the NGSS.
More: Antiscience Bill in Iowa
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Samsung over what it says is the recording of private conversations in homes through the company’s television sets.
The privacy rights group filed a complaint with the commission on Tuesday accusing Samsung of violating federal laws with a technology that allows viewers to operate the company’s Internet-connected smart TVs with voice commands. In the past, EPIC has also complained to the commission about the privacy practices of Google and Facebook. The companies ended up settling their cases with the F.T.C.
The complaint underscores the privacy minefield that technology companies are wading into as they cook up new methods of operating devices with voice commands and other techniques. Samsung’s sets allow people to change channels, increase volume and search for recommended programs to watch by using their voices, rather than by pushing buttons on a remote control.
Recently, bands in assorted colors began appearing on the wrists of everyone from young athletes to old lawyers. FitBits, FueldBands, and other wearable fitness trackers promised to enhance the health of the wearer by accurately monitoring every step, calorie, and sleep pattern. But, according to a new study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the apps on your smartphone do the job just as well, or even better—at least in terms of measuring your steps and your calories.
“There is strong evidence that higher levels of physical activity are associated with weight loss,” says Mitesh Patel, the study’s senior author and an assistant professor of medicine and health care management at the University of Pennsylvania. “For most adults that want to track their general activity, smartphones will meet their needs.”
Penn researchers compared 10 of the top-selling smartphone fitness applications and pedometers with wearable devices, tracking 14 healthy adults as they walked on the treadmill.
The couple was found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect, a confusing charge that resolved nothing and left the couple possibly more nervous and paranoid than ever.
In December, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv had let their 10-year-old son Rafi and his 6-year-old sister Dvorah walk one mile home through Silver Spring alone. The kids got picked up by the police, who then turned the case over to child protective services. The Meitivs, as it happens, are “free-range parents” who have a very coherent philosophy about giving children more independence. They had let their children walk home alone that day only after practicing, and felt the kids were ready.
What they learned from the latest CPS decision, Danielle Meitiv wrote me, is that “teaching independence clearly IS a crime.” As she understands it, the charge means “something happened but kids were not at substantial risk.” Why then, she reasonably asks, “find us responsible for neglect?”
When I was five years old, I walked to school and back with my four year old brother. We know that stranger abduction of children is extremely rare: most victims of molestation are victimized by a relative. This is a clear, real instance of bureaucratic over-reach interfering with a reasonable choice by parents.
Look out, birds: You’re about to be joined in the sky by WiFi routers.
Facebook and Google are both working on flying apparatuses that can bring Internet to the people below, executives from both companies confirmed at separate events at the Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona yesterday. First, Google revealed a little more about its plans to connect more people to the Internet using balloons and solar-powered drones; later in the day, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that his company is working on a wide range of flying devices and that it is committed to getting more people online however it can.
Google executive Sundar Pichai actually made two fairly major announcements about the company’s airborne Internet efforts at MWC. First, he said, Google’s Project Loon balloons, which float above the ground and beam down low-cost Internet access to unconnected locations, can now stay in the air for 6 months. That’s a big improvement from the 100 days the Loon balloons previously achieved. (Official Project Loon tagline, by the way: “Balloon-Powered Internet for Everyone.”)
This is not the Nasdaq you once knew.
Fifteen years ago, at the height of the dot-com bubble, the tech industry barometer was the most spectacularly crazy part of an irrationally exuberant stock market.
Nasdaq Composite finally passes the 5,000 mark and approaches its 2000 peak, thanks to strength in five key, heavily-weighted companies: Apple, Netflix, Amazon and biotech firms Biogen Idec and Gilead Sciences.
These days, as the Nasdaq Composite Index once again flirts with record highs, it represents one of the more well grounded areas of a U.S. stock market that has spent the past few years busily exploring new frontiers in exuberance.
The Nasdaq index’s new sobriety reflects both the painful lessons of experience and the transformation of the technology sector from rebel outsider to establishment insider.
Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.
Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.
When journalist Chai Jing released her documentary on China’s air pollution, she probably could not have dreamed that her message would resonate so widely while boosting the share prices of so many “environmentally friendly” companies.
On Monday, more than a dozen stocks in the fields of pollutant treatment, air quality monitoring and green technology saw huge gains, with several rising 10% and reaching the daily trading limit.
Among the biggest winners were Sail Hero, a producer of pollutant monitors, Top Resource Conservation Engineering, a renewable energy equipment provider, LongKing Environmental, a maker of desulfurization facilities for boilers and furnaces, and Create Technology & Science, a producer of industrial and corporate air purifiers.
The catalyst for the buying frenzy was a 104-minute long documentary going into details of the history, causes and impact of China’s smog. An independent production by well-known reporter Chai Jing, “Beneath the Dome” was released online over the weekend, and by Monday morning had more than 100 million cumulative views.
More at forbes.com
Chai is a former news reporter and anchor for China Central Television (CCTV). Believing her daughter’s benign tumor (in utero) was caused by China’s pollution, she spent more than 1 million RMB ($167,000) of her own money to produce a low key, but powerful documentary called “Beneath the Dome” (穹顶之下). *
In one segment, Chai asks a little girl in Shanxi province — probably the most polluted of China’s 23 provinces — if she had ever seen stars in the sky. The girl said no. Blue sky? Maybe once, sort of blue. White clouds? Never.
Chai ran the documentary past government officials in Beijing before releasing it on China’s versions of YouTube for free viewing over the weekend. On youku.com alone, it’s been viewed more than 3 million times
Environmentalists hope that public pressure resulting from the film will induce local regulators to enforce China’s existing anti-pollution laws, rather than ignore them to promote faster economic development.
* The Chinese title can also be translated as “Under the Dome,” which is also the title of a science fiction TV series in the USA.
I went out to the post box and found the latest issue of Nat Geo, March 2015, there with this cover photo:
And the headlines:
THE WAR ON SCIENCE:
Climate Change does not exist
Evolution never happened
The Mood Landing was fake
Vaccinations can lead to autism
Genetically Modified Food is evil
It was a relief to see that this old, respected & sometimes stodgy journal take a strong stand against the deniers & other idiocies of our day. Even better was the discussion of why people doubt and deny what science tells them. It starts with the classic comedic example that has come full circle of late:
There’s a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s comic masterpiece Dr. Strangelove in which Jack D. Ripper, an American general who’s gone rogue and ordered a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, unspools his paranoid worldview—and the explanation for why he drinks “only distilled water, or rainwater, and only pure grain alcohol”—to Lionel Mandrake, a dizzy-with-anxiety group captain in the Royal Air Force.
Ripper: Have you ever heard of a thing called fluoridation? Fluoridation of water?
Mandrake: Ah, yes, I have heard of that, Jack. Yes, yes.
Ripper: Well, do you know what it is?
Mandrake: No. No, I don’t know what it is. No.
Ripper: Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face?
The movie came out in 1964, by which time the health benefits of fluoridation had been thoroughly established, and antifluoridation conspiracy theories could be the stuff of comedy. So you might be surprised to learn that, half a century later, fluoridation continues to incite fear and paranoia. In 2013 citizens in Portland, Oregon, one of only a few major American cities that don’t fluoridate their water, blocked a plan by local officials to do so. Opponents didn’t like the idea of the government adding “chemicals” to their water. They claimed that fluoride could be harmful to human health.
Actually fluoride is a natural mineral that, in the weak concentrations used in public drinking water systems, hardens tooth enamel and prevents tooth decay—a cheap and safe way to improve dental health for everyone, rich or poor, conscientious brusher or not. That’s the scientific and medical consensus.
To which some people in Portland, echoing antifluoridation activists around the world, reply: We don’t believe you.
The article goes on from there and talks about the whole range of denial on the Right & Left wings - from evolution to GMO’s. It’s a good cross section of the crazy that has infected the majority of the nation.
You can read the whole text online at the link above. I would, however, suggest finding the magazine at your favorite retailer as they deserve the support for taking this stand.