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Combining genetic and experimental data into models about the influenza virus can help predict more accurately which strains will be most common during the next winter, says a study published recently in eLife.

The models could make the design of flu vaccines more accurate, providing fuller protection against a virus that causes around half a million deaths each year globally.

Vaccines are the best protection we have against the flu. But the virus changes its appearance to our immune system every year, requiring researchers to update the vaccine to match. Since a new vaccine takes almost a year to make, flu researchers must predict which flu viruses look the most like the viruses of the future.

The gold-standard ways of studying influenza involve laboratory experiments looking at a key molecule that coats the virus called haemagglutinin. But these methods are labor-intensive and take a long

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The median annual earnings for full-time working millennials in the U.S. was $40,000 in 2018, about 16 percent lower than the median for all workers of $48,000. Across major metropolitan areas, unadjusted millennial earnings ranged from a low of $25,000 per year to a high of $71,000 per year in San Jose, CA.

Of course, the cost of living varies widely by metro, from a low of 19 percent below average to a high of 31 percent above average. After adjusting for cost of living, the range in earnings narrows from a low of approximately $28,000 per year to a high just over $54,000 annually.

While locations with higher living costs tend to offer higher wages, sometimes wage gains don’t make up for the increased cost, as is the case with San Diego, CA. On the other hand, in metropolitan areas like San Francisco, CA and San Jose, CA higher

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SYRACUSE, N.Y., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft is first in computer reliability according to RESCUECOM’s annual holiday computer reliability report; Lenovo takes second place and Apple wins the bronze medal.

Choose Microsoft Surface for Reliable Gifts

This holiday season, a Microsoft Surface is the best choice for shoppers prioritizing computer reliability. Once maligned for failing to secure their systems against bugs and viruses, Microsoft now outpaces competitors at producing reliable computers that save their owners future computer repair costs.

“When you buy a Surface, you are essentially purchasing protection against the kind of problems that regularly take down other computers,” says RESCUECOM CEO David A. Milman. “Microsoft is making products with computer reliability leagues beyond what other brands are doing, and it is paying off for their customers.”

Microsoft’s investment in building well-running machines comes at a cost, as

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SYRACUSE, N.Y., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft is first in computer reliability according to RESCUECOM’s annual holiday computer reliability report; Lenovo takes second place and Apple wins the bronze medal.

Choose Microsoft Surface for Reliable Gifts

This holiday season, a Microsoft Surface is the best choice for shoppers prioritizing computer reliability. Once maligned for failing to secure their systems against bugs and viruses, Microsoft now outpaces competitors at producing reliable computers that save their owners future computer repair costs.

“When you buy a Surface, you are essentially purchasing protection against the kind of problems that regularly take down other computers,” says RESCUECOM CEO David A. Milman. “Microsoft is making products with computer reliability leagues beyond what other brands are doing, and it is paying off for their customers.”

Microsoft’s investment in building well-running machines comes at a cost, as computers from the Surface line are far from

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A teenage “computer genius” could be on the path to sainthood after he was beatified by the Catholic Church.



a group of people standing in front of a building: Acutis was beatified Saturday, following claims that he cured a young boy from a rare disease.


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Acutis was beatified Saturday, following claims that he cured a young boy from a rare disease.

Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at the age of 15 in 2006, was beatified on Saturday in the town of Assisi, Italy.

Beatification is the penultimate step in the sainthood process, and means the candidate can be referred to as “blessed,” and that one miracle has been confirmed in his or her name.

Another miracle is required for canonization, the formal act of declaring someone a saint.

The teenager used his taste for technology to create a website that traced the history of Eucharistic miracles, which has been used by more than 10,000 parishes worldwide, the Vatican said.



a group of people standing in front of a crowd: A procession walks through the streets of Assisi, Italy, prior to the beatification ceremony of 15-year-old Carlo Acutis.


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A procession walks through the streets of Assisi, Italy, prior

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A new version of the pocket-sized BBC micro:bit computer is coming to schools worldwide, packed with new features designed to keep young students up-to-date with the latest hot trends in technology. 

New hardware will help young coders make experiments with artificial intelligence, and build applications running machine-learning systems. The micro:bit 2.0 also includes, for the first time, a built-in speaker and microphone, so that sound-based projects no longer have to be connected to exterior audio systems – while also letting the device respond and react to sounds like clapping. 

And in a nod to big tech and the industry’s privacy headaches, an LED will flash to make it clear when the microphone is on and sensing sound, to encourage young users to reflect on the pervasiveness of listening devices.

SEE: Technology in education: The latest products and trends (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

“We want to support teachers teaching or taking their

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Sneha Priya’s mantra to introduce any technology is simple: the right exposure at the right age. “It must not be the other way around—just making it compulsory for the kids,” says cofounder of SP Robotic Works. Decoding the hysteria around coding for children in India, Priya concedes that the way it (coding) is being communicated to the parents, and the kind of FOMO being created, is probably not going in the right direction. “But if a kid embraces coding, it will be useful for her future,” she says. 

Started in 2012 by Pranavan and Sneha Priya, SP Robotic Works is an online edutainment company that specialises in providing experiential learning to students between the ages of 7 and 17, in latest technologies such as robotics, coding, drone, AI, VR and IoT. The idea is to promote STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through

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Amazon Prime Day: Best Computer and PC Deals

October 13, 2020 | computer | No Comments

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is finally here. It’s a few months later than usual, but when the deals are good, who cares? Prime Day can be a chaotic experience for the unprepared, so we’ve gone ahead and pulled out all the best deals on computers for your perusal. Below, you’ll find all the best deals on laptops and desktops, including both PCs and Macs.Some of the deals will be live for the entirety of Prime Day, which runs October 13-14. Others are Lightning Deals that come and go quickly. We’re keeping this page updated throughout the event, so you can always check back to find the best deals available at any given time.

It’s worth noting that many of these items are likely to sell out, so if you see something you want on sale, you probably don’t want to wait too long to pick it up.

Also note that

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Micro Bit mini-computer gets new update

October 13, 2020 | computer | No Comments

The BBC Micro Bit mini-computer – used by millions of schoolchildren across the world – will receive its first major update since 2016.

The new model includes a speaker and microphone, as well as artificial intelligence and machine-learning capabilities.

Formerly a BBC-led project, it is now led by a foundation that aims to make coding accessible for children.

The device will be released next month with prices starting at £11.50.

“The purpose of the Micro Bit is to help children unlock their creative potential and learn how to shape the world around them,” Gareth Stockdale, chief executive of the Micro Bit Educational Foundation, said.

“Learning coding and computational thinking can enhance their life chances in the 21st Century.”

Global Impact

Since its launch, the Micro Bit has been designed for education, with an estimated 25 million children learning computer skills on the device in over 60 countries.

The previous model

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