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Ivan Castilho de Almeida
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Simulcast Tycho “I wanted to show those songs through two different lenses: the vocal and the instrumental,” the electronic producer Tycho – or Scott Hansen, to use his real name – told Apple Music about how the instrumental Simulcast compares to his fifth studio album, 2019’s Weather. FIVE FACTS: 1. Simulcast is essentially an instrumental version of Weather, an unusually vocal-heavy album by the artist’s own standards. 2. Tycho started penning Simulcast while touring Weather. 3. Hansen further reflected to Apple Music: “I wanted to show how a single core concept can evolve into two completely different things.” 4. Weather was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic Album in the 2020 Grammy Awards. 5. The title song from that album, its finale, was repurposed as the opener for Simulcast. Color Theory Soccer Mommy The Nashville singer-songwriter Sophia Regina Allison, known by the stage…

gadgets for tech giants made with coerced uighur labor

In a lively Muslim quarter of Nanchang city, a sprawling Chinese factory turns out computer screens, cameras and fingerprint scanners for a supplier to international tech giants such as Apple and Lenovo. Throughout the neighborhood, women in headscarves stroll through the streets, and Arabic signs advertise halal supermarkets and noodle shops. Yet the mostly Muslim ethnic Uighurs who labor in the factory are isolated within a walled compound that is fortified with security cameras and guards at the entrance. Their forays out are limited to rare chaperoned trips, they are not allowed to worship or cover their heads, and they must attend special classes in the evenings, according to former and current workers and shopkeepers in the area. The connection between OFILM, the supplier that owns the Nanchang factory, and the tech…

doctors try 1st crispr editing in the body for blindness

Scientists say they have used the gene editing tool CRISPR inside someone’s body for the first time, a new frontier for efforts to operate on DNA, the chemical code of life, to treat diseases. A patient recently had it done at the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland for an inherited form of blindness, the companies that make the treatment announced. They would not give details on the patient or when the surgery occurred. It may take up to a month to see if it worked to restore vision. If the first few attempts seem safe, doctors plan to test it on 18 children and adults. “We literally have the potential to take people who are essentially blind and make them see,” said Charles Albright, chief scientific officer…

boeing hit with 61 safety fixes for astronaut capsule

Boeing faces 61 safety fixes following last year’s botched test flight of its Starliner crew capsule, NASA said. NASA has also designated December’s aborted space station mission as a serious “high-visibility close call” that could have destroyed the capsule — twice. In releasing the outcome of a joint investigation, NASA said it still has not decided whether to require Boeing to launch the Starliner again without a crew, or go straight to putting astronauts on board. Douglas Loverro, NASA’s human exploration and operation chief, told reporters that Boeing must first present a plan and schedule for the 61 corrective actions. Boeing expects to have a plan in NASA’s hands by the end of this month. Loverro said the space agency wants to verify, among other things, that Boeing has retested all the necessary software…

utah school software will send alerts about student accounts

A Utah school district adopted computer software that alerts administrators and parents to activity in student Google accounts that may raise concerns. The Weber School District in Ogden plans to use the free service called Bark that flags mentions of self-harm, drugs or weapons in online accounts, The Standard-Examiner reported. Parents and students were informed of the program that began two weeks ago, district officials said. Administrators will receive snippets of conversations or copies of Google documents containing the flagged content, officials said. Alerts are generated through artificial intelligence and algorithms, District Technology Director Lynn Raymond said. “We’re not trying to catch kids doing bad things,” Raymond said. “It’s trying to train them how to be safe, how to be protected and how to be appropriate with your online and your digital footprint.” The experience…

economic toll of virus goes global and hits close to home

Seven weeks after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the U.S., the spread of the virus that causes the disease has done widespread damage to critical economic sectors in the country. Airlines are cutting capacity, people are working from home, major public events that raise millions of dollars for local communities have been canceled, including this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston. Bellow, a running tally of the effects of the coronavirus on people, businesses, and the economy. TURBULENCE IN THE AIR Europe’s airports say they expect 187 million fewer passengers this year due to the virus outbreak, which is “turning into a shock of unprecedented proportions for our industry.” The ACI Europe, which represents the sector, estimated that the outbreak will mean a 13.5% drop in airport passengers…