5 questions with Jonathan Gruber, Tony Mills, Margaret O’Mara, and Bret Swanson on improving public R&D policy | American Enterprise Institute

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US federal research and development spending as a share of GDP has fallen by nearly two thirds since the mid-1960s — a trend accompanied by decades of low productivity growth. In a recent extended episode of Political Economy, Jonathan Gruber, Tony Mills, Margaret O’Mara, Bret Swanson, and I discussed how policymakers should reverse this trend and reclaim America’s place at the forefront of the technological frontier.

Jonathan Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and the co-author of “Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revive Economic Growth and the American Dream.” Tony Mills is the director of the R Street Institute’s science policy program, which aims to equip policymakers with scientific expertise and to advance public policies that stimulate scientific innovation. Margaret O’Mara is the Howard & Frances Keller Endowed Professor of History at the University of Washington and the author of “The Code: Silicon Valley and the

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A New Low-Power GNSS Solution Creates More Precise Indoor Positioning

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Accuracy is a prevailing goal in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). And while location-tracking on our mobile phones is significantly more precise than it was 10 years ago, we still see hiccups at the circuit-level when identifying one’s location indoors or in dense city environments.

Nestware is an IoT geolocation company that provides hybrid-signal technology to IoT modem and DSP vendors. Recently, the company announced that it is combining its soft-core GPS navigation IP with Synopsys’ IoT communications IP subsystem to provide a low-power GNSS solution that can be integrated into IoT modems—cutting the cost of a dedicated GNSS chip altogether.


Nestware's core IP integrated into an IoT modem

Nestware’s core IP integrated into an IoT modem. Image used courtesy of Nestware

This announcement gives us the opportunity to review the key tenets of GNSS technology and analyze the solution presented in the Nestware-Synopsys collaboration. 


A Brief Review of GNSS Technology

GNSS is a mesh network of satellites,

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Beekmantown CSD offers learning options | Local News

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BEEKMANTOWN — The Beekmantown School District is set to start its 2020-21 academic year on Sept. 14 with a variety of educational options for families.

“We did consider absolutely anything, and in the end I think we were able to provide two really good educational options,” Superintendent Dan Mannix said.

The district will be offering both in-person and virtual options for kindergarten through Grade 12, as well as continuing to allow home school.

In-Person: Students and teachers will attend class in-person, five days a week.

The Beekmantown Virtual School of Learning and Development K-12: This virtual learning option includes four-and-a-half days of virtual learning and a half-day of in-person learning and socialization. All kindergarten classes will be half day. This option is not available for PreK.

Home School: Home school parents take on the full responsibility of educating their children.

Roughly 30 percent of students have opted for remote learning,

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Peekskill Schools Open With ‘Can Do’ Attitude

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PEEKSKILL, NY — Peekskill schools opened Thursday taking a ‘can do’ attitude toward the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

“While it might not have been the kick-off to the school year that we have had in previous years, today was certainly special in its own way,” said Superintendent Dr. David Mauricio. “Starting schools in a virtual model posed some challenges for us at first, but our team came together to create solutions.”

Mauricio said the hard work that teachers, staff and administrators did to prepare was evident as students logged into their virtual classrooms and were engaged in instruction.

“It was great to see the excitement on both ends – from teachers and students,” he said.

One of the most important innovations for the start of the school year was giving out Chromebooks to students who need laptops.

“As of this afternoon, we have handed out over 700 devices to

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U.S. Group Verizon and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Sign $6.65 Billion 5G Deal

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Verizon Communications, an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate, and South Korean multinational electronics company Samsung Electronics have announced to sign a deal worth $6.65 billion for 5G network equipment and services.

“With this latest long-term strategic contract, we will continue to push the boundaries of 5G innovation to enhance mobile experiences for Verizon’s customers,” Samsung said in a statement, Reuters reported.

Samsung noted in a regulatory filing the period of the contract, which Samsung signed with Verizon, is from June 30, 2020 to end-2025, Reuters added.

Samsung Electronics shares rose over 3% to KRW 58,300 on Tuesday. On the other hand, Verizon’s shares rose 0.12% to $60.55 in after trading hours on Friday and the stock is up about 2% so far this year.

Verizon stock forecast

Eleven analysts forecast the average price in 12 months at $62.30 with a high forecast of $70.00 and a low forecast of $57.00. The

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Give The Gift Of Tech With These 9 Must-Have Gadgets

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If you’ve got a tech-obsessed friend, you’ll know there’s nothing better than gifting them a brand new gadget that they can mess around with. But we also know that buying these new devices depends on the kind of person your friend is, which makes it a bit more difficult to give them something they don’t have or something they didn’t know they needed.

We’ve rounded up a few different gift ideas, so no matter what kind of friend you have, you’ll be able to grab a fun new toy for them to play with.

They also make pretty good gifts if you’re looking to treat yourself too.

Budget Options

Tile Mate ($35)

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If you know someone who is prone to losing their keys, it might be a good idea to gift them a Tile Mate. This handy tracker easily slips onto a keyring and can be located anywhere

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Lackawanna Trail fully reopens for first day of school | Education

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FACTORYVILLE — For the first time in six months, John Yanniello stood in front of a classroom full of children.

Unlike most area students, those at Lackawanna Trail will be in their classroom five days a week — spaced at least several feet apart and wearing masks.

On Thursday, Yanniello met the fourth graders in his math class. He also positioned a stand with his laptop so that other students, whose parents chose a virtual option, could see the math class, too.

Staying apart, Lackawanna Trail students came together for the first day of an unprecedented school year.

“I’m just happy they’re back,” Yanniello said as his students ate lunch in his classroom instead of the cafeteria due to social distancing efforts. “They seem happy to be back as well.”

While most school districts in Northeast Pennsylvania chose hybrid or fully virtual models for reopening, the Wyoming County district chose

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NTT and AlefEdge partner to unleash the power of 5G and Edge Internet in India

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NTT  and AlefEdge, the leader in the edge internet, today announced their collaboration in India to deliver the power of 5G based edge internet to application developers through AlefEdge’s Software-Defined Mobile Edge Platform. As the country gears up to leverage the immense potential of 5G technology, the partnership will boost the ability for enterprises to build edge applications that leverage and realize the value of virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, industry 4.0, IoT and gaming.

As per reports, the edge internet economy is poised to be worth $4.1 trillion by 2030 globally. This next generation of ultra-low latency and ultra-high-definition edge enhanced application services will enable innovation across multiple sectors. NTT Ltd., with the industry’s most trusted strategic alliance partners across networking, hybrid infrastructure, enterprise, collaboration, and security applications will help implement, support, and manage these technologies. Together, as an ecosystem, the next generation of the internet where applications

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Best home tech of fall 2020: Coffee makers, fire pits and other cozy gadgets

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The days are steadily getting shorter and we’re heading into the colder seasons. For me, that conjures images of warm beverages and comfort food. So I’ve put together this list of awesome smart home products for the fall, ranging from the Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker to the Philips Hue Lily Outdoor Spot Light — and several other favorites. 

Of course, all of these gadgets are great year-round, but they’re especially nice to have when it’s cold outside. 

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Coffee is great any time, but a warm beverage can come in particularly handy during those chilly fall mornings when it’s still dark outside and you need to get going. 

The Oxo Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker is CNET’s favorite drip coffee maker. Not only is it affordable at $170, we were impressed by its hot, speedy brew that didn’t ruin the coffee grounds. Its 8-cup capacity means a full pot

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Boeing Appoints Dandridge to Lead Communications

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– Boeing has named Ed Dandridge senior vice president and chief communications officer, the company announced.

– Dandridge joins Boeing from AIG, where he was global chief marketing and communications officer since April 2018.

CHICAGO, Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) today named Ed Dandridge as the company’s senior vice president and chief communications officer, effective Sept. 28. Dandridge succeeds Greg Smith, who has served as interim chief communications officer since July in addition to his role as executive vice president of Enterprise Operations and chief financial officer.

Dandridge will report to Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun and will serve on the company’s Executive Council. In this role, Dandridge will oversee all aspects of Boeing’s communications, including business unit communications, corporate communications, media relations, public affairs, leadership communications, employee engagement and corporate branding, as well as channel and content marketing.

“Ed is

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