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Polly wants a cracker, but wants to make it easier to chew
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Polly wants a cracker, but wants to make it easier to chew

Every day the Goffin Lab in Vienna offers its customers the same lunch. At 2pm, diners - a flock of white parrots known as Goffin's Cockatoos - are treated to an assortment of dried fruit, seeds, cornflakes, bird pellets and a dry, twice-baked toast known as rusk or zwieback .It's a perfectly palatable meal for a parrot, and most birds enjoy it right away. But some cockatoos are more demanding, personalizing their meals with one final gesture: before eating the rock-hard rusk, they dip it in a tub of water. .While the gesture is familiar to biscuit lovers with opposable thumbs, for the Goffin's cockatoo the behavior appears to be an innovation in food preparation, researchers reported in a study published Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters. The cockatoos sometimes devoted a lot of ...
Biden Administration Selects Military Supplier for First Chips Act Grant
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Biden Administration Selects Military Supplier for First Chips Act Grant

The Biden administration announced Monday that BAE Systems, a defense contractor, will receive the first federal grant from a new program aimed at supporting American production of critical semiconductors.The company is expected to receive a $35 million grant to quadruple domestic production of a type of chip used in F-15 and F-35 fighter jets, as well as satellites and other defense systems. The grant is intended to help ensure a more secure supply of a critical component for the United States and its allies.The award is the first of several expected in the coming months as the Commerce Department begins distributing the $39 billion in federal funding authorized by Congress under the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. The money is intended to spur the construction of chip factories in the Un...
ORM agency in Miami (Florida) specializing in search engine and social media network reputation management
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ORM agency in Miami (Florida) specializing in search engine and social media network reputation management

In this digital era, where online presence holds immense significance, the success of a business is heavily influenced by its reputation on the internet. Professional reputation management has evolved into a crucial element of the marketing strategies of numerous organizations based in Miami. Situated in the vibrant heart of Florida, these agencies are experts in the art of cultivating a company's online image, with a primary focus on search engines and social media platforms. Through the implementation of strategic methodologies and tools, they are able to build and sustain a favorable perception of businesses on the internet, thus bolstering their credibility and reliability in the eyes of potential clients and customers.At The-Secret-of-SEO, they monitor, protect, enhance, and manage th...
New York plans to invest $1 billion to expand chip research
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New York plans to invest $1 billion to expand chip research

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York is expected to announce a plan Monday to invest $1 billion to expand chip research operations in Albany, New York, as the state aims to continue as a global semiconductor hub.The plan is expected to create 700 new permanent jobs and retain thousands more, and involves purchasing a new version of one of the world's most expensive and sophisticated manufacturing machinery, as well as building a new building to house it.The initiative is expected to attract $9 billion in additional investment from chip-related companies, according to state officials. They expect it will boost New York's chances of being selected to host a new National Semiconductor Technology Center, a planned centerpiece of the research portion of the federal money Congress appropriated in 2022...
From unicornios to zombies: decades of ‘startups’ declare themselves in quiebra
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From unicornios to zombies: decades of ‘startups’ declare themselves in quiebra

This situation resulted in an impressive loss of money. In August, Hopin, an emerging firm that had raised more than $1,600 million and had been valued at $7,600 million, sold its core business for just $15 million. My passage, Zeus Living, a real estate company that received 150 million dollars, has announced the closure of its operations. Plastiq, an emerging technology finance company that has raised $226 million, has declared itself quiebra en mayo. In September, light motorcycle company Bird, which attracted a $776 million reversal, decided to pay on the New York Stock Exchange, acknowledging that its shares were priced too low. Its market capitalization of $7 million is less than the $22 million worth of the mansion its founder, Travis VanderZanden, purchased in Miami in 2021.“A...
Dr. John A. Talbott, champion of caring for the mentally ill, dies at 88
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Dr. John A. Talbott, champion of caring for the mentally ill, dies at 88

Dr. John A. Talbott, a psychiatrist who advocated for the treatment of vulnerable populations of the mentally ill, especially the homeless, many of whom were left to fend for themselves on the streets, libraries, bus terminals, and prisons of nation after the mass closures of state psychiatric hospitals – died Nov. 29 at his home in Baltimore. He was 88 years old.His wife, Susan Talbott, confirmed the death.Dr. Talbott was an early proponent of a movement known as deinstitutionalization, which pushed to replace America's decrepit psychiatric hospitals with community-based care. But he became one of the movement's most powerful critics after a lack of money and political will left thousands of deeply disturbed people stranded without adequate care.“The chronically mentally ill patient has...
DHL workers at the Kentucky Air Cargo Hub go on strike
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DHL workers at the Kentucky Air Cargo Hub go on strike

More than 1,100 workers at the DHL Express global air cargo hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport went on strike Thursday after months of failed negotiations with the carrier.A group of DHL hub workers who load and unload planes voted in April to unionize with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which has been in contract negotiations with the company since July. The union has since filed more than 20 complaints of unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the company of retaliating against organized workers. Teamsters Local 100, which represents unionized workers, voted to authorize a strike Sunday.“The company forced this work stoppage, but DHL has the opportunity to right this wrong by respecting our members and coming to term...
Because cleaning this shirt costs $6 in New York City
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Because cleaning this shirt costs $6 in New York City

There's an extravagant level of cleanliness just behind an unmarked door in a corner of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.This is the home of Kingbridge's huge new cleaning facility, which opened in January 2020. This is where a meticulous, labour-intensive process takes place, which Aviles says is necessary for clothes to be cleaned properly.He learned the trade when he was 5, when his mother Victoria, who still helps run the decades-old family business, dressed him in a suit and took him to work on Saturdays. He offered customers hot chocolate in the winter and lemonade in the summer, and soon learned to iron his own shirts.Today, workers pile dirty shirts – undignified with faded collars, chipped buttons and sweat stains – into a huge bin to be manually sorted by color and condition. Then they p...
Particle physicists offer a road map for the next decade
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Particle physicists offer a road map for the next decade

“The United States will have to relinquish leadership in some areas of particle physics,” said Karsten Heeger, a physicist at Yale University and vice president of the P5. “It would be an impact that would be felt on the field, and beyond.”Failing that, the draft report urges the federal government to stay the course on projects it's already engaged in, including increasing the brightness, or collision rates, of the Large Hadron Collider for deeper studies of the Higgs and other rare phenomena. ; continued construction of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, a telescope in Chile designed to create time-lapse movies of the cosmos; and a limited release of DUNE.Because the lifespan of these projects spans decades, the committee emphasized support for early-career scientists who will eventually...
The United States and Mexico seek to promote trade by stemming the flow of fentanyl
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The United States and Mexico seek to promote trade by stemming the flow of fentanyl

The United States and Mexico sought to project a united front Thursday in their efforts to deepen economic ties and crack down on illicit drug trafficking as the Biden administration seeks to consolidate the North American supply chain and reduce dependence on China.At the end of three days of meetings in Mexico City, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen announced that the United States and Mexico will begin working more closely to screen foreign investment coming into both countries with a new group of work to eliminate potential threats to national security.The collaboration comes as the administration seeks to ensure that allies like Mexico are able to participate in the billions of dollars in domestic energy and climate investments that the United States is implementing. However, as the...