Bill Gates calls for creation of National Institutes of Energy Innovation to better address climate change

Wind power in Washington state. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

In the midst of one global disaster, Bill Gates is thinking about how to prevent the next. And while the world clearly wasn’t prepared to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Microsoft co-founder thinks there is one solution that could help address climate change.

In a new GatesNotes blog post on Thursday, the Microsoft co-founder is calling for a better national way to evaluate and nurture great ideas around clean energy research. Specifically, Gates would like to see the federal government create the National Institutes of Energy Innovation.

“This the most important thing the U.S. can do to lead the world in innovations that will solve climate change,” Gates said.

Rather than having research and ideas spread across departments such as Energy, Transportation, Defense and even NASA, Gates said the idea would follow the successful model demonstrated by the National

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Top tips ahead of National Computer Security Day

The findings come ahead of National Computer Security Day, which is held each November 30 in the U.S. (the event has been running since 1988). In time for this event, the 2020 Unisys Security Index finds that 1 in 3 (31 percent) of U.S. citizens are concerned about their data security. Furthermore, almost two-thirds (63 percent) of those living in the U.S. are seriously concerned that their identity could be stolen and/or misused.

The survey also identified that upwards of 70 percent of those in the U.S. would agree that the growing amount of data, applications and devices means that it is opportune to create a new, more secure and controlled internet.

Ahead of the event, the Chief Information Security Officer at Unisys, Mat Newfield, has provided Digital Journal readers with some advice for keeping cyber-safe while using our computers.

Passwords

Newfield advises people to:

Check their passwords.

To change

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Uber has long plotted its national push over gig worker status

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Over the last year, Uber drivers protested several times in front of the company’s headquarters, demanding more worker protections.


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Jason Schaal was sitting at home in Minneapolis last month when he opened his phone to check his email. Among the messages was one from Uber bearing the subject line, “Make your voice heard.” It said the US Department of Labor was hammering out countrywide rules “to determine the independent status of gig workers” and asked Schaal to comment on the plan. As an Uber driver, Schaal said he found the persuasive tone of the email unsettling.

“One of the top reasons you drive with Uber is the flexibility,” read the Oct. 22 email, which was seen by CNET. It asked Schaal to share a few sentences about being an independent contractor, giving prompts like “the ability to balance other jobs” and “earn extra money as a student, caretaker

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ZK International Group Co., Ltd. Leads the Development of the New National Standards for Water Saving Design in Civil Building

WENZHOU, China, Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ZK International Group Co., Ltd. (ZKIN) (“ZK International” or the “Company”), a designer, engineer, manufacturer, and supplier of patented high-performance stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products primarily used for water and gas supplies, today announced the official approval of a new national standard for water conservation in China. The new standard that is going to be rolled out throughout China is referred as the “Water Saving Design Standards in Civil Building” (coded with GB 50555-2020) (the “Water Saving Design Standards”). This new national standard was promulgated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (“MOHURD”) and was jointly developed by ZK International and the China Architecture & Research Group.

Water conservation is one of the most critical problems in China and one which is only increasing in importance with continuing population growth and deteriorating effects of global warming. The heavy demand

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Uber’s national push over gig worker status has been underway for months

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Over the last year, Uber drivers protested several times in front of the company’s headquarters, demanding more worker protections.


James Martin/CNET

Jason Schaal was sitting at home in Minneapolis last month when he opened his phone to check his email. Among the messages was one from Uber bearing the subject line, “Make your voice heard.” It said the US Department of Labor was hammering out countrywide rules “to determine the independent status of gig workers” and asked Schaal to comment on the plan. As an Uber driver, Schaal said he found the persuasive tone of the email unsettling.

“One of the top reasons you drive with Uber is the flexibility,” read the Oct. 22 email, which was seen by CNET. It asked Schaal to share a few sentences about being an independent contractor, giving prompts like “the ability to balance other jobs” and “earn extra money as a student, caretaker

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CoderZ Contributes to the National Computer Science for All Movement

The CSforALL movement, to bring computer science to all US students, marked a major growth milestone today. Along with 126 organizations, CoderZ has made new commitments to advance computer science education access and opportunity for youth across the United States at the 2020 CSforALL Commitments Showcase.

“In partnership with Amazon Future Engineer, we’ve committed to providing coding and robotics instruction to 150,000 students over the next 12 months,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of CoderZ. “We’re doing this by offering free access to our virtual robotics platform for up to 1,000 teachers working in Title I schools across the United States by the summer of 2021.”

Additionally, CoderZ in partnership with the Intelitek STEM and CTE Education Foundation, is committed to empowering traditionally underserved communities with better access to STEM. “CoderZ is very pleased to be involved in the national movement to increase access to and equity in computer science for

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Biohaven Pharmaceuticals Inaugural Partner Of National Ataxia Foundation’s Drug Development Collaborative

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. (NYSE: BHVN), a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative, best-in-class therapies to improve the lives of patients with debilitating neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases including spinocerebellar ataxia, today announced its partnership with the National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) to help the nonprofit organization launch the NAF Drug Development Collaborative. As the first pharmaceutical industry member to commit support, Biohaven’s partnership will help NAF accelerate the development of new treatments for Ataxia.

Melissa Wolfe Beiner, M.D., Director of Research and Development and Clinical Lead for the Ataxia program at Biohaven, commented, “Biohaven is extremely pleased to be the first industry partner to join this important consortium. We are deeply committed to the Ataxia community, as demonstrated by our longstanding partnership with NAF and leading neurologists in the ataxia field from around the world. Together with NAF

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Design Revealed for Renewal of the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Reed Hilderbrand and Trahan Architects are pleased to announce that the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts has approved a new Concept Design for the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum.

Rendering courtesy of Design Distill for Reed Hilderbrand/Trahan Architects

The design recognizes the extensive collection of the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, which includes some of the finest trees and viewing stones from across the globe, and has been voted “Best Place to Take an Out-of-Towner” in Washington City Paper‘s Best of D.C. poll for three consecutive years. Located within the U.S. National Arboretum’s Core, the museum is conceived as an immersive and cohesive garden experience, intended to evoke awe and wonder while also drawing connections to the larger Arboretum landscape. Funded through a gift to the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF), which provides financial support to the Museum, this Concept Design organizes the Museum’s program around a

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