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Navy’s information warfare research effort gets $400M in new funding

Navy’s information warfare research effort gets $400M in new funding

Business
Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A new U.S. Navy information warfare project received a two-year extension and $ 400 million in new funding, the Navy announced. James Guerts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, approved a funding ceiling increase and extension for the Information Warfare Research Project of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. Advertisement The project now has a $ 500 million ceiling and a five-year performance period, the San Diego-based The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command [NAVWAR] said on Tuesday. IWRP began in 2018 and uses a consortium-based approach in offering an alternative acquisition method called an Other Transaction Authority to streamline the acquisition process, rapidly develop prototypes and provide advanced technol...
Leaked WHO files show China ‘delayed releasing important information’ about virus

Leaked WHO files show China ‘delayed releasing important information’ about virus

World
China delayed releasing important coronavirus information during the early days of the outbreak, according to leaked WHO documents and recordings of WHO meetings obtained by the Associated Press (AP).The delay led to frustration for officials in the World Health Organisation (WHO), even as they publicly praised China for its transparency. The country waited more than one week before publishing the genome of the novel coronavirus on 11 January, despite the fact three different government labs had fully sequenced the genetic code. Image: The outbreak began in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province. File pic "Tight controls on information and competition within the Chinese public health system were to blame, according to dozens of inte...
India election body struggles with scale of fake information

India election body struggles with scale of fake information

Technology
When India's Election Commission announced last month that its code of conduct would have to be followed by social media companies as well as political parties, some analysts scoffed, saying it lacked the capacity and speed required to check the spread of fake news ahead of a multi-phase general election that begins April 11. Just weeks later, the commission is indeed struggling to cope with the fake news swirling on Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, Twitter and other platforms, and even for its staff to spot it before it has spread across India, observers said Tuesday. "Millions of voters are waking up to fake news, propaganda and hate speech inciting violence against Muslims and other minorities every day. But all the commission can do is monitor it," said Apar Gupta, a lawyer and executive ...
Kids' growing brains store 12.5 million bits of information about language

Kids' growing brains store 12.5 million bits of information about language

Science
March 27 (UPI) -- According to a new study, the brains of kids store 12.5 million bits of information about language between birth and age 18. Mastery of the English language isn't exactly built in. Children acquire it over time. To quantify this remarkable feat of cognition, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, developed computer models to analyze the processes of learning language semantics and syntax, as well as acquiring a sufficient vocabulary. The analysis showed that by the time kids turn 18, they've acquired 12.5 million bits of language-related information. Most of that data, researchers determined, is related to vocabulary. "A lot of research on language learning focuses on syntax, like word order," Steven Piantadosi, an assistant professor of psychology at UC ...
The location of neurons within the cortex affects how they process information

The location of neurons within the cortex affects how they process information

Science
Nov. 21 (UPI) -- How neurons process information is dependent on their positioning within the cortex, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Queensland. Until now, neuroscientists agreed the microcircuits of neurons found in the brain's outermost layer, the cortex, functioned and interacted in a standardized way. Scientists thought the miniature circuits were more or less all the same. But some researchers were skeptical. To find out if the same types of neurons performed the same functions, regardless of their location, scientists at the University of Queensland set out to measure the influence of cortex's structural characteristics on neuronal patterns. The new survey revealed a surprising level of structural variety within the cortex. Researchers found the cortex ...