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New technology interprets archaeological findings from Biblical times

New technology interprets archaeological findings from Biblical times

Credit: Tel-Aviv University

A breakthrough achieved by researchers from four Israeli universities—Tel Aviv University, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University and Ariel University—will enable archaeologists to identify burnt materials discovered in excavations and estimate their firing temperatures.

Applying their method to findings from ancient Gath (Tell es-Safi in central Israel), the researchers validated the Biblical account, “About this time Hazael King of Aram went up and attacked Gath and captured it. Then he turned to attack Jerusalem” (2 Kings 12, 18). They explain that, unlike previous methods, the new technique can determine whether a certain item (such as a mud brick) underwent a firing event even at relatively low temperatures, from 200°C and up. This information can be crucial for correctly interpreting the findings.

The multidisciplinary study was led by Dr. Yoav Vaknin from the Sonia & Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Entin Faculty of Humanities, at Tel Aviv

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Workday To Acquire HiredScore, A Potential Shakeup In HR Technology – JOSH BERSIN

Workday To Acquire HiredScore, A Potential Shakeup In HR Technology – JOSH BERSIN

This week Workday announced intent to acquire HiredScore, a leading provider of AI-based matching tools for recruiting (called “talent orchestration”). While it wasn’t discussed much in the earnings call, this deal is a big positive for Workday and could have many implications for the HR Tech market.

Let me explain. (I have not been briefed by Workday yet, so more information will come as I learn more.)

Right now there is a massive marketplace war for high-powered AI-based recruiting tools (estimated at $30.1 billion). Historically dominated by applicant tracking systems (ATS), this market provides essential technology to help every company grow.

The ATS market, which is more than 25 years old, has been rapidly transformed with high-powered AI tools that help with candidate matching, search, skills inference, and sourcing. And now that AI tools are readily available, these systems are becoming big data platforms loaded with billions

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Both sides in the Russia-Ukraine war are using new and old technologies for warfare

Both sides in the Russia-Ukraine war are using new and old technologies for warfare

When it comes to technology, the war in Ukraine is a war of juxtapositions. On the one hand, this is the first major war in which a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — or drones — have played such a prominent role. On the other hand, this new technology has played a major part in forcing infantry to dig lines of trenches reminiscent of the First and Second World Wars.

Some of the technology in the war in Ukraine, such as the guided missiles being used by both sides, isn’t fundamentally all that new. Modern guided missiles trace their origin back to early developments during the latter part of the Second World War.

Modern precision-guided weapons may be increasingly accurate in hitting their targets, but there is all too often considerable human error in allocating targets for them.

What is new in the war in Ukraine

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Parker: Calgary-based NanosTech set to transform oilsands industry

Parker: Calgary-based NanosTech set to transform oilsands industry

The benefits are expected to be great

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Calgary-based technology company NanosTech is set to transform the Alberta oilsands industry.

The company emerged from the University of Calgary’s Alberta Ingenuity Centre for In Situ Energy, committed to developing leading-edge catalytic solutions to the most pressing challenges facing the energy industry today.

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NanosTech was co-founded by CTO Pedro Pereira-Almao and a group of scientist colleagues as an energy transition company to help producers meet the challenges of climate change. His partners are serial entrepreneurs who have successfully taken emerging technologies to market.

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Novel PET Recycling Technology Put to the Test

Novel PET Recycling Technology Put to the Test

Switzerland-based gr3n, which has developed an advanced recycling technology for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), reports that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with shareholder Intecsa Industrial to build a “first-of-its-kind” recycling facility. The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) phase is set to begin in the fourth quarter of 2024 and the plant is projected to be operational by 2027. 

Economically viable technology

Gr3n’s advanced recycling process leverages microwave technology and alkaline hydrolysis, providing an economically viable industrial approach to PET recycling, according to the company. The process reportedly breaks down any type of PET and polyester into two core components — PTA and MEG monomers — which can then be re-assembled to obtain virgin-like plastics and achieve endless circularity. The process has the potential to change how PET is recycled worldwide, with huge benefits both for the recycling industry and the entire polyester value chain, said gr3n.

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