Officials in Lagos, Nigeria, have implemented a 4 p.m. curfew for all residents except for essential and emergency workers to contain protests against police violence that began earlier this month. Police stations, the National Port Authority and a television station have been burned during the protests.
A scientific team from the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service won the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative's 2020 Gene Stewardship award for their work that focused on strengthening wheat's resistance to a virulent stem rust strain known as Ug99. "We're proud at the USDA to be part of the amazing and inspiring global effort to deploy durable resistance to protect our crops and communities from these ancient enemies," said Robert Bowden, supervisory research plant pathologist at USDA-ARS Hard Winter Wheat Genetics Research.
An emergency stop button, which is standard equipment in many settings, may not work as intended when combined with artificial intelligence technology such as that being developed for driverless vehicles. Lance Eliot, an expert on AI and machine learning, explores the challenges that AI poses to the reassuring kill switch.
In almost five months as CEO of UPS, Carol Tomé has accelerated improvements to speed up deliveries while her company encountered burgeoning demand and had to create safety protocols for a workforce that cannot work remotely. Tomé, one of only 37 female CEOs in the Fortune 500, also says companies "have to be intentional" if they want to increase diversity in leadership positions.
A $4 billion terminal expansion in Salt Lake City and a 25-mile, $110 million express lane project in the San Francisco Bay Area are among infrastructure projects that have seen an expedited timeline during the coronavirus pandemic. Infrastructure contractors likely will see healthy profits on projects during the next five to 10 years, but labor shortages and rising building material costs could adversely affect profit margins, says Elaine Ervin of Moss Adams.
The Missouri Department of Transportation is seeking design-build teams to replace 41 bridges in the northern part of the state. The work, funded by a $20.8 million federal grant and $5.2 million from the department, is expected is begin next year.
A $77.6 million, 30-story student housing complex is going up near the University of Texas at Austin. The project is part of a city plan that incentivizes development of affordable housing by allowing taller buildings.
Authorizations in September for single-family housing climbed 5.93% compared with August and 6.09% compared with September 2019, according to BuildFax. Maintenance work volume rose 3.61%, but spending dropped 1.28%.
Crews are installing support beams for a bridge over Union Pacific Railroad tracks at the intersection of 5600 West and 800 South in Salt Lake City to reduce traffic backups. A section of 5600 West is being widened to five lanes, while other intersections are being upgraded, and the interchange at Interstate 80 is being reconfigured.
Risk startup OpenSpace is tackling the challenge of documenting progress and managing construction sites by using hard-hat-mounted 360-degree cameras and analytics solutions. The company's Vision Engine uses the data to create a time-stamped digital experience similar to Google's Street View.
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