Tech Com Forces Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:06:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tech Com Forces 32 32 How to Create a Tech Hub for the New Future of the Office – Commercial Observer Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:06:07 +0000

A collection of beautiful but neglected historic buildings on the Brooklyn waterfront was crying out for a new purpose 10 years ago. They had suffered considerably – first from divestment, then from Super Hurricane Sandy.

Following a $450 million redevelopment and adaptive reuse program, these 6.5 million square foot buildings have become Industry City, a neighborhood destination teeming with retail, restaurants, amenities, art and culture.

Industry City was my professional home for four years, where I helped build not only one of Brooklyn’s premier examples of active technology and maker culture, but also a testament to the possibilities of thoughtful adaptive reuse. .

In 2018, when Florida’s largest office owner, CP Group, acquired 5000 T-Rex Avenue in Boca Raton, IBM’s once-iconic headquarters suffered from decades of neglect, much like Industry City.

The birthplace of the personal computer, a sprawling building designed by brutalist architect Marcel Breuer, had turned into a sprawling, poorly maintained repository of Class C office space. The building’s tenants, mostly back-office, occupied only two-thirds of the building. Interiors were pure 1980s, with worn carpets, low ceilings, and dim lighting. The only convenience? Ample parking.

Michael Perrette. Photo: CP Group

Fast forward to now, and the gleaming white hexagonal building renamed Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC) is almost fully occupied. BRiC’s 1.7 million square feet and 123 acres currently house 18 national headquarters and 19 regional offices.

What changed? We rebranded, repositioned, renovated and landscaped the campus to attract and retain today’s workforce.

Now that remote work has reduced the need for office space, we believe our approach is what it takes to attract employees to their office. The separation between work and life has blurred. Landlords who don’t provide the amenities that cater to this change will be stuck with big vacancies.

Much of our work to date has focused on building a team to meet the needs of BRiC tenants, managing deferred maintenance and installing equipment to provide our tenants with amenities they can’t get in a typical office building. We also replaced and upgraded chillers, elevators, generators and transformers to support our 10 megawatt generator plant, which can run the 1.7 million square feet for two weeks without refueling. .

If municipal government authorities approve CP Group’s proposed master plan, the campus will be transformed over the next decade into a live-work-play environment, fully open to the public and integrating residential and hospitality components.

The goal? Create a Class-A desktop experience comparable to what tech giants such as Google or Facebook offer, but accessible to smaller tech and R&D-focused businesses, to resurrect the concept of Boca Raton as “Silicon Beach to surpass even IBM’s vision. during the day.

Our plans include cutting out part of the building to create a large main campus entrance and improve vehicular circulation. Although demolition and reconstruction are planned until 2023, the rest of the building will remain fully operational.

Construction has begun of a 1,000-seat food hall and event space, which will be made available to tenants upon completion. One thing I learned at Industry City: staying open nights and weekends was critical to success. If the rezoning allows it to be open to the public seven days a week and after hours, the hall will accommodate large meetings, galas, the state science fair and TedXBocaRaton.

It used to be that people parked, entered the building through the door closest to where they worked, exited through the same door at the end of the day, and drove home. Now, scattered amenities encourage employees to explore, while organized events and art exhibits, including an NFT exhibit, encourage them to meet and mingle.

We’ve created an outdoor patio connected to a cafe where people can eat, socialize, or use the powerful outdoor Wi-Fi to get some focused work done. There are also walking trails. As part of the next phase, which depends on municipal approval, we plan to add more amenities: a grocery store, doctors’ offices, retail businesses and a performance hall.

Once our tech-conscious tenants experience the benefits and conveniences of a micro-city, we expect it to create a positive network effect that will nurture a tech ecosystem beyond the confines of BRiC’s 123 acres.

Michael Perrette is CEO of CP group, owner-operator of the Boca Raton Innovation Campus. He previously served as Director of Operations at Industry City.

Russia is considering mass mobilization. He will not save his army in Ukraine. Tue, 20 Sep 2022 21:49:39 +0000

Counting devastating Ukrainian losses and rapid Ukrainian gains more than 200 days after the start of its broader war against Ukraine, the Kremlin hinted on Tuesday that it could take a step that would be a profound change in its posture: a mobilization general on a national scale, which could enter service in time of war. potentially millions of Russians.

But this mobilization, if it materializes – and to be clear, it is a big if— would almost certainly fail to reverse Russia’s shaky situation in Ukraine. Indeed, a mobilization could very well accelerate The defeat of Russia.

“Mobilization in Russia solves nothing for them”, tweeted Mike Martin, member of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

The main sign of mobilization came in the form of a bill that was presented to the Duma, Russia’s legislative body, on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin did not approve the bill. A speech Putin was supposed to deliver on Tuesday has been postponed until Wednesday.

Mobilization could make military service compulsory for millions of Russians who, at present, can easily avoid biannual conscription into the armed forces. In theory, the mobilization could swell the ranks of the Russian army by the millions.

In practice, these throngs of new troops would lack the instructors to train them, the units to absorb them, the commanders to lead them, the non-commissioned officers to mentor them, and the equipment to give them useful combat power.

The main effects of mobilization would be to clog the fragile internal army garrisons, to undermine the legitimacy of Putin and his regime, to deplete the federal treasury and, in the best of cases, to fuel a large number of untrained, under-equipped and poorly led soldiers. men who, more likely than not, would quickly surrender, desert, or die.

Even a successful mobilization would be too late. “It takes months and months to turn civilians into soldiers,” Martin explained. “Russia needs soldiers yesterday, not in six months.”

In fact, the Russian military no longer trains new recruits to a useful level before sending them to the front lines. This summer, as the Kremlin made its first attempt to train new units to replace some of the estimated 50,000 casualties Russia had then suffered in Ukraine, trainees received just 30 days of training before deploying.

Months later, the army is even After desperate for fresh troops. Its casualties – dead and wounded – could now exceed 80,000. The Wagner Group, a mercenary company that represents the last unequivocally effective fighting force on the Russian side in Ukraine, recently lured volunteers from Russian prisons and did not supply them. given only a few days of training before deploying them.

Predictably, some of these untrained ex-convicts quickly surrendered to the Ukrainians. Now imagine a young Russian, who has never even sought fight, show up at the front with even less coaching. “Cannon meat” is how Mark Hertling, a retired US Army general, describe this hypothetical recruit.

This lack of training is not strictly a choice. Months ago, the Russian army attacked its training base – instructors and garrison troops – in order to form a few frontline battalions. These battalions, while still intact, are busy trying and mostly failing to hold back the twin Ukrainian counter-offensives in southern and eastern Ukraine.

All this to say that currently the Russian army could not train millions of new recruits, even if it sought at. She couldn’t equip or direct them either. The mass mobilization infrastructure that the Soviet Union built during the Cold War no longer exists.

” To execute [mobilization] in case of war, you must maintain excessive capabilities in … peacetime”, tweeted Kamil Galeev, independent expert on Russian politics. “And the Soviet Union did. A reason why [the] The Soviet army was so horribly oversized that it maintained enormous overkill just in case of mobilization.

But the military sold off all that excess capacity in the years following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. “There are no excess schools and land to train… new recruits. There are no excessive accommodations to house them. There are no excessive officers to lead them.

And after losing 2,000 tanks and thousands of other armored vehicles in the first seven months of the war, the army can no longer arm new troops, at least not with reasonably modern weapons. Those old T-62 tanks the Russians pulled from storage this summer were just a glimpse of the technological regression to come.

“This does not mean that Putin will not declare mobilization,” Galeev reflected. “It just means it would be really stupid for him to do that.” While clogging depleted army training bases with reluctant conscripts would not produce useful combat power, it is almost certain would have to inspire fierce resistance in a population that, so far, the Kremlin has managed to isolate against the worst effects of a lost war.

In this sense, the Ukrainians should almost hope for Putin to start recruiting millions. Mobilization, more than any success for Ukraine on the battlefield, could hasten the end of Putin’s rule…and the end of the war too.

Stay invested in US funds even if the yields are not currently attractive Tue, 20 Sep 2022 14:04:00 +0000

High inflation is one of the main reasons for the market slowdown in the United States.

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Scientists have discovered a new telomeric DNA structure Tue, 20 Sep 2022 06:51:34 +0000

Telomeres are sometimes considered the key to living longer. They protect genes from damage but get shorter each time a cell divides. Each time a cell divides, the telomeres become slightly shorter. Eventually they become so short that the cell can no longer divide successfully and the cell dies.

Little is known about the structure of telomeric chromatin at the molecular level. In a new study, scientists from the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) have discovered a new telomeric DNA structure. They used physics methods for biological experiments and a tiny magnet for discovery.

Since the DNA between telomeres is two meters long, it must be folded to fit in a cell. This is done by wrapping bundles of protein and DNA together to form a structure known as the nucleosome. A nucleosome, a free (or unbound) DNA fragment, a nucleosome, etc. are arranged in a pattern similar to a string of beads.

The string of pearls then contracts even more. The length of the DNA between the nucleosomes – the beads on the chain – determines how it gets there. There were already two known post-folding structures. One of them has free DNA hanging in the space between two neighboring beads that hook together (Fig. 2A). Neighboring beads fail to bond if the DNA gap between them is too small. Then two stacks begin to form side by side.

In this study, the scientists discovered another telomere structure: the nucleosomes are much closer together, so there is no more free DNA between the beads. This ultimately creates a large helix, or spiral, of DNA.

The scientists discovered this new structure using a combination of electron microscopy and molecular force spectroscopy. This last technique comes from the laboratory of Van Noort. Here, one end of the DNA is attached to a glass slide and a small magnetic ball is stuck to the other.

A set of strong magnets above this ball then separates the pearl necklace. By measuring the force needed to pull the beads apart one at a time, you will know more about how the string is bent. The Singapore researchers then used an electron microscope to better understand the structure.

Van Noort said, “Structure is “the holy grail of molecular biology. Knowing the structure of molecules will allow us to better understand how genes are activated and deactivated and how cell enzymes process telomeres: how they repair and copy DNA, for example. The discovery of the new telomeric structure will improve our understanding of the building blocks of the body. And that, in turn, will ultimately help us study aging and diseases like cancer and develop drugs to fight them.

Journal reference:

  1. Soman, A., Wong, SY, Korolev, N., et al. Columnar structure of human telomeric chromatin. Nature (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-022-05236-5
CCC’s new technology center is named after President Tim Moore Mon, 19 Sep 2022 23:00:57 +0000

Cleveland Community College’s Advanced Technology Center unveiled its new name during a grand opening on Wednesday.

The name, which had been kept secret for months, was revealed as Speaker Tim Moore Advanced Technology Center to a crowd of supporters, community college staff, county leaders and others after a series of speeches .

The $15 million center, which was named in honor of House of Representatives and North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, will welcome its first students this fall.

The North Carolina General Assembly contributed $9 million to the project.

The modern and growing building will offer training programs in Mechanical Drafting, Electronic Engineering Technology, Automation Engineering Technology, Industrial Systems Technology and Computer Integrated Machining.

Moore, one of the evening’s speakers, said he didn’t deserve the recognition, but the gesture was “very kind”.

He said the real distinction will be the people who can take advantage of the Advanced Technology Center to embark on new careers.

“I’m very honored by this,” Moore said. “But I’m more honored that this building is making a difference in the lives of so many people.”

A view from the second floor of the machine shop at the new Speaker Tim Moore Advanced Technology Center.  The grand opening of the new Cleveland Community College building took place on Wednesday.

The spacious 30,000 square foot, two-story building includes a 3D printing computer lab, multiple classrooms, space for manufacturing companies to come and train workers specifically for the jobs they will be performing, and a lab printing and metalworking. The Cleveland County Economic Development Partnership also has offices in the building.

According to the Golden LEAF Foundation, the funding came from several sources, including $9 million from the North Carolina General Assembly, $2 million from the Connect NC Bond and $1.5 million in funding from the initiative of community grant awarded by the board of the Golden LEAF Foundation.