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TECHNOLOGY

Identification of new strains through whole-genome sequencing is a process far more complex than the standard lab tests used to clinically diagnose a patient with COVID-19.
Coasting through space for two more weeks, the Webb telescope will reach its destination in solar orbit 1 million miles from Earth - about four times farther away than the moon.
Recently, a relatively small Iowa cooperative was hacked. If the alarms over cybersecurity in agriculture weren't going off before, they certainly should be now.
Walter Grotte, 81, of Finley, North Dakota, has been moving silos for nearly 50 years. In 1981 — 40 years ago — as a way to make his farm cash-flow through the farm credit crisis, he invented and built a 30-ton silo mover for the iconic but pricey blue Harvestore silos. His Mighty Mover debuted to great acclaim at Big Iron in 1984. Just ahead of Big Iron in West Fargo, Grotte, 81, is still using the machine, in a partnership with his grandson, Max Grotte, of Hope, North Dakota.

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Mobile Recon Systems LLC, originally from Lexington, Kentucky, a year ago moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, and has launched a study to learn how their heavy-lift drones can seed cover crops.
A western South Dakota farmer wanted a bin aeration control system he could operate from his smartphone. When he learned it would cost $80,000 he used his tech savvy to build his own — for $100.
Officials say phasing out aging fleet vehicles could cut emissions and create jobs in the process.
The $1.5 million request for funding underscores what officials say is an increasingly unstable source of revenue for the department's Weights and Measures Division. The division, which also inspects gas station pumps and performs fuel quality checks, is funded primarily by a $1 fee charged to fuel distributors for every 1,000 gallons of petroleum they receive.
“There’s a lot of nostalgia about that media," said Brad Owens of repairing old cassette and CD players.
Joe Miles, Google Cloud’s head of health care and life sciences announced Thursday, Feb. 18, that the internet giant will move into the Collider Coworking space on the second floor of the Conley-Maass-Downs building in downtown Rochester. The office will serve as a hub for Google's 10-year strategic partnership with Mayo Clinic.

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A UMD professor and her students are in the process of programming "COVID gossip bots" to socialize with and monitor isolated residents of assisted living facilities.
What "Zoombombing" is and how to prevent it during online meetings.
The Fond du Lac Band will receive $602,916.

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