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23 November

Color Run returns to Clearwater

CLEARWATER – The Color Run is set to come to Clearwater on Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 am, at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.

The Kaleidoscope Tour Color Run is the perfect event for everyone from new runners to seasoned athletes. With no winners or official times, the Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality, bringing the community together to create a 5K canvas of colorful fun in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. People are encouraged to wear white so the nontoxic colors will show up the best.

Cost for individual runners is $40 now, $45 starting Wednesday, Oct. 1, or $50 starting Nov. 1. Cost for teams of four or more runners are $35 each now, $40 per person starting Oct. 1, or $45 each starting Nov. 1. The start-line window will begin at 9 am, with waves going every few minutes until 9:30 am The start line is its own pre-party with music, dancing, warm-up stretching and giveaways.


23 November

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22 November

Online Chat: Ask the CIO with CBP’s Charlie Armstrong

Charlie Armstrong, the chief information officer at Customs and Border Protection,
joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his IT priorities as they
relate to Federal News Radios exclusive survey of federal
CIOs, cloud computing, mobile devices, securing networks and systems, and workforce
and morale issues, among other topics.

View an archive of the chat below.

22 November

Kegel Muscle Exercises Claim To Help Your Abs As Well

The feedback provided on the app is of the utmost importance, according to Elvies website, on which company spokespeople compare practicing kegel exercises without feedback to trying to lose weight without a scale.

Elvie alerts users when theyre not isolating the muscles correctly, saying on its website that three in ten women push downwards when attempting kegel exercises, which can lead to damage.

To pique the interest of would-be users, the marketing campaign says that correct Kegels lead to increased core stability in addition to the age-old promise of better sex.

During the month of November, Elvie can be pre-ordered for a reduced price of EUR75 (approximately $135) with delivery expected in March. After November, the price will climb to EUR125 (approximately $225).

Strong pelvic floor muscles are important for sex, increasing orgasmic capacity and overall pleasure of the experience. They are also critical for childbirth and bladder control.

Overexertion during birth can cause lasting damage to the pelvic floor that often leads to loss of bladder control and diminished sexual pleasure.

For years, doctors, midwives and doulas have recommended Kegel exercises to pregnant women in preparation for birth, and sexologists recommend them to enhance pleasure and treat sexual dysfunction.


22 November

Vet, dentist perform unique dental procedure on cat


A Siamese-mix cat named Darryl is recuperating well after receiving a metal prosthesis to correct a palate injury in his mouth, thanks to a unique collaborative dental procedure performed Oct. 29 at the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital.

22 November
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Hagel: DOD will develop new ‘offset strategy’

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — The Pentagon must develop a new “offset strategy” in order to stay ahead of rapidly advancing competitors, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said.

The new “Defense Innovation Initiative”, which Hagel unveiled at the Reagan Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif., on Saturday, is a multifaceted effort to develop “game changing” technologies and marry them with new operating concepts.

To address emerging threats, Hagel has ordered the establishment of a new Long-Range Research and Development Planning Program to help identify, develop, and field technological breakthroughs that can enhance American combat power.

Hagel said that the fields of robotics, unmanned systems, miniaturization, big data, and 3-D printing will be of particular interest.

The Defense Department chief said the program “will invite some of the brightest minds from inside and outside government to start with a clean sheet of paper and assess what technologies and systems DOD ought to develop” over the next 3 to 5 years and beyond.

But the Pentagon needs more than new technology, according to Hagel. Citing past DOD “offset” successes like the one that led to the development of stealth planes, smart bombs, and drones, he said “the critical innovation” is to combine groundbreaking systems with new strategic and operational concepts. He has ordered the department to beef up its wargaming and military education efforts to figure out the best way to fight with the new gear that DOD acquires.

Hagel has tapped his deputy, Bob Work, to shepherd the initiative and lead a new Advanced Capability and Deterrence Panel to guide it forward.

“The Defense Innovation Initiative will shape our programs, plans, and budgets. As the initiative matures over time, I expect its impact on DOD’s budget to scale up in tandem,” Hagel said.

The new innovation initiative was motivated by two trends: technological advances by potential enemies, and the onset of an era of budget constraints.

“While we spent over a decade focused on grinding stability operations [in Iraq and Afghanistan], countries like Russia and China have been heavily investing in military modernization programs to blunt our military’s technological edge,” Hagel said.

In recent years, US officials have watched with particular concern as China has been developing new stealth aircraft, attack submarines, a variety of longer range and more accurate missiles, anti-satellite weapons, electronic warfare, and cyberattack capabilities.

At the same time, militant groups have also been acquiring more advanced weapons.

“America does not believe in sending our troops into a fair fight… But that is a credo we will not be able to honor if we do not take the initiative and address these mounting challenges now,” Hagel warned.

Money – or a lack thereof – is also part of the equation.

“Continued fiscal pressure will likely limit our military’s ability to meet long-term challenges by increasing the size of our force, or simply outspending potential adversaries on current systems,” Hagel said. “So to overcome challenges to our military superiority, we must change the way we innovate, operate, and do business.”
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22 November
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Solea CO2 dental laser wins Popular Science "Best of What’s New" award

As the impact of Convergent Dentals Solea CO2 laser continues to expand in the dental market, the greater scientific community is taking notice. This week, Popular Science named Solea a “Best of What’s New” product for 2014.

The Solea CO2 laser is the first CO2laser system cleared by the FDA for hard and soft tissue in dentistry. Convergent Dental Inc. is a privately held dental device and technology company led by CEO Michael Cataldo.

According to Convergent Dental, 95% of Solea users perform procedures on hard and soft tissue with no anesthesia. A similar percentage report soft tissue procedures are done with virtually no bleeding. Blood-free and anesthesia-free procedures represent a major leap forward in dentistry as practitioners are able to execute multi-quadrant dentistry, fillings on the fly, and soft tissue procedures in a single appointment. Patients can receive care in a fraction of the time and discomfort they were accustomed to from traditional drills.

“Winners of Popular Science’s Best of What’s New Award tend to change what the future will look like. This year’s 100 honorees are no different: they are all revolutionary in their respective fields,” saidPopular ScienceEditor-in-Chief Cliff Ransom.

Like many companies, Convergent hopes their product will open up new patient bases for practitioners. RecentGallup Well-Beingresearch found that more than one-third (35.3%) of Americans had not visited the dentist in the past 12 months. A major contributor to this oral health care epidemic is patients’ dread of the dentist. By providing pain-free or pain-reduced dentistry, Solea and similar advances could change the way people view going to the dentist.

Soleas unique 9.3 µm wavelength laser and innovative application of computer controls enable it to replace the drill as the primary tool for hard and soft tissue surgeries. The Solea laser is quiet and virtually sensationless.

“We are thrilled to be honored byPopular Science’seditors as one of the world’s most innovative products,” said Cataldo. “Convergent Dental’s CO2dental laser Solea is changing what it means to go to the dentist by providing a technology that delivers fast, virtually painless, noiseless, anesthesia-free procedures that alleviate patients’ fears and encourage them to receive proper oral care to stay healthy and happy.”

Each year, the editors ofPopular Sciencereview thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in 12 categories: aerospace, automotive, engineering, entertainment, gadgets, green, hardware, health, home, recreation, security, and software.

Convergent Dental offers a list of Solea dentist on their “Find a Dentist” page:


Further reading on Convergent Dental and Solea from the DentistryIQ network:

Convergent Dental Inc. secures $8 million in oversubscribed funding round

Convergent Dental receives FDA clearance for Solea


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21 November
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Weapons directed by robots, not humans, raise ethical questions

On a bright fall day last year off the coast of southern California, an Air Force B-1 bomber
launched an experimental missile that might herald the future of warfare.

Initially, pilots aboard the plane directed the missile, but halfway to its destination it
severed communication with its operators.

The missile decided which of three ships to attack, striking a 260-foot unmanned freighter.

The design of this new missile and other weapons that can pick targets on their own has stirred
protests from some analysts and scientists, who fear that an ethical boundary is being crossed.

Arms-makers, they say, are taking the first steps toward developing robotic war machines that
rely on software, not human instruction, to decide what to target. The speed at which these weapons
calculate and move will make them difficult for humans to control, critics say — or to combat.

And some scientists worry that with the aim of reducing indiscriminate killing and automating
conflict, these weapons could make war more likely.

Britain, Israel and Norway are deploying missiles and drones that carry out attacks against
enemy radar, tanks or ships without direct human control.

After launch, they rely on artificial intelligence and their own sensors to select targets and
to initiate an attack.

Britain’s Brimstone missiles, for example, can distinguish between tanks and cars without human
assistance, and can hunt targets in a pre-designated region without oversight. The Brimstones also
communicate with one another.

Armaments with even more advanced self-governance — so-called autonomous weapons — are on the
drawing board.

“An autonomous-weapons arms race is already taking place,” said Steve Omohundro, a physicist and
artificial intelligence specialist at Self-Aware Systems, a Palo Alto, Calif., research center.

Last week, representatives from dozens of nations met in Geneva to consider whether development
of these weapons should be restricted by the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. Christof
Heyns, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, last year
called for a moratorium on these weapons.

The Pentagon has issued a directive requiring high-level authorization for the development of
weapons capable of killing without human oversight. But fast-moving technology has made the
directive obsolete, some scientists say.

Technological advances in three areas have made self-governing weapons a possibility.

New types of radar, laser and infrared sensors are helping missiles and drones better calculate
their position and orientation. “Machine vision,” resembling that of humans, identifies patterns in
images and helps weapons distinguish important targets. This nuanced sensory information can be
quickly interpreted by sophisticated artificial-intelligence systems, enabling a missile or drone
to carry out its own analysis in flight. And computer hardware hosting it all has become relatively
inexpensive — and expendable.

The missile tested off the coast of California, the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, is under
development by Lockheed Martin for the Air Force and Navy. It is intended to fly for hundreds of
kilometers, maneuvering on its own to avoid radar, and out of radio contact with human

21 November
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Louisville arts scene gives city a competitive advantage

The Fund for the Arts wants to remind people of the key role that arts and culture play in improving Louisville.

Because of its arts programs, Louisville has an incredible quality of place, and that kind of puts us on the map, said Kristin Wingfeld, vice president of Fund for the Arts. The arts attract creative talented professionals and new businesses.

Louisville is one of the few cities in the United States to have all four major performing arts organizations– the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera, the Louisville Ballet and Actors Theatre of Louisville. A story about the Louisville Orchestras new leadership appeared in the Oct. 31 weekly edition of Business First.

Wingfeld also noted that a 2006 Americans for the Arts study found that that arts contributed $259 million in to the regions economy.

To look further at how the arts influence life and the business community in Louisville, the Fund for the Arts and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky will co-host an event featuring Louisville Forward chief Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Louisville Ballet artistic director Robert Curran and Fund for the Arts president and CEO Christen Boone.

I believe a strong presence of the arts in our community makes Louisville attractive to new businesses and helps recruiting for the businesses located here. If you look at any major city, the arts play a big role, Deb Moessner, president of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky, said in an emailed statement.

Here in Louisville, the Fund for the Arts works hard to involve businesses in their programs. Businesses and the arts go hand in hand, she continued. Our support of the Fund for the Arts is not only based on our support for the community, but its a business decision.

The breakfast event titled Louisvilles Competitive Advantage: Arts Culture will be from 7:30 to 8:30 am on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kentucky, 13350 Triton Park Blvd. in Eastpoint Business Center. RSVP by calling 502-582-0104 or emailing

Caitlin Bowling covers these beats: Restaurants, retail, human resources, and women minority affairs.

21 November
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Online Chat: Ask the CIO with FEMA’s Adrian Gardner

Adrian Gardner, the chief information officer at
the Federal Emergency Management Agency, joined Federal News Radio for a free
online chat.

To view an archive of the chat, register using the form below.

During the chat, Gardner discussed his plans for IT modernization, the
agencys resilience and security review, mobility, cloud computing, and
business analytics, among other topics.