Justice Department sues Anthem alleging Medicare Advantage fraud
The Department of Justice has sued Anthem, alleging that the health insurance company knowingly submitted inaccurate medical codes to the federal government from 2014 to 2018 as a way to get higher payments for its Medicare Advantage plans and turned “a blind eye” to coding problems.
Why it matters: This is one of the largest Medicare Advantage fraud lawsuits to date, and federal prosecutors believe they have more than enough to evidence to claim that Anthem bilked millions of dollars from taxpayers.
From KOMO News
Will colleges refund students for tuition, room & board and other related expenses?
Across the country, college students are finishing their semester online from home. Many unable to live in the dorms and eat the cafeteria meals they’ve already paid for.
“Now the university has forced them off-campus, and students have said, ‘Well, I paid for four and half, five months of housing. I only lived there for three months. Do I get my money back for the final two months,’” said Cabot Phillips, the editor-in-chief of Campus Reform.
Conservative watchdog group campus reform is calling on colleges and universities to give refunds for things like meals and housing.
Some students are banding together to make demands. Thousands at UC Irvine have signed this online petition to get some of their money back.
From Fox Illinois
Venezuela’s only telecoms satellite is lost in space
Venezuela’s only telecommunications satellite has veered off its orbit and stopped working, creating a logistical headache for the cash-strapped South American nation.
The Chinese-built satellite was launched among much fanfare in 2008 under the watch of former President Hugo Chavez, who said that the six-ton machine would help to “construct 21st century socialism” and contribute to Venezuela’s “independence and sovereignty.”
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, it’s a double nanotube! Ok, that was my weak attempt at using the double rainbow moment from internets of yesteryear as my opening salvo in a tale of discovery that’s sure to get you excited about the future of nanotechnology.
The Owls of Rice, or Rice University to you normies, have discovered the potential power of creating nested nanotubes, or, like Russian Nesting dolls, tubes inside tubes inside tubes. They’re starting off with creating one nanotube with one nested tube within it. The move could eliminate the loss of energy that occurs when negative and positive electrons jump all up on each other in that flow.
The nested tube model keeps the negatives and positives in their own flows, uninterrupted or diminished by all that jumping around. This could potentially power up the effectiveness of nanoelectronics, including in solar power applications.
Double-walled nanotubes have electro-optical advantages
The Rice lab of materials theorist Boris Yakobson has now calculated the impact of curvature of semiconducting double-wall carbon nanotubes on their flexoelectric voltage, a measure of electrical imbalance between the nanotube’s inner and outer walls.
This affects how suitable nested nanotube pairs may be for nanoelectronics applications, especially photovoltaics……
…..”The novelty is that the inserted tube, the ‘baby’ (inside) matryoshka has all of its quantum energy levels shifted because of the voltage created by exterior nanotube,” Yakobson said. The interplay of different curvatures, he said, causes a straddling-to-staggered band gap transition that takes place at an estimated critical diameter of about 2.4 nanometers.
“This is a huge advantage for solar cells, essentially a prerequisite for separating positive and negative charges to create a current,” Yakobson said. “When light is absorbed, an electron always jumps from the top of an occupied valence band (leaving a ‘plus’ hole behind) to the lowest state of empty conductance band.
“But in a staggered configuration they happen to be in different tubes, or layers,” he said. “The ‘plus’ and ‘minus’ get separated between the tubes and can flow away by generating current in a circuit.”
The next time you meet a particle, do NOT assume its bosonality. Bosons may very well have the capacity to offer the same characteristics, at times, as their opposite particle, fermions. The new discovery by a crack team of Penn State researchers (my alma mater, so go LIONS!) may lead to new opportunities in the development of the great so-far unicorn, to build cost-effective quantum computers.
Researchers find a new way in which bosons behave like fermions
Bosons and fermions, the two classes into which all particles—from the sub-atomic to atoms themselves—can be sorted, behave very differently under most circumstances. While identical bosons like to congregate, identical fermions tend to be antisocial. However, in one dimension—imagine particles that can only move on a line—bosons can become as stand-offish as fermions, so that no two occupy the same position. Now, new research shows that the same thing—bosons acting like fermions—can happen with their velocities. The finding adds to our fundamental understanding of quantum systems and could inform the eventual development of quantum devices.
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Excerpt: In January, Google DeepMind introduced AlphaFold, a cutting-edge system that predicts the 3D structure of a protein based on its genetic sequence. In early March, the system was put to the test on Covid-19. DeepMind released protein structure predictions of several under-studied proteins associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, to help the research community better understand the virus. At the same time, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and the National Institutes of Health used a popular biology technique to create the first 3D atomic scale map of the part of the virus that attaches to and infects human cells—the spike protein. The team responsible for this critical breakthrough had spent years working on other coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. One of the predictions released by AlphaFold provided an accurate prediction for this spike structure. Another effort at the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design also used computer models to develop 3D atomic-scale models of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein that closely match those discovered in the UT Austin lab. They are now building on this work by creating new proteins to neutralize coronavirus. In theory, these proteins would stick to the spike protein preventing viral particles from infecting healthy cells. News Link News Link Sourced by pioneeringnews.com
Excerpt: The United States appears to be moving ahead with new proposals to tighten the conditions for American semiconductor companies to do business with Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei Technologies, with cabinet officials agreeing at a meeting on Wednesday to tighten things up. The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that the new rule would mean that an export licence would be needed if companies wanted to sell to Huawei many semiconductors that are produced by chip-manufacturing tools designed in the US. This would mean that the US Commerce Department could limit the sale of chips made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to Huawei, for use in the Chinese company’s HiSilicon chip-designing unit. Reuters was first to report this last month. News Link News Link Sourced by Obamacare.TV Read More News Curated by Obamacare.TV
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