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Though I cannot speak for everyone on this issue, I will fully admit that health-tracking devices genuinely give me anxiety. It’s bizarre that a watch can tell you if you haven’t stood up in three hours because you’ve been binge-watching Black Mirror on Netflix (NFLX), or notify you when your heart rate spikes because you ate an entire pint of rocky road ice cream whilst watching Black Mirror. Though I fully recognize the benefits of fitness tracking and heart-rate monitors, I still find them to be a bit invasive, especially considering issues related to tech companies and their inability to keep consumer data safe from unsavory characters. While products like Apple Watch (AAPL) and Fitbit (FIT) can be seen on wrists around the world, we have yet to develop a technological solution for consumers to track the internal operations of their own bodies. 

Enter Iota Biosciences, a company comprised of UC Berkeley experimental medical researchers, dedicated “to transforming how doctors monitor and treat disease by advancing our understanding of how bioelectronics interact with the human nervous system.” Judging solely off the tagline from their official website, consumer interest should already be piqued. Iota has been working, for several years, on a millimeter-wide sensor, which is smaller than a grain of rice, that can be surgically placed inside your body and will wirelessly transmit information to the outside world regarding your body’s internal wellbeing. 

According to TechCrunch, the company’s co-founders, Jose Carmena, and Michel Maharbiz met back at Berkeley when they were working on improving the state of micro-electrodes. For those unfamiliar with micro-electrodes, the little doodads have the ability to detect early indications of seizures when placed in or around the brain, as well as test the rhythms of cardiac tissues when located near the heart. 

“The idea at first was to have free-floating motes int he brain with radio frequency powering them. But they ran into a fundamental problem: RF radiation, because of its long wavelength, requires rather a large antenna to receive them. Much larger than was practical for devices meant to swim in the bloodstream.”

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Carmena went on to explain that, at a meeting where he and his partner would test their hopefully functional product, the test didn’t go as planned. He said that “because we were like two orders of magnitude away from what we needed, the physics just weren’t there.” It was at this point that the two Berkeley men had a simultaneous moment of clarity; the solution was ultrasound. To put it simply, the new idea was to embed sensors that would share data via the power of sound, considering that sound waves are far less taxing on the body compared to radiation. The fact that the only transmission involved is ultrasound has allowed for Iota’s product to easily appease the demigods responsible for approving medical treatments, i.e. the FDA. 

“The FDA has well-defined limits for average and peak powers for the human body with ultrasound, and we’re nowhere near those frequencies or powers. This is very different. There’s no exotic materials or techniques. As far as constant low-level ultrasound goes, the notion is really that it does nothing.”

Michel Maharbiz 

To date, Iota Biosciences has raised approximately $15 million in funding, led by Horizons Ventures, Astellas, Bold Capital Partners, Ironfire, and Shanda, according to TechCrunch reports. Their first round of funding should sustain the startup for at least a year or so, at which time they should hopefully have some semblance of a production-ready product to show investors/the FDA. 

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Where Will Oil Go After This Week’s Price Hit?

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Even though oil had been taking a beating over the last 2 trading sessions, its price rose to $69 per barrel on Friday. However, oil prices are experiencing the worst week of 2019 mainly due to potential economic slowdown and ever-growing oil inventories. US oil inventories have not been this high since July of 2017. And to top it all off, the trade war between the US and China is growing wearier every day further affecting oil prices.

Naeem Aslam, the chief market analyst at TF Global Markets, stated, “Clearly, bargain hunters are back in town.” He later added, “However, it is still set to record the worst week of the year and this is due to the increase in trade war tensions between the U.S. and China.”

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The global benchmark for oil, Brent Crude, has experienced a decrease of 5 percent this week. However, Brent Crude this morning climbed $0.98 to value each barrel at $68.74. Due to US sanctions and voluntary supply cuts, a floor under prices held. Market analysts are expecting the oil market to recover off of the price floor.

“It is reasonable to doubt whether Saudi Arabia will be willing to step up its output given the latest decline in prices, […] we therefore expect to see higher oil prices again in the near future,” Explain analysts at Commerzbank.

In order to make the market tighter, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has been cutting oil supplies since the beginning of the year. 

Brent Crude’s prices reflect that the supply and demand of oil is tightly knit. According to UBS, Brent Crude should get back to $75 this month as supply gets tighter and tighter.

“Compliance of OPEC and its allies to the production cut deal remains high, while production from Iran and Venezuela is likely to again trend lower this month,” explains analyst Giovanni Staunovo,

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StockPrice.com Friday Morning Update – May 24, 2019

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New Systems & AI Trigger Innovation In Security Industry; Can Lockheed Martin Adapt?

Threats to people’s lives are constantly developing across the globe. In order to mitigate the growing fears of international conflict, security and defense companies have continuously innovated. Living in constant fear is never sought and these companies understand that. Security innovations allow people in the US to walk around freely at the park or go watch their favorite artist at a concert with little to no fear.

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Two of the fastest growing industries right now in the United States are on-demand technology and cannabis. These two industries are at the epicenter of growth and investors aren’t being shy about their appetite for companies in these arenas. But one company, in particular, has developed a unique business model that services both of these massive growth industries.

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The Delivery Market in the Age of Convenience; Can GrubHub & Uber Adapt?

As the internet grows and develops, people and services become more connected. Thus, the food delivery service industry has blown up over recent years. Big players like UberEats (UBER), Postmates, and DoorDash are making big splashes against competitors like GrubHub (GRUB). These companies only represent a fraction of what delivery services can become.

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New Systems & AI Trigger Innovation In Security Industry; Can Lockheed Martin Adapt?

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Threats to people’s lives are constantly developing across the globe. In order to mitigate the growing fears of international conflict, security and defense companies have continuously innovated.

Living in constant fear is never sought and these companies understand that. Security innovations allow people in the US to walk around freely at the park or go watch their favorite artist at a concert with little to no fear.

New Potential for the Security Industry & Security Stocks

While developing security protocols and machines to fight threats overseas is important, home-grown threats have become a point of concern for US citizens. Mass shootings have increased, and the Muslim radicalization of American citizens is prevalent as ever. In order to make people safer, Liberty Defense has come to fill that hole.

Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. (SCAN.V) is developing HEXWAVE to revolutionize how facilities get secured. HEXWAVE can be used to detect any kind of weapon through 3D imaging. The technology utilizes both quickness and indiscretion to produce warnings of potential threats while respecting people’s privacy. 

While the product is still undergoing testing, Liberty Defense Holdings Ltd. (SCAN.V) has been taking steps to put HEXWAVE in front of the public. The company recently announced signing a memorandum of understanding with Utah’s Attorney General to beta test HEXWAVE there. The technology can be tested at sporting events, amusement parks, schools, and government buildings.

Bill Riker, Liberty Defense’s CEO, stated, “HEXWAVE can be applied in a variety of settings to provide a means to identify possible threats before they advance into attacks. We are excited that the Attorney General of Utah recognizes the potential value of this technology and the opportunity it provides for enhanced security in the state.”

What’s Should Be Expected Of Defense Companies?

When people think about the US armed forces they marvel at the gear used from tanks to jet planes. Most people do not take the moment to think where the US actually gets its arms from.

Report: This New Technology Could Transform A Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry!

One company responsible for US defenses is Lockheed Martin (LMT). Lockheed Martin develops and manufactures missile systems, aircraft, and training systems. They even provide cybersecurity services to governmental figures.

While Lockheed Martin controls a large portion of the defense industry, they show no signs of slowing down. Recently, the company made progress on its new production facility in Alabama. It is expected to be a 225,000 square foot facility to fulfill US Air Force needs.

The construction is expected to be finished in 2021. Executive Vice President, Frank St. John, explained, “All our employees come to work with an unwavering commitment to help our customers succeed in their mission to create a more secure and prosperous world.”


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