Affiliations Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Nine Cambridge Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02142, USA Nada Y. Kalaany & David M. Sabatini Department of Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139, USA Nada Y. Kalaany & David M. Sabatini Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139, USA
Amazon reported its first-quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday, revealing the pandemic’s impact on the business that has been a rare bright spot on the stock market. The stock fell about 5% after hours after missing estimates on earnings while beating revenue expectations. Here’s what Amazon reported: Earnings per share (EPS): $5.01 Revenue: $75.45 billion
Even in the old normal, the healthy $100 million investment disclosed this morning by agtech startup Pivot Bio — which hopes to disrupt the $65 billion global market for synthetic nitrogen fertilizer — would be impressive. Given the current economic climate, it’s another sign that interest in climate tech is prevailing during the coronavirus crisis.
The U.S.’ National Hurricane Center is currently stepping up the warnings it issues on storm surges by starting to publish maps this coming summer. These maps will show the areas where upcoming tropical storms will likely cause floods along the coasts of the Atlantic and the Gulf. The color storm surge maps will serve a
The social media platform TikTok and the philanthropic Gates Foundation donated $10 million (roughly Rs. 75 crores) each on Wednesday to the vaccine alliance GAVI to help fund efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. GAVI said the funds would be used to distribute and deploy any new vaccines against COVID-19 once they are
Inhofe: “Given that the FCC has made its decision, it’s critical our members understand the national security implications.” WASHINGTON – The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced the committee has scheduled a May 6 hearing on the impact on national security of the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of Ligado’s
ZURICH (Reuters) – Researchers in Switzerland have been able to detect the new corovarirus at even low concentrations in wastewater, offering a potential early warning system for flareups in infections as countries emerge from emergency lockdowns. Should the system work, sewage samples could let public health officials see a resurgence of COVID-19 infections earlier than
In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast we chat about how a serendipitous collaboration involving the co-founder of the Shady Oak Butterfly Farm in Florida and an evolutionary biologist in California has shed light on how structural colour evolves in the buckeye butterfly. We also report back from an online event in which
[embedded content] A new fossil suggests that Spinosaurus aegyptiacus was a swimming predator powered by a fin-like tail, making it potentially unique amongst non-avian dinosaurs. The find comes after decades of debate on how much of its life Spinosaurus would have spent in the water, and how reliant they might have been on aquatic prey.
LONDON (Reuters) – The ongoing transition to low-carbon energy sources may accelerate as economies recover from the impact of the coronavirus crisis, the head of oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Royal Dutch Shell is seen at a petrol station in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium January 30, 2019.
Samsung Electronics announced today that its blood pressure monitoring app for Galaxy Watches has been approved by South Korean regulators. Called the Samsung Health Monitor, the app will be available for the Galaxy Watch Active2 during the third quarter, at least in South Korea, and added to upcoming Galaxy Watch devices. TechCrunch has contacted Samsung
Oil and gas exploration and production companies, or E&Ps, are slated to lose a staggering $1 trillion in revenues in 2020, according to analysis by research firm Rystad Energy. The E&P industry, which includes oil majors, made $2.47 trillion in revenues globally last year, the firm says. But this year it’s projected to bring in
The Space Acquisition Council is collecting data on the state of the defense supply chain. WASHINGTON — The Space Acquisition Council, which includes senior leaders from the Pentagon and the National Reconnaissance Office, has made it a priority to assist space industry suppliers that are financially stressed by the coronavirus crisis. But exactly what type
LONDON (Reuters) – One of the world’s largest lunar meteorites goes on private sale at Christie’s on Thursday, valued at 2 million pounds ($2.49 million). The moon rock, weighing over 13.5 kg, was probably struck off the surface of the moon by a collision with an asteroid or comet and then showered down on the
Researchers have made new inroads into understanding aerosol treatments for asthma to help in improvements of the drug in the future. Such innovation can potentially help asthma patients. Asthma is a disease of the lungs that affects around 330 million people all over the world. It is a major worldwide health concern. Presently, the best
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Edtech was long defined by stodgy sales cycles, sluggish adoption and splashy pitches to K-12 districts with tight budgets, but the COVID-19 pandemic turned that reputation on its head in short order. Now, companies in the space are entering Q2 — traditionally a slower time reserved for product development, not closing sales — busier than
If Canada’s political climate concern sounds like a sham to you, be assured that it often does to many Canadians, also. The irony was not lost on us when, in July, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared that we were officially in a “climate emergency” just one day before approving a massive new fossil fuel
Stereotactic radiosurgery provides precision irradiation of intracranial and skull-base tumours. (Courtesy: the Radiosurgery Society) “The thing that becomes overwhelming is that we are used to considering cancer care as one of the highest priorities of the healthcare system. To be in a position where we have to fight for every single aspect of cancer care
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation and the SmallSat Alliance have asked the SBA to change how it defines a small business. WASHINGTON — Industry groups representing space and other technology sectors are asking the U.S. government to change rules that make many startups ineligible to receive Small Business Administration loans to help pay workers during the
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The huge African predator Spinosaurus spent much of its life in the water, propelled by a paddle-like tail while hunting large fish – a “river monster,” according to scientists, that showed that some dinosaurs invaded the aquatic realm. Tools lie at the excavation site of Spinosauru in the Kem Kem region of
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SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil plans to deploy its armed forces to fight deforestation and fires in the Amazon jungle, Vice President Hamilton Mourão said on Wednesday, in an effort protect the world’s largest rainforest where destruction has surged since last year. FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows from a fire in an area of the Amazon
TikTok, the widely popular video sharing app developed by one of the world’s most valued startups (ByteDance), continues to grow rapidly despite suspicion from the U.S. as more people look for ways to keep themselves entertained amid the coronavirus pandemic. The global app and its Chinese version, called Douyin, have amassed over 2 billion downloads
One of Orsted’s offshore wind farms, located off the coast of north-west England. Alan Morris | iStock Editorial | Getty Images Orsted reported Wednesday that its operating profit for the first quarter rose 33% compared to the same period in 2019, adding that it has “no indication” the coronavirus will significantly impact its earnings this
Scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to identify an underlying genomic signature for 29 different DNA sequences of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, providing an important tool for vaccine and drug developers. This new data discovery tool will allow researchers to quickly and easily classify a deadly virus like SARS-CoV-2 in just minutes, according
Do you constantly look for your gadget accessories? Are you bothered by the way your charger keeps on tangling with your other wires? Worry no more. Amazon.com offers a variety of gadget organizers designed to organize your gadgets and its accessories in place while keeping it safe from spills and shock from constant traveling. (Photo:
One of the most captivating aspects of the summer Olympics is watching the world’s best athletes push their bodies to the edge of what is humanly possible. In 2016, the world watched in awe as Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won his third consecutive Olympic gold in each of three distances—the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay.
MT LAUREL, New Jersey — Europe’s spaceport will resume launch activity May 11 when France lifts a nation-wide lockdown that included the Guiana Space Center. Located in the South American territory of French Guiana, the spaceport has been closed since March 16 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by
(Reuters) – Twitter Inc will grant researchers and software developers access to a real-time data stream of tens of millions of daily public tweets about COVID-19, which they can use to study the spread of the disease or track misinformation, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: People holding mobile phones
Strawberry plant: nanosensors have been used to monitor chemical communications in strawberry and other plants. (Courtesy: Betty Cai/CC BY-SA 4.0) Light-emitting nanosensors have been used to measure chemical signals that propagate through living plants in response to damage. Tedrick Lew and Michael Strano at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an international team created the
How to read these graphics The top 10 global institutions in the Nature Index 2020 Annual Tables are listed here with circles representing each institution’s overall Share in 2019 and the Share for each subject. Each circle’s area is sized proportionally to Share. Overall and subject ranks are also shown. See the 2020 Annual Tables
Puppet, the Portland-based infrastructure automation company, today announced that it has named former Cloud Foundry Foundation executive director Abby Kearns as its new CTO. She’s replacing Deepak Giridharagopal, who became CTO in 2016. Kearns stepped down from her role at the Cloud Foundry Foundation earlier this month after holding that position since 2016. At the
Home textiles company Coyuchi has been ahead of the curve on sustainable business practices since its founding almost 30 years ago. “The original founder was really one of the pioneers in organic cotton, bringing organic cotton into textile supply,” said Coyuchi CEO Eileen Mockus, previously a sourcing executive for retailer Williams-Sonoma. “Over the years, we
HELSINKI — China rolled out a Long March 5B launcher Wednesday for a mission to prove space station launch capabilities and test a new spacecraft for deep space human spaceflight. Images of the Long March 5B shared on Chinese social media indicated that the rollout at Wenchang Satellite Launch Center was completed early April 29.
The ICU of St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo always keeps an extra bed open for coronavirus patients who suddenly take a turn for the worse. They also save it for any coronavirus patient who could arrive at any hour of the day. Fumie Sakamoto manages the St. Luke’s International Hospital’s infection control division. She said that
Credit: Getty My first paper rejection came as a bit of a shock. By the time it came to submission, I was feeling fairly confident because my supervisors and collaborators were happy. We couldn’t all be wrong about our paper — could we? Eight years on, I still remember opening that rejection e-mail alone in
BERLIN (Reuters) – Governments should focus on climate protection when considering fiscal stimulus packages to support an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a media statement after a video conference of EU leaders on the spread of the new coronavirus disease
When Alphabet reported its first quarter earnings of 2020 Tuesday, investors expected the worst, given Covid-19’s grim ripple effect on the advertising and travel industries as well as the company’s own budget cuts. What they got, however, were some assurances that the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic may not be as bad as they feared.
A woman wearing face mask walks on the ocean front while Oil tankers are seen anchored off the coast of Long Beach, California, after sunset on April 25, 2020. Apu Gomes | AFP | Getty Images Oil prices jumped in the afternoon of Asian trading hours on Wednesday following a report that showed a smaller
Contrasting colours: The blue colour in the scales of a female Junonia rhadama butterfly is due to the scales’ nanoscale structure, not their chemical pigmentation. (Courtesy: Rachel Thayer) The shimmering wings of certain butterfly species are well-known examples of “structural” colour – that is, colour produced by light-scattering nanostructures rather than by reflection from coloured
Gen. Raymond: “The COVID crisis must not undermine critical space industries.” WASHINGTON — The Space Acquisition Council, a senior level group created by Congress to oversee space procurements across the Defense Department, held an emergency meeting April 27 to discuss ways to support the space industry that has been hit hard by the pandemic. Will
The first case of COVID-19 in Africa was reported in Egypt on 14 February 2020. Since then, 52 countries in Africa have reported more than 30,000 cases and about 1,400 deaths from the new coronavirus. This count is likely to be an underestimate; Ethiopia has run about 11,000 tests — only 10 for every 100,000
I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: one step closer to self-powered on-skin electronics; people dressed as car seats; how to
Let’s not sugarcoat things: It’s a brutal time. And no matter how you view this moment or refer to it — “radical uncertainty” and “paradigm shock” are two worthy terms I’ve heard in the past week — it’s clear that something unknown and unknowable is taking place. Each day is a veritable roller coaster: encouraging
A huge ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid is expected to fly past Earth tomorrow. The asteroid 1998 OR2 is said to be more than a mile-long, and if it were to strike the planet, it could cause extreme havoc. However, NASA has put all rumours regarding this huge asteroid to rest, and says that it ‘poses no
Leaked videos taken by pilots from the U. S. Navy have been declassified and released by the Pentagon last Monday. The pilots encountered what seemed as unidentified flying objects, and the grainy footages depict what the Pentagon described UAPs or “unexplained aerial phenomena.” According to the Pentagon, it released the videos in order to dispel
Quilty Analytics’ Justin Cadman: “Most of the investment in the last three years has been from newer investors to the sector, some of whom will lack the stomach to continue.” WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has come to rely on commercial companies and investors to develop next-generation space systems. The top official from the U.S.