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Flagship Pioneering, the Boston-based biotech incubator and holding company, said it has raised $1.1 billion for its Flagship Labs unit. Flagship, which raised $1 billion back in 2019 for growth-stage investment vehicles, develops and operates startups that leverage biotechnology innovation to provide goods and services that improve human health and promote sustainable industries. “We’re honored
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COVID-19 testing in South Africa: the country is participating in the SOLIDARITY trial. The World Health Organization says it will support other African nations to join.Credit: Alet Pretorius/Gallo Images/Getty The World Health Organization says it wants many more African nations to participate in its SOLIDARITY trial, a global study of four potential COVID-19 treatments. The
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SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chilean telescopes that comb the skies seeking answers about some of the universe´s most fundamental questions have confirmed they, too, have fallen victim to the mass disruption brought about by the new coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: Workers of Atacama Large Millimetre/Submillimetre Array (ALMA) and visitors gather around a special vehicle as it loads
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In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast we look back on the life of the prodigious condensed-matter physicist Philip Anderson, who died age 96 on 29 March. We also have an exclusive interview with Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy at the University of Bath, Carole Mundell, who talks about her research on gamma-ray bursts. Mundell is also Chief
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When Neil Ferguson visited the heart of British government in London’s Downing Street, he was much closer to the COVID-19 pandemic than he realized. Ferguson, a mathematical epidemiologist at Imperial College London, briefed officials in mid-March on the latest results of his team’s computer models, which simulated the rapid spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 through
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Amid the white noise of COVID-19 pandemic coverage last week, news about the $80 million funding round for alternative protein company Nature’s Fynd offered a bright beacon of positivity. While the financing revelation was delayed a week because of the crisis, the sizeable round extends the steady growth of funding for this particular niche of
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WASHINGTON — While NASA has resumed some work on the James Webb Space Telescope, project officials say even that limited level of activity will soon come to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic. NASA announced March 20 that it suspended work on the space telescope, which had been undergoing integration and testing, or I&T,
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Sam Vennin is a biomechanical engineer research fellow at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre and King’s College London, UK. This post is part of a series on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the personal and professional lives of physicists around the world. If you’d like to share your own perspective, please contact
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BEIJING (Reuters) – A team of Chinese scientists has isolated several antibodies that it says are “extremely effective” at blocking the ability of the new coronavirus to enter cells, which eventually could be helpful in treating or preventing COVID-19. FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as
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Gas expelled by revellers’ bodies accounts for about one-quarter of the methane emitted by the Munich Oktoberfest. Credit: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Environmental sciences 02 April 2020 Scientists cycled around the annual festival of beer and wurst to estimate its methane output. Every year, the famous beer-soaked, sausage-laden Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, produces large amounts of natural
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Since the launch of the first green bond (labeled a “Climate Awareness Bond”) on July 4, 2007, by the Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank, green bonds have seen many breakthroughs, but challenges remain. One challenge has been defining what constitutes a green bond or a green investment. External review processes such as certifications and second opinions
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SAN FRANCISCO – Momentus, a Silicon Valley in-space transportation startup, announced a launch service agreement April 1 with Odysseus Space, a satellite applications startup based in Taiwan. Under the agreement, Momentus will provide in-space transportation for a satellite built by Odysseus for Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University. National Cheng Kung University worked with Odysseus to
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In response to the SBIR solicitation, a space startup is developing a geospatial intelligence-based tool that can help governments identify infected areas. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research office has posted a new solicitation that includes COVID-19 countermeasures as an area of interest. The March 30 Small Business Innovation Research solicitation,
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Electromagnetism is one of the fundamental forces and is the glue that holds all matter together. Find out how photons, the charged particles that allow us to see the world around us, are at the heart of electromagnetism. Catch new episodes of HOW THE UNIVERSE WORKS Tuesdays at 10/9c on Science! | http://science.discovery.com/tv-shows/how-the-universe-works/ Watch full
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Currently, live views from the International Space Station (ISS) are streaming from an external camera mounted on the ISS module called Node 2. Node 2 is located on the forward part of the ISS. The camera is looking forward at an angle so that the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) is visible. If the Node
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On-orbit satellite refueling technology is closer than ever to a practical reality, which could help immensely with the cost and sustainability of orbital businesses. Startup OrbitFab, a 2019 TechCrunch Battlefield finalist, is one of the companies working to make orbital refueling a reality, and it just secured a new contract from the National Science Foundation’s
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Clinical research into treatments for COVID-19 is being boosted by multidisciplinary input, but it is crucial that the fruits of these labours are freely shared so that the world can benefit.Credit: Axel Heimken/AFP/Getty Although the coronavirus pandemic has become a threat to every country on Earth, world leaders are all at sea — showing few
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Much has been written in recent weeks comparing the shocking and oppressive impacts of COVID-19 and future effects of climate change. But one of the most important links could be the one right under (and up into) our noses: air pollution. Dirty air — a substantial chunk of it caused by emissions from the tailpipes
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Charles Curry is a research associate at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium at the University of Victoria in Canada. This post is part of a series on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the personal and professional lives of physicists around the world. If you’d like to share your own perspective, please contact us at pwld@ioppublishing.org. 
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WASHINGTON — NASA has completed the crew for the first operational SpaceX commercial crew mission to the International Space Station, one that will not include any Russian cosmonauts after Roscosmos officials said they would not fly on what they consider an unproven vehicle. NASA announced March 31 that it had assigned veteran astronaut Shannon Walker
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#MythBusters | Wednesdays at 9/8c Full Episodes Streaming FREE on Science GO: https://www.sciencechannelgo.com/mythbusters-on-science/ The gang puts three different cars through rounds of performance tests. The catch? They’re running on moonshine instead of gasoline. More MythBusters! http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScienceChannel
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