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First successful phase III trial of a COVID-19 vaccine

    10th November 2020 First successful phase III trial of a COVID-19 vaccine The first successful phase III trial of a possible COVID-19 vaccine – BNT162b2 – has been announced by drug companies Pfizer and BioNTech, which is able to prevent 90% of infections. The mRNA-based vaccine candidate demonstrated high efficacy against COVID-19 in participants without prior evidence of …

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The International Space Station Is Ailing. Its Replacement Will Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Humans have now had a continuous presence in space for 20 years thanks to the International Space Station (ISS), but the facility is unlikely to survive into the next decade. What comes next could shape the future of space exploration. Unsurprisingly, the ISS is starting to show its age. Earlier this month, astronauts finally fixed an air leak that had …

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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 7)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Pioneer Geoff Hinton: ‘Deep Learning Is Going to Be Able to Do Everything’Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review“i‘I do believe deep learning is going to be able to do everything, but I do think there’s going to have to be quite a few conceptual breakthroughs. …Particularly breakthroughs to do with how you get big vectors of neural …

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A New and Improved Burger Robot’s on the Market—and Everyone Wants One

No doubt about it, the pandemic has changed the way we eat. Never before have so many people who hated cooking been forced to learn how to prepare a basic meal for themselves. With sit-down restaurants limiting their capacity or shutting down altogether, consumption of fast food and fast-casual food has skyrocketed. Don’t feel like slaving over a hot stove? …

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In just 100 years, humans cut lions’ genetic diversity

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Over the course of only a century, humans have made an observable impact on the genetic diversity of the lion population, a new study shows. Researchers compared the DNA of lions today to lions from 100 years ago and found unexpected and clear genetic …

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First plants appeared on land 460 million years ago

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. A new study confirms what earth scientists have long suspected: Plants first appeared on land about 460 million years ago, in the middle of a 45-million-year-long geologic period known as the Ordovician. The study describes a series of plant impressions in an Ordovician rock …

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Breakthrough for Quantum Dot Electronics

Los Alamos Researchers have created fundamental electronic building blocks out of quantum dots This could lead to cheaper and more powerful complex electronic devices that can be fabricated in a chemistry laboratory via simple, solution-based techniques, and offer long-sought components for a host of innovative devices. Quantum dot electronics could make better printable circuits, flexible displays, lab-on-a-chip diagnostics, wearable devices, …

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New Display Packs 10,000 PPI, and Could Paint Stunning VR Worlds

You can plausibly say, today’s virtual reality is a descendent of smartphones. The affordable sensors, chips, and high-resolution displays critical to rendering a decent VR experience were engineered for iPhones and Galaxys not Rifts and Vives. Early on, VR pioneer Oculus built prototypes with 1080p AMOLED displays from Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphones. But after Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition, the team …

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World’s largest cement maker pledges carbon neutrality

    24th September 2020 World’s largest cement maker pledges carbon neutrality Swiss multinational company, LafargeHolcim, is planning its first “net zero” cement production facility by 2030 and has pledged to go carbon neutral by 2050.     Cement manufacturing giant, LafargeHolcim, has announced its participation in “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” – part of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) …