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Jul 23, 2020

30,000 Volunteer to Get Infected by the Coronavirus | The State of Science

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, science

Although the coronavirus vaccine is progressing at a breakneck pace, some people feel that it is not progressing fast enough. As such, they have volunteered in the One Day Sooner movement to get deliberately infected with the coronavirus in order to speed up vaccine development.

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Jul 23, 2020

EU leaders slash science spending in €1.8 trillion deal

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Following a marathon EU summit in Brussels, national leaders this morning agreed to a €1.8 trillion, 7-year budget and pandemic recovery fund that will spend €81 billion on Horizon Europe, the main EU research program. That’s far less than what researchers had hoped for—and €13.5 billion less than a proposal 2 months ago from the European Commission, the EU executive arm.


An €81 billion budget for Horizon Europe disappoints researchers.

Jul 21, 2020

How Harvard’s Star Computer-Science Professor Built a Distance-Learning Empire

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, education, science

David Malan, of the hit class CS50, was working to perfect online teaching long before the pandemic. Is his method a model for the future of higher education?

Jul 18, 2020

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science

Posted by in categories: chemistry, information science, quantum physics, robotics/AI, science, space

The latest AI algorithms are probing the evolution of galaxies, calculating quantum wave functions, discovering new chemical compounds and more. Is there anything that scientists do that can’t be automated?

Jul 18, 2020

Rebirth of leading European facility promises revolutionary advances in x-ray science

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A brilliant new light shines in Grenoble, France, where officials at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility(ESRF) last week announced the reopening of their completely rebuilt x-ray source. The ring-shaped machine, 844 meters around, generates x-ray beams 100 times brighter than its predecessor and 10 trillion times brighter than medical x-rays. The intense radiation could open up new vistas in x-ray science, such as imaging whole organs in three dimensions while resolving individual cells.


Shining 100 times brighter than its predecessor, the new European Synchrotron Radiation Facility is the first of more than a dozen of its kind in the works.

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Jul 16, 2020

Coronavirus Vaccines in Phase 3 Development | The State of Science

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Tired of the coronavirus? Well, the good news is that there are several vaccines in development that are in their final phase of clinical testing before they can be approved for public usage. The bad thing, however, is the fact that there are only so many doses each vaccine manufacturer can make- meaning solving the pandemic will be as much a problem of distribution and manufacturing as it is research and development.

PS: The stock footage from this photo comes from Videvo!

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Jul 14, 2020

The Ideological Corruption of Science (Lawrence Krauss in the Wall Street Journal)

Posted by in categories: economics, genetics, science, sex

Theoretical Physicist Lawrence Krauss writes in the Wall Street Journal.

WSJ: In the 1980s, when I was a young professor of physics and astronomy at Yale, deconstructionism was in vogue in the English Department. We in the science departments would scoff at the lack of objective intellectual standards in the humanities, epitomized by a movement that argued against the existence of objective truth itself, arguing that all such claims to knowledge were tainted by ideological biases due to race, sex or economic dominance.

It could never happen in the hard sciences, except perhaps under dictatorships, such as the Nazi condemnation of “Jewish” science, or the Stalinist campaign against genetics led by Trofim Lysenko, in which literally thousands of mainstream geneticists were dismissed in the effort to suppress any opposition to the prevailing political view of the state.

Jul 8, 2020

Exclusive: US National Science Foundation reveals first details on foreign-influence investigations

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The funding agency has taken action in 16–20 cases where foreign ties were not properly reported.

Jul 3, 2020

Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off

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Acts of kindness may not be that random after all. Science says being kind pays off.

Research shows that make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is also key to how we evolved and survived as a species, scientists say. We are hard-wired to be kind.

Kindness “is as bred in our bones as our anger or our lust or our grief or as our desire for revenge,” said University of California San Diego psychologist Michael McCullough, author of the forthcoming book “Kindness of Strangers.” It’s also, he said, “the main feature we take for granted.”

Jul 1, 2020

Clearspace One: The First Attempt At Cleaning Up Space Junk | The State of Science

Posted by in categories: business, science, space

As mentioned in previous videos, space junk is a deadly threat to our GPS, telecommunications, and satellite infraustructure. As such, in this video, we will talk about humanity’s upcoming, first mission to attempt to clean up orbital debris: Clearspace One, which is commissioned by the ESA.

Here is the petition link: https://www.change.org/p/save-vital-industries-call-for-subs…satellites

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