Amongst the many dramatic challenges global businesses faced in 2020, one that had been simmering for years bubbled up and promised to stay at a high boil in 2021 is ESG: Environment, Social, Governance.  Signs that ESG expectations were becoming more ubiquitous included the establishment of global ESG standards published by the World Economic Forum’s
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Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached space for the first time on Sunday with a successful test of its air-launched rocket, delivering ten NASA satellites to orbit and achieving a key milestone after aborting the rocket’s first test launch last year. The Long Beach, California-based company’s LauncherOne rocket was dropped mid-air from the underside of
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By: Hannah Pell Nuclear power is an important aspect of our diverse energy infrastructure. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nuclear power plants produced 19.6% of the total electricity generated in the U.S. in 2019. Over the last several years, however, there has been a decline in the number of operating nuclear power plants.
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Taken from the January 2021 issue of Physics World. Members of the Institute of Physics can enjoy the full issue via the Physics World app. Niki Bell says that subject-matter experts do not necessarily make the best teachers Deep question Do physicists who are too specialized find it harder to communicate science to school students
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An international non-profit environmental organization known as the Natural Resources Defense Council has released a report on climate-warming pollution and food in the United States. The organization which was founded in 1970 listed up to 10 common foods they consider to be highly damaging to the climate, especially concerning the vast amounts of carbon dioxide
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WASHINGTON — The European Commission announced Jan. 20 it will award contracts to Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space to build an initial set of next-generation Galileo navigation satellites, shutting out incumbent manufacturer OHB. Airbus and Thales will each build six of the second-generation Galileo satellites under contracts that will be formally signed
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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip will be used in premium Android devices that could cost over $1000. Qualcomm Qualcomm’s market share of China’s smartphone chip market plunged in 2020 due to U.S. sanctions on Huawei, according to a new report. As a result, the country’s domestic mobile players turned to alternatives such as Taiwan’s MediaTek, according
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WASHINGTON — Earth observation company Satellogic announced Jan. 19 it signed a contract with SpaceX covering several rideshare launches of its satellites through next year. The multiple launch services agreement makes SpaceX Satellogic’s preferred provider for launching its constellation of microsatellites, after previously relying on Chinese, European and Russian vehicles, including a launch of 10
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To electrify many of the world’s vehicles in the coming years, the EV industry will need to procure a massive amount of lithium-ion batteries. And that will require brand-new sources and technologies to find, extract and process battery materials such as lithium, cobalt and nickel. These materials currently are extracted from beneath the earth through
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Nature Podcast 21 January 2021 In this episode: 00:47 Hiring discrimination A huge dataset has shown that widespread discrimination occurs in job hiring, based on ethnicity and gender. This backs up decades of research, showing that people from minority backgrounds tend to get contacted far less by employers. Research Article: Hangartner et al. 09:31 Coronapod
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David Zikusoka will serve as special assistant at the office of the assistant secretary of defense for space policy. Leonor Tomero will be deputy assistant director for nuclear and missile defense programs. WASHINGTON — David Zikusoka, aerospace research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, will serve as special assistant at the office
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Illustration by Paweł Jońca In 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope team gave the world the first glimpse of what a black hole actually looks like. But the image of a glowing, ring-shaped object that the group unveiled wasn’t a conventional photograph. It was computed — a mathematical transformation of data captured by radio telescopes in
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Just like smoking is responsible for causing cancer in humans, evidence from thousands of scientists across the world has shown that human activities cause climate change.  This overwhelming evidence has been documented in different parts of the world, yet a few Americans aren’t sure about its causes. Humans are responsible for burning fossil fuels, producing
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WASHINGTON — Jim Bridenstine used part of his final full day as NASA administrator to call on the incoming administration to continue the Artemis program and return humans to the moon. A Jan. 19 briefing on the Green Run static-fire test of the Space Launch System three days earlier became an opportunity for Bridenstine, who
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Austin: “If confirmed, I will ensure the space domain is carefully considered across the range of upcoming strategic reviews.” WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for defense secretary Lloyd Austin told lawmakers Jan. 19 that China is the United States’ “most concerning competitor” and in written testimony identified space as a growing national security concern.
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Most GreenBiz readers are well aware of the complex sustainability reporting landscape. It seems like every year new reporting standards or frameworks are added to the overstuffed workload of the corporate sustainability professional. As the former chief executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), I had a role in the ongoing movement to “standardize the
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The World Health Organization is working with researchers on a unified system for naming coronavirus variants.Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a meeting at which, among other things, experts discussed guidelines for naming variants of the coronavirus. The need is urgent, because there’s no agreed naming system. Until one
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MR images of six different nonferromagnetic bullets suspended in ballistic gelatin. A: scout images; B: T1-weighted spin-echo; C: T2-weighted spin-echo; D: T2-weighted gradient-recalled echo; E: T2-weighted gradient-recalled echo. (Courtesy: American Roentgen Ray Society, American Journal of Roentgenology) Computed tomography (CT) and X-ray images can be used to determine whether bullets embedded in patients are ferromagnetic
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A team of researchers from the University of Plymouth found differing quantities of tumble dryer lint after exposing Mediterranean mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis), collected in different parts of the world.  (Photo : Pixabay The researchers also found that increasing the quantity of lint in the mussels’ environment led to significant abnormality in the mussels’ gills, resulting in
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WASHINGTON — Boeing has completed a requalification of software on its commercial crew spacecraft as it prepares to launch the vehicle on a second test flight as soon as late March. Boeing announced Jan. 18 it completed a “formal requalification” of the software on its CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. That work included reviews of the software
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here New variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 are being identified around the world.Credit: David Talukdar/NurPhoto/Getty As scientists identify more and more potentially worrying variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, they are grappling with just what to call them.
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The aftershocks of the Jan. 6 insurrection to block Congressional certification of the U.S. Presidential election will reverberate for many years. In the short run, there may be additional efforts to violently disrupt President-elect Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20, in addition to domestic terrorism activities aimed at state and local governments and other institutions. Such concerns
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Bio-inspired design for photosensitive perovskite-based capacitors could enable light sensors that respond only to movement. Published in: Matthew Ishimaru; Scilight 2020, 501106 (2020) DOI: 10.1063/10.0002944. Copyright © 2020 Author(s) A new type of sensor that closely mimics how the human eye responds to changing visual stimuli could become the foundation for next-generation computer processors used
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