Month: June 2020

Many postdocs worldwide might be concerned about their career paths in the wake of coronavirus.Credit: Xinhua/Shutterstock Nature is encouraging postdoctoral researchers working in academia in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to respond to its first-ever survey dedicated entirely to postdocs, a crucial but often marginalized segment of the scientific workforce. The survey, now accessible at
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Three years ago almost to the day, Intercom announced that it was bringing former Intuit exec Karen Peacock on board as COO. Today, she got promoted to CEO, effective July 1st. Current CEO and company co-founder Eoghan McCabe will become Chairman. As it turns out, these moves aren’t a coincidence. McCabe had been actively thinking
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(a) Single-molecule localization microscopy of a network of amyloid aggregates. (b) Nile red binding orientations to amyloid surfaces. (c-g) Individual orientation measurements along fibril backbones within the boxes in (b), colour-coded according to the direction of the estimated angle. Scale bars: 1 µm (a, b), 100 nm (f, g). (Courtesy: Tianben Ding, Tingting Wu and Matthew
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50 years ago, three NASA astronauts embarked on a journey that would take them “Round the moon and back”. The Apollo 8 mission proved the performance of the command and service module. This historic mission launched on December 21, 1968 to demonstrate a lunar trajectory and was the first crewed launch of the Saturn V
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DroneBase, a Los Angeles-based provider of drone pilots for industrial services companies, has raised $7.5 million during the pandemic to double down on its work with renewable energy companies. While chief executive Dan Burton acknowledged that the company was fundraising prior to the pandemic, the industrial lockdown actually accelerated demand for the company’s services. Even
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here A map showing places warmer (red) or cooler (blue) in May than the long-term average.Modis/NEO/Nasa Western Siberia, one of the coldest regions on Earth, is experiencing an unprecedented heat wave. “This winter was the hottest in
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Aevum, Astra, X-Bow, Rocket Lab, Space Vector and VOX Space each will receive contracts to launch two rideshare missions. WASHINGTON — Six space launch companies were selected to receive Defense Department contracts funded under the Defense Production Act to shore up domestic industries financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aevum, Astra, X-Bow, Rocket Lab, Space
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In an unprecedented move, the ride-hailing company Lyft revealed Wednesday it plans to electrify every car on its platform — those owned by Lyft and rented to drivers as well as cars owned by drivers — by 2030. The decade-long goal could result in millions of electric vehicles purchased for ride-hailing operations, encourage greater electric vehicle
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Fluorescently tagged molecules of the cancer drug cisplatin clump up inside droplets in cells.Credit: Isaac Klein/Whitehead Institute There’s a long-standing assumption in the pharmaceutical industry that when drug molecules enter a cell, they spread through it evenly — but, says biologist Rick Young, “that could not be further from the truth”. In a study published
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In this episode of the Physics World Weekly podcast Giovanna Fragneto explains why neutrons are an ideal probe for studying the SARS coronavirus that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. Fragneto is leader of the Large Scale Structures group at the Institut Laue-Langevin, which is a world-leading centre for neutron science in Grenoble, France. In
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Japan’s government on Thursday urged citizens to install the country’s first coronavirus-tracing app when it launches this week, pledging that the system would not invade users’ privacy. The smartphone app, which like those in many countries relies on Bluetooth tracking and the permission of users, will launch on Friday. “This is an important tool to
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre), with chief medical and scientific advisers at the daily press conference on COVID-19 in early March.Credit: Leon Neal/Bloomberg via Getty The COVID-19 Catastrophe: What’s Gone Wrong and How to Stop It Happening Again Richard Horton Polity (2020) Since the coronavirus crisis began, Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of leading medical journal
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The past two weeks have seen an outpouring of concern and commitment by companies about racism in the United States. Pronouncements on company social media accounts often take the form of graphics — white type against a black background seems to be de rigueur in the current environment. It’s all a welcome sign but also
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Recent research revealed that residents near oil and gas wells might have increased risks of spontaneous preterm birth or the termination of pregnancy before 37 weeks of gestation.  The study is population-based research that aimed to study how environmental factors may affect pregnancy. It was published in Environmental Epidemiology on June 5.  The proximity of residences to oil and
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1. Unwin, P. N. T. & Henderson, R. Molecular structure determination by electron microscopy of unstained crystalline specimens. J. Mol. Biol. 94, 425–440 (1975). CAS  Article  Google Scholar  2. Blundell T. L. et al. (eds) Celebrating structural biology. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 18, 1304–1316 (2011). CAS  Article  Google Scholar  3. Bai, X.-c., McMullan, G. &
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WASHINGTON — NASA officials say they’re confident that the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission will launch this summer amid the special measures the agency had to take to keep the mission on track during the coronavirus pandemic. The mission is currently scheduled for launch July 20 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 from Cape
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Hailing Jin (left) has engineered plants to release RNA that can silence genes in a fungus.Credit: Xiaoming Zhang Biologists studying extracellular RNA (exRNA) — and the tiny spherical structures known as exosomes that shuttle this genetic information from cell to cell — typically focus on mammals. As long ago as the 1960s, however, scientists found
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“The use of space by the United States and our allies and partners is underpinned by sustained, comprehensive U.S. military strength.” WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has released an updated space strategy that replaces the 2011 document issued by the Obama administration. The Defense Space Strategy unveiled June 17 provides broad guidance to DoD for
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A lattice scaffold 3D printed directly onto soft living tissue. (Courtesy: Ohio State University) Tissue engineering is an emerging field in which cells, biomaterials and biotechnologies are employed to replace or regenerate damaged or diseased tissues. Currently, this is achieved by generating a biomaterial scaffold outside of the body, maturation in a bioreactor and then
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Amazon fulfillment center warehouse. Getty Images Amazon is testing a wearable device that notifies fulfillment center workers when they’re violating social distancing rules. The device is a clear plastic sleeve with a clip that features an LED light and audio system, according to a memo seen by CNBC. When workers are too close to one
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