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Self-driving car firms rooted in U.S. government competition

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FILE PHOTO: Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett (R) and Volkswagen AG CEO Dr. Herbert Diess (L) pose together with Bryan Salesky, chief executive officer and co-founder of Argo AI LLC at a news conference in New York City, New York, U.S., July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo (Reuters) –...
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Dr. Janette Sherman, 89, Early Force in Environmental Science, Dies

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An athletic young woman, Janette planned to major in physical education when she went to Western Michigan College of Education in Kalamazoo, now Western Michigan University. But while there, she took a job in a chemistry lab to help pay for school and became interested in science. She ended up...
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Novartis’s $90 million Swiss factory to help solve cell therapy bottleneck

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ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss drugmaker Novartis’s (NOVN.S) new $90 million cell and gene therapy factory in northern Switzerland is on track to begin commercial production of treatments, including Kymriah for cancer and Zolgensma for spinal muscular atrophy, in 2020. The company’s logo is seen at the new cell and gene...
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Stuck in Arctic Ice, Dodging Polar Bears. All for Science.

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Despite difficult ice conditions and curious polar bears, a German research icebreaker with 100 scientists and crew members is comfortably adrift in the frozen Central Arctic, two months into a yearlong expedition to study the region’s changing climate. “Mosaic is in full swing,” Jessie Creamean, a researcher from Colorado State...
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U.S. watchdog backs Bezos’ protest over key Pentagon launch program

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. watchdog on Monday backed a protest from Jeff Bezos’ space company that challenged the Pentagon’s military space launch procurement strategy, showing support for one of the Amazon billionaire’s disputes with major agency procurement programs. FILE PHOTO: Founder, Chairman, CEO and President of Amazon Jeff Bezos...
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Superfund sites warning: At least 60% of Superfund sites vulnerable to climate change, congressional watchdog warns

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Washington — At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says. In a report being released Monday, the...
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Boeing received ‘unnecessary’ contract boost for astronaut capsule, watchdog says

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FILE PHOTO: The Boeing logo is pictured at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition fair (LABACE) at Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil August 14, 2018. Picture taken August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing’s multibillion dollar contract to build U.S. astronaut capsules received an “unnecessary”...
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Biotech-for-hire PeptiDream charts new path and becomes short target

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TOKYO (Reuters) – The promise of PeptiDream Inc’s drug-discovery technology and its lucrative research-for-hire contracts have made it a darling of the Tokyo stock market. Now, those gains have made it a target for short-seller Muddy Waters. Patrick Reid, President and CEO of PeptiDream Inc, poses for a photograph at...
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Helping veterans develop business skills as entrepreneurs

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NEW YORK – Every year, about 250,000 U.S. military members leave the service and enter the workforce, and one in five tries to start their own business. FILE PHOTO: U.S. General John Nicholson holds a news conference after a North Atlantic Council (NAC) defence ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium November...
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Google unveils quantum computer breakthrough; critics say wait a qubit

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BERLIN/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said on Wednesday it had achieved a breakthrough in computing research by using a quantum computer to solve in minutes a complex problem that would take today’s most powerful supercomputer thousands of years to crack. Google researchers expect that quantum computers within a...
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Explainer: Google hails ‘quantum supremacy’, but don’t chuck out your PC just yet

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Researchers at Google say they have achieved ‘quantum supremacy’, in which a computer harnessing the properties of sub-atomic particles did a far better job of solving a problem than the world’s most powerful supercomputer. FILE PHOTO: A handout picture from October 2019 shows a component of Google’s...
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Qantas tests world’s longest commercial flight from New York to Sydney

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s flag carrier Qantas (QAN.AX) completed on Sunday a nonstop test flight from New York to Sydney, researching how the world’s longest potential commercial airplane journey of nearly 20 hours would impact pilots, crew and passengers. FILE PHOTO: Workers are seen near Qantas Airways, Australia’s national carrier,...
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Australian farmer brings legal action vs Bayer over weedkiller: report

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian farmer has launched a legal action against Bayer AG’s agricultural chemicals unit Monsanto after being diagnosed with a type of cancer he claims was caused by its weedkiller, the Australian Broadcasting Commission reported on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: A bridge is decorated with the logo of...
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Gingko Bioworks raises $350 million fund for biotech spinouts

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FILE PHOTO: Jason Kelly, Co-Founder and CEO of Ginkgo Bioworks, speaks during the Milken Institute’s 22nd annual Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake (Reuters) – Biotechnology start-up Ginkgo Bioworks said on Wednesday that it had raised a $350 million fund to more easily invest...
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Bayer says October U.S. glyphosate trial delayed until February

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FILE PHOTO: Logo and flags of Bayer AG are pictured outside a plant of the German pharmaceutical and chemical maker in Wuppertal, Germany August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A pending U.S. lawsuit over claims related to Bayer’s (BAYGn.DE) glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup has been delayed, the company...
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Bayer says another U.S. glyphosate trial is delayed

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FILE PHOTO: Logo and flags of Bayer AG are pictured outside a plant of the German pharmaceutical and chemical maker in Wuppertal, Germany August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A pending U.S. lawsuit over claims related to Bayer’s (BAYGn.DE) glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup has been delayed, the company...

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