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Airbus, Safran finalize space launchers merger

Airbus Group and Safran pledged on Thursday to make Europe competitive in the face of U.S. low-cost rival SpaceX as they completed a deal to merge their space launcher activities. The heads of both companies pledged to focus on making the venture competitive after Europe's position in the commercial launch market was threatened by Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, which intends to offer cut-rate launch services by re-using its rockets. Under the final deal, French engine mak...

 
"Dow Announces Actions To Pee On Your Leg, Tell You It's Raining"
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From the inbox, a truly remarkable press release from Dow: Dow Announces Actions to Drive Economic Growth in Great Lakes Bay Region MIDLAND, Mich. – June 28, 2016 – The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) announced today a series of actions it will take in collaboration with several state and local economic development and community organizations to spur local employment and bring additional economic development to the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR). These actions are intended...

 
Job posting: chemistry team lead, Syngenta, Switzerland
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From the inbox, a position at Syngenta: Accountabilities include: Design, prioritization, synthesis and route optimization of new target compoundsConceive, plan, prioritize and execute efficiently synthesis programsEssential Knowledge & Experience:PhD in chemistry, with strong focus on organic synthesisPost-doc is highly valued2-5 years of experience in the field of organic chemistry Experience in project/team management would be an assetFull ad here. Best wishes to those inte...

 
Surface of Mercury arose from deep inside the planet

Researchers have found that several volcanic deposits on Mercury's surface require mantle melting to have started close to the planet's core-mantle boundary, which lies only 400 km below the planets surface and making it unique in the solar system....

 
Olympics will come and go but Zika is here to stay, scientists say

By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Battered by a presidential impeachment and the worst recession since the Great Depression, Brazil is getting a rare bit of relief as Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the Olympics: declining numbers of Zika infections. Since the start of the Zika outbreak, which wreaked havoc across Brazil's northeast earlier this year, many physicians and would-be visitors have worried the Games could be a catalyst to spread the virus internationally. Some athletes, inclu...

 
Warning Letter of the Week: "not adding some starting material is a deviation" edition
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You know, I was going to go with Chongqing Lummy Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.'s analysts and their propensity to turn the clock back, but instead, I thought this warning letter to Shanghai Desano Chemical Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. was pretty unique: ...Our investigator randomly selected folder 01/2014 from your electronic log, compared it to your firm’s official deviation logbook for 2014, and found that the deviations in the “GMP Anomalies” folder were not investigat...

 
Breakthrough in brain cancer research

Scientists have made a pioneering breakthrough in the understanding of how a fatal brain tumor grows -- which could lead to improved treatments for patients....

 
Climate change: UK backs world-leading climate target

The UK government has set a world-leading climate change target up to the early 2030s....

 
New neuroendovascular technique shows promise in stroke patients with large-vessel clots

Scientists report promising 90-day outcomes for stroke patients with large-vessel clots who underwent thrombectomy or clot removal using the direct-aspiration, first pass technique (ADAPT). Approximately 58 percent of stroke patients with a large-vessel clot removed using the technique achieved a good outcome at 90 days, defined as a Modified Rankin Score (mRS) of 0 to 2....

 
Jewish Escape Tunnel Uncovered at Nazi Massacre Site

A 115-foot-long escape tunnel hand-dug by Jewish prisoners has been discovered at a Nazi execution site in Lithuania, a team of archaeologists and geoscientists announced today. Using a remote-sensing technique, a group of researchers was able to relocate the narrow tunnel at Ponar without ever breaking ground. Soon afterward, the military established Jewish ghettos in the city and began periodic killings at Ponar....

 
Rosetta comet probe given termination date

The Rosetta probe will be crash-landed on Comet 67P on Friday 30 September, the European Space Agency has confirmed....

 
Paul Nurse: 'Research needs free movement to thrive'

Sir Paul Nurse says UK science will suffer unless any post-Brexit agreement allows the free movement of people....

 
[Report] Single-qubit gates based on targeted phase shifts in a 3D neutral atom array

Although the quality of individual quantum bits (qubits) and quantum gates has been steadily improving, the number of qubits in a single system has increased quite slowly. Here, we demonstrate arbitrary single-qubit gates based on targeted phase shifts, an approach that can be applied to atom, ion, or other atom-like systems. These gates are highly insensitive to addressing beam imperfections and have little cross-talk, allowing for a dramatic scaling up of qubit number. We have performed gates...

 
[Physics] A partially protected surface state

A signature feature of topological insulators is conductive surface states that are immune to certain types of disorder. This “topological protection” appears to be at work in compounds suc – [Read More]...

 
[In Brief] News at a glance

In science news around the world, an independent review of the National Ignition Facility finds that the lab may never reach its titular goal, Australian scientists report that climate change has apparently claimed its first mammal, researchers propose the first trial of the gene-editing tool CRISPR on the human genome, the World Health Organization says that lower doses of yellow fever vaccine can be used in an emergency, and more. Also, environmental DNA holds promise as a new conservation too...

 
[Ocean Biology] The microbial key to coral reef health

Coral reefs around the world are under threat from global warming, overfishing, and pollution. Ocean warming is particularly dangerous, causing bleaching that can lead to the death – [Read More]...

 
[Biochemistry] Making error-free DNA from RNA

DNA polymerase enzymes copy DNA into new strands of identical DNA. Reverse transcriptase (RT) enzymes copy RNA into DNA. Unlike many DNA polymerases, RT enzymes do not have a proofreading – [Read More]...

 
[Infectious Disease] Disease information-seeking behavior

Chickenpox is usually a mild disease of children and, consequently, national vaccination and reporting policies vary widely. In countries that do not immunize against chicken pox, Google – [Read More]...

 
Cottenham Balloon Terror

A Virgin hot-air balloon was looming low over Cottenham, just North of Cambridge City on the evening of 22nd June. Drinkers enjoying the sun and the ale outside The Chequers pub were stunned to see the enormous inflatable bobbing low over houses opposite. The pilot seemed desperately trying to gain height and had the burner on full power. The balloon eventually lifted up and floated a few metres above the sweetshop and Chinese takeaway opposite heading for the Community Centre and Co-op store o...

 
Classic Chords #13 – Purple Smoke in Japan

Almost every budding axe hero of a certain age used to play the seminal heavy rock riff that opens “Smoke on the Water”, from Deep Purple’s 1972 album Machine Head and the more exciting live version from Made in Japan. Almost every budding axe hero played it wrong. You can even watch Jack Black playing it wrong in the film “School of Rock”. For a start, Ritchie Blackmore does not use a pick (plectrum) when playing that riff, but more importantly...

 
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