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The Biden administration on Friday proposed reforms to the country’s oil and gas leasing program that would raise costs for energy companies to drill on public lands and water. The long-anticipated report stopped short of recommending an end to oil and gas leasing on public lands and did not indicate that the administration would take
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The World Health Organization is monitoring a new Covid variant, scheduling a special meeting Friday to discuss what it may mean for vaccines and treatments, officials said. The variant, called B.1.1.529, has been detected in South Africa in small numbers. South African scientists have detected 30 mutations to the spike protein, the part of the
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ASML is the only firm in the world capable of making the highly-complex machines that are needed to manufacture the most advanced chips. These EUV machines, which cost approximately $140 million each, are sold to a handful chipmakers giants including TSMC, Samsung and Intel. The machines shine exceptionally narrow beams of light onto silicon wafers
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Space company Firefly is preparing for the second orbital launch attempt of its Alpha rocket, as the venture looks to build out the foundation of its business. “Firefly is aiming to be the next SpaceX, a very transformative space transportation company,” Firefly CEO Tom Markusic told CNBC. The company recently gave CNBC an inside look
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House Democrats have passed President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion social policy and climate bill, a measure that’s by far the largest effort in U.S. history to combat climate change. The bill invests $555 billion in climate programs, largely through providing tax incentives for low-emissions energy sources.  If enacted, Biden’s framework would enshrine climate change action in law,
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The U.N. climate summit ended with calls on governments to return next year with tougher pledges to slash greenhouse gas emissions. Nations made new pledges on methane gas pollution, deforestation, coal financing, as well as a completion of long-awaited rules on carbon trading and a notable U.S.-China deal. Climate scientists, legal experts and politicians argue
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President Joe Biden on Monday signed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes historic funding to protect the country against the detrimental affects of human-caused climate change. The bill does little to curb planet warming emissions and falls short of the investments scientists say are necessary to prepare for the worst impacts of climate change.
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Founded in Palo Alto in 2019, Landing AI has developed a computer vision tool that manufacturers can use to create their own visual inspection software. Landing AI’s customers include U.S. industrial tools maker Stanley Black & Decker and Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn. Intel Capital and Samsung Catalyst Fund both participated in Landing AI’s series A
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The company will build on research carried out by London artificial intelligence lab DeepMind, which Google acquired in 2019. Demis Hassabis, the CEO and co-founder of DeepMind, is the founder and CEO of Isomorphic Labs. In a blog post, Hassabis described Isomorphic Labs as a commercial venture with a mission to “reimagine the entire drug
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Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a revised social spending and climate provision that expands an electric vehicle tax credit of up to $12,500 for more expensive cars. The update also proposes a lower income cut-off for buyers eligible for the credit. The tweaked legislation, which is part of President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion social and
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The Prince of Wales was speaking in front of world leaders at the opening ceremony of the COP26 climate change summit. Monday’s remarks represent Prince Charles’ latest attempt to galvanize action related to the environment and sustainability. In September 2020, he called for a “Marshall-like plan for nature, people and planet.” LONDON — Prince Charles
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Verizon is partnering with Amazon to use the satellite internet system the tech giant is developing to expand rural broadband access in the United States. “We’re proud to be working together to explore bringing fast, reliable broadband to the customers and communities who need it most,” Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said. Amazon is working on
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A new study found that nearly two-thirds of long-term Covid patients reported “brain fog,” which included memory loss. “Our work and the work of others has shown that this affects people’s abilities to make plans, synthesize information, and do their daily activities of work,” said David Putrino, the Director of Rehabilitation Innovation at Mount Sinai
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Harvard University associate professor Dr. Joseph Allen argued in favor of pulling back on masking children in schools. “We have to be careful that, if we don’t set firm deadlines, it’s easy to see how we can sleepwalk into indefinite masking,” said Allen. “We should be mandating vaccines for all adults in schools,” said Allen.
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The venture capitalist, who co-founded big data firm Palantir, said at an event in Miami that on the path to AGI, you get surveillance AI, which he described as a “communist totalitarian technology.” Those that are worried about AGI aren’t actually “paying attention to the thing that really matters,” Thiel said. His comments come three
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Facebook has announced a research project in which it collected 2,200 hours of first-person footage from around the world to train next-generation AI models. The project is called Ego4D, and it could prove to be crucial to Facebook’s Reality Labs division, which is working on smart glasses, augmented reality and virtual reality projects. Facebook said
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William Shatner, moments after returning to Earth from a trip just beyond the edge of space, recounted his experience in an emotional talk with Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. The Canadian actor, who famously played Capt. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” series, described the spaceflight as “unbelievable” and something that “everybody in the world
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The International Energy Agency’s wide-ranging report comes as the planet gears up for the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, Scotland. “The world’s hugely encouraging clean energy momentum is running up against the stubborn incumbency of fossil fuels in our energy systems,” says Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director. The International Energy Agency issued a
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Magali Sanchez-Hall, who’s lived in Wilmington for more than two decades, is used to the smell of pollutants that waft from the hundreds of oil wells in the neighborhood. Pumpjacks operate in the community’s public parks, next to schoolyards where children play, and outside of people’s windows at home. At night, the sky is lit
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According to the CDC, August was the deadliest month yet for pregnant women. “To be dealing with this surge and taking care of really sick women, has just really taken a toll,” said Gandhi, who is chief of maternal-fetal medicine at Texas Children’s hospital. “I’m still really afraid this is just another lull before another
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