Blockchain technology has been proposed — and is being piloted — for all manner of supply chain applications, particularly for verifying the provenance of source of materials, commodities, food or goods. Two European companies, polyamide supplier Domo and polymer manufacturer Covestro, are collaborating with Dutch technology startup Circularise to create a system for tracking plastics.
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Mike Follows is a physics teacher at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, UK This post is part of a series on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the personal and professional lives of physicists around the world. If you’d like to share your own perspective, please contact us at pwld@ioppublishing.org.  In happier days: Mike Follows (right,
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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles has dismissed a senior analyst who opposed rescinding environmental authorizations for wood exports, according to a notice published in the official government gazette on Monday. Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles looks on during a ceremony to sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in urban sustainability with
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DeHaat, an online platform that offers full-stack agricultural services to farmers, has raised $12 million as it looks to scale its network across India. The Series A financial round for the eight-year-old Patna and Gurgaon-based startup was led by Sequoia Capital India. Dutch entrepreneurial development bank FMO, and existing investors Omnivore and AgFunder, also participated
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Black lung is prevalent in Appalachia. Vulnerable coal miners are wary that the rapid spread and the devastating effects of the COVID-19 can easily wipe their community out. Jimmy Moore, a 74-year old black lung patient in Shelby Gap, Kentucky, does not know when the coronavirus gets to their area. However, if it does, ”
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When I first looked up at the dome above the grand staircase of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) building, it brought together for me my two professional roles. I work three days a week as chief scientific adviser to the FCO in London, and two days a week as an astrophysicist at
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Antoine Riaud might need to take his wife on a second honeymoon. You’re supposed to spend that first romantic getaway obsessing over your new spouse, not how cells behave in an acoustics experiment. But when inspiration calls…well, it can be hard to ignore. For some time Riaud had been working on an idea for a
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What do you do if you want to look inside a biological cell, hoping to see objects that are well beyond the diffraction limit of a microscope – roughly 200nm? One solution is to use the Nobel-prize-winning technique of “super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”, which involves tagging samples with fluorescent markers. In its basic form, however, super-resolution
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WASHINGTON — Myriota announced April 6 it raised $19.3 million to continue developing a constellation of at least 25 satellites to connect internet-of-things devices globally. Australian investors Hostplus and Main Sequence Ventures led Myriota’s Series B round, with participation from Boeing HorizonX, In-Q-Tel, Right Click Capital, Singtel Innov8 and the South Australian Venture Capital Fund. 
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WASHINGTON — The European Space Agency has restored operations of four space science missions it placed on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, a move that illustrated how one agency’s actions can affect others. ESA announced March 24 it had suspended operations of the Cluster, ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, Mars Express and Solar Orbiter missions,
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Highly energetic An artist’s impression of GRB 190114C. (Courtesy: ESA/Hubble/M Kornmesser). An unusually energetic gamma-ray burst (GRB) has prompted astrophysicists to rethink the role of magnetic fields in these enormous stellar explosions. Observations made in the burst’s immediate aftermath show that key features of its associated magnetic field mysteriously vanished – a phenomenon that cannot
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Dr. Farzad Mostashari presenting on syndromic surveillance. Farzad Mostashari When Dr. Farzad Mostashari was the assistant commissioner for the New York City Department of Health in the early 2000s, he did something unprecedented. To keep tabs on the spread of disease in the region, Mostashari asked New York hospitals for access to a feed of
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Businesses have been making huge losses by failing to capture the value of industrial waste, but applying circular economy strategies, enabled by new technologies, could create cost-saving opportunities as well as profitable new revenue streams. The waste generated by residential buildings may seem enormous, but the waste produced by factories is an awful lot more.
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Ukraine has appealed to Tesla chief Elon Musk to supply vital ventilators for its coronavirus patients as the pandemic takes hold in the post-Soviet state. On Tuesday, the maverick entrepreneur tweeted that his Tesla electronic car manufacturer has “extra FDA-approved ventilators” and was ready to ship them to any country where they would be immediately
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Benjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss the latest COVID-19 news. Download MP3 In this episode: 01:33 Testing in the UK This week, the UK health secretary announced plans to further ramp up testing for COVID-19, with the aim of preforming 100,000 tests a day in England by the end of April. We discuss
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Tue, Apr 7, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM BST Nanoindentation of metallic samples is closely related to hardness testing methods such as Vickers. The Vickers hardness test requires an imaging method to determine the size of the indentation cup. This implies that the Vickers hardness test is limited to larger indentation cups. Nanoindenation not
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Jason Shen Contributor Jason Shen is a three-time startup founder and the CEO of Midgame, a gaming technology company backed by Techstars and Betaworks. It’s no secret that adaptability has become a critical trait for knowledge workers. To stay on top of a rapidly evolving world, we must assess new situations, make intelligent decisions and
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Medical students manually ventilate children with polio at Blegdams Hospital in Copenhagen in 1953.Credit: Medical Museion, Univ. Copenhagen The number of hospital admissions was more than the staff had ever seen. And people kept coming. Dozens each day. They were dying of respiratory failure. Doctors and nurses stood by, unable to help without sufficient equipment.
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Research led by a team of Australian scientists at Monash University in Melbourne recently discovered that Ivermectin, an FDA-approved anti-parasitic drug could kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus when applied to an infected cell culture within 48 hours and could stop it from developing in cell cultures. Ivermectin is an anti-parasite drug used to treat infections in the body that
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WASHINGTON — While NASA has resumed some work on the James Webb Space Telescope, project officials say even that limited level of activity will soon come to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic. NASA announced March 20 that it suspended work on the space telescope, which had been undergoing integration and testing, or I&T,
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Over the past year, a movement to electrify buildings has come fast and furious, pushing both residential and commercial construction away from natural gas appliances.  And in the last few weeks, the coronavirus disruption came faster than anyone anticipated. With the pandemic came an economic crash and cascading energy impacts, including a spectacular drop in
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Wed, Apr 8, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM BST Join this webinar to learn how Photothermal AFM-IR can provide new insights into your polymer research This webinar will cover numerous applications in the field of polymer characterization both in academia and industry. In order to illustrate the broad applicability, we will discuss selected examples
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There have been many studies on supermassive as well as small black holes. These black holes form upon the implosion of massive stars. For years, however, astronomers have always searched for the elusive black holes with intermediate mass.  This time, with the help of the Hubble Telescope, scientists have finally found this “missing link.” Scientists
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