NASA’s landmark Cassini mission provided us with a treasure trove of data from the two gas giants, Jupiter & Saturn, and their moons. The 13-year mission provided valuable insights into the atmosphere and composition of the two biggest planets and their satellites. Astronomers have been short-listing candidates for the possible existence of microbial life on these alien worlds. One of the promising candidates is Enceladus — Saturn’s sixth-largest moon.
Immunotherapy has shown great promise to treat different kinds of cancers. Doctors around the world using it as an additional tool to treat the deadly disease in addition to conventional treatments. Back in 2019, I wrote about a major breakthrough in cancer immunotherapy which involved removing the patient’s T-cells & programming them to target individual cancer cells before injecting them back into the body. Researchers have continued to improve immunotherapy techniques and make them more effective.
After a massive sell-off to begin the week last Monday, the major U.S. averages reached new heights as they posted four straight sessions of gains. The Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all closed at all-time highs, with the Dow finishing above 35,000 for the first time ever — bringing its 2021 gain to 14%, and rising 1% for the week. The S&P 500 rose 2% for the week and the Nasdaq Composite added 2.8%. The 10-year Treasury yield rebounded to 1.29% on Friday, easing concerns about the economy.
The change in sentiment from the beginning of the week, when worries…
Ransomware attacks have been rising exponentially this year and security researchers & law enforcement officials have a race against time when it comes to identifying and nabbing these cybercriminals. Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack was one of the rare examples where law enforcement agencies in the U.S were able to recover most of the bitcoin that the company paid out as ransom to the hackers.
A security expert has now launched a site to keep a publicly trackable record of bitcoin payments to key ransomware gangs, such as ‘REvil’. The ransomwhe.re site has been created by Jack Cable — a security…
One thing that hasn’t changed with the pandemic-induced priorities is innovation and the development of highly successful mRNA-based vaccines is a testament to the fact why it is so important. If anything innovation has become a priority for global corporations. Keeping that in mind Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has ranked the top 50 most innovative companies in 2021. The ranking was based on a poll of 1,600 global innovation professionals.
BCG used four key metrics to create the ranking (infographic above):
❶ Global “Mindshare” — Voting numbers from all innovation executives
❷ Industry Peer Review — The number of votes…
After Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos took off for sub-orbital space in Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft this morning, the space race has officially begun — with both Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic & Bezo’s Blue Origin vying for supremacy in the fledgling space tourism industry.
I would also like to mention SpaceX here, which is Elon Musk’s ambitious venture and is eyeing a manned mission to Mars, apart from landing some lucrative contracts from NASA for future space missions. The company also has the “dearMoon” mission planned for 2023 — a private SpaceX flight around the moon carrying 8 people.
Supercomputers are great at performing complex calculations in a fraction of the time that traditional machines can accomplish — minutes to hours rather than weeks or months. Although Supercomputers have greatly enhanced our computing capabilities, quantum computers are really the holy grail of next-gen computing. The crown for the most powerful supercomputer is currently with the Japanese computing behemoth ‘Fugaku’ — the title that it took from IBM’s Summit last summer.
Better than expected U.S retail sales report & quarterly earnings were not able to outweigh the investor concerns emanating from rising inflation and a global resurgence of the delta variant in the current pandemic. The sentiment was echoed all day on Friday as all three major U.S indexes ended the day in the red. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury perked up a bit, but nearly all major asset classes were under pressure throughout the session.
The major market averages all snapped three-week winning streaks, with the Dow dropping 0.5%, the S&P 500 slipping nearly 1% and the Nasdaq…
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than reporting on such ventures where technology is used to improve the lives of people. Late in 2019, I wrote about a similar venture where two non-profits came together to bring shelters to the homeless in Mexico — utilizing 3D printing technology. The 3D Printed Neighborhood was the first of its kind. The tech has come a long way from its inception, more recently I talked about how researchers have developed a rapid 3D printing technique to further improve the tech.
In yet another breakthrough endeavor, An affordable housing venture in Africa named 14Trees has…
Doesn’t feel like it was only a year ago that the nascent decentralized finance started to make waves in the digital assets space. Compound is one of the pioneers in DeFi which provided a new mechanism for bootstrapping liquidity in DeFi protocols, earlier on. As the new players entered the DeFi market, the move coincided with the mainstream crypto boom. The rest is history.
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