As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, researchers are working overtime to develop vaccines and therapies to thwart SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the disease Many efforts focus on the coronavirus spike protein, which binds the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) on human cells to allow viral entry. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have uncovered an active role for glycans—sugar molecules that can decorate proteins—in this process, suggesting targets for vaccines and therapies.
Before the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein can interact with ACE2 on a human cell, it changes shape to expose its receptor binding domain (RBD), the part of the protein that interacts with ACE2. Like many viral proteins, the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein has a thick coat
If there ever was an instance of the proverbial handwriting on the wall, this week provided it. From the TikTok and WeChat affairs to IBM’s filing on facial recognition and the semiconductor industry’s call for government support, the signs are unmistakable: the 40-year old U.S. policy of hands-off tech is coming to an end. These developments also reveal the rough outlines of the new industrial policy for tech that is beginning to take shape.
The Administration’s approach to TikTok and WeChat is to exclude them from the U.S. market, unless their technology can be separated from the control of Chinese companies. The concern is not over the companies themselves or their commercial data privacy practices, but the possibility that the data could be obtained by the Chinese government and used in some fashion to harm U.S. national security interests. In addition, the Administration is concerned that hidden algorithms might allow
PARIS, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Eurazeo announces the launch of O+, the new step of its ambitious environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy, which aims to drive positive change in society by working toward shared and sustainable prosperity. For nearly 15 years, Eurazeo has been at the forefront of responsible investment in private equity and is constantly seeking to integrate the highest ESG standards, in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. O+ has two main pillars: achieving zero net carbon by 2040 at the latest and playing a role in bridging the widening social gaps.
Accelerating the transition to a low carbon economy and committing to zero net carbon across the Group by 2040
Eurazeo, as the first company in its sector to set such an ambitious goal, looks to achieve zero net carbon by 2040, in alignment with the Science Based Targets initiative. To achieve optimum
Goldman Sachs: These 3 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by at Least 50%
Is it time for the bears to break out the champagne glasses? Not so fast, says Goldman Sachs. Volatility has ruled the Street for the last few weeks, leading some to conclude that those with a more pessimistic outlook had been vindicated, but the firm believes stocks can still climb higher.According to Goldman Sachs’ head of U.S. equity strategy, David Kostin, the S&P 500 could still hit 3,600 by the end of the year, and 3,800 by mid-2021, on the back of vaccine-related optimism and progress with the economic reopening. This would reflect gains of 10% and 16%, respectively, should the index ultimately reach these targets.“Despite the sharp sell-off in the past week, we remain optimistic about the path of the U.S. equity market in coming months. The Superforecaster probability of a mass-distributed vaccine by Q1
As the world continues to make attempts at urgently containing the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an even more dire issue that needs to be addressed: Climate change.
New research, published in last month’s edition of the journal Communications Earth and Environment, found that in 2019, Greenland’s ice sheet lost an annual record of 532 billion tonnes of ice. For perspective, between 2003 and 2016, Greenland’s ice sheet lost on average about 255 billion tonnes of ice each year.
Further evidence of climate change worsening was seen last week when a large chunk of Greenland’s ice cap, estimated to be 110 square kilometres in size, broke off in the far north-east Arctic, the Associated Press reported.
But climate change is no longer a conversation only had among environmental activists. Technology companies and their leaders are getting involved too, with many joining the fight.