Three Things We’ve Learnt From This Year’s Nobel Awards In The Sciences

While coronavirus will undoubtedly be the first thing people remember about 2020, the prominent role of science in society won’t be far behind – as I’ve written about previously.

And so it was with this year’s Nobel Prize announcements in the sciences that we were reminded of some other great achievements of our time away from the race to find a vaccine, with each of them rightly gaining a good share of media attention.  

To me, three things stood out. 

1) U.K. pedigree 

Ahead of the publication of the U.K. government’s new industrial strategy – in which science and innovation are anticipated to underpin all of the main themes – we were

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Apple is about to hold ‘the most significant iPhone event in years’

  • On Tuesday, Apple is holding a launch event where it will reveal this year’s iPhone lineup. 
  • This year’s iPhone launch is a significant one. It could be the first major case redesign since 2018 and the expectation that Apple’s new iPhones will support 5G cellular networks have investors hoping for a big upgrade cycle.
  • “We expect this fall’s launch to be the most significant iPhone event in years,” Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty wrote this week.



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On Tuesday, Apple is holding a launch event where it will reveal this year’s iPhone lineup. 

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In most years, Apple announces its iPhones in September, and they go on sale shortly after that. This year is different. Apple instead released new Apple Watches last month and pushed the iPhone announcement to October. The delay is an outgrowth of the Covid-19 pandemic, which disrupted

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Launching two years, it has become an emerging market fund like no other



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It has been a tricky debut for Mobius Investment Trust since its launch on the London Stock Exchange two years ago. 

The £100million fund, investing in under-researched and little known emerging market companies, has had to cope with a difficult stock market backdrop – with its share price falling back more than 20 per cent in March this year as the coronavirus pandemic panicked markets worldwide. 

Although the shares have since bounced back strongly – 47 per cent over the past six months – they are trading at around their £1 launch price. 

Yet manager Carlos Hardenberg is convinced the trust, with its focus on small technology firms, healthcare stocks and companies specialising in online educational tools, offers an outstanding opportunity for investors to make long-term returns. 



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‘It’s been a challenging and exciting two years,’ says

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Where Will Amazon Be In 10 Years?

Few companies have experienced greater long-term success than Amazon. It was a darling of the dot-com boom, but its shares briefly fell into the single digits after the tech bubble burst.

However, over time, Amazon orchestrated a recovery as it dramatically increased its merchandise selection and made an early move into cloud computing. These shifts helped to make Amazon one of the largest public companies in the world. Consequently, its market cap has grown to about $1.6 trillion, and its current share price of about $3,200 per share is a far cry from its low point in the dot-com bust.

Indeed, this retail stock has a history of defying its naysayers. While it’s difficult to accurately predict the state of Amazon in 2030, its financials and continuing growth in cloud computing bode well for the company’s future.

Amazon’s financials

With the company firing on all cylinders, Amazon appears to remain

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Elon Musk’s Tesla, Starman fly past Mars 2 years after SpaceX launch

  • In February 2018, SpaceX launched a Tesla Roadster owned by the company’s founder, Elon Musk, into deep space.
  • The electric vehicle, which has a spacesuit-clad “Starman” dummy in the driver’s seat, just made its first flyby of Mars.
  • To Starman, Mars would have appeared to be about one-tenth the size of the moon as seen from Earth, the astronomer Jonathan McDowell said.
  • The vehicle and its unlikely passenger, launched on the upper stage of a Falcon Heavy rocket, may travel for millions of years before crashing, most likely back into Earth.
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An electric car that Elon Musk rocketed into space more than two years ago just flew past Mars for the first time.

SpaceX, the rocket company Musk founded, launched his old Tesla Roadster aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket in February 2018 with a spacesuit-wearing dummy named “Starman” at the wheel.

The car

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Apple’s ‘iPhone 12’ debut will be ‘most significant iPhone event in years,’ says Morgan Stanley

Ahead of Apple’s “iPhone 12” event on Oct. 13, Morgan Stanley is raising its iPhone estimates on new average selling price (ASP) analysis and iPhone build data.

In a research note to investors seen by AppleInsider, lead analyst Katy Huberty writes that the bank’s iPhone mix and pricing analysis indicates that Wall Street’s unit build and ASP estimates “remain too low” for 2021.

The upcoming “iPhone 12” and “iPhone 12 Pro” launch will be the “most significant iPhone event in years,” Huberty writes. She also points out that it comes at a key time for the company as device replacement cycles have lengthened to more than four years. Other factors could include increasing adoption of device trade-ins and gains in markets like Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Morgan Stanley’s Asia hardware technology team forecasts a total of 82 million iPhone builds in the December quarter, which suggests about

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New technique breaks through a technology roadblock that limited RNA imaging for 50 years — ScienceDaily

University of Maryland scientists have developed a method to determine the structures of large RNA molecules at high resolution. The method overcomes a challenge that has limited 3D analysis and imaging of RNA to only small molecules and pieces of RNA for the past 50 years.

The new method, which expands the scope of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, will enable researchers to understand the shape and structure of RNA molecules and learn how they interact with other molecules. The insights provided by this technology could lead to targeted RNA therapeutic treatments for disease. The research paper on this work was published in the journal Science Advances on October 7, 2020.

“The field of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy has been stuck looking at things that are small, say 35 RNA building blocks or nucleotides. But most of the interesting things that are biologically and medically relevant are much bigger, 100

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2020 Antarctic Ozone Hole is one of the largest in recent years

2020 Antarctic Ozone Hole is one of the largest in recent years
2020 Antarctic Ozone Hole is one of the largest in recent years

Just one year after we saw the smallest ozone hole since its discovery, 2020’s Antarctic ozone hole has grown into one of the largest in recent years.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the 2020 Antarctic ozone hole has peaked in size and depth. NASA’s satellite measurements show that stratospheric ozone over Antarctica reached a minimum value of 95 Dobson Units as of October 1. With values on the rise again, this signals that the ozone hole as reached its maximum depth for 2020.

As of September 20, 2020, NASA recorded the ozone hole’s extent at an area of 25 million square kilometres. That’s the largest one-day extent measured since 2015.

“There is much variability in how far ozone hole events develop each year. The 2020 ozone hole resembles the one from 2018, which also was a

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After 3,000 years, Tasmanian devils return to mainland Australia

The pitter-patter of Tasmanian devil feet was heard in the wild of mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years, after a group of devils was released in Barrington Tops, a protected national park about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Sydney.

Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial, have been long gone from most of the Australian continent, and until now the only remaining wild populations were on the island of Tasmania. Mainland devils were likely outcompeted by dingos, the wild dogs that were introduced to Australia at least 3,500 years ago, and which are now considered a pest species.

However, a decade of dingo eradication has offered Tasmanian devils a second chance. By clearing out dingos and reintroducing devils to Barrington Tops, conservationists hope to not only reestablish thriving wild populations of the iconic marsupials, but to also help protect other native

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20 years after Microsoft’s antitrust fight, Steve Ballmer betting that Big Tech won’t be broken up

Steve Ballmer. (GeekWire File Photo / Dan DeLong)

Twenty years after Microsoft waged its own antitrust battle with the U.S. government, former CEO Steve Ballmer is betting that Congress won’t break up Big Tech this time around.

In an interview with CNBC on Wednesday (below), Ballmer was reacting to a U.S. House antitrust subcommittee report released this week that found challenges presented by the dominance and business practices of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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“I’ll bet money that they will not be broken up,” Ballmer told CNBC.

The 450-page report from the subcommittee’s Democratic leaders concludes a 16-month investigation into the four companies as the operators of major online markets. It finds that the market power of the tech giants “has diminished consumer choice, eroded innovation and entrepreneurship in the U.S. economy, weakened the vibrancy

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