Hubble telescope witnesses ‘very weird’ fast fade of Stingray nebula

Hubble’s observations of the Stingray nebula in 1996 and 2016 show the dramatic changes in the glowing gases. 

NASA, ESA, B. Balick (University of Washington), M. Guerrero (Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía), and G. Ramos-Larios (Universidad de Guadalajara)

In a universe where processes are often measured in millions and billions of years, the Hubble Space Telescope witnessed something extraordinary over the course of just two decades. The Stringray nebula went from bright in 1996 to faded in 2016, as if it had been left hanging on a cosmic drying line.

Stingray, more formally known as Hen 3-1357, was hailed as the youngest known planetary nebula when it was first noticed. The nebula formed during the star’s end of life when it ejected glowing gases that gave it a marine-animal-like shape. 

What’s so wild about the

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Deloitte Fast 500: CEOs of Seattle’s fastest growing companies share their secrets of success

Innovation is more critical now than ever. It is not simply a matter of the latest technology or trend but rather about solving human problems, of which there’s no shortage these days. From income inequality to COVID-19 to social injustice, this is indeed a time of disruption, the perfect theater for innovative ideas and solutions to take center stage. 

Our region has a long history of innovation. The first backpack, online bookstore, kidney dialysis machines, vinyl records, and only one of two states to pass board diversity legislation: these are just a few innovations that the Pacific Northwest region has pioneered over many years. 

It is perhaps due to this rich tradition of combined technological innovation and social progress that makes the future of the Pacific Northwest even more promising. Emerging growth companies, a bright spot in our economy, are popping up by the dozens and remain a driving force

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Dealmakers Aren’t Letting Up in Fast Finish to Crisis Year

(Bloomberg) — Dealmakers are on track to end 2020 with a flourish, having recovered much of the ground lost to the coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year.

Companies have announced $760 billion of acquisitions so far in the fourth quarter, the highest for this point in the period since 2016, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. November was the busiest month of the year by number of deals, the data show.

The tally got a boost Monday with financial data giant S&P Global Inc.’s takeover of IHS Markit Ltd. for about $39 billion in stock, the year’s second-biggest transaction.

The latest series of megadeals, added to the record third-quarter haul of $993 billion, is helping volumes recover after the Covid-19 crisis triggered a steep decline in the first half of the year. The value of M&A announced this year is now down just 13%, compared with the 42% decline through

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SoClean Ranked 134 On Deloitte’s 2020 Technology Fast 500 for North America

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PETERBOROUGH, N.H. , Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SoClean Inc., the smart health technology company, has been included on Deloitte’s 2020 Technology Fast 500 list. Created to recognize the passion and dedication it takes to be an industry disruptor, SoClean ranks at 134, reporting 886% growth from 2016 to 2019. This is the third year in a row SoClean has been included on the list, ranking 39 in 2019 and 54 in 2018. Technology Fast 500 awardees are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2016 to 2019.

“It’s exciting to be recognized in this space and to achieve the growth we have over the last 3 years,” SoClean CEO Robert Wilkins said. “At SoClean, we strive to provide the best service and best products possible in smart

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Seeq Number 76 Fastest-Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2020 Technology Fast 500

Seeq Number 76 Fastest-Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2020 Technology Fast 500

Nov. 24, 2020 – Seeq Corporation, a leader in manufacturing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) advanced analytics software, announced today it ranked 76 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and energy tech companies in North America now in its 26th year.

Seeq also announced it was chosen as a 2020 Red Herring Top 100 North America Winner which recognizes the continent’s most exciting and innovative private technology companies.

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New telescope in works at Green Bank to detect, map Fast Radio Bursts | News

A new radio-telescope linked to similar telescopes at two sites in Canada will be built at the Green Bank Observatory, following the National Science Foundation’s award of a $1.7 million grant to a WVU professor studying Fast Radio Bursts.

The horizontal, 60-meter long, 20-meter wide telescope features a cylindrical profile similar to a snowboarding half-pipe. According to, it will operate in concert with similar “Outrigger” telescopes planned for construction at the Algonquin Radio Observatory in Ontario and at a site near Allenby, British Columbia.

The three Outrigger scopes will in turn connect with the similar, but much larger, CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) radio-telescope in operation since 2017 at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory near Kaleden, British Columbia. The Outrigger telescopes will triangulate the positions of targeted objects, allowing the CHIME telescope to pinpoint their locations.

The grant to build the new telescope at Green Bank was awarded

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Software Dominates Deloitte’s 2020 Tech Fast 500 With 71% Of All Companies

  •  353 of the 500 fastest-growing companies in North America are in the software industry according to Deloitte’s 2020 Tech Fast 500, the most ever in the history of their rankings and a 3% increase over last year.
  • Two of the ten fastest-growing companies over the last three years specialize in cybersecurity, OneTrust and Transmit Security.
  • Notable software companies ranked in Deloitte’s 2020 Tech Fast 500 include Bolt, Illumio, LogicMonitor and Seeq.
  • Biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies are the second most prevalent sector, comprising 14% of all companies, followed by digital content/media/entertainment (5%) and medical devices (4%).  

It’s fascinating to look at the emerging trends in Deloitte’s 2020 North America Technology Fast

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Fortress Biotech Ranked in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500(TM) for the Second Year in a Row

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NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fortress Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBIO) (“Fortress”), an innovative revenue-generating company focused on acquiring, developing and commercializing or monetizing promising biopharmaceutical products and product candidates cost-effectively, today announced that it ranked number 135 in Deloitte’s 2020 Technology Fast 500(TM), an annual ranking of the fastest-growing North American companies in the technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech sectors. Fortress’ 874 percent revenue growth based on the increase in net product sales from 2016 to 2019 secured its spot in the rankings.

“We are thrilled to be recognized among an elite group of 500 companies in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500(TM) for the second year in a row. We are proud of our rapid revenue growth, as generating value for our

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This Fungus Is Fast Becoming Luxury Fashion’s Favorite Material

Where sustainable fashion is concerned, the leather goods industry hasn’t been setting the best example.

Though ethical and environmental concerns have pushed the wider industry to become increasingly eco- and animal-friendly, the leather goods market—which is valued at $414 billion globally—is still dominated by animal offcuts.

While ‘genuine leather’ holds sartorial clout for some, the byproducts emit greenhouse gases, consume finite natural resources (particularly through the rearing of livestock), and pollute the environment through tanning and dying processes.

The most obvious solution would be to opt for vegan leathers, of course, but their credentials aren’t always much better. While a handful of brands have poured money into developing plant-based alternatives, the world’s most prevalent and widely-used ‘vegan leather’, polyurethane (or ‘PU’), is little more than a throwaway pollutant itself.

As it’s derived from fossil fuels, in fact,

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Uber to accept fast payments in Brazil in partnership with Ebanx

FILE PHOTO: An Uber logo is seen during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California, U.S., November 2, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc started on Monday to take instant payments in Brazil in partnership with payments startup Ebanx, both companies said.

More than 60 million people had already signed up to the newly launched instant payments platform, so-called Pix, before its full operation started this Monday. It allows consumers and companies to make money transfers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without requiring debit or credit cards.

Uber said in an email to Reuters that instant payments are likely to bring new clients to its services, mainly those who do not use cards. Around one-third of Brazilians do not have a bank account, one of the highest ratios in the world.

Instant payments will initially only

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