UCB Demonstrates Commitment to Science and Discovery Across Its Epilepsy Portfolio at the American Epilepsy Society’s Virtual Event AES2020

ATLANTA, Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — UCB today announced that 15 scientific posters will be presented at the upcoming American Epilepsy Society’s all new virtual event, AES2020, December 4-8, 2020. The scientific program features the latest research on VIMPAT in primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures (PGTCS). VIMPAT was just recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 4 years of age and older.1

Key poster presentations also include data on the long-term efficacy and tolerability of adjunctive BRIVIACT in adults with partial-onset seizures, the efficacy and patient satisfaction of NAYZILAM among people living with seizure clusters, and Phase 2 study results for Staccato® Alprazolam, an investigational drug-device combination designed to be used as a single-use epileptic seizure rescue therapy that combines the Staccato® delivery technology with alprazolam. Staccato® Alprazolam is not yet approved by the FDA.

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MEL Science secures $14m in Series B funding to expand award-winning at-home science education offering

MEL Science secures $14m in Series B funding to expand award-winning at-home science education offering

MEL Science has proved an invaluable educational resource for tens of thousands of subscribers struggling with schooling disruption caused by COVID-19

MEL Science, a London-based science educational platform, today announces that it has secured $14 million in Series B funding to support demand for its subscription-based offering. International investors include Mubadala Investment Company, Channel 4 Ventures and other entities from Europe and China.

As a leading EdTech innovator, MEL Science aims to bring science to life through educational kits, combining hands-on experiments with interactive VR simulations and live lessons – created to help students learn in intuitive, engaging ways. Its award-winning products are designed for children aged 5 – 14 and are intended to be used either as an at-home teaching aid or by schools.

This latest round of funding will enable MEL Science to develop its product offering and expand into new territories. In addition, it will support the

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Data Science Focus Delivers for Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes Inc.’s

expansion into software-powered logistics has helped the century-old company capture a piece of a booming e-commerce market sparked by the coronavirus outbreak, the company’s chief innovation officer says.

The service, developed over the past five years, manages parcel deliveries for about 600 retailers world-wide, as well as returns. This year, it is expected to generate more than $1 billion in sales, the Stamford, Conn.-based company says. In October, it reported third-quarter revenue of $410 million from managing deliveries of online sales, up nearly 50% from the year-earlier period.

Like other logistics providers, Pitney Bowes leverages digital capabilities such as cloud computing, database management and application programming interfaces, which enable systems used by retailers and local carriers to work together.

Three years ago, the company sold its fledgling

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NASA Selects Heliophysics Missions of Opportunity for Space Science Research and Technology Demonstration

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — NASA has selected two SmallSat missions – a study of Earth’s outer most atmosphere and a solar sail spaceflight test mission – to share a ride to space in 2025 with the agency’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP).

The missions – the Global Lyman-alpha Imagers of the Dynamic Exosphere (GLIDE) and Solar Cruiser – were selected as Solar Terrestrial Probes (STP) Missions of Opportunity. GLIDE will help researchers understand the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere – the exosphere – where it touches space. Solar Cruiser demonstrate the use of solar photons for propulsion in space.

The launch of the IMAP mission in 2025 to the first Lagrangian equilibrium point (L1), about 1 million miles towards the Sun, will be a pathfinder for NASA’s new RideShare policy. With the policy, the agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) will plan – from the inception of major

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Despite development slowdown, the state’s life science industry keeps on building

From the industry’s traditional hub in Cambridge’s Kendall Square to emerging hot spots in Fort Point and the Fenway to vast campuses in more distant locations such as the former Fort Devens, life science companies are launching a wide array of projects, fueled by investors attracted to a fast-growing industry.

“There’s just tremendous interest in investing in these sort of projects,” said John Bonnano, chief investment officer at IQHQ, a real estate firm that’s launching two major life science developments here, and earlier this month closed on a $1.7 billion fund to finance more in Boston, San Francisco, and San Diego. “There’s an awful lot of capital out there right now.”

It’s chasing a market that has only become stronger relative to other real estate sectors. Traditional office tenants now occupy about 3 million fewer square feet of space across Greater Boston than they did at the start of the

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10 awesome science discoveries you may have missed in 2020

This year has produced an unprecedented news frenzy. As the deadly coronavirus pandemic raged around the world, lives were uprooted. Readers eagerly anticipated every bit of progress toward a vaccine. The killing of George Floyd sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. Wildfires rampaged across western North America, including five of the six largest fires in California since 1932, and hurricanes tore through coastal cities, with so many forming that scientists ran out of names for the storms. In the final few months of 2020, a historically divisive election dominated headlines.

a close up of a canyon: Researchers in Chiquihuite Cave wear protective gear to prevent contamination of excavation areas where they are looking for genetic signatures of plants and animals.

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Researchers in Chiquihuite Cave wear protective gear to prevent contamination of excavation areas where they are looking for genetic signatures of plants and animals.

Yet among these pivotal events were an array of scientific discoveries that slipped under the radar. As 2020 comes to a close, we look back at ten significant

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The Uncertain Impact of Accelerating Science

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the biggest mobilization of scientific effort in a generation. Scientists from fields as diverse as immunology and computer science quickly pivoted to studying drivers of the epidemic and potential countermeasures. More than 54,000 articles relating to the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been published in academic journals in the biomedical and life sciences to date.

This scientific surge is astounding and inspiring, but it has produced some ethical dilemmas. The urgency of the crisis has led to a proliferation of studies, some of which short-circuit the most rigorous scientific standards. Results often get disseminated to the public before they’ve been reviewed by experts, which can lead to a situation in which doctors, politicians and others advocate unproven cures.


The gold standard for scientific learning is the randomized, controlled trial (RCT), in which a group of participants is randomly assigned to receive either the

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WSU launches health science incubator to build, grow startups in Spokane

Washington State University has launched a new incubator to grow early-stage health care and life science startup companies.

Spinout Space in Spokane – also known as sp3nw – will offer startups assistance with grant preparation; operational and intellectual property support; and legal and marketing services in the Ignite Northwest building at 120 N. Pine St., according to a news release.

It also will provide startups with a offices, lab space and an opportunity to interact with WSU faculty, a mentor network of established entrepreneurs and nearly three dozen consultants, investor groups and service providers. 

The network of consultants and mentors will aid in the process of commercializing health care products, while driving economic and job growth in the region, according to the news release.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation awarded sp3nw with a $250,000 grant that will go toward attracting and retaining biotech, pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device companies,

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Impactful science teaching requires minimum five hours instruction weekly

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New research on middle-grades science teaching reveals that without at least 5 hours of instructional time dedicated to science during a typical school week, teachers are less likely to use the types of inquiry-based learning practices recommended by leading science and education professionals.

Unlike traditional instruction, inquiry-based instruction approaches science learning through sustained real-world projects and hands-on experimentation rather than fact memorization, recall and prescribed experiments. It is considered a best practice by the National Research Council and the Next Generation for Science Standards, among other national and state science assessments, for teaching scientific knowledge and skills for the 21st century.

What’s more, the findings—published Dec. 1, 2020 in the journal Teachers College Record—suggest that only about one third of eighth-grade students in the U.S. actually receive at least 5 hours of science instruction each week.

“Even the best teachers are less likely to teach

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Oklahoma Adopts TCI’s Bring Science Alive! K-8 Programs

TCI’s elementary and middle school science programs built from the ground up to align to new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (PRWEB) December 03, 2020

Award-winning K-12 publishing company, TCI, announced today that its Bring Science Alive! K-8 programs were officially approved by the Oklahoma State Textbook Committee for use in the state’s more than 1,200 elementary and middle schools.

Built from the ground up to support the recently adopted Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OASS), TCI’s Bring Science Alive! programs transform elementary and middle school science classrooms into a multi-faceted learning experience for both in-class and distance learning environments. The programs align with the OASS’s goal of ensuring that all students have an appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science; possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues; are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to

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