The NIH’s Top Vaccine Maker Wants Warp Speed To Be the New Normal

Are you concerned about the effect that use of the new vaccines will have on ongoing and future trials? I think the ethics of keeping trials going even when a vaccine is available are probably getting worked out now. But what about simply losing potential volunteers because they’re already getting other shots?

That issue will become front and center in the next few weeks. And I think it is a good problem to have. We have a vaccine that’s more effective than we even hoped for. And that means that we now have these ethical issues to address. How long can you really continue a placebo-controlled study, when you have good evidence that your vaccine works?

So what do I consider good evidence? Not a press release from a company, but the FDA looking at the data and saying, “Yes, we agree you have 95 percent efficacy, because we’ve looked

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IRS Moves to Speed Up Contracting Through New Procurement Research Partnership

The Internal Revenue Service recently set sights on introducing new technology-driven capabilities and applying innovative data science techniques to improve and elevate its procurement operations.

And last week, the agency launched a research partnership valued at almost $1 million that marks a deliberate move in that direction.

Through the newly unveiled collaboration, agency officials, university professors and students equipped with procurement and machine learning experience, and members of Virginia-based small business Data and Analytic Solutions will form a multidisciplinary team intended to accelerate the IRS’ contracting and award processes. It emerges as federal buying largely remains notoriously slow.

“When it comes to contracting, everyone seems to want it faster, cheaper, and better,” IRS Chief Procurement Officer Shanna Webbers told Nextgov over email Tuesday. “We recognized that we cannot continue to do business as usual and expect a different result.”

With that view top of mind, Webbers’ office earlier this year

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New Australian telescope maps millions of galaxies at record speed

Australian scientists have used a powerful new telescope to map about 3 million galaxies at record-breaking speed — creating what they say is a “Google Map of the universe.”



a group of clouds in the sky: The ASKAP telescope is a collection of dishes across the remote Western Australia desert.


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The ASKAP telescope is a collection of dishes across the remote Western Australia desert.

The Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), a radio telescope located in outback Western Australia, mapped the galaxies in just 300 hours, or 12.5 days. This is a significant increase from previous surveys, which have taken years.

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The result is a new atlas of the universe, according to Australian science agency CSIRO, which developed and operates the telescope.

“ASKAP is applying the very latest in science and technology to age-old questions about the mysteries of the universe and equipping astronomers around the world with new breakthroughs to solve their challenges,” said CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall in a statement on Tuesday.

It marks

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The Path Forward: Combating COVID-19 with Operation Warp Speed Chief Science Adviser Moncef Slaoui

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Moncef Slaoui, Chief Science Adviser, Operation Warp Speed

Dr. Moncef Slaoui is the Chief Advisor to Operation Warp Speed. He brings to the mission extensive experience in vaccine and Medicines development and production from a long career in the field of life sciences.

Dr. Slaoui spent nearly 30 years at GlaxoSmithKline holding a number of leadership positions including member of the board; Chairman of Pharmaceutical R&D; Chairman Global R&D, Vaccines & Oncology; and Chairman, Global Vaccines. As Chairman of Pharmaceutical R&D, Dr. Slaoui led a restructuring to improve focus on innovation and productivity. As Chairman of Global Vaccines, Dr. Slaoui was directly involved in the company’s vaccine pipeline, which led the industry during his time, with the broadest portfolio of vaccines of any company—48—and the creation of 14 new vaccines in ten years. Dr. Slaoui led the development of a number of novel vaccines, including Cervarix, to prevent cervical

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Australian Telescope Maps Deep Space at Record Speed | Top News

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A powerful new telescope in outback Australia has mapped vast areas of the universe in record-breaking time, revealing a million new galaxies and opening the way to new discoveries, the country’s national science agency said on Tuesday.

The radio telescope, dubbed the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), was able to map about three million galaxies in just 300 hours. Comparable surveys of the sky have taken as long as 10 years.

“It’s really a game changer,” said astronomer David McConnell, who led the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) study of the southern sky at the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory in Western Australia.

What makes this telescope unique is its wide field of view, using receivers designed by CSIRO, which allow it to take panoramic pictures of the sky in sharper detail than before.

The telescope only needed to combine 903 images to map the sky,

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Australian telescope maps new atlas of the universe in record speed | Astronomy

A powerful new telescope developed by Australian scientists has mapped three million galaxies in record speed, unlocking the universe’s deepest secrets.

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (Askap) broke records as it conducted its first survey of the entire southern sky, mapping approximately three million galaxies in 300 hours.

Scientists used the telescope at an observatory in outback Western Australia to observe 83% of the sky.

The result is a new atlas of the universe, according to the telescope’s developer and operator, Australian science agency the CSIRO.

The survey – the Rapid Askap Continuum Survey – has mapped millions of star-like points; most are distant galaxies, the CSIRO says. About a million of those distant galaxies have never been seen before.

The CSIRO’s chief executive, Larry Marshall, said the survey had unlocked the deepest secrets of the universe.

“Askap is applying the very latest in science and technology to age-old

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The Weekly Authority: The speed of things, next Snapdragon next week, and more

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Welcome back to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority series that recaps the top Android and tech news from the week and what it all means, plus one deeper dive each week into what’s happening and what matters. Tristan Rayner at the wheel, and I’m talking all about speed later on. But first…

Deals

The Deals section jumps to the top of this weekly because, well, we all know what season we’re in right now!

I’ve scrubbed up a shortlist of some of the best deals that I think you shouldn’t miss. Just about every deal on a useful gadget is in this Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal hub, too.

Oh, and in case you were curious, The Wirecutter noted that this Black Friday we’re seeing bigger discounts than usual on higher-end TVs, including the leading range of LG OLED TVs. Good chance to upgrade

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Relativity Space raises $500M to speed up plan to build and launch 3D-printed rockets

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Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis stands alongside a 3D-printed rocket component. (Relativity Space Photo)

Relativity Space says it’s brought in another $500 million in investment to speed up its effort to build entire orbital-class rockets using 3D printing.

The startup — which was founded in Seattle less than five years ago and is now headquartered in Long Beach, Calif. — has attracted more than $685 million from investors so far, and is said to have a total valuation in excess of $2 billion.

That rise to unicorn status has sparked comparisons to another California-based space venture, SpaceX, even though Relativity has yet to launch a rocket.

In a news release, Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis said his company is on track to execute the first launch of its Terran 1 rocket from Florida next year, thanks to existing capital on its balance sheet.

“With this new Series D funding, we

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Astronomer accidentally discovers speed of light

On Nov.  21, 1676, the Danish astronomer Ole Rømer discovered the speed of light. Before Rømer figured it out, scientists thought that light travels instantaneously, or infinitely fast. 



a close up of a blur: Einstein's theory of special relativity sets of the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second (300 million meters per second). But some scientists are exploring the possibility that this cosmic speed limit changes.


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Einstein’s theory of special relativity sets of the speed of light, 186,000 miles per second (300 million meters per second). But some scientists are exploring the possibility that this cosmic speed limit changes.

Rømer disproved this almost by accident when he was studying Jupiter’s moon Io. He was trying to figure out how long it takes Io to orbit Jupiter in hopes of using it as a cosmic clock. He watched Io disappear behind Jupiter and reappear on the other side. He did this over and over every 42 hours for years. 

To his surprise, the timing of the eclipses was not consistent. When Earth was closest to Jupiter, the eclipses happened 11 minutes early. Likewise, when the

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Three Imperatives For Delivering Technology At Speed

EY’s Global Chief Client Technology Officer, bringing technology products to EY clients.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic started, many organizations around the world have rapidly transitioned to fully remote workforces. Luckily, as we navigate the uncertainty, we have the benefit of technologies that were not available previously.

Times of uncertainty demand technology at speed and innovation at scale, while keeping all the stakeholders at the center, from clients to employees, vendors, regulators and the general public, in order to unlock new paths to preserve business continuity and build resilience into the future.

Why The Business World Needs Technology At Speed

Unfortunately, as we begin to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, some companies have not survived, and others will follow that trend. Many organizations have made the mistake of putting technology investments and business launches on hold given the uncertainty of the past few months. It’s time to reverse that

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