Collins targets clean-cabin technologies, eyes supersonic future | News

Amid the pandemic, Collins Aerospace continues investing in supersonic aircraft technology while eyeing aspects of business and commercial aviation that will be “systematically” changed by Covid-19.

For instance, business jet customers will, from now, expect aircraft to have the types of touchless technologies that are commonplace on the ground.

That is according to Collins president of customer and account management Colin Mahoney, who spoke with FlightGlobal ahead of VBACE, the virtual business aviation conference replacing this year’s NBAA BACE event.

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“Our focus in the industry needs to be… on those things that are systematically changed forever,” Mahoney says. “This [pandemic] has changed our expectations as humans.”

Customers will expect that touchless technologies be standard on aircraft, he says.

Such systems include automated cabin management systems, already found on new jets, which allow passengers to control various cabin functions – lighting or entertainment – using personal devices.

Customers will also expect

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Scientists design model to predict cellular drug targets against COVID-19 — ScienceDaily

A computational model of a human lung cell has been used to understand how SARS-CoV-2 draws on human host cell metabolism to reproduce by researchers at the University of Warwick. This study helps understand how the virus uses the host to survive, and enable drug predictions for treating the virus to be made.

Viruses rely on their host to survive, a crucial step of lifecycle is the synthesis of the virus particles within the host cell, therefore understanding this process is key to finding ways to prevent the virus from surviving.

Using a computer model of a human lung cell metabolism, scientists from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick have captured the stoichiometric amino and nucleic acid requirements of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Publishing their results in the paper, ‘Inhibiting the reproduction of SARS-CoV-2 through perturbations in human lung cell metabolic network’, in the

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Folding of SARS-CoV2 genome reveals drug targets — and preparation for ‘SARS-CoV3’ — ScienceDaily

For the first time, an international research alliance has observed the RNA folding structures of the SARS-CoV2 genome with which the virus controls the infection process. Since these structures are very similar among various beta corona viruses, the scientists not only laid the foundation for the targeted development of novel drugs for treating COVID-19, but also for future occurrences of infection with new corona viruses that may develop in the future.

The genetic code of the SARS-CoV2 virus is exactly 29,902 characters long, strung through a long RNA molecule. It contains the information for the production of 27 proteins. This is not much compared to the possible 40,000 kinds of protein that a human cell can produce. Viruses, however, use the metabolic processes of their host cells to multiply. Crucial to this strategy is that viruses can precisely control the synthesis of their own proteins.

SARS-CoV2 uses the spatial folding

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CIA thinks North Korean missiles could reach U.S. targets, analyst says

Nov. 18 (UPI) — North Korea may have developed intercontinental ballistic missiles with sufficient atmospheric reentry capabilities that can reach the United States, a former CIA analyst says.

Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said in a new report the CIA has made the assessments of “definite threats to the U.S. homeland.”

“Although North Korea has not yet conducted an ICBM flight test that successfully demonstrated a re-entry vehicle capability, the CIA has assessed that Pyongyang’s ICBM re-entry vehicles would likely perform adequately if flown on a normal trajectory to continental U.S. targets,” Klingner says in the think tank’s 2021 Index of U.S. Military Strength.

North Korean missile tests in recent years have led to speculation about whether Pyongyang has mastered atmospheric reentry for projectiles capable of targeting the United States.

In 2017, missile expert Michael Elleman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London said

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Joint Korean/Australian Project Targets China’s Rare Earth Control

A joint South Korean/Australian mineral processing research project is showing potential to eat into China’s dominance of the high-value and strategically-important rare earth industry.

While in its early days the Ziron Tech project has successfully produced two of the most important metals in the rare earth family; praseodymium and neodymium which are used to make the permanent magnets used in electric cars and renewable energy systems.

As well as producing samples of the metals weighing up to 18.5 pounds an agreement to construct a commercial plant producing up to 550 pounds a day was signed last week.

A long-time in planning the key to the Ziron Tech process is a unique orebody located near the city of Dubbo in the Australian State of New South Wales.

If the work in Korea leads to full-scale commercial rare

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Scientists make breakthrough discovery of new therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have identified new therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by studying the patients’ brain with a newly-developed methodology. This novel approach also enables researchers to measure the effects of potential drugs on AD patients, opening new directions for AD research and drug development.

Although the pathological mechanisms of AD have been studied for decades, the disease remains incurable. One reason is that conventional research approaches have limited capability to identify molecular targets for drug development. Molecular and pathological pathway analysis generally examines AD patients’ brain as a single unit, which usually underestimates the contributions of different brain cell types to AD and any abnormalities in them. This is especially the case with less-common cell types such as microglia (the brain’s resident immune cells) and neurovascular cells (specifically endothelial cells), which only account for less than 5% and 1% of

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British cybersecurity firm Darktrace targets $5bn London IPO

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Darktrace uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to spot cyber threats for businesses. Photo: Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty Images

Cybersecurity company Darktrace is targeting a $5bn (£3.8bn) valuation as it lines up banks for an initial public offering in London, it has been revealed.

The British firm, which was established in 2013, is in talks with investment lenders, including UBS and Berenberg, to work on a stock market float next year, Sky News first reported.

City sources told the broadcaster that the appointment of the investment banks, as part of a syndicate of advisers, is likely to be finalised in the coming days.

The company uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to spot cyber threats for businesses. Some of its clients include BT Group (BT-A.L), William Hill (WMH.L) and online shopping giant Ocado (OCDO.L). Its investors also include KKR & Co, Vitruvian Partners and Summit Partners.

Earlier this year Wall Street bank Goldman

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China sets targets for smart, recoverable and reusable launch vehicles

HELSINKI — China’s main space contractor is developing launch vehicles capable of learning and adapting as well as multiple technologies for recovering and reusing rockets.

China will develop a first launch vehicle capable of vertical takeoff, vertical landing by 2025, Wu Yansheng, a senior official with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), said at a major conference (Chinese) in Chengdu, southwest China Nov. 3.

Wu, presenting on the prospects for space transportation system development, also stated that CASC is working on rockets capable of learning and acting autonomously. 

The efforts, involving the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), one of two major launch vehicle entities under CASC, would see existing launchers upgraded to be capable of making adjustments to changes in, for example thrust, and returning data to the ground for the benefit of future missions. Tests involving the Long March 2C are expected in

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Qorvo Price Targets Up After Earnings and Guidance

Qorvo  (QRVO) – Get Report shares rose on Thursday after the wireless-technology company reported stronger-than-expected earnings. 

That report led several analysts to raise their share-price targets on the provider of technology for mobile service, infrastructure, and aerospace and defense.

Qorvo recently traded at $148.24, up 11%. The shares had climbed 15% year to date through Wednesday.

Needham analysts lifted their target to $200 from $160, affirming their buy rating.

Qorvo “delivered revenue well ahead of expectations and guided to record operating margins for the coming quarter,” the analysts wrote in a commentary cited by Bloomberg.

Benchmark analysts raised their share-price target to $155 from $135, maintaining their buy rating. 

They named Qorvo a top pick for the rest of the year, “given its positioning to benefit from RF [radio frequency] content increases in 5G smartphones,” Bloomberg reports.

Qorvo’s earnings came in “much better than expected,” and its outlook

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UPDATE 2-Austrian utility Verbund raises 2020 targets, plans new projects

* Verbund raises group profit and EBITDA targets

* Nine-month profit increases by 6%

* Company will use subsidies for new hydropower projects

* Nearest large investments will be for hydrogen (Adds CFO comments from call, share price)

By Zuzanna Szymanska

Nov 5 (Reuters) – Austria’s largest electricity company Verbund plans new hydropower projects and future investments in hydrogen, it said on Thursday as it raised its 2020 targets thanks to a continued market recovery.

Verbund generates more than 90% of its energy from renewable sources and analysts have said they expect leading renewable power providers to continue performing well thanks to energy transition policies.

“The incentives for small hydro are interesting,” finance chief Peter Kollmann told a conference call, adding other benefits included faster depreciation and pandemic-related investment subsidies.

“We have some projects which are now more interesting than they were before and those projects we will build,” he

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