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Moderna may expand pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trial

Moderna may expand pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trial

CBS News, July 27, 2021

Moderna said Monday it may expand the size of its COVID-19 vaccine trial for younger children, as both Pfizer and Moderna plan to seek authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to vaccinate some of the youngest Americans later this year.

Under the Microscope – Lawrence Wein

Under the Microscope – Lawrence Wein

ISHI, July 26, 2021

The genealogy process is typically the most time-consuming part of – and a limiting factor in the success of – investigative genetic genealogy. In his presentation at ISHI, Lawrence Wein will present a systematic approach to efficiently perform the genealogy portion of investigative genetic genealogy. He and his colleagues have formulated a two-stage mathematical model of the genealogy process: an ascending stage that attempts to find the most recent common ancestors (MRCAs) between the unknown individual and each investigated match, and a descending stage that searches for a marriage among the descendants of the MRCAs.

How bad is space tourism for the environment? And other space travel questions, answered.

How bad is space tourism for the environment? And other space travel questions, answered.

Vox, July 25, 2021

For many, the rise of commercial space tourism is a vulgar display of wealth and power. Amid several global crises, including climate change and a pandemic, billionaires are spending their cash on launching themselves into space for fun. When Amazon founder Jeff Bezos told reporters after his first space tourism trip on Tuesday that Amazon customers and employees had “paid” for his flight, that only intensified that criticism.

PSR Point/Counterpoint: Fortune

PSR Point/Counterpoint: Fortune

Railway Age, July 22, 2021

The first editorial, by Ike Brannon, Senior Fellow at the Jack Kemp Foundation, and Michael F. Gorman, Niehaus Chair in Operations and Analytics at the University of Dayton and Editor-in-Chief of the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Journal on Applied Analytics, takes the pro-PSR stance. The response, by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), paints PSR as “a business strategy promoted by Wall Street to boost short-term profits.”

Tech can’t solve death. But startups increasingly want to help with what comes after

Tech can’t solve death. But startups increasingly want to help with what comes after

Fortune, July 21, 2021

The first wave of COVID-19 claimed the lives of several of Rikard Steiber’s colleagues and friends. One of them was a well-known DJ who had a big digital and public presence. When the partner of the deceased asked Steiber how to gain access to her loved one’s Google Photos, the Silicon Valley executive came face-to-face with the difficulty of navigating a post-mortem digital existence.

Lessons From COVID-19

Lessons From COVID-19

University of Massachusetts Amherst, July 14, 2021

Just as COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of life, so too has it affected the direction of research in countless ways. From faculty who stepped up to contribute to the emergency response to those who found themselves in the midst of an unprecedented natural experiment, UMass Amherst researchers have studied the pandemic’s influence from a variety of angles. Several faculty members shared lessons learned and implications for the future.

The God Committee

The God Committee

My Ample Life, July 13, 2021

Kelsey Grammer and Julia Stiles do not make a natural romantic couple, and their awkward pairing is the largest misstep made by “The God Committee,” writer-director Austin Stark’s adaptation of Mark St. Germain’s play about a group of doctors tasked with deciding which of three patients should receive a heart transplant.