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Tech Companies Praised for ‘Pandemic Leadership’, Vaccine Mandates

“America reported 122,000 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest single-day spike since February,” reports Business Insider. But when it comes to anti-Covid measures like vaccine mandates, America’s technology companies have been “decisive trend setters,” according to the New York Times’ On Tech newsletter. (Alternate URL) Last year, some high-profile tech companies were relatively early to close their corporate offices ... Read More »

Texas Instruments’ New Calculator Will Run Programs Written in Python

“Dallas-based Texas Instruments’ latest generation of calculators is getting a modern-day update with the addition of programming language Python,” reports the Dallas Morning News: The goal is to expand students’ ability to explore science, technology, engineering and math through the device that’s all-but-required in the nation’s high schools and colleges… Though most of the company’s $14 billion in annual revenue ... Read More »

Rocket Lab Successfully Carries a US Military Satellite Into Orbit

“Resuming launches after a mission failure two months ago, Rocket Lab successfully placed a small U.S. military research and development satellite into orbit Thursday following a fiery liftoff from New Zealand…” reports Spaceflight Now: Heading east from Mahia, the rocket’s first stage burned its nine engines for about two-and-a-half minutes, followed by a six-minute firing of the second stage engine ... Read More »

Early Virus Sequences ‘Mysteriously’ Deleted Have Been Not-So-Mysteriously Undeleted

“A batch of early coronavirus data that went missing for a year has emerged from hiding,” reports the New York Times. (Jesse Bloom, a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, had found copies of 13 of the deleted sequences on Google Cloud.) Though their deletion raised some suspicions, “An odd explanation has emerged, stemming from an editorial ... Read More »