Scientists vs politicians: The reality check for “warp speed” vaccine research

Enlarge / In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, engineers work on an experimental vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing (credit: Nicholas Asfouri) When Donald Trump launched Operation Warp Speed last week, he borrowed language from Star Trek to describe the drive for a Covid-19 vaccine. “That means big and it means fast,” the US president said, promising an effort “moving on at record, record, record speed.” His hope that a coronavirus vaccine might be ready “prior to the end of the year” was even quicker than the optimistic—but often repeated—timeline for a vaccine to be ready in… Read More

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Newton Mail founder returns with launch of personal net worth tracker, Kubera

Serial entrepreneur Rohit Nadhani, who last sold his Newton email app to Essential in 2018— an app so popular it’s been saved from shutting down multiple times — is today launching a new startup, Kubera. The service aims to offer an alternative to using a spreadsheet to keep track of your assets, investments, cryptocurrencies, debts, insurance, and other important documents that would need to be transferred to a loved one in the event of your death. The founder was inspired to create Kubera — a reference to the Indian “lord of wealth” — due to a traumatic personal experience. While swimming in Costa Rica, he was caught in a riptide… Read More

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Memorial Day sale alert: the Apple Watch 5 hits lowest price ever at Best Buy

The Memorial Day sale event is a perfect opportunity to score killer deals on best-selling tech like the all-new Apple Watch 5 that’s on sale for a record-low price of $299 at Best Buy. That’s a $100 discount and a fantastic price for a feature-rich smartwatch. Best Buy also has the 44mm Apple Watch 5 with LTE connectivity on sale for $429. The Apple Watch 5 is packed with new features, as well as an upgraded design. The smartwatch features an Always-On Retina display, which allows you to easily read the time, messages, and other important notifications. The Series 5 smartwatch includes an updated ECG app and new safety features… Read More

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