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Biden environmental challenge: Filling vacant scientist jobs

Biden environmental challenge: Filling vacant scientist jobs

Technology
Polluting factories go uninspected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Leadership positions sit vacant at the U.S. Geological Survey's climate science centers. And U.S. Department of Agriculture research into environmental issues important to farmers is unfinished.The ranks of scientists who carry out environmental research, enforcement and other jobs fell in several agencies — sharply in some — under former President Donald Trump, federal data shows. Veteran staffers say many retired, quit or moved to other agencies amid pressure from an administration they regarded as hostile to science and beholden to industry.That poses a challenge for President Joe Biden, who must rebuild a depleted and demoralized work force to make good on promises to tackle climate change, protect ...
Extreme E invites scientist bids for ship research

Extreme E invites scientist bids for ship research

Science
Extreme E, the new off-road, motor racing series set to launch next year are inviting applications from scientists to conduct ocean based research aboard their ship, the St Helena as it sails the cars and teams around the globe. Motorsport has long been a driver of science and innovation in areas such as aerodynamics, engines and car design, but rarely environmental research. In fact, the two might be considered to be at odds. But for Extreme-E, launched by the same team behind Formula E, the environment considerations have been central since inception. Electric SUVs will compete off-road in five races across a nine-month calendar, which has been specially designed to negate much of the need for air freight of the cars and teams - instead organisers are currently reconditioning the former...
‘More than one vaccine’ will be available in the next three to six months, SAGE scientist says

‘More than one vaccine’ will be available in the next three to six months, SAGE scientist says

Technology
More than one coronavirus vaccine will be available in the first quarter of 2021, a government scientific adviser has told Sky News.Sir Jeremy Farrar, who sits on the SAGE committee, said: "I think in the first quarter of next year we will have vaccines - will have more than one vaccine." It is unlikely the jabs will be administered before Christmas, which Sir Jeremy thinks "will be tough this year" and "not like a normal Christmas for almost everybody".But he is expecting data on vaccines in November and December, pointing out that the UK has a "portfolio" of potential options.He is also hopeful that treatments will begin to make a big difference next year. ...
We should expect more animal-to-human disease outbreaks, Oxford vaccine scientist warns

We should expect more animal-to-human disease outbreaks, Oxford vaccine scientist warns

Technology
We should expect more animal-to-human disease outbreaks to emerge in future, a leading scientist has warned.Professor Sarah Gilbert, who is heading the development of Oxford University's coronavirus vaccine, says human activity is driving the rising threat of viruses and that the risk is unlikely to reduce as globalisation continues. "Greater population density, greater travel, deforestation - all of these things make it more likely that these outbreaks will happen and then something will spread," she told The Independent."Because of the way things have been going in the world, it's more likely we'll have zoonotic infections causing outbreaks in the future." ...
Nobel Prize-winning scientist Frances Arnold retracts paper

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Frances Arnold retracts paper

Science
American scientist Frances Arnold, who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry, has retracted her latest paper.Ms Arnold shared the prestigious award in 2018 with George P Smith and Gregory Winter for their research on enzymes. A subsequent paper on enzymatic synthesis of beta-lactams was published in the journal Science in May 2019.It has been retracted because the results were not reproducible, and the authors found data missing from a lab notebook.Reproduction is an essential part of validating scientific experiments. If an experiment is a success, one would expect to get the same results every time it was conducted. Ms Arnold came forward with the news herself on Twitter on 2 January."For my first work-related tweet of 2020, I am t...