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Muons: ‘Strong’ evidence found for a new force of nature

Muons: ‘Strong’ evidence found for a new force of nature

Science
Reidar Hahn / FermiLabFrom sticking a magnet on a fridge door to throwing a ball into a basketball hoop, the forces of physics are at play in every moment of our lives.All of the forces we experience every day can be reduced to just four categories: gravity, electromagnetism, the strong force and the weak force.Now, physicists say they have found possible signs of a fifth fundamental force of nature.The findings come from research carried out at a laboratory near Chicago.The four fundamental forces govern how all the objects and particles in the Universe interact with each other.For example, gravity makes objects fall to the ground, and heavy objects behave as if they are glued to the floor.The UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) said the result "provides strong evidence ...

Dow futures rise as stocks point to strong open on Monday

Finance
Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.Source: NYSEU.S. stock futures moved higher in overnight trading and pointed to gains at the open on Monday, continuing last week's rally that led the Dow and S&P 500 to record highs.Dow futures rose 60 points. S&P 500 futures gained 0.16% and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.14%.Stocks rose last week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 4% and the S&P 500 gaining 2.6%. The S&P 500 and the Dow both closed at record highs Friday.The Nasdaq Composite advanced 3% last week, despite a sell-off on Friday spurred by rising interest rates. The jump in bond yields has challenged growth stocks in recent weeks and sent investors into cyclical pockets of the market. The Nasdaq is up less than 1% this month, while the Dow and S&...

Twitter posts strong Q4 results as user base, revenue jumps

Technology
Twitter posted solid results for the last three months of 2020, capping what CEO Jack Dorsey called “an extraordinary year” for the platformBy BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology WriterFebruary 9, 2021, 9:44 PM• 2 min readTwitter posted solid results for the last three months of 2020, capping what CEO Jack Dorsey called “an extraordinary year" for the platform. New users signed on in large numbers to follow the world's events in real time despite the challenges of election misinformation and intensifying calls to ban now former President Donald Trump.The San Francisco-based company earned $ 222.1 million, or 27 cents per share, in the October-December period. That's up 87% from $ 118.8 million, or 15 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue grew 28% to $ 1.29 billion from $ 1 billion.

IPO market in both the U.S. and China to remain strong in the near term, VC exec says

Finance
A cyclist rides before the city skyline at Marina Bay in Singapore.Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty ImagesSINGAPORE — Going public is expected to the be the main exit road for most start-ups in the near term as corporations are likely to put their merger and acquisition plans on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the CEO of Vertex Holdings.Vertex is the venture capital arm of Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings and has more than $ 3 billion in assets under management as well as over 200 active portfolio companies. It has six network funds that invest in early-stage tech start-ups, health care start-ups and growth-stage companies spanning across places like the U.S., China, Israel, Southeast Asia and India."I think the IPO market is still going to continue to be strong bas
Oxford vaccine produces strong immune response in older adults, early results show

Oxford vaccine produces strong immune response in older adults, early results show

Technology
The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University produces a strong immune response in older adults, data from early trials has shown.The phase one and phase two results suggest that one of the groups most at risk of death or serious illness from COVID-19 may be able to build immunity, according to data published in The Lancet medical journal. It comes a day after Pfizer announced its coronavirus vaccine was 94% effective among adults over 65 in its final efficacy results, and that it would be seeking authorisation over the next few days.Live coronavirus updates from the UK and around the world Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player ...