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Amazon defeats historic Alabama union effort

Amazon defeats historic Alabama union effort

Technology
Getty ImagesAmazon has defeated activists hoping to establish the company's first unionised warehouse in the US.Workers at the Bessemer, Alabama warehouse voted 1,798 to 738 against the effort, labour officials said. That represented a majority of votes cast in the contest, which was seen as a key test for Amazon after global criticism of its treatment of workers during the pandemic.The union said it would challenge the results.It accused Amazon of interfering with the right of employees to vote in a "free and fair election", including by lying to staff about the implications of the vote in mandatory meetings and pushing the postal service to install a mailbox on company grounds in an effort to monitor the vote."Amazon has left no stone unturned in its efforts to gaslight its own employees...
More COVID-19 vaccines in the pipeline as US effort ramps up

More COVID-19 vaccines in the pipeline as US effort ramps up

Health
A huge U.S. study of another COVID-19 vaccine candidate got underway Monday as states continue to roll out scarce supplies of the first shots to a nation anxiously awaiting relief from the catastrophic outbreak.Public health experts say more options in addition to the two vaccines now being dispensed — one made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, the other by Moderna — are critical to amassing enough shots for the country and the world.The candidate made by Novavax Inc. is the fifth to reach final-stage testing in the United States. Some 30,000 volunteers are needed to prove if the shot — a different kind than its Pfizer and Moderna competitors — really works and is safe.“If you want to have enough vaccine to vaccinate all the people in the U.S. who you’d like to vaccinate — up to 8...
Navy’s information warfare research effort gets $400M in new funding

Navy’s information warfare research effort gets $400M in new funding

Business
Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A new U.S. Navy information warfare project received a two-year extension and $ 400 million in new funding, the Navy announced. James Guerts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, approved a funding ceiling increase and extension for the Information Warfare Research Project of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. Advertisement The project now has a $ 500 million ceiling and a five-year performance period, the San Diego-based The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command [NAVWAR] said on Tuesday. IWRP began in 2018 and uses a consortium-based approach in offering an alternative acquisition method called an Other Transaction Authority to streamline the acquisition process, rapidly develop prototypes and provide advanced technol...
UAE launches mission to Mars in effort to move away from reliance on oil

UAE launches mission to Mars in effort to move away from reliance on oil

Technology
The United Arab Emirates has launched its first mission to Mars.The £160m mission is aimed at providing a picture of the Martian atmosphere and studying daily and seasonal changes on the planet. It is also aimed at advancing the UAE's science and technology sector, enabling it to move away from its economic reliance on oil.After two delays due to bad weather, the Amal (Hope) Probe was launched from Japan's Tanegashima Space Centre just before 11pm Sunday, UK time.Around an hour after its launch, the probe deployed solar panels for its communication and other systems as it sped towards Mars at an average speed of more than 75,000mph. ...
Officials at Tyndall AFB complete environmental assessment for rebuild effort

Officials at Tyndall AFB complete environmental assessment for rebuild effort

Business
May 12 (UPI) -- Officials at Florida's Tyndall Air Force Base have completed a Programmatic Environmental Assessment and are ready to purge the last of the facilities damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018. According to the Air Force, the PEA is one of two major National Environmental Policy Act actions required before reconstruction can begin at the installation. "The approval of this Environmental Assessment, or EA, is great news for Tyndall AFB because we can now move forward with the multibillion-dollar rebuild of the 'Installation of the Future,'" said Col. Travis Leighton, Tyndall PMO director. "This includes completing the demolition required to clear sites in time for the construction of new facilities." Tyndall can now obligate funds to start the 28 rebuild projects evaluated unde...