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Huge plan to map the DNA of all life in British Isles

Huge plan to map the DNA of all life in British Isles

Science
Tony JolliffeSeventy thousand species.That’s the best guess for the tally of life, including plants, animals and fungi, found in Britain and Ireland.And it’s the target of one of biology's most ambitious projects - scientists want to map the DNA of every single one of these organisms. Having these genomes - each a complete set of genetic information for a species - could transform how we understand the natural world. And there could be benefits for us too in the hunt for nature-inspired medicines and materials.In Plymouth, the starting point for this immense task is some thick, sticky mud.Sediment scooped up from the bottom of the Plymouth Sound has been hoisted onto the deck of the research vessel that belongs to the Marine Biological Association.It's placed in a sieve and hosed off, rev...
Astronauts plan spacewalk at ISS on Tuesday to prepare for new solar arrays

Astronauts plan spacewalk at ISS on Tuesday to prepare for new solar arrays

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., March 15 (UPI) -- Two NASA astronauts plan a spacewalk on Tuesday to prepare for the installation of new solar arrays at the International Space Station, amid tension between Russia and the United States over the Ukraine conflict. Astronauts Kayla Barron, 34, and Raja Chari, 44, plan to exit the station around 8 a.m. EDT for a roughly six-hour spacewalk -- their second and first spacewalks, respectively. They intend to install brackets and struts that will support the future installation of solar arrays. Two of six new solar arrays have been unfurled to power the station's electronics over the past year. NASA officials commented on the tensions over Russia's invasion of Ukraine during a press conference Monday. Joel Montalbano, NASA manager of the ISS program, directly addr...

What to know about tax credits in the American Rescue Plan

Finance
kate_sept2004 | E+ | Getty ImagesMany Americans will pocket some extra money this year and next courtesy of changes the American Rescue Plan made to a handful of tax credits.The $ 1.9 trillion Covid relief measure tweaked the child tax credit, earned income credit, and child and dependent care credit.The changes, especially those to the child tax credit, are aimed at lower earners. They're temporary and will only apply to tax season next year (for 2021 income), unless Congress extends the new rules or makes them permanent.More from Personal Finance:Biden's infrastructure plan won't raise individual taxes, for nowFourth stimulus checks are unlikely. What federal aid may be nextIRS refunds will start in May for $ 10,200 unemployment tax breakThe pandemic aid law also lets households claim ...
Biden unveils ‘once in a generation’ spending plan

Biden unveils ‘once in a generation’ spending plan

World
ReutersUS President Joe Biden has called for trillions in spending aimed at re-igniting America's economic growth by upgrading its crumbling infrastructure and tackling climate change.The $ 2.3tn (£1.7tn) proposal would direct billions to initiatives such as charging stations for electric vehicles and eliminating lead water pipes.The spending would be partially offset by raising taxes on businesses.Those plans have already roused fierce opposition.Republicans have called the rises "a recipe for stagnation and decline", while powerful business lobby groups including the Business Roundtable and Chamber of Commerce said they supported investments but would oppose tax increases.The pushback is a sign of the tough fight ahead for the plan, which needs approval from Congress.Acrimony loomsJoe Bi...

Stock trading app company Robinhood files plan to go public

Technology
Stock trading app company Robinhood says it has submitted a confidential plan to go public later this yearByThe Associated PressMarch 23, 2021, 10:17 PM• 2 min readCHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Stock trading app company Robinhood said Tuesday that it has submitted a confidential plan to go public later this year.The company based in Menlo Park, California, filed the paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission while at the center of a battle between online activist retail investors and institutional investors over companies such as GameStop and AMC Entertainment. Robinhood had to restrict trading of those companies earlier in the year, and has been subject to congressional investigations.Robinhood did not disclose the size of its initial public offering, or where it plans to trade its stock....