With $300 Million In New Funding, Zymergen Aims To Sustainably Transform The $3 Trillion Chemical And Materials Industry

By making better, greener alternatives to petrochemistry, Zymergen sees a huge economic and environmental opportunity

As the smoke from a dozen wildfires darkened San Francisco, Josh Hoffman took his two children outside to see the surreal morning sky. It looked like a dystopian scene from Blade Runner 2049.

“My kids were scared because the sun never rose, and when it did it looked like a dying planet,” says the CEO of Zymergen, a biomanufacturing company. In the apocalyptic skies, Hoffman saw the end of times that so many warn about if we don’t get a handle on climate

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A Chemist Aims to Beat a Trump-Loving Republican on Long Island

Democratic House candidate Nancy Goroff in the lab.

Democratic House candidate Nancy Goroff in the lab.
Photo: Goroff for Congress

That “I believe in science” and “I believe in using facts and evidence to solve problems” are rallying cries for a political campaign says a lot about 2020. Yet that’s the pitch of Nancy Goroff, a chemist at Stony Brook University who is the Democratic nominee taking on Rep. Lee Zeldin in a Long Island district.

That appeal to science-based decision-making speaks to the hellscape of modern America that Republicans have created. The Trump administration is the culmination of those efforts, having spent nearly four years sidelining science to disastrous consequences. That includes the acute crisis of a pandemic that has left the U.S. with the highest death toll in the world and one of the highest per capita death rates of any developing country. Hell, the president came down with it after holding a superspreader event.

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Ex-Tesla exec Straubel aims to build world’s top battery recycler

By Paul Lienert

(Reuters) – Tesla co-founder J.B. Straubel wants to build his startup Redwood Materials into the world’s top battery recycling company and one of the largest battery materials companies, he said at a technology conference Wednesday.

Straubel aims to leverage two partnerships, one with Panasonic Corp, the Japanese battery manufacturer that is teamed with Tesla at the Nevada gigafactory, and one announced weeks ago with e-commerce giant Amazon.

With production of electric vehicles and batteries about to explode, Straubel says his ultimate goal is to “make a material impact on sustainability, at an industrial scale.”

Established in early 2017, Redwood this year will recycle more than 1 gigawatt-hours’ worth of battery scrap materials from the gigafactory — enough to power more than 100 Tesla cars.

That is a fraction of the half-million vehicles Tesla expects to build this year. At the company’s Battery Day in late September, Chief

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Wunong Net Technology Aims For $37 Million U.S. IPO

Wunong Net Technology Company (WNW) aims to raise $37 million in an IPO of its ordinary shares, according to an F-1 registration statement.

Shenzhen, China-based Wunong was founded to create a food marketplace website that sells agriculture products to a variety of end users such as consumers, restaurants, lodging facilities and others.

More recently, management has opened a restaurant and seeks to create a franchise business model, with agreements signed for 25 restaurants in the Shenzhen area.

The restaurant initiative has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic but management plans to actively deploy its ‘restaurant expansion and franchising plans beginning the third quarter of 2020.’

Management is headed by Chief Executive Officer Mr. Xiangang Qin, who was previously an agriculture and related products technology specialist.

Wunong has received at least $1 million from investors including Union International Company Limited, Kindness Global, Four Dimensions Global, Wisdom Global, Soaring International, Morning

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Science Centre aims to break boundaries with new series of virtual and on-site events, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Young children will be able to discover world-changing science in a creative way when the Science Centre’s KidStop Steam Festival for Young Learners kicks off on Thursday (Oct 8).

The four-day event till Sunday (Oct 11) is aimed at children aged three to eight, and melds virtual and on-site events at KidsStop, the Children’s Science Centre.

Steam marries the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) with the arts so as to foster more holistic, multidisciplinary learning, said Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, chief executive of the Science Centre.

Virtual events include interactive storytelling and sing-along sessions, while on-site activities include a coding challenge for kids to create and protect their own moving bot, and activities around marine conservation.

An All-In “passport” for $38 per child ($5 for accompanying adults) lets children enjoy both online and on-site activities at the festival.

Steam Festival is the first

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Team aims to detect oxygen concentration in tumors using upgraded medical imaging scan — ScienceDaily

Experts in Japan have devised a simple way to glean more detailed information out of standard medical imaging scans. A research team made up of atomic physicists and nuclear medicine experts at the University of Tokyo and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) has designed a timer that can enable positron emission tomography (PET) scanners to detect the oxygen concentration of tissues throughout patients’ bodies. This upgrade to PET scanners may lead to a future of better cancer treatment by quickly identifying parts of tumors with more aggressive cell growth.

“Patients’ experience in this future PET scan will be the same as now. Medical teams’ experience of conducting the scan will also be the same, just with more useful information at the end,” said nuclear medicine physician Dr. Miwako Takahashi from the NIRS, a co-author of the research publication in Communication Physics.

“This was a quick project for

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Exclusive: Airbnb aims to raise roughly $3 billion in IPO

By Anirban Sen and Joshua Franklin

(Reuters) – Home rental company Airbnb Inc is aiming to raise around $3 billion in its upcoming initial public offering (IPO), people familiar with the matter said on Friday, taking advantage of the unexpectedly sharp recovery in its business after the COVID-19 pandemic roiled the travel industry.

Airbnb will be one of the largest and most anticipated U.S. stock market listings of 2020 which has already been a blockbuster year for IPOs, featuring the likes of record label Warner Music Group <WMG.O>, data analytics firm Palantir Technologies <PLTR.N> and data warehouse company Snowflake Inc <SNOW.N>.

Airbnb said in August it had filed confidentially for an IPO with U.S. regulators. [nL4N2FL3SN]

The company’s current plan is to make its filing publicly available in November after the U.S presidential election and is targeting an IPO some time in December, the sources said, requesting anonymity as the

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Dehydration Technology Aims to Provide Nutritional Food at Scale

The U.S. is the global leader in food waste, with Americans discarding nearly 40 million tons of food every year. That equates to more than $161 billion, approximately 219 pounds of waste per person, and 30-40% of the U.S. food supply.

With COVID-19 amplifying the need to make access to affordable, nutrient-dense, disease-fighting and readily available food products on a global scale a reality, San Francisco-based Treasure8, a technology company utilizing regenerative methods to provide food at scale, announced its partnership with PA Consulting, based in London, UK, to help reduce food insecurity and create a better global food system.

“Part of what we call our ‘Resource Revolution’ is building an advanced network of global partnerships that help transform the food system systematically and fulfill our purpose to deploy nutrition for humanity,” says Timothy Childs, founder and co-CEO of Treasure8. “Not only do these partnerships allow us to scale our

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Sweden aims to use 5G self-driving technology for future transport solutions

A screen shows real-time 3D environment outside the 5G self-driving electric bus during a two-week test project aiming at using 5G self-driving technology for future transport solutions in Djurgarden, Stockholm, capital of Sweden, Sept. 30, 2020.Photo:Xinhua

 

A security supervisor monitors the test run of a 5G self-driving electric bus along a 1.5 kilometer route during a two-week test project aiming at using 5G self-driving technology for future transport solutions in Djurgarden, Stockholm, capital of Sweden, Sept. 30, 2020.Photo:Xinhua

 

A 5G self-driving electric bus runs along a 1.5 kilometer route during a two-week test project aiming at using 5G self-driving technology for future transport solutions in Djurgarden, Stockholm, capital of Sweden, Sept. 30, 2020.Photo:Xinhua

 

A 5G self-driving electric bus runs along a 1.5 kilometer route during a two-week test project aiming at using 5G self-driving technology for future transport solutions in Djurgarden, Stockholm, capital of Sweden, Sept. 30, 2020. Photo:Xinhua

 

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New Venus Balloon Mission Study Aims To Find Life By 2022

Two researchers advocate sending a quick mission to Venus to try and quell debate over whether our sister planet’s middle atmosphere does in fact harbor some sort of microbial life. To their credit, instead of standing around grinding their teeth over the issue, Andreas Hein and Manasvi Lingam, have already set forth a new balloon mission proposal specifically geared toward confirming the detection of phosphine (PH3) in Venus’ atmosphere. If funded, they say their mission could launch by 2022.

Their proposal, which is being submitted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters, comes on the heels of this month’s earlier controversy over the tentative detection of phosphine in Venus’ atmosphere. Under certain circumstances, phosphine, a flammable, toxic gas that can signal the presence of biology. 

These balloon-based probes would be slowed down by a parachute,

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