Trust in Science Soars Amid Global Pandemic

New global survey shows increased confidence in science; 3M calls for renewed focus on sustainability; STEM equity and collaboration to help solve the world’s greatest challenges

If the world’s biggest challenges are to be solved, science will lead the way.

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Trust in science, at 89%, is the highest it has been since 3M first commissioned the State of Science in 2018. Science appreciation has grown by double-digits, and 92% of the world is united in believing we should value and follow science to contain the spread of COVID-19. (Image credit: 3M)

That’s the takeaway from the annual 3M State of Science Index (SOSI). This year’s survey shows that the image of science is on the rise, sustainable solutions remain critical, barriers to STEM and gender/race inequality must be removed, and public/private partnerships are expected to solve issues that people

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Roku Soars After Agreeing to Carry Comcast’s Peacock Stream

Roku  (ROKU) – Get Report soared Monday after the streaming platform announced a deal to carry NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service on its devices.

NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast  (CMCSA) – Get Report.

Analysts reacted positively to the news for both Roku and Comcast. Roku will receive “top-end premium inventory and subsequent pricing leverage on its [connected TV] premium ad bundles,” in addition to negotiating power with other major networks, said Rosenblatt Securities.

The firm has a buy rating and $195 price target on shares of Roku.

Analysts at Benchmark said the deal could help Peacock. Benchmark has a buy rating and $54 price target on Comcast.

Roku recently traded at $183.98, up 14.65%, and has climbed 37% this year. Comcast recently traded at $43.69, down 3.47%, and has slid 3% year to date.

Peacock provides access to more than 20,000 hours of on-demand movies and

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Dow soars 359 points as investors buy the dip in tech stocks

  • Major US stock indexes climbed on Friday, driven by a surge in technology stocks.
  • Still, Friday’s increase wasn’t enough to lift them into positive territory for the week. Both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average notched their fourth straight weekly decline.
  • Equities have come under pressure in recent week as investors monitor rising COVID-19 cases overseas and in the US.
  • Putting additional pressure on stocks is Congress’ likely inability to pass another round of fiscal stimulus before the November election.
  • Watch major indexes update live here.

Stocks climbed on Friday, driven by the same sector that’s led markets lower over the past month: technology. Investors bought the dip and pushed major indexes firmly into positive territory after tepid trading in the morning hours.

Still, Friday’s gains weren’t enough to salvage a positive week. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones industrial average both notched

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