The Acceleration Consortium, a new global collaboration between academia, industry and government, based at the University of Toronto, will use artificial intelligence and robotics to accelerate the design and discovery of materials that don't yet exist. These advanced materials will make technologies more affordable and eco-friendlier with applications ranging from renewable energy and consumer electronics to drugs.
A Phase 2/3 trial to evaluate a new fully-human polyclonal antibody therapeutic targeted to SARS-CoV-2, called SAB-185, has begun enrolling non-hospitalized people with mild or moderate cases of COVID-19. The trial, ACTIV-2, is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The therapeutic was developed by SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. (Sioux Falls, South Dakota).
Everything on our planet -- the land, the water, the air, people -- is connected by the various chemical, physical and biological processes that make up what we call the Earth system.
The DRC has officially recognized three new community-managed forest concessions, collectively called the Nkuba Conservation Area (NCA), giving local communities ownership and management rights over their own forests. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, which has been working with landowners in the area since 2012, assisted with the formal recognition process, and has entered into a 25-year agreement to help them develop and implement sustainable plans for the forest home of the critically endangered Grauer's gorilla.
For cancer patients, the use of hematopoietic stem cell transplants can be a game changer in terms of treatment and recovery. However, most people need to undergo a combination of chemotherapy and radiation before transplants become an option. A new article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, sheds light on progress toward making stem cell transplants safer and more effective.
Clinical trials have begun on a new vaccine candidate that may protect against variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Protein structures determined at the Advanced Photon Source helped to guide the development of this vaccine.
Multi-institutional partnership formed to safely preserve three petabytes of data from the collapsed Arecibo radio telescope. NSF-funded XSEDE-allocated Ranch system of Texas Advanced Computing Center, UT Austin will store and make available Arecibo data to researchers. Data storage is part of NSF's efforts to support the Arecibo Observatory's future.