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Here on the editorial board, we work separately from our colleagues in news.

But like every reader of this newspaper, we rely deeply on the reporting work they do to keep us informed and able to draw the best conclusions about our cities, our region and so much more.

That’s why we are thrilled to see an important new development for our newsroom come into full bloom.

We are talking about The Dallas Morning News Education Lab, a community-funded journalism initiative that has quickly expanded coverage of what might be the most important question any community faces — how we educate our children.

We are so grateful to the community-minded people and groups that have stepped forward to support this critical work: The Communities Foundation of Texas, The Meadows Foundation, The Dallas Foundation, Southern Methodist University, Todd A. Williams Family Foundation, the Beck Group, Bobby and Lottye Lyle, and the

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Fairfield University Partners with Pulse Secure on New Cybersecurity Lab to Prepare the Next Generation of Information Security Professionals

Advanced degrees in the Cybersecurity sector are in high demand with 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions projected by 2021

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fairfield University and Pulse Secure, the leading provider of Zero Trust Secure Access solutions, have announced a partnership to help educate the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. In response to the global, rapidly growing demand for skilled information security professionals across industries—from government to private sector and non-profit—Fairfield University is now offering a flexible 30-credit Master of Science in Cybersecurity program, which will leverage Pulse Secure technology in its new state-of-the-art cybersecurity lab.

Fairfield University, established in 1942 and located in Fairfield Connecticut, has over 5000 diverse and international undergraduate and graduate students engaged in studies within its five schools and colleges, including its college of arts and sciences, schools of business, engineering and nursing and health studies, and its graduate school

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NASA partners with SpaceX, Rocket Lab, Blue Origin and others for test flights and research

NASA has announced 20 new partnerships with commercial space outfits, among them collaborations with SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Rocket Lab. While no money will change hands, NASA will dedicate millions in personnel and other support to these test launches and developing technologies.

The partnerships are NASA’s Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity selections for 2020. These agreements are unlike the SBIR or NIAC programs in that NASA doesn’t just send some money out and say “let us know how you’re getting on in 6 months or so.”

Instead, the space agency offers open access to its facilities and experts, some of which are the most advanced in the world. It’s a true public-private partnership, for which reason it is still a competitive process to get a project approved — and the list of 17 companies includes several large ones.

SpaceX will be working with Langley to monitor and perform thermal measurements of

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L7 Informatics Automates Lab Operations and Supports Washington University School of Medicine with Workflow for Its Saliva-based COVID-19 Test

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — L7 Informatics announced that it has deployed L7|ESP to automate all lab operations starting with COVID-related workflow at the Genome Technology Access Center ([email protected]) in the McDonnell Genome Institute at the Washington University School of Medicine. The COVID-related workflow supports the new saliva test, developed by Washington University researchers, that is used to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

L7|ESP is CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) compliant and enables diagnostic organizations to use a single platform for registering and processing samples, running complex analyses, generating reports, and provides complete end-to-end assay automation. L7|ESP is designed to increase reproducibility and efficiency while decreasing errors and turnaround time.

According to L7 Informatics President and CEO, Vasu Rangadass, Ph.D., “L7|ESP will enable the COVID-related workflow at Washington University’s McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI) to scale to 10,000 samples per week if need be, and this ability to scale-up

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University of Manitoba lab gets funding boost to take extremely close look at COVID-19

A funding boost for a team of University of Manitoba researchers will cover the costs of sophisticated microscope camera technology that will give them an extremely close look at the novel coronavirus and could help save lives.

“By generating high resolution, very sharp images of the virus in action we not only understand how they look like in three dimensions, we more importantly understand how they work and why they are so dangerous,” said U of M biochemistry Prof. Jörg Stetefeld.

Federal Minister of Innovation Navdeep Bains announced $28 million in supports through the Canada Foundation for Innovation on Friday. Stetefeld and his colleagues Nediljko Budisa, Brian Mark, Kevin Coombs and Jason Kindrachuk received $950,000.

Stetefeld, who is also a Canada Research Chair in structural biology and biophysics, leads a team that usually focuses on cancer, but when the pandemic hit they switched gears.

The lab already had the capacity

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Rocket Lab will try splashdown recovery on the way to dramatic midair grab

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The booster will deploy a parachute on its return to Earth.


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Rocket Lab is following in the footsteps of SpaceX by going to some pretty dramatic lengths to recycle its rockets.

The startup with facilities in the US and New Zealand will attempt to recover the first-stage booster from one of its Electron rockets for the first time during a mission set for Nov. 15.

After boosting a number of small satellites toward orbit for the mission, appropriately dubbed Return to Sender, the first stage will separate and head to a controlled soft water landing in the Pacific Ocean using parachutes. From there, the floating rocket will be retrieved by a recovery vessel. 

Recovering a rocket using parachutes is hardly a new concept. It’s something NASA has pursued in the not-too-distant past. And

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Lab explores new resins for light-based 3-D printing

Lab explores new resins for light-based 3-D printing
LLNL researchers used molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to study the polymerization of three different molecules from the same reactive group (acrylate) but containing different nonreactive components. Shown are “snapshots” from an MD simulation of a liquid monomer as it polymerizes and gradually becomes a solid, revealing the emergence of a highly cross-linked network from monomers with two acrylate functional groups. Credit: John Karne

A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team has simulated the cross-linking of 3-D-printed polymer networks, a key step toward developing new functional resins for light-based 3-D-printing techniques including two-photon lithography (TPL) and volumetric additive manufacturing (VAM).


The team used molecular dynamics simulations to study, at a microscopic level, the kinetics and topology of three different molecules from the same reactive group (acrylate) but containing different nonreactive components. The researchers found that differences in the dynamics and structure of the resulting cross-linked polymers, built using the TPL and

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University of Colorado, Denver to Establish Trimble Technology Lab for the College of Engineering, Design and Computing

SUNNYVALE, Calif., and DENVER, Nov. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The University of Colorado, Denver has received a significant gift from Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) to establish a state-of-the-art Technology Lab for the College of Engineering, Design and Computing. The gift will also support the Departments or programs in Construction Engineering and Construction Management, Geography & Environmental Sciences, Physics, and Urban and Regional Planning. The lab will expand the university’s access and expertise in a customized suite of construction hardware and software products. 

Trimble’s broad Connected Construction portfolio enables all professionals along the project lifecycle to accelerate project processes—improving productivity, quality, transparency, safety and sustainability, while reducing waste.

The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students enrolled across relevant programs hands-on experience with a wide breadth of Trimble solutions. The lab will expand the university’s access and expertise in project management, architectural and structural analysis, design and engineering, mixed reality, 3D

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Rocket Lab to Attempt Its First Booster Recovery Next Week

Any company serious about building a viable satellite-launch business needs to be able to recover and reuse as many parts of its rocket system as possible.

SpaceX, for example, has achieved great success with its Falcon 9 rocket, today bringing its first-stage back to Earth by landing it upright on the ground or on a ship floating in the ocean. It can also catch the fairing that floats back to Earth on parachutes after deploying satellites in orbit, as well as reuse the capsule — the Dragon and, more recently, the Crew Dragon — that flies supplies and astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station.

Such reusability drastically cuts the cost of rocket launches, giving a company a much greater chance of succeeding in a challenging market.

California-based Rocket Lab has been making great progress with its satellite-launch system in recent years, up to now using the Electron, a

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Rocket Lab To Practice Catching A Falling Rocket From The Sky In ‘Huge Milestone’ Next Week

In the world of reusable rockets, SpaceX is king. But now Rocket Lab is hoping to emulate their success – and become the first to reuse a smaller rocket.

The company, which is U.S.-owned but launches from its own site on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand, announced today that it hopes to step up its efforts towards reusability on its next launch on Sunday, November 15.

Last year, Rocket Lab announced its plans to make its rockets reusable, by catching them mid-air with a helicopter as they parachuted back to Earth.’

Since then they have performed several tests, but this will be the first attempt at parachuting the rocket into the ocean in preparation for a full recovery attempt.

“This is a huge milestone mission for us,” Peter Beck, Rocket Lab’s CEO, said in a press

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