University at Buffalo and Charlotte’s Web Announce Collaboration to Advance Hemp Cannabinoid Science

BOULDER, Colo. and BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – (TSX: CWEB) (OTCQX:CWBHF) Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. (“Charlottes Web” or the “Company“), the market leader in  hemp CBD extract products, announces a collaboration between its CW Labs science division and the University at Buffalo’s  Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences to advance hemp cannabinoid science through a research program that provides a better understanding of the therapeutic uses and safety of cannabinoids. 

This new scientific initiative builds on early projects that have been envisioned with Dr. Gene D. Morse, Director of the Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences (CIGBS) at the University at Buffalo and State University of New York (SUNY) Distinguished Professor. The new partnership includes collaboration on a global program to advance cannabinoid sciences implementation research and safety for both supplement and biomedical use of cannabinoids with the

Read More

NanoString and Oregon Health & Science University Announce Collaboration to Develop GeoMx-Based Spatial Profiling Assays for Breast Cancer

Spatial Analysis of up to 30 Proteins on FFPE Tumor Biopsies May Inform Patient Treatment Decisions

NanoString Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:NSTG), a leading provider of life science tools for discovery and translational research, today announced a collaboration with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) for their development of novel GeoMx® Digital Spatial Profiler (DSP) protein assays to spatially profile breast cancer. These assays will be designed to enhance breast cancer tumor analysis and may inform clinical decision-making of patient treatment options. The work will be performed under the GeoMx Translational Leadership Network (GTLN), and the newly formed GeoMx Clinical Consortium, with the goal of developing clinical applications on the GeoMx DSP platform.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

GeoMx Digital Spatial Profiler. (Photo: Business Wire)

Under the collaboration, pathologists at OHSU intend to design a new GeoMx protein assay with up to 30 targets, including existing

Read More

Historic SpaceX launch to be covered in-depth by Discovery and Science Channels

The Discovery Channel and Science Channel are teaming up to give viewers “unprecedented access” into this weekend’s historic SpaceX launch.

Both networks will go live on Saturday to capture the first commercial fully-crewed spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS). Four astronauts are set to ride into orbit aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule this weekend, kicking off what NASA hopes will be years of Elon Musk’s SpaceX company conducting routine trips to keep the International Space Station fully staffed.

The simulcast is set for 3 p.m. PT and 6 p.m. ET.

“We are thrilled to once again have such incredible access that can only be found on Discovery and Science Channel,” said Scott Lewers, Executive Vice President of Multiplatform Programming, Factual & Head of Content, Science. “For this moment of international unity and hope, we will bring our viewers together to witness a spectacular celebration of space exploration”


Read More

Watch Volvo Drop a Bunch of Cars From the Sky for Science

Photo credit: Volvo
Photo credit: Volvo

From Road & Track

Volvo has always been at the forefront of safety. So it’s no surprise to see it go to extreme lengths to help the effectiveness of emergency services workers. For its latest science-backed stunt, the company dropped a handful of new cars suspended nearly 100 feet from the ground by a crane. While cool to watch, it also serves as a valuable method for simulating high-speed crashes.

Obviously, the real goal with this exercise wasn’t to create cool crash footage. Volvo wanted to provide Swedish rescue workers with new cars to test out new metals and devices for cutting out trapped occupants. Usually, these workers have to make do with decades-old cars found in scrapyards. Using these new cars provided them insights into how newer cars differ in metal type and construction, giving them an idea of how their tools can be improved to

Read More

University of Surrey launches 6G innovation centre | Science & Tech News

Although it will still be a few years before the fifth generation of mobile communications technology is in operation around the UK, research for 6G is already under way.

It wasn’t until 3G was launched in the mid-2000s that web browsing became ubiquitous on smartphones.

4G then allowed for video and music streaming, and 5G is expected to deliver more augmented reality applications and bring enormous industrial benefits too.

A new innovation centre at the University of Surrey is now preparing for 6G, which could enable the communication of physical sensations across the world instantaneously.

Speaking to The Times, Professor Alan Woodward said he expected medicine would be one of the first specialised fields to get 6G coverage.

“You can imagine being a surgeon on the other side of the world and you’ve got robotic hands inside somebody,” he said.

“In that scenario, you don’t want any perceptible delay between

Read More

Massachusetts is the Best State for Technology and Science, says Milken Institute

New index uses 105 metrics to determine state knowledge economies

Massachusetts ranks No. 1 in the 2020 Milken Institute State Technology and Science Index. The biennial assessment uses 105 metrics to determine each state’s science and technology capabilities relative to opportunities for job growth and wealth creation.

Colorado follows at No. 2, and California comes in at No. 3, moving up one spot compared to the Institute’s last ranking. The 2020 edition groups states into five tiers, with Maryland, Washington, and Utah rounding out the first tier, respectively.

For nearly two decades, the Milken Institute State Technology and Science Index has offered state governments and business leaders a vital template for evaluating their economic growth efforts over the long-term. This year, the index provides additional insight into challenges states are facing and which states are best equipped for an economic recovery post-pandemic.

“The pandemic has demonstrated both the strengths and

Read More

Massachusetts Keeps Top Spot in Milken State Technology and Science Index | Best States

Nearly every industry has felt an economic blow from the COVID-19 pandemic, which revealed holes in the framework of business models throughout the country. But some business sectors, such as the tech industry, are pivoting with new opportunities, offering a path forward for states beyond California’s Silicon Valley.

Massachusetts, Colorado and California have the greatest science and technology capabilities, according to the State Technology and Science Index. The biennial report from the Milken Institute, a Santa Monica, California-based think tank, compares states along their “capacity for achieving prosperity through scientific discovery and technological innovation.”

For almost two decades, researchers have explored the elements of development in the technology and science sector, identifying why some states are more effective than others when it comes to job creation and wage growth in high-tech industries. But this year, the report takes on new meaning amid the pandemic and a reeling economy, as states

Read More

Why This New Technology Inspired by Camel Fur Is Super Cool | Science

To survive life in the desert, a camel needs both sweat and fur. That’s according to engineer Jeffery Grossman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “If it didn’t have the fur, it would sweat way too quickly and run out of water, which is a really precious resource for the camel,” says Grossman. The engineer wondered if he could mimic the camel’s sweat glands and insulating fur by layering two materials. In new research appearing today in the journal Joule, Grossman details the new innovative technology that could be used to keep food and medical supplies chilled without requiring additional energy.

For the bottom layer of the camel-inspired system, Grossman used hydrogel, a highly absorbent network of polymers that is super-charged with water. As water evaporates from hydrogel, the liquid cools the surface it’s on. The top layer Grossman created was composed of aerogel, a hydrophobic silica structure filled

Read More

3-D-printed weather stations could enable more science for less money

3-D-printed weather stations could enable more science for less money
3-D-printed weather station initial installation in the field. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory

An inexpensive monitoring system with 3-D-printed parts and low-cost sensors might not last as long as a commercial one, but it can be just as accurate, researchers found.

Across the United States, weather stations made up of instruments and sensors monitor the conditions that produce our local forecasts, like air temperature, wind speed and precipitation. These systems aren’t just weather monitors, they are also potent tools for research on topics from farming to renewable energy generation.

Commercial weather stations can cost thousands of dollars, limiting both their availability and thus the amount of climate data that can be collected. But the advent of 3-D printing and low-cost sensors have made it possible to build a weather station for a few hundred dollars. Could these inexpensive, homegrown versions perform as well as their pricier counterparts?

The answer is yes—up

Read More

Report: NASA Needs More Time, Money to Bring Back Mars Rocks | Science News

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is underestimating the amount of time and money it will take to bring Mars rocks back to Earth in the coming decade, an independent panel said Tuesday.

The review board suggested that NASA and the European Space Agency consider bumping the next launches in the sample-return effort from 2026 to 2028, given all the technological challenges. These delays will increase costs, pushing the planning budget to $4 billion or more — $1 billion more than currently envisioned by NASA, the panel noted.

Already more than halfway to Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover will hunt for the best geologic samples, after landing in February. It’s aiming for Jezero Crater, believed to be an ancient river delta that may have once harbored microscopic life.

Scientists want to analyze these samples in the best labs on Earth, in hopes of ascertaining whether

Read More