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NPR (11/19/21) – The FDA authorizes COVID booster shots for all U.S. adults

The Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for fully vaccinated Americans who are age 18 and older to receive a COVID-19 booster shot…

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention committee of independent experts is scheduled to meet Friday afternoon to take up the matter. If the panel approves and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky concurs, the booster shots could become widely available right away.

Express {UK} (11/18/21) – AstraZeneca breakthrough: Covid-killing wonder drug 88% effective in stunning trial result

The British drugmaker has announced its COVID-19 antibody drug was 83 percent effective in cutting the risk of people contracting symptomatic illness in a six-month follow-up study. It cements AstraZeneca’s lead in developing a preventive treatment for coronavirus. The company also found that patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 showed that a higher dose of the therapy, AZD7442, cut the risk of symptoms worsening by 88 percent when given within three days of first symptoms.

QuadCities (11/16/21) – BREAKING: Illinois Covid Numbers Exploding Again, Is A Shutdown On The Way?

Gov. JB Pritzker had been waffling on lifting the mask mandate before the holidays, and now, IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike said it’s probably not going to happen.

“As we’ve moved indoors, we haven’t maybe taken our masks indoors with us. So a lot of unmasked indoor gatherings are likely part of the problem,” Ezike said. “Of course, COVID is so complicated. It’s been throwing us curveball after curveball.”

Courtesy of Tom T. (of Just Us Guys)

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(11/18/21) – British Air Force Set A World Record For First Flight Using Only Synthetic Fuel

Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) has set a Guinness World Record after senior test pilot Group Captain Peter Hackett completed the world’s first flight that was powered by synthetic fuel alone.

The Ikarus C42 microlight aircraft took off from Cotswold Airport on Nov. 2 using synthetic gasoline from the British synthetic fuel company Zero Petroleum, a government press release said. The historic test flight lasted 21 minutes.

(11/18/21) – IBM’s New Quantum Computer Is Double the Size of China’s Jiuzhang 2

Computing giant IBM announced that it has built the world’s largest superconducting quantum computer, called Eagle, a press statement reveals. The new machine is larger than Google’s Sycamore as well as China’s Jiuzhang 2.

(11/16/21) – Ford’s New Cable Design Is 4.6 Times Faster than Tesla’s Supercharger

The signs of upcoming gas stations can be frequently seen inside and outside the city limits. You can access gas anywhere and get your tank full in 5 minutes. But when it comes to EVs, the story differs. According to a study by Nature Energy, the inconveniences associated with charging caused people to discontinue using electric vehicles in California and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at a rate of 20 percent.

Starting a university-business alliance back in 2017, Ford and Purdue University succeeded to design a new charging cable that is 4.6 times faster than Tesla’s Supercharger that takes 20 minutes to fully charge with a direct current.

(11/16/21) – The $1.5 Billion Mammoth Solar Farm Will Be the Largest in the US

An Israeli firm, Doral Renewables, has started work on the U.S.’s largest solar energy farm, dubbed Mammoth Solar, which will cover approximately 13,000 acres (5,261 hectares), a report from AP News reveals.

The new solar farm, which is expected to be fully operational by 2024, will span two northern Indiana counties, and the project will have a total cost of approximately $1.5 billion.

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CNN Business (11/16/21) – What supply chain crisis? America’s largest retailer is doing just fine

Several large retail chains, including Walmart, have chartered their own ships to deliver goods from Asia, stocked up on extra merchandise and relied on their deep pockets and broad supplier bases to adjust to supply constraints. Those options are too expensive and inaccessible for most small shops, which typically have less financial flexibility to absorb higher costs and keep prices down for customers than large competitors.

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