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Zap Energy nets $160M Series C to advance its lightning-in-a-bottle fusion tech

Zap Energy has reached two milestones that could nudge it ahead in the race to offer low-cost, carbon-free energy — a $160 million Series C round, and a successful test of a prototype fusion reactor

US Energy Sec. Granholm still ‘bullish’ Congress can ink ‘significant’ climate deal

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said she is still "hopeful, positive and in fact bullish" that Congress can agree on "a significant push into clean energy."

NASA taps three companies to design nuclear power plants for the moon

Nuclear fission may have to overcome a public perception hurdle here on Earth in order to get the funding and development it needs to advance sufficiently to help our with our de-carbonization efforts

Amazon extends its quantum efforts with a focus on networking

Amazon today announced a new effort in bringing quantum computing to its cloud — at least in the long term. The company today launched the AWS Center for Quantum Networking, a new research effor

‘How doomed are we?’ and more questions for a climate expert

I doubt you'll blame me for blurting out, "How doomed are we?" the moment I sat down with renowned climate modeling expert William Collins at TC Sessions: Climate. 

Unified-IO is an AI system that can complete a range of tasks, including generating images

The Allen Institute for AI (AI2), the division within the nonprofit Allen Institute focused on machine learning research, today published its work on an AI system, called Unified-IO, that it claims is

Are carbon offsets bullshit? A renowned climate expert weighs in.

Onstage at TC Sessions: Climate 2022 this week, climate modeling expert Dr. William Collins shared why he’s deeply skeptical of carbon offsets, and tree-based offsets in particular. According to Col

Auxilius lands $10M to help biopharmas manage financial aspects of the clinical trial process

Many of us take prescription medication with little to no understanding of just how long it takes — or how much it costs — to get that drug to market. Conducting clinical trials of a given medicat

Investors salivate over food tech companies perfecting precision fermentation

The technology is not "new," but what has industry followers so excited is the potential for better-quality, more-cost-effective proteins compared to animal-based counterparts.

AI startup Cohere launches a nonprofit research lab

Cohere, a startup creating large language models to rival those from OpenAI, today announced the launch of a nonprofit research lab: Cohere For AI. Headed by Google alum Sara Hooker, Cohere says that

Charm Therapeutics applies AI to complex protein interactions, locking down $50M A round

The world of AI-powered drug discovery keeps expanding as the capabilities of machine learning grow. One approach that seemed unthinkable just a few years ago is simulating the complicated interplays

NASA assembles a UFO research team to study ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’

NASA has announced the formation of a study team dedicated to UFOs — or unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs), as they’ve been rebranded to shed some of their tin-foil-hat stigma. But don&#8217

Brown Foods ushers in new age of dairy, raises a ‘latte’ money for cowless cow’s milk

The company's first product, UnReal Milk, is "real" whole milk created using mammalian cell culture technology.

Funding radical startups addressing climate change with Natel Energy and Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Gia Schneider raised $65 million on the road to unlock distributed hydro resources. In July 2021, Libby Wayman from Breakthrough Energy Ventures led Natel Energy’s $20 million Series B, and on June

Hong Kong’s AI drug discovery firm Insilico closes $60M Series D

Insilico Medicine, a Hong Kong-based company that has been using artificial intelligence to discover new drugs since 2014, has completed a fresh round of funding. It’s a sign that certain invest

AI model’s insight helps astronomers propose new theory for observing far-off worlds

Machine learning models are increasingly augmenting human processes, either performing repetitious tasks faster or providing some systematic insight that helps put human knowledge in perspective. Astr

LatchBio empowers scientists with a code-free platform for handling big biotech data

Biologists and other scientists are confronted these days with a deep sea of data and a bewildering panoply of tools to apply to it — many of which require a specialist to operate. Hiring one is a c

Google bans deepfake-generating AI from Colab

Google has banned the training of AI systems that can be used to generate deepfakes on its Google Colaboratory platform. The updated terms of use, spotted over the weekend by Unite.ai and BleepingComp

Ultima Genomics claims $100 full genome sequencing after stealth $600M raise

The appetite for genomic data continues to rise in the field of biotech and pharmaceutical research, but cost is still a factor — even sequencing a full genome now costs as little as $1,000. But

Lidar exposes the remnants of an overgrown ancient civilization in the Amazon

It’s Friday and the world is falling apart, so let’s just take a short mental health break with some interesting news out of the field of archaeology, where tech is enabling some fascinati
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