See the $135 million underwater lab designed by Fabien Cousteau and Yves Béhar

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Four times larger than any underwater lab to date, it could change underwater research forever. Sixty feet. It doesn’t sound like much. But under the weight of water, that short distance is enough to triple the pressure of our normal atmosphere. It’s about as far below the surface as humans can live, a strange, isolated place where voice pitch goes up, cuts heal faster, rashes spread with abandon, and batteries deplete more quickly. Which is why Fabien Cousteau , ocean researcher and grandson of Jaques Cousteau, likens the challenge of building an underwater lab to crafting the International Space Station (ISS). Read Full Story

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Lab-grown wood could let us grow furniture in a lab instead of in a forest

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Why cut down trees when you can grow wood in the exact shape you need? Scientists have already figured out how to grow meat in a lab, nurturing animal cells to multiply into chicken cutlets and burger patties . Now, MIT researchers are hoping to do the same with wood, to quickly produce in a lab what would take decades to grow in nature. From there, they could even coax wood tissue to grow into fully-formed shapes—like, say, a table—in order to mitigate the environmental harm of the logging and construction industries Read Full Story

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This honey is real—but it wasn’t made by bees

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MeliBio is building honey in the lab, not in the hive. As startups make milk proteins without cows and palm oil without palm trees , researchers at a lab in the San Francisco Bay Area are working on one of the next challenges: how to make honey that’s identical to the traditional product but doesn’t require the work of any honeybees. Read Full Story

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WHO: The coronavirus ‘likely’ came from bats, not a lab

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“All available evidence suggests the virus has an animal origin and is not a manipulated or constructed virus in a lab or somewhere else,” a WHO spokesperson announced today. The World Health Organization has announced today that its research has found that the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, likely originated in bats, CNBC reports . Speaking at a news conference in Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said: Read Full Story

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Aetion cracks top 10 of Fast Company’s 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The healthcare company checks in at number 10. The healthcare technology company uses data and predictive modeling to answer questions about how certain treatments will affect different sectors of the population. The company has a separate labs team completely focused on innovation. The labs team, says CEO Carolyn Magill, “makes sure that our scientists have time to do research with academic partnerships to support the latest thinking and participate in peer-reviewed research.” Read Full Story

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There could be lasting consequences from scientists pausing their research to focus on COVID-19

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There’s been a global effort to help fight the coronavirus, but as labs have shifted their attention to the coronavirus, other work has been put aside. For many researchers, the choice to spend decades working in a lab or in the field comes from a desire to help—to expand understanding of how life works or to improve human health. So when COVID-19 emerged, many scientists dropped what they were doing and switched their focus to SARS-CoV-2 , the virus responsible for the pandemic. Read Full Story

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The main reasons employees don’t speak their mind at work

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For many companies, it’s not leaders’ fear standing in the way of progress—it is thousands of small, missed opportunities when employees do not speak up and share their insights. In our research conducted in collaboration with the University of North Colorado Social Research lab, we found five reasons that people don’t speak up to contribute solutions, suggest micro-innovations, or advocate for customers. Read Full Story

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Google’s secretive ATAP lab is imagining the future of smart devices

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The consumer-electronics research arm has been quiet for years—but it’s also been busy. Its new mission: Make Google hardware as smart as Google software. In 2015, Dan Kaufman, the director of the information innovation office at the U.S. Department’s fabled DARPA lab, began talking to Google about joining the company in some capacity. Maybe he could work on Android. Or take a job at X, the Alphabet moonshot factory formerly known as Google X. And then another possibility came up: ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects), a Google research skunkworks that was “just like DARPA, but in Silicon Valley,” as he describes it. His reaction: “That sounds awesome!” Read Full Story

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MRIs are poisoning the environment with toxic metal

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Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University tested river waters in Tokyo for gadolinium, a contrast agent given to patients receiving MRIs. The lab test that we all thought was safe for everyone, magnetic resonance imaging (just magnets and radio waves! no radiation! yay!), turns out to be problematic: The process leaches toxic gadolinium into the water supply. Read Full Story

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