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MIT develops method for lab-grown plants that eventually lead to alternatives to forestry and farming image
MIT develops method for lab-grown plants that eventually lead to alternatives to forestry and farming image
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Researchers at MIT have developed a new method for growing plant tissues in a lab – sort of like how companies and researchers are approaching lab-grown meat. The process would be able to produce wood and fibre in a lab environment, and researchers h...



Senator: ‘More transparency is needed’ by exam proctoring tech firms image
Senator: ‘More transparency is needed’ by exam proctoring tech firms image
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Three of the leading exam proctoring companies are facing calls to be more transparent, amid continued claims of bias by students forced to take remote exams because of the ongoing pandemic. Exam proctoring tech lets students take remotely invigilate...



K Health expands into virtual childcare and raises $132 million at a $1.5 billion valuation image
K Health expands into virtual childcare and raises $132 million at a $1.5 billion valuation image
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K Health, the virtual health care provider that uses machine learning to lower the cost of care by providing the bulk of the company’s health assessments, is launching new tools for childcare on the heels of raising cash that values the company at $1...



2020 was one of the warmest years in history and indicates mounting risks of climate change image
2020 was one of the warmest years in history and indicates mounting risks of climate change image
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It’s official. 2020 was one of the warmest years on record either edging out or coming in just behind 2016 for the warmest year in recorded history according to data from US government agencies. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had t...



Thimble teaches kids STEM skills with robotics kits combined with live Zoom classes image
Thimble teaches kids STEM skills with robotics kits combined with live Zoom classes image
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Parents with kids stuck learning at home during the pandemic have had to look for alternative activities to promote the hands-on learning experiences kids are missing out on due to attending class virtually. The New York-based educational technology...



Tech and health companies including Microsoft and Salesforce team up on digital COVID-19 vaccination records image
Tech and health companies including Microsoft and Salesforce team up on digital COVID-19 vaccination records image
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A new cross-industry initiative is seeking to establish a standard for digital vaccination records that can be used universally to identify COVID-19 vaccination status for individuals, in a way that can be both secure via encryption and traceable and...



Amazon is removing products promoting the QAnon conspiracy image
Amazon is removing products promoting the QAnon conspiracy image
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Amazon has begun the process of removing QAnon-related products from its platform. A spokesperson for the company said that the process may take a few days. Any sellers that attempt to evade the company’s systems and list products will be subject to...



Healthvana’s digital COVID-19 vaccination records are about communication, not passports for the immune image
Healthvana’s digital COVID-19 vaccination records are about communication, not passports for the immune image
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As the vaccination campaign to counter COVID-19 gets underway (albeit with a rocky start), a number of companies are attempting to support its rollout in a variety of ways. Healthvana, a health tech startup that began with a specific focus on providi...



Michelle Obama calls on Silicon Valley to permanently ban Trump and prevent platform abuse by future leaders image
Michelle Obama calls on Silicon Valley to permanently ban Trump and prevent platform abuse by future leaders image
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In a new statement issued by former First Lady Michelle Obama, she calls on Silicon Valley specifically to address its role in the violent insurrection attempt by pro-Trump rioters at the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday. Obama’s statement also cal...



Kanarys raises $3 million for its data-driven platform to assess diversity and inclusion efforts image
Kanarys raises $3 million for its data-driven platform to assess diversity and inclusion efforts image
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Mandy Price was already a highly successful lawyer in private practice before she took the jump into entrepreneurship alongside two co-founders to launch Kanarys a little over one year ago. The Harvard Law School graduated didn’t have to start her co...