Scientists’ pandemic response could be even faster next time

AS THE DELTA variant of covid-19 continues to spread across large parts of the world, the shame is that vaccines are still in such short supply. Worse, they are being hogged by rich countries even though the need elsewhere is so great. For that, blame politics. The triumph, however, is that vaccines exist at all. And for that, praise science.

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The sequence of the virus’s genome was made public on January 11th 2020, just one month after a new respiratory illness was first reported in Wuhan, in China. Days later, on January 15th, Moderna, working with America’s National Institutes of Health, had completed the design of the prototype molecule that would comprise its vaccine. Sixty-two days after that, on March 16th, human trials began.

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Aiming for college? Being smart is valued. Being decent is impressive.

“A college is not choosing Joe over you because he is more worthy, a better student or a better kid. There is something in his application that makes sense for the class,” she says.

Her second purpose and one to which she returns many times in her book: “What we want most of our kids, what matters to us most in raising our kids, is character.”

Sabky decided to write a book after a 2017 essay she wrote on an applicant who submitted a recommendation from the school custodian went viral. The custodian noted the young man was the only one who knew the names of every member of the janitorial staff, thanked them regularly for their labor and turned off lights in empty rooms. The student showed respect for every person at the school, regardless of position, said the custodian.

In reviewing 30,000 college applications, Sabky says she’d never

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Tencent’s Pony Ma Loses $3 Billion After State Media Calls Online Games ‘Spiritual Opium’

Chinese internet tycoon Ma Huateng, also known as Pony Ma, lost $3.2 billion in one day after state media lambasted online games in an unusually harsh editorial, fueling fears that his gaming giant Tencent and others could come under heightened scrutiny.

Tencent’s Hong Kong-listed shares closed 6{13aab5633489a05526ae1065595c074aeca3e93df6390063fabaebff206207ec} lower on Tuesday, after plunging as much as 11{13aab5633489a05526ae1065595c074aeca3e93df6390063fabaebff206207ec} when the article first came out the same day. Published by a unit of the official Xinhua News Agency, it blamed online games for causing problems such as addiction and myopia, and likened them to “spiritual opium” and “electronic drugs.” The story was later taken down from the agency’s website, but it remains in the print version.

“Some students spent eight hours a day playing Tencent’s ‘Honor

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Dublin Unified solidifies new superintendent’s cabinet | News

Dublin Unified School District welcomed three key new hires during a special Board of Trustees meeting late last month, and a fourth is expected to come on board in the days ahead.

David Wildy, Sharon Spivack and Sydney Wu were unanimously confirmed as the district’s new chief technology officer, senior director of special education and accounting manager, respectively, at the July 20 meeting. The appointment of a new human resources director, Jawan Eldridge, is pending board approval at an upcoming meeting on Aug. 10.

Superintendent Chris Funk called DUSD’s staff “our No. 1 asset” in a statement on Wednesday.

“When we reward them, foster their growth and nourish their professional development, they are able to provide our students with the exceptional educational experience they deserve,” Funk said. “Hiring the best people is the key to our success, and I believe David, Sharon, Jawan, and Sydney are the right people for

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