Energy & Science

Karma Automotive has raised a $100 million lifeline from outside investors, as reported by Bloomberg, with the struggling electric vehicle maker’s fortunes likely buoyed by the current market optimism on other EV companies including Tesla. Karma is the reincarnated version of Fisker Automotive, which previously faced bankruptcy before being acquired by Wanxiang Group in 2014.
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The government’s new Joint Biosecurity Centre is to take a more prominent role in co-ordinating the response to Covid-19, the BBC understands. The JBC will be asked to develop novel ways to quickly identify and contain potential outbreaks. The government’s scientific advisory group, Sage, will meet less often and its sub-groups will report to departments.
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Tesla’s 2014 acquisition of SolarCity turned the electric vehicle manufacturer into the undisputed largest player in residential solar, but that lead has steadily eroded as its major competitor, Sunrun, surged ahead with more aggressive plans. Now with the $3.2 billion acquisition of the residential solar installation company Vivint Solar, Sunrun looks to solidify its place
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A sewage-based coronavirus test could be an “easy win” that would pick up infection spikes up to 10 days earlier than with existing medical-based tests. Scientists led by UK’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology are working on a standardised test to “count” the amount of coronavirus in a wastewater sample. “The earlier you find [a
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Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose by almost 20% in June – a 13-year high for the month, according to government data. With such an increase at the start of the dry season, there are concerns that this year’s fires could surpass 2019’s disastrous blazes. Activists say the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the problem. They
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