Science X Newsletter Sunday, Jul 11

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Here is your customized Science X Newsletter for July 11, 2021:

Spotlight Stories Headlines

Billionaire Richard Branson reaches space in his own ship

Normal brain growth curves for children developed childhood brain disorders, infections and injuries

Explainer: How Richard Branson will ride own rocket to space

Square making real-world wallet for bitcoin

17 years after founding Virgin Galactic, Branson bound for space

Common prescription drugs (not themselves antibiotics) may increase risk of developing antibiotic resistance

Highly mutated SARS-CoV-2 emerged from someone living with advanced HIV

Testosterone therapy reduces heart attack and stroke

For pediatric patients with Crohn's disease, factors associated with statural growth differ by sex

The 'hijab effect': Feminist backlash to Muslim immigrants in Germany

Study model explores impact of police action on population health

Heat pumps on the rise after Minnesota passes new energy law

FDA head calls for inquiry into Alzheimer's drug review

French scientists warn high vaccine rate needed to stop Delta

WHO sees 'likely' COVID vaccine link to rare heart inflammation

Astronomy and Space news

Billionaire Richard Branson reaches space in his own ship

Swashbuckling entrepreneur Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own winged rocket ship Sunday in his boldest adventure yet, beating out fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos.

Explainer: How Richard Branson will ride own rocket to space

Virgin Galactic will become the first rocket company to launch the boss when Richard Branson straps into one of his sleek, shiny space planes this weekend.

17 years after founding Virgin Galactic, Branson bound for space

He's always dreamed of it, and in 2004 founded his own company to make it happen.

Image: Hubble glimpses a galactic duo

Two enormous galaxies capture your attention in this spectacular image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope using the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). The galaxy on the left is a lenticular galaxy, named 2MASX J03193743+4137580. The side-on spiral galaxy on the right is more simply named UGC 2665. Both galaxies lie approximately 350 million light-years from Earth, and they both form part of the huge Perseus galaxy cluster. 

Technology news

Square making real-world wallet for bitcoin

Financial payments startup Square was at work Friday on a real-world wallet for safely pocketing bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Heat pumps on the rise after Minnesota passes new energy law

Air source heat pumps are on the rise in rural Minnesota and utility officials expect momentum to grow as a result of the state's new energy conservation law.

Why China is hobbling its tech sector

Scuttled listings and share prices hammered by official threats: Beijing has launched a withering and very public assault on some of China's biggest tech names.

China orders takedown of 25 apps from ride service Didi

China's regulator ordered the removal from app stores of 25 apps owned by Didi Global Inc., the country's largest ride-hailing service, citing severe violations of rules against collecting personal data.

Hackers disrupt Iran's rail service with fake delay messages

Iran's railroad system came under cyberattack on Friday, a semi-official news agency reported, with hackers posting fake messages about train delays or cancellations on display boards at stations across the country.

More competition: Biden signs order targeting big business

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Friday targeting what he labeled anticompetitive practices in tech, health care and other parts of the economy, declaring it would fortify an American ideal "that true capitalism depends on fair and open competition."

Chinese regulator halts Huya-Douyu game-streaming merger

China's market regulator on Saturday blocked the merger of Tencent-backed game streaming platforms Douyu and Huya following an anti-monopoly investigation, as authorities ramp up scrutiny of some of the country's biggest technology companies.

United sees more travel rebound, adds flights to warm spots

United Airlines said Friday it will add nearly 150 flights this winter to warm-weather destinations in the U.S. and will also add flights to beach spots in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

G20 endorses historic global tax reform

G20 finance ministers on Saturday gave their backing to a historic deal to overhaul the way multinational companies are taxed, and urged hold-out countries to get on board.

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