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A new book from economist W. Brian Arthur, The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves, says that technology is the leading influence in the evolution of science, according to this review from the New York Times. "The popular view is that technology is the handmaiden of science — less pure, more commercial," the review says. "In Dr. Arthur’s view, the relationship between science and technology is more symbiotic than is generally conceded.

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The US Food and Drug Administration is to announce stricter standards for emergency authorizations of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, reports the Washington Post.

The Associated Press reports Johnson & Johnson is starting a late-stage clinical trial of its candidate SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Bloomberg reports the budget of Operation Warp Speed is actually $18 billion, higher than the number typically cited.

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