The First Week Of The New Year In Newsletters

Artist’s conception of a solar powered satellite (Caltech)

It’s the first week of the new year, and with that means this week’s editions of my Forbes newsletters.

In this week’s edition of InnovationRx, the Forbes healthcare newsletter, I explored the bombshell Nature paper that claims that the rate of disruptive scientific progress is slowing down. Our feature story is by my colleague, Maggie McGrath, who profiled Kate Dilligan. Dilligan is the founder of Cooler Heads, which makes a cap that cools down the scalp of cancer patients getting chemotherapy. By cooling down the scalp, the caps restrict blood flow to hair follicles, which in turn helps keep the chemo out of hair and prevents it from falling out.

On the Covid side of things, I looked at research suggesting that Covid death rates are much higher than the official numbers worldwide and highlighted an explainer by my colleague Arianna Johnson about XBB.1.5, which is now the dominant variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States.

In this week’s edition of Current Climate, I took a look at CalTech’s launch of its demo satellite that aims to test the ability to collect solar power in space and beam it back to Earth (with a bonus reference to Isaac Asimov). Our feature story, by Forbes contributor Marianne Lehnis, takes a look at a new report from the International Energy Agency which found that governments around the world pumped half a trillion dollars of investment into renewable energy projects.

Meanwhile, on the transportation front, my colleague Alan Ohnsman looked at Tesla’s 2022, which may have been a record sales year for the company but those sales failed to meet the expectations of Wall Street analysts, which sent the stock plummeting this week.

Speaking of my colleague Alan Ohnsman, when he’s not reporting about the transportation industry, he’s also a singer in the rock band Combo Villains, and the band put out a new album this week, titled Get Up!. Go check it out on Bandcamp or your streaming service of choice.

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