Researchers race to assess the new Omicron variant

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been found in 20 countries so far. CBS news correspondent Errol Barnett reports on how U.S. officials are already preparing for the arrival of the new strain. Then, Dr. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas, a family medicine physician, joins CBSN to discuss protective measures against the variant and more.

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Researchers race to learn about Omicron coronavirus variant

CBS News foreign correspondent Deborah Patta reports on the researchers racing to learn more about the Omicron variant first reported by South Africa, which has now spread to 19 countries and territories. Dr. Dyan Hes, the founder of Gramercy Pediatrics in New York City, joins CBSN to discuss the latest concerns over the variant and vaccine efforts.

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Food & Wine Magazine – Instagram Live – How NASA Works with Farmers, Researchers & More

In this excerpt from an Instagram Live event hosted by Food & Wine magazine, NASA Earth Science’s Christine Lee discusses how NASA works with federal, state and local agencies, as well as farmers and others to best use NASA data.

The Instagram Live event included:
* Food & Wine host, Kat Kinsman (upper left)
* NASA Applied Sciences’ Christine Lee from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. (lower left)
* NASA Kennedy Space Center’s Matt Romeyn (lower right)
* Food & Wine chef, Josh Miller (upper right)

Miller cooked a chili pepper Thanksgiving gravy during the program, in celebration of the recent harvest of chili peppers grown on the International Space Station.

More about how NASA supports growing food, on our home planet and beyond, can be found at: https://www.nasa.gov/subject/20266/food/

More support for Singapore researchers going for overseas stints

Singapore firms will get funding to cover the cost of sending researchers overseas by up to 70 per cent next year. It is under a scheme to help them build more in-house tech capabilities. Firms can also get stints with researchers from A*STAR.

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