Vaccine Lawsuit, Mar-a-Lago Affidavit, and a Banned Nike Shoe 1440 Weekend Edition

Good morning. It's Saturday, Aug. 27, and in this weekend edition, we're covering an intellectual property lawsuit between rival vaccine makers, the redacted affidavit behind the Mar-a-Lago search warrant, and much more. Have feedback? We'd love to hear it. Let us know at [email protected]

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Moderna Sues Pfizer/BioNTech

Moderna is suing rival company Pfizer and German drugmaker BioNTech for allegedly copying its technology behind the development of the first COVID-19 vaccines. In a lawsuit filed in the US and Germany yesterday, Moderna accuses Pfizer/BioNTech of infringing patents it filed between 2010 and 2016, saying the companies copied elements of its mRNA technology (see 101) without permission, including a chemical modification that avoids triggering an undesirable immune response.


Moderna says it is neither seeking to remove the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine off the market nor stop sales of it, but it is seeking unspecified monetary damages for sales beginning after March 8, 2022. In March, Moderna said it would not enforce its patents against manufacturers in 92 developing nations to address global vaccine inequity but signaled it would enforce it in wealthy nations as vaccine supply was no longer a barrier to access.


The Food and Drug Administration first granted emergency authorization to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020, followed by the Moderna vaccine a week later.



Redacted affidavit underlying Mar-a-Lago search released.

The heavily redacted affidavit (see here) offers new details on the probe into former President Donald Trump's handling of classified materials and the probable cause determined by the judge who approved the warrant for the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago. The affidavit addresses 15 boxes the National Archives and Records Administration retrieved from Trump's residence in January, detailing the volume of documents stored, including 184 classified files.


Federal Reserve's Powell warns inflation fight may bring "pain."

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, in his annual Jackson Hole, Wyoming, policy speech Friday, said higher interest rates will likely continue until the 40-year-high inflation pushes closer to the Fed's 2% long-range goal. The Fed has increased its benchmark interest rate four times this year, totaling 2.25 percentage points. US stock markets closed lower following the speech (S&P 500 -3.3%, Dow -3.0%, Nasdaq -3.9%).


UK residents to see annual energy bills rise by 80% in October.

The UK's energy regulator signaled Friday it will hike the price cap on annual household energy bills by 80%, starting Oct. 1. The increase will impact at least 24 million households, raising the average annual cost to 3,549 pounds ($4,169), from 1,971 pounds. The region has already been facing rising costs of living.


Pakistan declares emergency, seeks international help for flood victims.

Heavy rains and monsoon flooding continued to hit Pakistan Friday in what is considered the worst disaster in a decade. Since June, more than 170,000 homes have been damaged, about 150 bridges destroyed, and at least 937 people have died, with more than a third children, officials said. See photos of the floods here.


T-Mobile and SpaceX partner to end cellphone dead zones.

Starting next year, T-Mobile, the second-largest mobile carrier in the US, will use SpaceX's constellation of Starlink satellites to expand cellphone coverage in remote parts of the country with no cell towers. SpaceX has thousands of Starlink satellites orbiting Earth, providing high-speed internet across the world.


Astronomers discover potential "water world" exoplanet nearby Earth.

University of Montreal researchers detected the exoplanet, named TOI-1452 b, using telescopes and observations from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. The exoplanet—about 70% larger in size than Earth and five times as massive—orbits a red dwarf star (see 101) 100 light years away from our planet.

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Meet Brad Bradley, the 100-year-old sports photographer. (More)


Toledo, Ohio, basketball player saves referee from heart attack on the court. (More)


A man and his grandmother are on a mission to visit every US national park. (More


Big brother rescues sister from getting her shoes wet in a puddle. (More)


An 8-year-old girl shares an adorable chat with an astronaut aboard the ISS. (More)


First cat cafe in Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrates 1,000th adoption. (More

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Erika M. in Plainfield, Illinois.


"It was the second day of school, and I was walking my son, who's in third grade, and our neighbor girl, who just started first grade, to school. A block away, the little girl says that her bag is so heavy. My son doesn't skip a beat, moves his backpack from two shoulders to one, and puts her bag on his shoulder. It melted my heart."


What act(s) of kindness did you experience this week? Tell us.




US Secret Service recovers $286M in stolen pandemic loans for businesses

> How 250 million pounds of food was saved from landfills to feed people in need



> Lightning and frosty scenes stun in weather photography shortlist.

> Can you spot the numbers in these optical illusions?

> Rare 1904 Chicago license plate is up for auction.

> You can now buy hot-dog-flavored ice cream.



Missed Fortune: A nine-part series on the perilous hunt for treasure worth $1M that retired art dealer Forrest Fenn stashed in the Rocky Mountains.


An architect breaks down iconic baseball stadiums.
Why this Nike shoe was banned from the Olympics.

> ... and now a 90s instructional video on how to dance (via Twitter).


Long Read 

> The skeletons at the bottom of Death Valley's Devils Hole.

> Electric fish genomes reveal how evolution repeats itself.
> The origin story of Clippy, the now-retired Microsoft virtual assistant.


Best of the Week: Making sense of Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Historybook: Krakatoa volcano eruption, among the largest in recorded history, kills around 40,000 (1883); President Lyndon B. Johnson born (1908); "Guinness Book of World Records" first published (1955); Sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois dies (1963); American vaudevillian Gracie Allen dies (1964).


"Believe in life! Always human beings will progress to greater, broader, and fuller life."

- W.E.B. Du Bois

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