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Alphabet’s Verily Is Building COVID-19 Triaging Tool As Trump Declares National Emergency (Updated)

Posted in Business, Medicine on 14th Mar, 2020
by Alex Muller

Positive COVID-19 cases have now been found in all 50 states, and on Wednesday the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic.

Arable Launches A New Generation Of IoT Tools For Data-driven Farming

Posted in Software on 11th Mar, 2020
by Alex Muller

Arable is moving agriculture tech forward today with a new generation of internet of things (IoT) tools that enable farmers to take advantage of advanced sensors, wireless networks, and machine learning recommendations to improve crop growth.

New Tandem Perovskite-silicon Solar Cell Breaks Efficiency Record

Posted in Hardware on 11th Mar, 2020
by Alex Muller

The team is now working on improving this efficiency even further, with commercialization of the technology fast approaching. According to the researchers, efficiency only needs to hit about 30 percent before it becomes viable for mass production, and this is expected to happen by around 2023.

China’s Coronavirus Response Speed Was Critical To Stopping It

Posted in Medicine on 8th Mar, 2020
by Alex Muller

Coronavirus kills with an inflammatory process in the lungs. It’s not an infectious process, like a bacterial or viral infection.

Two Thousand SpaceX Super Heavy Starship Launches For The Price Of One SLS Launch

Posted in Business, Hardware on 8th Mar, 2020
by Alex Muller

The SLS is getting $2.5-4 billion of funding each year from 2021-2025. The plan is to launch 4 times in that five year period. Each SLS is costs $3-5 billion.

Alzheimer's Blood Test May Replace Invasive Spinal Taps For Diagnosis

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Mar, 2020
by Alex Muller

Many of the experimental blood tests under development focus on measuring amyloid levels, with one paper published last year describing a way of revealing misfolding amyloid proteins as a way of detecting Alzheimer's cases around eight years before clinical symptoms appeared.

Irregular Sleep Patterns Can Double Heart Disease Risk, Study Suggests

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Mar, 2020
by Alex Muller

A newly published study is suggesting irregular sleep patterns, such as inconsistent bedtimes from day to day, can potentially double a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Analysis Of Super-Earth Atmosphere Reveals Potentially-habitable World

Posted in Business, Science on 1st Mar, 2020
by Alex Muller

The main differences between an Earth-like and a Neptune-like exoplanet come down to the ratio of atmosphere-to-rock, as well as the composition of both.

Brain Scan Study Discovers A New Type Of Schizophrenia

Posted in Medicine on 1st Mar, 2020
by Alex Muller

The results reveal significant differences in gray matter volumes, distinguishing two distinct types of schizophrenia and busting the previously held notion that all schizophrenia patients brains are the same.

US Obesity Is Now Over 40% And Black Americans Are Nearly 50% Obese

Posted in Medicine on 29th Feb, 2020
by Alex Muller

Obesity is associated with serious health risks. Severe obesity further increases the risk of obesity-related complications, such as coronary heart disease and end-stage renal disease.

Astra Launching Rockets Moved In A Shipping Container Needing Only Days To Prepare

Posted in Business, Hardware on 26th Feb, 2020
by Alex Muller

Astra is currently offering dedicated launch services of 50kg-150kg payloads (to 500km SSO reference orbit) in 2020 and 2021.

Weeks Of Lag And Not Enough Coronavirus Tests

Posted in Medicine on 26th Feb, 2020
by Alex Muller

The US has performed about 500 tests. There is likely low-level outbreaks that cannot be detected.