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3D-printed plant-based steaks could arrive in 2021

Israeli startup Redefine Meat says you could soon enjoy a 3D-printed, plant-based flank steak at home when it launches 3D-printed steak alternatives in 2021. Redefine Meat says that through 3D printing, it’s able to create plant-based meat with the same “appearance, texture and flavor of animal meat.” Texture specifically seems to be the 3D printer’s hallmark achievement. “You need a 3D printer to mimic the structure of the muscle of the animal.” Redefine Meat isn’t the only company attempting 3D-printed meat alternatives. Spanish company NovaMeat is working on 3D-printed steak and pork substitutes.

Lenovo Introduces Virtual Care

In partnership with Vianova Health, Lenovo Virtual Care combines trusted Lenovo hardware with advanced biometric devices and AI to virtually coach patients through their individualized care plan and drive better overall outcomes. Clinicians provide patients with a customizable, in-home technology kit equipped with a digital assistant, “Rosie”, that guides the patient through an individualized, daily care plan incorporating patient education, behavior modification and family engagement. Providers prescribe and pre-configure the easy-to-use kit, allowing patients to plug it in at home and immediately start following their individualized care plan.

Science News

Yale researchers find explanation for stress’ damage in brown fat

Scientists found that the immune system cell cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) triggers inflammation in times of stress. IL-6 has been shown to play a role in autoimmune diseases, cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression and anxiety. When the researchers drew blood from mice, a very stressful procedure, the blood showed elevated levels of the cytokine. In times of stress, IL-6 was secreted in brown fat cells, which are most known for their roles in regulating metabolism and body temperature. Blocking IL-6 production not only protected stressed mice from inflammation, it also made them less agitated when placed in a stressful environment. 

Stanford researchers develop a new ultrafast insulin

Researchers are developing a new insulin formulation that begins to take effect almost immediately upon injection, potentially working four times as fast as current commercial fast-acting insulin formulations. The researchers focused on so-called monomeric insulin, which has a molecular structure that, according to theory, should allow it to act faster than other forms of insulin. After screening and testing a large library of additive polymers, the researchers found one that could stabilize monomeric insulin for more than 24 hours in stressed conditions. The researchers then confirmed the ultrafast action of their formulation in diabetic pigs.

Business News

Tesla Overtakes Toyota as the World’s Most Valuable Automaker

Tesla displaced Toyota as the world’s most valuable automaker, underscoring investor enthusiasm for a company trying to transform an industry that’s relied on internal combustion engines for more than 130 years. Shares of Tesla, which have more than doubled since the start of the year, climbed as much as 3.5%, giving it a market capitalization of $207.2 billion, surpassing Toyota’s $201.9 billion. Elon Musk has ignored or broken many of the established auto industry’s rules and norms in the 10 years since he took Tesla public, selling cars online and assembling vehicles in high-cost California.

Capri estimates 70% plunge in first-quarter revenue, plans Michael Kors store closures

Michael Kors owner Capri Holdings estimated a stunning 70% drop in first-quarter revenue as the COVID-19 pandemic hammered demand for its luxury handbags and dresses. Capri, which also owns Versace and Jimmy Choo, said it may permanently close up to 170 stores, mostly Michael Kors, over the next two years and cut capital expenditures by about $150 million in fiscal 2021 to ease the pressure. Capri said sales at its reopened stores hit 50% to 75% of prior year levels with stronger trends in China. “Customers are probably going to be less in stores over the next few years until we get a vaccine and until people feel more comfortable shopping outdoors.”

Miscellaneous News

Hundreds of elephants dead in mysterious mass die-off

More than 350 elephants have died in northern Botswana in a mysterious mass die-off described by scientists as a “conservation disaster”. A cluster of elephant deaths was first reported in the Okavango Delta in early May. By mid June, the number had more than doubled, with 70% of the deaths clustered around waterholes. The Botswana government has not yet tested samples so there is no information on what is causing the deaths or whether they could pose a risk to human health. The two main possibilities are poisoning or an unknown pathogen.

Italy seizes €1bn-worth of ‘Isis-produced’ amphetamines

Police in Italy have seized 14 tons of amphetamines worth €1bn (£905m) allegedly produced by Isis in Syria to fund the group’s extremist activities. Customs Police called the discovery of three shipping containers packed with around 85 million pills in the southern port of Salerno the biggest amphetamine seizure ever made worldwide. Amphetamine production in Europe is thought to have been hampered by the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, leading drug traffickers to potentially turn towards producers based in Syria to fill the market.

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