Pandemic drones 🚁, cut price organ on a chip to speed up drug development 💊 and Airbnb houses health workers 🏥!

Technology


‘Pandemic Drone’ Could Detect Virus Symptoms Like COVID-19 in Crowds

The University of South Australia (UniSA) researchers have developed a new ‘pandemic drone’ that can remotely detect people in crowds with infectious respiratory conditions. The UAV will be fitted with a specialized sensor and computer vision system that can monitor temperature, heart and respiratory rates to detect people sneezing and coughing in crowds and where groups congregate. UniSA will work with North American drone technology company Draganfly Inc to immediately start integrating commercial, medical and government customers.

5 Weeks Instead of 50 Years: Neural Networks Optimize Search for New Materials

When searching through theoretical lists of possible new materials for particular applications, there are often millions of potential materials that could be considered, and multiple criteria that need to be met and optimized at once. The team arrived at a set of the eight most promising materials, out of nearly 3 million candidates, for an energy storage system called a flow battery. This culling process would have taken 50 years by conventional analytical methods, they say, but they accomplished it in five weeks.

Science


Using ordinary tape, researchers make chip that could speed up drug development

Researchers reported the successful re-creation of a gut, substituting ordinary double-sided adhesive tape and off-the-shelf plastics for the expensive materials and techniques typically used to make modern “organ-on-a-chip” systems. The researchers tested it with a common food compound: capsaicinoids. When feeding it the equivalent of a habanero pepper, the chip-based gut responded as expected: with some irritation. The research is aimed at helping more labs with limited resources get access to a prohibitively expensive technology that promises accelerated development of new drugs and advanced personalized medicine.

Study: Cognitive ability is a whole-brain phenomenon

According to an international team of neuroscientists, cognitive intelligence is a whole-brain phenomenon. The study involved the brain scans and IQ tests of 1,717 participants from all over the world, including healthy subjects and patients with schizophrenia. “We have demonstrated that the relationship between brain structure and intelligence not only involves grey matter, but also white matter…this also suggests that cognitive function in schizophrenia patients is the same as the general population, at least as far as white matter is concerned.”

Business


Airbnb hosts to provide free rooms for British health workers

Airbnb hosts will provide free rooms for workers in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) to support their work during the coronavirus outbreak. Nearly 1,500 places to stay have been made available under the scheme as travel restrictions and curbs on social gatherings come into force around the world. Airbnb has done similar schemes in Italy and France in response to the outbreak, and aims to house 100,000 emergency personnel around the world during the epidemic.

Feds Add Gun Companies to ‘Essential’ Business List Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Department of Homeland Security added gun dealers, ranges, and manufacturers to its essential business coronavirus-response guide. The DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) now considers “workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges” to be essential. Those industry workers are listed under the designation for “law enforcement, public safety, and other first responders.”

Miscellaneous


Google 3D animals: how to see a tiger, lion and panda in 3D

Google has given people a chance to get out and about with the animal kingdom, all whilst following social distancing. To take a walk on the wild side, you just need to google an animal on your device – just type into the search bar, as an example, ‘lion.’ Just underneath the image search results and the Wikipedia description of the animal, you’ll be able to see a box that says, ‘Meet a life-sized lion up close’. Click the ‘view in 3D’ button that will be clearly displayed, then click ‘view in your space’ to see the animal in your own surroundings.

World’s Best Wildlife Photos: 15 Great Images Winners Of Wild 2020 Agora Competition

The #Wild2020 photo competition, run by photo app Agora, features “the world’s best nature photography” selected from more than 9,219 submissions and voted by the application’s global audience. The #Wild2020 contest is open to amateur and professional photographers who have the chance to win recognition and cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $25,000. An orangutan risking attack from predators to grab a quick drink of water by Indonesian photographer @cymot, won the overall prize.

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