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Given the current pandemic, we have been going out of our way to take extra safety precautions. From masks to hand sanitizers to washing your hands every 20 minutes, it is safe to say that we are doing our best. However, one thing that we don’t think about is our phone.
The solution to storing food and avoiding large amounts of waste is here. The Mother’s Heart is a device crafted like a dome food covering, designed to keep food fresh. The device has a controller on top that lets you select functions of refrigeration and warmth.
With the current pandemic, the use of masks is crucial to keep the disease from spreading. People have been opting for reusable masks in order to reduce the costs that single-use masks bear. However, it is important to regularly wash these masks to avoid the accumulation of pathogens.
In this day and age, millions of drugs and treatments have been designed in order to treat different illnesses. However, there are some fatal diseases that are “too rare to care about". Due to this rarity, these diseases, often due to unique genetic mutations, are not researched about, leaving their victims in the worst of conditions. Thankfully, novel drugs are being tested in order to fix these DNA mistakes.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved UPS’ request to start using drones as a means of transportation for shipping. This only covers delivery services in campus settings, like hospitals and universities. Approval for residential deliveries are still years away.
A research conducted in China analyzed an algorithm developed to detect heart diseases through selfies. By taking a picture of your face, the algorithm can determine if you’re at risk of a heart disease by analyzing several indicators visible to the naked eye such as the absence of hair on certain parts of the body, yellow moles around the eyelids and white opaque rings around the cornea.
A Californian company called NDB has developed a nano-diamond battery, which acts like a mini nuclear generator using nuclear waste. They claim this battery could last between decades and 28 000 years, and is almost indestructible, and cheaper than lithium-ion batteries.
A team of researchers from China, Saudi Arabia, and the United States have developed a new plastic that keep it's qualities after being recycled. This new plastic is made from a bio-based acid, and has all the properties that normal plastic has.
A team of researchers from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have developed a very efficient, highly-porous, sturdy mat to contain damage caused by oil spills. After the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, it was crucial to developed methods to control the damage done by oil spills.
A team of researchers have developed a new material that is non-cuttable. They called this new material Proteus,and has a 15% steel density. This materials is made of ceramic spheres, organized in a cellular aluminum structure, inspired by the skin of grapefruits. This structure allows it to withstand angle grinders, drills, and other brute-force tools.
A team of researchers from Tulane University have developed a hybrid device that generates electricity and steam using the Sun's energy. In order to capture the Sun's energy, you can use solar panels, or solar concentrators that captures the Sun's heat instead of it's light. Typically, the two options are used separately, but this new device uses both process at the same time, in a more cost-efficient way.
Researchers from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new solid-state carbon fiber composite, whose shape can be modified using electronic impulses. Additionally, this new composite isn't affected by the issues most other composite face, such as weight and mechanical stiffness.