advertisement advertisement advertisement In the future, your Nespresso pod could supply more than just your daily dose of caffeine. It could test you for COVID-19. advertisement advertisement Researchers in the Netherlands have developed an at-home, self-administered COVID-19 test that's cheap and has potential for mass adoption as it utilizes the aluminum shell from used Nespresso pods as a heating vessel. The study, conducted by Aldrik H. Velders, Michel Ossendrijver, Bart J.F. Keijser, and Vittorio Saggiomo at the Laboratory of BioNanoTechnology at Wageningen University & Research, has yet to undergo peer review. Dubbed the "CoroNaspresso," the device is a modified version of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification or LAMP test , which can detect viral RNA from oral or nasal swabs. To make the test, researchers filled an empty Nespresso capsule with roughly 6 grams of wax, a paraffin-based phase-change material, or PCM. They then cut a circle out of foam that fits around the lip of the capsule and dropped the capsule in a pot of hot water. As the water melts the wax, the foam acts as a buoy to keep the capsule afloat. Once the wax has melted, the user nestles a 3D-printed plastic test tube holder into the… Read full this story
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