The new cat vaccine uses a DNA-based system that is similar to the mRNA vaccines for humans made by Pfizer and Moderna, but can be shipped dry and doesn’t require refrigeration. Because it’s manufactured using PCR machines (the same equipment often used in testing), the technology can almost immediately begin manufacturing a new targeted vaccine if the virus mutates significantly. “Once we knew the [new DNA] sequence, we could, within hours, be manufacturing a new vaccine,” Hayward says. … [Read more...] about Will your cat need a COVID-19 vaccine?
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Apple released the iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 updates for their iPhones and iPads, respectively, yesterday. Both updates brought with them the usual stability and bug fixes and added a few new minor features, such as the ability for the iPhone to register haptic feedback when transferring a song between it and a HomePod mini speaker. … [Read more...] about It’s critical that you update your iPhone to iOS 14.4 right now. Here’s why and how
After a day of collection, you squeeze the blister pack to crack it. The droplets mix with a pool of solution. That solution can detect a biomarker from COVID-19 (not the virus itself, but a protein that’s known to be present alongside it in saliva). If the biomarker is detected, the clear solution turns blue instantly. If it’s not, it turns scarlet. There’s nothing vague about the notification at all, and there is no wait time for your results. … [Read more...] about This breakthrough mask is a ‘smoke detector’ for COVID-19
In a paper recently published the Journal of Cleaner Production, the researchers detail how they grew wood-like plant tissue from cells extracted from the leaves of a zinnia plant, without soil or sunlight. “The plant cells are similar to stem cells,” says Luis Fernando Velásquez-García, a principal scientist in MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories and co-author of the paper. “They have the potential to be many things.” … [Read more...] about Lab-grown wood could let us grow furniture in a lab instead of in a forest