Moderna designed a covid-19 vaccine in just two days thanks to mRNA technology


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As laboratories are working hard to develop a vaccine against COVID-19, it emerged that the American pharmaceutical company Moderna took only two days to design its proposal. The speed of response is a result of the use of new mRNA technology, but how does it work?

What could be the greatest scientific advance of the decade was designed in just 48 hours, according to a New York Times report. Mind you, it took them more than three decades of research to come up with a coronavirus vaccine in record time.

Moderna’s vaccine is based on messenger RNA, a piece of ribonucleic acid that carries information about the amino acid sequence of a specific protein from the DNA, where all that information is stored, to the ribosome,

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Logmore Launches First Logistics Monitor Designed for COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery

HELSINKI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 25, 2020–

Supply chain analytics solution provider Logmore has announced the launch of its latest product. Logmore Dry Ice, a high-spec version of Logmore’s original data recorder, has been adapted for cold and sub-zero conditions. The solution is designed for sensitive shipments, such as the COVID-19 vaccine the moment it becomes available.

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COVID 19 Logistics Monitor by Logmore (Photo: Logmore)

COVID 19 Logistics Monitor by Logmore (Photo: Logmore)

Since its founding in 2017, Logmore has disrupted logistics monitoring with its use of loggers that sync with the cloud using dynamic QR codes, allowing anyone with a smartphone to update secure systems with the latest conditions and locations of shipments.

Logmore Dry Ice redefines monitoring of cold chain shipments from standard fridge temperatures (2-8°C) all the way down to deep freeze levels of -100°C. This makes it ideal for transporting the COVID-19 vaccines, which require deep

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FDA clears test designed to tell how well someone is protected

A medical worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) inserts a Covid-19 test tube into a box at a drive-thru testing site at the Alemany Farmers Market in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

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The FDA on Wednesday authorized one of the first Covid-19 tests that measures the amount of neutralizing antibodies produced by the body’s immune system after exposure to the virus — a “new generation” of coronavirus test that is designed to tell how well someone is protected against infection.

A person’s immune system produces antibodies to combat viruses and other foreign pathogens that invade the body. When it comes to Covid-19, it remains unclear how much protection antibodies provide and how long that might last, but this test could help researchers better understand the role of Covid antibodies in immune protection.

Unlike many previously authorized antibody tests

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This New Fish-Friendly Technology Was Designed With Fish In Mind

Researchers from Cornell University published a study in Nature on the adverse ecological effects of hydropower dams. The study examines how these dams block the flow of water, creating large inundated reservoirs of water conducive to the production of methane gas, a key factor of climate change among the greenhouse gases. 

But hydropower plants also affect the migration of fish. According to NOAA Fisheries, in the US, more than two million dams and other obstacles block fish from migrating each year. Reduced fish populations affect the entire ecosystem in rivers and streams.

In reservoirs created by large, channel-spanning dams, it can be nearly impossible for certain types of fish like

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Marissa Mayer, former CEO of Yahoo! launches “Sunshine Contacts” the app designed to manage contacts

This application, exclusively for iOS, manages users’ contacts efficiently in the background.

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Sunshine , the startup of Marissa Mayer, who is remembered for her work as CEO of Yahoo! Before the company was sold to Verizon, it released its new application based on artificial intelligence to manage contacts in an effective way.

Sunshine Contacts is an application that seeks to transform your address book, it is in charge of managing your list of contacts that according to Marissa Mayer this “should be something alive and changing”.

This technological initiative is attracting a lot of users’ attention, because it is the first product launched by Marissa Mayer’s company.

According to the company, Sunshine

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Amberjack Launches Footwear Designed for the Future of Work

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Amberjack, a men’s brand offering a modern take on dress shoes, launched today. During the COVID pandemic, the brand has built up a waitlist of over ten thousand people. Early adopters are excited by the new comfort technology being used in the shoes, combined with Amberjack’s unique, hybrid style. With the early consumer momentum, it’s clear that the company is filling an overlooked space in a dress shoes market that hasn’t seen a lot of innovation in recent years.

Each Amberjack shoe is sustainably produced in Portugal, combining decades of craftsmanship with exciting and innovative material technology, including heat activated arch support, a dual density TPU outsole, and anti-microbial lining.

The company points to their supply chain as one of the key differentiators vs. other dress shoe brands. They work with the same developer who created Adidas Boost, and established a

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Catapult-like hydrogel actuator designed to deliver high contraction power

Catapult-like hydrogel actuator designed to deliver high contraction power
Conceptual scheme of the strong contractive materials based on mechanical energy storing method. Credit: LICP&UCLA

Inspired by muscle-powered acceleration in biological jumpers, scientists have designed an elastic-driven strong contractile hydrogel that works by storing and releasing elastic potential energy in a polymer network.


By reversibly forming and breaking chemical bonds in hydrogel networks, the hydrogel designed by Prof. Zhou Feng’s group from the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics (LICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Prof. He Ximin’s group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) can store and release elastic energy, thus performing swift and powerful motions.

The newly designed hydrogel can generate high contractile force rapidly at ultrahigh work density, outperforming current hydrogels and even matching biological muscles.

Environment-sensitive hydrogels, also called “stimuli-responsive” or “smart” hydrogels, are attractive because they have a large degree of deformability. However, they suffer mechanical weakness or slow response when used

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MediaTek Announces New MT8192 and MT8195 Chipsets Designed for Next Generation of Chromebooks

New chipsets to power premium and mainstream Chromebooks and enhance computing experiences

HSINCHU, Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today unveiled its MT8192 and MT8195 chipsets for the next generation of Chromebooks. With the 7nm MT8192 for mainstream devices and the 6nm MT8195 for premium devices, brands can design powerful, sleek and lightweight Chromebooks that deliver longer battery life and incredible computing experiences from video conferencing and streaming video to cloud gaming and AI-powered applications.

“Chromebooks are seeing an unprecedented surge in popularity as more people work remotely and take online classes. MediaTek already powers some of the most popular Chromebooks on the market, and will continue to improve and drive user experiences forward with our new chipsets,” said Jerry Yu, Corporate Senior Vice President at MediaTek. “The MT8192 and MT8195 give brands more features to design powerful Chromebooks with innovative form factors that can flip, fold or detach,

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The most exciting new tech gadgets of 2020 are designed for the future, not today



a close up of a building: Apple's iPhone 12 Lisa Eadicicco/Business Insider


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Apple’s iPhone 12 Lisa Eadicicco/Business Insider

  • Some of the year’s major new tech products, from the 5G iPhone 12 to foldable phones and new consoles from Sony and Microsoft, are based on technologies that aren’t quite useful yet — but will be in a few years.
  • Today’s widely delayed 5G networks, for example, aren’t much faster than 4G LTE networks. 
  • 5G was positioned as being the biggest upgrade in Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup.
  • Foldable phones like the Microsoft Surface Duo and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 are still likely too expensive to justify the benefits they offer for most people.
  • And next-generation gaming consoles rely on technology that most TVs don’t support right now.
  • Taken together, these technologies are more significant for the foundation they lay for the years to come rather than their immediate usefulness. 
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Fedora 33: This new Linux distribution is designed to ‘just work’

The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Project has released its latest Linux distribution, Fedora 33.

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Red Hat’s community-driven Fedora Project has released the latest version of its open-source Linux distribution, Fedora 33.

The latest version of Fedora Workstation is designed for developers who want a desktop Linux setup that requires minimal configuration and “just works”, according to Fedora Project Leader, Matthew Miller.

At the same time, Fedora 33 introduces new features for Fedora IoT and includes updated key programming languages and system library packages, including
Python

3.9, Ruby on Rails 6.0 and Perl 5.32.

“At the heart of Fedora, we aim to deliver a free, innovative, open source platform for hardware, clouds and containers that is easy to use no matter where you’re starting,” said Miller.

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“Fedora 33 delivers on that promise with updates targeted at both a new and advanced user,

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