Oral drug blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission, researchers find — ScienceDaily

Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection with a new antiviral drug, MK-4482/EIDD-2801 or Molnupiravir, completely suppresses virus transmission within 24 hours, researchers in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University have discovered.

The group led by Dr. Richard Plemper, Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State, originally discovered that the drug is potent against influenza viruses.

“This is the first demonstration of an orally available drug to rapidly block SARS-CoV-2 transmission,” said Plemper. “MK-4482/EIDD-2801 could be game-changing.”

Interrupting widespread community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 until mass vaccination is available is paramount to managing COVID-19 and mitigating the catastrophic consequences of the pandemic.

Because the drug can be taken by mouth, treatment can be started early for a potentially three-fold benefit: inhibit patients’ progress to severe disease, shorten the infectious phase to ease the emotional and socioeconomic toll of prolonged patient isolation and rapidly silence local outbreaks.

“We noted early on that MK-4482/EIDD-2801

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What makes certain groups more vulnerable to COVID-19? Researchers look to animals to find clues in proteins involved in infection — ScienceDaily

What makes the elderly and people with underlying conditions more vulnerable to COVID-19? According to a new study led by McGill University researchers, clues can be found in the proteins involved in initiating infection, as the virus binds to host cells of different animals. Greater cellular oxidation with aging and sickness may explain why seniors and people with chronic illness get infected more often and more severely.

Over 60 million people have been infected and around 1.5 million have died from COVID-19. The virus is disrupting economies and food supply chains all over the world. Understanding why some animals get infected and others do not could be the key to unlocking new treatments and therapies. In a study published in Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, researchers analyzed available protein sequences of the virus and host cell receptors across different spices to find out why.

“We know that the virus can

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PlayStation 5, Xbox hard to find? You could be battling a bot

When Microsoft rolled out its Xbox Series X|S and Sony debuted the PlayStation 5 in mid-November, gamers were ready with their credit cards. But the devices sold out within minutes, leaving many consumers disappointed and dismayed. 

About two weeks later, shoppers got another chance to lay their hands on a PlayStation 5 when Walmart restocked the new console the night before Thanksgiving, ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events. But that inventory also sold out within minutes. 

“I’ve been trying to purchase it for my little brother. I’m pissed and confused as to how at exactly 9:00 it’s going out of stock,” one person complained in a tweet to Walmart.

 The answer, tech experts says, boils down to one word: bots. 

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Labor Unions Work to Find Ways to Bargain With AI’s Black Box

(Bloomberg) — Unions are trying to figure out how to protect their members from artificial intelligence programs they can’t see and may not even be sure are really there.



A screen displays a video of Huawei Technologies Co.'s pedestrian and vehicle recognition system at an exhibition hall at the company's headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Huawei is seeking about $1 billion from a small group of lenders, its first major funding test after getting hit with U.S. curbs that threaten to cut off access to critical suppliers.


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A screen displays a video of Huawei Technologies Co.’s pedestrian and vehicle recognition system at an exhibition hall at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Huawei is seeking about $1 billion from a small group of lenders, its first major funding test after getting hit with U.S. curbs that threaten to cut off access to critical suppliers.

The U.K.’s Trades Union Congress, an umbrella group for British unions representing more than 5.5 million people, is forming an AI taskforce to lobby employers and regulators to increase transparency around where the technology is being deployed, and to offer workers recourse if they believe they’ve been discriminated against.

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New Technology Helps Find Koi Carp

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is pleased that new
environmental DNA technology has helped confirm a suspected
presence of the invasive koi carp in a farm pond in
Hawke’s Bay.

A tip off from a farm manager,
followed by an eDNA sample has resulted in a process to
remove two fish that had been in the pond for some
time.

Regional Council freshwater ecologist Daniel
Fake says koi carp have wreaked havoc in the Waikato,
Auckland and Northland where they have proliferated, and the
council doesn’t want that to happen in Hawke’s
Bay.

“In this instance we’re lucky that they
haven’t bred in the pond, or escaped into a larger
waterway, and we’re very grateful that a member of the
public has alerted us to their presence,” he
said.

The Regional Council used a novel new
technology called

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Black Friday gaming laptop deals 2020: find the best cheap gaming laptop for you

Black Friday gaming laptop deals have officially landed, just in time for either spoiling gift recipients or treating yourself to some high frame rate action. And now that Black Friday itself is so close, we’re working around the clock to find you the best Black Friday laptop deals out there. 

Thanks to the wide variety and scalability that gaming laptops bring to the table these days, you should be able to find a Black Friday gaming laptop that tailors to your specific needs. Whether you want to play the latest AAA PC games with ray tracing enabled, or you just want to play a few rounds of Overwatch with your friends after work – there’s a gaming laptop out there for you. 

This year, we’re expecting more gaming laptops going on sale than ever before, as we’re probably going to see new gaming laptop GPUs launch at CES 2021 (hopefully

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Teacher’s decades-old find turns out to be the island’s first-ever dinosaur discovery

You never know what you might find while walking along the beach.



a person holding an animal: Mike Simms, who led the research team, holds the theropod tibia on the left and the Scelidosaurus femur on the right.


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Mike Simms, who led the research team, holds the theropod tibia on the left and the Scelidosaurus femur on the right.

People often come across coins, shells and trash, but a teacher in Northern Ireland made a discovery that will go down in history.

In the 1980s, the late Roger Byrne, a schoolteacher and fossil collector, found several unidentified fossils on the east coast of County Antrim. He held onto them for several years before donating them to the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

Mystery swirled around what the fossils could be until a team of researchers with the University of Portsmouth and Queen’s University Belfast confirmed they are fossilized dinosaur bones.

The 200-million-year-old fossils are the “first dinosaur remains reported from anywhere in Ireland,” according to the article by the research

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Teacher’s decades-old find on a Northern Ireland beach turns out to be the island’s first-ever dinosaur discovery

You never know what you might find while walking along the beach.



a person holding an animal: Mike Simms, who led the research team, holds the theropod tibia on the left and the Scelidosaurus femur on the right.


© From University of Portsmouth
Mike Simms, who led the research team, holds the theropod tibia on the left and the Scelidosaurus femur on the right.

People often come across coins, shells and trash, but a teacher in Northern Ireland made a discovery that will go down in history.

In the 1980s, the late Roger Byrne, a schoolteacher and fossil collector, found several unidentified fossils on the east coast of County Antrim. He held onto them for several years before donating them to the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

Mystery swirled around what the fossils could be until a team of researchers with the University of Portsmouth and Queen’s University Belfast confirmed they are fossilized dinosaur bones.

The 200-million-year-old fossils are the “first dinosaur remains reported from anywhere in Ireland,” according to the article by the research

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PlayStation 5 heat test: Using a thermal camera to find out how hot the PS5 gets

Sony’s PlayStation 5 is packed with powerful components to make your next-gen games look better than ever. That kind of power tends to generate a lot of heat, however, so I wanted to see just how hot the console gets in use. 

I pointed the CAT S62 Pro phone at it, which has a built-in thermal imaging sensor made by industry expert Flir Systems. I previously used the same phone to test the heat-generating capabilities of the new Xbox Series X, which peaked at around 121.9 degrees Fahrenheit (49.9 degrees Celsius) while playing Gears 5. 

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When the console was idling on the home screen I clocked a temperature of 66.7 F (19.3 C), roughly in line with the Xbox’s 68.7 F (20.4 C). I started by firing up Astro’s Playroom, the game Sony preinstalled to show off some of the new console and controller features. It hit

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Which speaker are you listening to? Hearing aid of the future uses brainwaves to find out — ScienceDaily

In a noisy room with many speakers, hearing aids can suppress background noise, but they have difficulties isolating one voice — that of the person you’re talking to at a party, for instance. KU Leuven researchers have now addressed that issue with a technique that uses brainwaves to determine within one second whom you’re listening to.

Having a casual conversation at a cocktail party is a challenge for someone with a hearing aid, says Professor Tom Francart from the Department of Neurosciences at KU Leuven: “A hearing aid may select the loudest speaker in the room, for instance, but that is not necessarily the person you’re listening to. Alternatively, the system may take into account your viewing direction, but when you’re driving a car, you can’t look at the passenger sitting next to you.”

Researchers have been working on solutions that take into account what the listener wants. “An electroencephalogram

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