Smartphone-connected face mask designer wins MIT prize

A smartphone-connected face mask equipped with a sensor that detects COVID-19 particles designed by a Romanian engineer won the top prize at a contest from MIT Media Lab, the Calvert Journal reported.

The MIT’s pandemic response lab launched this contest asking engineers and designers to come up with creative responses that reimagine face coverings and personal protective equipment.

The “social mask” – as called by his creator – is a minimalist and transparent mask featuring a biosensor that can connect to a smartphone, “a real option for the future,” said the award-winning designer, Burzo Ciprian.

Thanks to an app directly connected to the hi-tech mask, users would be able to detect the number of COVID-19 particles around them and to estimate their risk of infection, as well as localising other users of the device around them, according to the Calvert Journal.
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Technion Harvey prize in science awarded to Israeli, American professors

Technion’s Harvey prize in Chemical Engineering and Medical Sciences for 2019-2020, one of its most prestigious awards, went to Professor Joseph DeSimone of Stanford University and Professor Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University, according to a Wednesday press release from the university.

DeSimone won the award after making significant contributions in materials science, chemistry, polymer science, nanomedicine and 3D printing. The professor also made important breakthroughs in the use of supercritical carbon dioxide to produce fluoropolymers, which has many medical applications. DeSimone has published more than 350 articles in scientific journals, and has over 200 patents to his name. Likewise, DeSimone is credited with creating important innovations in the field of precision medicine, such as the particle replication in non-wetting templates and in medical technology, including the continuous liquid interface production. 

In 2016, DeSimone was recognized by US President Barack Obama for his achievements and leadership in innovative technology. 


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Chandler student researching safer football helmet wins prize


JT Mulvihill tests his football helmet prototypes at Virginia Tech’s Helmet Lab. (Photo: Courtesy of Taragh Mulvihill)

JT Mulvihill loved playing football. He loved how every second of the game and every inch gained on the field mattered.

Then in middle school, a genetic condition caused a retinal detachment that left him blind in his left eye. Though he’s still part of the team and attends practices, he is no longer allowed to play football.

But he still found a way to remain involved with the sport.

He has spent the last two years trying to engineer a safer football helmet. His efforts earned him a second place prize this month in the engineering category of a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition.

Mulvihill, who is now a high school freshman at Arizona College Prep’s Erie campus, was selected as a finalist from a pool of nearly

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12-Year-Old Wins $25,000 Science Prize for Research on ‘Imaginary Colors’

A 12-year-old girl from Chappaqua, New York won $25,000 at the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars), a Society for Science and the Public program, for her research into imaginary colors.


Ishana Kumar was one of 30 finalists recognized in the program, according to National Public Radio. She took home the Samueli Foundation Prize of $25,000 on Oct. 21.

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The seventh-grader explored the possibility of how to change someone’s perception of imaginary colors using Benham’s top, a disk with white and black patterns that causes observers to see different colors when it spins to create retinal fatigue.

Due to the pandemic, she used a small testing sample of 10 friends and neighbors to run her experiment.

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Kumar explained that if a person looked at a red object for a long time then stared at a sheet of white paper,

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The Arecibo telescope found other worlds, helped win the Nobel Prize and starred in movies. Now, the US says it can’t afford to fix it

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The National Science Foundation announced Thursday that it will close the huge telescope at the renowned Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico in a blow to scientists worldwide who depend on it to search for planets, asteroids and extraterrestrial life.

The independent, federally funded agency said it’s too dangerous to keep operating the single dish radio telescope — one of the world’s largest — given the significant damage it recently sustained. An auxiliary cable broke in August and tore a 100-foot hole in the reflector dish and damaged the dome above it. Then on Nov. 6, one of the telescope’s main steel cables snapped, causing further damage and leading officials to warn that the entire structure could collapse.

NSF officials noted that even if crews were to repair all the damage, engineers found that the structure would still be unstable in the long term.


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‘Nakamoto Terminal’ selected prize winner of CFTC’s first science competition

A blockchain data platform has been selected the winner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s first science competition, offering yet another compelling sign that distributed ledger technology has burst onto the mainstream.

Nakamoto Terminal, a digital-asset analytics platform built by open-source intelligence company Inca Digital, has won the CFTC’s “Project Streetlamp” competition. Nakamoto Terminal was also named “Innovator of the Year” by the CFTC for its successful submission.

The Project Streetlamp competition challenged innovators to come up with an artificial intelligence solution that could help the CFTC “automate the process of identifying and adding unregistered foreign entities” to its Registration Deficient List. The RED List was created in 2015 to help consumers make informed decisions about whether to invest through such entities.

Since 2015, hundreds of companies have been placed on the RED List.

In an official statement, LabCFTC director and chief innovation officer Melissa Netram said:

“The CFTC is

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NASA just picked a winner in its space-toilet competition. The $20,000 prize awards the best ‘lunar loo’ for moon-bound astronauts.

Akihiko Hoshide standing next to a sink: Left: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide performs maintenance on the toilet in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station. Right: A space shuttle toilet simulator. NASA/Dave Mosher

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Left: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide performs maintenance on the toilet in the Tranquility node of the International Space Station. Right: A space shuttle toilet simulator. NASA/Dave Mosher

  • Before NASA can fly astronauts to the moon, it must design a toilet for the crew. 
  • The agency’s “Lunar Loo” contest offered $20,000 for a space toilet design that would work both in microgravity and on the lunar surface.
  • The space agency announced the contest winner this week, as well as the designs that took second and third place. 
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The last time astronauts landed on the moon, in December 1972, they wore glorified diapers.


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NASA never designed a proper toilet for the Apollo missions. Instead, the astronauts — all of whom were men — peed into roll-on cuffs, pooped in bags, and used space diapers when they ventured

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Nobel Prize CRISPR gene editing technology used


Scientists Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their pioneering work on the gene-editing tool CRISPR. The tool has been used to engineer better crops and to try to cure human diseases. (Oct. 7)

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Coronavirus tests performed in labs are the gold standard for accuracy and antigen tests are a fast and inexpensive alternative.

But backers of a third type of test, developed by a Nobel Prize winner using cutting-edge CRISPR technology, say it has the potential to be all three: rapid, accurate and inexpensive.

Although these gene-editing technology tests are still being developed and won’t be ready in the United States this year as the weather cools and demand surges, research groups recently published scientific papers describing them as an appealing alternative as testing shortages persist in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr. Jennifer Doudna, a University of California, Berkeley researcher whose

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Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group Limited Won the First Prize of “2020 Surveying and Mapping Science and Technology Award”

Recently, the result of Chinese Society for Geodesy Photogrammetry and Cartography (CSGPC) “2020 Surveying and Mapping Science and Technology Award” was announced. Hong Kong Aerospace Technology Group Limited won the first prize in the joint application project of “Major Infrastructure Deformation Radar Remote Sensing Key Technology and Demonstration Applications”.

It is known that the project is mainly facing three major issues: remote sensing mechanism of cloudy and rainy environment, deformation monitoring method of urban agglomeration infrastructure and industrialization construction of radar remote sensing whole chain. It breaks through three key technologies: interpretation of typical targets microwave sensing mechanism, robust estimation of InSAR deformation in complex and changeable infrastructure environment and integrated engineering treatment. The project forms a new integrated innovation result of “Remote sensing ground station – theoretical research – core technology – demonstration application – industry incubation”.

At present, the result of this project has been promoted in multiple

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