A Collection of Updates, Good News and Interesting Reads For The Weekend

Updates

Scientists find why omicron is spreading so rapidly

In a new study from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, researchers found fundamental changes that are likely to be important for omicron spread and disease…

Researchers found in laboratory tests that omicron is largely unaffected by the antibodies provided by two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, but responses are improved by a third-dose booster.

Knowridge Science Report (1/6/22)

‘You DON’T catch Covid outside’ Professor finally ‘puts to bed’ outdoor transmission fears

During a discussion on new measures being rolled out to halt the spread of the Omicron variant in schools, Calum Semple, Professor of Child Health and Outbreak Medicine at the University of Liverpool stressed it was vital that Britons “put to bed” the idea that COVID-19 is spread outdoors stressing it is indoors where the virus spreads.

Express (1/3/22)

Good News

Dry heat disinfecting of N95 mask works, preserves fit

Entering a third year of the COVID-19 pandemic and the latest infection surge nationwide comes with many challenges. One of those is for a continued adequate supply of masks, including the often used N95 respirator masks for healthcare and other settings. A study led by Stony Brook University researchers discovered that a readily available method using dry ovens can be used to disinfect N95s for reuse, in settings where new masks may not be available. Their findings are published in PLOS ONE.

MedicalXpress (1/6/22)

Pfizer And BioNTech Using mRNA Breakthrough From COVID-19 Vaccine To Develop New Shingles Shot

Shingles, a chronic form of the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), affects one in three people in the U.S. in their lifetime. According to a press release, the development of the new shingles shot uses mRNA breakthroughs in vaccine technology that show how COVID-19 is impacting society.

International Business Times (1/5/22)

Interesting Reads

Tunneling Startup Can Drill Into The Hardest Rock Without Even Making Contact

This StartuDigging tunnels is not a simple task, but a startup called Petra might just have cracked the code—with the help of a character called ‘Swifty’ and a mixture of very, very hot gas.

Swifty is a tunneling robot, designed to get through even the “hardest, most abrasive ground conditions on Earth.” It does all this without even making contact with the rock. Instead, it melts its way through. 

Design Taxi (1/6/22)

In a ‘world first,’ battery-grade lithium, vital for EVs, is produced from mica in granite

In what it claims is a “world first,” British Lithium has produced lithium at pilot scale from the mica in granite in its new government-backed pilot plant near Roche in Cornwall, England…

The UK is going to require all new cars to be electric by 2030, and lithium carbonate is a key component in electric cars’ batteries. This latest achievement will help to pave the way for a domestic supply chain for EV batteries in the UK.

Elecktek (1/5/22)

Funny Video

Today’s Song

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