Could Breathalyzers Make Covid Testing Quicker and Easier?

Could Breathalyzers Make Covid Testing Quicker and Easier?

Earlier this summer, Gouma began running a clinical study to test the device at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, which included people who had Covid-19 and those who did not.

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

According to a new nationwide survey, conducted by a consortium of researchers at Rutgers, Northeastern, Northwestern, and Harvard universities, most people are not getting results within the 24- to 48-hour window recommended by public health experts to aid effective contact tracing.

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

The Weird, Wondrous and Vulnerable American Horseshoe Crab

In the Delaware Bay especially, where spawning takes place every May and June, you can’t talk about horseshoe crab breeding – and it is a spectacle – without also talking about the migratory shorebirds, like red knots and ruddy turnstones that depend on the eggs laid by the millions every year.

A Wisconsin City Experiments With a Faster, DIY Covid-19 Test

A Wisconsin City Experiments With a Faster, DIY Covid-19 Test

Instead of sending samples off to a hospital or lab, and potentially waiting days for results, could you test for Covid-19 from the back of a van, or outside a school, or in a city-owned former boxing gym.

11 Best Mattress Deals and Sales for Memorial Day (2020)

11 Best Mattress Deals and Sales for Memorial Day (2020)

Quality mattresses generally aren't cheap, even on sale, and bed-in-a-box makers are notorious at always having a sale going of some kind, but the Memorial Day discounts on all our favorite mattresses are slightly better than the other sales throughout the year.

The FDA Tightens the Rules for Covid-19 Antibody Blood Tests

The FDA Tightens the Rules for Covid-19 Antibody Blood Tests

In mid-March, the agency loosened its rules, declaring via an update to its emergency use guidance that antibody tests could be sold without seeking the agency’s approval, provided that manufacturers did their own validation.

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

The Apple-Google Contact Tracing Plan Won't Stop Covid Alone

“The only way that these sort of things can be effective, if we take that model from other countries, is if you test far more cases than come up positive,” says Sham Kakade, a computer scientist at the University of Washington and a coauthor of PACT, a similar set of contact tracing protocols.

Coronavirus Testing Is Coming Closer to Your Doctor's Office

Coronavirus Testing Is Coming Closer to Your Doctor's Office

Persing said the main use case for the Cepheid device will be at crowded hospitals that need to quickly test patients and health care workers to minimize risk to other people.

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test

The Real Reason Veterinarians Gave a Tiger a Covid-19 Test

We ran lots of tests, panels for normal domestic cat infectious diseases.” Although the Covid-19 pandemic had hit humans living in areas around the zoo hard, it wasn’t initially assumed to be the likely culprit.

FDA Approves the First Commercial Coronavirus Tests in the US

FDA Approves the First Commercial Coronavirus Tests in the US

"The authorization of our diagnostic test for Covid-19 will help to protect patients and enable medical staff to respond swiftly to treat those who are ill and prevent the spread of infection," Thermo Fisher CEO Marc Casper said in a statement.

Google Will Make a Coronavirus Site—but Not Like Trump Said

Google Will Make a Coronavirus Site—but Not Like Trump Said

When President Trump announced Friday that Google was developing a website for Americans to find out where they could get tested for the novel coronavirus , the details of the project remained unclear.

How Hong Kong’s Protests Turned Into a Mad Max Tableau

How Hong Kong’s Protests Turned Into a Mad Max Tableau

Protesters donned foil-lined gas masks to hide their identities and dim the glare of police flashlights.Demonstrators have donned body armor and lined their goggles with reflective film to foil police flashlights and mask their identities.

SpaceX and Boeing Still Need a Parachute That Always Works

SpaceX and Boeing Still Need a Parachute That Always Works

The spacecraft was Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule, which will begin carrying NASA astronauts to the International Space Station next year.Later this week, SpaceX will also perform a test of its Crew Dragon capsule, a second try after a catastrophic explosion ended a similar trial run earlier this year.

Knives Made of Frozen Feces Are Kinda Crappy

Knives Made of Frozen Feces Are Kinda Crappy

That's the conclusion of a new study by experimental anthropologists at Kent State University, who fashioned their own blades out of frozen feces—for science!—and tested them on pig hide, muscle, and tendon under ideal conditions.

Not Everyone on 23andMe Will Get the Latest Gene Chip Updates

Not Everyone on 23andMe Will Get the Latest Gene Chip Updates

Hundreds of 23andMe customers tested on those earlier chips have pleaded with the company for some way to get access to its latest features, like the health reports and improved ancestry estimates.

Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too

Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too

In crash testing, which Thatcham administers according to standards set by the European New Car Assessment Programme, the Model 3 posted a 96 percent score for how it protects adults.

The Danger in Assange’s Charges, a Memory Experiment, and More News

The Danger in Assange’s Charges, a Memory Experiment, and More News

New charges against Julian Assange threaten all of the press, scientists have figured out how to alter emotional memories, and Memorial Day is coming. New charges unveiled by the Justice Department against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange paint a troublesome picture for him—and for all journalists.

Can Baze’s Blood Test Tell You Which Vitamins to Pop With Just a Prick?

Can Baze’s Blood Test Tell You Which Vitamins to Pop With Just a Prick?

And so, when a new company called Baze pitched me that it was offering a bespoke vitamin service based on an at-home blood test, I was immediately onboard. After my time was up, I took the suggested follow-up blood test to see whether Baze’s vitamin advice had been on the mark.

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Caster Semenya and the Twisted Politics of Testosterone

Joanna Harper, a trans woman and biophysicist who testified on IAAF’s behalf in the Semenya case, argues that testosterone levels are the most important metric for deciding sex because sports divisions are ultimately split between male and female, and a distinction needs to be made somehow.

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

Megan Molteni covers biotechnology, medicine, and genetic privacy for WIRED.DHS officials say the pilot is just a small-scale evaluation to see if the technology can help root out cases of criminal fraud, including human trafficking and “child recycling.” Last month, former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a congressional committee that the agency had discovered multiple incidences of young people being passed around, or “recycled,” to help migrants gain illegal entry.

Inside a Ferrari Hypercar, Lyft’s IPO, and More Car News

Inside a Ferrari Hypercar, Lyft’s IPO, and More Car News

This week, ride-hail meets the markets, and we check in on the role of remote driving in (supposedly) driverless cars. For more stats on the ride-hail company, and to help you understand its IPO this week, check out these five charts.

Why Chinese Companies Plug a US Test for Facial Recognition

Why Chinese Companies Plug a US Test for Facial Recognition

“Both Chinese and international customers ask about it.” Yitu’s technology is in use by police, and at subway stations and ATMs. It’s currently ranked first on one of NIST’s two main tests, which challenges algorithms to detect when two photos show the same face.

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car

How Amazon Taught the Echo Auto to Hear You in a Noisy Car “We thought the kitchen was the most challenging acoustic environment,” says Amazon’s head of Echo products.

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

But its many pages make clear that while the Silicon Valley hype around robocars may have cooled, progress toward the day when humans are unshackled from the steering wheel continues: The 48 autonomous vehicle developers that tested their tech on public roads collectively drove 2.05 million miles between December 2017 and November 2018, up from 500,000 the year before.

Dog DNA Test Reviews: Wisdom Panel, DNA My Dog, and Embark Dog DNA

Dog DNA Test Reviews: Wisdom Panel, DNA My Dog, and Embark Dog DNA

Breed testing is more complicated; the companies compare your dog’s genetic information with that of other dogs in their databases.

Speed Up Your Kitchen Routine: Get a Food Processor

Speed Up Your Kitchen Routine: Get a Food Processor

But Shannon wanted to know if she should switch to a fancier and more expensive new model—specifically one of those from Magimix, Cuisinart, or [Breville], the latter two having built-in mini processors, which, thanks to a bowl insert, helps you process smaller quantities of food.

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The Heir to the V-22 Osprey Flies Through a Year of Testing

The two aircraft don’t share any hardware, but they both use swiveling rotors to switch between flying vertically (to take off and land like a helicopter) and horizontally (to cruise like a plane).That connection has concentrated extra attention on the aircraft’s testing phase, and Bell and partner Lockheed Martin, which is in charge of the avionics and weapons systems, have done just about everything they can to smooth out its adolescence.“The whole idea from the beginning has been to find simple solutions for complex designs,” says Jeff Josselyn, manager of V-280 flight maintenance at Bell’s Arlington, Texas, headquarters.

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

The company fired its safety drivers in that state and has no plans to return.The relaunch comes amid reports of neglect in Uber’s self-driving team in the months leading up to the fatal Tempe crash.

Audi's E-tron GT Brings Battery Power to a Speedy, Svelte Sedan

Audi's E-tron GT Brings Battery Power to a Speedy, Svelte Sedan

Audi's E-tron GT Brings Battery Power to a Speedy, Svelte SedanAudi's new E-tron GT is low, wide, and long, with a sloping roof reminiscent of the A7, the loveliest of Audi’s sedans.At the back a single red light strip seems to fracture and spread at the edges to form the rear lights.The most distinctive parts of the design are heavy rear haunches, like a muscle car, and a deeply carved sill, running under the doors between the wheels.