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Chip delivers COVID-19 test results on a phone

A new chip delivers COVID-19 test results in 55 minutes or less. Photo Credit: Jeff Fitlow

Programmed magnetic nanobeads enable diagnostic device

COVID-19 can be diagnosed in 55 minutes or less with the help of programmed magnetic nanobeads and a diagnostic tool that plugs into an off-the-shelf cellphone, according to Rice University engineers.

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Chantal Bilodeau: Dear Earth, I Love You

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TIME TO SAY THANK YOU 

The following text  has been written on the occasion of Earth Day 2020 - 50th anniversary, by Chantal Bilodeau - a renown playwright and translator, a pioneer in the sphere of eco theater, called one of "trailblazers who are changing the climate conversation" .

"(Dear Earth) Thank you for putting up with our excesses and our temper tantrums, our greed and our indifference, our honest mistakes and our willful ignorance. You patiently endure our petty in-fighting, our endless politicking, and our deflections. No matter how disruptive our actions are, you continue to hold us in your embrace with great compassion. When the future is so uncertain, your calm and steadiness are comforting." - Chantal BIlodeau


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A Vision for the Post-Pandemic City. Because Tomorrow Starts Today...

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THE WORLD IS CHANGING. SO IS ARCHITECTURE...

A provocative and different approach by O2 Design Atelier towards the big question what the cities of tomorrow will look like, what our life will look like... For Covid-19 changed everything - the way we work, the way we rest, the way we live. It changed our priorities and our perceptions. It changed the way we see ourselves and the world around us. Covid-19 changed our needs and our demands, including the places which we inhabit. Thus, inevitably, it started changing our architecture... 

Have a look at this innovative and interesting concept. It has so much to tell! See the ideas that stand behind it. Look at the problems, pointed out, and at the suggestions, made for their solutions. Then share your thoughts with us. Share your thoughts with the community. Let's find the path that will help us build the cities of tomorrow. Together. 


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Covid-19 Pandemic and Working Women - a New Report

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Women in the Workplace

One in every four women in America considers quitting her job or downshifting her career. This is the data shown by the annual report "Women in the Workplace" by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org. The report also shows that mothers, Black women and women in senior leadership have been hit worst by the pandemic.

"The events of 2020 have turned workplaces upside down, - the report says. - Companies risk losing women at all levels of management—but they also have an opportunity to build a better workplace...

Two things are clear: Companies need to address the heightened challenges women are facing, and they need to better support Black women. If companies act now to build a more equal workplace, they can prevent millions of women from leaving their jobs or downshifting their careers. If companies can rise to the challenges the Covid-19 crisis has thrown into high relief, we may be laying the foundation for a more flexible and empathetic workplace for everyone."

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