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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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Ostriches Stick Their Heads Into The Ground When Threatened

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NO THEY DON'T! .... and other myths

There are many things, that we are told and we accept for granted. But we always forget the most important thing in the world - Science. As an ostrich has its legs to run or fight the threat, we have Science to teach us, how things actually work. So let's stop sticking our heads into the ground and learn the actual truth about some of the most popular myths we believe are true.

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Sunday inspirational quotes: Leibniz

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Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Gottfried Wilhelm (von) Leibniz ( 1646 –1716) was one of the most prominent polymaths of the 17th century Enlightenment. He was a notable mathematician, logician, and philosopher, who was representative of the tradition of rationalism. Leibniz developed the ideas of differential and integral calculus independently of Isaac Newton. He was also one of the most important inventors in the field of mechanical calculators. Leibniz is often cited as one of the greatest proponents of optimism although frequently misinterpreted. Arguably, his best-known thought: "This is the best of all possible worlds" is widely misunderstood. When Leibniz claims that the way the world is created is the best, he doesn't exclude all evil, unfair, and amoral aspects of human nature and society like a man who suffers from daltonism and can't see the whole spectrum of the world's phenomena. The statement actually says the opposite. The universe with all its imperfections and distortions is, indeed, in perfect balance because it sustains existence. All that seems chaotic to us is just a higher level of order. We can't possibly conceive even the idea of a better universe because it exceeds our mental capacity. Therefore, the world as we know it is the best we can imagine. Nevertheless, that doesn't mean that we should accept its flaws but that we shall embrace its natural harmony. 

Enjoy the best of all possible Sundays!


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Streams more vulnerable to stressors such as climate change than previously thought

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Scientists develop a new way of gathering data about streams fed by groundwater

Water is constantly on the move: through the air, through waterways, and underground. Life depends on a consistent supply of water, and details about its journey are necessary for understanding and managing this important resource.

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On this day, 56 years ago…

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The first spacewalk

Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov stepped out of the Voskhod 3KD capsule, becoming the first man ever to walk in space. His spacewalk continued for 12 minutes and 9 seconds and it was part of the Voskhod 2 mission. The event was originally planned to take place a year earlier on Voskhod 1 mission but it was canceled. Leonov famously exited the spacecraft just days before the U.S. intended to launch their first two-man spaceship thus the Soviet Union managed to win this particular part of the well-known Space Race.

The historical moment when Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov stepped out of the spacecraft on 18 March, 1965. Photo credit: gettyimages.com

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