An Official WHO Coronavirus App Will Be a “Waze for COVID-19”

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Biotech Pioneer Is Making a Home Test Kit for Coronavirus

Here’s something that sounds decidedly useful right now: A home test kit that anyone could use to see if they have the coronavirus. A kit that’s nearly as easy to use as a pregnancy test, and that would give results in half an hour.  It doesn’t exist yet, but serial biotech entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg is working on it.  … Continue reading Biotech Pioneer Is Making a Home Test Kit for Coronavirus

DARPA Races To Create a “Firebreak” Treatment for the Coronavirus

When DARPA launched its Pandemic Preparedness Platform (P3) program two years ago, the pandemic was theoretical. It seemed like a prudent idea to develop a quick response to emerging infectious diseases. Researchers working under the program sought ways to confer instant (but short-term) protection from a dangerous virus or bacteria.  Today, as the novel coronavirus causes a … Continue reading DARPA Races To Create a “Firebreak” Treatment for the Coronavirus

Racial Bias Found in Algorithms That Determine Health Care for Millions of Patients

An algorithm that a major medical center used to identify patients for extra care has been shown to be racially biased.  The algorithm screened patients for enrollment in an intensive care management program, which gave them access to a dedicated hotline for a nurse practitioner, help refilling prescriptions, and so forth. The screening was meant … Continue reading Racial Bias Found in Algorithms That Determine Health Care for Millions of Patients

Baseball's Engineer: Ben Hansen Says Biometrics Can Save Pitchers' Elbows

Photo: Motus Ben Hansen pitched for the Milwaukee School of Engineering's baseball team before going into sports technology. When Benjamin Hansen was playing baseball in high school, around 2006, technologies to monitor athletes’ bodies and performance weren’t yet commonplace. Yet Hansen wanted to collect data any way he could. “I would sit on the bench … Continue reading Baseball's Engineer: Ben Hansen Says Biometrics Can Save Pitchers' Elbows