• The End Is Nearer for ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Food Wrappers

    While other PFAS haven’t been as well-studied, that isn’t the same as giving them a green light. FDA scientists who analyzed industry data on 6:2 FTOH and its metabolites reported signs of immune effects in rodents. This summer, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a part of the CDC, issued a “statement on potential intersection between PFAS and Covid-19.” The agency noted that “little is known” about how PFAS exposure could affect the risk of infection with Covid-19 and that research is needed. “CDC/ATSDR recognizes that exposure to high levels of PFAS may impact the immune system. There is evidence from human and animal studies that PFAS exposure may reduce antibody responses to vaccines and may reduce infectious disease resistance,” the statement read.

    It’s an important research question, says Birnbaum, who notes that scientists who have measured PFAS in groups of people as part of environmental

  • This Singaporean toymaker is revolutionizing the way we shop virtually

    Shopping is no longer what it used to be. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, my wife and I find ourselves planning hours ahead before heading out.

    While the multiple movement and temperature checkpoints at the entrance of malls and retailers are certainly a good thing to keep track of the coronavirus, it has alas forced many to shop online.

    Physical shopping has become a hassle. Because of social distancing measures, stores these days have a certain limit to the amount of people who can be inside. So if you wish to purchase a t-shirt, you’ll need to stand waiting in the long queue for a significant amount of time.

    “If only there was an immersive shopping experience as real life,” my wife groaned, as thirty minutes passed with the queue only budging a few metres.

    The coronavirus has no doubt disrupted the way we live, the manner in which companies

  • SpaceX, ULA are the big winners for US national security launches

    The US Department of Defense has selected its two primary rocket companies for getting satellites into orbit in the years ahead: long-time military launch provider United Launch Alliance (ULA) and SpaceX. ULA will receive 60 percent of the department’s satellite launch contracts, while SpaceX will receive 40 percent.

    The two companies beat out rivals Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin to launch DoD missions between fiscal years 2022 and 2027. This is a big prize, as each individual launch can cost over $100 million. The DoD hasn’t committed to an exact number of launches over that five-year period, but they have awarded $316 million to SpaceX and $337 million to ULA “to meet fiscal year 2022 launch dates”, according to a DoD statement.

    “This was an extremely tough decision and I appreciate the hard work industry completed to