• This Team Made a $500 Ventilator—but It May Never Be Used

    “They’d recruit nurses and medical students to stand there and squeeze a bag,” says S. Mark Poler, a Geisinger Health system anesthesiologist on the NovaVent team. “Sometimes they were just so exhausted that they would fall asleep and stop ventilating. It was obviously a catastrophe, so that was the motivation for creating mechanical ventilators.”

    The first ones were simple machines, much like the basic emergency-use ventilators created during the Covid crisis. But those came with hazards such as damaging the lungs by forcing in too much air. More sophisticated machines would deliver better control. These engineering marvels—the monitors, the different modes of ventilation, the slick touchscreen controls designed to minimize the risk of injury or error—improved patient treatment but also drove costs sky-high.

    The emergency ventilators

  • An innocent typo led to a giant 212-story obelisk in Microsoft Flight Simulator

    Microsoft Flight Simulator players spotted a giant mountain-high obelisk in Australia this week. While Flight Simulator has done a great job at recreating the real world, this unusually huge structure doesn’t exist in real life. Players have now discovered that its existence stems from a simple typo.

    University student Nathan Wright made an edit to OpenStreetMap data for part of his degree work last year, adding more than two hundred stories to a building that’s actually just two stories. Wright meant to type 2, but instead he typed 212 in the data section for floors. “I think it’s so funny as it was the first time I was using OpenStreetMap,” says Wright in an email to The Verge. “I was using it for a university task and had to add data for class. I didn’t think I would have to see it again.”

    The 212-story obelisk from the ground.

  • Thousands of people attend a massive pool party in Wuhan as coronavirus cases rise to 2.6M

    Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve slowly come to terms with the ‘new normal’, which involves careful social distancing, a heightened sense of basic personal hygiene, and a general awareness of the way virus transmission works.

    Some countries have reopened their economies and life is slowly getting back to normal, albeit with a few restrictions here and there.

    At the end of the day, the coronavirus is an omnipresent force in our minds. Take it for granted, and it could cost you your life.

    But for these pool party revelers in Wuhan, China, social distancing means fuck all.

    IMAGE: Reuters (via Tempo)

    In case you need to refresh your memory, Wuhan became the supposed epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far killed nearly 800,000 people worldwide.

    In a video posted onto AFP’s YouTube channel, droves of party goers are seen enjoying themselves in a giant

  • Info On Biotech Firms

    Biotechnology refers to technological applications that make use of dwelling organisms and biological techniques extensively in the field of drugs, meals science and agriculture. Technology could be seen as an activity that forms or adjustments tradition. 14 Moreover, technology is the appliance of math, science, and the humanities for the good thing about life as it’s identified. A modern instance is the rise of communication technology, which has lessened boundaries to human interplay and in consequence has helped spawn new subcultures; the rise of cyberculture has at its basis the development of the Web and the pc 15 Not all technology enhances culture in a creative way; expertise may also help facilitate political oppression and warfare through tools equivalent to guns. As a cultural activity, technology predates each science and engineering , each of which formalize some facets of technological endeavor.

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