To fight against Covid-19, Japanese scientists have developed a rapid, reliable and low-cost antibody test, that uses portable lab-on-a-chip technology to accurately measure the concentration of antibodies present in diluted blood plasma. Previous studies have found that Covid-19 antibodies, or proteins produced by the immune system to neutralise the virus, are present in the later stages of infection and can linger in the blood after the infection has cleared, allowing previously infected individuals to be identified, the study published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics said. Antibody tests are, thus, an important means of determining the full spread of the coronavirus - information that is crucial to guide public health policies, it said. "Many existing platforms for antibody tests are accurate and reliable, but they are costly and need to be carried out in a lab by trained operators. This means that it can take hours, or even days, to obtain results," said study … [Read more...] about Low-cost chip to detect COVID-19 antibodies developed: Report
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Slack's billing growth, a key indicator of future revenue, slowed in the second quarter and the workplace messaging app owner said it took a $11 million hit in the first half due to the Covid-19 related concessions. The company said it offered credits, payment in installments and billing duration of less than a year to help users tide over the economic downturn triggered by the health crisis, sending its shares down 18% after the bell. Slack had in the previous quarter signaled weak demand from worst-affected industries like retail and travel, prompting it to withdraw its full-year billings target. "In Q2, growth in many of our customers contracted or flattened versus normal seasonal trends. In August, growth began to trend at more typical seasonal levels," Chief Financial Officer Allen Shim said in a call with analysts. Slack's quarterly billings rose 25%, but it fell short of the 38% growth it posted in the first quarter. Billings are an important metric for growth for a … [Read more...] about Slack’s quarterly billing growth slows due to Covid-19 concessions
Those battling it out for the chance to win a life-changing $1,000,000 currently include musical duo Broken Roots, Brandon Leake, Roberta Battaglia, Malik Dope, aerialist Alan Silva, the Spyros Brothers, and Double Dragon. Broken Roots were received back into the competition in a mid-season twist after Thomas Day left the show, and thrilled the crowds with a rousing rendition of U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’. Meanwhile the Spyros Brothers return after having done magical things with a diabolo in the quarter-finals, as does the spoken word poet Brandon Leake, who gained gushing praise from Howie after his eloquent and powerfully-moving performance. … [Read more...] about How to watch America’s Got Talent: stream season 15 semi-finals online from anywhere
The equivalence between Negan and Rick will never hold up if the characters only move in jarring, inconsistent leaps that supposedly take place within the same 12-hour period. It takes time for characters to change and develop, and that means letting audiences spend time with them, as well. Instead, every single storyline of The Walking Dead this season feels segmented off; individual pieces of busywork filling space because the show’s not interested in moments of actual conflict or dialogue. Negan can work serving as just a symbol or an idea, but not if AMC wants to drag his looming threat out for years — something reflected in the fact that the show just hit a 5-year ratings low. … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Villain Watch season 8, episode 3: Monsters
"People burn through it in a week or two," Kripke says (via GamesRadar). "There’s an intense amount of activity and then it sort of fades…. There’s so many great moments in season 2, we want to give it time to marinate so people can reflect on it and talk about it before they move on to the next thing and be in the conversation a little longer. I think a little anticipation for the fans is healthy." … [Read more...] about When is the next episode of The Boys season 2 on Amazon Prime Video?