US invests $232 million in at-home, phone-based COVID-19 tests

  • February 1, 2021
The US government is investing $231.8 million to increase production of an at-home COVID-19 test. Australian manufacturer Ellume will deliver 8.5 million tests for federal use as part of the deal. The company will open a factory in the US, where it p…

Apple warns against putting an iPhone 12 too close to your pacemaker

  • January 24, 2021
You probably don’t need someone to tell you that magnets and life-saving medical devices don’t mix, but Apple wants to make that patently clear. MacRumors has learned that Apple recently updated a support document to warn against keeping the iPhone 1…

Hitting the Books: AI doctors and the dangers tiered medical care

  • January 23, 2021
Healthcare is a human right, however, nobody said all coverage is created equal. Artificial intelligence and machine learning systems are already making impressive inroads into the myriad fields of medicine — from IBM’s Watson: Hospital Edition and A…

Biden elevates science advisor to cabinet role for the first time

  • January 16, 2021
Science is poised to get a much more prominent role in President-elect Biden’s administration. Nature and Reuters report that Biden has named breakthrough geneticist Eric Lander (seen above in 2002) not only as the director of the Office of Science a…

Microsoft and Oracle are working on digital COVID-19 vaccine cards

  • January 14, 2021
Starting later this month, the US will require international air passengers to show evidence of a recent negative COVID-19 test or proof that they have recently recovered from the disease. Alternatively, now that COVID-19 vaccines are being administe…

Hackers are trying to disrupt the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain

  • December 3, 2020
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve seen hackers target efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, but it now seems they’re shifting their attention to the supply chain that will distribute those vaccines to people across the world.  IBM s…

Modified ‘stealth’ virus could fight advanced cancers

  • November 29, 2020
Scientists have long explored using viruses to fight cancer, but that doesn’t work well for metastatic cancers (that is, those that have spread beyond the primary site) when your immune system will quickly neuter perceived threats. There might, howev…