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Coronavirus: New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu ‘hugely beneficial’

Coronavirus: New 90-minute tests for Covid-19 and flu ‘hugely beneficial’

Health
New 90-minute tests that can detect coronavirus and flu will be rolled out in care homes and laboratories from next week.The "on-the-spot" swab and DNA tests will help distinguish between Covid-19 and other seasonal illnesses, the government said. The health secretary said this would be "hugely beneficial" over the winter.Currently, three quarters of test results are returned within 24 hours and a quarter can take up to two days.The announcement comes as the government pushed back a July target to regularly test care home staff and residents, saying the number of testing kits had become more limited. Almost half a million of the new rapid swab tests, called LamPORE, will be available from next week in adult care settings and laboratories, with millions mo...
Coldplay to pause touring until concerts are ‘environmentally beneficial’

Coldplay to pause touring until concerts are ‘environmentally beneficial’

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your device Coldplay have put plans to tour their new album on hold, due to concerns over the environmental impact of concerts."We're not touring this album," frontman Chris Martin told BBC News."We're taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial.""All of us have to work out the best way of doing our job," he continued, saying the band wanted their future tours to "have a positive impact".The British band are in the Jordanian capital Amman to perform two shows that will be streamed live on YouTube.The concerts, to be staged on Friday at sunrise and sunset respectively, will mirror the two halves of their new album Everyday Li...
Copper nanoparticles, green laser light cost beneficial in circuitry printing

Copper nanoparticles, green laser light cost beneficial in circuitry printing

Science
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Printing electronic circuitry with copper nanoparticle ink and green laser light can be more cost beneficial and efficient, according to a study. Researchers at Soonchunhyang University in South Korea studied the thin-film printing technique instead of the conventional methods, based on laser power, scanning speed, pre-baking conditions and film thickness effects. Their findings were published this week in the journal AIP Advances. Nanoparticles in metallic inks have an advantage over bulk metals because of their lower melting points in the circuitry manufacturing. Originally the researchers, led by Kye-Si Kwon, tested silver nanoparticle ink but found it is costlier. Then, they studied studied copper, which is derived from copper oxide. Although copper's melting point ...