This ‘airlock’ for restaurants ensures that picking up your takeout order is 100% contact free

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The design—open-source, so any restaurant can implement it—makes it so restaurant workers and customers never breathe the same air. Restaurant workers at takeout windows, like cashiers in supermarkets, face a greater risk of catching the new coronavirus because of the sheer number of people they see each day. But at Creator , a restaurant in San Francisco, a new pressurized “transfer chamber” means that germs can’t come in when an order goes out. The restaurant is now sharing the open-source design for other retailers to copy. Read Full Story

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Tracking animal diseases could help scientists spot the next COVID-19

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The veterinary telemedicine company VetNow is teaming up with Smithsonian scientists to detect animal disease outbreaks remotely—before these “zoonotic” viruses jump over to humans. Throughout history, major disease outbreaks have started after a virus jumped from animals to humans. The 1918 Spanish flu started in birds. The bubonic plague originated in rats. Bats, for reasons still being explored, account for the majority of these zoonotic diseases—those germs and viruses that can pass from animals to humans, or vice versa. They’ve been linked to Ebola, SARS, and now COVID-19. Read Full Story

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This hoodie comes with a built-in mask

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You don’t need to carry your mask with you, you can just zip the hood—made of filtering material—up tight around your face. If you’re tired of wearing a DIY mask, a new hoodie offers another option: a built-in mask, made from a material that can (theoretically) filter out more germs than an N95 mask, zips up into the hood—which is itself a filter. The hoodie , which is available for preorder now, is the latest design from G95 , a company that also makes scarves that double as air filters. Read Full Story

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This eco-friendly hand sanitizer kills germs and is plastic-free

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By Humankind’s multitasking hand sanitizer kills viruses, moisturizes your skin, and keeps single-use plastic out of landfills. Just over a year after it launched on a mission to eliminate excess packaging and single-use plastic from personal care products, by Humankind has made a name for itself with smartly designed items such as an all-natural refillable deodorant stick, a well-reviewed bar shampoo and conditioner, and just-add-water mouthwash tablets . Read Full Story

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This coating makes viruses slide right off fabric

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PPE would last much longer if it didn’t get viruses stuck to it. Masks and gowns are crucial to protect health workers from the spread of viruses, but they only do so much. Germs can still latch onto the material that protective equipment is made of, and diseases can spread when people touch those off those masks or touch their gowns. What if, like water sliding off a raincoat, viruses could be repelled by the textiles used for PPE, clothing, and even the seats in a hospital waiting room? Read Full Story

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How to Choose the Most Link-Worthy Data Source for Your Content

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Posted by Domenica Fractl has produced thousands of content marketing campaigns across every topic, and for the past seven years, we’ve been keeping track of each and every campaign in order to refine and improve the content we produce on behalf of our clients. In my last post for Moz, I explained how to set realistic digital PR expectations for your content based on your niche. In this topic, I want to dive a little bit deeper into the data and share insights about how the source of your content can be just as important in determining how your content will perform. In this analysis, I looked at 1,474 client content campaigns across six different data source categories: Client data Social media Participatory methods Publicly available data Survey Germ swab It’s important to note that there are countless other data sources that we use for content campaigns every day at …

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