Bronx zoo tiger tests positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — A tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19, the institution said Sunday, and is believed to have contracted the virus from a caretaker who was asymptomatic at the time. The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia along with her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions all developed dry coughs and are expected to fully recover, the Wildlife Conservation Society that runs the city’s […]

How does 3D printing work?

3D printing is revolutionizing industry and medicine, and inspiring designers and DIY enthusiasts. The main drawback is how long it takes… Printing an object the size of a tennis ball can take up to 12 hours. New developments could reduce this to just six or seven minutes. At present, printers use a layer-by-layer technique The simplest method is known as filament printing, and tends to be used in mass-market 3D printers. A thread of heated […]

After the virus: What world will we live in?

by Didier LAURAS Agence France Presse One day, the battle against the novel coronavirus will be won. But the world that emerges may look very different from the one we lived in before the pandemic began. Over 60,000 people have lost their lives to COVID-19 and there are a more than a million confirmed cases with the outbreak yet to reach its peak across the developed and emerging world. But on top of the tragic […]

Italy’s doctors look for help from sleek new robots

  by Miguel MEDINA Agence France Presse VARESE, Italy (AFP) — The shiny new robots gently check the pulses of highly infectious patients on life support in the Italian epicentre of COVID-19. The doctors and nurses love them because they also help save their own lives. Italians have seen the world around them turn unrecognisable from the various lockdowns and social distancing measures used to fight the new coronavirus outbreak. But little appears to have […]

Untouchable: the baby born to a mom with coronavirus

by Benjamin BOULY RAMES Agence France-Presse MADRID, Spain (AFP) — For 10 days after giving birth to her first child, the mother was not allowed near him after she tested positive for coronavirus, for fear of infecting her newborn. And even though she has since been reunited with her son, neither she nor her husband have been allowed to physically touch him without gloves as they undergo an extended period of quarantine. “It’s hard,” says Vanesa […]

Google to publish user location data to help govts tackle virus

PARIS, France (AFP) — Google will publish location data from its users around the world from Friday to allow governments to gauge the effectiveness of social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech giant said. The reports on users’ movements in 131 countries will be made available on a special website and will “chart movement trends over time by geography,” according to a post on one of the company’s blogs. […]

‘Superheroes’: Coronavirus survivors donate plasma hoping to heal the sick

by Maggy DONALDSON Agence France-Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — As she emerges from quarantine, recovered COVID-19 patient Diana Berrent is eager to join the battle against the pandemic and donate precious antibodies that researchers hope might help others. In mid-March, the New Yorker woke up with a 102-degree (39 Celsius) fever and intense chest heaviness, becoming one of the first from her Long Island neighbourhood to test positive for coronavirus. This week, Berrent was […]

Coronavirus casts shadow over Everest

by Paavan MATHEMA Pictures by PRAKASH MATHEMA Agence France-Presse KHUMJUNG, Nepal (AFP)  — The Himalayan hilltown of Khumjung should be bustling ahead of Everest’s climbing season, but the coronavirus has forced the shut down of the world’s tallest mountain and threatened the livelihood of the famed local Sherpas. While there are no reported cases in the town — home to many of the ethnic Sherpas who dominate the industry helping climbers — the Himalayas have been closed by […]

Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to be streamed online for free starting April 3

  (Eagle News) – The full musicals of renowned English composer and musical threater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streamed for free online weekly every Friday in a new Youtube channel called “The Shows Must Go On”. It starts on April 3 (US time), with Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” which will be streamed at Universal Pictures’ new Youtube channel, “The Shows Must Go On.” Webber himself announced this in a video […]

Antibody tests key to ending COVID-19 lockdowns

by Paul RICARD PARIS, France (AFP) — It’s the key that opens to door from total lockdown: serologic testing, which will show definitively who has contracted COVID-19 and is in theory safe to return to work. “Everyone’s waiting for serologic testing, the whole world,” said France’s Health Minister Olivier Veran. He said that the global research community was focussing on ways of perfecting the tests, which measure viral antibodies in a person’s blood that signal […]

Local group of speech pathologists develop “communication boards” for intubated COVID-19 patients

(Eagle News) – A local group of speech pathologists has developed a tool to allow COVID-19 patients to communicate even when intubated. The Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP) have come up with “communication boards” which will allow patients on ventilators to express their needs to their caregivers even when they are unable to talk. “Sadly, many of these [COVID-19] patients will need intubation or other escalated respiratory support, rendering them unable to speak.  Patients […]

DICT offers free eBooks for children during quarantine

(Eagle News) – The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), through its Tech4ED project, has made available free eBooks and other educational content for children during the quarantine period. In an online statement posted in its website and FB page, the DICT announced that the books, sourced from the Let’s Read free digital library for children, are meant to boost learning beyond the classroom. “The educational materials aim to practice the reading comprehension skills […]