Big Tech &
DoorDash will let you order at-home COVID-19 testing kits delivered to your door (2 minute read)
DoorDash has partnered with Vault Health and EverlyWell to distribute at-home Covid-19 test kits across the US. Customers will be able to order test kits directly from the DoorDash app or Vault Health's website in eligible markets. The kits contain polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, considered to be the most accurate in the market. Results are returned to customers within 24 to 48 hours. A list of eligible markets is available in the article.
World's first ship tunnel to be built under Norwegian mountains (2 minute read)
Norway is building the world's first ship tunnel to help vessels navigate the Stadhavet Sea. The tunnel will cost around 2.8 billion Norwegian kroner and take between three to four years to build. Construction is due to begin in 2022. The tunnel will protect ships from the weather and tide. It could also enable a ferry service in the future. Building the tunnel will involve removing roughly three million cubic meters of rock.
Invisible 'Keyhole' Security Developed With Printable Electronics (2 minute read)
A researcher from the Swiss research institute EMPA has developed an invisible lock system that uses conductive ink on a transparent polymer film to create invisible buttons. The result is a lock mechanism with no obvious way for it to be opened. It can be integrated with existing systems. A short video about the lock mechanism is available in the article. The technology is scalable, so the lock could be used for doors and other building entrances.
Programming, Design & Data Science
OpticSim.jl (GitHub Repo)
OpticSim.jl is a package designed to allow optical engineers to create optical systems procedurally. It supports a large variety of surface types that can be composed into complex 3D objects. OpticSim.jl provides extensive control over the modeling, simulation, visualization, and optimization of optical systems. Examples are available in the documentation.
The S in IOT is for Security (5 minute read)
Many IOT devices require you to use proprietary apps that can't be audited for security. Sometimes, the only way to ensure privacy on a device is to hack it. This article follows a developer as they hack a lava lamp so that it could be used securely without the manufacturer's software.
Is Sergey Brin really building the world's biggest aircraft? Here's everything we know (4 minute read)
Google co-founder Sergey Brin loves airships, and he has been working on building a giant sky yacht. He wants to use the airship for humanitarian aid. Airships can land and deliver goods almost anywhere. They are also zero-emission alternatives to airplanes. Airships are faster and have fewer emissions than cargo ships. Brin's airship will be about 650 feet long and cost as much as $150 million to construct. It will run on hydrogen.