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DRONE STARTUP WANTS TO DELIVER BLOOD TO RURAL AMERICA

To make it in America, drone delivery will have to master a niche demand. Most of America that has customers is already well-served by logistics. The Postal Service can carry most things at low cost, and for faster shipping, retailers like Amazon will use shipping companies like FedEx or UPS. To make it in America, drones need to deliver a cargo within the same day, and because drones can only carry so much, they need to make sure they’re carrying a cargo that is both tiny and important. So what is it, exactly, that drones could deliver better, faster than anything else?

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Researchers are using silk cocoons to store blood samples

When doctors draw blood for analysis, it’s vital that the sample either be immediately examined or refrigerated. That’s because the proteins which indicate various diseases will either be destroyed by enzymes in the blood or deformed by ambient heat. Either way, the sample quickly becomes useless if you leave it sitting out. However a team of researchers from Tufts University have developed a new way to store samples without having to put them on ice by using silkworm cocoons.

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VIAGRA COULD STOP MALARIA

Since it first came on the market in 1998, Viagra has been found to address more conditions than just erectile dysfunction—it treats hypertension, altitude sickness, and prostate cancer. Now a team of European researchers has found that everyone’s favorite little blue pill can prevent malaria because of the way an enzyme affects red blood cells, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens.

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