A Scottish airline is converting its tiny planes into ‘flying ambulances’ using sealed pods to transport COVID-19 patients — here’s how it works

Loganair is working with the Scottish Ambulance Service to convert its Twin Otter aircraft into a flying ambulance to transport coronavirus patients. There will be EpiShuttle single-patient isolation pods aboard the “flying ambulance”. EpiShuttles can be configured to either protect the patient in the pod, or protect the pod’s surroundings from the patient. Multiple countries are now using EpiShuttles amid the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Regional Scottish airline Loganair is working with the Scottish Ambulance Service to convert its Twin Otter aircraft into a flying ambulance with isolation pods to transport coronavirus patients. The European Union-funded “EpiShuttle” single patient isolation pods were created by Norwegian-based… Read More

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Daily Crunch: Google publishes coronavirus mobility reports

Google uses its ad-tracking data to provide a glimpse at how the world is responding to coronavirus, the CDC changes its tune on face masks and Apple accidentally reveals that AirTags are coming. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 3, 2020. 1. Google is now publishing coronavirus mobility reports, feeding off users’ location history Google is giving the world a clearer look of exactly how much it knows about people everywhere — using the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to repackage its persistent tracking of where users go and what they do as a public good in the midst of a pandemic. In a blog post, the tech giant announced… Read More

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Emergent BioSolutions gets $14.5M in federal funding to expedite COVID-19 plasma therapy development

Last week, we spoke to the Head of Emergent BioSolutions’ Therapeutics Business Unit Dr. Laura Saward about her company’s work developing plasma-based potential treatments for COVID-19. Now, the company announced that it has received $14.5 million in funding from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to speed the development of one of its treatment candidates. Emergent BioSolutions has been working to develop two different kinds of plasma-based treatments for use in treating patients who have already contracted the coronavirus and subsequently the COVID-19 respiratory disease that it leads to. The company is developing one treatment… Read More

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How to Get Free Valorant Beta Access by Watching Twitch

It’s no secret that a bunch of huge streamers were invited to play Riot Games’ upcoming first-person shooter Valorant to get a taste of what they can expect when the game launches this summer. There’s a lot of hype for the League of Legends’ developer’s first foray into the FPS landscape, and there’s a good reason for that. While it’s not exactly being marketed as such, it looks like a unique blend of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch. When the embargo for the closed-door event lifts at 1 p.m. EST, viewers on Twitch will have a chance to earn beta access to the much-anticipated title. It’s not an open beta,… Read More

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Bustle Digital Group shuts down The Outline as part of broader layoffs

Bustle Digital Group, owner of a portfolio of digital media properties including Bustle itself, says it laid off two dozen staffers today. That includes eliminating the entire staff of The Outline, a culture site that it acquired a year ago. In a statement, a BDG spokesperson said the company will continue to host The Outline’s archives, and that founder Josh Topolsky will be “exploring alternative path’s forward” for its future. “The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has forced us to make some tough business decisions,” a BDG spokesperson said. “Most staff will be taking temporary tiered salary reductions and unfortunately, we have eliminated two dozen positions across the company.” Topolsky (former… Read More

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