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Epitome Risk, through its private lab Fourthwall Testing, has an at-home test that will tell you how many neutralizing antibodies you have in 24 - 48 hours

Now you can order the only at-home neutralizing antibody test from Epitome Risk, says Lisa Wilson, CEO of Epitome Risk. In 24-48 hours you’ll know if your immune system is still protecting you from COVID after you got your Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer vaccine, or after you tested positive for COVID.

It’s more specific than the general antibody testing offered by other labs. A neutralizing antibody test correctly identifies the number of neutralizing antibodies you have with 100% specificity.

With COVID and its variants, people want to manage their own health and wellness. Because the neutralizing antibody test is ordered directly by consumers online it is usually not covered by health insurance. Employees with a flexible spending account (FSA) or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) can use that money to pay for the test.

Epitome Risk, through its private lab Fourthwall Testing, has an at-home test that will tell you how many neutralizing antibodies you have in 24 – 48 hours. Epitome Risk is the only company offering a neutralizing antibody test from the comfort of your own home.

“When someone gets vaccinated the immune system makes antibodies but only a fraction can actually block or inhibit the virus from infecting our cells,” Wilson explained. “Inhibition rate relates to the number of those key blocking antibodies. This is a very different test from the general antibody testing.”

According to Dr. Fauci, the CDC and the White House, your body needs neutralizing antibodies to block COVID. After you get the COVID vaccine or after you have COVID your body makes neutralizing antibodies. The more neutralizing antibodies you have, the more protected you are.

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Hicks Outlines Strategy to Thwart Sexual Assault in Military
In DOD’s implementation roadmap, the deputy secretary said DOD will make foundational investments to support
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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with the P5 Foreign Ministers
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken convened yesterday with Foreign Ministers of the People’s Republic of China,
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SpaceX All-Civilian Crew Launch Signals Future of Sustainable Space Exploration
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SpaceX is expected to make history tonight with the first all-civilian crew launched into orbit.

Mason Peck is a professor of astronautical engineering at Cornell University and previously served as NASA Chief Technologist. Peck says the future of sustainable space exploration is upon us. Peck says:


AT&T and Naval Postgraduate School to Jointly Research 5G and Edge Computing Solutions
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AT&T and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) have entered into an agreement to explore and develop 5G and edge computing-based maritime solutions aimed at benefitting national defense, homeland security, and industries such as shipping, oil and gas, recreational boating and more.

The NPS and AT&T experiments with 5G and edge…

President Biden Appoints Karen Winkfield to National Cancer Advisory Board
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President Joe Biden has appointed Karen Winkfield, MD, Ph.D., to the National Cancer Advisory Board, where she will serve a six-year term and help guide federal initiatives that focus on cancer.

The board advises the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the…

NASA Selects Five U.S. Companies to Mature Artemis Lander Concepts
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NASA has selected five U.S. companies to help the agency enable a steady pace of crewed trips to the lunar surface under the agency’s Artemis program. These companies will make advancements toward sustainable human landing system concepts, conduct risk-reduction activities, and provide feedback on NASA’s…

How Social Media Played a Major Role in Building Dr. Chiddy’s Private Plastic Surgery Practice
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Dr. Jerry Chidester aka “Dr. Chiddy”, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and social media influencer. Due to his rapid business successes, he is now one of the biggest social media doctors in the world.

Dr. Chiddy accredits his accomplishments to the industry of social media. A few years ago, he…

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Data science and advanced molecular modeling provide fundamental insights into COVID-19 biology

When the novel coronavirus led to a global pandemic last year, doctors and researchers rushed to learn as much as possible about the virus and how our bodies respond to it.

They needed a lot of information, and they needed it fast. Doctors studied whether available medicines could effectively treat the symptoms of COVID-19. Virologists, biologists, and chemists scrambled to understand how the virus affects the molecular workings of cells, information key to designing medicine to treat infection and resulting disease.

Medical and biological data flowed fast and furiously. More than four percent of the world’s research published in 2020 was related to COVID, according to the Dimensions database produced by Digital Science. Yet each study provided just a piece of insight into the massive biological puzzle that defines this severe respiratory syndrome

Finding meaning in a sea of messy or incomplete data is precisely what data scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) do. With expertise in applying graph-based machine learning, detailed molecular modeling, and explainable AI to questions of national security and basic science, PNNL researchers are now turning their artificial intelligence tools to…

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The world is currently going through the third wave of COVID-19, which is considered to be more dangerous than the previous waves. Many pharmaceutical companies have come up with vaccines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and countries with a significantly high number of COVID-19 cases are imposing lockdowns. The primary step to prevent any virus from spreading sporadically is to practice social distancing. Experts around the world are emphasizing the importance of social distancing. In order to spread awareness about social distancing, Vaibhav Rupapara has developed a mobile computing system by which social distancing can be maintained by using acoustic waves from smartphones. 

According to Vaibhav, a smartphone can detect and connect to another closest smartphone by transmitting acoustic waves. The frequency of acoustic waves can be adjusted for detecting a wider spectrum of mobile carriers. In order to be compatible with this system, a smartphone needs to have a microphone, a speaker, and a decent processor. The system does not require Bluetooth, Infrared connectivity, and GPS thereby minimizing battery consumption. The most interesting fact about this system is that it works without the internet and does not require access to personal information. It exchanges signals with other…

Affordable Housing in Outer Space: Scientists Develop Cosmic Concrete From Space Dust and Astronaut Blood
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Transporting a single brick to Mars can cost more than a million British pounds – making the future construction of a Martian colony seem prohibitively expensive. Scientists at The University of Manchester have now developed a way to potentially overcome this problem, by creating a concrete-like material made of…

Studies Show New Trends in Kidney Stone Patient Care
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It is estimated one in 10 people will have a kidney stone at some point in their life. Three new studies being presented this year during the 2021 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting demonstrate new trends in kidney stone patient care, including over-the-counter products and a new technique…

‘Secrets of the Universe 3D’ to Be Revealed at the California Science Center IMAX Theater
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Audiences will be immersed in the greatest mysteries of our time; and be introduced to the brilliant minds seeking to unravel them, in Secrets of the Universe 3D, opening for the first time in Los Angeles at the California Science Center…

FDA Will Follow the Science on COVID-19 Vaccines for Young Children
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As schools around the country are re-opening for in-person learning and families are returning to their busy school year schedules, we know many parents are anxious about the pandemic and protecting their children. Many parents have questions about COVID-19 and when vaccines will be available for children younger than…

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars’ History
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NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover successfully collected its first pair of rock samples, and scientists already are gaining new insights into the region. After collecting its first sample, named “Montdenier,” Sept. 6, the team collected a second, “Montagnac,” from the same rock Sept. 8.

“It looks like…

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Premier Medical Laboratory Services addresses common COVID-19 questions
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In an upcoming digital event on Thursday, September 23, scientists at Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS) will talk through a variety of COVID-19 topics ranging from the delta variant to vaccines with the goal of providing information based on science. With misinformation about COVID-19 circulating, these scientists who conduct research at the largest lab in the southeast, PMLS, hope to inform the Carolinas on the best ways to fight the pandemic and answer common questions about COVID-19.

Now, according to DHEC, roughly 50% of South Carolinians are fully vaccinated, but much of the US population remains unsure about their comfortability with vaccinations. With the new Biden Administration mandate for vaccinations, many people are growing even more hesitant. Dr. Brian Krueger and Dr. Stewart Holt hope to provide information and clarity on this topic.

Dr. Brian Krueger is the Chief Scientific Officer of PMLS and is the former Director of Genomic Analysis and Technical Operations for Columbia University Medical Center. He developed the first commercially authorized SARS CoV-2 COVID-19 test. Dr. Stewart Holt is the PMLS Molecular Diagnostic Technical Supervisor with over 25 years of experience as a genetics and diagnostics scientist. The panel will be moderated by healthcare marketing and communications expert, Kathleen Ritz.

Those who would like to attend this digital scientific discussion panel event can click the link below to register. This discussion panel will cover information about COVID-19 directly from nation-leading scientists here in the Carolinas. The event will take place on Thursday, September 23 at 1 PM.

Register for Scientific…


Texas A&M Project to Create a More Inclusive Scientific Community
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How to Design a Website on Wix in 2022
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Technology is getting advanced and is evolving rapidly. It has ultimately allowed us to enhance our productivity levels and achieve more no matter how complex our tasks are. Learning website designing is considered one of those tasks.

In order to understand how to design a website on Wix in 2022,…

Scientists See Evidence of First-Order Phase Change in Nuclear Matter
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New evidence suggests that protons and neutrons go through a “first-order” phase transition—a kind of stop-and-go change in temperature—when they “melt.” This is similar to how ice melts: energy first increases the temperature, then, during the transition, the temperature stays steady while the energy transforms a solid to a…

IBM Unveils New Generation of IBM Power Servers for Frictionless, Scalable Hybrid Cloud
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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the new IBM Power E1080 server, the first in a new family of servers based on the new IBM Power10 processor, designed specifically for hybrid cloud environments. The IBM Power10-equipped E1080 server is engineered to be one of the most secured server platforms and…

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Diversity in Entomology to provide top-tier research experience, mentoring for undergraduates

Diversity in Entomology, a project of the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Entomology’s Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates, hopes to address recruitment and support deficiencies for underrepresented students beginning in Summer semester 2022. Recruitment of its first cohort is underway now.

The goal of this project is to provide top-tier research experiences that improve students’ problem-solving abilities, and critical and creative thinking and communications skills to prepare them for competitive graduate programs and/or jobs within agriculture and natural resources fields.

The project focuses on mentoring students for success in diverse work environments and providing a support network designed to bolster their success beyond the project.

Opening doors to diversity in science

Texas A&M entomology professors Julio Bernal, Ph.D., and Raul Medina, Ph.D., both in the Department of Entomology, and Hector Ramos, Ph.D., educational psychology professor in the Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development, all in Bryan-College Station, are spearheading the project.

Together with a dozen other faculty mentors, they bring experience in research, mentorship of underrepresented students and creative education. They will use their expertise to provide tailored, hands-on research opportunities for the students.

“We believe that diverse perspectives in scientific fields leads…



University of Kentucky Researcher a Force in the Fight Against Lyme Disease

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At a time when the incidence of Lyme disease is rising across the U.S., a study led by University of Kentucky College of Medicine researcher Brian Stevenson, Ph.D., may provide a significant
21.4% Record Efficiency for Flexible CIGS Solar Cells
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A group of scientists at Empa has pushed the efficiency of flexible solar cells to a new limit. Independent measurements revealed an efficiency of 21.4 percent when these types of solar cells convert light into electricity. For comparison: the best efficiency of a non-flexible solar cell made of crystalline…

UX Core Guide — Cognitive Science and User Experience
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While people would want to believe that their judgments are reasonable and logical, the truth is that they are constantly influenced by cognitive biases, even when they don’t know it. Product designers, politicians, and megacorporations are focusing on these prejudices as a way to make their products more appealing….

Tapping Into Magnets to Clamp Down on Noise in Quantum Information
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A Department of Energy-funded project between Argonne and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign explores coupling magnetism and microwaves for quantum discoveries.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has recently funded both DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana (UIUC) in a new project related to quantum information…