New Face Mask Material Captures and Deactivates COVID Particles

Researchers have developed a new membrane-based respiratory mask that captures and deactivates the COVID-19 particles it encounters. The mask filters particles the same way N95 masks do, but the new material also features antiviral enzymes that destroy SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins (which are what allow the virus to enter the body). According to the developer’s tests, 99% of targeted particles were successfully filtered out by the …

Biodegradable At-Home COVID Tests

Over the past couple of years, we’ve become accustomed to seeing face masks and rapid at-home COVID tests thrown in the trash. In fact, every at-home test results in approximately 10 grams of plastic that’s destined for landfill. To counter this, London-based studio Morrama has designed the Eco-Flo—a biodegradable and recyclable iteration—that aims to drastically reduce waste and provide a more user-friendly experience. The prototype, …

“Outside” Print

After an art show was cancelled due to the pandemic, artist, writer and performer Annie Bielski combined different pieces of paintings that were meant for the exhibition to construct the layered, abstract work “Outside” (2020). As part of the Fort Makers’ Dreamscapes series, a limited edition print of this visual promises 50% of its proceeds to Henry Street Settlement Food Access Initiative, an emergency food pantry …