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, …

Chrissy Angliker’s Drip Paintings Make Peace With the Pandemic

The artist drips, dollops, spoons and smears paint for her lusciously textured exhibit at NYC's Massey Klein Gallery

In April 2008, Chrissy Angliker made a mistake that would go on to become the defining technique of her texturally luscious paintings. The accident—a glob of ink that was too thick and dripped down the canvas—sparked in Angliker an acquiescence to the unexpected. Striving to strike a balance between chaos and control, the Brooklyn-based Swiss American artist began dripping and dolloping paint onto the canvas—a …