🩠 A ‘smoke detector’ for COVID-19? It’s here

America has gone back to work, and back to the movies. But our vaccination immunity is still not 100%. And so we still don't really know where it's ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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America has gone back to work, and back to the movies. But our vaccination immunity is still not 100%. And so we still don’t know where it’s entirely safe to be at any time, and where COVID-19 is prevalent. But a new startup named Poppy plans to change that. Collaborating with some of the leading scientific minds in virus detection, it’s built the equivalent of a smoke detector for COVID. Already installed across 40 offices, theaters, and airports, the Poppy can detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus floating in the air to mitigate the pandemic’s spread. It isn’t the first airborne COVID detector, but it could be the first to go mainstream. And even as we eventually put COVID behind us, Poppy still holds promise for a safer future. We are learning to see into the invisible world of viruses, and the world will never be the same for it. Read my exclusive story here.
—Mark Wilson
 
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NEWS
Rivian revs up: What you need to know
Rivian, the buzzy California EV company, is making its public debut today in one of the most anticipated IPOs of the year.
Rivian stock will trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker RIVN. Shares were priced Tuesday at $78—above the target range of $72 to $74, which had already been raised from $57 to $62 a week earlier.
That pricing puts its valuation north of legacy automakers Honda and Ferrari, as well as Chinese EV giant Nio. 
The IPO comes as the company is facing a number of legal fights. Last week, a former female executive filed a gender discrimination lawsuit claiming Rivian fired her for speaking up about an alleged company culture that marginalizes women employees.
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