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5 Things to Know Before Your Morning Coffee — Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Scientists Have Sequenced the Oldest Known DNA Sample

The oldest remains ever recorded are being processed at the Center for Paleogenetics in Stockholm. The remains are from a wooly mammoth beyond one million years old and could result in the uncovering of a new species. Prior to this finding, the oldest known DNA sequence was from between 560,000-700,000 years old.

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Tesla Drops Prices of Model 3 and Model Y

Tesla has lowered the price of the base Model 3 and Model Y. The Model 3 base model now starts at $36,990. The Model Y dropped $2,000 to $39,990. Both performance models, however, increased by $1,000.

Wearable Chip Can Monitor Stress Levels

A new chip developed by Swiss researchers can monitor the body’s stress level and warn the wearer when it reaches dangerous levels. The device works by monitoring cortisol levels in human sweat. Cortisol levels generally fluctuate throughout the day keeping time with the body’s circadian rhythm. When that rhythm becomes disrupted by stress, those cortisol levels rise. The device consists of a wearable patch containing a transistor and a graphene electrode.

Cold-Stunned Turtles Litter Texas Beach

As cold weather continues to batter all the way to the southern tip of Texas, it has had an extra tough effect on wildlife. This week, about 3,500 sea turtles cover a beach at South Padre Island, all suffering from cold-induced comas. The turtles were taken by a local rescue group to a community center where they hope to gradually raise their body temperature.

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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