Miso Cards

"This Card is an Abortion," read a handful of business cards distributed by Mixl Laufer, a DIY biohacker, at a hacking conference in Queens Friday.

Embedded in the cards are three doses of misoprostol, a medication that safely and effectively induces an abortion when properly used.

"This is a breakthrough that we had," Laufer said, explaining that having a paper card makes it possible to mail it undetected, as well as distributed in public places or semi-public places like a school's toilet. The card has the logo of the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective, a DIY medical collective that Laufer has been a key part of for years, as well as a QR code with directions on how to use it.

"Miso Cards are misoprostol abortion pills, delivered in a card format, because it's easier to send by mail. In use since the mid-1980s, it is 85 percent effective when used alone. It is one of the most effective drugs for terminating pregnancies in the first and second trimesters," the website says.

The website also has instructions for taking each dose, what to expect, and what to do if something goes wrong. Since Roe v. Wade fell, Four Thieves Vinegar Collective has been working on ways to distribute information about how to make DIY misoprostol to the masses. [...]

"Organizations like mine should not exist, we should not exist," Laufer told Motherboard after the talk. "There's nothing reasonable about this being a thing -- it shouldn't be. Makes no sense."

Update: The talk is finally online. The bit about these cards begins at around 40 minutes in.

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CO2 Sensors

Violet reviews the Vitalight and Aranet4 CO2 sensors:

The rates went up fast. But instead of lagging, the Vitalight overtook the Aranet immediately, the number racing up in real time. When the Aranet refreshed, it was catching up to the Vitalight but still behind it. The Vitalight was telling me this was bad now, while I was waiting on the Aranet to give me the reading.

The Vitalight's alarm went off at 800 (beeping twice) as its arrow moved from green to yellow. The Vitalight number raced higher and the Aranet refreshed again -- now closer to the Vitalight. The Vitalight's two-beep alarm went off again as its risk category arrow moved to Orange. I was ready to flee but waited for the Aranet to refresh -- and then it did, at a higher number than the Vitalight, having overtaken it.

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