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  • Oral Probiotics: Fighting Bacteria with Bacteria

    UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, FL, USA. Dental researchers at the University of Florida, have discovered a microbe that may serve as oral probiotics for teeth. These "good bacteria" aka probiotics may allow the mouth to protect itself naturally from cavities and tooth decay. Searching For Oral Probiotics The two researchers who carried out this study are Marcelle Nascimento and Robert Burne. The process of looking for bacteria that would serve as an oral probiotic  .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Brain Implant Helps Quadriplegic Man Regain Control of Hand

    FEINSTEIN INSTITUTE IN MANHASSET, NEW YORK. A quadriplegic man has been given the ability to move his hand for the first time in five years after suffering a paralyzing spinal cord injury. The technology involves implanting electrodes in the part of the brain responsible for controlling movement. The invention of this technology is a breakthrough since it may help individuals who are unable to move certain body parts such as legs and arms, as a result of accidents, to b .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • After the Paris Agreement Announcement: Bill Gates’ Vision

    Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, had included clean energy and climate change as one of the items on his agenda in 2010. He then invested in a number of energy frontiers in the following five years such as new battery and solar technologies, safer nuclear power plants, tethered high-flying turbines, and systems that might someday remove the long-lasting planet-warming emission from fuel burning and carbon dioxide. In an interview with Gates, posted in the < .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • How Dressed-to-Impress Cancer Meds Can Penetrate Tumors Better Than Current Strategies

    DREXEL UNIVERSITY, PHILADELPHIA, USA AND SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, USA. Drexel University researchers' new method of accessing the cellular masses of a tumor by giving nanoparticles a new look has been found to be four times more effective at delivering nanoparticles into a solid tumor than one of the current best strategies being used. Various biomedical researchers have been searching for better ways to deliver effective medication to tumors in the human body. This chall .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Scientists Discover Plastic-Eating Bacteria That Could Help Clean Oceans

    KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, KYOTO, JAPAN AND KEIO UNIVERSITY, TOKYO, JAPAN. A plastic-eating bacterium was discovered by a team of Japanese scientists. This discovery can lead to the development of an alternative method of recycling tons of plastic bottles worldwide. In search of alternative ways for managing more than 50 million tons of polyethylene terephthalate or PET plastic bottles, a team of Japanese scientists collected 250 PET-contaminated samples including sedi .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Wi-Fi Powered Internet Gadgets

    UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, WA, USA. In the near future, even the smallest internet-connected device will no longer need a battery or even a power cord to make it work. A newly-developed technology will soon be available for commercialization. This new technology will allow electronic gadgets to work and even connect using energy coming from a nearby cellular phone, a radio, a TV set or even Wi-Fi signals around. A group of researchers from the University of Washington devel .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Cheaper and More Eco-Friendly Method for Making Biofuels

    THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. A new way of delivering carbon dioxide to microalgae that can be harvested to make renewable fuels like biodiesel was developed by a group of biomolecular and chemical engineers. The study was published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science. Professor Sandra Kentish and her team developed this new technique since the currently existing methods require lots of energy and are very costly. It is a known fact that ca .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • New Ice Skating Device Prevents Injuries

    ITHACA COLLEGE, NEW YORK, USA. A new advancement in the area of ice skating has been developed by a group of researchers. The cutting-edge development is a "smart" ice skating blade which can provide accurate statistical information on impact and strain during each use. This gadget is created to measure power and effort while skating, especially for the sport of figure skating. It would also assist trainers in preventing player injuries. A figure skater experiences a lot o .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Using Stem Cells in Re-Seeding Hairlines

    UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA, MANITOBA, CANADA AND NANFANG HOSPITAL OF SOUTHERN MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, GUANGDONG PROVINCE, CHINA. A new way in treating hair loss with the use of stem cells was developed by a team of scientists from Canada and China. This is a more practical method in treating alopecia or hair loss, a condition that is caused by diseases, medicine and aging. The team was led by Malcolm Xing from the University of Manitoba and Zhi-Qi Hu from the Nanfang Hospital of S .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Scientists Develop Flexo-Electric Nanomaterial

    UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE, ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS. The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Barcelona, Spain and Cornell University, New York, USA have announced the development of a flexo-electric nanomaterial. This ground-breaking innovation can either generate electricity when its shape is changed or when an electrical voltage is applied, change its shape. Professor Guus Rijnders, one of the researchers, said that this flexo-electric nanomaterial has opened th .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • First Mind-Controlled Vehicle Developed in China

    NANKAI UNIVERSITY, TIANJIN, CHINA. The world's first mind-controlled vehicle was developed in China that does not utilize anything except for brain power to navigate. Special equipment was incorporated so that the driver could move forward, backward, lock, unlock and stop the vehicle. The research was headed by Associate Professor Duan Feng, from Nankai University's College of Computer and Control Engineering. The main inspiration of the project was to help disabled people .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • MIT Develops New Technique to Desalinate Sea Water via Shock Electrodialysis

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MA, USA. A new technique known as shock electrodialysis has been developed to separate salt from water. It is an affordable, easy and effective method. Shock electrodialysis is comparable to conventional methods but this process does not involve some of the problems associated with popular desalination methods like boiling water that requires too much energy and clogging of filters. This new method is specifically designed to help disast .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Japanese Scientists Create Glass Nearly as Hard as Steel

    THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, TOKYO, JAPAN AND THE JAPAN SYNCHROTRON RADIATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE. A team of researchers have developed a kind of glass that is stronger than other metals and just about as strong as steel. A glass that is impervious to breaking can be extremely useful in a lot of applications from skyscrapers to smartphones, tablets and car windows. The team of Japanese researchers were searching for ways that would make traditional glass more durable and strong .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Self-Propelling Powder that Stops Bleeding in Hard to Reach Areas

    UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA. Researchers developed the world's first self-propelled particles that can deliver coagulants against the blood flow to treat severe bleeding. This is a major advancement especially in trauma care scenarios. Christian Kastrup, an assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology and the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia, and his team looked and developed an eff .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Using 3D Printed Teeth for a Bacteria-Free Mouth

    UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN, GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS. A team developed an antimicrobial plastic that can be used in printing 3D teeth. This is a great innovation since existing implants can actually create more maintenance expenses due to bacterial damage. This new method can also get rid of foul-tasting plaster casts and even dirt. Andreas Herrmann of the University of Groningen and his team developed an antimicrobial plastic that can be used in printing 3D teeth. In the US, m .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Innovative Sunblock Doesn’t Penetrate Skin, Eliminating Serious Health Concerns

    YALE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, YALE UNIVERSITY IN CONNECTICUT, USA. A new sunblock made from bioadhesive nanoparticles that stays on the skin's surface was developed to eliminate possible health concerns associated with commercial sunscreens. Professor Mark Saltzman and his team wanted to develop a sunblock that won't go deep into the skin and enter the bloodstream. Commercial sunblocks penetrate the skin and can cause hormonal side effects and even promote the type of skin canc .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Repairing a Damaged, Beating Heart with Glue

    HARVARD UNIVERSITY, MA, USA. An intricate surgical device that delivers glue to internal organs through keyhole incisions makes it possible to repair tissue defects and wounds in the stomach, heart and abdominal walls with minimal injury. Ellen Roche and her colleagues at Harvard University developed a surgical device comprised of a flexible mirror, a contraption made from 2 balloons, a special repair patch that is pre-coated with light-activated glue and a fiber-optic cab .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Navigating Sensitive Soft Tissues Using Robotically Steered Flexible Needles

    UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE, ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS. Robotically steering flexible needles have been produced to reach tissues with sub-millimeter accuracy. These flexible needles can easily avoid sensitive tissues, obstacles and can reorient their path in real time as they  are being inserted. PhD candidate, Momen Abayazid who is affiliated with the research institute MIRA of the University of Twente, demonstrated his doctoral research on these robotically steered flexible needl .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Hot Chili Peppers: A Possible New Cure for Obesity

    UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA. The intake of hot chili has been shown to reduce the intake of food in humans. The capsaicin that is found in hot chili has made this possible. The association of the hot chili pepper receptors (TRPV1) in the stomach and the feeling of fullness have been thoroughly investigated in laboratory studies. This new discovery can lead to the development of new therapies. Professor Amanda Page, senior research fellow at the Univer .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
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