Unexplained excess mass in human chromosomes puzzles scientists

  Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes, only one of which determines a person’s sex-linked characteristics. The remaining 22 pairs contain bundles of genetic instructions that help determine the other, non-sex-related traits. Since the discovery of DNA, researchers have endeavored to learn all there is to know about these coded sequences, including how much they weigh. … Continue reading Unexplained excess mass in human chromosomes puzzles scientists

This fascinating off-grid lamp is powered by photosynthesis

Dutch designer Ermi van Oers has created an off-grid lamp that uses a living plant to produce light. The device, dubbed “Living Light,” uses microorganisms of plant origin to convert the chemical energy that a plant naturally produces during photosynthesis into an electric current. The lamp is fully self-sufficient, meaning it doesn’t have to be plugged into … Continue reading This fascinating off-grid lamp is powered by photosynthesis

Natural treatments: Salt nanoparticles are toxic to cancer cells, say researchers

A study led by University of Georgia researchers found that salt nanoparticles could kill cancer cells and confer anti-cancer immunity. Published in the journal Advanced Materials, the study showed that sodium chloride nanoparticles (SCNPs) could stealthily enter cancer cells and rip them apart from within, causing cell death. The cells’ death could then trigger an immune response that enables the body to ward off new tumor growth. … Continue reading Natural treatments: Salt nanoparticles are toxic to cancer cells, say researchers

Russia developing its first DNA printer to synthesize short DNA fragments

Scientists in Siberia are working on a project to develop Russia’s first DNA printer, with a prototype expected in 2024. The National Research Tomsk State University announced the groundbreaking initiative. The Russian developers are aiming to create a printer that can synthesize short DNA fragments, or oligonucleotides, and then assemble them into longer strands to be used for … Continue reading Russia developing its first DNA printer to synthesize short DNA fragments

New Alzheimer’s treatment using ultrasound yields 75% success rate, restoring complete memory function in trial run

A new Alzheimer’s treatment called focused therapeutic ultrasound beams sound waves into brain tissue and stimulates the brain’s waste removal system, safely enabling a clearance of the plaques, clumps and tangles that block memories. This non-invasive technology uses sound waves to safely open the blood-brain barrier where your ‘janitorial’ microglial cells can sweep out the garbage for … Continue reading New Alzheimer’s treatment using ultrasound yields 75% success rate, restoring complete memory function in trial run

This innovative skylight uses light from the sun to desalinate water for drinking

Designer Henry Glogau has developed a skylight that uses seawater to provide natural ambient light and clean drinking water. The device is charged by a mini solar panel during the day. The remaining sea salt is also funneled into a dozen zinc and copper batteries that power a strip of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Glogau’s device, which he dubbed Solar … Continue reading This innovative skylight uses light from the sun to desalinate water for drinking

Flaxseed proteins are great sources of antioxidant peptides, reports study

Linum usitatissimum, commonly known as flaxseed or linseed, is a flowering plant that originated in the Middle East. One of the oldest crops known to man, it has been cultivated since the beginning of civilization. Today, flaxseed is considered a superfood and is known for its abundance of macro- and micronutrients, such as fiber, protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty … Continue reading Flaxseed proteins are great sources of antioxidant peptides, reports study

Ethical questions raised after Elon Musk’s Neuralink company implants chip in monkey’s brain

Scientists and ethicists have questioned the ethical implications of human and cyborg hybridization experiments after a recent demonstration involving a monkey with a brain chip controlling a video game with its mind. On April 8, Elon Musk’s neurotechnology start-up Neuralink announced that it had successfully created a cyborg monkey that can play Pong with its mind using … Continue reading Ethical questions raised after Elon Musk’s Neuralink company implants chip in monkey’s brain

Coronavirus survivors regain their sense of smell by going through “fragrance journey” with renowned perfumer

Perfumer and “fragrance expert” Sue Phillips from New York City believes she can help people who have recovered from the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) regain their sense of smell. The loss of the sense of smell is a symptom of COVID-19. Many who recover from the virus wait months before their ability to smell returns – and many others … Continue reading Coronavirus survivors regain their sense of smell by going through “fragrance journey” with renowned perfumer

Inspired by spiders and fire ants, researchers develop a new unsinkable metal

Researchers from the University of Rochester have developed an extremely buoyant metal that can be used to make unsinkable ships. The researchers have drawn inspiration from fire ants and diving bell spiders, which have the remarkable ability to remain afloat or survive underwater for long periods of time. These creepy-crawlies are able to do this by trapping air in an … Continue reading Inspired by spiders and fire ants, researchers develop a new unsinkable metal