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Milky Way is Larger Than Previous Estimates Suggest

By Tim Sandle

Our galaxy – the Milky Way – is over 50 percent larger than is commonly estimated. The reference to “milky” is derived from its appearance as a dim glowing band arching across the night sky. Here the naked eye cannot distinguish individual stars. Up until now, the Milky Way was considered to be a spiral galaxy some 100,000–120,000 light-years in […]

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Food Safety Could Worsen with Climate Change

By Tim Sandle

Researchers have drawn a connection between changes in temperature, rainfall and the quality of food poisoning. In turn they have related these climatic events to climate change. Putting aside the disputed triggers for climate change, the new research draws connections between climatic shifts, such as an increase in flooding, and a rise in pathogenic bacteria; […]

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Common Food Additives Linked to Inflammation

By Tim Sandle

Several additives used with processed foods, like emulsifiers, have been shown to be associated with changes in the composition of microorgani in the intestines (the so-termed “gut microbiome“). In turn, this has been found to leas to increased inflammation in mice. Inflammation is linked to several ill-health effects and has an link with obesity. A study has found […]

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Overwhelming Support to Protect the Bees from Dangerous Chemicals

By Tim Sandle

The Ontario government plants to restrict the use of bee-killing pesticides. The plan, according to a poll, is overwhelmingly backed by the general public. The proposal on the table is to severely restrict the use and sale of neonics (or neonicotinoid pesticides). Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. These crop […]

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First Humanoid Robots for Pain Management

By Tim Sandle

A Canadian company called RxRobots has ivered the world’s first “humanoid” robots to a hospital in the country (Alberta Children’s Hospital). The start-up company, RxRobots, constructs applications for robots to interact with children while they are having painful medical procedures done; for example, vaccinations and blood tests. The objective is to design systems to reduce children’s pain and discomfort […]

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Novel Method for Detecting Malaria Parasites

By Tim Sandle

Parasite expert Ingrid Felger has devised a new method for the rapid detection of the parasite that causes malaria. The new method works on genes that have multiple copies in the parasite genome. If these are detected, this reveals parasites present at concentrations that are 10 times lower than the detection limit of current standard assays. […]

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Using Wastewater to Generate Renewable Energy

By Tim Sandle

Scientists have come up with a new and effective means to obtain electrical energy and hydrogen by using a wastewater treatment process. The developed system uses bacteria to eat organic material, and electricity is produced as a by-product in the form of hydrogen. The ideas behind the project are two-fold: one is to reduce energy […]

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Personal Genomics Given FDA Green Light

By Tim Sandle

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is allow a personal genomics company to undertake a disease-risk analysis. This decision has proved to be controversial with some scientists. The personal genomics testing firm 23andMe is aiming to run a health prediction service. This comes after the FDA agreed yesterday for the company to market a test that would […]

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Biggest Black Hole Discovered! It is 12 Billion Times More Massive Than the Sun!

By TLN

With the team of global scientists discovering a black hole of inconceivable dimensions, the existing theories about the creation of black holes appear contradicted. According to Reuters’, at 12 billion times massive than the Sun, it challenges current cosmological thinking. “Our discovery presents a serious challenge to theories about the black hole growth in […]

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Europe’s Black Death May Not Have Been Spread by Rats

By Tim Sandle

Turning history on its head: most text bos, in recalling the Black Death, the term for the deadly plague that swept through medieval Europe, say that the plague was spread by rats. Or, accurately, the plague bacterium is contained within the guts of fleas, which spread it to people when a person is bitten. […]

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