Archive for the 'Health' Category

Scientists make ‘artificial leaf’ to generate clean power

• August, 2009

Scientists make ‘artificial leaf’ to generate clean power By Telegraph Reporter Scientists are trying to copy the process of photosynthesis by making an “artificial leaf” to generate clean power. Through photosynthesis plants use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide into sugar. It is the most effective solar energy conversion process on Earth and all power needs for a year could be met by the energy contained in the sunlight hitting the Earth in one hour.

Monsanto’s Bt Cotton Kills the Soil as Well as Farmers

• June, 2009

Monsanto’s Bt Cotton Kills the Soil as Well as Farmers ISIS Report 23/02/09 Biosafety refers to ensuring that GMO’s do not harm the environment or health. The soil, its fertility, and the organisms which maintain the fertility of soil are a vital aspect of the environment, especially in the context of food and agricultural production. A recent scientific study carried out by Navdanya, compared the soil of fields where Bt-cotton had been planted for 3 years with adjoining fields with non GMO cotton or other

Second team finds natural super flu fighter

• May, 2009

Second team finds natural super flu fighter Reporting by Maggie Fox; Additional reporting by Julie Steenhuysen in Chicago; Editing by Eric Walsh Thu Feb 26, 2009 An antibody being developed by a Dutch drug company chokes off both seasonal flu and the H5N1 avian flu virus and might offer a way to develop better treatments and vaccines. Crucell NV’s antibody, a naturally occurring immune system protein, grabs onto a hidden part of flu viruses, stopping them from infecting cells, they reported in the journal Science.

Blind, Yet Seeing: The Brain’s Subconscious Visual Sense

• April, 2009

Blind, Yet Seeing: The Brain’s Subconscious Visual Sense By BENEDICT CAREY Published: December 22, 2008 BLINDSIGHT A patient whose visual lobes in the brain were destroyed was able to navigate an obstacle course and recognize fearful faces subconsciously. The man, a doctor left blind by two successive strokes, refused to take part in the experiment. He could not see anything, he said, and had no interest in navigating an obstacle course — a cluttered hallway — for the benefit of science. Why bother? When he

Researchers find safer way to make stem cells

• April, 2009

Researchers find safer way to make stem cells By Ben Hirschler Sun Mar 1, 2009 Researchers said on Sunday they had found a safer way to transform ordinary skin cells into powerful stem cells in a move that could eventually remove the need to use human embryos. It is the first time that scientists have turned skin cells into induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS cells — which look and act like embryonic stem cells — without having to use viruses in the process. The

Here’s the “AIRpod” car on… Air

• April, 2009

Here’s the “AIRpod” car on… Air La Cinyc AIRPod is the culmination of MDI studies on pollution and urban mobility. This concept will be the first to leave the production line in spring 2009. MDI will respond to an invitation to tender of the city of Paris, “Autolib’”, and is already the subject of applications for various municipalities. With small size, a tiny price, zero pollution, fun and futuristic design, AIRPod mark a turning point in the range of urban vehicles while renewing the idea

Tropical Forests Recover From Clear-Cutting

• March, 2009

Tropical Forests Recover From Clear-Cutting Emily Sohn, Discovery News Deforestation is generally considered to be bad news, especially in the tropics. But there may be some hope: In many places, trees are growing back, according to new research, and some of the new forests are nearly as diverse as the old ones were. The work adds to a growing sense that tropical forests are more resilient than scientists previously thought and that second-growth forests are far from worthless.

HIV Mutates to Death With New Drug

• February, 2009

HIV Mutates to Death With New Drug Eric Bland, Discovery News Feb 9 2009 HIV is notorious for its ability to mutate and evade drugs designed to destroy it. Now scientists are testing a new drug that actually speeds up that rate of change in the hope that the deadly virus will mutate itself to death. “The HIV virus is so dependent on mutation that it really lives on the edge of existence,” said John Reno, Chief Operating Officer for Koronis Pharmaceuticals, the company developing

Coffee Could Fuel You, and Your Car

• February, 2009

Coffee Could Fuel You, and Your Car Emily Sohn, Discovery News Coffee can do more than just fuel you through an afternoon slump. It might also power your car. That’s the idea behind a new study that turned used coffee grounds into biodiesel fuel. Coffee will probably never replace petroleum, but discarded cappuccino scraps might someday help reduce our impact on the environment, say the study’s authors. They imagine a day when the byproducts of your latte end up in the gas tank of your