This Saltwater-Powered Lamp can also charge your cell phone!

Lighting is something that we take for granted in the developed world, but there are still many areas around the globe where people lack reliable access to light at night. Around one-fifth of the world’s population has no access to electricity. They often use kerosene lamps, which contribute to indoor pollution and have to be refilled with oil regularly. Also they are bad for the environment and human health. To solve this problem, an engineering start-up called SALt(Sustainable Alternative Ligh...
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Scientists discover how to trap cancer cells before they spread.

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute and the University of Copenhagen have discovered a new way to 'fence in' a tumor and help stop cancer cells from spreading. Tumors cause cells called fibroblasts to stiffen the surrounding tissue so that cancer cells can grip it, allowing them to tunnel through to the blood stream and spread around the body. They showed that adding experimental drugs, reprogrammed fibroblasts helped in stopping them from 'stiffening' the tissue around tumors. This he...
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Skin Cells Converted into Placenta-Generating Cells

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem successfully converted skin cells into placenta-generating cells using the reprogramming method. The intent is to help women who have recurrent miscarriage and placental dysfunction diseases give birth to healthy babies, although researchers said more work will need to be done before that is possible. The placenta is the least understood human organ, but arguably one of the most important ones. It influences not only the health of a woman and ...
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The UPP cartridge: New Portable Charger

UPP cartridge has a life of 9 years so it is always ready in an emergency. Imagine you have an emergency and your phone is not charged. If you want the ultimate in reliable back up power for use in an emergency or as an everyday extra power source you need an Upp. Upp is a Fuel Cell, not a battery so it does not need any charging from the mains, allowing you to be away from the power grid for longer than conventional battery packs. This is a hydrogen fuel cell charger that can provide u...
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Gene-editing study reveals pathway that could help short circuit blood disorder

CRISPR is able to circumvent the genetic mutation that causes sickle cell disease. The latest Sickle Cell Research from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is that they have found that changes to a small stretch of DNA may circumvent the genetic defect behind sickle cell disease. They are developing gene-editing approaches to treat the disease and other hemoglobin disorders. This stretch of DNA, called an enhancer, controls a molecular switch that determines whe...
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GoTenna creates a cell network out of thin air anywhere on Earth

GoTenna is a solution for off-the-grid travelers who need low-cost connectivity for their smartphone which does not rely on satellites. The latest invention by a Brooklyn-based hardware startup, GoTenna has a modified, smartphone app-based approach for staying in touch at a lower cost when cell service is shaky. This requires no satellite connection. Most of us are fully addicted to our smartphones and when we find ourselves without Wifi or data service, our most direct connection to every...
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Paralyzed man walks again after cell transplant

The world's first cell transplant enables paralyzed man to walk. A ground-breaking cell transplant, the world's first, was carried out by surgeons in Poland in collaboration with scientists in London on Darek Fidyka who was paralyzed from the chest down after a brutal knife attack in 2010 left with an 8mm gap in his spinal column. He showed no sign of recovery despite many months of intensive physiotherapy. Darek's injuries were so severe that no level of therapy could give him feeling bac...
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