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Textile Innovations for a Greener World

By | 2017-05-17T11:30:47+00:00 July 7th, 2014|Categories: Discoveries and Inventions|Tags: |

‘Go Green!’ has been the mantra of the new decade. Vehicular pollution, industrial wastes, smoke from various sources, insecticides and pesticides used in agriculture and improper municipal waste management are among the major sources of air, water, land and noise pollution. […]

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A 30,000-year old virus giant resurrected!

By | 2014-08-07T15:48:11+00:00 March 7th, 2014|Categories: Discoveries and Inventions|

Scientists from CNRS in France have discovered a 30,000-year old giant DNA virus from Siberian permafrost. Permafrost is soil that has been below water’s freezing point for years. In this case the last time this was above freezing point was over 30,000 years ago. This means that pathogenic organisms and viruses that were within the soil [...]

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Blood cells dipped in acid become stem cells!

By | 2017-05-17T11:30:49+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Categories: Discoveries and Inventions|

Researchers from the Riken Centre in Japan have shown that stressing blood cells (T lymphocytes), by subjecting them to transient low-pH, reprogrammed them to pluripotent stem cells. […]

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Is this the future of antibiotic development?

By | 2014-08-07T16:05:50+00:00 November 19th, 2013|Categories: Discoveries and Inventions|

A new molecule to curb persistent bacterial infections The discovery of penicillin as an antibiotic for treating bacterial infections, during World War II, was a hallmark in the history of drug development. However, very soon scientists stumbled upon the phenomenon of bacterial drug resistance, which to date is an unresolved issue for the pharmaceutical industry. In [...]

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