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Researchers Transplant Bionic-heart Into Sheep

Posted: March 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Engineered Life, Health, Medicated | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Researchers Transplant Bionic-heart Into Sheep

Researchers Transplant Bionic-heart Into SheepMedical and engineering specialists say they are on the cusp of a breakthrough after successfully transplanting a bionic heart into a sheep.

The bionic heart was designed by Brisbane engineer Dr Daniel Timms in 2001 while he was studying at the Queensland University of Technology.

It contains a spinning disc with small blades on each side that pump blood around the body and lungs, without a traditional pulse.

The bionic heart can last at least 10 years and could help bridge the gap between patients requiring heart transplants and the number of donor hearts available.

The team, made up of Queensland and international researchers, said the device was a significant advance on other designs that were large, prone to wear, or could only pump on the left or right side.

It is expected to be ready for human trials within three years :: Read the full article »»»»


Carbon Pollution at 3 Million Year High

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Climate Change, Ecology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Carbon Pollution at 3 Million Year High

CLIMATE CHANGEGlobal greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached an ominous milestone that is unprecedented in human history. The world’s longest measure of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached 400 parts per million for the first time in three million years.

The daily CO2 level is measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, which tracks greenhouse gases in the Northern Hemisphere. The level has been measured at Mauna Loa since 1958, with data before that taken from ice core samples.

The last time it reached this level, temperatures rose by between three and four degrees and sea levels were between five and 40 metres higher than today. Still sceptical? :: Read the full article »»»»


Australian Researchers Brew Recipe For Long Life Beer

Posted: May 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Engineered Life, Favorite New Thought | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australian Researchers Brew Recipe For Long Life Beer

Doctor Eglinton's Long Life BeerAustralian beer drinkers will soon have the option of buying a beer with a much longer shelf life, a new type of malt barley, developed by Adelaide researchers and a Japanese brewer, can curb beers propensity of tasting stale when left on the shelf.

The new barley variety ‘SouthernStar’ is the results of collaboration between the University of Adelaide and Sapporo Breweries. Importantly this new barley is not genetically modified, it’s been produced using conventional – albeit high tech – breeding techniques, utilising data from the recently completed Barley Genome Project .

South Australian farmers are to begin commercial production of the barley this year. Commercial crops grown in 2013 will be harvested in November/December, processed into malt in the first half of 2014 and used for commercial beer production in the later part of 2014 :: Read the full article »»»»


HEALTH: Simply Standing Up Helps Avoid Diabetes

Posted: February 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Health, Medicated | Tags: , , | Comments Off on HEALTH: Simply Standing Up Helps Avoid Diabetes

Diabetes Blue CircleResearch has revealed that interrupting sitting time with short bouts of light exercise can lower glucose and insulin levels by as much as 30 per cent, helping people avoid diabetes. The research was published online today in Diabetes Care, a publication of the American Diabetes Association. Associate Professor David Dunstan, from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, was the study’s lead researcher.

“What this study is showing is that people who sit for long periods, like office workers and call centre staff and drivers, could improve their health by simply breaking up their sitting time with frequent activity breaks,” Dunstan said. “Inside this study we used breaks every 20 minutes, just for two-minute activity bouts, and showed that it was, it substantially improved the body’s response to a glucose challenge.”

Sixty per cent of Australians are either overweight or obese with the risk of developing diabetes. Professor Dunstan says people who work sitting at their desks should stand up at least every every 30 minutes. Read the full article »»»»


UVA Radiation Causes DNA Damage in Skin?

Posted: October 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Marcus Dangerfield, Medicated, Science, Science News, Toxically Engineered | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UVA Radiation Causes DNA Damage in Skin?

There is new evidence that the sun’s UV rays are even more damaging than previously thought.

The sun emits two kinds of UV rays to the earth’s surface: UVA and UVB. It had been thought that those rays do not damage the deeper layers of the skin as much as they damage the top layers. New research from Kings College London has found that is the case for UVB rays, but not for UVA rays. The study has found UVA rays are more carcinogenic than previously realised – a finding scientists say underscores how important it is to limit exposure to the sun and to tanning studios. The study was led by Antony Young, Professor of experimental photobiology at King’s College. Read the full article »»»»