Category: This Day in History

Coffee can ward off Parkinson’s

Coffee can ward off Parkinson’s

A new research has demonstrated that drinking coffee could reduce risk of developing several neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. Researchers identified a specific genetic variation (GRIN2A gene) as a protective factor against Parkinson’s. Researchers at the Linkoping University in Sweden examined a combination of the protective factor caffeine and the genetic variant in GRIN2A among [&hellip

Scientists develop first dengue vaccine

Scientists develop first dengue vaccine

An international team of researchers have developed the world’s first vaccine with great effectiveness against the tropical disease dengue fever. The newly developed vaccine can work effectively as the research results show it can protect more than 50 percent of children against the mosquito-borne virus, the scientists claim. During large-scale trials, over 6000 children aged [&hellip

Company unveils unique TV panels

Company unveils unique TV panels

LG Display has unveiled two unique TV panels, one capable of being rolled up like paper and a transparent one offering 30 percent transmittance. The company unveiled the 18-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) television panels on Thursday. The rollable panel, which makes it installable on curved surfaces, sports a high-definition class resolution of 1,200×810 with [&hellip

Scientists create nano-pixel images

Scientists create nano-pixel images

Scientists have created images of ultrahigh resolution by applying electrical current to phase-change material. To do so, the Oxford University researchers placed a layer of the material, which can switch between amorphous and crystalline state, between two transparent electrodes. The images thus produced feature pixels just 300 nanometers across and are smaller than the width [&hellip

Robotic hand enabled with ‘sense’

Robotic hand enabled with ‘sense’

A UK-based company has developed a robotic hand outfitted with sensors, which enable it to attain optimal grip over the objects it is presented with. The fingertip-mounted sensors make it possible for Shadow Robot Company’s Dexterous Hand to calculate the pressure it needs to apply to hold an object. Managing director Rich Walker said, “What [&hellip

Scientists translate apes gestures

Scientists translate apes gestures

Studying footage of chimpanzees from Uganda between 2007 and 2009, scientists have arrived at translations for 66 gestures used between the apes as means of communication. Previous research had revealed that the animals use gestures to communicate. The authors from the University of St Andrews in Scotland said the messages ranged from “simple requests associated [&hellip

MERS deadly but mostly preventable’

MERS deadly but mostly preventable’

A UN health official says most of the confirmed cases of Respiratory Syndrome Corona-Virus (MERS-CoV) could have been prevented as infection rates for the virus are slowing. Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Keiji Fukuda said on Thursday that there have been 824 confirmed cases of MERS, including at least 286 deaths, since last [&hellip

Scientists withdraw stem cell claim

Scientists withdraw stem cell claim

US and Japanese scientists withdraw their claim as to having found a simple way to make stem cells.  The scientists had alleged through two papers that they had arrived at a method involving transformation of ordinary mouse cells into versatile stem cells by exposing them to a mildly acidic environment. On Wednesday, however, Nature, the [&hellip

‘1 million more slip into poverty in UK’

‘1 million more slip into poverty in UK’

A million more working-age adults in Britain have fallen into poverty over the last two years as the living standards continue to deteriorate in the European country, according to Britain’s Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC announcement came on the same day that the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the latest Household Below Average [&hellip

Structure celebrates Eiffel’s anniversary

Structure celebrates Eiffel’s anniversary

A structure of unusual composition modeled after Paris’ monumental tourist-magnet Eiffel Tower has been made as means of celebrating the landmark’s anniversary. Sitting on the Champ de Mars, the public park looking towards the Eiffel Tower, marks the original monument’s 125th anniversary. The 13-metre red tower made of 324 chairs has elicited appreciative responses from [&hellip