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Sea Anemone Bacteria Might Be the Key to Restoring Damaged Hearing
We’re big into health tech, and are always on the hunt for the latest health innovations today. In another classic case of science borrowing from nature, researchers at the University of Louisiana have used bacteria from sea anemones to repair cochlear hair cells in mice, paving the way for restoring damaged hearing permanently.
Sea anemones have hair bundles which have similar properties to hair fibers present in the human ear. After enduring any type of trauma, they can restore almost 50% of their body mass in only ~8 minutes. “It occurred to me that if any animal could recover from damage to its hair bundles, anemones would be the ones,” said Glen M. Watson, co-author and lead researcher of the study. He states that the cochlear hair cells in mice had “recovered significantly”. “The sea anemone proteins had repaired the damaged mouse cells,” he added.
Scotland Was Powered Completely by Wind on August 7 with Some Left to Spare
We’ve talked about countries like Germany running on 95% renewable energy on a single day, and Portugal running on renewable energy for 4 days straight. And, as more nations keep up with the global energy conservation movement, Scotland has risen to the occasion by generating 39,545 megawatt-hours (MWh) on August 7, exceeding their overall consumption of 37,202 MWh – thus, leaving some to spare.
“While it’s not impossible that this has happened in the past, it’s certainly the first time since we began monitoring the data in 2015 that we’ve had all the relevant information to be able to confirm it. However, on the path to a fully renewable future, this certainly marks a significant milestone,” said Director Lang Banks, WWF Scotland.
Gene Doping Poses Risk at Rio Olympics
After famous accusations and revelations about doping by accomplished sports personas, we see a new kind of fear with the advent of future technologies such as gene modification – wiz. Gene doping.
Carl Sundbery, exercise physiologist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, analyzed & reviewed the new gene doping test for the World Anti-Doping Agency. “We feel there’s a great risk this novel technology will be used. So we are being proactive for the first time,” he said.
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