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Aug 17
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Electronic Wafer Could Be the Key to Healing

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Electronic Wafer Could Be the Key to Healing

Regeneration is a popular area of study for the world’s top researchers, with teams across the globe looking for ways to use technology to help humans heal. One of the latest studies in this field involves the use of a small electronic wafer that has the ability to reprogram skin cells that have suffered damage.

According to the team behind the study, the wafer enabled a mouse to successfully regrow new blood vessels, effectively healing a wound. The success of the study gives scientists hope that the same approach could be used on a human, although like many other regeneration studies, it will be a while before the technology makes it that far.

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Aug 16
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

One-Armed Clown Arrested for Terrorizing Maine Community

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One-Armed Clown Arrested for Terrorizing Maine Community

The old song title, "Send in the Clowns," seems to have morphed into "Make the Clowns Go Away -- and Take Their Machetes with Them."

A small rural community in Maine recently experienced a clown visitation that fits the above sentiment. And given how the person who was apprehended for the sighting went about his activities, he's lucky that he didn't face a stronger and perhaps even lethal response.

In the town of Hollis, a 31-year-old man was taken into custody for scaring the daylights out of local residents. 

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Aug 15
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Slug Slime Could Someday Replace Surgical Staples

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Slug Slime Could Someday Replace Surgical Staples

During surgery, medical professionals use stitches and staples to close wounds and connect body parts so they can heal. Although this method gets the desired effect, they often require a follow-up visit so that a doctor can remove them once the wound has healed.

A new development may provide a better alternative. A team of Harvard researchers have been working with the slime from a specific type of slug and have found its stickiness is ideal for use in the operating room. The slime is from a small orange type of slug called Arion subfuscus, which secretes the sticky substance as a defense against predators. Once secreted, the slug is unable to be separated from its attached surface.

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Aug 14
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Bringy Smart Ball Monitors Your Dog's Fitness

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Bringy Smart Ball Monitors Your Dog Fitness

If activity tracking devices are good for people, why not for humankind's best friend?

Bringy, a smart ball, uses internal sensors to track the distance a dog covers as well as his or her speed. The gist of the idea behind the ball is to give pet owners a way to monitor their dogs' activity levels for optimal health.

The rubber ball, billed by its creators as waterproof and tough enough to thump against concrete and grass surfaces, holds motion-tracking sensors (such as a gyroscope and magnetometer) that send information to a complementary app.

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Aug 13
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

This One Area of Your Brain Controls Aging

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This One Area of Your Brain Controls Aging

What if scientists could adjust something in your brain to keep you young for years? A new discovery could be the first step in that process. Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx have discovered that the hypothalamus is key in controlling how the body ages.

The hypothalamus is a section of the brain that links the nervous system to the endocrine system. It also secretes hormones that regulate certain processes in the autonomic nervous system. These hormones, scientists believe, have a big influence on bodily processes, including how the body ages. Experts have long suspected that neural stem cells determine how quickly the body ages, with the brain producing fewer of them over time.

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Aug 12
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

KFC Lets You Control Your Games with a Box of Chicken

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KFC Lets You Control Your Games with a Box of Chicken

Video gamers have constantly faced the wrath of those who say that they are, because of their obsessive button-mashing habits, a big part of what's wrong with the world.

Why so harsh? One story after another about how video games are turning people into anti-social, overweight, brain-addled (if they have anything of a brain left, that is) sociopaths with an increased and unhealthy appetite for violence. And they lack empathy, too, since the increased appetite for violence stems from too much time spent on games where characters are easily mutilated and destroyed with no need for a conscientious feeling -- since, of course, the characters exist merely on a television or computer screen.

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Aug 11
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

In a Slump? Try Telling Yourself You’re Great

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In a Slump Try Telling Yourself You are Great

For years, therapists have recommended positive self-talk to boost confidence and self-esteem. But a new study confirms what they’ve said all along: talking to yourself in the third person can help lift your mood.

The research team emphasized that self-talk must be in third person, which differentiates it from the type of conversation you have when you’re simply talking to yourself. While it may seem that you’re simply boosting yourself by saying positive words, scientists actually believe that when you address yourself in third person, you look at yourself the way others would see you, effectively creating the psychological distance you need to be objective about yourself.

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