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  • LG adds UV lamp to dishwasher to improve family health

    LG Electronics has released a dishwasher with an hygienic edge by incorporating a UV lamp to eradicate 99 percent of remaining bacteria after a wash cycle.

  • New Samsung Video Wall System manages up to 250 video displays

    Samsung's Ultra-Definition Display (UD) video wall system uses Giga Pixel support to deliver high-resolution large-format displays of a variety of mixed content in real-time.

  • New pill promises to put an end to period pain

    Vantia Therapeutics has announced that its new oral small molecule drug known as VA111913 has entered its second phase of testing which, if successful, could become a commercial treatment for dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation).

  • Scrubbing CO2 and sulfur from power plant emissions

    Reversible Acid Gas Capture is an energy efficient, cost effective, water-saving process in which acid gases such as carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide found in power plant emissions can be trapped in a reusable organic liquid.

  • The wearable kidney

    The Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) is a miniaturized dialysis machine that can be worn as a belt, allowing patients with end stage renal failure the freedom to engage in daily activity while undergoing uninterrupted dialysis treatment.

Tom Hadfield explains Andrea, a plant-based air purifier

While politicians grapple and stop-start over the growing concern for the welfare of our planet, more of us are wondering what we can do to reduce the size of our carbon footprint at home. This sort of thinking has given rise to the Greener Gadgets 2010 Conference recently hosted in New York City by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The event celebrated a wide range of exciting prospects in household innovation and design from a variety of leaders at the forefront of green technology and sustainability.  Read More

e-waste has risen dramatically in developing nations (Photo: techbirmingham/CC)

Ever wonder what happens to discarded televisions and obsolete home computers, or do you prefer not to think about it? According to a United Nations study on recycling, the volume of disused electronic products, or “e-waste” as it is known, has risen dramatically as it coincides with growth in sales in developing countries.  Read More

A tiny copepod collected this year from the Atlantic depths

“The deep sea is the Earth’s largest continuous ecosystem and largest habitat for life. It is also the least studied,” says Dr. Chris German, who along with hundreds of other Marine Life scientists from around the globe is shedding light on these mysterious depths through an unprecedented census of deep-sea marine inhabitants. Their recordings have yielded astonishing findings of more than 17,500 species of often bizarre marine creatures - from oil-eating tubeworms to elephant-eared octopods - inhabiting the blackest depths between 200 meters and up to 5, 000 meters (~3 miles) below ocean surface. Even more remarkable is the ability of these deep-sea creatures to live and thrive in topographically challenging environments where food availability is marginal, at best.  Read More

New pill “could offer an effective alternative” to current over-the-counter remedies for p...

For anyone who has ever experienced or witnessed the debilitating effects of period pain, they’ll be glad to know that the suffering may soon be at an end. Vantia Therapeutics has announced that its new development, an oral small molecule drug for now known simply as VA111913, has entered its second phase of testing as a treatment for dysmenorrhoea (painful menstruation). If results are successful the drug could be available for commercial use within four years.  Read More

A prototype of the sanitary pad, produced by textile engineering student David W. Allen, i...

For most women the obligatory monthly visit that is the menstrual cycle is a quietly endured and discreetly dealt with occurrence. Feminine products in every size, shape and color, and available for purchase from supermarkets to public restrooms, lessen the burden. But contrast this reality with that of women living in impoverished countries for whom these commonplace hygiene products are unaffordable luxuries. This glaring discrepancy has prompted Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), together with researchers from North Carolina State University, to create affordable, quality sanitary pads to ease the lives of millions of women who, for several days a month, know another kind of period pain.  Read More

Dalton the squirrel monkey treated for color blindness with the image on the left represen...

When English chemist John Dalton first wrote about color blindness in 1798, he must have wondered how science would improve the quality of life for people living with the condition. Today, spectacles, contact lenses and revolutionary corrective eye surgery combat the effects of a myriad of vision disorders, yet people with color blindness still live in quiet acceptance of this common genetic disorder. Now researchers have delivered promising results by successfully treating two squirrel moneys with defective color perception using a gene therapy that could also safely eradicate color blindness in humans.  Read More

2-gigawatt solar plant to be built in China (Image - First solar plant in El Dorado, NV)

In the midst of overwhelming debate over climate change - an issue that seemingly paralyzes politicians - the Chinese government has announced its intention to construct a 2-gigawatt solar power plant in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia. Mike Ahearn, CEO of the Arizona-based company which will construct the plant, describes the unprecedented project as “an encouraging first step forward toward the mass-scale deployment of solar power worldwide to help mitigate climate change concerns.”  Read More

A built-in UV lamp helps eliminate up to 99% of germs in LG's new dishwasher

LG Electronics has just released a dishwasher with an hygienic edge. Designed to target and improve family health, LG designers incorporated a distinctive UV lamp to prevent bacterial growth and eradicate 99 percent of remaining bacteria after a wash cycle. The UV lamp allows dishes to be hygienically stored inside the tub for up to four hours after the wash cycle.  Read More

Co-authors Tambet Teesalu and Kazuki N. Sugahara proudly display their laboratory-develope...

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have developed a biological mechanism that can act as an entirely new means of drug delivery, carrying with it the potential to make treating illness even more effective. Rather than simply circulating in the bloodstream, the laboratory-developed peptide can deliver nanoparticles directly into tissue.  Read More

Jessica Huber,left, and graduate student Meghan Moran demonstrate the technology developed...

The sad reality of Parkinson’s disease is that it indiscriminately affects 1.5 million people in the U.S alone, making it one of the most common degenerative neurological conditions with no known cause or cure. In the effort to make one of Parkinson’s many debilitating symptoms more manageable for sufferers, researchers have developed a new technology to overcome voice and speech impairment by playing a recording of ambient sound resembling the chatter of a busy restaurant.  Read More

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