Supercoiling Artificial Muscles

An example of supercoiling in the artificial muscles (right), compared to the looser twist (left)
An example of supercoiling in the artificial muscles (right), compared to the looser twist (left)
Geoff Spinks

Tiny robots could serve all kinds of useful functions, but shrinking their actuators has proven challenging. Now researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia have made artificial muscles that surpass your puny natural ones, inspired by the “supercoiling” of DNA strands. read more

LongROAD may track Early Stage Dementia

Researchers have developed models that could predict mild cognitive impairment and dementia with 88 percent accuracy
Researchers have developed models that could predict mild cognitive impairment and dementia with 88 percent accuracy

A fascinating new study from a team of US researchers has used machine learning techniques to develop algorithms that can analyze naturalistic driving data and detect mild cognitive impairment and dementia in a driver. The work is still in the preliminary stages, however, the researchers claim it could be possible in the future to detect early signs of dementia using either a smartphone app or devices incorporated into car software systems. read more

New Speed Record

Artist's impression of the Parker Solar Probe on approach to the Sun
Artist’s impression of the Parker Solar Probe on approach to the Sun
NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben (illustration)

Launched in 2018 on a mission to study the Sun from close proximity, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe continues to edge closer and closer to its target, setting one new record after another. The latest came during a close approach today, where the spacecraft exceeded blistering speeds of 330,000 mph (532,000 km/h) as it began its eighth loop of the Sun. read more

Dry Mouth? An Accidental Cure may be on the Way

Chronic dry mouth often involves inflammation of the salivary glands, which an existing drug has been shown to reduce
Chronic dry mouth often involves inflammation of the salivary glands, which an existing drug has been shown to reduce
ArenaCreative/Depositphotos

Although we may all get a dry mouth from time to time, for some people it can be an ongoing debilitating condition. There could be new hope for such folks, however, thanks to a recent accidental discovery.

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WND Exclusive – Will natural COVID immunity be reflected on the ‘vaccine passport’?

from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:

The COVID-19 vaccination is front and center on most American’s minds as they decide whether or not to get it.

But it’s not just the vaccine itself. It’s not even whether the various vaccines are safe – and they appear to be for the vast majority of the population.

Still, many would opt out and not get the vaccine, given the choice. read more

Scans Show Pterosaurs Unique Bone Structure

An illustration of a giant pterosaur
An illustration of a giant pterosaur
Davide Bonadonna

While dinosaurs roamed the Earth, flying reptiles called pterosaurs ruled the skies above. These included the largest animals to ever take flight, and a new study has uncovered some of the biological secrets that helped them grow so large. CT scans have revealed that the neck vertebrae of giant pterosaurs had a unique supporting structure never seen in any other animal.

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The Crucial Element of Mask Mandates…

Is getting the ‘Experts’ to admit they’ve been Wrong from the Start

by: Brent Smith

Is any of this going to matter?

No matter how much proof has been, and continues to be compiled, that masks don’t even slow the spread of Covid, much less stop it, it doesn’t appear to difference.

Although it is shrinking a bit, it seems that still the majority of the American public are perfectly content living their lives in fear, continuing to don a worthless piece of cloth, rather than question the tyrants that maintain the seats of power. read more

Repurposed Old Drug for New Cancer Treatment

Phenformin, discontinued in the 1970s as a diabetes treatment, is now being investigated as an adjunct to cancer immunotherapies
Phenformin, discontinued in the 1970s as a diabetes treatment, is now being investigated as an adjunct to cancer immunotherapies

A new review article published in the journal Trends in Cancer is presenting a promising case for phenformin, an old diabetes drug related to metformin, being repurposed as an adjunct to new immunotherapy cancer treatments. A phase 1 clinical trial is already underway to test the safety of the combination treatment for skin cancer.

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Boron Hydrogel Helps Muscles Heal

A newly developed hydrogel could greatly accelerate the recovery times for damaged muscles, by flooding the injury site with boron
A newly developed hydrogel could greatly accelerate the recovery times for damaged muscles, by flooding the injury site with boron

 

Over the past few years we’ve seen some interesting examples of how injectable hydrogels can boost the recovery of damaged muscles and tendons, whether by flooding them with stem cells or acting as supporting scaffolds. Scientists in Spain have now developed a hydrogel that releases boron to dramatically accelerate the formation of new muscle fibers. read more

Fancy That – Brits Find that Herd Immunity is a Real Thing

by: Brent Smith

Well, it’s looking more and more like we were right about the Covid-19 virus and herd immunity.

It’s also looking like all the shutdowns, lockdowns,, mask mandates, and arbitrarily chosen social distance orders which caused untold psychological and physical damage to people, did little more than kick the can down the road. As it turns out, those countries who suffered the earliest waves of infection are now fairing better than those who didn’t. read more