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A Japanese toothpaste that heals cavities

 Apagard M Plus toothpaste contains anticaries Medical Nano-hydroxyapatite remineralizing agent (nano-mHAP). The insulting tone of the following  article is amusing. What other reason than vanity could there possibly be for avoiding cavities, pain and dental bills? Perhaps people believe Apaguard toothpaste works because it does. WOULD YOU PAY $24 FOR A TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE? The… Read More »

Giant snotty jellyfish invades Tasmania

A previously unidentified species of giant jellyfish is invading southern Tasmania this summer, baffling scientists after one of the animals washed up on the beach. And watch out – the new species is described as being a type of “snotty”. The Lim family were collecting shells on a beach in Howden, south of Hobart, last… Read More »

Drinking water from air humidity

Not a plant to be seen, the desert ground is too dry. But the air contains water, and research scientists have found a way of obtaining drinking water from air humidity. The system is based completely on renewable energy and is therefore autonomous. Cracks permeate the dried-out desert ground, the landscape bears testimony to the… Read More »

The Noah’s Ark of US creative history is a nuclear bunker

The Library of Congress has over 160 million items in its collection, including 23 million books, and more than 1.1 million films, and television programs ranging from motion pictures made in the 1890s to today’s TV programs. … The library also holds nearly 3.5 million audio recordings of public radio broadcasts and music, representing over… Read More »

Invention eats air pollution

Is there a room sized version ? U-Earth Biotechnologies, is one of a handful of companies worldwide seeking to combat smog by, essentially, digesting it. The 10-foot tall cylinder, part of a demonstration project in Turin, contains a strain of bacteria that can consume car exhaust, sulfur dioxide from coal plants and other airborne nasties.… Read More »

Meditation Improves Brain Function

There is mounting evidence from researchers at leading research institutions about the benefits of meditation for brain health and function. One of the latest series of studies, from researchers at Harvard, was explained at length in the Washington Post. The short story – meditation improves brain function and grows the brain in important ways. Sara… Read More »

Woman sees dragon faces

A 52-year-old woman whose rare condition was reported in The Lancet suffered from hallucinations that caused her to see human faces as dragons. “She could perceive and recognize actual faces, but after several minutes they turned black, grew long, pointy ears and a protruding snout, and displayed a reptiloid skin and huge eyes in bright… Read More »

Bowling a perfect game (300 score)

I beat my previous best game of 180 with a 184 today and started wondering if a perfect game, 12 strikes in a row for 300 points, has been televised. The answer is yes, several. … A handful of 300 games have been broadcast on live TV. Grazio Castellano of Brooklyn, New York was the… Read More »

Scientists discover bees of the sea

For the first time, researchers have found evidence that underwater ecosystems have pollinators that perform the same task as bees on land. Just like their terrestrial cousins, grasses under the sea shed pollen to sexually reproduce. Until now, biologists assumed the marine plants relied on water alone to spread their genes far and wide. But… Read More »

Secret to indestructibility: stealing DNA

Washington (AFP) – The minuscule but nearly indestructible tardigrade gets a huge chunk of its genome from the DNA of foreign organisms, which scientists say may hold the key to its survival. Also known as water bears, or moss piglets due to their morphology, these micro animals live all across the world. They are usually… Read More »

Vermont passes GMO labeling law

Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge describe the amazing efforts, which spanned more than a decade, resulting in this unprecedented, game-changing new law…. Here’s the quick facts: 1. Starting July 1, 2016, products sold in Vermont that contain more than 0.9% GMO content contamination will require a statement on the label indicating that genetic… Read More »

Man can play back four symphonies in his head… At once!

Bob Milne is one of the best ragtime piano players in the world, but his talents go further than that – right into the land of amazing. Bob’s brain works a little differently to the rest of us, as he can compartmentalise various functions, which allows him to play complex piano pieces while carrying on… Read More »

RIP Severus Snape (Alan Rickman)

British actor Alan Rickman, whose roles ranged from Hollywood villains to Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, has died after a battle with cancer at the age of 69. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Rickman One thing you didn’t know about Severus Snape http://news360.com/article/331030671 Sad week. Alan Rickman joins David Bowie as another black star. Live today well.

Sunken City: Kekova-Simena

The ancient Lycian city of Simena, often referred to as Kekova-Simena, once straddled the long and narrow island of Kekova in the Mediterranean Sea near the Turkish coastline. In the olden times, Simena was a small fishing village and was later an outpost of the Knights of Rhodes. Part of the city lies on the… Read More »

Cheap World War I antisceptc may save your life

Acriflavine, an antiseptic used in WWI hospitals could be the key to fighting antibiotic resistance – one of the current biggest threats to global health.€ Seven decades ago this simple antiseptic made from coal tar was replaced by penicillin after the war. It fights both viral and bacterial infections in an entirely different way – one… Read More »