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Water Harvesting from Air Could Help Deal with Water Crisis in Some Regions: MIT

Water Harvesting from Air Could Help Deal with Water Crisis in Some Regions

Water Harvesting from air sounds like a difficult idea to implement but a research team from MIT and UC Berkeley has successfully developed a prototype water harvester which can collect water from air with as low at 20-30 percent humidity. The technique can help in dealing with water crisis in many regions across the world and research team added that water harvested with this technique is pure and drinkable. The research team has presented a device based on porous metal-organic framework-801 [Zr6O4(OH)4(fumarate)6] which is powered by natural sunlight.

Astronomers trying to capture photograph of a black hole

Astronomers trying to photograph a black hole

An international team of astronomers have embarked on a new project, dubbed the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), to capture the first-ever picture of a black hole.

By their very basic nature, black holes are just impossible to spot as their overwhelming gravity doesn’t allow even light to escape. Scientists know that a massive black hole lies at the core of our galaxy. But they have failed to capture its image till date.

MIT Scientists Develop Porous, Lightweight, 3-D forms of Graphene with Amazing Strength

MIT Scientists Develop Porous, Lightweight, 3-D forms of Graphene with Amazing Strength

Material scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a lightweight, three dimensional and porous material by fusing graphene flakes. The 3D graphene based material features an amazing strength and its lightweight. Under heat and pressure during a lab experiment, MIT scientists managed to fuse graphene flakes into a strong material with structural form similar to coral. The research has been published in the journal Science Advances.

This contact lens gradually delivers dose of medication to your eyes

This contact lens gradually delivers dose of medication to your eyes

A new-type of contact-lens system has been developed that will deliver medication to eyes. The contact lens that releases the medication gradually has a thin film that contains the medication and it is released on the sides.

The thin-film contains polymer-encapsulated drug. The polymer controls the speed at which the drug is released. Currently, the lens has been tested on animals and it has found to be successful. The design explained the journal Opthalmology is very simple.

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New gene contributing to ALS found using funds from Ice Bucket Challenge

New gene contributing to ALS found using funds from Ice Bucket Challenge

Ice Bucket Challenge that became viral on the internet in year 2014 has encouraged millions of people to pour buckets of ice-cold water over their heads with an aim to fund an important research breakthrough in the progressive neurodegenerative disease, ALS.

As per the ALS Association, the event has resulted into 17 million people posting videos online and many celebrities raising awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. In just eight weeks, $115 million was donated to the ALS Association, 67% of it was meant for advancing research for treatments and cure.

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iRobot Launches Short-Ranged Robot Mop

iRobot Launches Short-Ranged Robot Mop

iRobot has launched a new robot mop that has been developed to concentrate on a smaller area, thereby giving a better quality than quantity output. The new bot, named the Braava Jet 240, has a coverage capacity of only 150-200 square feet. The company’s previous robot mop, called the Braava 380t, was capable of covering an area of 300-1,000 square feet.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Shuts Restaurant in Massachusetts as Four Workers Report Ill

Chipotle Mexican Grill Shuts Restaurant in Massachusetts as Four Workers Report Ill

Restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has temporarily closed an outlet in Massachusetts following concerns over the outbreak of a food-borne illness as four employees at the eating joint have reported ill. The latest setback has come even as the food chain was already striving hard to recover from a series of related illness outbreaks which impacted its business few months back.

The restaurant has been closed voluntarily and so far there are no known customers who have suffered any illness, said the Massachusetts health department.

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Two Massachusetts residents stand to collect $24 million after reporting Medicare fraud

Two Massachusetts residents stand to collect $24 million after reporting Medicare fraud

Two Massachusetts residents have come forward to take a sum of $24 million after they helped federal authorities in identifying alleged Medicare fraud at the largest nursing home provider in the nation.

RehabCare Group and parent company Kindred Healthcare have dozens of locations in Massachusetts. They have reached a $125 million settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve fraud allegations.

MIT researchers create material that can soak up solar heat and release it on demand

MIT researchers create material that can soak up solar heat & release it on demand

A team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claimed to have developed a new material that can soak up & store solar heat and release it later on demand.

The researchers led by MIT Prof. Jeffrey Grossman claimed that a new type of polymer film created by them can first soak up heat energy from the Sun during the day and then release it when needed.

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Massachusetts Audubon Society Volunteers Find 120 Seas Turtles Washed Up Along Cape Cod Bay

Massachusetts Audubon Society Volunteers Find 120 Seas Turtles Washed Up Along Cape Cod Bay

Volunteer from the Massachusetts Audubon Society recently spotted around 120 sea turtles that were washed up along Cape Cod Bay. Volunteers said most of the sea turtles were alive and were safely rescued.

According to the Boston Globe, most of the stranded sea-turtles were recovered from the beaches of Brewster, Eastham, Truro, and Wellfleet. A majority of turtles rescued were the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, a rarest variety of sea turtle in existence.

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