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Low vitamin D levels linked to higher MS risk

Low vitamin D levels linked to higher MS risk

Deficiency of vitamin D puts a woman at a significantly higher long-term risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than those who get enough, according to a new research.

In a case-control study, an increase in serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D was found to reduce the risk of MS by 39 per cent, after adjusting for sample year, number of pregnancies and births, and the matching factors.

New drug offers skin tan without Sun’s damaging UV radiation

New drug offers skin tan without Sun’s damaging UV radiation

A team of researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital claimed to have developed a drug that mimics sunlight to make the skin tan without the sun’s highly damaging UV radiation involved.

The newly developed drug tricks the skin into creating the brown form of the melanin pigment in repeated tests conducted on skin samples and mice. It is being expected that it will work also on redheads, who usually just burn in the sun.

MIT researchers develop wireless device to measure walking speeds

MIT researchers develop wireless device to measure walking speeds

A team of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab claimed to have developed a device capable of measuring the walking speeds with unprecedented accuracy, without requiring the individual to wear an on-body measurement device.

The new device, dubbed WiGait, can measure the walking speeds of people with an accuracy of 95 to 99 per cent using wireless signals.

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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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