- Do you know how your cell phone’s sensor can calculate the alcohol percentage present in your body? It calculates the percentage by monitoring the way you are walking.
Researchers from Stanford University and the University of Pittsburgh completed this study on 18th August. In a sample of 17 participants, they could calculate the intoxication amount with 92% accuracy. The study focuses on blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and breath alcohol concentration (BrAC). They published the study in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
- Can we treat dementia and Alzheimer’s with sound waves? A team of Doctors led by Cardiologist Hiroaki Shimokawa recently experimented and discovered that applying low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) to the entire brain of a mouse improved blood vessel formation and nerve cell regeneration without having apparent side effects. “The LIPUS therapy is non-invasive physiotherapy which could apply to high-risk elderly patients with no surgery or anesthesia, and could be used repeatedly,” says Shimokawa. See the study here.
- Scientists solve mystery behind body odour! This is not our fault. Researchers at the University of York found out that there is a special microbe which lives in the human armpits. This odour is called thioalcohol, which gets released when these microbes feed on other compounds on our skin. The study is published in Nature journal.
- Coronavirus: Filter “paper” made from titanium oxide nanowires can trap pathogens and destroy them with light. This is a discovery by an EPFL laboratory which can be put to use in personal protection equipment, in ventilation and air conditioners. Although experiments are still under process, they say that it be equally successful on a wide range of viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 or coronavirus.