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Food in space

    THE first meal in space was served for John Glenn, an American astronaut. On Feb. 20, 1962, Glenn piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 “Friendship 7” spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. The space food of early 1960s consisted of pureed food packed into aluminum tubes, just like toothpaste. They […]

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New way to treat cancer

    TWO scientists, James Al­lison at the University of Texas and Tasuku Honjo at Kyoto University in Japan, who pioneered an entirely new way to treat cancer have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Their work led to a fourth class of treatment – alongside surgery, chemotherapy and radiation – that […]

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Marine cone snails, a biomedical resource

    MARINE cone snails valued by shell collectors for beautiful patterns on the shells manufacture powerful venom to immobilize their prey of fish, worms and other mollusks. Only a few species of cone snails are highly dangerous to man. The most dangerous species are those that feed on fish. It releases a venomous cocktail […]

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Geography cone snails – the deadliest

    CONUS geographus, popularly called geography cone, have been valued for centuries by shell collectors for their extraordinary beauty. They grow to about 15 cm in length and have intricately patterned brown-and-white shells, which are highly prized by shell collectors. It lives in the reefs of the tropical Indo-Pacific, and hunts small fish. Because […]

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Unexpected danger in the sea – flying spears

    NEEDLEFISH, as their name suggests, are long, narrow, silvery, thin streamlined body with needlelike beaks, which are filled with sharp teeth. These beaks together with their sword-shaped thin bodies, sometimes, become dangerous living spears if you happen to be in their way in the sea. Like their other close rela­tives, the flying fish, […]

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A cure for Parkinson’s disease

    KYOTO University in Japan announced a major step for­ward in efforts to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. They say they’ve successfully transplanted iPS cells into a patient brain, and the patient is doing well after the clinical trial surgery. The nerve cells transplanted into the patient’s brain were created using iPS cells […]

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