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Transparent Wood Gives a New Meaning to Energy Efficiency

Wood may seem old-school in the era of glass and steel construction. However, a key innovation in transparent wood is on the horizon. This new modified material will revolutionize the concept of energy efficient homes. Transparent wood, or nanocrystalline cellulose, is produced using processed wood pulp. This material is optically transparent and has high transmittance (nearly 85%). Researchers first developed this material at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm,

Google Assistant now features John Legend’s voice

Google Assistant adds another voice to its menu. John Legend’s voice is now available on Google Assistant though for a limited time. That too only in the U.S. Activating John Legend’s voice is easy. To do so, user can ask questions to the Google Home speaker something like, “are you John Legend, or, what your favorite genre of music is.” Nevertheless, responses will continue from the regular list of voices

Yes, Stars Reflect Light Too!

Astronomy teaches us that celestial bodies like the sun and stars give off their own light. Other bodies like planets or the moon are visible as they reflect sun’s light. But little did we realize that stars reflect some of the light that falls on them too. The fact that all bodies reflect some light is an established phenomenon in physics. However, how stars reflect light is surprisingly under-examined. This

New Wearable to Detect Cancer Cells Real-time in Blood

About 10 cancer cells is the maximum a research can capture from the bloodstream using the existing methods. This prevents researchers from studying cancer cells real-time. To solve this, scientists have developed a prototype wearable device which can monitor cancer cell in blood consistently. This is important as tumors are capable of releasing nearly 1,000 cancer cells in the blood. In order to learn more about the tumor’s biology, it

Delaying Children’s Vaccine Becomes a Major Debate Among People

Elyse Imamura and her husband decided to keep a gap between the vaccine administered to their son. Their main intention was to spread out the process of vaccination over a gradual pace, than the scheduled dates. Elyse, 39, living in Torrance, California, was ready to vaccinate her child. However, they want to take it slow so that the body adapts to the temporary side effects. They did not want their

Stan Robot at Your Rescue to Avoid Parking Hassle

A new robot made its debut on March 14 at an airport in France. Makers named the robot – Stan. The makers of the robot and airport authorities claim to reduce the hassle and stress of parking the vehicle at the airport. Airport Technology quoted COO at Stanley Robotics the robots will autonomously detect the car. It will slide under it, lift it by wheels, and shift it at the proper place.

Tiny Chip Discovered to Detect Oxygen Levels of Internal Tissue

Science is making progress in every field including healthcare, construction, and food and beverages. A result of these progress is an innovation where scientists have developed a chip to sense oxygen levels in skin tissue. A group of international scientists have discovered an implantable small device. This helps measure and monitor the levels of O2 in internal tissues of a living being. There is immense importance of measuring oxygen levels

Instagram & Facebook to Remove Accounts Promoting Vaccine Hoaxes

Research reports failed to establish connection between vaccine and autism. As a result, Facebook and Instagram have decided to remove the fake information about vaccines from their platforms. The social media companies have decided to take necessary preventive actions against such accounts. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. will identify the accounts spreading hoaxes about vaccines. Moreover, World Health Organization will also support the cause. Facebook

Now, Plastic to be Made from Plants

Scientists have discovered a kind of soil bacteria that consume hydrocarbons. These bacteria are to derive plastics from the plants with some genetic changes. This will help in replacing the non-biodegradable plastics found everywhere. Researchers working at the University of Wisconsin based in Madison, Department of Energy-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, are working on this innovation. They aim to convert woody plants into a substitute for petroleum. Fuel and

New Nanoparticle Technology to Give Night Vision to Mammals

Mammals including humans have a limited range of wavelength to see things. It is visible light in the wavelength of a rainbow. However, infrared rays (IR) that have longer wavelength are also present around us. Objects, animals, and people also have the ability to emit infrared rays. A group of scientists from have discovered a technique that gives night vision to humans without any significant side effects, for 8-10 weeks.