Scientists discover a huge new human organ hiding in plain sight

March 28, 2018 by  
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Just when you thought we knew all there was to know about the human body, researchers revealed that they discovered an entirely new human organ.  Called the interstitium, it consists of a series of fluid-filled, shock-absorbing compartments that shield body tissues. The interstitium was previously thought to be dense layers of connective tissue, but it turns out that it is actually one of the largest organs in the human body  –  and understanding it better may offer clues to understanding how cancer spreads. Dr. David Carr-Locke and Dr. Petros Benias identified it as an organ while scanning a patient’s bile duct for signs of cancer. The doctors collaborated with New York University pathologist Dr. Neil Theise to further explore the structure and function of the newly identified organ. In a study published in the  journal  Scientific Reports , researchers note that previous research had failed to note the presence of the interstitium because traditional methods for the observation of body tissues involved the draining of fluid. “This fixation artifact of collapse has made a fluid-filled tissue type throughout the body appear solid in biopsy slides for decades, and our results correct for this to expand the anatomy of most tissues,” Dr. Theise told the Independent . Related: Changing the price of certain foods could save thousands of lives each year Researchers noted that the interstitium drains its fluids into the lymphatic system, which affects and regulates the body’s immune response. This means that cancer cells could potentially be released by the interstitium as it transports fluid throughout the body. If properly understood, this new organ could prove to be key in preventing the spread of cancer . “This finding has potential to drive dramatic advances in medicine , including the possibility that the direct sampling of interstitial fluid may become a powerful diagnostic tool,” said Dr. Theise. Via the Independent Images via  and  Jill Gregory/Mount Sinai Health System  and Deposit Photos

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Bio-friendly energy storage device draws electrical power from the human body

May 23, 2017 by  
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Humans are constantly on the go, so doesn’t it make sense to harness some of that kinetic energy ? Scientists from UCLA and the University of Connecticut asked themselves that question, which eventually led to them developing an energy-storing device that can draw electrical power from the human body. The biological supercapacitor is a protein-based battery-like device capable of extracting energy from the human body. A supercapacitor is a term used to describe a high-performance electrochemical capacitor (ECs), which is similar to batteries but has a much higher power density. Supercapacitors have faster char-discharge rates, lower internal resistance, higher power density and better cycling ability than batteries. Once energy is obtained by the newly-developed energy storage device, it is then released inside an electrical circuit which looks similar to an implantable medical device. According to the paper Ultrathin Graphene – Protein Supercapacitors for Miniaturized Bioelectronics , which was published earlier this month, the supercapacitor utilizes a “harvester” that operates by using the body’s heat and movements to capture electrical charges from ions, which are found in human body fluids including blood and urine. Bleeping Computer reports , “As electrodes, the harvester uses a carbon nanomaterial called graphene, layered with modified human proteins. The electrodes collect energy from the human body , relay it to the harvester, which then stores it for later use.” Graphene sheets can be drawn as thin as a few atoms, which means the incredibly thin supercapacitors could potentially serve as alternatives to batteries. Related: Researchers close in on world’s first 100% self-charging lithium-ion battery Most importantly, the supercapacitors are bio-friendly , as they are made with natural materials. Graphene is composed of carbon, whereas current implantable medical devices are powered by classic batteries that contain toxic materials. Because the new device is thinner than a human hair, it is more flexible than traditional batteries, as well. This technology could have far-reaching implications for the medical industry. Researchers believe that an implantable medical device using a supercapacitor could last a lifetime. In result, patients wouldn’t need to go through operations at regular intervals to replace batteries – one of the main complications with implantable medical devices. In addition to being used with pacemakers, the new energy device could be paired with devices that stimulate other organs, such as the brain, stomach and/or bladder. + UCLA Via Bleeping Computer Images via Islam Mosa/University of Connecticut and Maher El-Kady/UCLA , Pixabay

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MIT’s New Glucose Fuel Cell is Powered by the Human Body

June 14, 2012 by  
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A team of engineers from MIT has developed a new glucose fuel cell that runs on the same sugar that powers the human body. The team believes that the device will be able to “drive highly efficient brain implants” that would enable paraplegics to regain control of their limbs. The device, which is detailed in the June 12 edition of the journal  PLoS ONE , strips electrons from glucose molecules in order to generate a small electric current. Read the rest of MIT’s New Glucose Fuel Cell is Powered by the Human Body Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Studio Albori’s Casa Solare is a Self-Sufficient Home Set High Up in the Alps

June 14, 2012 by  
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Scotland to Recycle Old Diapers and Turn Them Into Furniture!

June 14, 2012 by  
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Each year over 160 million diapers (or nappies as they are known in the UK) are sent to Scotland’s landfills. However a new recycling scheme is aiming to take those used diapers and turn them into park benches, garden furniture, decking, bollards, railway sleepers, fencing, roof tiles and cardboard. Other bathroom waste will also be recycled, including incontinence products, wet wipes, nappy sacks and cotton wool. Read the rest of Scotland to Recycle Old Diapers and Turn Them Into Furniture! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diaper landfills , diaper recycling , landfills , nappy landfills , recycling schemes , scotland diaper recycling , scotland nappy recycling , zero waste scotland

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Art on Track Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Transform CTA Train into Mobile Art Gallery

June 14, 2012 by  
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Marius Temming’s Chic Eco Sunglasses are Made from Hemp, Kenaf and Flax

June 14, 2012 by  
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Marius Temming has designed a fantastic collection of eco sunglasses that are made from natural materials like ash wood, oak veneer, hemp , kenaf and flax. Unveiled at Berlin’s DMY design festival , Temming’s cool green shades feature sturdy construction, high-quality Carl Zeiss lenses, and a light footprint. Read the rest of Marius Temming’s Chic Eco Sunglasses are Made from Hemp, Kenaf and Flax Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bioresin , Carl Zeiss Vision , dmy , dmy berlin , DMY Berlin 2012 , ECO sunglasses , Flax , german design , green materials , hemp , Kenaf , Marius Temming , natural fibers , recycling / compost , shades , wearable technology

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