Smart phone ingredient found in plant extracts

GERMANY, September 8 (Reuters) — Scientists in Germany have come up with a method for extracting the precious element germanium from plants. The element is a semi-conductor and was used to develop the first transistor because it is able to transport electrical charges extremely quickly. Nowadays, silicon-germanium alloy is indispensable to modern life, crucial in making computers, smartphones and fiber-optic cables. Transparent in infra-red light, germanium is also used in intelligent steering systems and parking […]

Malacanang assures Ebola virus strain found in Phl, not dangerous to humans

(Eagle News) — Malacanang assured the public on Monday that the Ebola virus found in monkeys by local health authorities is not a threat to human health. This was after the Department of Health (DOH) had confirmed on Saturday that the virus, which has infected some monkeys in an undisclosed facility in the country, is indeed the Ebola Reston Virus (ERV). Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr.quoted the DOH as saying that this strain of Ebola […]

Artists around the world react to image of drowned toddler on Turkish coast

SEPTEMBER 7 (Reuters) — An image of a three-year-old Syrian boy dead on a Turkish beach echoed across the world on Thursday (September 3) as it was reproduced in publications and social media across the world. Artists have joined in recreating and manipulating the haunting image to express their horror at the boy’s fate. Video showed a little boy wearing a bright red t-shirt and shorts lying face-down in the surf on a beach near […]

NFA : No rice shortage even with El Niño

ROXAS CITY, Capiz, Sept. 7 (PIA) – The National Food Authority (NFA) here  assured sufficient rice stock  even with El Nino. Provincial Manager Benilda Fidel of the NFA said that Capiceños have no need to worry about rice supply even during the dry spell. She said that based on their latest rice inventory, the rice stocks in the province covering those in the households, traders, millers and NFA will last for 58 days. Fidel added […]

NNC warns public against poorly iodized salts

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, (PIA) — The National Nutrition Council (NNC) region 2 has warned the  public not to buy salts that are  sold along highways. Rhodora Maestre, nutrition program coordinator  said that  in a surprise monitoring of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force in the salt manufacturing in Ilocos Norte, they found out that those sold along the highways are inadequately iodized. Based on  tests results, the products only contain 0.5ppm of iodine content which […]

Australian sheep is unofficially the world’s woolliest

SEPTEMBER 7 (Reuters) — Around 40 kilograms (88 lb) of wool has been sheared from a sheep found near Australia’s capital, the RSPCA said on Thursday (September 3), making him unofficially the world’s woolliest. The animal, named Chris by his rescuers, was discovered on the northern outskirts of Canberra on Wednesday (September 2) and was said to be struggling to walk under the weight of his coat. Four-time Australian Shearing Championship winner Ian Elkins was […]

‘Breaking Bad’ inspired coffee shop attracts fans in Istanbul

SEPTEMBER 7 (Reuters) — The spirit of one of the greatest TV shows of all time lives in Turkey’s largest city of Istanbul where customers wear hazmat suits and taste meth shaped candies. Inspired by “Breaking Bad” series, Walter’s Coffee Roastery is Turkey’s first “coffee lab” that started as a Kickstarter project. “It’s actually a long process because it took around 10 months to open up. I wanted to open up a big, huge coffee […]

Change of command takes place aboard the International Space Station

(Reuters) — A low-key ceremonial change of command took place aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday (September 5). Veteran Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos handed over the reigns to NASA’s Scott Kelly. “I am ready to relinquish command to Scott Kelly,” Padalka said, as he handed over the microphone to Kelly. “And I assume command of the International Space Station, a great ship and one that not only serves us very well, […]

Scientists explain why farm children less likely to have asthma

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 (PNA/Xinhua) — A European team on Thursday proposed a new explanation for why children growing up on farms are far better protected against asthma and allergies. The protective effect may be created by a particular anti-inflammatory protein called A20, which the body produces upon contact with farm dust, according to the team, led by researchers from Belgium’s Flanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) and Ghent University. The findings, published in the leading journal […]

Robot mother builds and improves its own children

(Reuters) Sept. 4 –   This robot is bringing a new sense to the term Mother Nature. Built by the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, this robot ‘mother’ was given a simple command to build ‘children’ capable of locomotion. Assembled from up to five plastic cubes with small internal motors, each robotic offspring is then placed on a surface where its performance is tested. By analyzing the data it collects, the mother robot ensures preferential traits […]

Excessive consumption of saturated fat could raise health risks

LONDON, Sept.4 (PNA/Xinhua) — High levels of saturated fat in the blood could make an individual more prone to inflammation and tissue damage, according to a new study published Thursday by the Imperial College London (ICL). Researchers from ICL studied mice that have an unusually high level of saturated fat circulating in their blood. They find that the presence of saturated fats resulted in monocytes — a type of white blood cell — migrating into […]

Crazy and practical ideas on how to quit smoking

QUEZON City, Philippines (September 3) – Want to quit smoking? The Internet  gives us several out-of-the-box ideas that may sound crazy but are also strangely effective: Scare yourself by having a heart attack! Yes, nothing is more effective than almost dying because of heart attack, especially if its smoking-induced. Only the bravest or the most foolish will continue after this episode. Having your teeth professionally cleaned is expensive, it can be considered an investment. Will you […]