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  • The Skinny On Skin -- What makes skin so tough?

    05/04/2015 2:02:29 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Inside Science ^ | 5/4/15 | Lisa Marie Potter
    The Skinny On Skin Tweet Mon, 2015-05-04 11:56 -- llancaster Collagen in its twisted, curly form with no skin stress. Image credit:  The Jacob School of Engineering at UC SD What makes skin so tough? Originally published:  May 4 2015 - 11:45am By:  Lisa Marie Potter, Contributor (Inside Science) -- Skin has to be flexible enough to jump, crawl, and kick with us. It also has to be resilient enough to withstand our falls, scrapes, and cuts. Scientists have marveled at skin's strength for years without knowing why it's so durable.Now, scientists have identified the mechanical properties that give skin...
  • Scientists develop artificial skin that can feel rain and the touch of a hand

    12/11/2014 11:25:37 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    /CBS News/ ^ | December 9, 2014, 3:15 PM | By/Michael Casey
    The smart skin, which in photos appears to drape a prosthetic hand like a see-through glove, is made of a soft polymer known as elastomer, and contains pressure, temperature and humidity sensors and stretchable electrodes that stimulate the existing nerves. The researchers were able to demonstrate how the skin could sense pressure from catching a ball as well as the temperature of a cup of hot or cold water. It could tell wet from dry, and the skin's heat sensors responded when it touched a baby doll warmed to body temperature.
  • Teen use of tanning beds still high among white girls

    08/29/2014 7:05:01 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | Kathleen O'Brien
    They want to look nice for the prom. They want to “put down a good base” for their upcoming Shore trip. They want to do it because it’s free on Tuesdays. While most nationwide teenagers appear to be heeding the warning to avoid tanning beds, nearly a third of white high-school girls still use indoor tanning devices.
  • Stealth coating based on squid skin could make soldiers invisible to night vision

    09/21/2013 1:54:51 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9/10/13 | Richard Gray
    Camouflaged clothing that mimics squid skin is being developed to hide soldiers from night vision equipment.Most camouflage materials used to disguise soldiers and vehicles during the day show up easily when viewed through night vision goggles and infrared cameras. This is because leaves and other foliage reflect infrared light in a different way to other fabrics and materials. However, scientists at the University of California Irvine have created a new “stealth” coating that can change the way it reflects infrared light on command. The films, which are around 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, can be switched on and...
  • Scientist Stumped by Actual Dinosaur Skin (article)

    05/20/2013 7:15:16 AM PDT · by fishtank · 43 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | May 20, 2013 | Brian Thomas
    Scientist Stumped by Actual Dinosaur Skin by Brian Thomas, M.S. * Being the first ever to examine a dinosaur fossil long buried in sedimentary rock is thrilling enough for a field researcher. But a team working in Canada found an exhilarating bonus on a hadrosaur fossil fragment—it had actual skin still attached. They found the duck-bill dinosaur fossil near Grand Prairie, Alberta. University of Regina physicist Mauricio Barbi operates state-of-the art synchrotron equipment that can detect and identify chemical signatures without destroying samples. He plans to use the technology to investigate the special fossil and its skin. He told Canadian...
  • The Washington Redskins will NEVER change its name; owner insists & breaks silence on 'racist' term

    05/10/2013 11:25:25 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 10, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The Washington Redskins will NEVER change their name, insists owner as he breaks silence on 'racist' term The owner of the Washington Redskins has insisted that the name of the team will never change despite growing controversy over its origins as a derogatory term for Native Americans. Daniel Snyder told USA Today : ‘We’ll never change the name. It’s simple. NEVER’. The team has been under fire from some critics who say the term is a racial slur because of its origins in bounties placed on the scalps of Native Americans by British settlers. The director of the National Museum...
  • Joe Biden To Lindsey Graham: 'I Will Rip Your Skin Off,' 'And I Expect A Thank-You Note'

    04/29/2013 2:35:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4/29/13 | Noah Rothman
    In an April 26 forum at The McCain Institute for International Leadership, Vice President Joe Biden expressed his admiration for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in his own irreverent fashion. In a conversation with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Biden said that he would do whatever he could to help Graham win his reelection bid next year. The vice president said he would be happy to campaign for him or against him, promising Graham that he would “rip your skin off” if that would cement his reputation as an enemy of the Obama administration among South Carolina’s Republican primary voters.
  • Self-Healing Plastic 'Skin' Points Way to New Prosthetics

    11/14/2012 9:33:54 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 11 November 2012 | Tim Wogan
    Enlarge Image Cutting edge. After it was divided with a scalpel, a new polymer was able to heal itself, restoring most of its mechanical and electrical properties in 15 seconds. Credit: Benjamin Tee and Chao Wang Human skin is a special material: It needs to be flexible, so that it doesn't crack every time a user clenches his fist. It needs to be sensitive to stimuli like touch and pressure—which are measured as electrical signals, so it needs to conduct electricity. Crucially, if it's to survive the wear and tear it's put through every day, it needs to be...
  • Powell not ready to endorse Obama for re-election

    05/22/2012 7:33:21 AM PDT · by GOPsterinMA · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, May 22, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is declining to renew the endorsement he gave Barack Obama four years ago, when he called Mr. Obama “a transformational figure.” ... Mr. Powell called presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney a viable candidate and said he’s “still listening” to Republican proposals. Mr. Powell, who served under President George W. Bush, also said, “I don’t want to throw my weight behind someone” at this point in the campaign.
  • H&M apologizes for super-tan bikini model ad

    05/10/2012 8:13:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    The Local (Sweden) ^ | May 10, 2012
    Swedish cheap-and-chic fashion giant H&M on Thursday apologized over a swimwear campaign featuring a deeply tanned model that sparked outrage among cancer groups.
  • This is bullet-proof human skin – made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really.

    08/15/2011 9:47:39 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    io9 ^ | 8/15/11 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    This is bullet-proof human skin - made from spider silk and goat milk. Yes, really. Jalila Essaidi is testing the limits of human endurance, and it starts by having to milk spider-goats. Spider goats are otherwise innocent-looking goats that have been genetically engineered to produce milk packed with the protein made in spider's silk. (There is no definitive proof that this also gives them a propensity to skitter up walls or hide out in your sock drawer, but I think it does.) Once the goats are milked, Essaidi spins the protein into fiber that is ten times stronger than steel,...
  • Scientists develop sensitive skin for robots

    06/29/2011 11:54:19 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 8 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 6/29/11
    Robots will soon be able to feel heat or gentle touching on their surfaces. Researchers at Technische Universitaet Muenchen are now producing small hexagonal plates which when joined together form a sensitive skin for "machines with brains." This will not only help robots to better navigate in their environments, it will also enable robot self-perception for the first time. A single robotic arm has already been partially equipped with sensors and proves that the concept works.Our skin is a communicative wonder: The nerves convey temperature, pressure, shear forces and vibrations – from the finest breath of air to touch to...
  • New Genetic Technique Converts Skin Cells Into Brain Cells

    06/13/2011 8:52:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 06-09-2011 | Staff + Lund University.
    A research breakthrough has proven that it is possible to reprogram mature cells from human skin directly into brain cells, without passing through the stem cell stage. The unexpectedly simple technique involves activating three genes in the skin cells; genes which are already known to be active in the formation of brain cells at the fetal stage. The new technique avoids many of the ethical dilemmas that stem cell research has faced. For the first time, a research group at Lund University in Sweden has succeeded in creating specific types of nerve cells from human skin. By reprogramming connective tissue...
  • New Tech Turns Your Skin Into a Game-Controlling Touch Pad

    01/25/2011 10:56:37 AM PST · by wastedyears · 3 replies · 1+ views ^ | March 26, 2010 | Brian Crecente
    I'll leave it as link-only because I'm unaware of their sharing policies.
  • Accents Trump Skin Color

    03/08/2010 9:46:11 AM PST · by Raymann · 14 replies · 179+ views
    Scientific American ^ | March 2010 | Agata Gluszek
    Children, like adults, use three visible cues—race, gender and age—to arrange their social world. They prefer to make friends with kids similar to them on these traits. New research shows that verbal accents may be equally important in guiding youngsters’ social decisions—in fact, accents may be even more important than race. ...Going one step further, Kinzler and her team showed that an accent is more meaningful than race in signifying whether someone belongs in your social group. Replicating previous research, they found that under silent conditions children chose as potential friends children of the same race. Yet when the potential...
  • Harry Reid apologizes for "light skinned" ["with no Negro dialect"] remark about Obama

    01/09/2010 10:30:22 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 204 replies · 8,487+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/9/10 | Chris Cillizza
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect" in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign. "I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words," said Reid in a statement. "I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments." The Senate Majority Leader was officially neutral in the primary fight between Obama and then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.). Reid's remarks about Obama were revealed in "Game Change", a book detailing the 2008 race penned by Time's Mark...
  • Surprise! Your Skin Can Hear

    11/25/2009 6:46:41 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 1,112+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | 11/25/09 | Jeanna Bryner
    Surprise! Your Skin Can Hear Jeanna Bryner Senior Writer Wed Nov 25, 1:06 pm ET We not only hear with our ears, but also through our skin, according to a new study. The finding, based on experiments in which participants listened to certain syllables while puffs of air hit their skin, suggests our brains take in and integrate information from various senses to build a picture of our surroundings. Along with other recent work, the research flips the traditional view of how we perceive the world on its head. "[That's] very different from the more traditional ideas, based on...
  • Confirmed: Skin cream contains fetal proteins

    10/28/2009 11:04:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1,040+ views
    WND ^ | 10/28/09 | Drew Zahn
    A pro-life organization is blasting a Switzerland-based cosmetics manufacturer whose website openly admits some of its products were developed from the tissues of an aborted baby. Children of God for Life is a non-profit organization focused on the bioethics of embryonic tissue use in medicine and manufacturing. One of its current campaigns includes petitioning pharmaceutical companies to produce safe, effective alternatives to vaccines derived or cultivated from aborted fetal tissue.
  • Artificial Skin Manufactured In Fully Automated Process

    05/20/2009 8:32:33 PM PDT · by Flavius · 6 replies · 573+ views
    sciencedaily ^ | 5/20/09 | sciencedaily
    Skin from a factory – this has long been the dream of pharmacologists, chemists and doctors.
  • A Laser That Heals Surgeons' Incisions

    02/14/2009 4:35:21 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 21 replies · 1,470+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 2/11/09 | Lauren Gravitz
    Despite medicine's inestimable progress over the past century, surgery can still leave scars that look more appropriate to Frankenstein's monster than to the beneficiary of a precise, modern operation. But in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Irene Kochevar and Robert Redmond have developed a method that has the potential to replace the surgeon's needle and thread. Using surgical lasers and a light-activated dye, the researchers are prompting tissue to heal itself. Laser-bonded healing is not a new idea. For years, scientists have been trying to find ways to use the heat generated by lasers to weld...
  • U.S. teams aim to grow ears, skin for war wounded

    04/18/2008 10:14:38 AM PDT · by BGHater · 1 replies · 86+ views
    Reuters ^ | 18 Apr 2008 | Kristin Roberts
    Teams of university scientists backed by US government funds hope to grow new skin, ears, muscles and other body tissue for troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. The $US250 million effort aims to address the Pentagon's unprecedented challenge of caring for troops returning from the war zones with multiple traumatic injuries, many of which would have been fatal years ago. "We've had just over 900 people, men, some women with amputations of some kind or another since the start of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq," said Ward Casscells, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. Many have also suffered...
  • Tattoo regret can be costly, painful

    03/11/2008 3:21:00 PM PDT · by newgeezer · 38 replies · 1,524+ views
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ^ | 03/10/2008 | Doug Moore
    Cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Edmond Cabbabe, uses a laser during Fadi Mouhanna's first treatment to remove a tattoo from his arm at Cabbabe's office near St. Anthony's Hospital. Nothing says "I love you" quite like permanent ink injected into the skin. But as tattoo artists and divorce rates show, love doesn't always last. A tattoo, on the other hand, is everlasting. ... Once the name goes into the skin, the relationship often goes south. And when that happens, tattoo regret can set in. Laser tattoo removal, in fact, is a growing business, and doctors say it will continue to expand...
  • Skin Test Shows If You're Late Or Early Riser

    01/28/2008 7:17:35 PM PST · by blam · 38 replies · 191+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-28-2008 | Roger Highfield
    Skin test shows if you're late or early riser By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 10:01pm GMT 28/01/2008 A simple skin test could reveal if someone who hates getting up is lazy, or whether their body clock is badly out of step with that of other people. In recent years, scientists have found that genes can influence a person's preference for rising extremely early, when they are known as "a lark", or late in the day, "an owl". Now a simple skin test to diagnose people with these genes has been devised which, in the longer term, could help...
  • New Hope for Chronically Wounded (adult stem cells)

    01/07/2008 10:06:40 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 103+ views
    scenta ^ | 07 Jan 2008
    A new surgical technique pioneered at the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy in Leipzig may allow for patients to receive grafted ‘artificial’ skin grown using their own cells. The procedure, called the EpiDex® technique, has been developed with euroderm GmbH, and could replace traditional treatments which involve taking skin from another part of the patient’s body. If successful, the new process would eliminate the additional scarring, with which patients suffer at the donor area (usually the thigh), but would still have the same chances of success for the graft taking. “If we produce this skin using the recently approved EpiDex®...
  • Skin Color Evolution In Fish And Humans Determined By Same Genetic Machinery

    12/17/2007 1:54:31 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 99+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-17-2007 | Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
    Skin Color Evolution In Fish And Humans Determined By Same Genetic MachineryOcean sticklebacks are dark colored fish that often migrate into new environments. Multiple stickleback populations have evolved lighter gill and skin colors following colonization of new lakes and streams at the end of the last ice age. Ocean (upper) compared to freshwater creek (lower) sticklebacks, both collected near Vancouver, British Columbia. Scientists have identified a genetic change controlling rapid evolution of skin color in fish, and shown that the same mechanism also contributes to recent evolution of skin color in humans. (Credit: Frank Chan, Craig Miller, and David Kingsley;...
  • Coffee 'Reduces The Risk Of Skin Cancer'

    11/09/2007 3:00:45 PM PST · by blam · 56 replies · 251+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-9-2007 | Nic Fleming
    Coffee 'reduces the risk of skin cancer' By Nic Fleming Science Correspondent Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 09/11/2007 Drinking coffee can cut the risk of skin cancer by more than a third, scientists say. A good healthy dose: scientists believe caffeine could stop skin cancers spreading Researchers found that people who drank more than six cups of caffeinated coffee a day reduced their chances of developing the most common form of skin cancer by 35 per cent, while those who drank two or three cups were 12 per cent less likely to have the disease. Scientists believe caffeine could stop skin...
  • Marx's skin influenced his writings?

    10/30/2007 12:51:59 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 106+ views
    Reuters via The Times of India ^ | 31 October, 2007 | Reuters
    LONDON: Karl Marx, who complained of excruciating boils, actually suffered from a chronic skin disease with known psychological effects that may well have influenced his writings, a British expert said on Tuesday. Sam Shuster, professor of dermatology at the University of East Anglia, believes the revolutionary thinker had hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) in which the apocrine sweat glands — found mainly in the armpits and groin — become blocked and inflamed. "In addition to reducing his ability to work, which contributed to his depressing poverty, hidradenitis greatly reduced his self-esteem," said Shuster, who published his findings in the 'British Journal of...
  • India's Hue And Cry Over Paler Skin

    06/30/2007 5:07:36 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 1,463+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-30-2007 | Amrit Dhillon
    India's hue and cry over paler skin By Amrit Dhillon in Delhi, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 11:48pm BST 30/06/2007 As both an A-list Bollywood actor and the host of India's answer to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Shah Rukh Khan sets hearts aflutter for all manner of reasons. Now, however, he has been accused of peddling a dream too far - in an advertisement for skin cream. Shah Rukh Khan has agreed to be the face of a skin lightening cream Khan, 41, a heart-throb star likened to an Indian Tom Cruise, has agreed to promote Fair and Handsome,...
  • European Skin Turned Pale Only Recently, Gene Suggests

    04/27/2007 10:23:12 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 143 replies · 5,713+ views
    Science ^ | April 2007 | Ann Gibbons
    AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGISTS MEETING: European Skin Turned Pale Only Recently, Gene Suggests Ann Gibbons PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA--At the American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting, held here from 28 to 31 March, a new report on the evolution of a gene for skin color suggested that Europeans acquired pale skin quite recently, perhaps only 6000 to 12,000 years ago
  • Neurons Produced From Skin Stem Cells

    03/04/2007 5:55:38 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 192+ views
    Playfuls ^ | 02.22.07 | News Staff
    Canadian scientists have produced neurons from human skin stem cells in a breakthrough that might revolutionize neurodegenerative disease treatments. The Laval University researchers succeeded in producing neurons in vitro using stem cells extracted from adult human skin. That marks the first time such an advanced state of nerve cell differentiation has been achieved from human skin, according to lead researcher professor Francois Berthod. The scientists say the breakthrough could eventually lead to revolutionary advances in the treatment of neurodegenerative illnesses such as Parkinson's disease. Berthod and his team described the method used to produce the neurons in a recent issue...
  • China's changing skin colour

    02/13/2007 5:15:43 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 27 replies · 2,796+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, February 13, 2007 | Quentin Sommerville
    Western-style fashions are big business in China A visit to any chemist in China gives an insight into Chinese attitudes to beauty. The brightly-lit aisles are full of the big-named brands which dominate the world's beauty market, but the products here are different from those in the West. The shelves are loaded with creams and lotions which whiten the skin. "Making skin look paler is very deeply rooted in Chinese tradition," said Jan Hodok, marketing manager for the skincare company Nivea in China. "Traditionally, the first objective of a woman is to have pale white skin because whitening can...
  • The Color of His Skin: Would Barack Obama be even considered for President if he were white ?

    09/22/2006 9:58:09 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 127 replies · 3,104+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 09/22/2006 | JOHN McWHORTER
    The Color of His Skin Imagine him white. Barack Obama, that is. Amidst all the glowing talk about the possibility of his becoming America's first black president in 2008, it's an interesting thought experiment to imagine whether Mr. Obama would elicit this swooning buzz if he were white. That is, let's imagine a white guy with all of Mr. Obama's pluses: crinkly smile, sincere concern for the little man, fine speech a couple of years ago about bringing the nation together, a certain charisma, wrote a touching autobiography. Let's call him Barrett O'Leary. I do not think Mr. O'Leary would...
  • How Human Cells Get Their Marching Orders

    08/20/2006 1:02:58 AM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 431+ views
    The Treacherous NY Times ^ | August 15, 2006 | NICHOLAS WADE
    The human body may seem to change little over the years, but beneath this deceptive calm, cells are in constant flux as old ones are discarded and new ones appear. How do the new recruits know where they are meant to go? Biologists at Stanford University say they have discovered a coordinate system in human cells that defines their position in the body. This seems to be the first time a cell-based positioning system has been reported for the adult body of any animal, though positioning systems that guide cells in embryogenesis are well known. The coordinate system, if confirmed,...
  • New Treatments Offer Hope in the Fight Against a Cruel Skin-Hardening Ailment (NOT PC Stem Cells)

    08/08/2006 12:29:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 2,810+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 8, 2006 | FRANCINE PARNES
    Before Steve Nickerson, a photographer at The Rocky Mountain News in Denver, began his treatments for systemic scleroderma, the illness had already sabotaged his body on multiple fronts. His skin and fingers were so severely stiffened — “tough as rhino hide,” he recalled one doctor saying — that he could not tie his shoes and could barely hold his Nikon. His lungs became scarred. He became so weak that he could not climb a single step without gasping for breath. Even eating became arduous: his mouth would not open sufficiently for a normal bite. “I can tear an apple apart,...
  • Sun Damage Sun kills 60,000 a year, WHO says

    08/01/2006 8:51:39 AM PDT · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,229+ views
    As many as 60,000 people a year die from too much sun, mostly from malignant skin cancer, the World Health Organization reported...As many as 60,000 people a year die from too much sun, mostly from malignant skin cancer, the World Health Organization reported on Wednesday. It found that 48,000 deaths every year are caused by malignant melanomas, and 12,000 by other kinds of skin cancer. About 90 percent of such cancers are caused by ultraviolet light from the sun. Radiation from the sun also causes often serious sunburn, skin aging, eye cataracts, pterygium -- a fleshy growth on the surface...
  • Stem Cells Found in Adult Skin Can be Transplanted and Function in Mouse Models of Disease

    06/14/2006 1:32:33 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 4 replies · 342+ views ^ | 6/14/06
    06/14/06 -- Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Calgary have found that stem cells derived from adult skin can create neural cell types that can be transplanted into and function in mouse models of disease. This research is reported in the June 14, 2006 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. SickKids researchers previously discovered what type of cells can be made from these stem cells (called skin-derived precursors, or SKPs) based on the role played by neural-crest stem cells during embryogenesis. In addition to generating the peripheral nervous system, neural crest stem cells generate...
  • Black minister, Nagin critic enters mayor's race (Skin color still important)

    02/17/2006 2:34:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 688+ views
    Daily Comet ^ | 2/17/06 | CHEVEL JOHNSON
    Black minister, Nagin critic enters mayor's raceBy CHEVEL JOHNSON Associated Press Writer February 17. 2006 4:50PM The Rev. Tom Watson III, an influential black pastor and frequent critic of Mayor Ray Nagin, declared his candidacy for mayor Friday, saying Hurricane Katrina exposed the weaknesses of Nagin's administration. "We have put up with the political foolishness for a long time and the impact from poor leadership was not shown until the storm showed it," Watson said to about 50 supporters on hand for the formal announcement. Watson is the first black challenger to Nagin, who also is black. Nine others, all...
  • Scientists Find A DNA Change That Accounts For White Skin

    12/15/2005 10:05:07 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 206 replies · 7,055+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2005 | Rick Weiss
    Scientists said yesterday that they have discovered a tiny genetic mutation that largely explains the first appearance of white skin in humans tens of thousands of years ago, a finding that helps solve one of biology's most enduring mysteries and illuminates one of humanity's greatest sources of strife. The work suggests that the skin-whitening mutation occurred by chance in a single individual after the first human exodus from Africa, when all people were brown-skinned. That person's offspring apparently thrived as humans moved northward into what is now Europe, helping to give rise to the lightest of the world's races. Leaders...
  • Pillows - a hot bed of fungal spores

    10/17/2005 3:26:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 78 replies · 1,525+ views
    Researchers at The University of Manchester funded by the Fungal Research Trust have discovered millions of fungal spores right under our noses - in our pillows. Aspergillus fumigatus, the species most commonly found in the pillows, is most likely to cause disease; and the resulting condition Aspergillosis has become the leading infectious cause of death in leukaemia and bone marrow transplant patients. Fungi also exacerbate asthma in adults. The researchers dissected both feather and synthetic samples and identified several thousand spores of fungus per gram of used pillow - more than a million spores per pillow. Fungal contamination of bedding...
  • Police: Suspect Tries To Chew Skin Off Fingers To Foil ID

    09/27/2005 2:00:10 AM PDT · by Justice · 5 replies · 530+ views
    The WGAL Channel ^ | September 22, 2005 | The WGAL Channel
    Police: Suspect Tries To Chew Skin Off Fingers To Foil ID Robert Anwar Nicks. LOWER PAXTON, Pa. -- Robert Anwar Nicks. A fugitive wanted on robbery and weapons charges went to great lengths to conceal his identity, including trying to chew off the skin of his own fingers so he couldn't be fingerprinted, Lower Paxton Township police say.Robert Anwar Nicks, 24, ran across an interstate and ditched two handguns, a 9-mm and a .45, and tried to hijack two cars, assaulting one owner, before bystanders and police restrained him Wednesday, police said.Officers spotted Nicks in the 200 block of North...
  • China: Harvesting Skin of the Executed for Cosmetics Exports

    09/13/2005 8:37:32 PM PDT · by Brian Scott · 16 replies · 919+ views
    The Blue State Conservatives ^ | 09/14/05 | USMC_Vet
    USMC_Vet from The Blue State Conservatives has exposed China in what can only be described as an amoral act of barbarism. He begins... The debate is endless. Is China an economic partner or a strategic adversary with regards to America? Countless hours are dedicated to determining the nature of the relationship. Yet, at the end of the day, it should boil down to basic principle amidst all of the nuanced and persuasive arguments. China, or more accurately it's Chinese Communist Party dictatorship and the environment it cultivates, is a Moral Adversary. Exhibit 'A': Skin of Executed Prisoners Harvested for Cosmetics...
  • Fetal Skin Cells Found to Be a Promising Treatment for Burns

    08/17/2005 9:05:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 63 replies · 1,218+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 18, 2005 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    International Herald Tribune Using human fetal cells, Swiss scientists have developed a new type of "biological bandage" for severe burns, a treatment that speeds and improves the healing process and may prove effective for other serious skin wounds, according to a preliminary study being published today. But because the bandages are derived from the skin cells of aborted fetuses, the novel therapy is likely to generate controversy in countries like the United States and Italy, which restrict the use of human embryos in scientific research. The research team, led by Dr. Patrick Hohlfeld at the University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland,...
  • Teen acne tied to better heart health in men

    06/17/2005 7:34:27 AM PDT · by hispanarepublicana · 8 replies · 481+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The activity of male hormones, androgens, can give rise to acne during adolescence, but may also protect against coronary heart disease in adulthood, UK researchers report. However, androgens also appear to be associated with an increased risk of dying from prostate cancer, the study in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests. "Androgen level or androgen activity is implicated in several health outcomes, but its independent role remains controversial." Dr. Bruna Galobardes, from the University of Bristol, and colleagues note. The investigators examined the association between history of acne in young men and cause-specific mortality in...
  • Vaccine Curbs Shingles Cases and Severity

    06/03/2005 12:22:39 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 843+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 2, 2005 | ANDREW POLLACK
    An experimental vaccine can reduce both the incidence and the severity of shingles by more than half, doctors reported yesterday, in a development that could spare hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans from an extremely painful disease. The effectiveness of the vaccine was determined in an unusually large clinical trial involving more than 38,500 people over the age of 60, the group most prone to shingles, a skin and nerve infection. "I think the results are quite clinically significant," said Dr. Michael N. Oxman, the leader of the study, which is being published today in The New England Journal of...
  • Scientists discover ultimate ‘cure-all’ (Cures baldness, gum disease, stretch marks...)

    05/04/2005 10:36:21 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 25 replies · 2,502+ views
    UK Times ^ | May 2, 2005 | Correspondent
    A TREATMENT for balding men, women with stretchmarks and anyone who has gum disease may have been discovered by scientists. As cure-alls go, an injection of fibroblasts may be the ultimate. The new technology is being developing by Isolagen, a Texas-based biotech company, and 50 patients are to undergo clincial trials in London. Fibroblasts are tiny cells that control levels of the proteins collagen and elastin, which are found in skin, bones and other tissue. To treat burns, the scientists take cells from an undamaged area, extract the fibroblasts and multiply them in the laboratory before injecting them back into...
  • Restaurant Sued Over Claim of Skin In Sandwich

    04/23/2005 2:27:07 PM PDT · by fat city · 35 replies · 1,342+ views ^ | 4-23-2005
    Restaurant Sued Over Claim Of Skin In Sandwich Health Department Said Employee Cut Finger POSTED: 10:21 am EDT April 23, 2005 DAYTON, Ohio -- A man is suing a fast-food restaurant operator for more than $50,000, claiming he found a slice of skin on his chicken sandwich. David Scheiding filed the lawsuit in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on April 1 after rejecting a settlement offer from GZK Inc., his lawyer said. GZK owns the Arby's restaurant in Tipp City where he bought the sandwich. Scheiding, of Troy, said he realized something wasn't right when he bit into the sandwich...
  • Expert Finds Dandruff in Air Pollutants

    03/31/2005 1:35:43 PM PST · by anymouse · 7 replies · 879+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/31/05 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    A researcher has discovered unexpectedly large amounts of dandruff and other flaking skin, fur, pollen and similar materials in air pollutants known as aerosols. Aerosols, tiny particles in the air, are widely studied because they are an important factor in regulating climate, variously absorbing heat to warm the air and reflecting sunlight to cool it. They are also important in forming rain and snow. But the amount of cellular material — bacteria, plant fragments, spores, fungi and so forth — had been thought to be only a small proportion compared with mineral dusts, clay and sea salt. Now, Ruprecht Jaenicke...
  • Self-assembled nano-sized probes allow Penn researchers to see tumors through flesh and skin

    02/09/2005 7:26:10 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 3 replies · 437+ views
    PHILADELPHIA – Nano-sized particles embedded with bright, light-emitting molecules have enabled researchers to visualize a tumor more than one centimeter below the skin surface using only infrared light. A team of chemists, bioengineers and medical researchers based at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota has lodged fluorescent materials called porphyrins within the surface of a polymersome, a cell-like vesicle, to image a tumor within a living rodent. Their findings, which represent a proof of principle for the use of emissive polymersomes to target and visualize tumors, appear in the Feb. 7 online early edition of the Proceedings...
  • On the Practical and Sporting Aspects of Football in Zero-Gravity

    02/08/2005 5:38:01 AM PST · by vannrox · 4 replies · 840+ views
    Presented at Symposium on The Popular Commercialisation of Space ^ | 19 September 2001 | Oliver Thornton & Patrick Collins
    Space Future - O Thornton & P Collins, 19 September 2001, "On the Practical and Sporting Aspects of Football in Zero-Gravity", Presented at Symposium on The Popular Commercialisation of Space, British Interplanetary Society, 19 September 2001. Also downloadable from Presented at Symposium on The Popular Commercialisation of Space, British Interplanetary Society , 19 September 2001 On the Practical and Sporting Aspects of Football in Zero-Gravity Oliver Thornton & Patrick Collins Introduction: Association Football, or 'soccer', is the major spectator sport in the world, as well the most widely-played. When space becomes a practical living space for the...
  • Your Old Inkjet Printer Could Aid Burn Victims

    12/04/2004 7:04:00 AM PST · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 1,022+ views
    yahooNews ^ | Dec. 2, 2004
    Your Old Inkjet Printer Could Aid Burn Victims Susannah Patton, CIO Dec. 2, 2004 Looking for a place to toss your old inkjet printers? A team of scientists working to create human tissue may have a good use for them. Inkjets that are ten years old, they say, are perfectly suited to create sheets of human skin and other tissue that one day may help burn victims and even manufacture organs. Vladimir Mironov, director of the Shared Tissue Engineering Laboratory at the Medical University of South Carolina, is one of the scientists who has rigged Hewlett-Packard and Canon inkjet printers...