Scientists achieve direct brain-to-brain communication in humans

A team of neuroscientists from Harvard Medical School (USA), Starlab Barcelona (Spain) and Axilum Robotics (France) have achieved a world-first: direct brain-to-brain communication in humans. The messages were sent over a distance of 8,000km (5,000 mi) from a person in France to the recipient in India, and did not require any invasive surgery to be performed. The paper has been published in PLOS ONE. Continue reading

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A new target: Tuberculosis

After the World Health Organisation’s success in eradicating Smallpox and its ongoing efforts to reduce such diseases as malaria and polio to the same fate, it has set its sights on another target: Tuberculosis (TB). The WHO recently released a plan in which TB will be completely eradicated from 33 countries around the world. These 33 countries currently have low prevalence of the disease and include 20 European countries and 7 North American countries. By 2035, the aim is to have less than 10 new cases per million people, and by 2050 complete elimination is planned (less than 1 new case per million people).

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Direct comparison of the sun’s damaging effects on skin

Although it has now been over two years since the publication of this study in the New England Journal of Medicine (April 2012) [link], the importance of its subject has no less declined. Summer is upon us once more, and it is vital to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. This 69 year old man was a truck driver for 28 years; the left side of his face being exposed to the sun via the window and the other sheltered. The exposed side of his face aged 20 years faster than the right side as a result of no sunscreen having been applied throughout his career. The result is shocking but hopefully serves as a warning to those hesitant about wearing sun protection.