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New eye drops could clear up cataracts

eye1-600x300Cataracts, the leading cause of blindness, could be reversed and cleared up with the use of a new eye drop compound according to a team of research scientists from from UC San Francisco, the University of Michigan, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Cataracts, an age related disease, share “protein amyloid clumping” along with Alzheimers and other age related diseases.  The differences are in where the clumping forms and which proteins are involved.

At present, tests have been successful in mice that developed age related cataracts and human lens tissue samples removed during surgery.

“This is a game changer in the treatment of cataracts,” says Roy Quinlan, a molecular biologist at Durham University in the United Kingdom who was not part of the study. “It takes decades for the cataracts to get to that point, so if you can reverse that by a few drops in the eye over a couple of weeks, that’s amazing.”

The drops, know as Compound 29, has been licensed and is actively being developed Story continues. . .

New lithium-air battery design intensifies power output

university-cambridgeResearchers have created a battery design with power capabilities that could compete with gasoline according to the University of Cambridge.  The Lithium-oxygen battery is expected to be 90 percent efficient and recharge more than 2000 times.

Scientists caution that the design has only been developed in the laboratory as a working model and many technical challenges remain.  “A practical lithium-air battery still remains at least a decade away” according to researchers.

For the complete news release visit: University of Cambridge Research


See something, do something

The opportunity to help someone often appears unexpectedly during one’s life time.  And often the opportunity is simply not recognized and/or sometimes it is inconvenient for one to become involved.

Serving others in need is what makes us human and gives us a life sustenance for the soul as it were.  But often one is driven by emotional inertia – we’re on a mission – and our “thinking cap” is not tightly fastened.

One’s “presence” of mind at those times can be over-ridden by one’s emotional inertia.  The car ahead is blocking the path while the passenger and driver change seats. . .and they are slow to do it.  One’s emotional inertia pushes one’s buttons. . .creating impatience and judgmental thoughts.

Instead, if one had “presence” one might be thinking if a need existed for one’s assistance.  Is that car’s driver having nausea, Story continues. . .