Author: vulgavis

State-of-the-art technology seen at CYBATHLON Wheelchair Series Japan 2019

Team Fortississimo’s powered wheelchair Fortississimo, the third winner of the CYBATHLON Wheelchair Series Japan 2019 is a team created by the Faculty of Science and Technology of Keio University, in Japan. The concept of the team literally refers to the team name: Fortississimo stands for “playing louder” in musical notation, and it means for the team that the wheelchair traverses the race powerfully and energetically. The abbreviation of Fortississimo (fff), also states the following three concepts of the team: Friendly, Fusion, and Future. The team aims to develop a powered wheelchair that bridges lots of barriers between users and...

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Bugbittens cryptic crossword puzzle

Parasites and vectors enthusiasts,  test out your crossword skills on this little cryptic crossword puzzle. Look out for anagrams, charade-type clues, double definitions and more. Print it out and give it a go: Parasites and vectors themed cryptic crossword puzzle Across Clues 2. Worms bit of good luck (5) 4. One who entertains a large number (4) 5. Clock sound – one draws blood (4) 7. Jumble eased for virus transmitter (5) 8. Abnormal, area (8) Down Clues 1. Information to quote back describing family links (7) 3. French for bad opera piece (7) 4. Gardener’s friend found behind...

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The USA lags behind other large agricultural economies in banning harmful pesticides

Would you be surprised if I told you that the United States uses a lot of agricultural pesticides that are banned in Europe? Maybe not. But what about pesticides that are banned in China? Or Brazil? After all, many people still remember the transformative period in the 1960s and ‘70s when Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring spurred the United States to establish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and transform the country’s pesticide laws. The years that followed saw a flurry of activity from the EPA – banning pesticides like DDT, aldrin and toxaphene and fending off legal challenges from agrochemical...

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Mycology research on the front line of environmental and health challenges

Microconidia of the fungus Trichophyton mariatii (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, picture in the public domain via Wikimedia Commons) Mycology crucially contributes to our understanding of the threat fungi present for humans, plants and animals, as well as their role in ecology and environment diversity. David Hawksworth, Editor-in-Chief, and Wieland Meyer, President of the International Mycological Association, tell us more about the journal IMA Fungus, now publishing with BMC. What makes this journal unique? David: It is the official journal of the International Mycological Association providing, in...

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Take a fresh look at diabetes research for UK Diabetes Week

© adrian_ilie825 / In the UK 10 to 16 June 2019 is Diabetes Week, an annual initiative set up by the charity Diabetes UK to raise awareness of diabetes and raise money to fund research into the condition. Diabetes UK has been funding research across the UK for over 80 years. In this blog we take a look at the latest diabetes clinical trials, funded by Diabetes UK and other leading funders, that are registered at the ISRCTN registry. Diet Diabetes is a lifelong condition where blood sugar levels are too high, either because the immune system attacks...

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