After early reports of microplastic pollution in our oceans and beaches sounded the alarm, the global scientific community intensified its focus into this area. Researchers have since found evidence of microplastic contamination seemingly everywhere – also in our lakes and rivers, beverages and food supplies. Dr. Natalia Ivleva, a researcher with the Technical University of […]Continue Reading ...
There is a considerable risk that plastic waste in the environment releases nano-sized particles known as nanoplastics, according to a new study from Lund University. The researchers studied what happened when takeaway coffee cup lids, for example, were subjected to mechanical breakdown, in an effort to mimic the degradation that happens to plastic in the […]Continue Reading ...
A new computational model developed by researchers from The City College of New York and Yale gives a clearer picture of the structure and mechanics of soft, shape-changing cells that could provide a better understanding of cancerous tumor growth, wound healing, and embryonic development. Mark D. Shattuck, professor of physics at City College’s Benjamin Levich […]Continue Reading ...
Every day, every human on the planet is exposed to one of the most toxic substances we know. However, it’s largely invisible and most people don’t know whether they need to worry. In new book Particles in the Air, Doug Brugge aims to raise awareness of serious consequences for public health. Doug Brugge says: “Fire […]Continue Reading ...
The evidence of air pollution – the soot and the fumes, has been seen in the lungs till date. In a new study, for the first time, the evidence of air pollution is seen in the placenta of a pregnant women. Researchers from the Queen Mary University in London have, for the first time, found […]Continue Reading ...
Epidemiological studies have established a strong correlation between inhaling ultrafine particles from incomplete combustion and respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Still, relatively little is known about the mechanisms behind how air particulates affect human health. New work with carbon nanodots seeks to provide the first model of how ultrafine carbon-based particles interact with the lung tissues. […]Continue Reading ...
July 31, 2018 Chemists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new method of observing the chemical reactions of individual silver nanoparticles, which only measure a thousandth of the thickness of a human hair, in real time. The particles are used in medicine, food and sports items because they have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. However, […]Continue Reading ...
July 23, 2018 A new peer-reviewed study published in the prestigious journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research shows that exhaled e-vapour product particles are actually liquid droplets that evaporate within seconds. “No accumulation of particles was registered in the room following subjects’ vaping. This shows us how fundamentally different exhaled e-vapor particles are compared to those […]Continue Reading ...
Soot from road traffic in emerging countries can reach high altitudes, where it can be transported over long distances and thus contributes to global warming. This is the conclusion of a study performed by an international team of researchers in the Bolivian cities of La Paz (the seat of government), El Alto and the neighboring […]Continue Reading ...
The Austrian Federal Environment Agency and the Medical University of Vienna have presented the first preliminary results of a pilot study on microplastics (microplastic particles) in humans. They have detected microplastic particles in stool of eight volunteers. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) summarises its findings on possible health risks of microplastic particles […]Continue Reading ...
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 — Scientists warn that soot from polluted air is reaching the placenta of pregnant women, possibly harming the health of unborn babies. Tiny carbon particles released by the burning of fossil fuels enter a woman’s bloodstream when she breathes polluted air, said a research team at Queen Mary University of London […]Continue Reading ...
Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in placentas for the first time, in new research presented today (Sunday) at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Previous research has indicated links between pregnant mothers’ exposure to air pollution and premature birth, low birth weight, infant mortality and […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers have provided new insight on the mechanics of a virus that causes severe diarrhea and sickness in young children, according to a report published in eLife. The study, from the Autonomous University of Madrid, Carlos III Health Institute and National Center for Biotechnology, Spain, could open up new avenues for developing effective treatments for […]Continue Reading ...
July 31, 2018 Many living organisms, such as migratory birds, are thought to possess a magnetotactic sense, which enables them to respond to the Earth’s magnetic field. Whether or not humans are capable of sensing magnetism is the subject of debate. However, several studies have already shown that one of the preconditions required for such […]Continue Reading ...
July 2, 2018 The human body is an extremely complex molecular machine, the details of which can be followed through certain substances; so-called biomarkers. Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to monitor biomarkers live in patients when these are present in minuscule concentrations. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have now developed a new technique […]Continue Reading ...
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