A simple cure might stop multiple sclerosis

novembre 27, 2009 Biotechnology No Commenti


A surgeon from Ferrara University in Italy, Paolo Zamboni, might have found a surprisingly simple cure for multiple sclerosis, thanks to a simple operation which unclogs the outgoing blood flow from the brain.

Thanks to this surgery, 73% of the 65 patients cured by Dr. Zamboni are no longer showing MS symptoms two years after undergoing the operation. These results might dramatically change the current knowledge about multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects approximately 2.5 million people worldwide, most of which are women, and that so far was thought incurable; there were only therapies which would somehow alleviate the patients’ suffering.

Dr. Zamboni’s idea was that most types of MS were caused by a roadblock along the way that takes iron out of the brain. By cleaning up two main outgoing veins, it has been possible to reinstate the blood flow, and eliminate the main cause of disease.

Zamboni’s research started because of a very personal reason: the discovery that his wife was affected by the nasty disease. In his frantic scrolling through all possible documentation, he found some old sources stating that the excess of iron in patients’ brain was a possible cause.

By retrieving some of his researches in which he demonstrated how an excess of iron could damage the legs’ veins, he thought that the same principle could be applicable to the brain, and found out that 90% of MS patients have a small deformation in the outgoing blood vessels that take iron out of the brain, and he called this deformation Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency.

To cut a long story short, by unblocking the vessels, symptoms have slowed down, and disappeared in most cases. Of course all this needs further verifications, but we may have found the cure for a so far incurable disease.

First intercontinental flight of jet man fails

novembre 27, 2009 Technology No Commenti


A couple of days ago, Swiss adventurer Yves Rossy made an attempt at the firs intercontinental flight on board of a jet pack, that is, a jet propulsion system strapped on a person’s back, which allows men to fly, albeit for a very short range.

The attempt consisted in jumping off a plane flying over Tangiers in Morocco, and head north towards the Spanish town of Tarifa, where Rossy was planning to land after a 23-kilometer flight, a journey only apparently short, but which would have made Rossy the first man to carry out an intercontinental flight by using this kind of jet-propelled vehicle.

In this specific case, the vehicle that Rossy used, and that he also designed, is called Wingpack, and consists of a rigid carbon fiber wing, with a wingspan of approximately 2.40 meters, mounted on a backpack. The pilot-passenger wears a suit similar to that of a fireman to protect himself from heat generated by the jet flow.

Unfortunately though, the attempt was thwarted by the heavy clouds present in the area at the time of flight. Rossy met a strong turbulence, and since he was flying without instruments to stay light, he tried to climb over the clouds, but this attempt failed because of low speed and altitude (approximately 300 km/h and 850 meter altitude).
At this point he had to leave the crossing attempt (as well as his vehicle) by parachuting himself at sea, where he was promptly rescued without any further damage.

Despite the failure of this first attempt, Rossy stated that he will try at the beginning of the new year, after testing a system with a wider wing, that he will use to fly over Grand Canyon. The guy is certainly stubborn and determined, that’s why they call him Jetman…

Tap that line and Plug that hole

novembre 27, 2009 Technology No Commenti

Tap that line and Plug that hole

“Rupees twelve thousand?” Mr. Mittal almost screamed after seeing telephone bill for the month. His office had two landlines for official communication, though he never restricted his employees from using it for personal reasons. After all communication holds the key to success in business, he believed.

“But… this is ridiculous!” he said in disbelief. He put the bill down and the next moment he called an engineer to install STR-TEL Wire Tapping Device.

The installation was done in a whiz. All it needed was a normal telephone line. Even its operation was simpler than any other gadget. Dial the number, wait for free signal, feed the code, that’s it! Get ready to pick up any noise or conversation within 12 sqm.

For the next week, he asked his PA to monitor conversations happening through the office landline. He was surprised to know that most of the conversation was taking place during lunch hour. It was the time for the staff to have their lunch and relax. So most of them used to be in the cafeteria or lounge.

That turned out to be an opportunity for the peons and security guards to utilise office telephone for personal communication. Initially, the usage was restricted; but after finding no resistance from the staff, these people took it for granted and used the facility to the max.

This little device called STR-TEL Wire Tapping Device exposed the culprits and Mr. Mittal was more than happy to have plugged the hole in time.


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