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Intermittent fasting protocol found to reduce psoriasis after a few weeks

Intermittent fasting protocol found to reduce psoriasis after a few weeks

There's no known cure for the autoimmune disease called psoriasis, but there are potential lifestyle changes that may help reduce its severity. Diet may be one of those factors, with a new study from Ghent University detailing a modified intermittent fasting diet that reduced psoriasis severity after a few weeks.

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MIT creates a robot for untangling hair

MIT creates a robot for untangling hair

There are some activities of daily living that many of us take for granted, such as being able to untangle and brush our hair. For people with disabilities or limited motion, the simple act of brushing the hair is often something that requires someone else to help. Researchers at MIT have created a robot that's able to help with untangling and brushing hair.

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Shape changing pasta starts out flat for more sustainable packaging

Shape changing pasta starts out flat for more sustainable packaging

When you go to the grocery store and buy pasta today, you buy large packages or boxes of pasta that starts in the shape you end up eating. However, in the future, the pasta you buy in the store may be completely flat and only take the shape we're familiar with when it's cooked. Researchers who've created the morphing pasta were inspired by how furniture is flat-packed to save packaging space and reduce the carbon footprint during transportation.

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MIT creates a system that can change colors and patterns of objects using light

MIT creates a system that can change colors and patterns of objects using light

Typically when you purchase something like a case for your phone, the color or image on it is static and can't be changed. When you want a different color or a different image, you have to buy a new case. MIT has developed a system that uses light and special light-activated dye to create programmable matter.

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Researchers create holograms able to move in the air

Researchers create holograms able to move in the air

Researchers at BYU have been able to create hologram images that actually move in the air. The breakthrough is inspired by displays seen in science fiction, and the scenes they create are described as "real," according to lead researcher Dan Smalley. Smalley notes the scenes have nothing computer-generated about them, and the images are real and can be seen from any angle in that space.

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Study details the ideal sleep pattern to help protect heart health

Study details the ideal sleep pattern to help protect heart health

Many studies have linked getting too few hours of sleep with increased health risks, including greater odds of developing heart disease. One may assume that getting extra sleep will have positive health benefits, but that may not be the case, at least when it comes to heart disease risk. That's according to a new study from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

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Dream Chaser space plane inches closer to its first flight

Dream Chaser space plane inches closer to its first flight

After the retirement of the space shuttle fleet, participants in the NASA commercial programs to send astronauts and cargo into space from American soil have all relied on capsules somewhat similar to the ones used during the Apollo era rather than spacecraft that look like the space shuttle. A company called Sierra Nevada Corp. has taken a different tact with its reusable spacecraft called Dream Chaser.

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MIT’s nano flashlight could create cell phones able to detect viruses

MIT’s nano flashlight could create cell phones able to detect viruses

Researchers at MIT have built a new nanoscale flashlight on a chip that they believe could someday result in cell phones that can be used as sensors capable of detecting viruses and other incredibly small objects. The approach used by the researchers to design the nano flashlight on a chip might also be used to create a variety of other micro flashlights with different beam characteristics to create devices for a variety of applications. Scientists say they can make a wide spotlight versus a beam of light focused on a single point depending on the need.

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Study finds tree nuts offer major benefits when dieting to lose weight

Study finds tree nuts offer major benefits when dieting to lose weight

Incorporating tree nuts like walnuts and cashews into a calorie-deficit diet may help dieters lose weight and keep it off, at least according to a new study from UCLA. The study involved putting two groups of overweight and obese people on a diet, one assigned tree nuts as part of their meals and another assigned pretzels. Though both groups lost weight, the tree nut group experienced some extra benefits.

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Astronomers determine the length of a day on Venus

Astronomers determine the length of a day on Venus

Venus is a difficult planet to study, even though it's right next door to Earth. One of the challenges in learning more about Venus is that the planet is covered in a veil of extremely thick clouds, and its surface is blasted with acid rain and temperatures hot enough to liquefy lead. Astronomers have used earth-based observations to learn some of the most fundamental properties of Venus.

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Polycarpa mytiligera can regrow all of its organs if dissected into three pieces

Polycarpa mytiligera can regrow all of its organs if dissected into three pieces

Researchers have made an extraordinary discovery using a creature in common to the Gulf of Eilat. The creature is called Polycarpa mytiligera and is a species of ascidian, which is a marine animal commonly found in the waters of the Gulf that is capable of regenerating its organs. Surprisingly, the researchers discovered the animal can regenerate all of its organs even when dissected into three fragments.

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BOBbots are tiny robots able to perform tasks as a group

BOBbots are tiny robots able to perform tasks as a group

Researchers from Georgia Tech have been conducting experiments designed to show the simplest of robots can still accomplish tasks. The 000 created a group of robots they call BOBbots, which stands for "behaving, organizing, buzzing bots." The robots are made using a cylindrical chassis with vibrating brushes underneath and lose magnets on the periphery. The magnets cause them to spend more time at locations with more neighbors.

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