Alien life has always fascinated human beings from time immemorial. Right from the time, humans have the power and means to take a closer look at outer space, we have always searched for the existence of other forms of life in our huge, wide universe. The search for extra-terrestrial life has captured the imagination of both ordinary human beings as well as scientists alike.
Scientists now have a new weapon to help them in their search for alien life. This is no ordinary gadget but the world’s biggest telescope has now been commissioned to help them in their search. The scientists now can proudly claim that they have the world’s biggest ears to help them in their journey to find alien life.
NAOC or the National Astronomical Observatories of China, earlier this week announced that they are now joining the Listen Initiative. The Listen Initiative is a $100 million dollar program that is involved in the search for alien life. This initiative is funded by Yuri Milner, an ultra-rich Russian billionaire.
The FAST telescope as it is popularly known as is a new telescope that was built only in June of this year. FAST is the acronym for Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope. This mammoth telescope was built with the sole purpose of finding alien life. Scientists involved in the construction of this huge telescope claim that it has ten times more potential than the current equipment used for the search of alien life.
The FAST now has joined the elite echelon of super powerful telescopes in the world including the Parkes Observatory telescope in New South Wales, Australia, the Green Bank telescope located in west Virginia and the Automated Planet Finder located at Lick Observatory, California. The FAST is not just a powerful telescope but it is a giant when it comes to the physical size. It is not only capable of detecting extremely weak radio signals but can also be used to follow-up the weak signals detected by other telescopes.
With FAST, one can only hope that we can make contact with alien life sooner than before.
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Gone are the days when gadgets that monitor one’s vital statistics were a figment of the rich imagination of science fiction writers and movie directors. Today, digital health gadgets have become an essential part of our life. A new survey that was conducted among pharmaceutical and life science industry experts found out that digital health monitoring gadgets will play an important role in health care. This survey was conducted by a Durham-based mobile healthcare startup, Validic. A huge number of those were surveyed reported that digital data is going to increase exponentially in the next five years.
Digital data is going to play a vital role in several spheres like finding new drugs and to help keep the costs of drugs down. A huge number of executives who took part in the survey reported that digital data is already being collected in around sixty percent of the clinical trials being done. Drew Schiller, the Founder and chief executive officer of Validic, in an interview, said that digital health technologies and health related data obtained from patients is essential to increase the efficiency of operations and to center the pharmaceutical industry on patients. A major benefit of this remotely collected data is that it is highly accurate and reduced errors significantly. Also, this method ensures the lowering of the burden on patients.
Some of the key discoveries of the survey are:
· The face of Digital health is highly changing and is undergoing a huge transition.
· It is highly imperative that drug development costs are cut down to benefit patients.
· Digital health is highly beneficial in the management of chronic diseases.
· Technical difficulties and challenges associated with the collection of data have been addressed by both pharmaceutical companies as well as technology providers.
So if you still haven’t exploited the potential of a digital health tracking gadget, then it is about time you get started.
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What is Turmeric?
For those who are unfamiliar, the turmeric is a spice that typically resembles a ginger root. You get a bright yellowy orange powder when you grind it. It is a very popular ingredient in the cuisine of South Asia.
Why all the hype around Turmeric?
Till recently, turmeric wasn’t all that popular in Western cuisine, apart from glimpsing it in Chicken tikka masala, which surprisingly is one of Britain’s widely popular dishes. However, with several studies claiming that turmeric can heal everything from the common cold to depression, it has catapulted to fame overnight. Now, one can come across turmeric not only included in several dishes but also sprinkled on several others, including the quintessential English tea. With all the hype around turmeric, the day when you can get a cup of turmeric latter in your neighborhood Starbucks store is not far away.
What makes Turmeric so Potent?
There are more than two hundred different organic compounds in turmeric but the one that has caught the attention of scientists is the compound curcumin. This is the ingredient that is responsible for giving the orangey yellow color to turmeric. There are several studies that are currently being done on the benefits of turmeric, but they all have been limited to laboratories. Not much research has been done on humans in the real world.
However, studies claim that while turmeric has tremendous benefits, the benefits take place only when turmeric is added to food directly. Taking turmeric supplements didn’t give the same benefits as taking turmeric directly. So while scientists argue over the myriad benefits of turmeric, you can add this wonderful herb to your food by making small changes like sprinkling it over your omelets along with your chili. Or you can stay cold-free by adding it along with your daily cup of tea.
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