Some unbelievable and eye catching phenomena, discoveries, changing creative trends and innovative advances, in life for life.
1. A bacteria that turns toxin into gold-Fed on gold chloride for a week, bug transforms chemical into prized metal-—-Scientists have discovered a bacteria that has the ability to withstand incredible amounts of toxicity and can be the key to creating 24-carat gold. Researchers from the Michigan State University have found that the metal-tolerant bacteria ‘Cupriavidus Metalliduraus’ can grow on massive concentrations of gold chloride or liquid gold, a toxic chemical compound found in nature. The researchers fed the bacteria unprecedented amounts of gold chloride mimicking the process they believe happens in nature. In about a week the bacteria transformed the toxins and produced a gold nugget. ‘Microbial alchemy is what we’re doing, transforming gold from something that has no value into a solid, precious metal, that’s valuable, said Kazem Kashefi, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics in a statement. In their art installation, The great work of the Metal Lover’, researchers used a combination of biotechnology, art and alchemy to turn liquid gold into 24-carat gold. The artwork contained a portable laboratory made of 24-carat gold plated hardware, a glass bioreactor and the bacteria, a combination that produces gold. The work has been put on display at the cyber art competition, Prix Ars Electronica, in Austria. Don’t get up hopes that the procedure could make gold mines out of toxic waste dumps, though. The process would be cost-prohibitive on a larger scale, said, Adam Brown, associate professor of electronic art and intermedia at MSU. However Brown added, the experiment’s success does raise questions about greed, the economy, environmental impacts and ethics as related to science and the engineering of nature.
2. Now special contact lens to cure myopia—Researchers have developed special contact lenses which they claim can coax the eye to grow in a way that can correct nearsighted vision while reducing myopic progression. Researchers from the State University of New York(SUNY) college of optometry in experiments with the specially designed contact lenses found that they changed eye growth and refractive state, or focus, in a predictable way. The lenses successfully reduced the elongation of the eye that causes myopic progression, researchers said.
3. An apple a day good for heart—Eating an apple every day can stave off the risk of heart diseases, a new study has found. People who consumed one apple a day for 4 weeks were found to have 40% lower blood levels of a substance linked to hardening of the arteries. Taking capsules containing polyphenols, a type of antioxidant found in apples, had a similar but not as large effect.
4.Key to happiness at work: better pay than colleagues-London—It’s official! Happiness at work depends on your earning a better salary than your colleagues according to a recent study. Researchers found that it is not just your own salary that affects your happiness but also that of your colleagues. For you to be happy at your workplace your earning should not be inferior to those of your peers, of the colleagues you compare yourself to, the study found. The research by professor Eduardo Perez Asenjo of Universidad Carlos 111 de Madrid Officiana de Informecia Cientifica showed that relative earnings affect our happiness and our job performance. In his analysis, he also found that if an individual’s earnings are less than those of his peers he will work more hours. The most likely explanation lies in social comparisons although it could also be due to the idea that if those around a person earn more than he does, it might indicate that if he works hard he will end up earning as much as they do, explained Asenjo. Therefore the effect of other’s earnings on a person’s happiness is negative because he compares himself to them and it makes him unhappy to earn less than them, so he works more hours so that he can earn the same as or more than them, he said.
5.90% of men clueless about beauty secrets of women-London-–At least 90% of men have no idea about women’s beauty secrets and believe that their partners are ‘naturally beautiful’ according to a new UK survey. A quarter of women surveyed by a home hair color brand confessed to having at least one beauty secret, while 23% confided that nobody really knew the extent of their beautifying, the daily mail reported. Of the British man polled 87% said that they didn’t mind if their partner kept some of her beauty rituals hidden, a view supported by women with 70% who kept a beauty secret from their partner believing it to be a key to a good relationship.