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2011-05-30 06:10:00

Technology developed with ESA funding and drawing on long-running research aboard the International Space Station is opening up a new way to keep hospital patients safe from infections. Using plasma "“ superheated, electrically charged gas "“ Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics director Gregor Morfill is developing ways to kill bacteria and viruses that can cause infections in hospitals. "What we have with plasma is the possibility to supplement our own immune...

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2009-11-26 13:30:00

A new prototype device that can rid hands, feet, or even underarms of bacteria, including the hospital superbug MRSA, has been developed and is in the testing stage, BBC News reported. The device creates what is called a plasma, which produces a cocktail of chemicals in air that kill bacteria but are harmless to skin. Experts say a related approach could see the use of plasmas to speed the healing of wounds. These so-called plasmas could help solve gum disease or even body odor, according to...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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