MIT Engineers design Atomic Force Microscope That Scans 2,000 Times Faster than Commercial Microscope

MIT Engineers design Atomic Force Microscope That Scans 2,000 Times Faster than Commercial Microscope

A team comprising of engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) recently came up with an atomic force microscope (AFM) that scans images almost 2,000 times faster than the existing commercial models.

Using this high-speed instrument, the team was able to produce images of chemical processes that are taking place at the nanoscale, at a rate that is close to real-time video.

Study says Humans sleep better in Less Time due to Evolution

Study says Humans sleep better in Less Time due to Evolution

A new study by the National Sleep Foundation has claimed that humans are much shorter sleepers than their closest animal relatives. Primate species sleep for 14 to 17 hours per night, while humans need just seven to nine hours of sleep.

Study co-author David Samson said human species is unique from other when it comes to sleep time. A short and high quality sleep is enough for humans, Samson added. The study included about 21 species of primates to create a database of sleeping patterns. Study researchers used statistical techniques to find a species’ position in primate tree.

Curiosity is primary motivation behind trying e-cigarettes among teenagers: Survey

Curiosity is primary motivation behind trying e-cigarettes among teenagers: Survey

A national survey of nearly 45,000 youth has unveiled that cigarette use among teens has touched all-time low, but their preference for e-cigarettes has not faded. The students were found to give preference to e-cigarettes over normal cigarettes.

Main reason behind trying e-cigarette was curiosity that makes them try it. Study’s lead researcher Lloyd Johnston said that teenagers try e-cigarettes as they want to know what they were like upon experiment.

FDA Gives Its Approval to Merck & Co Inc.'s Drug ‘Bridion’

FDA Gives Its Approval to Merck & Co Inc.'s Drug ‘Bridion’

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved a drug named Bridion to reverse the effects of deep paralysis caused due to muscle relaxants that are used at the beginning of surgery to help doctors insert a breathing tube.

The drug genetically known as sugammadex can generate annual sales of $557 million by 2020, according to Thomson and Reuters data.

According to experts, rocuronium bromide and vecuronium bromide are neuromuscular blocking drugs that cause temporary paralysis by interfering with the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscles.

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Source of Gamma rays emitted from galaxy found much further than expected, say researchers

Source of Gamma rays emitted from galaxy found much further than expected, say researchers

After studying a flare of extremely high-energy gammy rays emitted from a galaxy known as PKS 1441+25, a rare type of galaxy known as blazer, astrophysicists have come to know how and where such gamma rays are produced.

These gamma rays were produced in April 2015 and were studied by the researchers using a range of telescopes including the Very Energetic Radiation Imaging Telescope Array System (VERITAS) in Arizona. Blazers are considered to be unsteady light sources that can sometimes emit flares ten to 100 times brighter than their normal-level emissions.

Valeant signs deal with Walgreens to offer discount on drugs

Valeant signs deal with Walgreens to offer discount on drugs

Drug manufacturer Valeant Pharmaceutical International has signed a 20-year deal with Walgreens for introducing discount on its medicines. The move is being seen as an attempt by Valeant to restore its reputation and provide the much-needed boost for its stock price.

Starting in summer 2016, consumers would be able to buy some of the company’s over-the-counter drugs at discounts of up to 95%. The cheaper drugs would mainly be in the fields of dermatology and ophthalmology.

Enceladus and Tethys appear to be spooning in deep space

Enceladus and Tethys appear to be spooning in deep space

Enceladus the tiny moon spoon and the big spoon Tethys seems to be lining up almost perfectly just over the distinctive rings of Saturn from the perspective of Cassini spacecraft exploring the ringed planet in September 2015.

NASA said that the picture was taken by Cassini when the craft was nearly 1.3 million miles from Enceladus and at a distance of 1.6 million miles from Tethys. Tethys and Enceladus are the two most fascinating and mysterious moons of the Saturn.

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Netflix’s Plan to Increase its Streaming Technology

Netflix’s Plan to Increase its Streaming Technology

Like practically everyone else in the online video world, Netflix had been preparing its video files for streaming based on the bandwidth available to consumers since 2011. From past four years, the company has been working on its new streaming technology that could help consumers get better-looking streams while also saving up to 20% of data. If successful, the technology could result out breakthrough in North America having Netflix usage single-handedly accounts for more than a 33% of all data consumed during peak times.

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