Scientists are on a quest to create materials that mimic the sensory abilities of human skin for uses like the surfaces of robots and prosthetics. This skin-like salt-infused gel is a step towards that goal.
When the pandemic started Khashayar Ghandi, a materials chemist at the University of Guelph, had already been experimenting with using microwaves to kill bacteria and other pathogens. So he decided to see if the technique could work on the virus as well.
Many products, like leather gloves or sandals, spend a lot of time in close contact with our skin – and some, like surgical implants, are even underneath it. While these products undergo testing to ensure they are safe to use, they can still produce dangerous chemical by-products.
Le lait maternel contient des concentrations élevées de PFAS, des produits chimiques dangereux pour la santé, prévient une étude canado-américaine. Les auteurs incitent la communauté scientifique à poursuivre les recherches.
Copper is a metal with antimicrobial properties known for centuries but is undergoing a renaissance of scientific interest in medicine. Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver is now keeping its many high touch surfaces clean with the help of this metal.