What is Zika Virus and How to Prevent It?

About Zika Virus

Zika Virus (ZIKV) causes the Zika fever; it is an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus). Zika virus is a member of Flavivirus in the family Flaviviridae. It is connected to yellow fever, dengue, Japanese encephalitis and West Nile, viruses that are members of the virus family Flaviviridae.

A Brief History of Zika Virus

It first got its name Zika Virus in 1952, when a monkey developed a fever in the Zika Forest, Uganda. The virus was kept under isolation from humans until ...

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Technology Addiction – Who is Doing This to Us?

There was a time when light was a symbol of enlightenment and self-realization but that has quickly changed. Now when we talk about light in darkness, it is usually the light of your smartphone lighting up for a new notification. You’d get up weary eyed to the sound of that ding and check what just came up in your virtual social world that has quite ironically made you unsocial. And now that you have checked that notification, you decide to ...

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The Transformation of Thought into Movement Helps a Paralyzed Man Use his Limbs Again

Ian Burkhart had almost given up hope when in 2010 he dived into a wave in shallow water and lost the use of his hands with only some movement in the arm. But two years ago, when scientists in Ohio helped him control his hands right wrist and hand with his thoughts, Burkhart could hope for a better future once again.

Burkhart was equipped with a system which helped him use his hands and control their movement through his thoughts. It ...

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Are Your Ready To Delete Bad Memories?

A Team of Researchers have a Pill That Makes Them Go Away

“But the memories that hang heaviest are the easiest to recall. They hold in their creases the ability to change one’s life, organically, forever. Even when you shake them out, they’ve left permanent wrinkles in the fabric of your soul.”

― Julie Gregory, Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood

Gregory explains the pain of a bad memory quite adeptly, and just as much as we would want these ...

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Liam Robot – An Apple Inc. Robot that Works to Accomplish Company’s Go-Green Objectives

In one of the Cupertino warehouses, a massive robot works relentlessly to address a mounting problem for the consumer electronics industry – Handling electronic waste effectively. Liam is a robot owned by Apple Inc. and it has been under creation for almost three years. Apple ensured that the robot remained a secret until now when Apple finally decided to pull the sheets off Liam in their spring product launch event.

While we have been focusing really hard on bringing robots ...

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Solar Ride – Bengaluru Offsets Pollution by Introducing ElecRic to its Streets

Problem

The world is grappling with a situation where our natural resources are diminishing far more quickly than they can be replaced. The number of vehicles used throughout the world has increased to extraordinary numbers. Many people own more than one vehicle now and every vehicle needs fuel to run on. This brings us to the point that our fuel resources are fairly limited.

While they may not be on the verge of ending immediately, over a period of time we may ...

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Recent Studies Show That Social Media and Depression Go Hand in Hand

Depression is a problem that is rooted more deeply in our generation than ever before. We continuously hope to evade from such problems but we end up in a web that is difficult to break. And when I say web there is some reference to the World Wide Web in it too, because a recent research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine shows that the use of social media may be directly linked to depression.

The research aims ...

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3D Bioprinting – Not Just a Ray of Hope, But the Brightest Beam of Light in the Healthcare Industry

3D printing and the healthcare industry seem to be getting along very well. The medical industry was one of the first to embrace the advantages of 3D printing by putting it into application in prosthetics, a variety of surgical devices that are made from plastic or metals and finally we have news on their latest endeavors in using cells that can recreate human organs through the technology of 3D printing. 3D bioprinting is the name given to this technique which ...

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Pigeons Monitor Pollution, Making Pollution Information More Accessible for the Public

A recent collaboration of Plume Labs – the team that created the superb flying detectors, DigitasLBi, Twitter UK and pigeons have started a campaign that can tell people about the air pollution levels in the region. While all of this sounds really cool, did you go back and read that again to make sure it said pigeons? The truth is that with their ability to evolve to accept urbanization, pigeons have finally made their way to the hiring zone.

In the ...

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Bionic Fingertip Brings Hope for Amputees

Remember Luke Skywalker from Star Wars who lost his hand in duel with Darth Vader? The young Jedi could hardly regret his loss because he received an artificial hand which allowed him to grip and feel once again. With the lines between science and fiction quickly being blurred as scientists continuously cross the line to create something we had only imagined in sci-fi books and movies, this particular Star Wars episode encouraged many scientists to build prosthetic limbs that can ...

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