August 2016

Can Musical Instruments Kill?

Silhouettes of several different wind instruments

Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is nothing new. Albeit rare, this immune system disorder affects the lungs and occurs in some sufferers after they breathe in certain substances which trigger their immune systems, causing short- or long-term inflammation, especially in a part of the lungs called the interstitium, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Sometimes referred to as "bird fancier's lung", researchers are now adding a new moniker to this disease's list: "bagpipe lung".

New Metal Alloy Could Revolutionize Prosthetics

Magnification of titanium on the periodic table

A team of researchers at Rice University have devised a new metal alloy that could revolutionize how prosthetics are designed. According to IFLScience.com, a team of researchers led by Emilia Morosan combined titanium and gold to develop an alloy 4 times stronger than pure titanium that can also be used "in tandem with living tissue."

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