Scientists Are Developing Solar Panels That Generate Power At Night

By John Vibes

According to the most recent data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) wind and solar energy are already cheaper than traditional alternatives in two-thirds of the world, and is expected to be the cheapest option everywhere by 2030.

Breakthroughs in solar technology are making it more efficient and cheaper to extract energy from the sun, which in turn, is making this technology more available to the average person.

One of the major drawbacks of solar energy is that it can only produce energy during the day, but new research published in the journal ACS Photonics, suggests that solar panels can be built in a way that allows them to generate energy at night as well. The basic concept is that energy can be generated through the process of the heat leaving the panels and cooling down at night, this is known as radiative cooling.

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In order to generate energy in this way, the team needed to develop what they call “thermoradiative cells.”

The authors of the study wrote that, “In order to produce electrical power after the sun has set, we consider an alternative photovoltaic concept that uses the earth as a heat source and the night sky as a heat sink, resulting in a “nighttime photovoltaic cell” that employs thermoradiative photovoltaics and concepts from the advancing field of radiative cooling.”

Jeremy Munday, a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis, is one of the researchers who are working on prototype versions of this technology.

“A regular solar cell generates power by absorbing sunlight, which causes a voltage to appear across the device and for current to flow. In these new devices, light is instead emitted and the current and voltage go in the opposite direction, but you still generate power. You have to use different materials, but the physics is the same,” Munday told UC Davis.

The ACS Photonics study suggests that if solar farms were to implement this technology, they could produce up to 50 watts of power per square meter, which would boost energy production by about 12%.


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FDA Orders Purell To Stop Claiming Its Hand Sanitizer “Eliminates Diseases”

By John Vibes

At a time where people all over the world are more concerned than ever about germs, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a strict warning to GoJo, the company that produces Purell products, accusing the company of making false claims about its hand sanitizer eliminating diseases.

In a letter issued the week, the FDA ordered the company to stop posting claims that its hand sanitizer reduces the risk of contracting illnesses like Ebola, norovirus, influenza and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

The letter stated that, “We are not aware of evidence demonstrating that the Purell Healthcare Advanced Hand Sanitizer products as formulated and labeled are generally recognized by qualified experts as safe and effective for use under the conditions suggested, recommended, or prescribed in their labeling.”

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The company doesn’t seem to be disputing the accusations and has agreed to update its marketing.

Samantha Williams, corporate communications senior director of GoJo said that the company took immediate action after receiving the letter and “have begun updating relevant website and other digital content as directed by the FDA.”

“It is important to emphasize that the FDA letter was not related to the safety or quality of our products, or our manufacturing processes. Our products can and should continue to be used as part of good hand hygiene practice, to reduce germs. Our intention has always been and continues to be to adhere to FDA guidance while advancing and sharing the latest hygiene science to help improve public health. Uncompromising Integrity is a core value of our Purpose-driven Family Enterprise and we apply this principle to everything we do,” Williams said in a statement.

Some of the primary claims that the FDA took issue with were that Purell products eliminate, “more than 99.99% of most common germs that may cause illness in a healthcare setting, including MRSA & VRE.”

Studies show that alcohol-based sanitizers like Purell do help to eliminate germs, but not to the level that companies like Gojo have claimed in the past.


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Yet Another Study Shows Psilocybin Significantly Helps With Anxiety and Depression

By John Vibes

More research continues to be published showing the potential impact that psychedelic compounds can have on mental health treatment.

A team at New York University‘s Grossman School of Medicine recently conducted followup research to the 2016 study which showed that cancer patients who took psilocybin noticed “significant improvements” in their levels of stress and anxiety. The 2016 study was actually a follow-up of groundbreaking research that began at John’s Hopkins University in 2012. All of the studies have had very similar results.

In the 2016 study, patients taking psilocybin along with therapy noticed “immediate, substantial, and sustained improvements in anxiety and depression and led to decreases in cancer-related demoralisation and hopelessness, improved spiritual wellbeing, and increased quality of life.”

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In the newest study, researchers found that test subjects later said that the experience led them to make positive changes in their lives. The research is published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

According to the study:

Participants overwhelmingly (71 to 100 per cent) attributed positive life changes to the psilocybin-assisted therapy experience and rated it among the most personally meaningful and spiritually significant experiences of their lives.

Researchers are still unclear about how this process works mechanically in the brain, but there are theories that psilocybin relaxes areas of the brain associated with rumination, worry, and rigid thinking.

Gabby Agin-Liebes, a lead author of the most recent study, explained:

“These results may shed light on how the positive effects of a single dose of psilocybin persist for so long. The drug seems to facilitate a deep, meaningful experience that stays with a person and can fundamentally change his or her mindset and outlook.”

With so many new studies showing the potential of these compounds for therapeutic use, steps are being made to bring legal psychedelic treatments to the market.

It was announced last year that a startup called Compass Pathways had received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to develop treatments for depression and possibly even pharmaceuticals containing psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic “magic mushrooms.”

Compass Pathways launched in the UK in 2016 thanks to funding from PayPal founder Peter Thiel. While the company is just now receiving approval to run trials in the U.S., they were already approved in Canada, the Netherlands, and at their base of operations in the UK.

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Biolab for “Most Dangerous Pathogens on Earth” Opened in Wuhan Before Outbreak

By John Vibes

As of Thursday afternoon, 23 million people in seven Chinese cities have been placed on quarantine due to the sudden outbreak of a deadly SARS-like virus called 2019-nCoV.

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The illness is said to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan and quickly spread to other areas of China, then Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and the United States. Suspected cases have been reported in Australia and Scotland. However, it is possible that there is more to the story as Chinese authorities have been running a censorship campaign to prevent the spread of information about the virus that deviates from official statements.

One very strange coincidence in the development of this outbreak is the fact that a new biolab, tasked with studying the most dangerous pathogens on earth, recently began operating in Wuhan, where the illness is said to have originated.

Back in 2017, just before experiments at the lab began, the prestigious science journal Nature published an article expressing concerns about pathogens escaping from the new Wuhan lab. The laboratory is a biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) facility, which is the highest level of biocontainment. BSL-4 facilities must meet rigid standards for decontaminating the area as well as workers after every experiment. However, BSL-4 labs remain extremely controversial because critics argue that these measures may not be enough to prevent a virus from escaping.

According to Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, the SARS virus has escaped from high-level containment facilities in Beijing multiple times.

In May of 2019, less than a year before the outbreak began, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release that gave an overview of the projects that the new lab was currently working on. The projects included SARS, Ebola, Hemorrhagic fever, Lassa fever, avian influenza A(H5N1), Rift Valley fever, and others.

Scientists have examined the genetic code of the new virus and have found that it is more closely related to SARS than any other human coronavirus. In BSL-4 labs, researchers can tweak or combine deadly viruses to create mutated strains of the original illness. A 2013 report in Nature indicated that scientists in China were creating hybrid viruses in labs.

“A team of scientists in China has created hybrid viruses by mixing genes from H5N1 and the H1N1 strain behind the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and showed that some of the hybrids can spread through the air between guinea pigs,” the article revealed.

The results of the hybrid virus experiment were published in the journal Science.

Such experiments are usually intended to teach scientists more about certain illnesses so they can be treated and prevented better, but other research has involved intentionally making certain viruses even more deadly than they already were. Regardless of the motivation, exposing people to these pathogens, even in the most secure of settings, can be risky especially considering the fact that contagions have escaped from secure labs in the past.

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China Quarantines City of 11 Million After Deadly Virus Spreads to US

By John Vibes

A Chinese news bulletin that was first picked up in the U.S. by Financial Times reporter Gabriel Wildau has indicated that the city of Wuhan is now under a quarantine in response to the rapid spread of a deadly SARS-like virus called 2019-nCoV.

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The infectious respiratory illness is a new strain of coronavirus that is causing a type of pneumonia. Some experts have compared it to SARS because it is also a coronavirus. Scientists have examined the genetic code of the new virus and have found that it is more closely related to SARS than any other human coronavirus.

The illness is said to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan and quickly spread to other areas of China, then Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and the United States.

Soon after the first case was reported in the U.S., the Chinese government made the call to quarantine the city of Wuhan.

Wuhan’s 11 million residents will be trapped in the city until further notice unless they receive special permission to leave after an intense screening process.

While hundreds of cases have been officially reported, experts fear that there may actually be thousands who are infected by now. At least 17 people have died from the illness. Prior to the quarantine of Wuhan the government was actively censoring news about the outbreak. They also deleted social media posts that contradicted official statements on the matter.

In light of their mismanagement of the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003, China is under intense international scrutiny about the outbreak. The Chinese government was accused of attempting to cover up the severity of the SARS outbreak when it initially occurred.

Residents of the affected areas are being advised to avoid “unprotected” contact with live animals. They are also being advised to thoroughly cook meat and eggs as well as avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

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MDMA Inches Away From Becoming FDA-approved Pharmaceutical

By John Vibes

A set of clinical trials for MDMA, sponsored by the non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has now reached “Phase 3,” which brings the substance just a few steps away from getting approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Only drugs that show promising results during Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials are considered for Phase 3 trials. According to MAPS, their Phase 2 trials involved 107 subjects with PTSD, and they saw incredible results from the study. After just three sessions of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, 61% of the participants were no longer showing major symptoms of PTSD when they were evaluated two months after their treatment, and that number jumped to 68% after 12 months.

All of the participants in the study had very severe  “treatment-resistant PTSD” that they lived with for an average of 17.8 years.

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Brad Burge, director of strategic communications at MAPS, told Forbes, “We’re literally rewiring neural connections in the brain. If you look at what MDMA and other psychedelics do, they’re encouraging neuroplasticity. So they encourage neurons to make new connections, to get out of the old connections and to make new ones.”

Associate Social Worker Ashley Booth, who helped facilitate the Phase 3 trials, says that the MDMA allowed the patients “to look at trauma in their lives without being re-traumatized.”

“It’s common for people who’ve had a trauma to take on responsibilities, like ‘I shouldn’t have walked down that alley, or talked to that person. MDMA has psychoactive properties that lower activity in the amygdala, which is the fear center of the brain, and allows people to look at themselves from a more empathetic perspective,” Booth says.

MDMA is still a schedule 1 drug that is heavily prohibited by the US government. Until recently, the substance has been popularly known as a recreational club drug called “ecstasy,” but studies in recent years have shown its incredible potential as a tool for therapy.

Additional clinical trials are currently taking place at 15 research sites, including Boston, Montreal, Charleston, San Francisco, and Tel Aviv.


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The FDA Just Approved a New Drug Application for Cocaine-Based Nasal Spray

By John Vibes

In a shocking drug approval last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a ketamine-based nasal spray for treating depression. The news was surprising considering the history that the substance has as a snortable club drug and the strict policy of drug prohibition and regulation in the United States. However, in the short time since, ketamine is slowly becoming more respected as a legitimate treatment for depression in clinical settings.

Meanwhile, other nasal sprays for drugs that were once considered illicit are beginning to reach the market as well.

As the Mind Unleashed reported last month, a pharmaceutical company called Silo Wellness announced that they were developing a nasal spray for psilocybin, the active ingredient in many of the most popular “magic mushrooms.” The psilocybin-based spray is also intended to be used as a treatment for depression.

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Now, in the most shocking FDA approval yet, the agency has approved a cocaine-based nasal spray for use as an anesthetic.

In a January 13 press release, Lannett Company Inc. announced that the FDA approved a New Drug Application (NDA) for the cocaine-based nasal spray which is intended to be used as a local anesthetic for surgeries in the nose cavities.

The drug is called NUMBRINO and is comprised of a patented nasal solution which contains cocaine.

Lannett CEO Tim Crew says that the company is planning full clinical trials to prove the effectiveness of the drug.

“The FDA’s approval of our Cocaine HCl product, the first NDA approval to include full clinical trials in the company’s history, marks a major milestone in Lannett’s 70+ years of operations. We believe the product has the potential to be an excellent option for the labeled indication. We expect to launch the product shortly, under the brand name NUMBRINO®,” Crew said in the press release.

Variations of the cocaine-based solution were tested on 159 patients during the interventional clinical trial. In the treatment of these patients the investigators tested a placebo topical solution against cocaine hydrochloride 4% or 10% as an aesthetic prior to a diagnostic procedure, according to MDMag.

There are certainly many more regulatory challenges that Lannett will need to face in order to bring this drug to market, but the FDA approval of their NDA shows that the drug meets all of the agency’s requirements in the process thus far and that they have a good chance of full market approval.


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Australian Fires Biggest In The World And 5 Times Larger Than Amazon Fires

By John Vibes

The wildfires that are current ripping across Australia have gotten only passing mention in the global media, but they are actually far more serious than similar events in recent years. Very few people around the world are aware of the magnitude of these fires, even when compared to the recent and ongoing fire crisis in the Amazon.

To put the current situation into perspective, about 12 million acres have burned so far in the Australian fires. Meanwhile, just over 2 million acres of land have been burned so far during this year’s fires in the Amazon. 2 million acres is certainly still significant, but it is one part of a wider problem that is impacting ecosystems all over the world.

The graphic above created by Statista, with information provided by the BBC, the New York Times, as well as local fire and rescue organizations, gives a visual illustration of just how big the fires in Australia are. The graphic also notes that 6.7 million acres of land were burned in Siberia.

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The fires have become so large that the resulting smoke has disrupted weather patterns across the continent, and has even caused the glaciers of neighboring New Zealand to turn brown.

As Truth Theory reported in early January, nearly a half-billion animals are estimated to have been killed in the fires since they began in September.

Heavy rains last week gave emergency crews a bit of help in some areas, but over 100 fires are still burning across the country. So far, up to 17 people have died in the fires and an incalculable amount of property damage has occurred.

As Truth Theory reported last month, the fires in New South Wales could be responsible for wiping out all of the koalas in the region, who were already experiencing dangerously low population levels.

According to a report published last year by WWF Australia and the Nature Conservation Council (NCC), koalas were already on their way to becoming extinct in New South Wales due to deforestation, and this was before the fires even began.


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Trump Administration Announces Nationwide Ban on Most Flavored Vaping Products

By John Vibes

This week, the Trump administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that flavored vaping products will be banned across the country.

The measure stopped short of banning all vaping products, and as a result there will still be some openings for consumers who are looking for a flavored nicotine option.

Open tank systems, which allow vape users to refill the fluid with whatever type of liquid they wish, will act as a loophole. Consumers will be able to manually fill their tanks with flavored juice.

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Menthol vaping products, and those that taste similar to cigarettes, will not be affected by the ban.

In a statement announcing the ban, Alex Azar, HHS secretary, said that the measure was aimed at keeping nicotine products away from children:

By prioritizing enforcement against the products that are most widely used by children, our action today seeks to strike the right public health balance by maintaining e-cigarettes as a potential off-ramp for adults using combustible tobacco while ensuring these products don’t provide an on-ramp to nicotine addiction for our youth.

Still, many vape shop owners and others in the industry are concerned that they won’t be able to last through the current regulatory environment. Many activists in the industry have suggested that this change in policy will only make vaping products more dangerous, by pushing them onto the black market.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in the midst of the vaping scare, saying that black market products, particularly black market THC cartridges, were behind a large number of the vaping related illnesses that were reported in the news.

A statement from the CDC said:

We do know that THC is present in most of the samples tested by the [Food and Drug Administration] to date, and most patients report a history of using THC-containing products. The latest national and state findings suggest products containing THC, particularly those obtained off the street or from other informal sources (e.g. friends, family members, illicit dealers), are linked to most of the cases and play a major role in the outbreak.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also eventually agreed that it was black market products that were responsible for the string of illnesses that caused the scare earlier this year.

Despite the evidence that has been discovered since the initial vaping hysteria began, the U.S. government has still gone forward with banning products that have been shown to play no significant role, if any, in the recent deaths.

In fact, the evidence has shown that bans such as the one to pass this week are what make this kind of product more dangerous.


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Scientists Say Babies Will Grow In Artificial Wombs Within Ten Years

By John Vibes

The abortion debate is once again taking center stage in US politics, and the prospect of artificial wombs is slowly becoming a part of the conversation, as the technology is actually starting to become a reality. According to some experts in the field, we are just a decade away from this type of technology reaching the public.

Dr. Carlo Bulletti, associate professor at Yale University’s obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science department, has predicted that a fully functioning artificial womb could be used in the medical field in the next ten years.

Scientists call this Ectogenesis, which is an artificial pregnancy outside of the body. Numerous experiments have tested this process with animals and have been slowly advancing the success rates of the procedure. In the most notable of these experiments, a premature lamb was kept alive for weeks in an artificial womb.

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There are still concerns about how a pregnancy like this would impact the health and mental development of the baby, considering the importance of bonding, but many experts insist that artificial births are the future.

In a recent interview with Metro, Dr. Anna Smajdor, associate professor of practical philosophy at the University of Oslo, explained that bonding can happen mentally, but did not address whether or not this could cause developmental issues for the baby.

“Many arguments have been made about the necessity of gestation and childbirth for bonding. Although it may be true that the physical closeness between mother and baby facilitate bonding, it is certainly not true that it is necessary for bonding. If it were, fathers would have no claim to be bonded with their children. Not just this, but it is becoming increasingly clear that traumatic births actually impede maternal bonding, rather than the other way round,” Smajdor said.

“With developments in technology, increasingly, parents describe the moments of special bonding as being when they see the first scans. So this seems to imply that it is a visual connection that is regarded as being important rather than the physical one per se. Ectogenesis could actually facilitate this kind of visual bonding,” she added.

In an article for Wired, Tech writer Matt Chessen said that people in the future will find traditional pregnancy unappealing.

“Most future folk will find pregnancy – especially the delivery of an infant through a birth canal – messy and risky,’ technologist and author Matt Chessen wrote in Wired. ‘Creating a baby inside another human being is hazardous. The child’s health is dependent on the mother’s physical security as she navigates the world, and the fetus is susceptible to infections, poor nutrition, and other threats.” Chessen said.

Some researchers in the field have been even bolder than Bulletti with their predictions.

Last year, academic Elizabeth Chloe Romanis wrote in the BMJ’s Journal Of Medical Ethics that, “It seems probable that we are only several years away from testing on human subjects.”

Dr. Alan Flake, of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which carried out the most famous Ectogenesis experiment, believes that we could be just a year or two away from seeing this technology in FDA trials.

“We’re in the process of interacting with the [US Food And Drug Administration] FDA, so it’s not impossible that we could be doing a clinical trial one to two years from now,” Flake said.

This strange technology seems like something out of a dystopian film, but it could possibly provide a solution for women with health problems who still want to have children, and it could also make the abortion debate much more interesting in years to come. Although, even if there was an artificial way to continue a pregnancy outside of the body, this would not guarantee that there would be enough qualified parents to raise the children that resulted from all of these additional pregnancies.

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