The scientific news of August 21, 2018 is:
Malaysia: interception of a rhinoceros with a value of 12 million euros.
- The Malaysian authorities seized 50 rhino horns for a total weight of 116 kilograms at Kuala Lumpur airport.
- Their destination was probably Vietnam and they probably came from Africa.
- There are currently no arrests in this case.
The Congolese government decides free healthcare in the light of the Ebola epidemic.
- The current outbreak of haemorrhagic fever has caused 55 deaths in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- To increase the number of people treated, the government provided free care for three months.
- This is the tenth Ebola epidemic that affects the DRC since 1976, but it is the first time that the virus is in an area of armed conflict.
The blue light from the screens causes self-destruction of the retina.
- When blue light is emitted on a certain molecule of the eye, retina, this causes a chain reaction of chemical reactions that are detrimental to the retina.
- Once they are destroyed, photoreceptor cells do not regenerate.
- A natural antioxidant in the eyes and the body can, however, interrupt this process.
Soon a tax deduction for adopting a pet?
- Several members of parliament have submitted a bill that aims to penalize the abandonment of pets.
- They also want to introduce a tax deduction for people who have adopted a dog or cat.
- In France, an average of 12 pets per hour are abandoned.
Why do you lose consciousness during general anesthesia?
- Under general anesthesia our brains lose the flexibility and richness of the connections, the source of our consciousness.
- Through MRI, researchers have published the world's first universal brain signature of general anesthesia.
- This discovery can change the way this type of anesthesia is controlled and adjusted.