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Insects can patch their broken ‘bones’

23 May 16
Insects can patch their broken ‘bones’ When a person breaks a leg, they might get a splint, cast or boot to cradle the bone as it heals. But what happens when a locust breaks a limb? Instead of a cast on the outside, the insect will patch itself up from the inside. These patches can restore up to 66 percent of a leg’s former strength, a new study finds. The data also suggest new ideas for mending various types of pipes — from those in our homes to the living “pipes” inside our bodies. Locusts and other insects rely on an exoskeleton — external support — made of cuticle .This material is made from a material called chitin. The cuticle has two layers. The outer one — or exocuticle— is tough and can be very thick. It forms a protective armor. The inner layer — or endocuticle— flexes much more.When cut, the cuticle forms a clot to seal off the wound. Then cells on either side of the cut secrete new endocuticle. The secretion spreads across and under the cut. Eventually it turns hard. This creates a thick patch on the inside. While scientists understood that insects patched themselves this way, Eoin Parle says “There’s a lot to learn from the natural world,” Parle says. An insect’s cuticle, for instance, is very light and hard-wearing, he explains. Strong and stiff, it tends to be very tough, he adds. The insects provide a good opportunity to study healing. Their back legs have to withstand strong forces when they jump. (Courtesy:Student Science-society for the science and the public)

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13 Dec 17

The Australian Cricket has given many relaxations to the rule book for young players in an initiative to use the fun of backyard cricket as the motivating factor of its junior program. Various step ...
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Digital Devices- A Bane to Children’s Sleep Quality and Quantity

13 Dec 17

Smartphones have become a part and parcel of our life. Even children can not be away of digital devices as they play various video games in that. A latest study has proved that kids who are prone t ...
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The Glorious Journey of Nirupama Sanjeev

12 Dec 17

Nirupama Sanjeev is a well known Indian name in the history of tennis. Nirupama, who was born on 8 December 1976 in the Southern Indian town of Coimbatore, is a retired Indian professional tennis p ...
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Damien Hirst’s Famous Spot Painting “Mickey”

12 Dec 17

Damien Hirst, who was born on 7 June 1965 is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector. He is a member of the group known as the Young British Artists. This group influenced the art s ...
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Finding a Way to Smart Parking With The Help of Google Cloud IoT Core Platform

11 Dec 17

Parking has been a trouble that is growing each and every day with the rise in the number of vehicles. In a way to find out the solution to this problem the concept of Smart Parking has come. Smart ...
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