Testing Times Toxoplasma gondii is an unpleasant parasite,…

Testing Times

Toxoplasma gondii is an unpleasant parasite, responsible for causing a disease called toxoplasmosis. Although it can infect virtually all warm-blooded animals, it can only reproduce in cats, and is transmitted to humans through contact with cat poop or by eating undercooked contaminated pork. Most adults infected with the parasite experience few symptoms, if any, it can be far more serious in pregnant women, resulting in developmental defects, blindness, premature birth or miscarriage. But testing for Toxoplasma infection is tricky and expensive, requiring sophisticated lab equipment that isn’t available in many parts of the world. Researchers have now developed this simple for the parasite, using a small sample of blood from a finger prick. Like a pregnancy test, the appearance of the second line (labelled ‘T’) means that a pregnant woman is carrying the parasite and needs immediate treatment. Cheap and simple, these small plastic sticks could turn out to be lifesavers.

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HiPOD (6 October 2018): A Mess of Craters   – You can also see a…

HiPOD (6 October 2018): A Mess of Craters

   – You can also see a crater exit breach in the lower-middle-right. Was a result of overflow from the crater? HiRISE was requested to measure depth of exit breach and depth/width of associated flood channels: was this a single catastrophic flood or seasonally repeating flow? (334 km above the surface, less than 5 km across)

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‘Enchanted garden’ discovered in Pompeii

A house with a room containing a ‘lararium’, a shrine dedicated to the Lares, protectors of the ancient Roman home, has been discovered in Pompeii and exclusively visited by ANSA.

'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii
'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii
'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii

'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii
'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii
'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii

Credit: La Repubblica

The room, which is incredibly well-preserved and has the largest lararium found to date in Pompeii, is an «enchanted garden», experts said.

'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii
'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii
'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii

'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii
'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii

Credit: La Repubblica

Its walls are painted with snakes, a peacock, golden beasts fighting against a black wild boar, skies decorated with birds, a well, a colored tub and the portrait of a figure that is partly man and partly a dog.

'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii
'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii

'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii
'Enchanted garden' discovered in Pompeii
Credit: La Repubblica

The director of the Pompeii archaeological park, Massimo Osanna, told ANSA that it is «a marvelous, enigmatic room», a treasure «to be studied in-depth».
 
Source: ANSA [October 06, 2018]

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