Michał Słupski



Narcissism Driven by Insecurity, Not Grandiose Sense of Self, New Psychology Research Shows
  • Narcissistic behaviours like self-congratulation on social media (ie flexing, for the cool kids) have always perplexed researchers, and this study sheds new light.
  • Being a narcissist seems to be a defense mechanism for coping with insecurities, a way to cover up your low self-worth - unfortunately it makes others like us less.
  • The study is limited though, because it was just a test on a computer taken by 300 participants.

Scientists created edible food films for food packaging
  • They dissolve in water in 24 hours, and could be used to pack fruit, vegetables, poultry, meat, and seafood.
  • Researchers created 3 types of food films based on sodium alginate, a natural biopolymer from seaweeds.
  • Sodium alginate is mixed with a natural acid that makes the films strong, and has antioxidant components that can prolong food’s shelf life.
  • It’s possible to enrich the films with natural antiviral substances like garlic, turmeric or ginger in order to extend food’s life even more.
  • Making these films requires no special equipment, it could be made in food or film factories.

This metal foam filters ultra-small particles like N95 masks, and it's recyclable
  • New copper-based, reusable metal foam has near 100% air filtration efficiency for particles sized the size of COVID-19.
  • The foam starts with ultra-thin copper nanowires, and metal is deposited on them through electric currents.
  • Current filtration materials, such as those used in N95 masks, are easy to destroy, and not easily reusable.
  • Whereas the copper foam is a sustainable, reusable alternative that can be produced at scale for a very low cost, approximately $2 per filter.

Team creates new ultralightweight, crush-resistant tensegrity metamaterials
  • Tensegrity is a century old design principle combining a flexible mesh with isolated rigid bars in order to delocalize deformations.
  • Thanks to this, the material can’t get destroyed in a chain reaction of locally confined damage (like when ceramics break from an initial small crack).
  • This is the first ever physical demonstration of tensegrity metamaterials.
  • It shows a 25 times improvement in deformability, and orders-of-magnitude improvement in energy absorption compared to state-of-the-art materials.
  • The material could have a wide array of potential engineering applications.

Scientists identify over 140,000 virus species in the human gut, half of which are new to science
  • An analysis of 28,000 gut microbiome samples from all around the world has yielded a database of 140,000 virus species - the Gut Phage Database.
  • Scientists used metagenomics, a DNA-sequencing method, to isolate the different viruses from their samples.
  • The resulting database will be an incredible resource for scientists studying bacteriophages, and how they influence our guts and overall health.



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