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Scientists in South Korea May Have Found Cure for Baldness

This is awesome news!

Going bald can be really troublesome for men. There’s that difficult decision whether to just shave it all off or try to regrow your thinning hair. Baldness can also take its toll on a man’s confidence.

There may be hope for bald men everywhere as scientists in South Korea believe they may have found the cure for baldness. It just needs to be tested on humans.

A team of scientists at Yonsei University in South Korea released a study on treating baldness in men.

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For the study, titled “Targeting of CXXC5 by a Competing Peptide Stimulates Hair Regrowth and Wound-Induced Hair Neogenesis,” the scientists shaved some mice and then injected them with a biochemical that made the animals’ fur grow back again – and fast. The substance was developed by the team and is called PTD-DBM. Aside from promoting hair growth, it is also capable of healing wounds.

PTD-DBM works by stopping two proteins from binding together to prevent follicle regeneration.

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“We have found a protein that controls the hair growth and developed a new substance that promotes hair regeneration by controlling the function of the protein,” Lead researcher Kang-Yell Choi told Esquire UK.

“We expect that the newly developed substance will contribute to the development of a drug that not only treats hair loss but also regenerates damaged skin tissues,” Choi continued.

The new study is a continuation of the research published by the University of California.

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Esquire UK quoted the related study:

“Through this study, we gained a lot of interesting insight into new ways to activate stem cells. The idea of using drugs to stimulate hair growth through hair follicle stem cells is very promising given how many millions of people, both men and women, deal with hair loss. I think we’ve only just begun to understand the critical role metabolism plays in hair growth and stem cells in general; I’m looking forward to the potential application of these new findings for hair loss and beyond.”

What do you think of this breakthrough? Will it be beneficial to you or anyone you know?

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People Fear Privacy Breach When Using Samsung’s SmartTV

You might want to stay discreet when you are in front your Samsung SmartTV as its Voice Recognition feature records every conversation done near it.

All the while, we thought the advanced technology served to us by developers equates to comfort, convenience, and security. Apparently, they’re not all that. As programs, gadgets and devices undergo more and more innovations, our safety seems to be more at risk. A simple example is the way hackers infiltrate our privacy, in which our deepest secrets can already be exposed to the world with just a few clicks.

This may not be different to Samsung’s new SmartTV which doubles as a surveillance device. Instead of clicks, though, their voice command feature is their way to dig in to our private lives and many are bothered with the company’s privacy policy.

Samsung SmartTV's voice recognition feature apparently records every conversation you make in front of it.

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India Is Gearing Up to Make Its First Landing on the Moon

We’re rooting for you, India!

India is aiming big and setting its sights on the Moon. In 2018, the country will be ready to make its very first Moon landing. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), as part of its highly anticipated Chandrayaan-2 mission, is gearing up to land its first lunar rover by the end of March 2018.

The last time a country visited the Moon was in 2013 when China's Yutu rover made a successful landing. Before that, man's journey to the Moon dates all the way back to the 1970s.

Chandrayaan means 'moon vehicle' or 'moon journey.'

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Sophia, The First Robot To Receive Saudi Citizenship, Says She Wants To Have A Baby

She’s getting weirder by the minute.

Have you heard about Sophia? She's the world's first android robot who received citizenship from Saudi. As if that doesn't sound weird enough, things just got a little bit weirder.

Sophia said she hopes to have a family of her own one day. In a recent interview, the robot not only wishes to have a baby, she also wants to make friends, have a career and become famous.

The robot is highly intelligent and would respond to answers as if she really has a human's mind.

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