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Wednesday, 25 March 2015


From: wino to wine know
“Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques —structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.
     If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions - amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type of protein that clumps together and forms plaques. […]
     Publishing in Science Translational Medicine, the team describes the technique as using a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves are able to gently open up the blood-brain barrier, which is a layer that protects the brain against bacteria, and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to activate. Microglila cells are basically waste-removal cells, so they’re able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps that are responsible for the worst symptoms of Alzheimer’s.”
— science alert
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“The wine world is buzzing about a new machine that claims to be able to age cheap, young wines using the power of ultrasonic energy in as little as 20 minutes.
     It’s called the ‘Sonic Decanter,’ a countertop machine that uses ultrasonic energy to simulate the aging process by transforming the wine’s molecular and chemical structure with the touch of a button.
     In gadget parlance, you could call it a set-it-and-forget-it type appliance.
     After 20 minutes, the cheap bottle of young red wine will be 'reinvigorated,' claims creator Michael Coyne of Seattle, Washington, transforming the liquid into a more ‘homogenous’ wine that will improve the taste, aroma and mouthfeel.
     At the end of the process, aromas not normally present in young, unaged wines will be developed, tannins softened and flavors enhanced, makers promise.
     It can also be used to bring previously opened bottles of wine back to life.”
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