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Self-powered e-bandage speeds wound healing - The Tribune

Washington: Scientists have developed a self-powered bandage that generates an electric field over an injury, dramatically reducing the healing time for skin wounds. Researchers wanted to develop a flexible, self-powered bandage that could convert skin movements into a therapeutic electric field. They tested the bandage on rats. To power their e-bandage, the team made a wearable nanogenerator by overlapping sheets of polytetrafluoroethylene, copper foil and polyethylene terephthalate. Wounds covered by e-bandages closed within three days, compared with 12 days for a control bandage with no electric field. PTI   

Egypt’s new mega-museum set to open in 2020     

Cairo: On the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, thousands of Egyptians are labouring in the shadow of the pyramids to erect a monument worthy of the pharaohs. The Grand Egyptian Museum has been under construction for well over a decade and is intended to showcase Egypt’s ancient treasures while drawing tourists to help fund its future development. But the project has been subject to repeated delays, with a “soft opening” planned for next year scrapped in favour of a more triumphant inauguration in 2020. Costs have, meanwhile, soared from an initial $650 million to well over $1 billion, with most of the financing coming from Japan. AP

Last Warsaw Ghetto uprising fighter dies in Israel

Jerusalem: The last surviving fighter from the doomed 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising by Jewish partisans against the Nazis died on Saturday in Israel aged 94. Simcha Rotem, who went by the nom-de-guerre Kazik, served in the Jewish Fighting Organisation that staged the uprising as the Nazis conducted mass deportations of residents to the death camps. Hundreds of Jewish fighters began their fight on April 19, 1943, after the Nazis began deporting the surviving residents of the Jewish ghetto they had set up after invading Poland. The insurgents preferred to die fighting instead of in a gas chamber at the Treblinka death camp. AFP

Japan emperor draws huge b’day crowd before abdication 

Tokyo: More than 82,000 well-wishers paid their respects to Emperor Akihito who turned 85 on Sunday, his last birthday celebration at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace before stepping down next year. The birthday of the emperor, whose position is ceremonial with no political power, is traditionally marked by an address at the palace. The crowd of 82,850 was the largest birthday attendance during Akihito’s three-decade reign, known as the “Heisei” era, which means “achieving peace” in Japanese. Akihito is scheduled to step down on April 30, passing the Chrysanthemum Throne to 58-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito. Reuters