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Clove oil may treat itchy rashes

Clove oil could be the answer to drive away those itchy rashes, says a new study.
Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) researchers said that plant essential oils have long been studied for their effects against mites, ticks, lice and mosquitoes.
“Essential oils and their active chemical components have long been proven to be effective against animal parasites such as cattle ticks, sheep ticks, and rabbit mites. Our research is applying this theory to the human scabies mite,” said Pasay.

Scabies is an itchy rash caused by the scabies mite, which burrows under the skin to lay its eggs.

“We tested the oils on the mites, and found that clove oil killed all the mites within 15 minutes,” Pasay said. “We also tested eugenol, which makes up 80 per cent of clove oil, and its related compounds for their effects on the mites and found they were comparable to an existing treatment for scabies.”

The study was conducted in collaboration with Griffith University and Wright State University, Ohio, USA.

Keypad phones can turn into touch screen ones!

Mobile phone users who have always longed for a touch-screen phone have reason to rejoice, for new software renders the entire casing and LCD display of a standard phone sensitive to touch — or, rather, the sounds of touch.

Called TouchDevice, the software can convert your regular, ordinary phone into a touch screen phone, on which you can scroll through menus, browse or zoom; all by swiping, tapping or scratching a fingertip along the side of the phone. And it needs no new hardware, so can be applied to most existing phones, its creators claim.

Inventor Giovanni Bisutti of Input Dynamics of Cambridge, UK, said that they used the phone’s built-in microphone. Every tap on the phone’s screen or its casing produces a telltale sound that resonates through the device.

“The built-in mic picks up these ‘acoustic fingerprints’ and the TouchDevice software algorithms work out which spot on the phone was tapped or swiped,” said Bisutti.
In future, he said, the algorithms will be able to handle taps from multiple fingertips at once, turning old phones into multi-touch devices.

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