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General Category => Glycomics Humor - glyCOMICS with a point => Topic started by: JC Spencer on October 03, 2008, 03:14:47 AM

Title: Glycomics / Deadly UV Monitoring Swimsuits / and Alexander the Great
Post by: JC Spencer on October 03, 2008, 03:14:47 AM
What Does Glycomics / Deadly UV Monitoring Swimsuits / and Alexander the Great have in Common?

Comments by J. C. Spencer

A new invention is a bikini that warns of cancer causing UV that changes color to darker purple when it has been in the sun too long.  When I read the story, I immediately though of Alexander the Great.  Alexander knew the healing benefits of aloe vera.  Glycomics, the study of sugars, has taught us that aloe contains the sugar mannose.  The story goes that Alexander the Great carried loads of aloe vera into battle for his troops to treat wounds and for them to eat when they got constipated.

Part of the aloe vera turns purple when exposed to sunlight for a few hours.  It is said that Alexander the Great actually became the first person in history to have a wrist watch.  He put aloe vera on a cloth that he tied around his wrist.  He could tell time by how dark the purple became.  Do not let my final comment about the worlds first wrist watch diminish the previous historical fact.  I called it, ALEXANDER’S RAG TIME BAND.

Now for today's story:

Bikini 'warns women when sun's rays are too strong'

A bikini has gone on sale which warns its wearer when potentially deadly UV rays are too strong for sunbathing.

Last Updated: 3:44PM BST 02 Oct 2008

The two-piece bathing suit is held together with decorative beads which change colour and become darker when UV levels rise.

It works even on cloudy days when people may not be so aware of the sun's danger.

Every year around 8,000 cases of malignant melanoma are diagnosed in the UK, causing almost 1,800 deaths from skin cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.

The beads on the string tie-ups on the new bikini stay white or light purple if the UV rays are at unharmful levels but become dark purple if they have reached cancer-causing levels.

A tag on the bikini also explains the various UV levels and their safety range, advising the wearer the numbered factor sun cream they should put on at different stages.

UV levels 0-2 are rated low, 3-5 are moderate, 6-7 high, 8-10 very high and 11+ extreme.

The SmartSwim UV Intensity Bikini, costing 50, has been made by Canadian company Solestrom.

It is available in sizes from 0-18 and A-DD cups.

A Solestrom spokesman said: "We realised consumers were already becoming far more conscious of the harmful effects of spending too long in sunlight but the demand for this bikini has been even stronger than we expected."