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Swallowable gastric balloon could help the obese lose weight without surgery
27th May 2017 | | Humans, Tech

Although not a replacement for bariatric surgery, temporary balloon could be used as early intervention or for those who do not want, or cannot have, surgery

Scientists are spelunking for cave gunk to fight superbugs
27th May 2017 | | Animal Life, Earth, Tech

Caves are dark, dank, isolated, and home to very few plants or animals. At first glance they might seem devoid of life. But caves are full of microscopic creatures, bacteria and fungi at home in the gloom. These microbes, scientists are discovering, may be an untapped reservoir of new medicines to fight antibiotic-resistant germs.

Ebola Survivor’s Antibodies Stop All Strains of the Virus, Study Finds
27th May 2017 | | Tech

The Ebola virus launches an all-out barrage against the body, often killing victims within a week or two. It plays a nasty trick on the immune system, infiltrating cellular components normally used to sort and digest food and waste, known as endosomes and lysosomes.

Human blood stem cells grown in the lab for the first time
27th May 2017 | | Tech

The stem cells that produce our blood have been created in the lab for the first time. These could one day be used to treat people who have blood diseases and leukaemia with their own cells, rather than bone marrow transplants from a donor. They could also be used to create blood for transfusions.

CRISPR kills HIV and eats Zika ‘like Pac-man’. Its next target? Cancer
27th May 2017 | | Tech

HIV has no cure. It’s not quite the implacable scourge it was throughout the 1980s and 1990s, thanks to education, prophylactics, and drugs like PrEP. But still, no cure.

How scientists turned a flag into a loudspeaker
27th May 2017 | Tech

A paper-thin, flexible device created at Michigan State University not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as a loudspeaker and microphone as well

Scientists construct a stable one-dimensional metallic material
27th May 2017 | Tech

Researchers have developed the world’s thinnest metallic nanowire, which could be used to miniaturise many of the electronic components we use every day.

Related: Scientists solve 400-year-old mystery of Prince Rupert’s drops

Space sperm produces healthy mice, raising prospect of future human settlement
26th May 2017 | | Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Reproduction may be possible in space, Japanese researchers have said, after freeze-dried sperm stored on the International Space Station for nine months produced healthy offspring.

3D-printed ovaries allow infertile mice to give birth
26th May 2017 | | Tech

Infertile mice have given birth to healthy pups after having their fertility restored with ovary implants made with a 3D printer.

Our Quest to Find a One-Sided Magnet Just Took an Unexpected Turn
26th May 2017 | | Space, Tech

Of the many ‘white whales’ that theoretical physicists are pursuing, the elusive magnetic monopole – a magnetic with only one pole – is one of the most confounding.

Compared to the Higgs boson in terms of its potential impact on modern physics, the magnetic monopole has been on scientists’ minds for even longer.

Self-ventilating workout suit keeps athletes cool and dry
26th May 2017 | Tech

A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete’s body heat and sweat. These flaps, which range from thumbnail- to finger-sized, are lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity.

Related: Researchers design moisture-responsive workout suit

Experiments show that a few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flow
26th May 2017 | Tech

The presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate the stop-and-go driving of the human drivers in traffic, along with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency it causes, according to new research. The finding indicates that self-driving cars and related technology may be even closer to revolutionizing traffic control than previously thought.

Toyota, Nissan, others get behind fuel cell push in Japan
26th May 2017 | Tech

Japan is backing a push for pollution-free vehicles that run on hydrogen and planning to build more hydrogen fueling stations so that fuel-cell vehicles on roads will grow to 40,000 by 2020, from the current handful.

Common artificial sweetener likely a safe, effective birth control and pesticide
26th May 2017 | Tech

Because of its quick lethality to freshly hatched flies and the ability to halt egg production, the artificial sweetener behind Truvia could be a potent but safe pesticide, according to a new study by Drexel University researchers.

Related: How toxic pesticides in ‘insect-friendly’ plants sold in garden centres could be killing endangered bees

Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government
23rd May 2017 | | Tech

Theresa May is planning to introduce huge regulations on the way the internet works, allowing the government to decide what is said online.

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.”

How Will We Keep Our Thoughts Private in the Age of Mind-Reading Tech?
23rd May 2017 | Tech

Two new studies by the University of Alabama and the University of Washington have revealed the malicious possibilities lurking in the shadows of impressive promises of brain-computer interface (BCI) developers: the ability to access PINs and other private information.

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