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May
2018

Relieving constipation by shining light where the Sun don’t shine

Shining light onto nerves in the gut could help relieve chronic constipation

The field of optogenetics is all about using light to stimulate cells in the body, and so far it's been used to modify pain responses in mice, reset the biological clock, and restore regular heartbeats as a gentle alternative to defibrillation. Now, researchers from Flinders University have used the technique to shine a light where the Sun don't shine, stimulating nerves in the gut to relieve chronic constipation.

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Category: Medical

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20
May
2018

QuietOn Sleep buds cancel out snoring partners

The QuietOn buds were originally launched on Indiegogo in 2016

Disrupted sleep due to a snoring partner is something all too familiar for many people, and has inspired a number of noise-canceling earbuds designed to enable a better night's sleep. The latest solution to cross our desk is QuietOn Sleep, a set of earbuds designed by ex-Nokia engineers that use active noise cancelation with a focus on blocking low-frequency sounds.

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Category: Wearables

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May
2018

3D-printed hydrogel humanoid goes for an underwater walk

Rutger University researchers have created a humanoid figure out of a smart gel that can walk ...

After decades of being seen as rigid, metallic creations, robots are starting to soften up. Spongey materials like hydrogels could make for robots that are more flexible, safer to be around and simpler to build and use than their harder counterparts. Now researchers at Rutgers University have developed a smart gel that can be 3D printed into a variety of shapes, and electrically-activated to make it "walk" underwater, grab and move objects.

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Category: Materials

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May
2018
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May
2018

Tetrapod-shaped soap makes for easy gripping

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Tetra Soap is available now through the company’s website

Bar-shaped soap is great for sliding into your palm and all over your body, but as we all know it can be hard to keep a good handle on. Tetra Soap is a clever new solution to this little dilemma, taking the form of a tetrapod to more easily remain in your grasp.

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Category: Good Thinking

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May
2018
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May
2018

New research linking intermittent fasting to increased diabetes risk stirs debate

How does new research suggesting intermittent fasting could increase a person's diabetes risk stack up with ...

New research presented recently at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting is suggesting the intermittent fasting diets may actually damage the pancreas and increase a person's risk for type 2 diabetes. The research stands in opposition to many studies in recent years pointing to the positive health effects of intermittent fasting and experts suggest this new data should be treated with caution.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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