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2018

Bluetooth-equipped capsule communicates from the gut

The capsule was 3D-printed in alternating layers of stiff and flexible polymers, helping it to withstand ...

It was just last month that we heard the latest about an experimental multi-dose capsule that stays in the stomach for up to two weeks, gradually releasing medication. The scientists that created it have now taken things further, with a similar capsule that can communicate from within the body using Bluetooth.

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Category: Medical

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12
Dec
2018

Virgin Galactic succeeds in touching space

Earth as seen from VSS Unity at the edge of space

After years of preparation, testing, and tragedy, Virgin Galactic has touched the edge of space. This Thursday in the skies over Mojave, California, the company's SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, was released from its mothership and fired its hybrid rocket engine for a full minute. This propelled pilots Mark "Forger" Stucky and Frederick "CJ" Sturckow at Mach 3 (1,934 knots, 2,225 mph, 3,581 km/h) to an altitude of 51.4 mi (82.7 km) before returning safely to Earth.

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Category: Space

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12
Dec
2018

Mountain bike-mounted BYB assesses suspension

The handlebar-mounted BYB acquisition unit, with the fork sensor visible to the right

When buying a full-suspension mountain bike, many people either leave the fork and rear shock at their current settings, or they adjust them based simply on what feels right. The Italian-made BYB Telemetry system takes a more scientific approach, using bike-mounted sensors to determine what's best for maximized speed, comfort and safety.

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Category: Bicycles

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12
Dec
2018

Fat-trapping clay may form part of a treatment for obesity

Grains of arcillite clay, which is a calcined form of the montmorillonite used in the study

While dieting and exercise certainly help people to lose weight, there are some cases where those approaches just aren't enough on their own. There could now be a new source of hope, however, as scientists have discovered that clay may cause ingested fat to pass right through the body.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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