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Jul
2016

Microneedle painlessly monitors drug levels without the need to draw blood

The researchers have successfully tested the new system in the lab, and are currently working towards ...

Microneedle technology has been around for years, and we've seen vaccines and medication administered via the technique, which uses tiny needles to break only the upper layer of the patient's skin. Now, the pain-free tech is being used for something a little different, with researchers creating a device capable of monitoring patient drug levels – something that usually requires the drawing of blood.

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Category: Medical

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24
Jul
2016

Hobbit hole-style luxury home hits the market

Underhill is on the market for a cool £700,000 (roughly US$918,400)

Many hobbit holes are fun but modest dwellings, with low ceilings and relatively cramped and dark rooms. This example in Huddersfield, England, will appeal to The Lord of the Rings fans looking for a little more luxury. Built by a proponent of earth sheltered construction back in 1975, it boasts four bedrooms and a large recreational area that includes a swimming pool.

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Category: Architecture

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24
Jul
2016

Floating house breaks up when its owners do

Flexible housing for the Tinder generation or a bleak comment on the state of modern relationships?

Deciding what to do with the house is a pretty stressful issue for home-owning couples to sort out if they separate. A conceptual home dubbed Prenuptial Housing could take the sting out of the process. Taking the view that love doesn't last forever, the floating home splits when its owners do.

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Category: Architecture

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24
Jul
2016

US to create nationwide network of EV charging stations

A 2020 vision for a national fast charging network is to be developed

The US government has announced "an unprecedented set of actions" to pump up the country's plug-in electric vehicle market, including US$4.5 billion in loan guarantees to create a nationwide network of commercial scale and fast charging stations. The initiative to push for greater electric car adoption calls for a collaboration between federal and state agencies, utilities, major automakers and other groups.

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Category: Environment

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24
Jul
2016

Hardening up: New alloy four times as tough as titanium

Emilia Morosan (right) led the study that uncovered the tough new material

A chance discovery in a physics lab at Rice University has turned up an ultra-hard material that could usurp the titanium commonly used in today's knee and hip replacements. Scientists have found that by melting gold into the titanium mix they can produce a non-toxic metal that is four times harder than titanium itself, raising the prospect of more durable, longer lasting medical implants.

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Category: Materials

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