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Worms that Eat Plastic

Wax worms usually feed on beeswax (hence their name) but according to this new study, they're...
Wax worms usually feed on beeswax (hence their name) but according to this new study, they’re not averse to polyethylene either(Credit: César Hernández/CSIC)

Plastic bags are a bane of modern life. As you read this, nearly two million of them are being used around the world right now. By the time the year is over, this number will probably reach a trillion, ending up in landfills, oceans, streams, and the digestive tracts of marine animals. Over the years, scientists have been coming up with various solutions to tackle this problem, from devising ways to give it a second lease of life to making greener and more sustainable plastics. But nature might have a simpler solution: wax worms. read more

Canada Won’t Help with Hookworm

Yes, Canadian healthcare is the best!

from The Insurgent:

Warning! Walking barefoot on the beach can be hazardous to your health

But not as hazardous as socialized medicine.

Who doesn’t dream of a romantic, moonlight walk along the beach? Walking barefoot, feeling the sand between your toes. Sounds delightful.

But a couple of weeks ago, a Canadian couple returned from their vacation in the Domincan Republic to discover that the itchiness they were experiencing in their feet was the result of hookworms that they picked up from that barefoot walk on the beach.

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Wearable Technology Can Spot Cancer

Wearable technology that can predict cancerous growths ‘several months’ before they form are just around the corner, according to one technology expert.

Nokia’s chief says the firm is working on a scanning device that will pick up on biomarkers that indicate the conditions needed for abnormal cell growth to happen.

A number of other medical innovations have also been envisaged that will make use of ultra-fast 5G mobile internet networks in the future.

That includes remote surgery conducted from across the world, as well as ambulances that are able to transmit data to a hospital ahead of its arrival.

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First Cloned Monkey

Two monkeys have followed in the footsteps of Dolly the Sheep by becoming the world’s first primates to be cloned from transferred DNA.

Identical long-tailed macaques Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were born eight and six weeks ago respectively at a laboratory in China.

The success marks a watershed in cloning research and raises major ethical questions.

The scientists hope to pave the way for populations of genetically uniform monkeys that can be customised for ground-breaking research into human diseases.

But the cloning of monkeys will be seen by some as a step toward the creation of human clones.

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No to Protectionism Mr. President

from IBD:

High Tariffs And Weak Dollar Are No Way To Make America Great Again

As we’ve noted many times, President Trump’s first year was a rousing success when it comes to economic policy. But one new troubling exception has recently emerged: The Trump administration’s advocacy of a weaker dollar and trade protection. It’s a big mistake.

 In recent months, the U.S. dollar has weakened noticeably against other currencies. The Fed’s trade-weighted dollar index, which measures the dollar’s value against all of our trading partners, after adjusting for volume of trade, has fallen just over 8% in the past year, to a three-year low. That’s a sizable decline.

What concerns us is that the pace has picked up since the start of this year, with the dollar falling more than 3% since January 1 as talk of more trade protection for the U.S. economy gathers steam.  More importantly, the Trump administration has all but announced an explicit policy goal of having a weaker dollar. read more

Remote Control Drone Buoy

Noras U-Safe: light enough to carry and throw around
Noras U-Safe: light enough to carry and throw around(Credit: Noras Performance)

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Here’s a nifty lifesaving idea from Noras Performance out of Portugal. U-Safe is a lifesaving buoy that can drive itself around in the water by remote control, meaning it can reach a victim quickly, and transport them to safety if need be.

The U-shaped U-safe is a battery powered device you can use in place of any lifesaving “donut.” When it’s thrown in the water, it propels itself using a pair of electric turbines that take in water and fire it out the back. read more

LG Foldable Phone

If device maker LG has any say, foldable phones may soon no longer be a concept of the future.

LG has applied for a patent for an unnamed device, which appears to show what the Korean company’s foldable phone could look like.

The patent was filed in July 2017, but the filing has just now been made public.

It comes as rival phone makers Apple, Samsung and ZTE have all submitted patents for a foldable smartphone.

If device maker LG has any say, soon foldable phones may no longer be a thing of the future. LG has applied for a patent for an unnamed device, which appears to show what the Korean company's foldable phone could look like

Vietnamese Stilt House

It’s beautiful, but you can say mudslide?

Vietnamese architect Chu Van Dong has completed a tiny house project that offers a cheap and...
Vietnamese architect Chu Van Dong has completed a tiny house project that offers a cheap and easy solution for temporary housing or tiny house living(Credit: Handyman)

Vietnamese architect Chu Van Dong has completed a tiny house project that offers a cheap and easy solution for temporary housing or tiny living. Dubbed Forest House, the 12-sq m (129-sq ft) home rests on two stilts and is one of three wooden cabins planned for a vast forest landscape in the Sóc Sơn District, 30.6 km (19 mi) outside of Hanoi, Vietnam.

In designing the home Van Dong wanted to create a basic building model, with an accessible and low cost construction method. “It is hoped that the project will inspire temporary housing projects by its simple construction and low cost,” says Van Dong, who is also a designer at Handyman decor and furniture.

The cabin features a large floor-to-ceiling glass wall at the front ofthe home, capitalizing on its...
 “Designed as a small wooden box lying on the sloping hill, each house has a solid structure,” says Handyman. “The interior is arranged reasonably, compact and full of facilities, including glass windows throughout the home, which look straight out over the woods. It’s extremely poetic.”

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