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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) – What’s made of sugar, can carry four people and travel at 50 miles (80 km) per hour? A biodegradable car, whose inventors say could be the next step in environmentally friendly motoring. The lightweight electric car, created by students in the Netherlands, is made of a resin derived from sugar beets
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U.S. scientists have succeeded in altering the genes of a human embryo to correct a disease-causing mutation, making it possible to prevent the defect from being passed on to future generations. The milestone, reported in a paper released online August 2 in Nature, was confirmed last week by Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), which
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) [ISRAI.UL] said on Wednesday that two of its observation satellites were successfully launched into space. FILE PHOTO: The logo of state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is seen at their offices next to Israel’s Ben Gurion International airport, near Or Yehuda, Israel February 27, 2017.Baz Ratner/File Photo The OPTSAT3000,
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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – It’s a breakthrough worth raising a glass to. Researchers in Singapore have brewed up a beer containing probiotic bacteria that can improve gut health and boost the immune system. Food researcher Alcine Chan, 23, experimented for almost a year with a recipe of malt, alcohol, hops and a strain of probiotic bacteria,
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LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have developed an experimental surgical glue inspired by the mucus secreted by slugs that could offer an alternative to sutures and staples for closing wounds. While some medical glues already exist, they often adhere weakly, are not particularly flexible and frequently cannot be used in very wet conditions. To get around
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SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Scientists in Chile have discovered molecules in two species of Antarctic flowers that protect the plants from solar radiation and could potentially be used in products such as sunscreen for humans and protection for vulnerable crops. Researchers at the University of Santiago investigating the properties of Antarctic plants grown under controlled conditions
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SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said he had received “verbal” approval to start building an ultra-high-speed underground transport system linking New York and Washington that would cut travel time between the cities to about half an hour. He offered no details on what entity had greenlighted the project that could
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Detailed sea-floor maps made during the unsuccessful search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, released by Australia on Wednesday, could help increase the knowledge of rich fisheries and the prehistoric movement of the earth’s southern continents. The Indian Ocean search ended in January after covering a lonely stretch of open water where
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(Reuters) – Engineers will soon conduct a crucial test of a futuristic technology championed by entrepreneur Elon Musk that seeks to revolutionize transportation by sending passengers and cargo packed into pods through an intercity system of vacuum tubes. Hyperloop One, the Los-Angeles-based company developing the technology, is gearing up to send a 28-foot-long (8.5 meter-long)
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By Irene Klotz | CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Small satellites used for observing conditions on the earth are the fastest growing segment of the $260.5 billion global satellite industry, the Satellite Industries Association said in an annual report released on Tuesday. Small satellites, some no bigger than a shoe box, generated an 11
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LONDON Move over blow-up dolls, the sex robots are here. Artificial intelligence (AI) is making its way into the global sex market, bringing with it a revolution in robotic “sextech” designed to offer sexual gratification with a near-human touch. In a report on the growing market in sex robots, the Foundation for Responsible Robotics said
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