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Flipping a genetic switch for longer lifespans

Scientists have successfully identified epigenetic modifiers with strong links to metabolism and lifespan. Discovered in worms and observed in mice, it's possible that the enzymes could provide a pathway to longer life, effectively switching on a set of genes at an early age.Read More

Inflatable pillow lets travelers dive face-first into sleep

Trying to find a comfortable position in which to sleep when on a plane can be an exercise in futility. You could try folding your arms and resting on a tray table, but then a lack of available space will likely keep you from napping. The inflatable Woollip travel pillow breathes new life into these age-old problems.Read More

Heat the best option for treating jellyfish stings

They may look innocuous, but jellyfish can pack a serious sting. And with some species benefitting from oceans warming due to climate change, the number of swimmers getting a nasty surprise in the water is likely to rise. There has long been a debate whether it's best to treat jellyfish stings with heat or cold, and now a team from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa claims to have reached a definitive answer.Read More

Graphene-based sensor targets sick building syndrome

Whether it's off-gassing from the paint on the walls, the carpet on the floor or the furniture in the room, there are numerous sources of indoor air pollution that can ultimately lead to so-called "sick building syndrome." There are already devices that can detect such pollutants, although their sensitivity is generally limited to concentrations of parts-per-million. Now, however, scientists have created a sensor that can detect airborne CO2 molecules and volatile organic compound (VOC) gas molecules down to parts-per-billion.Read More

Earpiece detects and warns of epileptic seizures

Timely detection of epileptic seizures is crucial in order to give the patient the care they need. Electroencephalography is only available in hospitals, but as the sensor market expands in tandem with mobile technology, it was only a matter of time until a small, portable system would be developed. We have already seen the Embrace smartwatch, and now a German consortium headed by a team of epileptologists at the University Hospital Bonn is working to launch a new consumer option in the near future.Read More

Barley-based beer goes gluten-free for the first time

While beer menus has become more accomodating for those with an intolerance to gluten, the options still involve some departure from the traditional recipe to avoid grains as the source of the starch. But Australian scientists have developed a type of gluten-free barley that has been used to produce the world's first barley-based gluten-free beer. The brew lands on the shelves of German supermarkets today.Read More

Home mini-gym packs detachable smart handles

Move It is a compact home gym solution that connects to your smartphone, providing four different pieces of workout kit for cardio and muscle endurance training. Aside from being lightweight and convenient, the design also incorporates detachable, sensor-packed handles that work with all four pieces of equipment.Read More

Toothpaste ingredient repairs teeth while you sleep

A new toothpaste technology, known as BioMin, is designed to replace minerals lost from tooth enamel, working while the user sleeps to prevent decay. Available to dentists as a toothpaste called BioMinF, and set to be marketed to consumers in the near future, the product is long-acting, and also tackles sensitivity.Read More

Protein discovery sheds light on brain sediment behind Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is caused by a buildup of amyloid beta in the brain, which causes plaques that disrupt nerve cells. Now, research conducted by scientists at the University of Bergen is improving our understanding of exactly why this happens, identifying both a section of a cell and a protein that are central to the process.Read More

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