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Technology News

Stretchable sensor gives robots and VR a human touch

Researchers have created a wearable fiber-optic sensor resulting in a stretchable “skin” that detects deformations such as pressure, bending and strain. They 3D-printed glove with a stretchable lightguide for multimodal sensing (SLIMS) sensor running along each finger. The glove is powered by a lithium battery and equipped with Bluetooth so it can transmit data to software that reconstructs the glove’s movements and deformations in real time. This sensor could give soft robotic systems – and anyone using augmented reality technology – the ability to feel the same rich, tactile sensations that mammals depend on to navigate the natural world.

South Korea’s Hyper-Tube Train Hits Major Milestone, Reaches Over 621 MPH

The Korean Railroad Research Institute (KORAIL) announced that its hyper-tube train reached speeds over 621 mph (1,000 km/h) during a test – speeds similar or faster than that of a plane’s. This marks a major milestone in the move towards faster trains. The hyper-tube train shot through a self-developed mini tube that serves as an aerodynamic testing device. This hyper-tube testing device was made at a 17th of its scale and is the first of its kind worldwide Once Korea’s hyper-tube train is up and running, one of its plans is to cut the journey from Seoul to Busan from three hours and thirty minutes down to just thirty minutes.

Science News

‘Smart Wrap’ implant may help people better control their bladders

An implantable smart wrap that fits safely and securely around the bladder may one day help people who have under-active bladders. The implant, which combines sensors and a polymer wrap, is an integrated device that can detect when the bladder needs to be completely emptied and then send a signal to a polymer web with an electronic thread that expands or contracts with the bladder. After the bladder is emptied, the band returns to its initial formation. The device is made from materials that are biologically safe and designed to operate for long-time operation in the body. The wrap does not need sutures or glue to be held in place, which is another benefit.

A potential game-changer to reverse alcohol intoxication

Researchers present a simple method that could become a game-changer in rescue therapy for severe alcohol intoxication. The team’s approach is simply to recruit the lungs to breathe out the alcohol. The team found that hyperventilation eliminated the alcohol at least three times faster than through the liver alone. “But you can’t just hyperventilate, because in a minute or two you would become light-headed and pass out.” The team used a device that allows the patient to hyperventilate off the alcohol while returning precisely the amount of carbon dioxide to the body to keep it at normal levels in the blood – regardless of the extent of hyperventilation.

Business News

Gaming boom plays into Tencent’s hands with 89% profit rise

Tencent’s blockbuster game and solid advertising drove an 89% rise in quarterly profit at the Chinese gaming and social media group, helping it to beat forecasts. With its flagship game Honour of Kings reporting a record 100 million daily active users in the first 10 months of 2020, Tencent, the world’s largest gaming firm by revenue, has benefited from growth of paying users for video games. The Chinese group has a solid pipeline of new games waiting to be released, including a testing launch of a mobile version of League of Legends in Asia last month. Tencent said its Q3 profit was 38.5 billion yuan ahead of an analyst average estimate of 30.81 billion yuan.

Asia-Pacific countries form world’s largest trading bloc

Fifteen countries have formed the world’s largest trading bloc, covering nearly a third of the global economy. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is made up of 10 Southeast Asian countries, as well as South Korea, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The RCEP is expected to eliminate a range of tariffs on imports within 20 years. It also includes provisions on intellectual property, telecommunications, financial services, e-commerce and professional services. Members of the RCEP make up nearly a third of the world’s population and account for 29% of global gross domestic product.

Miscellaneous News

Hiker lost in Mount Rainier whiteout dies in ER – and is brought back to life

Michael Knapinski was rescued after being lost overnight in a whiteout in Mount Rainier national park died in the emergency room but was brought back to life. The medical team hooked Knapinksi up to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which pumped blood out of his body into a heart-lung machine that removed carbon dioxide, and then back into the body. Knapinksi’s heart remained stopped for 45 minutes. After the doctors restarted it, the medical team spent the night beside him to make sure he continued to stabilize.

Egypt announces the biggest archaeological discovery in 2020 at Saqqara Necropolis

A collection of 26th Dynasty coffins were unearthed in Egypt’s Saqqara Necropolis, in addition to golden funerary masks and a collection of 40 wooden statues of Saqqara goddess Ptah Soker, some of which are gilded. Excavations in the Saqqara Necropolis resulted in the discovery of three 12- metre deep shafts, closed for more than 2,500 years, containing 100 intact, sealed and painted anthropoid coffins. A CT- scan was conducted on a mummy in one of the coffins. It was revealed that the deceased died in his 40s, was 175 cm tall, healthy, and did not suffer any fatal diseases.

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