Stanford Researchers Develop a New Type of Soft, Growing Robot

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Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by hand or having dogs sniff for signs of life, they bring out a small, air-tight cylinder. They place the device at the entrance of the debris and flip a switch. From one end of the cylinder, a tendril extends into the mass of stones and dirt, like a fast-climbing vine. A camera at the tip of

Ford to Petition to Avoid U.S. Recall of 2.5 Million Vehicles

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Ford Motor Co. will petition to avoid a U.S. recall of about 2.5 million vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that the Japanese auto supplier declared defective last week, U.S. regulators and the automaker said on Friday. Separately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Nissan Motor Co. agreed to recall 515,394 2007-2011 Versa cars after Takata declared 2.7 million vehicles to have potentially defective inflators. Ford spokesman John Cangany said the automaker will file

Audi to Recall 850,000 Diesel Cars to Update Emissions Software

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Luxury car maker Audi has launched a recall for up to 850,000 diesel-fueled cars to update vehicle software controlling emissions in a bid to avoid potential driving bans, it said on Friday. The service is also being offered to Porsche and Volkswagen-branded cars using the same six and eight-cylinder engines, Audi said. The German government and car industry have agreed on a diesel rescue plan to be presented early August, industry and political sources told

Coffee Recalled for Undeclared Viagra-Like Ingredient

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A Texas-based coffee company voluntarily recalled coffee containing an ingredient similar to what’s in the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. After an FDA laboratory confirmed the presence of desmethyl carbodenafil in the grounds, Bestherbs Coffee LLC recalled all New Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee.

Desmethyl carbodenafil is similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an FDA-approved prescription drug for erectile dysfunction, according to the FDA. The undeclared

Death in Sydney Car Crash Could Be Linked to Takata Airbag

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Australia’s consumer watchdog said on Monday it was investigating the recall of Takata Corp. vehicle airbags, a day after police said a man’s death in a Sydney car crash could be linked to the faulty safety equipment. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it was seeking information from both the government department responsible for vehicle safety and car manufacturers on what information was being given to consumers about the recall. Police said over

Lupin Recalls 12,480 Bottles of Antidepressant Drug From U.S.

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Drug firm Lupin’s U.S. arm, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., is recalling 12,480 bottles of Paroxetine extended-release tablets on account of failed dissolution specifications from the U.S. market.

Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling 12,480 bottles of Paroxetine extended-release tablets in the strength of 12.5 mg manufactured by Lupin Ltd. at its Pithampur plant in Madhya Pradesh, the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) said in its latest Enforcement Report.

The reason for the recall is “failed dissolution specifications:

LG’s Upcoming Q6 Introduces Facial Recognition in a Mainstream Phone

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The LG Q6, due out next month starting in Asia, will have onboard facial recognition technology for unlocking the smartphone, a feature that has been questioned by some tech buffs.

South Korean smartphone maker LG has chosen to equip its upcoming handset, the Q6—due to sell for about $370 according to Korean media—with various specs previously reserved for top-of-the-range models. As well as its borderless display, the Q6—which launches in August in Asia, followed by a

Silkworm Micrococoons Could Be Used in Biotechnology and Medicine

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The tiny capsules, which are invisible to the naked eye, can protect sensitive molecular materials and could prove a significant technology in areas including food science, biotechnology and medicine.

The capsules were made by researchers at the University of Cambridge with help from engineers at the University of Sheffield, using a specially-developed microengineering process that combines the power of microfluidic manufacturing with the value of natural silk.

The process mimics on the microscale the way in which

Personalized Precision Immunotherapy Tested in Brain Tumors

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science issued the following news release:

In a pilot study in humans, 10 patients with highly malignant glioblastoma brain tumors received a treatment regimen called CAR T cell therapy that reengineers people’s own immune cells to recognize cancer-specific proteins. The findings, published July 19 in Science Translational Medicine , could eventually expand the use of CAR T cell-based regimens beyond blood-based cancers like leukemia to solid tumors.

“I am firmly convinced

Dell Reveals How IoT Solutions Assisting Business Clients

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Dell has revealed how its Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are assisting business clients across the globe.
Automation technology provider Emerson; energy management software provider Talisen Technologies; video surveillance company Innodep; and ICT research and innovation organization TSSG are the latest IoT clients.

Dell is also deploying its Edge Gateways across its manufacturing facilities after seeing productivity improvements during recent proof of concepts in Brazil.

Recently, Dell’s factory in Brazil streamlined quality-control in the production line with IoT.