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CES 2019: Skin printer wipes years from your face

A handheld printer for the face and hands is on show at the CES tech expo in Las Vegas. Procter and Gamble’s device scans the skin and precisely applies tiny amounts of make-up to remove age spots, burst blood vessels and other blemishes. Read and watch all our CES coverage at bbc.com/ces2019 The BBC challenged the firm to make its technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones look younger. Source link

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Flushable wet wipes ‘causing sewer blockages’

All wet wipes sold as “flushable” in the UK have so far failed the water industry’s disintegration tests, the BBC has found. Water companies say wet wipes don’t break down and are causing blockages which cost millions to put right. Manufacturers insist their test is adequate and say sewer blockages are caused by people putting non-flushable wipes down the toilet. Wet wipes are sold for everything from make-up removal to surface cleaning. Most importantly when it comes to flush-ability, they’re available as moist toilet tissue. The government has said it…

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Gene editing wipes out mosquitoes in the lab

Image copyright SPL Image caption Anopheles gambiae is one of the species responsible for spreading malaria Researchers have used gene editing to completely eliminate populations of mosquitoes in the lab. The team tested their technique on the mosquito Anopheles gambiae, which transmits malaria. They altered part of a gene called doublesex, which determines whether an individual mosquito develops as a male or as a female. This allowed the Imperial College London scientists to block reproduction in the female mosquitoes. They want to see if the technology could one day be…

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Wet wipes could face wipe-out in plastic clean-up

Image copyright Thames Water Image caption Wet wipes are a key component of fatbergs – like this giant one that weighed as much as 10 double decker buses Wet wipes, used for sticky fingers and removing eye make-up, as well as on other parts of the anatomy, could themselves be wiped out over the next couple of decades. The government says its plan to eliminate plastic waste “includes single use products like wet wipes”. The wipes contain non-biodegradable plastic. So manufacturers will either have to develop plastic-free wipes or consumers…

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