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One man ’s mission to conquer space
Rocket Lab entrepreneur Peter Beck ’s recent launch into orbit of Humanity Star drew a barrage of flak. But he remains undauntedLast month, from its base in New Zealand, Peter Beck ’s space company, Rocket Lab, conducted its first successful attempt to put satellites in orbit. The launch vehicle, the Electron, carried a payload including the Humanity Star, a very shiny, 65-sided, carbon-fibre satellite whose only function is to reflect the sunlight as it spins. Scientists di dn’t approve: astronomers claimed it would interfere with their observations, others called it “space graffiti”, while t...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 11, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Interview by Ian Tucker Tags: Space Science SpaceX Technology Media business Telecommunications industry Telecoms Astronomy Source Type: news

Wireless photometer measures neuronal activity
New device is much lighter and less cumbersome than existing fibre-optical-waveguide systems. (Source: Nanotechweb.org News)
Source: Nanotechweb.org News - February 2, 2018 Category: Nanotechnology Authors: Belle Dum é Source Type: news

Rheumatoid arthritis cure? Eating more fibre could get rid of painful joint problems
RHEUMATOID arthritis symptoms could be reduced by eating a high-fibre diet, researchers have claimed. Fruits, vegetables and nuts could help to relieve painful joints. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Arthritis cure? Add this to your diet to get rid of painful symptoms
RHEUMATOID arthritis symptoms could be reduced by eating a high-fibre diet, researchers have claimed. Fruits, vegetables and nuts could help to relieve painful joints. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fibre-rich foods 'may help protect against joint diseases and improve bone health'
People eating adiet featuring plenty of fibre-rich foods such as muesli may experience better bone health and a lower risk of autoimmune diseases. This is according to a new study from Germany's Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, which has shed light on how a healthy diet rich in fibre can alter the behaviour of intestinal bacteria in a way that has a positive impact on chronic inflammatory joint diseases. How does fibre-rich food improve bone health? Published in the journal Nature Communications, the study looked at mice to examine the effect that diet has on the composition of intestinal ba...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - January 22, 2018 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Fibre-rich muesli can help ward off arthritis
A team from Germany's Friedrich-Alexander-Universit ät Erlangen-Nürnberg recommend eating one breakfast food daily to reduce symptoms in rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cereal can ward off arthritis: How a high-fibre diet can beat the condition
EATING a bowl of muesli a day could be the key to warding off rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Strengthening of steel structures with CFRP strips - Kowal M, Łagoda M.
The paper presents the results of research on the suitability of externally bonded composite strips of carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for post-strengthening of steel structures. Specimens with the strips applied on both sides (double cover joints) ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Swapping meat for plant-based protein cuts heart disease
Researchers from St Michael's Hospital in  Toronto suggested substituting animal-based protein with soy, nuts and pulses. Adding high-fibre oats, barley and psyllium brings extra benefits. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Qubits transferred between atomic gas and a crystal
System uses optical fibre and three different photons (Source: PhysicsWeb News)
Source: PhysicsWeb News - December 5, 2017 Category: Physics Source Type: news

Losing weight by exercise alone does not protect knees
Losing weight through both diet and exercise is better for the knees than exercise alone Related items fromOnMedica Fibre-rich diet linked to lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis EU must do more to tackle obesity ‘epidemic’ Weight gain linked to cancer risk Real food and brisk daily walk best for heart health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

IBS symptoms reduced by eating THIS 9p vegetable - added fibre the KEY to diet cure
IBS symptoms include diarrhoea and constipation, but they could be reduced by changing the amount of fibre in patients ’ diet. Carrots could be the key to reducing Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

IBS symptoms could be reduced by eating more of THIS 9p vegetable
IBS symptoms include diarrhoea and constipation, but they could be reduced by changing the amount of fibre in patients ’ diet. Carrots could be the key to reducing Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

EU, China: Fibre crops for a bio-based future
Flax, hemp, kenaf... Fibre crops are used to make objects as varied as clothes, particle board and cosmetics. Research collaboration between Europe and China could help to make them even more attractive as a source of bio-based materials for industrial products. An EU-funded project has mapped out a path. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 9, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Boron nitride nanosheets for clothing that cools
Thermally conductive fibre efficiently carries away excess body heat. (Source: Nanotechweb.org News)
Source: Nanotechweb.org News - November 3, 2017 Category: Nanotechnology Authors: Belle Dum é Source Type: news

Dementia symptoms: THIS cheap supplement could reduce risk of condition
DEMENTIA symptoms could develop if you have a fibre deficiency, research has found. Taking this cheap supplement could reduce your risk of developing a neurodegenerative condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Effect of fibre direction and stacking sequence on dynamic impact performance of composite bicycle frame - Hu Y, Xiao Y, Shang W, Zhang J.
Lightweight and safety performance are two important factors for bicycle design. For a composite bicycle frame with given geometry size, the material design is a new method to improve its dynamic impact performance. Since different levels of impact are gen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

VTT's EUR 3 million investment accelerates the development of new kinds of fibre products
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) Cellulose and other fibres are future materials that can replace many plastic and mineral-based materials in the industrial sector. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 30, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Are smoothies healthy or not? Experts examine the latest evidence
IT ’S no wonder consumers are confused by official advice on how to eat well, because while health watchdogs are urging us to consume more fibre to reduce our risk of heart disease and cancer, they are also advising us to restrict intakes of an important source of this vital nutrient. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eating mushrooms at breakfast may help you feel fuller
Conclusions Though of interest, this study doesn't provide strong evidence that you should eat mushrooms if you want to lose weight. The study has a number of limitations: It's a short-term study that didn't look at effects on weight. It showed that people reported feeling fuller after eating mushrooms, but there were few signs this actually led to them eating less. As the researchers openly acknowledge, there could be other explanations for the findings. To match the protein content in mince required a much larger volume of mushrooms, and therefore a larger sandwich that would have taken more time and effort to chew. ...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Source Type: news

Nutribullet blenders could make juice a healthy option
Researchers at Plymouth University found Nutribullet juices produce no more of a blood sugar surge in drinkers than eating fruit normally, which may be due to them retaining more fibre. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Regularly skipping breakfast linked to hardening of the arteries
Conclusion This study found a link between skipping breakfast and fatty tissue build-up in the arteries – an early sign of heart disease. However, because it assessed people's diets and artery health at the same point in time, and fatty deposits build up gradually in arteries, we can't say their breakfast habits directly influenced their artery health. Also, as breakfast habits were only assessed over 15 days, we can't be sure they were representative of lifelong patterns. It looks like people who skip breakfast tend to have other unhealthy habits, such as smoking and eating more. While the researchers did try to acc...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Source Type: news

Is popcorn really a healthy alternative to crisps and other snacks?
Popcorn may be a whole grain but it often comes cooked in oil and covered in sugar, salt and flavourings. So how healthy is it really?It ’s been trumpeted as being high in fibre, comes in flavours as diverse as marshmallow and blue cheese, and is one the UK’s fastest growing grocery products. But is popcorn really a healthy alternative to snack food staples such as crisps?Popcorn has its benefits. For starters, it is a whole grain – a type of food linked to the prevention of cancers and heart disease due to their content of fibre,antioxidants as well as various vitamins and minerals.Continue reading... (S...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 29, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Tags: Nutrition Science Food & drink Life and style drink industry Business UK news Source Type: news

Bulk vs. Nano ZnO: influence of fire retardant behavior on sisal fibre yarn - Sheshama M, Khatri H, Suthar M, Basak S, Ali W.
Flame retardant functionality was imparted in sisal (leaf fibre) yarn whereas a strong scientific finding has been established between fire retardant efficacy of bulk and nano zinc oxide based formulations. Bulk and nano ZnO treated sisal yarns have been c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

40 minute laser blast that ends years of leg ulcer pain
The procedure (pictured), which involves a fine laser fibre being threaded into to vein to deliver heat energy, is similar to the one commonly used to treat unsightly varicose veins. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Guardian view on veganism: high in moral fibre | Editorial
Vegans are often unfairly mocked. They should instead be praisedJeremy Corbyn is “going through the process” of eating more vegan food, he has said – he just has to bring himself to give up the brie, verboten under vegan rules, along with eggs, milk and everything animals produce. Later, as if fearful of a backlash, his spokesperson issued a statement denying he was vegan. But the Labour leader was right to be proud of his efforts. Vegans are often unreasonably mocked as do-gooders and sniped at for making dinner parties awkward for those who don’t like lentils quite so much. This is unfair: the die...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Editorial Tags: Veganism Life and style Food Environment Food science Source Type: news

High fat diet linked to lower risk of death than diet high in carbs
Current global dietary guidelines need to change emphasis, say researchers Related items fromOnMedica High-quality carbs and unsaturated fats lower heart risks Low-carb diets appear to be safe for short-term use Fibre-rich diet linked to lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis Diet, lifestyle and cardiovascular disease Plant-based diet not always best for heart health (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Stomach bloating? Eat more of THIS food group in your diet to boost gut health
STOMACH bloating can be down to an imbalance in your gut bacteria. While probiotic foods and supplements are well known for helping boost “good” bacteria, adding more fibre to your diet can help too. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - August 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Certain occupations linked to increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Male manufacturing workers, bricklayers and concrete workers are at particularly high risk Related items fromOnMedica Fibre-rich diet linked to lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis Fibre-rich diet linked to lowered risk of painful knee osteoarthritis Chondroitin sulfate as good as widely used anti-inflammatory for knee osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis Obesity may skew results of rheumatoid arthritis blood tests in women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 10, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Does 'gastric band in a glass' slimming aid work?
EXCLUSIVE: Nutritionist Fiona Hunter says natural high fibre foods can be more nutritious – and cheaper. But the drink can help snacking addicts - as long as it is used as part of a calorie-controlled diet. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asbestos Type Has No Effect on Mesothelioma Latency Period
New research from scientists in Germany sheds more light on the unusually long latency period associated with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. The study, published earlier this year in the European Respiratory Journal, is the first to track the presence of asbestos fibers in lung tissue over time. Mesothelioma has one of the longest latency periods of any cancer. It typically takes anywhere from 20 to 50 years after a person’s initial exposure to asbestos before symptoms arise. Using the German Mesothelioma Register, researchers at Ruhr-University Bochum discovered the volume of asbestos fibers in...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - July 11, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: amosite amphibole asbestos exposure asbestos fiber burden asbestos fibers in lungs biopersistence of asbestos bronchoalveolar lavage Chrysotile asbestos Chrysotile asbestos fibers European Respiratory Journal German Mesothelioma Regist Source Type: news

Researchers try to unknot Alzheimer's protein tangles
Conclusion There's a tendency when scientists announce a breakthrough in our understanding of a disease to immediately start thinking about whether this could lead to a cure. While the ultimate aim of research into Alzheimer's disease is of course to be able to prevent or treat it, early research like this is more about understanding the disease mechanisms. This piece of research demonstrates how a new technique can be used to identify the molecular structure of abnormal protein deposits in the brain. That's a big step forward for use of this technology, which may be useful for other diseases, too. The causes of Alzheimer...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology Source Type: news

High fibre diet 'could prevent type 1 diabetes'
Animal trials hint that short-chain fatty acids produced by a fibre-rich diet could protect against early-onset diabetesScientists have raised hope for the prevention of early-onset diabetes in children after a fibre-rich diet was found to protect animals from the disease.More than 20 million people worldwide are affected by juvenile, or type 1, diabetes, which takes hold when the immune system turns on the body and destroys pancreatic cells that make the hormone insulin.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 27, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Ian Sample Science editor Tags: Diabetes Medical research Science Society Nutrition Asthma Irritable bowel syndrome Digestive disorders Source Type: news

Carbon fibre: the wonder material with a dirty secret
Researchers are scrambling for ways to get the strong, light material out of landfill and make it ready for recycling and reuseCarbon fibre is increasingly celebrated as a wonder material for the clean economy. Its unique combination of high strength and low weight has helped drive the wind power revolution and make planes more fuel efficient.Carbon fibre turbine blades can be longer and more rigid than traditional fibreglass models, making them more resilient at sea and more efficient in less breezy conditions.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 22, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Mark Harris Tags: Guardian sustainable business Materials science Automotive industry Recycling Environment Waste Renewable energy Wind power Ethical and green living Technology Chemistry Physics Source Type: news

Dietary fibre intake 'can help prevent development of knee pain'
People's dietary intake of fibre could have an effect on their chances of developing chronic knee pain, according to a new study. Research carried out by Boston University School of Medicine has offered evidence that an increase in dietary fibre may be an effective means of reducing knee pain, in part by lowering body weight and inflammation. The study Published in the medical journalArthritis Care& Research, the study examined a group of 4,796 men and women aged 45 to 79 years with or at risk of kneeosteoarthritis, whose dietary fibre levels were estimated using a validated food frequency questionnaire at the star...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - December 7, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Small fibre neuropathy defies ‘dying-back’ nerve process
Neuronal degradation in patients with small fibre neuropathy is not dependent on nerve fibre length, study findings suggest. (Source: MedWire News)
Source: MedWire News - April 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology Source Type: news

Finnish SME's are boosting the development of new fibre products
(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland) VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and Lahti University of Applied Sciences will develop optimised product properties for fibre products and biocomposites that have been manufactured using a foam-forming technology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 16, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Young women with high-fibre diet may have lower breast cancer risk
ConclusionThis large and long-term cohort study showed that women with the top fifth highest average fibre intake during adolescence and early adulthood were around 25% less likely to develop premenopausal breast cancer decades later than those in the bottom fifth.This raises the suggestion that young women might be able to significantly lower their risk of breast cancer – the most common cancer in the UK – simply through eating more high-fibre foods such as fruits and vegetables.However, it’s worth noting a few points before accepting these promising results at face value. Total dieta...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Food/diet Source Type: news

10 years of 1:1 taping in Belgium - a selection of murder cases involving fibre examination - De Wael K, Lepot L, Lunstroot K, Gason F.
Since 2002, the 1:1 tape lifting technique on murder victims has been introduced in Belgium. Thirty-six murder cases for which a fibre examination was carried out in our laboratory between 2002 and 2012 are reviewed. These cases all involved the collection... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Porridge and high fibre for breakfast cuts the risk of diabetes by nearly a fifth 
Experts believe dietary fibre, especially cereals, may help people maintain a healthy weight, which in turn reduces the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How a high-fibre, vegetable-rich diet slashes your risk of diabetes
EATING a high-fibre diet packed with cereals and vegetables is the simplest way to beat diabetes, scientists have said. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New technique doubles the distance of optical fibre communications
A new way to process fibre optic signals could double the distance at which data travels error-free through transatlantic sub-marine cables. The new method has the potential to reduce the costs of long-distance optical fibre communications as signals wouldn't need to be electronically boosted on their journey, which is important when the cables are buried underground or at the bottom of the ocean. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Get more fibre by eating crisps and frozen yoghurt!
Most of us know we should include fibre in our diet, but as a nation we simply don't eat enough of it. Here are smart ways to sneak in more fibre. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fibre boost
Heart attack survivors who eat more fibre have a higher chance of living longer, research has shown (Source: BHF National News)
Source: BHF National News - April 30, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Heart attack survivors 'gain from high-fibre diet'
Conclusion This was a well-designed study. Although it was a cohort study and so cannot prove causation, attempts were made to analyse the results while taking multiple factors into account. Its strengths include that it used data from a large number of people and measured dietary habits over the previous year, which may be a more accurate assessment than snap-shot 24-hour food questionnaires. However, there will still be room for bias in people's recall and estimates of portion size. There were a few limitations to the study: it was not able to take into account people who suffered from a heart attack and died before ...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Food/diet Source Type: news

Eating more fibre extends life for heart attack survivors
Heart attack survivors live longer if they have a high-fibre diet, according to a US study of thousands of health professionals. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - April 30, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Increasing fibre in heart attack survivors' diets helps reduce chance of death by a quarter
A study found that every 10 grams of fibre eaten per day was associated with a 15 per cent reduced risk of dying after a heart attack over a nine year period. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fibre boost
Heart attack survivors who eat more fibre have a higher chance of living longer, research has shown (Source: BHF National News)
Source: BHF National News - April 29, 2014 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Study reveals fibre releases an 'appetite-suppressing compound'
Researchers at Imperial College London say acetate is released when fibre is broken down and this compound travels to the brain where it tells people to stop eating. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Discovery of anti-appetite molecule released by fibre could help tackle obesity
New research has helped unpick a long-standing mystery about how dietary fibre supresses appetite. (Source: Medical Research Council Press Releases)
Source: Medical Research Council Press Releases - April 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news