iPhone pistol a new horror coming soon on streets

The handgun as shown on Ideal Conceal's website.
Updated 15 January 2017
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iPhone pistol a new horror coming soon on streets

JEDDAH: A 9-millimeter double-barreled pistol disguised as a smartphone has placed European police on high alert after receiving a warning of the illegal import of the handgun to the continent, news reports say.
Police have been warned to expect the weapon “to appear on the streets soon”, according to the Evening Standard.
A company calling itself Ideal Conceal announced on its website and on Facebook that the handgun is 100% American-made and would be available for purchase during the first quarter of 2017.
"Because the right of self-defense is the first law of nature," as the slogan of the company specializing in concealed weaponry says on its official website, 12,000 pre-orders have already been made.
"We have firmly closed pre-orders because we have dealers now that have signed up," said CEO Kirk Kjellberg.
The pistol, which resembles an iPhone when folded, could become a deadly two-shot gun with laser sight with just a press of a button.
“To the eye, nothing can distinguish it from a mobile telephone,” said the Belgian police alert, reported by Dernière Heure newspaper. “Most people possess a smartphone, meaning that it can pass completely overlooked.”
The gun sells for $395, much less than an iPhone 7, said a report appearing on the The Times on Wednesday.
Ideal Conceal’s Kjellberg said that the idea emerged after a child saw his gun in a restaurant and panicked.
The company's target group ranges from soccer moms to professionals of every type. "People can carry on a day to day basis, in a manner that makes carrying a gun easy to do,"  says the online sales pitch.


Japan to trial ‘world’s first urine test’ to spot cancer

Updated 17 April 2018
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Japan to trial ‘world’s first urine test’ to spot cancer

  • Previous research has shown a new blood test has potential to detect eight different kinds of tumors before they spread
  • The research starts in April and will run until September

TOKYO: A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease.
Engineering and IT conglomerate Hitachi developed the basic technology to detect breast or colon cancer from urine samples two years ago.
It will now begin testing the method using some 250 urine samples, to see if samples at room temperature are suitable for analysis, Hitachi spokesman Chiharu Odaira told AFP.
“If this method is put to practical use, it will be a lot easier for people to get a cancer test, as there will be no need to go to a medical organization for a blood test,” he said.
It is also intended to be used to detect paediatric cancers.
“That will be especially beneficial in testing for small children” who are often afraid of needles, added Odaira.
Research published earlier this year demonstrated that a new blood test has shown promise toward detecting eight different kinds of tumors before they spread elsewhere in the body.
Usual diagnostic methods for breast cancer consist of a mammogram followed by a biopsy if a risk is detected.
For colon cancer, screening is generally conducted via a stool test and a colonoscopy for patients at high risk.
The Hitachi technology centers around detecting waste materials inside urine samples that act as a “biomarker” — a naturally occurring substance by which a particular disease can be identified, the company said in a statement.
The procedure aims to improve the early detection of cancer, saving lives and reducing the medical and social cost to the country, Odaira explained.
The experiment will start this month until through September in cooperation with Nagoya University in central Japan.
“We aim to put the technology in use in the 2020s, although this depends on various things such as getting approval from the authorities,” Odaira said.