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A new FDA policy now allows for the manufacturing of smaller, bespoke condoms because the average condom length of 6.7 inches is too big for American men (average length 5.6 inches, according to an Indiana University study). This results in condoms slipping off. The CDC estimates that just one third of single men use condoms, with the most oft-cited reason for non-use being—you guessed it—that they slip off.
Condom maker ONE Condoms provides bespoke condoms via a downloadable printable measurement tool and digital fulfillment. Ironically, despite the company’s name, it offers 60 different dimensions: from 4.9 to 9.4 inches in length and from 3.5 to 5.0 inches in width.
Genetically-engineered Golden Delicious apples that never brownwill hit stores in the United States next month. According to Neal Carter, president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits, “There’s an awful lot of apples that go to waste. We’ve seen apple consumption decline on a per capita basis over the last few decades because they’re not seen as convenient. When they started selling cut baby carrots, it more than doubled consumption. We were looking for ways to rebrand apples to make them more convenient.”
Unlike many previous forms of genetically-engineered foods, this apple (made by Arctic Apples) is not transgenic, meaning it does not contain a gene from another species. This type of gene alteration may prove to be more palatable to consumers than a tomato with flounder genes. A bruise-resistant Innate potato —that’s also non-transgenic —is already on store shelves.
Packaging will bare the company’s apple snowflake logo and a QR code that links to more information (required by law), but won’t disclose that it’s a genetically modified organism (GMO).
Wellpepper’s ‘Sugarpod’ voice-enabled diabetes care plan has won the grand prize of $125,000 in the Alexa Diabetes Challenge. The system is intended to help provide an early diagnosis of foot ulcers and inform treatment plans for patients with type 2 diabetes.
Online eyeglass prescription test startup Opternative has sued eyewear e-commerce giant Warby Parker for allegedly stealing its technology. The two companies had reportedly signed partnership contracts and mutual non-disclosure agreement (NDAs).
According to Opternative co-founder and Chief Science Officer Dr. Steven Lee,