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The Kug: A kettle and a mug!

A mug which doubles as a kettle and features a heating element that can boil water in just 90 seconds to make a cup of tea or coffee has been developed.

Kug is the brainchild of Ben Millett, 21, and Alan Harrison, 22, who came up with it for a design project at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.

The pair had been tasked with creating a product to help people with rheumatoid arthritis when they created the Kug.

“As part of our research we met people with the condition to talk to them about what kind of problems they encountered on a day-to-day basis,” said Millett.

“And when we stopped for lunch we noticed some of the ladies trying to pour a cup of tea. After chatting to them we found out how difficult it was for them to lift a kettle that’s how it all started.”

“We looked at the whole process of making a hot drink — from the kettle to putting a tea bag in a cup and filling it with water. And after lots of concepts we ended up with this idea.”

“It meant one less object people would have to deal with and it wouldn’t be such a strain on the wrists, hands and fingers,” Millett added. The Kug, similar in size to a travel mug, is made up of two cups.

Remains of nilometre found on Avenue of Sphinxes

The remains of a 5th century Egyptian Christian church and a ‘nilometre’, a structure used to gauge the level of the Nile during floods, are the latest finds at the ‘Avenue of Sphinxes’.

The Avenue of Sphinx project involves the restoration of a 2.7 km ancient processional avenue that links the temples of Luxor and Karnak on the east bank of the Nile River.

Built some 3,400 years ago, the alley was guarded on both sides by 1,350 statues in the shape of sphinxes — mythological creature’s with a lion’s body and the head of a human or ram.

The pathway, comprising rest places, chapels and sphinxes with ram heads, was originally built by King Amenhotep III (1410-1372 BC).

The 30th Dynasty King Nectanebo I (380-362 BC) later reconstructed it, replacing the ram-headed sphinxes with his own head.

Divided into five sections, the path is throwing up numerous archaeological remains.
On the second section of the path, the archaeologists discovered the ruins of a 1,600-year-old church. The stone remains showed the building had been constructed with recycled limestone blocks.

Ancient city of modern galaxies discovered

Astronomers led by Texas A&M scientists have identified what may be called the “ancient city of ‘modern’ galaxies”.

The group of roughly 60 galaxies, called CLG J02182-05102, is nearly 10 billion years old, and possibly the earliest, most distant cluster of galaxies ever detected.

However, it’s not the size nor the age of the cluster that amazes the team of researchers led by Dr Casey Papovich, an assistant professor in the Texas A&M Department of Physics and Astronomy and member of the George P and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy.

Rather, it’s the surprisingly modern appearance of CLG J02182-05102 that has them baffled — a huge, red collection of galaxies typical of only present-day galaxies.

Papovich said: “It’s like we dug an archaeological site in Rome and found pieces of modern Rome amongst the ruins.”

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