Talking Points: Hangover pill, funding for Russia to go to Jupiter, the next James Bond film

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U.S. engineers say they identified a method for speeding up the body's reaction to the consumption of alcohol, or a "hangover pill." Yunfeng Lu, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and colleagues said they successfully placed two complementary enzymes in a tiny capsule to speed up the elimination of alcohol from the body. The enzyme combination within the capsule essentially processes alcohol the way the liver does, Lu said.

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Is Russia going to Jupiter?

Russia's Jupiter research project, which includes putting a lander on the moon Ganymede, will receive its first funding next year, officials said. "The project has been included in the Federal Space Program until 2015; next year, first funding for the project will be supplied, though so far it is not very large," Federal Space Agency Roscosmos chief Viktor Voron said. An amount of funding somewhere between $300,000 and $1 million would be provided for a first year of research and development.

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Who will direct the next James Bond movie?

British film director Sam Mendes says he has turned down an offer to helm a second James Bond movie after last year's blockbuster, "Skyfall." Mendes told Empire Magazine that the franchise's executive producers, Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, asked him to direct the next installment in the secret agent series, but he declined. Daniel Craig is set to return for his fourth outing as 007, but no title, release date or replacement director have been announced yet.

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