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Tech For Good Ten | 24.05.2016
Tesla isn't the only company poised to revolutionise the automotive industry. Renew Sports Cars produce ultra-low-carbon racing cars, and their latest project is car made primarily from cannabis hemp. Doubly progressive.
Rockyview General Hospital, in Calgary, is testing a medical-grade wearable designed to alert doctors if a patient is trending towards illness. Whilst many heart monitors can measure heart rates at intervals, Biotricity's new model can actually measure the milliseconds between heartbeats.
Although synthetic biology has been progressing for some time, and these discussions are at a relatively early stage, the potential consequences of synthetc genomes - for humans and for life more widely - are truly profound.
What were you doing during you undergraduate years? Wallowing in the pub? Not two undergrads from Washington State University, who have created a glove with awesome potential for those who use sign language.
Scientists have created a tiny, nimble drone called Robo-bee, the likes of which are already being trialled in environmental monitoring and disaster relief.
Canadian startup E-180 has developed a matchmaking service that aims to pair people on the basis of knowledge. Although their initial focus is on education and business solutions, if their algorithm works well, it's not difficult to imagine more social applications. Watch this space...
EFFEKT, a Danish agency, have designed a self-sustaining, off-grid community of greenhouse properties. Set to be trialled this year in the Netherlands, and looking to combat a wide range of environmental issues, the design represents an exciting development in our attempts to live sustainably.
There are well-founded fears around 3D printing. What about weapons, for instance? But there are also extremely positive potential applications for the technology. Organisations like Field Ready are already printing equipment in the field.
Within five years, Ford hopes to integrate foams and plastics produced from captured C02 into its car production. The move is a first for automakers, and could lead to massive reductions in the industry's petroleum usage.
Fraxinus - taking its name from the Latin, Fraxinus excelsior, for ash tree - is a game that looks a lot like Candy Crush. But there's a key difference: it uses real genetic data in an attempt to use players to help work out why ash trees are so susceptible to Chalara. So whether Candy Crush is your guilty pleasure or the bane of your tube commute, it's time to get promoting.