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Ensuring honey is pure

CSIRO is researching how to use blockchain to ensure honey does not contain artificial substitutes. Testing has found that almost half the honey samples selected from supermarket shelves were “adulterated”. This means they had been mixed with something other than the product from bees. The samples tested were all either wholly imported or blends of both imported and locally-produced honey. https://blog.csiro.au/is-your-honey-faking-it/

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A NFP generic drug company

A group of major American hospitals, battered by price spikes on old drugs and long-lasting shortages of critical medicines, has launched a mission-driven, not-for-profit generic drug company, Civica Rx, to take some control over the drug supply. Backed by seven large health systems and three philanthropic groups, the new venture will be led by an industry insider who refuses to draw a salary. The company will focus initially on establishing price transparency and stable supplies for 14 generic drugs used in hospitals, without pressure from shareholders to issue dividends or push a stock price higher. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/hospitals-are-fed-up-with-drug-companies-so-theyre-starting-their-own/2018/09/05/61c27ec4-b111-11e8-9a6a-565d92a3585d_story.html?

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The world’s first floating nuclear power plant

Nuclear-powered submarines, aircraft carriers and even icebreakers have been in operation for over 50 years now with a remarkable success rate. Russia is further commercialising that technology by building a fleet of floating nuclear power plants that will provide electricity to remote areas where building a permanent reactor is either too expensive or too dangerous. It launched the world’s first floating nuclear power plant in April this year. Other countries have floated the idea —namely China and the US. Construction on the Russian floating power plant first began in 2007, but hit many snags along the way. Rosatom plans to begin building a second floating power plant next year. https://gizmodo.com/russias-floating-nuclear-power-plant-has-hit-the-sea-1825650002/amp

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Personalised cancer therapy

CAR-T is a novel way of treating cancer that is “personalised”. It involves giving patients genetically modified immune cells. Cells are taken from a sample of the patient’s blood and reprogrammed in the lab to create ones that are genetically coded to recognise and destroy the cancer cells. It has been shown in trials to cure some patients, even those with advanced cancers where other treatments have failed. It is the first in what is expected to be a rapidly expanding class of personalised cancer therapies available, initially for children, on the NHS in the UK. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45407514?

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A map delivered in 3D sound

Microsoft Soundscape is a research project that explores the use of innovative audio-based technology to enable people, particularly those with blindness or low vision, to build a richer awareness of their surroundings, thus becoming more confident and empowered to get around. Unlike step-by-step navigation apps, Soundscape uses 3D audio cues to enrich ambient awareness and provide a new way to relate to the environment. It allows you to build a mental map and make personal route choices while being more comfortable within unfamiliar spaces. dogs. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/soundscape/

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Restoring a tennis court to improve diplomacy

The Australian ambassador’s residence in Washington – known as White Oaks – is a Heritage-listed brick mansion built in 1923. It was once the home of George Patton, one of the most significant and controversial military figures in US history. It has a lawn tennis court that had fallen into disrepair. Joe Hockey, Australia’s ambassador to the US, thought this was a waste, since it’s the only lawn tennis court in Washington, and one of only a handful in the US north-east, so had it restored with the help of Westfield CEO Peter Lowy. Playing on grass is a dream of many tennis lovers and senior members of congress, military leaders and foreign diplomats have all played on the court over the past year. https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/how-australia-s-diplomatic-secret-weapon-was-almost-turned-into-a-vegetable-patch-20180914-p503o1.html

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Government funding only available to scientists who share their research for free

That’s a new rule from 11 European organizations that fund science research. These organisations have launched cOAlition S, an initiative designed to ensure that, starting in 2020, researchers publish every project funded by public grants in an open access journal or platform. https://futurism.com/open-access-science-

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Faster detection of leukemia

A key part of diagnosing blood cancers is done by detecting abnormal chromosomes inside leukaemia cells. Now a new technique, pioneered by Wendy Erber, Kathy Fuller and Henry Hui from the University of Western Australia, will allow these diagnoses to be made more efficiently. The method is the first of its kind and can detect one leukaemia cell in a population of 10,000 normal cells. The trio won the Innovative Use of Technology Eureka Prize due to the sophisticated nature of their work. It will help in predicting the best treatment for a patient and the likely outcome.” http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-08-29/eureka-prizes-2018-five-awesome-innovations-australian-research/10179328?

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A jobs board that connects smart businesses with talented women

WORK180 pre-screens employers to ensure they support women’s careers. They only list jobs from businesses that are pre-screened against a set of 35 criteria, including pay equity, flexible working, women in leadership and paid parental leave. Starting in Australia, they are now expanding to the UK and US. While their focus is on empowering women in the workplace, they are aiming to achieve equality for all employees. https://www.work180.com.au/about-us

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Finland’s solution for homelessness

Finland’s solution for homelessness

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