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Detecting infections and diseases through an individual’s breath

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have designed a organic compounds detector to diagnose diseases and infections from a patient’s breath at the point-of-care. This system is sensitive enough to detect trace levels of analytes (parts per billion to parts per trillion range), making it possible to detect specific VOCs released by a pathogen. https://app.in-part.com/login?returnTo=/articles/9Lx0Rq1Ygv26

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New therapy for those suffering Rheumatoid Arthritis

Global research-based biopharmaceutical company AbbVie has announced U.S FDA approval for their new therapy for adults with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RINVOQ is a once-daily (15mg) oral Janus kinase inhibitor supported by data from the SELECT program – one of the largest registrational Phase 3 programs in RA. Approximately 4,400 patients were evaluated across all treatment arms in five studies. The company says that RINVOQ has the potential to help additional people living with RA achieve remission who have not yet reached this goal. https://urlzs.com/SxYV2

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A bus that comes near your home

Travellers in Sydney’s Inner West can now book a dedicated seat on BRIDJ, an On Demand public transport bus, with micro buses in the region. BRIDJ doesn’t always take the same route like a normal bus service so they’ll ask you to meet where it’s safe to board. They give you walking directions to your pick up location via an app which also takes payments. The BRIDJ technology was born in 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts out of a need to provide transport options for parts of the city that were under serviced by public transport.  After a major partnership fell through, BRIDJ was acquired by Transit Systems, an Australian-based company with experience in running successful bus operations around the world. www.bridj.com

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Sensors Help Machines Run Smooth

The Movus FitMachine sensor monitors equipment for a number of conditions, including vibration, noise and temperature. This information is then monitored and processed by the MachineCloud using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Their learning algorithm collects samples and establishes the baseline of manufacturing equipment. The artificial intelligence sends early alerts when equipment starts behaving abnormally. https://www.movus.com.au/fitmachine/

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Lab-grown kangaroo meat as a “digital” approach to food.

This startup based in Western Sydney took four weeks of using in vitro cultivation of animal cells, instead of slaughtering, to create the first ever cell-cultured kangaroo meat grown from stem cells taken from a kangaroo. They take a small sample from the animal, isolate the correct cells, encourage them to grow and differentiate in exactly the same way they would naturally, and bring them together to create rich food products. The startup wants to turn exotic clean meat into routine but adventurous meals, and has just won a grant from the NSW Government to turn it into a Minimum Viable Product https://www.vowfood.com/

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New York’s First Self-Driving Shuttle Service Is Now Operated

Optimus Ride, autonomous vehicle (AV) start-up, has become the public AV offering in New York City, providing autonomous shuttle service in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard. While carrying both a safety driver and software operator, and restricted to a 1.1-mile loop of private roads, the shuttle service is already expected to serve over 16,000 passengers per month. Lowering consumers’ barrier to use, Optimus has even made the service free, running between the NYC Ferry stop and the Yard’s Cumberland Gate to embed itself in the daily routine of thousands of commuters. https://www.wsj.com/articles/some-new-yorkers-brave-self-driving-shuttle-11565218555

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Increasing tree cover may be like a ‘superfood’ for community mental health

A recent Australian study suggests, that ‘green space’ especially trees, enhances mental health. Adults with 30% or more of their neighbourhood covered in some form of tree canopy had 31% lower odds of developing psychological distress. The same amount of tree cover was linked to 33% lower odds of developing fair to poor general health.https://theconversation.com/increasing-tree-cover-may-be-like-a-superfood-for-community-mental-health-119930

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Smart Contact Lenses

Samsung has just been granted a U.S. patent to develop smart contact lenses capable of taking pictures, recording videos, and even beaming images directly into a wearer’s eyes. The lenses are designed to include motion sensors, which means that wearers could control devices with their eye movements and potentially give commands to their devices remotely when blinking or using their peripheral vision. @IdeaSpies https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/08/06/samsung-patents-smart-contact-lenses-record-video-let-control/amp/

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Connecting with others with kooky creations

Artist Phil Ferguson, known to his 130,000 Instagram followers as Chili Philly, became Insta-famous for posing in his crocheted hats — from pizza slices and burger buns to eggplants. Since August 2014 Phil has been creating crochet hats and posting them on social media platform Instagram with success. He now has over 100k followers and has been featured by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Frankie Magazine, BBC and even on Instagram’s account itself. His kooky creations and pop aesthetic have been so successful he has been able to leverage his social media popularity into pay, monetising his practice. https://www.instagram.com/chiliphilly/

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Attaching Fitbits to Port Jackson Sharks to observe their behaviour

A group of scientists has just discovered how modern technology can be used to study sharks out in the open. The researchers wanted to gain an understanding of shark behaviour and their whereabouts in order to reduce the amount and risk of human-shark interactions. Now, Macquarie scientist Julianna Kadar has just found the best method of using tagging technology to do just that. The researchers gathered Port Jackson sharks from the wild and attached a Fitbit like device – acoustic accelerometers – on the sharks to monitor their movements. The data collected by this new technology has since confirmed new information about the breed. https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/august-2019/fitbits-throw-light-on-secret-lives-of-sharks

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Oyster mushrooms from coffee grounds

The average cafe produces 60kg of coffee grounds each week and 93% of cafes will throw them away. In landfill, these coffee grounds create greenhouse gasses (carbon dioxide and methane) which are contributing to global warming. BUT coffee grounds are quite valuable. They make the perfect growing base for oyster mushrooms! BeanCycled is providing grow at home mushroom farms as well as composting projects for preschools and community gardens. www.beancycled.com.au

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