Using blockchain to verify diamonds

 Everledger is using blockchain to build a shared digital global ledger to track and protect diamonds. Using machine vision, they record 40 metadata points to create a unique thumbprint of each stone. It’s a forensic view like dental marks or an iris scan. The technology helps verify the authenticity, provenance, and custody of diamonds using a single source across the supply chain and can identify “blood” diamonds as well as fake and stolen diamonds. www.forbes.com/sites/pamelaambler/2017/09/10/how-blockchain-is-fixing-the-diamond-industrys-rampant-ethical-issues

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A blood test that’s a breakthrough for detecting cancer

Scientists have created a blood test that can detect eight of the most common cancers long before they turn lethal, in a breakthrough that could save millions of people from premature death. The “liquid biopsy” identifies early-stage tumours from proteins and genetic mutations circulating in the blood. Called CancerSEEK, the test delivers almost no false positives, sparing patients needless heartache and unnecessary medical procedures for non-existent diseases. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/health-science/blood-tests-deliver-cancer-breakthrough/news-story/8874f0bd0d4b4eea680892d421c2f12c

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Fast fashion that you don’t have to buy

YCloset in China offers a rental service that keeps your clothes on constant rotation. It has operations in 40 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The online platform offers over one hundred casual wear brands you can order from their app to your house. You become a member and pay a monthly fee through their app, which you can download from YCloset’s website. When you’re ready to send the clothes back you just place them into the garment bag, unwashed, and they are picked up. https://m.yi23.net/

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The future of driving- NO driving!

The new General Motors autonomous car has no steering wheel, pedals or manual controls -features that have defined the experience of riding inside a car for more than a century. This means the Cruise AV, a fourth-generation autonomous vehicle, is in total control. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2018/01/12/gms-latest-car-gives-up-steering-wheels-pedals-and-human-control/

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A device that helps mobility

The Honda Walking Assist system helps support bodyweight to reduce the load on a user’s legs while walking, going up and down stairs, and staying in a semi-crouching position, leading to reduced fatigue and less physical exertion. It came about thanks to knowledge gleaned from Honda’s development of ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot. https://www.honda.com/mobility/walking-assist-technology

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An implantable artificial kidney

There are 2 million people in the world who require kidney dialysis every week to clean their blood. This is a time-consuming and cumbersome process, without which you die. A team at the University of California, San Francisco, has developed the first implantable artificial kidney, that can be connected to your circulatory system and bladder to clean your blood 24 hours a day. After 20 years of development, the Kidney Project is due to start clinical trials in early 2018. https://pharm.ucsf.edu/kidney

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VR that lets scientists walk around inside cancer cells

Imagine being able to walk around inside a virtual replica of your own cells. That is becoming a reality, thanks to groundbreaking technology developed at the University of New South Wales. In the future, cancer patients could see a virtual version of themselves, and track where drug treatments are ending up in their bodies. You could then show your family and friends what’s happening to you and it will empower you to make your treatment decisions. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-19/virtual-reality-allows-scientists-to-walk-in-cancer-cells/9268730

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A couch that converts into an 8 seater dining table

A group of 40 University of New South Wales (UNSW) industrial design students have developed some futuristic home designs, including some novel space-saving furniture — like a light weight two-seater couch which converts into an eight-seater dining table for casual sit-downs with friends. The ‘Otto Lounge’ has four different formations: a compact two person lounge; a couch plus leg rest; couch plus coffee table; and an eight-seater dining table. http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/11/20/these-design-students-inventions-for-tiny-apartments-are-genius_a_23280085/?

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