A 2 hour flight between New York and London

Imagine boarding a plane in New York and arriving in London two hours later, about 1.5 hours faster than the time it took the legendary Concorde to complete the same journey on average. Boeing recently said it hopes to develop a passenger-carrying hypersonic airliner that would reach speeds of Mach 5 (about 3,800 mph, or five times the speed of sound) within the next 30 years. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2018/06/28/flying-from-nyc-to-london-in-two-hours-is-on-the-horizon-boeing-says/?

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Assessing your health while you perform routine activities

Some startups have devised quantitative methods to diagnose diseases or assess mental health while you complete routine activities, like talking on a smartphone, typing on a keyboard, or scrolling through a website. Non-intrusive measurements that extract data from our daily routines show great promise for the future of healthcare because they allow large data sets to be collected at minimal cost. www.spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/diagnostics/tech-watches-you-for-digital-symptoms-of-brain-disorders

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Advice on what to buy based on what you’re wearing

Picture a life-size screen, that’s fully interactive with you on the street or in the store. Using machine learning it scans you when you opt in as you walk by. Based on this scan retailers can in seconds immediately conduct intelligent advertising, recommending other available items personalized to your taste by color, style, gender, age, and even emotion based on your facial expression. www.sap.com/australia/products/leonardo.htm

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Modest fashion a defining trend

This month, the fashion elite gathered in Dubai for the first-ever Pret-A-Cover, a glamorous event during which designers from around the world showed off collections specifically targeted at Muslim women. It drew attention to emerging designers from around the world who are putting their own spin on modest dressing. It’s in the interest of fashion brands to make clothes that Muslim women want to buy, particularly given estimates that Muslims will make up more than a quarter of the world’s population by 2030. https://www.fastcompany.com/40559445/these-startups-nailed-muslim-fashion-burberry-and-dkny-did-not?

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Smart ring makes contactless payments fashionable

As credit card surcharges and minimum purchase amounts gradually disappear, contactless payments are becoming more practical for small purchases. As wearables strive to become more fashionable, Bankwest in Australia has launched a Halo smart ring which lets you simply wave your hand to pay for things at the counter. Waterproof to 50 metres, the ring doesn’t require charging and isn’t dependent on a linked smartphone, meaning there’s no danger of a flat battery leaving you in the lurch. www.smh.com.au/technology/innovation/tap-and-go-smart-ring-makes-contactless-payments-fashionable-20180128-p4yyz3.html

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A temporary tattoo that warns you when you’ve had too much sun

LogicInk UV is a temporary stick-on tattoo that visually records your accumulated exposure to UV radiation from the sun, alerting you of your daily recommended limit based on your skin group. This patent-pending invention helps you reduce premature aging of the skin and helps prevent health risks associated with overexposure to the sun. www.logic.ink/

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Your face as your passport starting in Sydney

You will soon be able to walk through Sydney Airport’s international terminal to your waiting plane after only showing your passport once. That is the goal of a trial of biometric testing due to start in May with Qantas passengers. Biometric processing has the potential to revolutionise the journey through the airport to planes. http://www.smh.com.au/business/aviation/your-face-will-be-your-passport-sydney-airport-to-trial-biometrics-20180221-p4z14p.html

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Panda conservation features in major photo competition

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The World Press Photo 2017 exhibition showcases the winners of the 60th World Press Photo Awards, which honours the photographs that have best captured the state of the world in the past year. In total, 152 photographs were selected from 80,408 images made by 5,034 photographers from 126 different countries. This photo, in the nature category, shows a keeper in a panda suit keeping a young panda away from human contact as part of training before being released into the wild in the Sichuan Basin, China. China’s efforts to eliminate poaching and to protect the panda’s habitat have played a large role in increasing numbers. www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2017/nature/ami-vitale

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Merino wool for sensitive skin

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Recent research, funded by The Woolmark Company, has demonstrated that wearing superfine Merino wool next to the skin is therapeutic for those suffering from eczema. Dermatology trials have shown that adult and infant eczema sufferers have reduced symptoms when wearing superfine Merino wool garments next to the skin. When worn next to skin, superfine Merino wool works as a dynamic buffer, helping maintain a more stable humidity and temperature in the micro-climate between the fabric and the skin. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/does-your-child-suffer-from-eczema-merino-wool-might-be-the-solution?

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