Light from a plastic bottle

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Liter of Light, a project of the Philippines-based nonprofit MyShelter Foundation, provides light to poor households around the world with limited or no access to electricity ― by collecting plastic bottles, filling them with water and bleach, and sticking them into roofs. The bleach-filled bottles then refract the light from outdoors into the house, lighting up much like a lightbulb. To make the bottles work at night a small LED lightbulb is slipped into the bottle, which in turn is hooked up to a mini-solar panel. http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/plastic-bottles-electricity_us_596e64f4e4b0000eb1968bb5

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Coffee keeps the doctor away?

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The more coffee you drink the less chance you have of dying from heart and liver diseases according to new research– though experts say it’s unclear whether the health boost is down to the brew itself. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/coffee-cuts-risk-of-dying-from-stroke-and-heart-disease-study-suggests?

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Hearing aids that are as trendy as glasses

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Great to see Republicans and Democrats in the US offering bipartisan support to encourage new competition and innovation in a market that has been dominated by a handful of specialized companies. Their efforts could catalyze a sea change in the cost and design of devices for people with mild and moderate hearing loss, even making hearing aids look trendy so more people wear them. www.dopplerlabs.com

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A deposit return scheme that reduces littering

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A deposit return scheme that experts say drastically reduces the number of plastic bottles and cans littering streets and seas is being introduced around the world. The idea has the backing of global drinks company Coca-Cola and comes amid warnings that the worldwide plastics binge poses as serious a threat as climate change. South Australia introduced container deposit legislation in 1977! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/04/tackle-uk-plastic-bottle-problem-with-money-back-scheme-ministers-told?

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Robots that can fight crime

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Robots that are mini autonomous police cars paired with companion drones and facial-recognition technology will begin patrolling the streets of Dubai by the end of the year to help identify and track suspects. These robots can navigate on their own using machine-learning algorithms, but police can control them remotely from behind a computer dashboard. By 2030, Dubai plans for robots to make up 25 percent of its police force. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/06/30/meet-the-newest-recruits-of-dubais-police-force-robo-cars-with-facial-recognition-tech/?

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A levy on junk food advertising

A levy on junk food advertising

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Flying warehouses

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A new patent reveals Amazon’s plans to deploy “air fulfillment centers” (AFCs) that would each act as a flying warehouse from which drones could deliver goods to customers. These AFCs would hover over areas where demand is expected to increase for certain products at a certain time for example at a sporting event. https://futurism.com/a-flying-warehouse-new-amazon-patent-reveals-the-potential-future-of-retail/?

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A breathalyzer that detects disease

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A new device called Na-Nose can diagnose a variety of common but dangerous diseases just from a sample of your breath. Different types of cancer, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and chronic kidney disease are reported to diagnosable with this device. Because the device is non-invasive it could lead to much earlier treatment of these diseases. www.breathtecbiomedical.com.

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