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Lighter washing machine that reduces CO2 emissions.

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A Nottingham Trent University student has discovered a simple trick to cut the weight of washing machines, making them easier to move and more environmentally friendly. Most washing machines have a 25kg block of concrete near the top to hold the machine steady during a spin cycle. This significantly adds to the weight of the appliance. Much CO2 is released during the production of concrete and more is released by gas powered transport vehicles. This simple change would replace the heavy concrete counterweight with an empty plastic container that is filled with water when the washing machine is installed. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/04/students-simple-washing-machine-idea-could-save-thousands-tonnes

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Virtual fencing to control stock

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This system, supported by CSIRO, works by giving audio cues to cattle through solar-powered smart collars as they approach the fence and a small electric pulse if they continue on. Over a short period of time, the cows learn to turn away when they hear the audio. If they do go as far as receiving the pulse, it’s significantly less than the shock of an electric fence, minimising any stress and ensuring welfare of the animals.  It can be used on properties to reduce expensive fencing and keep stock out of areas that are difficult to muster or control. https://blog.csiro.au/turns-can-teach-old-young-cows-new-tricks/

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Call a random Swede (an entertaining tourism stunt)

Call a random Swede (an entertaining tourism stunt)

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A drug that helps stop the spread of cancer

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Scientists working with Cancer Research UK have discovered that a drug developed to treat organ fibrosis can block an enzyme that assists in the spread of cancer cells. In tests conducted on mice, it was able to reduce the size of tumors by up to 50 percent. https://futurism.com/researchers-have-found-a-drug-that-can-help-slow-down-the-spread-of-multiple-cancers/

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Seaweed farming to combat climate change

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Seaweeds can grow very fast – at rates more than 30 times those of land-based plants. Because they de-acidify seawater, making it easier for anything with a shell to grow, they are also the key to shellfish production. And by drawing CO₂ out of the ocean waters (thereby allowing the oceans to absorb more CO₂ from the atmosphere) they help fight climate change. https://theconversation.com/how-farming-giant-seaweed-can-feed-fish-and-fix-the-climate-81761

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Vertical Farming. Turning your walls into gardens for year-round harvest.

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In the largest agriculture-tech funding round in history, vertical farming startup “Plenty” attracted US$200 million. Some experts say the investment could make the indoor farming industry more viable as a whole. Instead of growing greens outdoors, the farm grows its food on glowing, LED-lit 20-foot-tall towers inside a former electronics distribution center in South San Francisco. The towers don’t require pesticides or natural sunlight. The technique is called indoor vertical farming. Food grows on trays or hanging modules in a climate-controlled, indoor facility. The process is revolutionary. Certain types of food could be produced year-round, anywhere, in a small space. http://www.businessinsider.com/food-investment-vertical-farming-2017-8/

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Drug addiction prevented by vaccination

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One of the best defences we have against viral infections is vaccination. Vaccines prime the body’s immune system to fight an incoming infection and have been credited with the widespread eradication of smallpox and the near-eradication of polio. There are nine vaccines currently in development that could dramatically change how humans live. They include vaccines for cancer, HIV, malaria and drug addiction. https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/anti-drug-vaccines-could-be-game-changer-people-battling-addiction-n749416

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Moderate drinking keeps you healthy

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While drinking alcohol, including wine, in excess is associated with many health hazards, new research has found that older adults who consume alcohol moderately on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non-drinkers. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/moderate-drinking-may-affect-longevity-keep-dementia-at-bay?

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