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Faster detection of leukemia

A key part of diagnosing blood cancers is done by detecting abnormal chromosomes inside leukaemia cells. Now a new technique, pioneered by Wendy Erber, Kathy Fuller and Henry Hui from the University of Western Australia, will allow these diagnoses to be made more efficiently. The method is the first of its kind and can detect one leukaemia cell in a population of 10,000 normal cells. The trio won the Innovative Use of Technology Eureka Prize due to the sophisticated nature of their work. It will help in predicting the best treatment for a patient and the likely outcome.” http://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-08-29/eureka-prizes-2018-five-awesome-innovations-australian-research/10179328?

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A jobs board that connects smart businesses with talented women

WORK180 pre-screens employers to ensure they support women’s careers. They only list jobs from businesses that are pre-screened against a set of 35 criteria, including pay equity, flexible working, women in leadership and paid parental leave. Starting in Australia, they are now expanding to the UK and US. While their focus is on empowering women in the workplace, they are aiming to achieve equality for all employees. https://www.work180.com.au/about-us

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Finland’s solution for homelessness

Finland’s solution for homelessness

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The future of online delivery

Nuro’s idea is battery-powered robotic van models about half the size of passenger cars that only haul goods. They operate at lower speed and only on urban and residential streets. Customers in the test city can place same-day delivery orders using an online system and Nuro’s app, When a delivery arrives, the Nuro vehicle’s container compartments can be opened using the app. Unmanned delivery is expected to be a game-changer for local commerce. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2018/06/28/grocery-kroger-nuro-with-tech-startup-nuro-for-robo-delivery-service/#3bbdd66d517a

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A community that helps you find survey participants and do better research

SurveyCircle is a research platform that enables students, researchers, founders, and startups to find respondents for academic studies and market research. What makes SurveyCircle special is that the platform is based on mutual support. That is, the more often you take part in other people’s surveys, the more people will take part in your survey. The incentive system SmartRank ensures that the principle of mutual support works in a fair and reliable way. The platform is open to everyone! On SurveyCircle, everyone can experience and support exciting research projects. https://www.surveycircle.com

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A special offer for Idea Spies

In his first ever public keynote appearance in Australia, Netflix Founder and startup CEO Marc Randolph will share the unlikely story of how a handful of dreamers with no money and a bad idea, created the company that eventually brought down Blockbuster. Tickets start at just $99 and, as part of the IdeaSpies community, you can access 20% off tickets!  Use the code GTM20 at checkout. https://www.startcon.com/netflix?

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Fruit tattoos to replace plastic stickers

Tattoos on fruit are set to replace stickers as farmers seek out environmentally-friendly alternatives to plastic labels. Fruits with printed skins are already on supermarket shelves in Spain, Sweden, and the UK, but in Australia stickers, wax and plastic wrap are still the most common ways fresh produce is branded. Plastic labels are set to become a thing of the past, though, as farmers listen to consumer demand for less packaging. Among those pursuing alternatives is Rabbits Organics banana farm at Mena Creek in far-north Queensland. http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-09-14/tattooed-fruit-to-replace-stickers-and-plastic-packaging/8943938

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A new type of low cost solar energy

An Australian physicist at the University of Newcastle is leading a push to pioneer a new type of low-cost solar energy that could make signing up for energy accounts as straightforward as taking up a mobile phone plan. Less than one millimetre thick and held down with double-sided sticky tape, the panels are similar in texture to a potato chip packet and can be produced for less than $10 per square metre. Work has now begun on a 200 square-metre installation – the first commercial application of its kind in Australia and possibly the world. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/31/low-cost-printable-solar-panels-offer-ray-of-hope-amid-energy-gridlock

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An experiment in criminal justice reform

Next Chapter is a new partnership the chat start-up Slack is trialling with The Last Mile, a technology-training program for incarcerated people, and $800,000 from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Next Chapter will train and place three “returning citizens” inside Slack as quality-engineering apprentices—and build a process to help them get an understanding of working with one of the most successful start-ups of the past decade, with help from a small support team http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/big-tech-s-newest-experiment-in-criminal-justice-reform?

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