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Rosie the robot to guide you through insurance

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Flamingo’s virtual assistant platform called Rosie, is a way for financial institutions to assist and retain customers or potential customers as they consider which complex financial products are right for them. It’s an artificial intelligence engine that guides customers through their financial services product purchase, onboarding or enquiries. http://www.afr.com/technology/amp-trials-fintech-flamingos-virtual-chatbot-rosie-20170123-gtwyi4#ixzz4vMgRwJR3 

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Government incentives for electric vehicles

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Norway offers bus-lane access for electric vehicles, many recharging stations, privileged parking, and toll-free travel. The initiative began in the 1990s as an effort to cut pollution, congestion, and noise in urban centres; now its primary rationale is combating climate change. Today, Norway has the highest per capita number of all-electric [battery only] cars in the world. Last year, electric vehicles constituted nearly 40% of the nation’s newly registered passenger cars. Earlier this year, Norway opened the world’s largest fast-charging station, which can charge up to 28 vehicles in about half an hour. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/07/power-to-the-ev-norway-spearheads-europes-electric-vehicle-surge

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Free genetic test for high risk cancer patients

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In Australia people at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer will be offered free genetic testing. If someone has breast and ovarian cancer and has the mutations, all their relatives will be able to have the test for free. If they don’t have the mutation, they can go back to normal screening. This new service is expected to significantly improve the lives of Australians, offering more choice via access to affordable screening and treatment options, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-12/breast-and-ovarian-cancer-test-free-for-high-risk-patients/9040274

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A new way to encourage startups

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IdeaSpies is partnering with startup events . To support these events we have established a new category of ideas for startups. You can register on IdeaSpies to post a startup idea with a snappy headline, striking image, the elevator pitch and website link. Then you can share it to your social media for extra publicity. IdeaSpies will also share the idea. It’s a DYI publicity kit! Register here. https://www.ideaspies.com/registration-form/ Posting guidelines here. https://www.ideaspies.com/guidelines-to-post/

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A salad for lunch from Sally the robot

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You use a touch screen to place your order choosing from a menu of recipes or designing your own. The machine calculates the number of calories per salad and drops the veggies into a bowl in less than a minute. There is less human contact with the food as the salads are assembled out of precut vegetables stored in refrigerated canisters hence minimizing food safety concerns. Plans are being made for the robots to produce healthy meals in convenience stores, airports, hotels, hospitals and universities. www.chowbotics.com

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A farm that generates hydro electricity

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This farm in Tasmania generates hydro electricity which it sells as well as uses.. Water for the system comes from a large dam on the property, which is fed by a creek. The water passes from the dam through a pipeline, which has a fall of about 100m, down to the hydro station. After it has passed through the station the water then flows back into the creek. The whole system can be controlled remotely from almost anywhere and there is minimal maintenance. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/farm-family-is-turning-water-into-money/news-story/60c5625ebc57fd2048468df9406199f8

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See a doctor online

Push Doctor is a new medical service in the U.K. offering you a video consultation with a doctor at home. You can choose an appointment time or go into the online waiting room. Their competitive pricing is set up front and you can have your prescription sent to your local pharmacy and referrals emailed to you, as well as a sick note if needed. It’s open 6am – 11pm, 7 days a week. https://www.pushdoctor.co.uk

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Winning the war on drugs by treating it as a health issue

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Portugal decriminalised the use of all drugs in 2001. Possession and use of small quantities of these drugs was treated as a public health issue, not a criminal one. The drugs were still illegal but now getting caught with them meant a small fine and maybe a referral to a treatment program — not jail time and a criminal record. Drug-induced deaths have decreased steeply since then. Portugal’s drug mortality rate is now the lowest in Western Europe — one-tenth the rate of Britain or Denmark, and about one-fiftieth the latest number for the U.S. https://mic.com/articles/110344/14-years-after-portugal-decriminalized-all-drugs-here-s-what-s-happening

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An electric plane that gets you to places faster, at less cost and with fewer emissions

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A Boeing-backed  start-up is planning to put a hybrid-electric aircraft into commercial service within five years. Zunum Aero’s 12-seat plane will carry battery packs and a small fuel reserve for a back-up engine. They aim to get you to places faster, at less cost, with planes that are quieter and have far lower emissions, as well as connect thousands of communities that don’t currently have regular air service. Their first model will fly about 1130 kilometres, far enough to ferry travellers from Boston to Washington or Silicon Valley to Los Angeles. http://zunum.aero/

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A glue that could save lives

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Australian and American biomedical engineers have developed a stretchy surgical glue that rapidly heals wounds. It’s seen as a breakthrough that has the potential to save lives in emergencies. The injectable glue, MeTro, is based on a naturally occurring protein. It’s applied directly to the wound and then activated with UV light to form a complete seal, eliminating the need for staples or stitches. Its elasticity means it’s designed to work well on shape-changing internal organs like the lungs and heart. http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/human-body/injectable-stretchy-glue-that-heals-wounds-in-60-seconds-could-save-lives/news-story/f00161d15e7ae014d01380e5dba40ffc

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