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In May this year, Switzerland revised its food safety laws to allow for the sale of insect products containing crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms — the first European country to do so. Coop, a supermarket chain in Switzerland, recently started selling edible bugs in the form of insect balls and burgers made by the startup Essento. Noma, recognised for years as the no 1 restaurant in the world, is known for its insect delicacies, including ants. The health benefits of bugs are now being promoted. https://www.essento.ch/

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A keyless smart door lock

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With the Otto system, the lock senses your phone and unlocks the door at the touch of a button. If the phone runs out of battery, there is a pin entry alternative. You can also assign limited-time pins to let housekeepers, delivery people, and dog walkers in at pre-specified times, but can revoke access outside those time windows. https://www.meetotto.com/

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A shoe that grows

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Sometimes a simple invention can change millions of lives. That’s the goal of The Shoe That Grows, a sandal that can adjust its size, allowing children in impoverished nations to grow up without having to go barefoot. The shoes, which come in catch-all Small and Large sizes, can grow 5 sizes and last at least 5 years. www.theshoethatgrows.org

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A fabric that’s tougher than metal

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Scientists have created a new hydrogel material reinforced with fibres that they say is up to five times harder to break than carbon steel – but still easy to bend and stretch. That combination of properties means the new fabric could be used as the basis for artificial ligaments and tendons designed to help the body heal, or in manufacturing where a very tough but elastic material is needed. Uses could include sports clothing, helmets or bulletproof vests. https://www.global.hokudai.ac.jp/blog/new-tougher-than-metal-fiber-reinforced-hydrogels/

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Green roofs for city streets

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Green roofs are a green infrastructure (GI) option that can be applied to virtually any rooftop given weight load capacity. The benefits of green roofs extend far beyond their obvious aesthetic appeal. They can capture 70 per cent of rainfall over a given time, relieving underground stormwater systems and releasing the rain water back into the atmosphere. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/how-green-roofs-can-help-cities-sponge-away-excess-stormwater?

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A race to build the world’s first practical quantum computer

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Quantum computing is expected to have a revolutionary impact in many industries including finance, resource extraction, health, pharmaceuticals, logistics and data. Quantum computers will be able to solve some types of problems millions of times faster than conventional computers. Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, will have a key goal of retaining IP in Australia and boosting new industries based around quantum computing and other quantum spin-offs. http://www.afr.com/technology/unsw-joins-with-government-and-business-to-keep-quantum-computing-technology-in-australia-20170821-gy0tki?

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A Lab Accident Leads to Bioactive “Tissue Paper”

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A spill of bioactive ink made from ovarian cells led to the creation of paper made from organs and tissues, with various potential medical uses. The discovery happened, as so many discoveries do, by accident. Adam Jakus, then a postdoctoral researcher in materials science at Northwestern University, was working with the biological “ink” his lab uses to 3D print ovaries. Standing beneath the lab’s fume hood, Jakus knocked over the container, spilling it onto the lab bench. By the time he went to clean it up, it had formed a solid sheet so strong it can be folded into origami. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lab-accident-leads-bioactive-tissue-paper-180964511/?

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An all electric VW van

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Volkswagen has announced it will bring back the most iconic vehicle of the 1960s. The VW van will return sometime in the next two years, as the I.D. Buzz. But this time around, it’s not a four-cylinder, water-cooled gas burner. The new van will be an all-electric vehicle driven by batteries. VW says the new all-wheel-drive machine will be able to transport eight passengers and get up to 270 miles of all-battery range. http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-vw-van-returns-20170819-story.html

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