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An answer to baldness?

Japanese scientists have developed a way to grow hair follicles at a record rate. The study reported in Biomaterials used two kinds of cells placed in silicone containers to cultivate “hair follicle germs” — the sources of the tiny organs that grow and sustain hair. Led by professor Junji Fukuda at the Yokohama National University, the team managed to cultivate 5,000 within just a few days, enough to replenish hair. The method is a massive step up from existing laborious techniques that can create just 50 or so “germs” at once. www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/dealing-with-baldness-this-japanese-hair-growth-solution-could-be-the-answer?

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Your young children are creative geniuses!

Dr. George Land and Beth Jarman developed a highly specialized test to measure creative potential of people within NASA. The test was very successful, but left questions such as: “Where does creativity come from? Are we born with it or is it learned?” They then tested 1,600 children aged between 4-5 years and discovered that 98% of those kids fell into the genius category of imagination. By age 15, however, the genius percentage had dropped to only 12%. For adults, it had declined to about 2%. It seems the school system and our education may be the most likely culprit. https://ideapod.com/born-creative-geniuses-education-system-dumbs-us-according-nasa-scientists

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Testing drugs on worms

Drug discovery is an expensive process because drugs need to be tested for effectiveness and side effects on animals (usually mice) before they can proceed to a human trial. A high proportion of drugs fail during the animal testing, making it a very expensive process. A US company called NemaMetrix has come up with a way to test drugs on Nematode worms. They modify the DNA of the worms with human DNA which NemaMetrix says makes the testing process relevant to 80% of human diseases including cancer, alzheimers, depression, cardiac arrhythmia and others. They can also tailor the DNA of the worm to a particular variant of a disease that an individual has, which makes their system cost effective for drug discovery for rare diseases. Once they have modified the worm’s DNA they stick it into a proprietary measurement system which electrically monitors the worm’s vital signs while the drug is administered and that enables them to track changes and the effectiveness of the drug. Techniques such as these promise new drug discoveries and lower cost drugs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHp9_ucc5V0&feature=youtu.be

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An Ecosystem Value Architect’s view of a more responsive entrepreneurial online support system.

I served as a senior marketing advisor as a volunteer for 8 years. In that time I valued that other technology and business foundation advisors helped entrepreneurs to cover their basics – product development, legal, operations, structure and more. But at best this only got most startups to the starting gate. It did not help them to run a competitive value race. So I mapped out a complete and smart online entrepreneurs support ecosystem I only went as far as to put this on paper and now I also integrated a community support ecosystem, so that it can map into education and community values. More communities want to attract and develop startups but there is no effective roadmap as most accept a 30% success rate. I believe at least a 70% success rate is possible and the system should ensure entrepreneurial readiness as well as progress/performance measures and smart investor alignment. AI is now advanced enough and the learning approaches, resources and milestones all aggregate into one natural system. I hated seeing entrepreneurs distracted from their business to do “the investor dance” meaning chasing investors down across the nation, thus a time and cost expense they can be spared. I shelved this concept after putting it to paper 3 years ago confident it was well ahead of how conservative funding sources could prove ready for a disruptive value delivery engine like this. But pulling this off now, while very logical and timely, should prove as a major boost to all in the ecosystem, as well as for struggling corporate innovation efforts.

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A paste that transforms deserts into fertile land

Scientists at Chongqing Jiaotong University in China have created a paste that’s made from the same substance found in plant cell walls. It’s made from a sodium carboxymethyl cellulose solution which creates support and protection for plants to grow. When the paste is combined with sand in an arid environment, it’s still able to keep water and nutrients for growth. A project in a northern China desert saw positive results in just six months. Flowers and vegetables were growing in nearly 500 acres of sand with the new technology, which essentially makes the land fertile in an extremely hot climate. http://www.distractify.com/news/2017/09/25/Z1OEAxp/china-researchers-deserts-fertile-land

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Drones that reforest after fires

BioCarbon says its two drones can plant 100,000 trees in a single day. It has started in Myanmar (previously called Burma) following successful trials in England and Australia, The drones work in three stages. Firstly the drones will map an area, analysing surface topology and composition, soil type and moisture, as well as possible physical obstructions. These analyses help decide which seeds should be planted. Secondly, the drones fly low, around 3-6 feet above the ground, planting new seeds every six seconds. The drones aren’t however just letting the seeds drift in the breeze. Each drone uses a pressurised can to shoot a biodegradable seed pod into the ground. Thirdly, after the mapping and planting, the drones monitor the area regularly. That data gets fed into the company’s machine learning algorithms, strengthening the mapping part of the plan. The process is ideal for reforesting after fires and planting trees in difficult to reach areas. https://www.biocarbonengineering.com/

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A banking app that encourages you to save

The new Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s retail banking app will allow alerts to be sent to debit card holders if they spend too much on potentially damaging products like alcohol and gaming, as the bank encourages saving. While you can turn the spending tracker off, trials showed 97 per cent of customers want to use it. CBA aims to show the customer the consequences of spending choices then encourage them to make better savings decisions. The model is the local bank manager of days past who knows your name and gives a few suggestions about what you should do. CBA is creating that sort of connection in the digital age. http://www.afr.com/business/banking-and-finance/financial-services/cba-to-redflag-destructive-spending-in-savings-push-20180127-h0pc2w?

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