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AR that brings training materials to life

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The German startup ioxp develops training manuals that work with AR glasses to place step-by-step instructions directly into your field of vision. The software combines artificial intelligence with AR to produce a system that can quickly and easily understand almost any work environment and process and teach it to workers step-by-step. Besides the immediate self-supervision and the reduced error rate this system can greately contribute to workplace safety. www.ioxp.de

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Panda conservation features in major photo competition

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The World Press Photo 2017 exhibition showcases the winners of the 60th World Press Photo Awards, which honours the photographs that have best captured the state of the world in the past year. In total, 152 photographs were selected from 80,408 images made by 5,034 photographers from 126 different countries. This photo, in the nature category, shows a keeper in a panda suit keeping a young panda away from human contact as part of training before being released into the wild in the Sichuan Basin, China. China’s efforts to eliminate poaching and to protect the panda’s habitat have played a large role in increasing numbers. www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2017/nature/ami-vitale

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Banking with Apple

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Soon, you’ll be able to make payments to friends on an iPhone or Apple Watch via Apple Pay. In the meantime, a public beta will let “friends and family” test it pre-launch. Apple Pay users can already make merchant payments. As an extension of this service iPhone users will be able to transact with any other iPhone user to make payments, receive payments, and use the card associated with their Apple Pay Cash account as a store of value. In summary, Apple is transforming into a bank. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/banking-apple-paul-shetler/?

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A clever way to get kids interested in tech

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Cue robots are small wheeled robots with sensors and controls which can be programmed from mobile phones. The aim is to teach STEM methodologies in a fun interactive manner to kids from 8 years old. You can choose from 4 unique avatars to customize Cue with different personalities. So far these robots have been introduced to 12,000 elementary schools in the US. https://www.makewonder.com/cue_the_cleverbot

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Women of NASA

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Four women who played vital roles in the US space program are immortalized in a 231-piece Lego set which became Amazon’s No. 1 best-selling toy in just 24 hours. Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, the four women who played vital roles in the US space program feature in a 231-piece Lego set, accompanied by three builds illustrating their areas of expertise. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/02/health/women-of-nasa-lego-trnd/index.html

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Unmanned convenience stores

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The future of unmanned convenience stores is being expanded in China. Alibaba recently invested into a start-up called F5 Future Store. F5 already operate a store in Guangzhou and are opening about 30 to 50 more stores this year. Customers use their smartphones to open the door to the store and then robotic arms serve them the items that they purchase via their phone. If customers eat-in, the dining table is self-cleaning which is achieved with another robotic arm. https://alltechasia.com/will-unmanned-convenience-stores-like-f5-future-store-trending-future/ Unmanned stores have also opened in Sweden. https://www.ideaspies.com/first-unmanned-convenience-store/

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A nuclear reactor that uses waste uranium

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Bill Gates’ nuclear firm TerraPower and the China National Nuclear Corporation have signed an agreement to develop a world-first nuclear reactor, using other nuclear reactors’ waste. Fourth generation Travelling Wave Reactors would differ from third generation, more traditional light water nuclear reactors, as they would not require enriched uranium to generate energy, and could instead use waste uranium. The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is part of the Generation IV International Forum Framework which they call “a potential game-changer in global energy creation”. http://www.smh.com.au/business/energy/bill-gates-and-china-partner-on-worldfirst-nuclear-technology-20171106-gzfrf0

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Merino wool for sensitive skin

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Recent research, funded by The Woolmark Company, has demonstrated that wearing superfine Merino wool next to the skin is therapeutic for those suffering from eczema. Dermatology trials have shown that adult and infant eczema sufferers have reduced symptoms when wearing superfine Merino wool garments next to the skin. When worn next to skin, superfine Merino wool works as a dynamic buffer, helping maintain a more stable humidity and temperature in the micro-climate between the fabric and the skin. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/does-your-child-suffer-from-eczema-merino-wool-might-be-the-solution?

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Biodegradable plastic

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Scientists from the Centre of Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath have successfully created a plastic that doesn’t use harmful chemicals, and is biodegradable. It’s made from nothing more than sugar and carbon dioxide. http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/10/scientists-have-made-biodegradable-plastic-from-sugar-and-carbon-dioxide

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No more vehicle permits

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Singapore will stop issuing new vehicle permits starting February 2018. The government points to limited space available in the city-state as the reason for the halt in vehicle growth. They plan to reduce the vehicle growth rate from 0.25 percent per year to 0 percent for cars and motorcycles. Due to the limited space available, Singapore controls the number of vehicles on the road to a great degree. https://futurism.com/singapore-will-stop-adding-new-cars-to-its-roads-in-2018/

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