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Keeping young people out of jail
In March 2015, nearly 75% of young people in detention in WA were identified as Aboriginal or indigenous. Strong Tomorrow is an intensive mentoring and case management program for young offenders that Save the Children has been delivering since 2014 in Armadale (in metropolitan Perth) and since 2015 in Kununurra (in the Kimberley) which both have high rates of crime. It's targeted at young offenders aged 10-17 and aims to reduce rates of offending which initial results indicate it has. The cost of this program compares very favourably with the cost of keeping a young person in detention at approx $300,000 per annum.
15 December 2018 by lauralaura-co...



A Minister for Artificial Intelligence
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the first nation with a government minister dedicated to AI. As tech companies begin to center their business models around AI, the UAE want to be at the forefront of this development. Dubai, for example, plans to put robot cops on the streets by 2030 and they've been pushing to get autonomous vehicles on the city's roads and in its skies.
22 October 2017 by lauralaura-co...



Goats restore park
When trees fall, invasive weeds grow quickly and suffocate native flora, hindering restoration efforts. They also prevent migrant songbirds from nesting in the forest. Brooklyn?s Prospect Park was battered with tropical-storm-force winds in 2012 damaging or felling more than 500 trees. Five years later, that forest is fast on its way to recovery?and most of the credit goes to teams of goats who?ve been tasked with restoring the park?s fragile ecosystem.
28 September 2017 by lauralaura-co...



World first- robot dentist fits implants
A robot dentist in China has carried out the world's first successful autonomous implant surgery by fitting two new teeth into a woman?s mouth. The implants were fitted to within a margin of error of 0.2-0.3mm, reaching the required standard for this kind of operation.The technology was designed to overcome mainland China?s shortage of qualified dentists and frequent surgical errors. The teeth were 3D printed.
22 September 2017 by lauralaura-co...



Solar windows
SolarWindow is working on transparent veneers that can be placed on windows to turn them into electricity-generating solar cells. They're aiming to provide these veneers to the skyscraper market, which consumes 40% of the electricity generated in the US, and cut their energy expenditure in half.
7 September 2017 by lauralaura-co...



Clean drinking water from the air
This new device relies on simple condensation to collect clean drinking water from the atmosphere and promises to provide up to 11 gallons of safe drinking water without an external power source, greenhouse gas emissions, or adverse environmental impacts.
7 September 2017 by lauralaura-co...