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Healthcare

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A new treatment that kills cancer in a few hours
This new type of super-precise radiotherapy promises to transform the way we treat certain types of lung cancer, after a Melbourne-led clinical trial revealed the treatment significantly improved survival chances. Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) uses thin beams of radiation to directly attack the tumour. It's also cheaper than traditional radiotherapy. In this way, the tumour receives a very high dose of radiation and the surrounding tissues largely avoid it, minimising side effects. And patients only need to come to hospital three or four times, rather than regularly over the space of two months. https://www.smh.com.au/national/like-winning-lotto-the-treatment-that-kills-cancer-in-a-few-hours-201902
14 February 2019 by oliver
 
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AI

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Using AI to prevent youth suicides
The Otsu school in Japan will feed AI information from about 9,000 suspected bullying cases, reported by their elementary and junior high schools, between 2012 and 2018. This information will include details on the students involved,  their ages, genders, absenteeism records, and academic achievements as well as when and where any bullying incidents took place. Through an AI theoretical analysis of past data, they plan to properly respond to cases without just relying on teachers' past experiences. The hope is that the AI will allow school officials to identify the bullying cases that are likely to escalate in seriousness so that they can intervene and diffuse situations before it's too late. https://futurism.com/the-byte/school-bullying-artificial-intelligence
10 February 2019 by oliver
 
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Healthcare

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Research that shows how the immune system could be more effective
An elevated body temperature can kill. Yet fever?which is precisely that?is a common response to infection. Recent research shows how febrile temperatures encourage a particular protein called Hsp90 to shepherd immune-system cells to sites of infection. This research suggests ways in which the process might be regulated to a patient?s advantage. Drugs that increase Hsp90 production should promote the migration of T-cells to lymph nodes, and so aid the treatment of infections that need a larger immune response. Conversely, drugs that diminish Hsp90 production might help reduce T-cell movement in people with so-called auto-immune disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, in which immune-system cells attack the body they are part of.  
16 January 2019 by oliver
 
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Energy

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A solar powered tent for the homeless
This solar powered tent folds up into a rollaway backpack and was produced by girls who hope that one day, their tent will improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness in their community.?The teens, none of whom had coded, soldered, sewn, or 3D-printed before they joined forces, won a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Program to develop the invention.?They were recruited by DIY Girls, a nonprofit that teaches girls from low-income communities about engineering, maths and science, to go after the grant. https://www.buildingandinteriors.com/10205/
13 January 2019 by oliver
 
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Startup

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A safer way to blow the whistle
Users of Whispli can communicate anonymously and continuously with either designated areas in the organization or with third parties. After initial contact, they can answer questions and provide more details and progress the issue, accessing Whispli from anywhere using their own username and? password. It creates one single source for the reporting of misconduct and wrongdoing. https://whispli.com/story-whispli-sylvain-mansotte/
28 November 2018 by oliver
 
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Industrial

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The office of the future? No desks, no chairs
Swiss company Vitra has previewed a set of office seating prototypes, called Soft Work. The designers argue that the next trend in 21st-century working life will be to do away with the the desk-and-chair setup altogether and replace it with sofas. https://www.fastcompany.com/90260970/the-office-of-the-future-no-desks-no-chairs
13 November 2018 by oliver
 
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