Technology:

Brazil’s Natural History Museum reopens its doors in a digitalized version

You can now rediscover the collection of Brazil’s oldest natural history museum before it was ravaged by fire in September. Google’s Arts and Culture team has developed a digital version of the museum’s interior which allows you to take a virtual tour and admire the exhibits. Though a digital version could never replace a physical museum, tools such as 3D scanning, hi-res photography and virtual and augmented reality can offer some form of protection to items of historical value.

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  • Engadget
  • Date:12/18/2018

How sustainability transitions are revamping the global manufacturing industry

The transition to more sustainable means of manufacturing is expected to disrupt the entire global value chain over the coming decade. The expected developments in the energy and materials arena resulting from sustainable manufacturing transformation represent market opportunities of more than $2 trillion for companies involved in the industry. This means that the transition will encourage appropriate government regulation and corporate leadership to invest in and initiate the adoption of sustainable alternatives.

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  • Forbes
  • Date:12/13/2018

The art world is slowly beginning to embrace the Blockchain technology

Sectors such as healthcare, finance, and humanitarian aid, have welcomed Blockchain technology to improve their performance overall, and now the digital ledger is making its way through the art world too. Artists, collectors, art investors, and auction houses are beginning to see the technology as a way to revolutionize how art is bought and sold, prevent fraud and tax evasion, and reduce friction during the auction process.

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:12/12/2018

Nasa and Honda are pairing up to revolutionize the conventional battery

Scientists from Nasa and Honda are putting a joint effort to develop a new battery that could deliver up to 10 times the energy density of a conventional lithium-ion cell. The battery would be fluoride-based, would take fewer resources to manufacture, and wouldn’t pose a safety risk due to overheating. 

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  • Futurism
  • Date:12/11/2018

Cafe in Tokyo lets people with paralysis control robot waiters

A cafe in Tokyo offers people with disabilities the opportunity to become more independent by employing them as remote controllers of robot waiters. The robots can be told to move, observe, talk to customers and carry objects, even if their operator can only move their eyes. The project aims to help people who might otherwise be housebound earn a wage and interact with other people more easily.

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  • BBC
  • Date:12/10/2018

This plant is able to drive itself towards light

Plants could soon be moving autonomously towards light using their own internal electrical signals. Researchers at MIT have placed a plant on a wheeled platform which allows it to scoot towards light whenever it needs to. Using its own electrically active system, the plant is interfaced with a robotic extension that augments its ability to move. Take a look at a video showing the “cybernetic lifeform” in action.

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  • TreeHugger
  • Date:12/05/2018

Electric bandage helps heal wounds four times faster than what it usually takes

Scientists have created an electric bandage that uses gentle electrical pulses to help heal wounds at a rate four times faster than that of ordinary healing. The bandage is hard-wired to a band that is worn around the patient’s torso and from where it receives low-intensity electrical pulses that are in touch with the injured tissue. The energy is harvested from the movement of the wearer’s ribcage as it expands and contracts while they breathe.

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  • New Atlas
  • Date:12/03/2018

How digital signatures can help your business

Improved technology has made the electronic signature as legitimate and authoritative as the handwritten one, but the former’s utility is still overlooked. Having the same legal weight as physical signatures, digital ones could revolutionize the way you do business, and could potentially pave the way for more profit and innovation. Here are five reasons why you should move on from sorting out your paperwork the old way and do it digitally instead.

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  • ScienceAlert
  • Date:11/29/2018

Blockchain could prevent charity money from going into the wrong pockets

There is a large number of corruption cases involving charitable organizations with some of the money never making it to those in need. Blockchain technology can come to the rescue here as it allows most processes to become radically transparent: from spending and money transfers to supply chains and data. If implemented properly, the technology could prevent corruption and radically change the lives of those afflicted by severe humanitarian crises.

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  • Forbes
  • Date:11/28/2018

This computer model can monitor groundwater levels in real-time

A reservoir in Finland pumps water from the underground that is so pure it doesn’t require any treatment to make it potable. The natural reservoir is vast enough to serve as the prime water source for as many as 150,000 people. In order to prevent its over-exploitation, scientists have developed a system that monitors the water levels and sends real-time feedback back to them. This novel technology could soon be used to extract water more sustainably and prevent resource depletion.

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  • BBC
  • Date:11/26/2018
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