DESIGN TO IMPROVE LIFE HEADLINES – SEPTEMBER 6

In your DTIL briefing this week: great news for wildlife conservationists, Oslo asks kids to contribute to city planning, and an INDEX: Award 2015 finalist receives praise from one of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs. 

NEW FABRIC TO COMBAT RISING TEMPERATURES
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new textile to cool your body far more efficiently than any other fibre. The low-cost solution, when woven with other fabrics, works by allowing the body to discharge heat in two ways to make the wearer feel noticeably cooler. According the developers, if properly established, the textile could greatly reduce the need for air conditioning and overall energy use.

NANOBOTS TO TARGET TUMOURS
Last week we talked about some amazing nano-particles that act like heat-seeking missiles to target alzheimer’s. Now, it turns out another form of ‘nano’ creature, the nanobot, could help identify tumours much faster than traditional methods. Scientists are currently looking into ways they could control these tiny life-savers – one strategy they’re exploring involves taking inspiration from bats.

OSLO ENLISTS THE HELP OF KIDS TO IMPROVE CITY
Following the Pokémon Go explosion, the city of Oslo has identified a great way to make use of all the kids roaming the streets. They’ve released an app that allows children to give them direct feedback about the city – like identifying safety hazards. The unique initiative aims to kids a voice when it comes to urban development while the municipality works towards creating a safer, greener and more innovative Oslo.

AI INTERVENTION FOR YOUR ONLINE DEPRESSION
We’ve seen numerous studies that show a strong correlation between depression and too much time spent online. Now, a free Chrome extension, called Blissify, can monitor your mood and intervene if you become too unhappy – that is, by ‘freezing’ the page. It works by accessing your computer’s webcam teamed with face-tracking technology, this is then cross-referenced with whatever tab you have open. It may sound just plain irritating, but it could be a much needed intervention for many.

USA AND CHINA SIGN-OFF ON PARIS AGREEMENT
After weeks of negotiation, the USA and China -the world’s two biggest polluters- will formally ratify the Paris Climate Agreement. The agreement will see both nations actively work to reduce emissions and pollutants that are linked to rising global temperatures. In order to take affect, the Paris agreement must be ratified by at least 55 nations, and hopefully, their inclusion will be an influential push for other nations to join.

ZUCKERBERG VISITS BRCK HEADQUARTERS
INDEX: Award 2015 finalists BRCK were recently honoured with a visit from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg while he was in Kenya to meet with entrepreneurs and developers. “He’s interested in cool tech that solves real problems and I think to his credit,” Erik Hersman, Founder of BRCK, told Forbes. “He really does care about getting the internet to emerging markets and get it out to the edge of the world.”

GETTING THE DOGGY-BAG WITHOUT THE DINE-IN PRICE
Dozens of food-sharing apps have emerged in recent years to help curb the 1.3 billion tonnes of food wasted every year. This time, new service Too Good to Go is helping customers get their hands on delicious ‘left-over’ dishes from restaurants and bakeries. The app works like any other food ordering service, but, dishes come at a fraction of the regular cost. It’s already running in the UK, and will soon be launched in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway and Switzerland.

GIANT PANDA NUMBERS ON THE RISE
After decades of work by conservationists to save the giant panda their work has finally paid off! The giant panda is officially off the endangered species list with its’ status official changed from “endangered” to “vulnerable”. The exciting update was announced for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Now, let’s keep up the good work and boost all our other endangered wildlife!

CARS REALLY ARE A WASTE OF SPACE
Cars pollute, they’re noisy, and they take up a lot of unnecessary space in our cities and towns. Just how much space could we save if we cut down? Check out this animation…

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Images: Go Digital, Kevin Dooley, BRCK, Bengt-re, and Joiseyshowaa.

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