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Level playing field

Many do it. To balance workload, have fun, or simply to feel less alone. But the world of online gaming doesn’t always afford everyone the same opportunities. Fortunately an industry leader has recognized this and pledged over 1 million dollars to a non-profit organization founded by a former Air Force and secret service operative, whose aim is to make...

Chop and change

We take on average 17 minutes to consume our meals. Which equates to something of a cameo appearance for chopsticks, given the distance they travel to reach our dining table – especially when their final destination is usually the trash. A Canadian startup is putting an end to this by providing recycled chopsticks with a thrill-seeking second life. Forget...

On the mark

All cats are grey in the dark. Colors help us to remember things – at school, in the office, at home and when we study. The proof is in the glow of the 35 billion marker pens that are thrown away each year. Time to give the plastic marker a more eco-friendly existence, at least according to the design...

Beneficial exercise

Interviews, appearing on stage, the menopause… all can bring us out in a sweat. And sport. Now researchers in Singapore have developed a novel film to keep us cool when we exert ourselves. Two highly hygroscopic chemicals make sure that sweat evaporates from our skin swiftly: fifteen times more moisture can be absorbed at six times the rate compared...

Magic mushroom

Peace helps us to revitalize, especially if we are used to loud environments. Most materials used in soundproofing are difficult to recycle, however. Scientists at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have turned to fungus for the answer, or rather its vegetative component, mycelium. Lab-developed mycelium is mixed with a substrate made of straw, wood fibers and waste from the food industry,...

Zip and go

Changing your outfit doesn’t have to mean buying a whole new ensemble; often it’s enough just to vary one aspect. A simple idea that’s currently shaking up the footwear industry thanks to a Nigerian startup and its modular shoe. The sole is comprised of an algae-based foam, while the uppers are woven from recycled plastic. All very elegant and...

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