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Joy squared

Old furniture can find a new home. And, thanks to a London-based startup, children’s cuddly toys needn’t end up in the trash either. The concept is simple enough: kids inevitably move on, but old toys can still bring joy to someone new. Tired teddies and stuffed animals are donated to the female founder’s startup directly in the post. There...

Protective sorting

Thanks to a small robot, visually-impaired children can be better integrated into conversations. However, young people, and young women in particular, often see more than they bargained for in chat rooms or on social media. Images of male sexual parts, for example. Or hate-filled comments and insulting statements about gender. Which is why a female founder and her Berlin-based...

Positional disclosure

Monitoring the fish population could prevent overfishing. Where industrial fishing is concerned, however, there is still room for improvement. Using satellite images and vessel GPS trackers, a US-based non-profit organisation collated 2 million gigabytes of data spanning the years 2017-2021. Data harnessed, in turn, to train an artificial intelligence that could map vessel activities and offshore infrastructure such as...

Fair training

Creatives can transform their stories into games or compose music on smartphones and share it on their socials. The most well-known AI chatbots are trained using data that software firms find on the internet - even if creatives haven't consented to its use. Reason enough for a US-based organisation to try and make things more equitable. Their method? To...

Lovely liberation

Modern tests for mosquito sprays use an artificial hydrogel skin. The effectiveness of new medication, meanwhile, can be analysed without harming animals. But animal testing hasn’t gone away. Enter a US-based Non-Profit-Organisation which has acquired an entire testing facility in Oklahoma, sparing 200 cats and dogs from further experimentation. The labs on the 120,000 square metre property were formerly...

Human mathematics

Thanks to 3D-printed alternatives, things are getting better for living test objects. Animals, too, could soon be spared chemical testing thanks to the work of an Edinburgh-based research team. Using a 3D printer, the team created a model comprising five interconnected compartments and filled each of those with human cells from the brain, heart, lungs, liver and kidney respectively....

Power stage

Birds have rhythm in their blood and dancers are onto something pretty cool. Just like an organisation from London who is giving around 100 former homeless people the chance to star in an opera - whether front- or backstage. The artists come from London, Nottingham and Manchester. Each performance comprises 9 parts, co-written during creative workshops by people with...

Striking balance

Black humour and sarcasm can be detected in online feedback. How we deal with tricky conversations in real life, meanwhile, is influenced by our ability to recognise and process not just our own feelings, but those of others. Cue a startup from Ukraine offering a wide range of support for those seeking to enhance their emotional intelligence. Their app...

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