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Instantaneous assistance

There’s already a guide for detecting breast cancer early. In medical emergencies, being able to access information quickly can be the difference between life and death. When a student from Mannheim found a first-aid information leaflet in the depths of his wallet, he designed an app to help guide people through emergency situations. His list of 18 emergencies includes...

Mission Control

Sticking with resolutions can be tough. Like giving up smoking. A French startup, for example, is offering support. Their app is based on cognitive and behavioral therapies, and uses games and positive reinforcement to help individuals achieve their aims. Targets are set and monitored step by step, while users can track money and time saved or a visual representation...

Natural savings

Laughing reduces stress. A walk in the forest, meanwhile, is good for our mood. A report by the British agency, Forest Research, confirms that spending 30 minutes a week among trees has a noticeable effect on our wellbeing. Immune systems are strengthened, and mental health improved (heard about this blood test?) Over 200 million euro have been saved in...

Interactive implant

A zipper can give our shoes an easy makeover. And if our cell phone battery is running low, this might help. Meanwhile in Australia, students from Sydney University have developed a DIY-insole using mushroom spores to treat foot-related health issues at home. The innovation comes in a simple kit, with a cardboard model for the base structure, quick-growing mushroom...

Absorbing development

Our appearance says a lot about us. But our blood can tell us more. A Californian startup is extracting menstrual blood from tampons in order to gain valuable information. Women can access the service by sending their used tampons for testing. At the lab, the blood is removed by machine and examined. The results provide information both on fertility...

Fruity addition

Fresh air, vitamin C and zinc are all good for our immune system. Fish, meanwhile, need clean water. Now, a university research team from Russia has hit upon an unusual link between tropical fruit and tilapia fish. Giving the fish pineapple peel powder as a feed additive boosted their disease resistance. For 8 weeks, 4 different groups of fish...

Light liberation

Accurate, reliable assistance always provides relief. Take these machines, for example. And what about this Polish startup currently testing solutions for disinfecting hospitals? Their autonomous robots are equipped with UV-C light and radiation and break down the DNA protein structure of viruses, killing 99.9% of pathogens. The machines, which also have cameras, move seamlessly through rooms. If a human...

Two’s company

Interactive music events allow friends to dance together virtually. If something’s bothering us, we tend to confide in our closest friends. Now, a startup based in Stockholm has launched a chat app to help people deal with mental challenges. In a break from tradition, the service is anonymous and connects people of the same gender. Users can choose whether...

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