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Out of space

A 4G network could soon be on the moon. And speaking of space, an American startup is bringing SMART and environmentally-friendly tyres developed by NASA back down to earth. Made from an alloy comprising nickel and titanium, the space agency designed the tyre to withstand rough terrain and extreme temperatures. Similar to chainmail, metallic wires are interwoven to form...

Sustainable extension

Not everyone needs to wait so long for a hair appointment thanks to a Toronto startup. But those using hair extensions are often obliged to make do with plastic products. A team of Black female founders in America is hoping to change that, however, and has developed a plant-based alternative to traditional hair extensions. In place of a synthetic...

Suitable care

One app offers disability assistance for those changing trains, while another helps those with Parkinson’s navigate the web. Now a startup from Berlin has created a platform which enables families to find caregivers for their loved ones. Carers are matched to a patient’s specific needs, and are subject to background checks - even when coming from abroad. Once chosen,...

Speedy provision

Water with plant-based surfactants can contain smouldering fires faster. Now, a Michigan-based startup has developed a mobile solution to supply electricity quickly during outages caused by natural disasters. Their trailer is equipped with solar panels, a battery for storing electricity and a fuel cell powered by sustainable hydrogen. Thanks to augmented reality training, anyone can operate the system within...

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...

Studied exchange

School children are exchanging video messages about books while seniors and students pool their wisdom by living together. Now, thanks to an Indian startup, anyone wishing to attend a British, American or Canadian university can consult with those already there. Users of the personalised call service can discuss a range of topics with current students, from accommodation and campus...

Safe diversion

Birds base their flight path on the earth's magnetic field. Meeting a wind turbine en route, however, is unfortunate for both bird and turbine. Which is why a startup from Greece has developed a system that diverts the animals while simultaneously minimising the off-time of the electricity generators. Thermal imaging- and high-resolution cameras provide round-the-clock surveillance for critical areas...

Preparatory development

With the right equipment, children with disabilities can operate computers. Now, together with the Technical University in Berlin, a German startup has developed an online course to make coding more accessible for 7-16 year-olds. Once a week in one-hour video chats, trained coaches explain how code is developed. In small groups, children then learn about Python in a playful...

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