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December-12-18
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Observing Snow
 
Citizen scientists are being tasked with the challenge of measuring snow depths in mountain regions, to aid researchers who can't get everywhere.

 
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BOOKS
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AI for Marketing and Product Innovation
 
Powerful new tools for predicting trends and closing sales.

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VIDEOS
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CIMON on ISS
 
The CIMON robot has been 'assisting' astronauts aboard the International Space Station with its own unique style of robotic interaction, and a bit of sass.
 
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Sun-in-a-Box
This radical concept from MIT stores heat generated from solar or wind power in large tanks of white-hot molten silicon which converts the light from the glowing metal back into electricity on demand.
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External Air Bag
Currently only available for side impact, the ZF external airbag reduces the impact of an accident while keeping the occupants in both cars safe and reduces severity of injuries by up to 30 percent.
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Home-type Bread Slicing Machine

My utility pending patent is "home type bread slicing machine" with a toaster unit next to it. It provides hygiene and time saving features. It also has a tray for gathering crumbles under the machine. My machine eliminates all the hassle of bread slicing operations during the daily use. It also stores the bread.

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Big Data Can Transform the Travel Industry
Dublin Airport, Ireland
Hackathons are all about generating big ideas and solving problems. They focus the mind on a specific challenge for a set length of time. Even if the end result is not a prototype that's good to go they often generate fascinating concepts that become the foundations for breakthrough innovations.
 
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Open Innovations
Johannesburg, South Africa • Oct 2-4, 2019
Focusing on “New Frontiers on Digital Transformation” to elevate the concept of “Open Innovations” as an enabler of human progress.
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Social Innovation
Deadline: Feb-22-19
The challenge is to develop a business model for Philippine communities that can turn waste into resources.
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A New Role for Humans: Prepping Data so AI can Learn to do Our Jobs

By Jorge Barba

The question is not whether AI will take over our jobs, it will, it’s how soon and how. One thing is for sure: it will happen in phases; first it will create new ones where it will augment our abilities not replace them. Organizations have loads of data about their customers, but that data needs to be cleaned and labeled before it’s fed into an algorithm that will make sense of it all.

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Starving for Nutrients
Can you starve yourself of nutrients while simultaneously gaining weight? Rising carbon dioxide levels are making food less nutritious, robbing us of vitamins essential to human development.
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Plant-Robot Hybrid
Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. Using its own internal electrical signals, the plant is interfaced with a robotic extension that drives it toward light.
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designed novel promoter-gene constructs that were used to stably transform rice plants.
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We've enjoyed compiling the newsletter for you this past year, and look forward to bringing you the latest and greatest innovations in 2019!

Best of the Season to You

"Innovation is about changing reality. Creativity is about changing perception."
– Luc de Brabandere

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