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Trending Innovations in Dental Tech

A dental services report conducted by Healthwatch England has illustrated the difficulties that are experienced by people trying to access dental services in the UK. Waiting list time has been exacerbated by pandemic pressures, with some people waiting anywhere between a few months to three years to get an NHS appointment. A further NHS study has explored the other reasons that people may face reduced access to oral healthcare: 27% of respondents avoid dental treatments altogether due to the costs and 23% of respondents only visit the dentist when they require treatment due to fear of the dentist. More…

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Smart homes & telemedicine:
the future of healthcare?

The rapid growth of the aged population has caused an immense increase in the need for personal care, particularly for people with chronic conditions such as dementia or diabetes. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Innovation Index 2019, the number of people living with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014 and is rising even more rapidly now in low to middle income countries. More…

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World Meteorological Day: Interesting inventions that help us predict the
weather

Every year we celebrate the World Meteorological Day to commemorate the creation of the World Meteorological Organization. Since the first ever weather forecast by Robert FitzRoy in the 19th century, scientists have developed tools and technologies to help better predict the weather. With extreme weather events becoming more and more common due to climate change, it is now more important than ever to be able to predict and be better prepared for these conditions. More…

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Can you patent a Woolly Mammoth? An unclear ethical line in
de-extinction science

In a recent article in the popular science and technology publication Wired, writer Matt Reynolds explores the practical implications of why “You’re (Maybe) Gonna Need a Patent for That Woolly Mammoth”.

The idea that scientists are modifying DNA and racing to bring extinct species back from the dead may conjure up thoughts of worst-case scenarios as depicted in Jurassic Park films. If, like in the films, genetic engineering (cutting and pasting genes in DNA from two organisms to create new genetic material) is successful in resurrecting the woolly mammoth, does the inventiveness of combining two naturally pre-existing genes qualify the new species for patent protection? Or is the new organism protected by nature? More…

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Ordinary and Extraordinary
Valentine’s Day patents

Valentine’s Day, the day known for romantic couples to shower their other half with gifts and tokens of appreciation. Chocolates, flowers and jewellery are some of the most popular gifts to give and receive and, like any invention, many of these gifts are protected by patents. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or avoid it like the plague, here are some of the ordinary and extraordinary Valentine’s Day patents. More…

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World Cancer Day: Innovations in the
fight against cancer

Cancer is an affliction that has been known to humanity for thousands of years. According to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer claiming 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives, making the importance of research and development in this area is undeniable. During the past 250 years we have witnessed many ground-breaking discoveries in our efforts to fight cancer. Let’s take a closer look at some of these past and current developments that have helped prolong and save countless lives.

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Festive patents to bring some holiday cheer!

Each year, inventors are inspired by the festive period and come up with an array of novel ideas to celebrate the holidays. Many inventors will decide to protect their creations and their intellectual property by applying for a patent, which will sometimes in turn allow them to commercialise the said invention. So, let’s dive into some of the finest festive patents! More…

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Ocean Conservation through
Innovation

Our oceans are vital to humans’ survival, the balance of ecosystems and the future of our planet. For decades, climate change, pollution, and unsustainable fishing has put widespread and severe pressure on oceans and marine life. This in turn has a knock-on effect causing marine fisheries to diminish, with some species being hunted to near extinction, bleaching of coral reefs, rising sea levels, falling pH levels and the proliferation of toxic algae. However, it is not all doom and gloom. Ocean conservation efforts have intensified over recent years with the development and adoption of disruptive technologies to help preserve marine life and reverse or curb these longstanding threats.

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Spaceflight company, OrbitX, joins the LOT network

The Philippines’ first commercial spaceflight company, Orbital Exploration Technologies (or OrbitX) is developing the country’s first suborbital launch vehicles; powered by renewable, low-fuel made from waste plastics. The space travel start-up is aiming to launch their first rockets between 2023 and 2024.

The start-up was founded by Dexter Baño Jr. in 2019. The same year that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Philippine Space Act, which has paved the way for the setting up of a new Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA).

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Shell Phones: Nature Inspiring
Innovation

Smartphones are now a huge part of modern life, but with the screens currently made from glass, these are easily broken. When this happens, you are often faced with the dilemma: do you pay a fortune to replace it or make do with peering through the broken glass? A team of Bioengineers at McGill University in Canada may have found a potential solution, looking to nature and the humble mollusc shell.

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