Decentralised energy grids and renewables get a boost from Centrica

Decentralised energy grids and renewables get a boost from Centrica

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy, and decentralised micro and tied-storage grids, are transforming the way energy is produced, transmitted and sold, so Centrica is testing the waters to see whether or not blockchain could play a vital role in the future of energy.   Blockchain is increasingly being...

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Diagnose the onset of dementia using your voice and this smartphone app

Diagnose the onset of dementia using your voice and this smartphone app

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to diagnose cognitive conditions using just a smartphone, even if you have no formal access to healthcare, will help millions of people catch the signs of dementia earlier, meaning they can seek treatment sooner.   WinterLight Labs in the US have just announced...

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Smartphone app uses selfies to detect Pancreatic Cancer

Smartphone app uses selfies to detect Pancreatic Cancer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year thousands of people die from Pancreatic Cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer, but now people can screen for it in the comfort of their own home using just their smartphone and an app.   Better screening tools for all Cancer...

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Empatica’s smartwatch predicts Epileptic seizures

Empatica’s smartwatch predicts Epileptic seizures

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Epileptic seizures are debilitating, but they can also be fatal, this latest breakthrough pre-warns people before they have them.   Embrace is a smartwatch of a different kind. It’s able to tell time, analyse sleep patterns, and, more crucially, it’s also able to tell if you’re about...

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New smartphone app lets users detect fatal heart conditions at home

New smartphone app lets users detect fatal heart conditions at home

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to detect fatal heart conditions before they kill you is a good thing… enough said.   The most common type of Arrhythmia, a form of atrial fibrillation, is an irregular beating of the heart that can lead to stroke, blood clots, or heart...

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Ultrasound on a smartphone, Butterfly Network release the iQ

Ultrasound on a smartphone, Butterfly Network release the iQ

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Healthcare in many countries is expensive and difficult to access, tools like these help democratise access to vital services helping people live longer, healthier lives.   Engineer Jonathan Rothberg became famous for creating the world’s first DNA sequencer on a chip called the Ion Torrent back in...

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AI can now identify your health problems but just looking at you

AI can now identify your health problems but just looking at you

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Millions of people around the world go untreated because doctors can’t diagnose, or sometimes even see, their symptoms, but now AI can use photos to identify health conditions in seconds not days, weeks or years.   Patient number two was born to first-time parents, late...

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Artificial intelligence identifies skin cancer as well as trained doctors

Artificial intelligence identifies skin cancer as well as trained doctors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every year tens of millions of people around the world are diagnosed with skin cancer, and Stanford’s artificial intelligence app could save tens of thousands of lives.   It’s scary enough making a doctor’s appointment to see if a strange mole could be cancerous so...

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Artificial intelligence diagnoses disease by listening to your voice

Artificial intelligence diagnoses disease by listening to your voice

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Your voice can tell people a lot about how you’re feeling, but now machine learning is taking diagnosis to the next level.   Over the past few years technology has been finding a way to produce more and more innovative ways to diagnose disease, but...

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Researchers prove your smart watch can flag when you’re getting ill

Researchers prove your smart watch can flag when you’re getting ill

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every doctor will tell you that the earlier you can detect and diagnose disease the better your chances of recovery, and the swifter it will be, now smart devices might know you’re ill before you do.   Wearables have been struggling to find a “killer...

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Nasdaq-GE blockchain paves the way for Virtual Power Plants and distributed energy grids

Nasdaq-GE blockchain paves the way for Virtual Power Plants and distributed energy grids

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nasdaq imagines a day when you can bypass the local power company and buy power from whoever you like – even your neighbours.   Imagine a day when the national rail company buys its power from collectives of neighbourhood consortiums who have an excess from...

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