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India-based start-up Next Big Innovation Labs (NBIL) is taking 3D printing to the next level, using the technology for bioprinting human skin. Aside from manufacturing a potential viable replacement for animal testing, NBIL hopes to bring Innoskin to the medical sector for clinical use cases such as skin grafts to treat injuries.
As our reliance on tech increases, there’s a growing need to reduce e-waste while conserving metals vital to building tech products. The solution may lie in the tiniest of organisms: microbes. These microscopic life forms can extract metals such as cobalt, gold, and platinum from the devices we toss into landfills.
Researchers and scientists are constantly finding ways to train artificial intelligence to solve complex problems — from answering phones to driving cars — and they’re increasingly looking to nature for inspiration. Understanding animal behavior, it seems, can help intelligent systems discover optimal solutions.
That’s where ants come in.
As the planet warms, researchers and startups are developing innovative technologies for a cooler and more energy-efficient future.
Creating reliably random numbers isn’t as easy as you think, but a new alliance of organizations and individuals is decentralizing randomness for more equitable and trustworthy applications.
"While emojis have made strides toward diversity, they still have a long way to go when it comes to representation. A more diverse approving body and a more transparent and inclusive approval process could lead to emojis that represent different cultures."
While the language began more than 25 years ago as a way to style and lay out pages on the web, CSS has since evolved to become a crucial element of user interfaces, a means of improving user experience, a vehicle for accessibility, and a major technology in front-end development. Yet developers are increasingly finding new ways to extend its limits, proving that there’s more to the language than just style—it’s also filled with substance.
Societal assumptions about women have historically placed them in the home as house-wives and caregivers. As such, cities and public spaces haven’t been built to address their particular needs. Their voices, historically missing, aren’t reflected in the everyday design of the cities they live and work in. This highlights the need to actively incorporate women’s perspectives in designing and planning urban spaces.
"These incidents have not gone unnoticed as lawmakers and city officials are starting to take action to make women feel safer on the streets. Quezon City, the largest and most populous city in Metro Manila, revised its Gender and Development Code on May 16 to include penalties for sexual harassment of women in public spaces."
"Combined support from academia, the state and the private sector is likely needed to enable social enterprises to expand and strengthen their role in supporting women."
Each weeknight, The Free Store redistributes up to 1,500 surplus food items to anyone who wants them—no questions asked. More than a solution just to curb waste, The Free Store has grown into a community food source.
"The safety pin’s origins as a fibula highlight class differences, but its current use to signify solidarity emphasizes support for marginalized communities. The safety pin has always offered a way to hold clothing together. Now it transcends that utility, promising to hold people together too."