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Bolivian inventor proves one man’s trash is another man’s drone

May 11 – A Bolivian inventor is proving that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, by taking cast-off materials and using them to make unmanned aerial vehicles. In developing countries like Bolivia, Alex Chipana says such innovative use of everyday materials could have a positive impact on the lives …

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Virtual workouts get a new spin

May 14 – Peloton is hoping to be the Apple of fitness with its sleek black bikes, complete with an oversized high tech screen that lets riders take boutique spin classes from their homes. Bobbi Rebell reports. Reuters Video: Small Business

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SensaBubble floats novel approach to digital messaging

May 20 – A device that projects text or pictures onto scented bubbles has been created by UK-based computer scientists. SensaBubble uses a concept called ‘chrono-sensory experiences’ to deliver messages its creators say, could be adapted for gaming, education, or even email communication. Jim Drury reports. Reuters Video: Small Business

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Bed sensor keeps unobtrusive eye on vital signs

May 25 – A bed sensor developed by an Israeli team is proving to be an effective and more reliable alternative to conventional patient monitoring technology. The sensor is designed to unobtrusively monitor a patient’s vital signs from beneath their mattress and is less prone to sending out false alarms …

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Scientists hail 3D table top as “mist” opportunity

June 12 – Researchers in the UK have developed a prototype three dimensional screen made of mist, that will allow multiple participants to interact with shared images. The MisTable’s inventors say their water-based technology could prove transformative in the business and education sectors. Jim Drury reports. Reuters Video: Small Business

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Cardiopad brings heart health to remote Cameroon communities

June 13 – A touch screen tablet invented by a 22-year-old Cameroonian engineer is helping doctors perform heart examinations on patients in remote, rural locations beyond the reach of specialists. Jim Drury has more. Reuters Video: Small Business

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Indonesian villagers cooking with gas – from garbage

June 15 – A community in East Java, Indonesia, is turning methane from the local garbage dump into gas for more than 400 homes. Local authorities have set up a system where methane produced by rotting waste is extracted and pumped to villages nearby, turning greenhouse gas emissions into useful …

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Environmentalists shine World Cup spotlight on “vulnerable” mascot

June 16 – With attention focused on the world’s greatest soccer stars in Brazil, conservationists are working hard to promote the plight of the animal being used as the official World Cup mascot. Known as Fuleco on posters and banners throughout the country, the three-banded armadillo is in decline, and …

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Raptor robot gives Usain Bolt a run for his money

June 18 – A bipedal robot modelled on the now extinct Velociraptor, can run faster than Usain Bolt, according to its developers. The Jamaican sprinter holds the 100 metres world record with a time of 9.58 seconds but South Korean researchers say their robot could leave him in the dust. …

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Organic farming culture brings burgeoning business for Fiji islanders

The remote Fijian island of Cicia has launched a novel business in organic produce that could prove to be a template for other developing communities around the world. The island declared itself chemical free and fully organic eight years ago and is now producing food that’s attracting the interest of …