Seven from Seven: Astronauts and Potty-training cows

17th September 2021

Each week, we scour the worlds of innovation, tech for good and social impact to bring you seven of our top stories…

  1. An all-female, Finnish health tech company is developing a stem cell treatment that can regenerate cells in the cornea, potentially curing certain types of blindness caused by burns or trauma which are presently untreatable.
  2. The NHS has announced a large-scale trial across England to test a new blood test which detects over fifty difficult-to-find cancers before symptoms appear, by identifying fragments of DNA shed from the tumours in the bloodstream.
  3. Researchers are potty training cows so that they regularly use a latrine which captures their waste before it turns into nitrous oxide, reducing their carbon footprint.
  4. With paint being the second largest source of microplastics in the ocean due to corroding industrial structures in the ocean, a Norwegian company has designed a vacuum that will catch the old paint and blast materials before they enter the ocean.
  5. SpaceX’s Inspiration4 mission has been launched, sending four amateur astronauts into space to complete their private mission to orbit.
  6. A global study of more than 10,000 young people aged 16-25 has found that a perceived failure from governments and nations on climate action is leading to cases of distress, anxiety, and fear.
  7. Liverpool’s new Pandemic Institute has been launched to research the threat of new emerging diseases and prevent future pandemics.

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