Seven from Seven: Clean power and young inventors

12th February 2021

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

  1. Researchers in Cumbria have found a way of creating cheap and clean power from decaying isotopes, attracting interest from the UK government as a possible way to transition from combustion engines to EVs without breaking the grid.
  2. In a report on the impact of coronavirus on men and women, a committee of MPs has concluded that Government policies have favoured men, failing to consider the labour market and caring inequalities faced by women during the pandemic.
  3. Nesta Challenges’ Maddy Kavanagh talks to the TES about sparking inventiveness in young people, sharing insights from the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize to show how innovation competitions can support teachers to inspire students.
  4. Polling for the Daily Express shows just how ready Britain is for a green revolution, with a large proportion of those polled worried about climate change and its implications and ranking it as an important Governmental priority.
  5. A survey of students in England reveals that children studying for exams and those from disadvantaged families are the most likely to have suffered severe disruption to their learning and motivation during the pandemic.
  6. The Daily Mail reports that global emissions of the ozone-destroying chemical used in fridges and insulation, CFC-11, have fallen rapidly after a spike in 2018.
  7. Forbes breaks down the different ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) can solve societal challenges and promote social good, from reporting sexual harassment to assisting people living independently with difficulties.

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