Seven from Seven: Cow burps and coffee

23rd April 2021

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

  1. A cheap, simple cure for snoring – a treatment called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) – could reduce the risk of dementia by more than a third, researchers have found.
  2. Sifted introduces Mootral, an Anglo-Swiss agri-tech firm, that launched a carbon credit, based on more eco-friendly cow burps. The idea is to pay to feed cows supplements that make them emit less methane, given that one cow emits as much greenhouse gas as six Volkswagen Golfs.
  3. The Telegraph breaks down how to spot greenwashing, from ‘take-back’ schemes to fabric misconceptions, as well as the tools to help consumers to distinguish fact from gimmick.
  4. Scientists say a coffee plant that can grow in warmer conditions could help future-proof the drink against climate change, as good coffee will become increasingly difficult to grow as temperatures rise.
  5. Researchers in Italy have programmed a robot with the ability to vocalise its thought processes, making its underlying decision-making more transparent to the user.
  6. Scientists have developed the world’s most effective malaria vaccine, R21/Matrix-M: the first to achieve the World Health Organisation-specified 75 per cent efficacy goal.
  7. Forbes highlights that while fintech is providing financially inclusive solutions, one major factor in financial exclusion we sometimes fail to consider is connectivity, with many individuals unable to access internet-based solutions – this should be a consideration for future innovators.

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