Seven From Seven: Flavour-making chopsticks and net zero flight

22nd April 2022

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

  1. Boots announced that it will stop selling plastic-based wet wipes by the end of 2022.
  2. Climate Science will be the newest optional GCSE from 2025. Students will now be able to learn about environmental and sustainability issues by being taught subjects such as urbanisation and animal habitats.
  3. Huffington Post reports that an app could soon help you test for Covid-19 by coughing into your phone five times. The app records the sound of the cough and uses AI to analyse the type and severity of the illness.
  4. Electric chopsticks put the flavour back into a low-sodium diet by transmitting a weak electrical current to simulate saltiness on the user’s tongue.
  5. Instant messaging app Telegram has rolled out a new update that it claims could help save lives by stopping the spread of misinformation in Ukraine.
  6. The UK government is working with aviation experts to develop planes that run on batteries and hydrogen. The new Zero Emission Flight (ZEF) Delivery Group will be working alongside the government to make net-zero flights a reality.
  7. Artificial nerve cells made from biocompatible materials have been made in a lab for the first time. The innovation may one day be used in synthetic tissues to repair organs such as the heart or the eyes.

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