Seven from Seven: Fusion reactors and waiting lists

14th May 2021

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

  1. BBC News takes a look at a UK start-up that has plans to build a fusion reactor, based on the reaction that powers the sun, to provide a plentiful source of zero carbon energy, from only a tiny amount of fuel.
  2. After two months on Mars, NASA’s Perseverance rover split a small amount of the carbon dioxide in the red planet’s atmosphere to produce breathable oxygen.
  3. A new report predicts what life will look like in 20 years, from connected underground greenhouses to grow food, to drones to call people in for meals.
  4. Adidas and Allbirds have created the world’s lowest carbon footprint performance running shoe, with less than 3kg per pair – roughly the equivalent of seven miles driven in the average car.
  5. Musician Imogen Heap has created a collection of six audio-visual non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that are carbon negative.
  6. NHS England announces a £160 million initiative in which artificial intelligence will be used to decide who gets treated most quickly.
  7. The Times explores the winning entries of Creative Earth, a nationwide children’s art competition launched last December and open to everyone under 16 in Britain, which will form a display at COP26.

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