Seven from Seven: Lego and Space traffic

4th 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. The Telegraph investigates the rise of automation in the white-collar worker world, from PAs displaced by computer assistants, journalists up against machines with natural language processing and fighter pilots, replaced by AI.
  2. Academics have used Lego to show that people prefer addition over subtraction, even when it is against their interests, yielding findings which could help us better understand our impact on the planet and enable us to design better technology.
  3. Rapid Covid tests can now be recycled for the first time into children’s chairs, outdoor furniture, shopfitting materials among other things, thanks to a UK-based recycling company’s innovative solution.
  4. By imitating the double helix structure of DNA, researchers have found a way to make artificial muscle fibres far more powerful than those found in nature, with potential applications in prosthetic hands and dextrous robotic devices.
  5. An AI-driven space debris-dodging system could soon replace expert teams dealing with growing numbers of orbital collision threats and increased space traffic.
  6. An 11-year-old boy with chronic arthritis has written a book to help others understand his condition, writing about his diagnosis, treatments, and symptoms in a light-hearted way.
  7. A company has released a new beer made from smoke tainted-water, dandelions, and drought-tolerant grains – the last ingredients that may survive a world post-global warming.

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