Seven from Seven: Plastic Fantastic and Cutting Edge Strawberries

26th March 2021

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

  1. Sir James Dyson and his team have produced its first crop of high-tech strawberries in a 15-acre glasshouse in Lincolnshire, in what is a completely carbon neutral, circular farming system.
  2. Hasan Nawaz, CEO of embedded finance provider, HUBUC, explores how embedded financial services are shaping the future of financial services and represent an exciting opportunity for businesses and banks to transform for the better.
  3. Sir David Attenborough has appeared in a video campaign for a new, ground-breaking plastic recycling facility in northeast England, capable of recycling all types of plastic, alongside other naturalists calling for oceans to be protected.
  4. Raconteur investigates how virtual and augmented reality have the potential to improve educational experiences for schoolchildren, students, surgeons, and construction workers.
  5. Chefs Jo Barrett and Matt Stone live in a zero-waste “future home” in Melbourne, Australia, a closed-loop house, and part-time restaurant that relies on green tech, aquaponics to grow food, solar panels, biodigesters, and smart-waste systems.
  6. New Scientist reports that machine learning could enable tiny microrobots to swim through fluid without being buffeted by particles, therefore helping to mimic how bacteria correct their direction of travel as they move through liquid, which is crucial to the study of microscopic living organisms.
  7. A poll of teachers commissioned by the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize has found that STEM curricula in UK schools are not fit for purpose and should focus on helping pupils to change the world for the better.

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