Seven from Seven: Playlists and Mummies

7th 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. According to the Guardian, an NHS trust is conducting trials to see if an algorithm can curate music playlists to reduce suffering in Alzheimer’s patients as well as in stressed medical staff.
  2. Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have discovered new technology to enable users of smart watches to power their gadgets with sweat.
  3. A Dutch brand has embedded flower seeds into single-use rice paper masks to cut down on plastic pollution, with the seeds germinating and growing into wildflowers when planted into soil and watered.
  4. The Brazilian Amazon, long believed to be absorbing human-caused pollution, has emitted close to one-fifth more carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere than it has stored.
  5. Thanks to a recent radiological analysis, researchers have discovered that a mummy, first thought to have been a male priest, was in fact a pregnant woman, likely from a noble background.
  6. A study carried out by researchers in Germany has discovered that a counselling android can use caring physical contact to comfort and persuade humans.
  7. 16,000 new jobs could be created in restoring nature and planting trees in areas worst hit by the jobs crisis, a report says.

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