Seven from Seven: Sustainable Gum and Printable Steaks

10th December 2021

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

  1. McDonald’s has opened its first wind turbine and solar panel-powered net-zero store in Market Drayton as a blueprint for other UK sites.
  2. A report has found that Chinese officials used a ‘weather modification system’ to control rainfall on 70,000 participants attending a parade for Xi Jinping by launching silver iodide particles to clear the sky.
  3. An NFT (non-fungible token) Digital Art piece by the pseudonymous artist ‘Pak’ has broken records for the highest price ever paid for a work by a living artist after being sold for a jaw-dropping £695 million.
  4. The world’s largest lab-grown and 3D printed steak weighing in at 3.67 ounces has been produced from fat and muscle cells from a living cow.
  5. Uber has launched new technology that will detect if a driver is taking an unusual route or making prolonged stops in measures to help protect the safety of its riders.
  6. A plastic-free, vegan and biodegradable chewing gum brand, Nuud, which made its retail debut in the UK in early 2021, has received major funding to expand its ‘Chew Plants Not Plastic’ campaign.
  7. Elon Musk’s company Neuralink wants to start installing a coin-sized microchip into human brains to stimulate and monitor neuron activity as early as 2022.

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