A new generation of medical testing can help avoid invasive testing traditionally needed to find disease. New tests could detect cancer, liver disease, kidney failure, diabetes, asthma, and tuberculosis.
“Our blood goes through the lungs. Anything in the blood that is potentially volatile at body temperature, we can detect it in the breath. The limitation in the past has been because we didn’t have the technology to be able to measure these things in breath because they’re present in very small quantities,” said Dr. Raed Dweik, Director of the Pulmonary Vascular Program at the Cleveland Clinic.
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The latest textile technology is emerging and quite exciting. Sweden reveals the world’s first garment made entirely from recycled cotton. The end game is to advance technology to the point of adding nutrients to clothes so if they are composted, they would benefit the soil.
With the world population growing rapidly and the competition to stay fashionable, apparel consumption has almost doubled since 2010.
Traditional garment recycling methods transform used garments into other materials such as carpet padding and filler, but the end life of those secondary materials end up in landfills anyway.
Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology has developed a way of recreating cotton, which not only accounts for roughly a third of the world’s textile consumption but is also in danger of becoming a scarce resource. The technology allows for recycling of all materials that contain cellulose.
According to Teijin, a recycled polyester process reduces CO2 emissions by 77% compared to polyester made from petroleum. The process also reduces the consumption of petroleum, the raw material from which polyester is made.
“The dyes are a problem, which is why we need innovation in dyes,” Lewis Perkins, senior vice president of the San Francisco-based Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute says. “But in the future we could even add valuable nutrients to clothes, which would benefit the soil when we compost them.”
Now that’s what I call full-circle recycle processes!
SolaRoad in Krommenie, the Netherlands, will be the world’s first cycle path with embedded solar panels. Around 2,000 cyclists ride its two lanes on an average day. Solar panels embedded in the cycle path near Amsterdam could generate enough electricity to power three houses, with potential to extend the technology to roads.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our roads act like solar panels? And if we could drive our vehicles with the solar power generated by this? That was the brainchild of the developers at SolaRoad and what led to the first solar cycle path.
What kernel of an idea do you have that will revolutionize the way we live in this world?