Urine – liquid gold fertiliser

Research around plant fertilisers has shown that urine could be a viable alternative to harmful synthetic plant fertilisers. Toopi Organics, a start-up with a lab in the south of France near Bordeaux, has been collecting urine since 2019 and investigating...

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Precision medicine investor returns

Svante Paabo and Hugo Zeberg (German researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) released a study in Nature on 30 Sept. 2020 indicating that individuals with genes inherited from Neanderthals are involved in some of the most...

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Hydrogen fuel changes aviation’s future?

ZeroAvia’s Piper M-class, the first six-seat plane in the world powered by hydrogen (H2) fuel cells, took flight on the 24th of September to mark the completion of the first step towards commercial zero-emission flights. ZeroAvia, a private company,...

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Liquid biopsies – an unbiased diagnosis

Scientists in the US have carried out liquid biopsy (as opposed to tissue biopsy) research throughout the summer of 2020 in order to learn how to diagnose cancer through the use of blood tests. The tests are referred to...

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Is ESG driving Renewables?

Luke Oliver, Head of Index Investing Americas at DWS Group (DWS.DE: XETRA), a leading issuer, told CNBC's ETF Edge in an interview on 14 Sept. 2020 that Environmental, Social and Governmental (ESG) filters as an investment decision factor has...

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NIH ‘Shark Tank’ Awards – Update?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US announced in August that it had awarded $248.7m to 7 companies out of 650 applicants in order to accelerate the development of Covid-19 diagnostic tests. The NIH fund allocation was a...

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Might climate friendly housing be another niche market that gets a dramatic boost?

Tim De Chant, a climate journalist and lecturer at MIT, reported in Undark on the 20th of August how households in the US use up almost 2x the amount of energy as households in Europe. US homes produce approximately...

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Immune response and catching Covid twice

The Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute of the New York Blood Centre and Rockefeller University in June concluded that herd immunity is not as simple as it sounds but that antibody testing retains a key role in localised lockdowns....

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We estimate that the robots and drones market will reach a value of $35.9bn by 2030E

The Financial Times reported recently that Covid-19 has severely impacted the agriculture sector, with farms all over the world faced with fields of fruits and vegetables left unharvested as workers are unable to work due to travel restrictions or...

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The incorporation of smart technology into agriculture can help farmers manage risk

Nespresso, in partnership with Blue Marble Microinsurance (a UK company), launched a pilot weather index insurance program in 2018 to provide coverage for crop losses due to climate shocks. The programme assists small and independent farmers in Colombia in the...

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