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Monday, 7 June 2021
Good morning kwippers. Last week, a forest appeared in the middle of central London overnight as part of the London Design Biennale. The 'Forest for Change' was installed in the courtyard of Somerset House and within the forest, visitors are guided through the most ambitious plan the world has to end poverty, fight inequality and halt climate change. Es Devlin, Artistic Director of the Biennale and the designer of this unique project, partnered with screenwriter Richard Curtis (best known for 'Love Actually' and 'Notting Hill') to create this stunning scene. Watch the video here to see how the forest appeared overnight and learn more about the 17 UN Global Goals, which are the inspiration for the Forest for Change. 

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SUSTAINABILITY  

Bring on the 4 day week

A new study by Platform London and the 4 Day Week Campaign has found that a four-day working week (with no loss of pay) would significantly reduce the UK's carbon footprint and help meet its binding climate targets. Moving to a four-day week by 2025 would shrink the UK's emissions by 127m tonnes, a reduction of over 20% and equivalent to taking the country's entire private car fleet off the road. In recent years, the concept of a shorter working week has gained traction, with the governments of Spain and Scotland launching national level pilot schemes. Some large companies have also announced similar trials, e.g. Unilever is currently running a year-long trial in New Zealand. Advocates of a shorter working week state that it would create jobs, improve people's mental and physical health and strengthen communities. Fewer working hours would also reduce energy use in the workplace and slash transport emissions by cutting back on commuting. 

INNOVATION

Could implants become mainstream?

Using wearable technology to monitor our health and fitness has become more mainstream recently, but what if we moved these devices inside our bodies? Swedish start-up DSRuptive does exactly this by using small glass capsules (the size of a grain of rice) as injectable implants. Last week, the company announced the successful results of the first clinical study showing the effectiveness of these injectable implants in monitoring body temperature. The idea is simple: the small glass capsule is injected under the skin and is biocompatible, i.e. our bodies don't attack them, they just ignore them. The capsule contains sensors and users can read the information from the sensors via a smartphone app.

The idea of biocompatible implants isn't that new - we've used these on animals for years with no issues. However, this is the first time we're exploring how implantable devices can be used medically. DSRuptive is exploring two key medical use cases: fertility (e.g. when ovulation occurs) and monitoring pandemics. For the latter, the devices may be able to show fever occurrences and alert hospitals to incoming waves of patients. There are obviously risks around data sensitivity here, however the team believes that these devices will do more good than harm in the long run.

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THE LOW DOWN

  • NASA announces two new missions to Venus
  • Sri Lanka braces for oil spill from sunken cargo ship
  • Etsy buys secondhand clothing app Depop to tap into Gen Z
  • G7 backs making climate risk disclosure mandatory
  • Turkey races to prevent marine disaster as sea life suffocated by slime
  • Denmark approves giant artificial island off Copenhagen, but environmental concerns remain

#Showerthoughts

  • Putting a wool sweater on your dog is putting a wolf in sheep's clothing.
  • The most unbelievable thing in Guardians of the Galaxy is the fact that a cassette tape could still be playable after 25 years of frequent playing.
  • The biggest problem with flying cars would not be traffic but the constant garbage thrown by careless drivers flying above you.
  • Cloudy skies are used to represent sadness and stormy skies represent anger. But the stormy sky is also cloudy which shows that anger really is another way of expressing sadness.
  • A child crying over spilled milk isn’t as common as a child crying about parents screaming at them over spilled milk.

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