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A therapeutic contact lens
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A therapeutic contact lens

Glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in the world, is impossible to cure. However, it is possible to prevent this degeneration through surgery, using laser or with a drug, latanoprost, adm...
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  • Better hearing through plastic
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    Better hearing through plastic

    The World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the 270 million hearing impaired people across the world live in developing nations. Every year, fewer than ten million hearing aids are manu...

  • Paying with plastic
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    Paying with plastic

    The Bank of Canada has unveiled its new polymer banknotes. By 2013, the new notes will replace the old paper dollars, starting with $100 and $50 notes, followed by $20, $10 and $5 bills. The new ba...

  • The body electric
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    The body electric

    A recent discovery by researchers at North Carolina's Wake Forest University Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials could allow body heat to be converted into electric current. The resea...

  • A polymer retina
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    A polymer retina

    An Italian research team, from the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, has shown that a photovoltaic polymer can restore light-sensing capabilities to damaged retinas, offering hope of a simple ...

  • Berlin's biodegradable bags
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    Berlin's biodegradable bags

    Berlin’s municipal waste management company Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR) and BASF have successfully completed a joint pilot project for using organic refuse bags made of Ecovio® FS biodegradable plas...

  • CTRUS, a revolutionary football
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    CTRUS, a revolutionary football

    This could be the ball of the 21st century: transparent, with an internal structure called the “skelle-core” and a synthetic outer skin, CTRUS can change colour according to where it is situated, via ...

  • World cup : Football shirts go green
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    World cup : Football shirts go green

    It’s now the turn of the world of football to become conscious of the need to preserve our environment.  Nike has made the first green move in creating shirts made entirely of recycled polyester, m...

  • Floors working for health
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    Floors working for health

    Forbo, one of the world leaders in flexible floor coverings, has just launched its first-born from its Solution Santé range dedicated to health problems in hospital environments: the compact PVC acous...

  • Furniture of the future
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    Furniture of the future

    Had enough of furniture assembly instructions written in gibberish? Belgian designer Carl de Smet de Noumenon may just have THE answer with the hi-tech "smart" furniture foam he is developing that can...

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