Solar paint converts water vapor into hydrogen fuel

Via Inhabitat:

Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne have created a revolutionary new solar paint that can be used to produce endless amounts of clean energy. The innovative paint draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. As a result, hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source.

Source: http://inhabitat.com/revolutionary-solar-paint-creates-endless-energy-from-water-vapor/

Treating burns with fish skin

Reuters reports on the successful use of Tilapia skin to treat patients with burns instead of using bandages. From the article: 

Researchers in Brazil are experimenting with a new treatment for severe burns using the skin of tilapia fish, an unorthodox procedure they say can ease the pain of victims and cut medical costs.

Via Reuters: https://widerimage.reuters.com/story/healing-burns-with-fish-skin

Microsoft to support UN use of “Big Data”, track human rights abuse

Via Engadget

In what’s described as a “landmark” partnership, Microsoft and the United Nations are teaming up to help help predict and fight human rights abuses, among other potential projects. Microsoft is providing a $5 million grant to the UN Human Rights Office, which will support the development of new technology tools for the intergovernmental organization. That includes “Rights View,” a dashboard tool that lets the UN use big data and cloud computing to track potential human rights issues globally in real time.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/16/microsoft-un-human-rights

Virtual Reality tool – reVIVE – could speed up ADHD diagnosis

Via Techcrunch, Disrupt NY 2017:

ADHD normally takes six to nine months to diagnose, and that process alone can cost patients thousands of dollars.

The reVIVE tool is composed of three different tests that gauge the user’s motor skills, sustained concentration and reaction time. Users are asked to perform tasks like navigating a maze, touching colored objects as they light up certain colors and standing still within a defined space. The team created a scoring system to measure a user’s performance that will allow medical professionals to gain a clearer picture of their situation within minutes.

Article: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/14/revive-is-a-vr-solution-to-diagnosing-adhd-built-by-high-school-students/

Artificial photosynthesis transforms atmospheric CO2 into fuel

Via Kurzweil AI

University of Central Florida (UCF) chemistry professor has invented a revolutionary way to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from air by triggering artificial photosynthesis in a synthetic material — breaking down carbon dioxide while also producing fuel for energy.

UCF Assistant Professor Fernando Uribe-Romo and his students used a synthetic material called a metal–organic framework (MOF), which converts carbon dioxide into harmless organic materials — similar to how plants convert CO2 and sunlight into food.

http://www.kurzweilai.net/new-artificial-photosynthesis-process-converts-co2-in-air-to-fuel