A headphone that treats ear infections
Leanne Fan (14) from San Diego has won America’s Top Young Scientist Award for designing headphones that treat ear infections. The Finsen Headphone is a low-cost device that uses machine learning and blue light therapy to detect and treat mid-ear infections and prevent up to 60 per cent hearing loss in children.
US women diplomats commute by auto rickshaws in Delhi
Four US diplomats — Ann L Mason, Ruth Holmberg, Shareen J Kitterman and Jennifer Bywaters — use personalised black and pink auto rickshaws, instead of their bullet-proof vehicles, for their work trips, not just for fun, but to set an example.
Fun prescription for depression
England’s National Health Services have rolled out a Social Prescribing Programme, under which doctors in 10 regions can prescribe surfing, roller skating and gardening for teens and pre-teens suffering from anxiety, depression, or anger issues. Participants will be monitored by researchers at the University College London to check if the activities boost their mental well-being.
Refugee camp recycles plastic
Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is training refugees at a camp in the northern Sahara to convert their plastic waste into furniture, bricks and other useful objects with the help of portable plastic recycling machines.
City of Hope, one of the largest cancer research and treatment organisations in the US, has developed AOH1996, a cancer medicine, for people with recurring solid tumours. The organisation has announced that the first patient to receive the cancer-stopping pill is doing well. The clinical trial aims to determine the maximum tolerated dose of the pill and to evaluate it for preliminary efficacy.