• Amelia W

Humanzees and Pop-up Shops

Well, summer is slowly coming to an end and the "shorts or winter jacket?" season is upon us. August saw a lot of things happen - some really cool, others totally freaky. Here's what you missed:

The Evolution of Man and Revolution of Recycling

Humanzees are real (and we’re slightly terrified but also fascinated)

The word refers to the hybridization of humans and chimpanzees, a process that’s been attempted for decades (and reportedly, attempts have been successful as early as 1920). What could possibly be the scientific benefits to this you ask? Well, apparently it could completely change the human transplant game, as scientists could grow organs for transplants inside the monkeys.

Two researchers claim to have successfully grown the world’s first viable human/monkey hybrid in a laboratory in China. However, they aborted the embryo before it could carry to date. After modifying the monkey genetics to create the conditions for the formation of organs, they injected human stem cells (capable of creating any type of tissue).

What does this mean for our future? There’s no doubt it would have a massive impact on health care and the way we view transplants, but what about the ethical aspect? There have been concerns about the risk of stem cells escaping to form human neurons in the brain of the animal, and some fear that could mean the humanzee has human consciousness.However, the scientists behind the experiment claim that if any of the stem cells were to start forming a human brain ‘they would self-destruct’. Sounds good.

Trash 4 Cash (well, almost)

Chinese company Miniwiz is determined to address the disparity between sustainability, recycling and the bleak market reality around its lack of financially feasible applications. That’s why they recently opened the Exchange Pop-Up Store in Sardinia, where shoppers can purchase recycled products with donated plastic materials. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The way it works is shoppers get credit for new products, including colorful tiles and lamp shades, by giving post-consumer waste to be ground down and repurposed, using the ‘Trashpresso’ machine, and a smart rubbish bin called Robin. Robin tracks and sorts the waste into types, and transfers it into points that the consumer can save using the Robin app. These points are used to purchase as the pop-up doesn't accept any cash. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ The pop-up is the latest iteration of circular-economy by Miniwiz's Trashlab – and we are 100% here for it.

The Less Scientific But Still Creative Stuff

British Airways Create VR Heaven Long-haul flights can be pretty boring, and though in-flight movies are available on many airlines, sometimes you just want to escape the claustrophobic confines of a packed cabin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

British Airways recently announced that they have started a trial where first class passengers on select flights will be able to watch movies, documentaries and travel shows using VR headsets. Content will be fed to the VR headsets in 2D, 3D or 360° formats, and will offer an all-around immersive experience whether the passenger is upright or lying down.

Facebook's Pop-up Privacy Check Café This week Facebook launched five pop-up cafes across the UK – London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Brighton and Cardiff. Visitors to the Facebook Cafes will be offered a privacy checkup and a free coffee. ⠀⠀ According to Facebook, numerous social media users do not know how to customise their privacy settings, with more than a quarter of users in London unaware. "At our pop-up cafes you can get help and advice on how to change your privacy settings – and all in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee," said Steve Hatch, vice president of Facebook northern Europe. could this possibly be an attempt to change their ethos after the Cambridge Analytica ordeal (which recently saw a documentary released on Netflix)…

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