Recap #08: innovation of the Day

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By Caroline Barrueco
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This week we have a list of in-depth reports and long reads. The subjects vary from official UFO sightings to refugee and migration analysis. All of this content was shared in our Slack Community.
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Would you eat a cake flavored by bacteria-digested plastic?
Genetically engineered microbes can now transform plastic waste into vanilla flavoring. For now, it probably would not meet the necessary regulatory standards for human consumption, but maybe it could be suitable for use in cosmetics, as global demand for vanilla far outweighs supply from natural resources.

Researchers have developed a urine test capable of the early detection of brain tumors with 97% accuracy. The test uses microRNAs found in urine as biomarkers.

The Pentagon released “Preliminary Assessment: Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”, a report listing 144 UFO sighting phenomena from which 143 remain unexplained.


_luish shared the site Innovation of the Day, by TrendWatching, which presents daily purpose-driven tech novelties.

The UN Refugee Agency released Forced Displacement - Global Trends 2020.
The report shows that over one percent of the global population—one in 95 people—is now forcibly displaced, be it by persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, or climate change.

Will shared Roland Berger Trend Compendium 2050: Population and Society, the first of a series of megatrends that tackles the future of societies, migration, and education.

sid shared Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom by Ted Chiang, a trippy tale about free will and the multiverses. The sci-fi novella is available for free, here.

Gabriela shared Hello Future, a series of short videos produced by the UNDP. The first of them, "Harnessing the Force of Digital" tackles the multifaceted aspects of the digital revolution.


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