Recap #30: microneedles & plastic-eating bacteria

Today we bring news about anti-aging vaccines, eye drops that replace the need for glasses, bacteria that eat plastic, microneedle patches, and more.

5 months ago   •   2 min read

By Caroline Barrueco
AI generative illustration by Caroline Barrueco made with pollinations.ai

Hi everyone,

Welcome to our 30th edition of Envisioning Community Recap! Today we bring news about anti-aging vaccines, eye drops that replace the need for glasses, bacteria that eat plastic, microneedle patches, and more.


Emerging Technology

βš™οΈ A Conceptual Frameworks for Breakthrough Technologies
In this paper, Cambridge University researchers propose a framework for breakthrough technologies and their relationship to innovation fields. Shared by Henrique.

🎈 Could Hydrogen Airships Return as Fast, Cheap, Green Cargo Transport?
An increasing number of companies are starting to invest in hydrogen as a clean and easy fuel for airships. Via Peter.

πŸ’‰ Microneedle Patches: An Alternative to Injection?
Research on microneedle patches for vaccine delivery has grown in popularity in recent years. The microneedles pierce the skin to allow the absorption of drugs, but they do not penetrate deep enough to stimulate pain receptors. The patch can be self-administered and is as easy and painless as taking a pill.

πŸ§“πŸ½ Japanese Scientists Develop Vaccine to Eliminate Cells Behind Aging
The vaccine enables the body to create antibodies that attach themselves to senescent cells, which are removed by white blood cells. Via mz.

πŸ‘ First FDA-approved Eye Drops to Replace Reading Glasses Go on Sale
The eye drops should be applied once a day and promise to improve near and intermediate vision without impacting distance vision.


The Planet

πŸ› Bugs Across the Globe are Evolving to Eat Plastic, Study Finds
The first large-scale global assessment of the plastic-degrading potential of bacteria found one in four of the organisms analyzed carried an enzyme that can degrade plastic. The study found 30,000 different enzymes able to degrade 10 different types of plastic.


Tech and Culture

πŸ’πŸ½β€β™€οΈ It’s Awkward Being a Woman in the Metaverse
Connecting with people in virtual reality is fun and exciting, but it’s also intense, tiring, and often awkward. Going in as a woman was also deeply uncomfortable at times.


Futures Literacy

πŸ“š 50 Trend Reports for 2022
This resourceful drive folder was put together by a group of strategists from Asia and Europe, and gathers reports and research across agency, consulting, and business industries. Shared by Mariam.




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