Manhattan's flood-proof floating island project ©DFA/Laith Sayigh
Manhattan's flood-proof floating island project ©DFA/Laith Sayigh

World of innovation… from floating islands to anti-malaria apps

Where supply chains make a difference

US
To tackle rising rising sea levels in Manhattan, New York architects DFA have produced plans for flood-proof developments. The Pier 40 project proposes a cluster of towers built over the Hudson River that are able to cope with a rise in sea level of up to 6ft. The site is meant to function as a floating island, with affordable housing, shops, offices and green spaces. Flooding in the area is predicted to increase over the coming years. 

UK
A new method of encouraging tooth regrowth and repairing cavities has been discovered by researchers at King’s College London. The team found that Alzheimer’s drug Tideglusib stimulates the stem cells contained in the pulp of teeth so that they generate new dentine under the enamel.

Italy
Meet WALK-MAN, the humanoid robot who can help humans in disaster situations. Test scenarios mimicking an industrial plant after an earthquake show the robot, built by the Italian Institute of Technology, able to open doors, locate gas leak origins and operate a fire extinguisher.

Ukraine
A 3D printing machine that can make walls, roofs and floors in eight hours is being used to build small, off-grid houses. Built by start-up PassiveDom, the homes are run on solar energy and water collected from humidity in the air.

India
Health insurance ATMs have been installed in banks in India. Started by Max Bupa, the ATMs conduct non-invasive medical tests including BMI, weight, and blood oxygen levels to calculate a health score and provide policy options.

Australia
A 1940s-era train has been restored to run on solar power. The Byron Bay Railroad Company built solar panels to fit the roof, as well as a system that captures 25% of the energy released when the train brakes. Solar panels have also been fitted to the storage shed.

Saudi Arabia
Renewable energy will run this $500bn mega-city being proposed by the Saudi Arabian government. The NEOM project will cover 33 times the area of New York City, and aims to reduce the country’s reliance on oil exports.

Uganda
A team from Makerere University in Uganda has engineered an app that can diagnose malaria without the need to take blood. Using a device that clips onto a patient’s finger, Matibabu can diagnose the disease in 60 seconds.

Crunching the numbers

$650m
The amount Takata Corp has agreed to pay in order to end an investigation by the attorney generals of 44 US states into whether the company covered up lethal faults with its air bags.

7.2%
India’s economic growth in the last three months of 2017 year. The country has now regained top spot from China as the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

100,000
Number of electric Tesla Semi trucks company founder CEO Elon Musk expects to sell annually – at a cost of around $150,000 per truck – bringing in at least $15bn in revenue for the company by 2023.

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