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March 2017

Blockchain beyond finance


I recently read an article on how digitalization affects the energy sector. The article was written by Fabian Reetz at the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, a Berlin-based think tank “at the intersection of technology and society”. Not very surprisingly, given the topic, the article talks about blockchain a lot. Now, I was quite surprised when I saw this screenshot in the article (“Suchergebnisse” means “search results”):

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Waste disposal: using garbage as a valuable resource


The average person generates 1,9 kg of waste per day, which multiplied by the world population is 13,6 billion kg per day. What could be done to process solid waste and use garbage as a valuable resource? In order to answer this question, we used Mergeflow to find out more about innovative waste management solutions. Continue Reading

Superfoods: are they really super?


The food industry wants to persuade us that eating some foods can slow down the ageing process, lift depression, boost our physical ability, and even our intelligence. “Superfood” is the marketing term used to describe these foods that promise almost magical healing powers. But are these claims too good to be true? Pushed by our sense of curiosity, we searched via Merfeflow to find out the most recently discussed superfoods. Continue Reading

Medical devices for $0.01: A glimmer of hope for developing countries


Many places in the world, especially developing countries, don’t have access to early medical diagnostics. They are often affected by diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis and HIV. In addition, illiteracy is wide-spread in these areas (which makes it hard to train people on sophisticated medical equipment, even if the high cost of this equipment were not an issue). Given these extreme challenges, what could be done in order to improve medical care and diagnostics? Continue Reading

Space: a medical research environment


Elon Musk is planning to send two people to the moon next year. This has made headlines; but what’s going on in space right now in terms of research?

Via Mergeflow we discovered that there are several organizations from around the world that conduct research on diseases in space. Continue Reading

Flywheel energy storage: only in museums?


What comes to your mind when you think of flywheels? I assume you probably think of rollercoasters or something you have seen in a museum. Believe it or not, with Mergeflow we found companies and energy projects that develop and use flywheels for energy storage. Flywheel energy storage can help overcome limitations of intermittent energy supplies, such as Solar PV or Wind Turbines, that do not produce electricity 24/7.

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