Health

Start-up of the Day: When the difference of half a degree can be fatal

For some products or processes, the smallest fluctuation in temperature can be fatal. For IVF labs, for example, a change of only 0.5 degrees can affect the viability of an embryo. Therefore it’s important to monitor the temperature carefully so that researchers can...

Start-up of the day: Semilla has a great future in recycled wastewater

Semilla is aiming to make use of sanitary wastewater. It attracts attention with the message that urine could even provide drinking water, mainly thanks to its presence at festivals with portable water sanitation units. But for the moment, it is focusing on rinse...

Is your child sleeping enough? A blood test could reveal that

A human being needs eight hours of sleep. That this long-held statement doesn't apply to everyone across the board has been known for quite some time. That's because individual sleep needs vary from person to person. That's also dependent on age. Children in...

Start-up of the Day: Hearing protection as a fashion statement

You see them more and more often at concerts or festivals: people who wear ear protection to prevent damage to their hearing. Generally not a thing of beauty, but important all the same, seeing that tinnitus is so easily contracted. The Belgian start-up Loop came up...

Low lymphocyte count in your blood indicates upcoming grave illness

If the number of so-called lymphocytes in your blood is very low, then this is an indication that you may become gravely ill over time. A Danish study published today has revealed these results in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Thanks to this...

Christmas 2019: The Power of the Human Touch

(On 25 December 2016, Lucien Engelen wrote this column for E52, the predecessor of Innovation Origins. Since then we repeat it every year at Christmas) October 1995, Massachusetts, the Jackson twins...

Sensor in a pacifier monitors baby’s health

Portable biosensors that monitor health and fitness without the need to apply anything on your actual body are becoming increasingly popular among adults. This technology isn’t particularly...

Tomorrow is good: Innovation is investment

Ah, I suppose you were thinking about money as soon as you saw the headline. Fine, that’s also an investment. But I’m mainly thinking about long term, far-reaching investments in people,...

Start-up of the Week: Holograms without headaches

”Your sneak preview of the future” is the slogan of Innovation Origins, and that’s just what we will highlight with our Start-up of the Week column. Over the past few days, five start-ups of the day...

Meet SARA, the almost-autonomous nursing robot

A Dutch startup BrightCape has developed a robot called SARA. SARA’s purpose is to support the nursing staff in taking care of the elderly. SARA can, for example, help the elderly doing their...

How dreams prepare us to face fears in real life

We fall, we are pursued and are unable to move, we want to scream. But no sound comes out, a loved one dies or suddenly disappears. These are scenarios that probably everyone has experienced in...

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