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In our weekly recap on Sunday, we, as editors, look back at the past seven days. We do this at the suggestion of our cartoonist Albert Jan Rasker. He chooses a subject, makes a drawing, and we take it from there. If you received this mail from someone else, but would also like to receive it every Sunday morning, just subscribe here.

There is a computer system that can tell from MRI scans whether chemotherapy is affecting tumors. This technique is called radiomics. Although the method is proven, it is not yet being used. Doctors are reluctant because they have no idea how and why the system makes confident choices.

And we see this more often: artificial intelligence can do so much that doctors can hardly keep up with it all – with the result that many potentially valuable therapies remain on the shelf. That’s a pity, of course, but how to do something about it? “Healthcare is the slowest sector to implement innovations,” discovered researcher Merel Huisman. “An innovation of reasonable size takes an average of 20 years before it is widely used.

Her study showed that doctors who knew nothing about AI were very optimistic about this technology. However, had they accumulated a little knowledge, they tended to be negative again. “But the more knowledge they gain about AI, the more positive their view of it becomes again. Therefore, the conclusion was that we need to focus on education for doctors so that they are open to AI applications.” 

Albert Jan Rasker does understand the position of those poor doctors. But colleague Wesley Klop has nevertheless begun the education process desired by Huisman. This is his article:

AI technology in healthcare attracts enthusiasm and distrust alike – More and more hospitals, companies, and start-ups are discovering the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for healthcare. But more knowledge is needed.
My personal highlight of the week is Laurens Boven’s interview with Jean-David Malo, who heads the European Innovation Council, which, with a budget of €10 billion, supports investments to make Europe less dependent on non-EU technology. What a job this man has!
‘State intervention is needed to grow European technology sector’ – The lesson learned from European politics in recent years is that our continent is vulnerable. First the corona pandemic and now the war in Ukraine, Europe needs to become more resilient.
Then the weekly overview. Below is a small selection of our lavish offerings from last week. Don’t fancy this editorial selection? All good, here is the complete overview of last week.
Green Team Twente builds hydrogen-powered race car – A race car that runs on green hydrogen. This is what the students of Green Team Twente to demonstrate that hydrogen is also a good alternative to drive with.
Opa Mind helps people with mental health issues express themselvesIf you are going through difficult times and have trouble expressing that to others, an alternative may be to open up about it on your phone.
The Green Soul heat storage system makes heating decentralized and emission-free – Dr. Bernhard König’s vision is to use solar energy from the summer as a heat source in the winter without burdening the planet.innovationorigins.com  •  Share
Researcher from UT developed an algorithm to predict rainfall in rural Africa – A researcher from the University of Twente developed an algorithm to help detect rainfall in rural Africa.
Oh, and this is fun. The article below was in last week’s newsletter, but something unusual happened. Typically, our top countries in outreach are the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, and Great Britain. Now, look at the top countries attracted by our (very serious) article about a bra made of recycled material that grows with young girls. It was mainly read in Pakistan and Bangladesh, while UAE, Malaysia, and India were also among the top countries. I don’t dare to ask why…
Sustainable bra made of recycled material that grows along with young girls – The start-up Arkai, founded by a few Commercial Science students from the University of Hasselt (UHasselt) in Belgium, has developed a bra made of recycled material that can grow with your body.