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In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about how an edTech nonprofit is supporting underprivileged children and reducing gaps in learning, a pioneering technology able to fuse a bionic arm to a user’s skeleton and nervous system, and Romania and Albania’s ambitious climate goals.
A 24/7 tutoring model is eradicating learning gaps for underprivileged youth
The nonprofit UPchieve is experiencing a remarkable surge in growth, with an increasing number of students seeking personalised academic assistance. UPchieve offers free, on-demand, one-on-one tutoring for students facing financial constraints – providing support to low-income kids and building education equity.
Source: The 74 Million
Groundbreaking bionic arm signals a leap forward in amputee rehabilitation
The innovative technology seamlessly melds the bionic arm with the wearer’s skeletal structure, establishing a direct connection to the nervous system through implanted electrodes in nerves and muscles.
A greener future in the Balkans: Albania and Romania’s renewable energy goals
Albania is boosting its supply of solar energy with almost 235,000 new solar panels at the Karavasta power station, while Romania announces plans to go carbon neutral by 2050 – a 99% reduction in emissions compared to 1999.
Breakthrough in Parkinson’s progression monitoring with wearable sensors
Researchers at the University of Oxford have achieved a significant milestone in demonstrating the precise tracking of Parkinson’s disease progression – by harnessing the power of advanced machine learning algorithms to analyse data collected from wearable sensor devices worn by patients.
Source: Medical Xpress
Californians can scrub personal info sold to advertisers with first-in-US law
California governor Gavin Newsom signed bill SB 362, otherwise known as the Delete Act, that would enable residents to request that their personal information be deleted from the coffers of all the data brokers in the state.
Source: The Guardian
Road To Refuge scheme offers free coach travel for survivors of abuse
A collaboration initially forged amidst railway strikes has now been extended, granting survivors of abuse the opportunity to reach safe housing and vital assistance.
Source: Positive News
A holistic approach to criminal justice reform is lowering incarceration rates
Combining the expertise of public defenders with the support of skilled advocates has the potential to transform a defendant’s legal journey, creating positive ripple effects in their life beyond the courtroom.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Reviving wetlands: cranberry farmers lead the restoration effort
Former cranberry bogs in Massachusetts, once hailed as the cranberry capital of the world, are undergoing a remarkable transformation into flourishing, carbon-absorbing swamplands.
Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful
Sony Access controller boosts gaming accessibility for those with disabilities
For individuals with disabilities, engaging in video gaming has historically posed significant challenges, with conventional controllers often proving cumbersome or even inaccessible for those with limited mobility. Sony’s new Access controller aims to change that.
Source: AP News
Exploring the positive applications of artificial intelligence
From chatbots assisting individuals in managing anxiety, to combatting infant mortality in Africa, to facilitating communication with bats, the controversial is tech is offering a growing number of solutions to some of the world’s most long-standing problems.
Source: BBC News