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Technology has changed the world for the positive by, for example, allowing millions of people to work remotely, order groceries online and even use the help of Artificial Intelligence in our day to day tasks. As the COVID-19 outbreak accelerated contactless solutions around the city, smart parking has been one the initiatives to reduce exchanging cash and parking meter use.
Governments and tech companies are now creating platforms that allow people to check parking occupancy anywhere in the city and pay for it online right from their smartphones. Now, instead of having to interact with a real person on having to wait in line to pay for the service, users can even add more funds to their reservation without having to even be close to the parking space where they left their car in.
Digital parking technology is another component of smart cities that are quickly changing the way we interact with our city spaces. Additional benefits of digital parking include space optimization as users have higher visibility into parking spaces surrounding each area, as well as unloading some of the city traffic that is caused by drivers looking for a place to park.
Whether you are looking for a parking space at malls, schools, parks around the city or in your office, regular parking causes an impact to the environment and stress to people who simply cannot find a space. With the introduction of these technologies, people are able to find where to park more efficiently and without having to interact with real money.
A group of German chemists have developed a sustainable plastic alternative that allows it to be chemically recycled 10 times more efficiently than normal plastic. Derived from plant oils, this is a more environmentally friendly option when compared to the conventional fossil fuel-based plastic that has polluted Earth so much for decades.
Nowadays, recycling is mostly done by sorting and slicing plastic into pellets that are used to create new materials at a temperature of at least 600 degrees Celsius, and is chemically recycled at a rate lower than 10%. With these plant-based plastics, the long polymer chains of plastic are broken down with heat or solvents to get the material back to its initial components in a more efficient manner. For example, they require a temperature of 120 to 150 degrees Celsius and retain a 96% of the initial material.
These plant-based plastics come in an appropriate time, as landfills and warehouses struggle to keep up the never-ending increase of disposed plastic waste. Chemical recycling will play a significant role in a circular economy by reducing plastic waste and repurposing it into new products.
The new plant-based plastics are very similar to high-density polyethylene, which is mostly known for its recycling number 2, and is better suited for 3D printing as it retains its properties even after the recycling process after reusing it. They also biodegrade in nature more quickly than common plastic types.
Hopefully in the not-so-far-away future we can all gain access to these plant-based plastic solutions.
While you might know the importance of taking a jog, lifting some weight or stretching several times a day is healthy for your body, it is much as important to exercise your mind as well. There have been recent studies that suggest different types of activities which can be beneficial for your brain:
You are what you eat: This is true for all your body, including your brain. Not smoking, exercising regularly, consuming lots of fruits and vegetables and reducing your alcohol intake are healthy behaviors that reduce the risk for dementia and other cognitive impairment.
Learn something new: Keep learning new things that will keep your brain active, including learning to play an instrument or engaging in a new language. Studies have shown that those learning new skills do better on memory tests than those who don’t.
Use your non-dominant hand: To keep your brain active, neurobiologists suggest trying to switch hands when eating dinner or when writing something down.
Meditation: Mindful meditation is actually very effective when trying to improve attention and focus. A few minutes of meditation a day can help engage in new neural pathways, increasing your mental flexibility.
Socialize: People who are socially active are at a lower risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. Even if you’re an introvert, seeking activities such as joining a club, staying in touch with family or volunteering in your local community are some ways to engage socially.
Just like with other parts of your body, you need to make sure you use your brain constantly to keep as healthy as possible.