City hopes to dispel radioactivity fears with water purity award
Bottled tap water from Fukushima has won an award for purity from the Monde Selection.
Fukushima City in Japan announced this week that its bottled tap water was not only safe to drink, but it had just received a prestigious international award for quality. The city hopes the news will help allay fears of lingering radioactivity in the city’s water following the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011 after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
According to Rocket News 24, Fukushima’s tap water is bottled under the name Fukushima no Mizu, and this week the city announced that the bottled water had received a Gold Quality Award from the 2015 Monde Selection, an international competition that tests and awards the relative quality of different consumer products.
The mayor of Fukushima said in a press conference April 8 that people still mistrust the safety of Fukushima’s water and fear radioactive contamination even though he pointed out that Fukushima’s water has been routinely tested since the 2011 disaster, and since April 2011 the levels of the radioactive substance caesium iodide in Fukushima’s water have not been higher than in the water in the rest of Japan. The mayor shared the news of the Monde Selection award and said he hopes it will help put fears of radioactive contamination in Fukushima to rest.
Bottled Water Brands, Ranked Worst To Best
The muddied world of bottled water can be a difficult one to navigate, with sleek bottles advertising spring sourcing and pH balancing like any of us could tell if it's true. Sure, many people have brand loyalties. And regional bottled waters can oftentimes be a source of civic pride right up there with local beers and baseball teams. But when you get right down to it, what makes a water great is how it makes your mouth and body feel. And in that respect, there is some great variation.
Some waters make you want to chug the entire bottle, brain freeze be darned. Others you'll ignore as soon as you've quenched your immediate thirst. You'll find distinct differences between spring waters and purified waters, as well as glass bottled waters and stuff in plastic. So, we undertook a feat of exceptional hydration and tried 16 of the most popular brands of bottled water. We present our findings for which are best — and which are best left in the convenience store cooler.
19 Best Face Washes Ever, According to Skincare Pros
How to lather up, whether your skin is sensitive or combination, dry or oily.
Washing your face may be the most basic of skincare steps, but dermatologists and skincare experts know that using the right cleanser for your skin is key for a clear, radiant complexion. Face wash helps remove debris, including makeup, dirt and pollution, and excess oil that can dull skin, clog pores, and cause discoloration and breakouts. But don&rsquot grab any old soap: &ldquoA sulfate- and soap-free cleanser for the face will be pH-balanced and gentle to maintain skin&rsquos barrier without stripping,&rdquo says Whitney Bowe, M.D., a New York City dermatologist and author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab has a decades-long history of testing face wash formulas for cleansing efficacy and their effects on skin. First, the GH beauty team scans the market for face washes across price points from drugstore to high-end brands, which are then vetted by Beauty Lab scientists. Next, the product labels are masked to eliminate brand bias before they are distributed to hundreds of consumers across the country.
Testers use the products in their regular skincare routine, then evaluate them on criteria including ease of application, texture, scent, how effectively they wash away makeup, impurities and excess oil and how skin feels and looks after use (including any irritation). In the most recent GH Beauty Lab face washes test, 4,512 data points were tallied to find the best facial cleanser formulas on the market.
Whether your skin is combination, dry, oily, acne-prone, sensitive or somewhere in between, and no matter what type of formula you prefer, here are the best face washes and cleansers for all skin types tested by the GH Beauty Lab and recommended by skincare experts for your healthiest, most glowing skin ever:
With the highest level of lather of all the GH Beauty Lab test-winning cleansers, SkinCeuticals&rsquo foam (with no obvious scent) rose to the top for washing away leftover makeup, impurities and excess oil. It earned a near-perfect score for effectively cleansing, with 96% of users confirming that it deeply cleaned their complexions, and for being easy to apply and rinse off. Testers loved the &ldquorefreshing texture&rdquo that &ldquoleft no residue.&rdquo
The classic low-lather, powder-fresh-smelling Cetaphil liquid was the tester favorite in the GH Beauty Lab&rsquos test, leaving skin clean yet supple thanks to moisturizing glycerin. It rated highest among testers, with 86% saying they&rsquod continue to use it, and scored well for making skin feel soft and hydrated. &ldquoThis didn&rsquot overdry or make my skin feel stripped,&rdquo and &ldquoMy face even appears smoother,&rdquo two fans said.
A favorite of Dr. Bowe's, this La Roche-Posay face wash is infused with prebiotic thermal water. &ldquoThis soothing creamy cleanser is soap-free, sulfate-free, oil-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic, so it won&rsquot clog pores,&rdquo she says. &ldquoA probiotic or prebiotic cleanser will also help to fortify the skin&rsquos beneficial bacteria, keeping the natural barrier healthy.&rdquo
A GH Beauty Award winner, Aveeno&rsquos innovative face cleanser/mask hybrid is applied in the shower to work with the steam, exfoliating and purifying with glycolic acid and kaolin clay. A tester noted that her face "looked clearer and more vibrant" after use.
Naturally scented with cucumber and blended with nourishing botanicals like sunflower oil, Fresh&rsquos nearly foamless wash was mildest on skin and best at boosting radiance in the GH Beauty Lab&rsquos test. A rare 100% of testers, including those with sensitivity, said it didn&rsquot irritate skin. &ldquoI have extremely sensitive skin and had no reactions to this,&rdquo one marveled. It also made dull skin &ldquobrighter&rdquo and with &ldquoa glow,&rdquo others said.
This classic skin-balancing Philosophy cleanser infused with botanical oils like meadowfoam and rosewood is the best-seller at Ulta, with more than 3,000 five-star reviews. &ldquoIt removes all makeup, cleanses, moisturizes, and makes your face look and feel fresh,&rdquo one reviewer raved. &ldquoBest facial cleanser I have ever used.&rdquo
This Vichy gel cleanser is GH Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek&rsquos go-to for her acne-prone complexion. &ldquoIt contains exfoliating ingredients like salicylic acid, the active ingredient for acne treatment, and glycolic acid, which are great for smoothing texture and brightening,&rdquo she says. &ldquoI love the way it smells and how well it cleans my skin.&rdquo And it has long-term anti-breakout benefits: &ldquoIt has been an ongoing staple in my cleansing routine for keeping acne at bay and controlling my oily T-zone,&rdquo Wnek explains.
Made with high levels of moisturizers like sweet almond oil, shea butter and honey, Naturopathica&rsquos rich balm, a GH Beauty Award winner, relieves dehydrated skin as it gently cleanses. "My inflamed face actually felt better &mdash and the jar lasts," a tester reported.
Fragrance-free with medium suds, YourGoodSkin&rsquos gel gave the most complexion-clarifying cleanse with repeated use in the GH Beauty Lab&rsquos test. 80% of testers found that their skin was clarified and clear after one week, the top mark of all tested. It also ranked first in ease of application. &ldquoI liked the toned feeling it gave my skin,&rdquo a user revealed. &ldquoIt seemed to help clear up congested areas.&rdquo
This Cetaphil foam face wash is a favorite of GH Beauty Lab senior chemist Sabina Wizemann, who has rosacea, and her entire family. &ldquoIt feels so luxurious that I look forward to cleaning my face, and it removes sticky SPF moisturizers and makeup without harsh rubbing,&rdquo she says. &ldquoIt also leaves skin soothed and softened &mdash a godsend to my rosacea-prone skin because it cleans well without any irritation or dryness afterward.&rdquo
Made with age-fighting ingredients like plant stem cells and peptides, Mary Kay&rsquos cleanser, a GH Beauty Award winner and Good Housekeeping Seal star, does more than purify your complexion. Beauty Lab evaluations of consumer studies found that it gently cleanses and tones to make mature skin look fresher and more youthful, increases radiance, and helps maintain skin&rsquos moisture.
This unique GH Beauty Award-winning Pond's cleansing balm is a face wash in solid form that morphs into an oil on skin (and doubles as a makeup remover). It left one tester&rsquos complexion feeling &ldquosupple, as if I&rsquod applied moisturizer.&rdquo
Swipe Garnier&rsquos 2-in-1 micellar water makeup remover and face wash combo, a Good Housekeeping Beauty Award winner, all over your face with a cotton pad &mdash no need to rinse. The formula thoroughly cleanses and clears makeup, yet is non-drying, Beauty Lab evaluations found.
- Removes makeup and cleanses
- Gentle and non-drying
- No rinsing needed
- Bargain price
A GH Beauty Award winner, this next-generation face wash from St. Ives is a portable, no-mess solid stick based on coconut oil that morphs into a soft, creamy lather on damp skin. After use, skin felt "clean yet silky and not dry," a tester said.
Wet these soft Olay single-use cloths with water to cleanse, tone, and gently exfoliate in one swipe. These GH Beauty Award-winning and Seal star wipes are proven to effectively wash away even eye makeup without over-drying skin, Beauty Lab evaluation confirmed.
This rich Elemis cleansing balm, a GH Beauty editor all-time favorite, is packed with nourishing botanical oils, including sweet almond, lavender, coconut, and chamomile. "This cleanser melts in, instantly softening dehydrated skin with no tight feeling afterward," she says. "And it smells like an aromatherapy treatment at the spa."
A GH Beauty Award winner based on skin softeners like sunflower oil and glycerin, this new kind of cleanser from Neutrogena in comforting milk form also lightly exfoliates with gluconolactone, a buzzy polyhydroxy acid. &ldquoMy face felt like silk,&rdquo a fan said.
No stinging or tugging: Olay&rsquos cushiony, fragrance-free towelettes infused with aloe sweep away makeup fast without irritating. The GH Seal star and Beauty Award winner effectively removes even waterproof eye makeup while leaving skin hydrated, per Lab data.
- Easy to use
- No rinsing needed
- Thoroughly removes makeup
- Soft, gentle cloths
Morning or night, Bioderma&rsquos micellar water, a GH Beauty Award winner, cleanses skin and removes makeup (even waterproof mascara!) in one quick step. It&rsquos hydrating and soothing, so it&rsquos suitable for sensitive and easily irritated skin, too. Wizemann has used it for years: &ldquoIt wipes away makeup effortlessly, leaves no stickiness behind, and doesn&rsquot sting my skin or eyes,&rdquo she says. GH Beauty Lab evaluations found that it removed 99% of makeup in just three swipes.
How Does It Taste?
Premium matchas have balanced flavors with layers of unfolding nuance and complexity. To the tea masters, the holy grail of matcha is maximum umami flavor.
Umami is known as the fifth flavor. It’s what chicken soup, parmesan cheese, soy sauce, shiitake mushrooms share in flavor.
The umami flavor found in premium matcha counteracts the bitterness of catechins (green tea antioxidants) to create balance and harmony. More umami not only decreases bitterness but also increases the calming and meditative health benefits of matcha.
Fukushima: Japan approves releasing wastewater into ocean
Japan has approved a plan to release more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea.
Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Okuma town on April 7, 2021. Photo: Koji Ito / The Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP)
The water will be treated and diluted so radiation levels are below those set for drinking water.
But the local fishing industry has strongly opposed the move, as have China and South Korea.
Tokyo says work to release water used to cool nuclear fuel will begin in about two years.
The final approval comes after years of debate and is expected to take decades to complete.
Reactor buildings at the Fukushima power plant were damaged by hydrogen explosions caused by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The tsunami knocked out cooling systems to the reactors, three of which melted down.
More than a million tonnes of water have been used to cool the melted reactors.
Currently, the radioactive water is treated in a complex filtration process that removes most of the radioactive elements, but some remain, including tritium - deemed harmful to humans only in very large doses.
It is then kept in huge tanks, but the plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TepCo) is running out of space, with these tanks expected to fill up by 2022.
About 1.3 million tonnes of radioactive water - or enough to fill 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools - are currently stored in these tanks, according to a Reuters report.
Is there opposition?
Environmental groups like Greenpeace have long expressed their opposition to releasing the water into the ocean.
The NGO said Japan's plans to release the water showed the government "once again failed the people of Fukushima".
The country's fishing industry has also argued against it, worried that consumers will refuse to buy produce from the region.
The industry was hit extremely hard after the 2011 disaster, with many countries banning the import of sea food caught off Japan's north-eastern coast.
The decision has also prompted criticism from Japan's neighbours. Ahead of the decision, South Korea's foreign minister on Monday expressing "serious regret".
Demonstrators hold slogans during a protest outside the Japanese prime ministers office against the governments plan to release treated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean, on April 13, 2021. Photo: Yuki Iwamura / AFP
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian also urged Japan to "act in a responsible manner".
"To safeguard international public interests and Chinese people's health and safety, China has expressed grave concern to the Japanese side through the diplomatic channel," Zhao said.
The US appears to support Japan's decision, however, saying it seemed to have "adopted an approach in accordance with globally accepted nuclear safety standards".
How safe is this water?
Japan argues that the release of the waste water is safe as it is processed to remove almost all radioactive elements and will be greatly diluted.
The plan has the backing of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which says the release is similar to the disposal of waste water at other plants around the world.
"Releasing into the ocean is done elsewhere. It's not something new. There is no scandal here," IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in 2021.
Scientists argue that the elements remaining in the water are only harmful to humans in large doses. With dilution, the treated water poses no scientifically detectable risk, they say.
While the tritium is radioactive, it has a half-life of about 12 years, meaning it will disappear from the environment over a period of decades rather than centuries.
Radiation from tritium can be ingested, however, which is why fishing industry groups are concerned about the risk of it getting into the food chain and being consumed through sea food.
The risk of this happening is not zero, but the scientific consensus is that it does not pose a threat to human health.
Scientists also point out that vastly more radiation has been released into the pacific by nuclear weapons tests carried out by the US, UK and France during the 1940s, '50s and '60s.
What happened in Fukushima?
On 11 March 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the north-eastern coast of Japan, triggering a 15m tsunami.
While the back-up systems to prevent a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant survived the initial quake, further damage was inflicted by the tsunami.
As the facility's cooling systems failed in the days that followed, tonnes of radioactive material were released. The meltdown was the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.
About 18,500 people died or disappeared in the quake and tsunami, and more than 160,000 were forced to leave their homes.
We are proud to announce the winners for the 2020 Edison Awards™. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Winners are chosen as the "best of the best" within their respective categories by some of the world's top senior business executives, designers, academics and innovation leaders.
Being recognized with an Edison Award&trade is one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business success. The Edison Awards honor excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. We congratulate all of our winners for their accomplishment!
Winners! Learn more about leveraging the Edison Awards Seal:
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Aero App, the US Department of Defense’s Electronic Flight Bag, is an aeronautical multi-platform application and a primary data dissemination medium for the DoD’s military aviation data. Aero App replaces paper-based flight information in the cockpit and includes a powerful Moving Map with world-wide data to enhance mission planning and success.
Airbus UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) builds digital air traffic management solutions to enable the next age of aviation. We design, develop, and build the critical infrastructure to allow new aircraft, including air taxis and delivery drones, to safely enter and share the skies of our future.
AtlasMESH is the first software-based multipoint communications technology for unmanned aerial systems (UAS). This cost-effective, easy to use, off-the-shelf product is changing the UAS practice paradigm by resolving consistency challenges, including 24/7 eyes in the sky, continuous communications and real-time stream to numerous receivers.
MEMS and FBAR based fine and ultrafine particulate matter air pollution sensor allows individuals, businesses, institutions and government agencies to monitor air quality in homes, workplaces and communities both on Earth and in Space. NASA understood the value of such a sensor for use in the very space and power limited environment of the International Space Station (ISS.)
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AllyO tackles workplace engagement challenges with candidates and employees – from "hi to goodbye.” With AllyO AI for End-to-End HR Management. HR teams can reach any number of employees with minimal resources and time, allowing businesses to scale their engagement efforts.
Anaplan is pioneering the category of Connected Planning. Our cloud-native platform, powered by our proprietary Hyperblock™ technology that’s purpose-built for Connected Planning, enables dynamic, collaborative, and intelligent planning. Businesses use our solution to connect people, data, and plans across the enterprise in order to make real-time decisions with confidence and unlock value in any market conditions.
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Kupaa is a payment platform accessible via a feature phone with the broad aim to facilitate affordable and flexible education payments. Kupaa enables parents and caregivers to pay school fees and other expenses with their mobile devices securely, easily and on time.
A patent pending, AI cloud platform that transforms the world of trade finance. What once took hours of human labor checking each document for regulatory infractions & fraud is now automated, combining deep learning & Natural Language Processing to manage even the most complex documents quicker, easier & more thoroughly.
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MotionMD is an intuitive, web-based point-of care solution designed to streamline claims management and inventory dispensing. This HITRUST certified, secure paperless software solution improves patient satisifaction, better manages billing, compliance and streamlines clinic workflow.
Redux uses a patented technique to remove moisture from hearing instruments with a vacuum drying process that reduces the evaporation point of water so that moisture is removed quickly, completely and at a safe temperature for the preservation of the instrument.
- Autonomous Data Capture and Analysis of On-Shelf Inventory by Bossa Nova Robotics
Bossa Nova automates the data capture and analysis of on-shelf inventory in retail stores. This autonomous AI solution is currently running robots in 350 retail stores, autonomously scanning aisles, identifying products, price labels, and reporting Out of Stocks in real time.
YouCam Apps marries the highest level of AI, AR, facial recognition, and machine learning technologies to provide hyper-realistic customized beauty tech SaaS solutions that deliver highly interactive, personalized virtual beauty experiences, online and offline, for over 250 global brands, amassing 750 million global downloads.
Forter’s Loyalty Program Protection guards your loyalty program and your users’ accounts from unauthorized access or attempts to steal their points. Forter ensures that account integrity is maintained at all times, helping to stop loyalty fraud and abuse by blocking suspicious access or activities.
- Lockdown Solution by Openpath Security Inc.
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BehavioSec technology allows companies to continuously verify digital identities with superior precision, in real-time. The company’s Behavioral Biometrics Platform is widely deployed across Global 2000 companies for its proven ability to dramatically reduce account fraud and data theft.
As evidenced by unprecedented cybercrime, traditional perimeter-focused security is no longer effective. Threats are stealthy and act over long periods of time. Security teams use the AI-powered Cognito® threat detection and response platform from Vectra® to find and stop threats faster.
DivvyCloud protects customer cloud and container environments from misconfigurations, policy violations, threats, and IAM challenges. With automated, real-time remediation customers achieve continuous security and compliance, and fully realize the benefits of cloud and container technology. https://divvycloud.com/why-divvy/
- Moverio® Assist by Epson America, Inc.
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To enhance revenue opportunities in un/under-served market, PepsiCo has developed a powerful market penetrating tool ‘a unique disruptive dispenser’. It’s an optimized 3 flavored flexible counter-electric fountain, which provides sustainable beverage solution for smaller businesses while being more socially responsible
Conventional alloys aren’t well suited for 3D printing. NanoAl is changing that by pioneering a new approach to alloy development aluminum strengthened with embedded nanocrystals precipitates. NanoAl’s scientific approach delivers incredible aluminum alloys tailored for 3D printing applications
The digital transformation of our society and economy is accelerating, but how can customers reinvent their businesses with additive manufacturing? Enter HP and Siemens, whose new strategic alliance will enable manufacturers to bring 3D printed parts to market faster, more cost-effectively, more sustainably, and at higher volumes than ever before.
- Celluad™ by Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
The formaldehyde-free Celluad has strong adhesion, excellent water resistance, low cost, and compatibility to existing plywood manufacturing processes. Its strong adhesion capability derives from the cross-link reaction with curing resins.
EC-6601 offers a step change in performance of electrically conductive adhesives, critical for emerging applications in autonomous driving, cameras and 5G base station applications. It provides high elongation, superior shielding, strong adhesion, durability and conductive performance.
Consumers increasingly prefer rubber floors for comfort and durability, but they are challenging to install due to subfloor irregularities. DIAMONDLOCK™ is a pourable, one-component, moisture-cured flooring adhesive that makes installation significantly economic, ergonomic and sustainable.
- High Thermal Conductivity Impregnating Resin - Voltatex® 4224 by Axalta Coating Systems
Axalta's new high thermal conductivity impregnating resin, Voltatex® 4224, delivers outstanding improvements in thermal conductivity, thereby improving the thermal management within electric motors. The result allows for higher motor efficiency or reduced size and weight of the electric device.
Novel patented catalytic system allowed us to create an inhibition-proof primerless silicone encapsulant for harsh environment lighting without compromising the optical properties of the final lighting application. This invention leads to more reliable protection and assembly process for harsh environment luminaires in less steps. The material enables "lighter" luminaire design in terms of cost and weight.
Dow Chemical decided to develop UV curable, optically clear silicone for automotive display through a brand new material called DOWSIL™ VE-2003 UV. It provides a dependable solution for fabricating high quality display modules that require long term reliability.
- PAPEL by Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited AND Main Choice Paper Products Limited
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- The Living First Languages Platform (LFLP) by Living First Language Platform Company
LFLP enables Indigenous communities to collect and curate their language (in text, audio, video and stories) into interactive literacy applications for teaching, learning and exploration. It is a Google Impact Challenge finalist, SXSW Interactive Innovation Award winner and MIT Solver.
Health equity is a major deficiency in the U.S. healthcare system. Sutter's HEI is the first implemented health equity metric that uses real-time, health system data combined with external demographic, prevalence and utilization statistics to identify disparities, reveal their underlying causes and pave the way for targeted interventions.
NextGenU.org and our distinguished partners are together offering the world’s first free degree, a Master’s degree in Public Health. Universities, Health Ministries, and learners have already begun adopting this remarkable resource in 191 (of 193) countries, powerfully addressing WHO’s declaration that the world needs 13 million additional health workers in the next 15 years, and should use distance learning to do so.
- d.light A2 Solar Lantern by d.light design Inc.
Living on less than $1.25 a day, families at the base of the pyramid can sometimes pay up to 25 cents daily for kerosene to light their homes in the evening. Not only does the dim light of kerosene come at a persistent financial cost, but it also causes serious respiratory problems and is a significant fire risk. At just $3 d.light A2 brings clean lighting to hundreds of millions of people living without access to electricity.
#SwitchOff2SwitchOn is a CTA global campaign to fight climate change under Tata Power Club Enerji - India’s 1st energy & resource conservation club. The 360-degree campaign has children as brand ambassadors to educate & engage the community to reduce carbon footprint & build a sustainable future.
4ocean is a purpose-driven business, founded to help end the ocean plastic crisis by recovering and recycling ocean plastic, advocating for sustainable innovation and inspiring people around the world to reduce their consumption of single-use plastic.
E-Voting System is the end-to-end electronic election platform included, among other solutions, automated voter check-in though national eID, electronic voting, electronic results consolidation and online publication and dissemination of election results, expedited the announcement of election results in a record time of just over 15 minutes.
Whether you're hiking in the wilderness or working on a remote oil rig the Somewear satellite hotspot provides 100% global connectivity and coverage when you're out of cell phone range. The Somewear device is incredibly small and functional because it connects to the Iridium satellite system but uses an app on your smartphone to send and receive texts, track your location and notify a rescue agency in an emergency.
The Lift eFoil's high-performance carbon fiber boards, with a silent electric motor, state-of-the-art lithium battery, mast, and wings allow riders of all abilities to fly above any body of water at 25mph for an hour.
The SylvanSport VAST was designed to transform the RV camping experience by removing the barriers between people and nature. The VAST's adaptable architecture allows it to fuse the indoors with the outdoors, seamlessly convert to suit different camping styles, and accommodate the gear required for outdoor adventure. It was built with the future of human mobility in mind, utilizing modern, efficient, and high-quality materials.
Semperis Active Directory Forest Recovery (ADFR) fully automates the entire forest recovery process with just a few clicks – ensuring fast, clean, and painless restores. Our “cyber-first” recovery approach saves millions of dollars in unnecessary business interruption.
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Governance Cloud is a full suite of corporate governance software that enables board members to turn governance into a competitive advantage through unparalleled insight and highly secure, integrated SaaS applications, helping organizations thrive and endure in today’s complex, global landscape.
- Narwal T10 by Narwal Robotics
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Whiz is an intelligent vacuum sweeper that handles soft surface cleaning so janitors can focus on higher value, more detailed tasks. Whiz is powered by BrainOS, the award-winning navigation software that automates cleaning equipment so workers can do their jobs faster and better.
Explore the cosmos, even if you’ve never used a telescope before! StarSense Explorer combines the simplicity of an entry-level telescope with the power of your smartphone. Follow your phone’s simple on-screen instructions to precisely locate planets, galaxies & more—then view them in the eyepiece.
The Piper Computer Kit is the ultimate hands-on STEAM learning experience. Piper allows young learners to build a real computer from start to finish. Once assembled, Piper's immersive software teaches children the fundamentals of coding and encourages them to make real-world STEAM connections.
Imagine a 2x2 Rubik's cube, with powerful CPU inside where each edge is a high-resolution Screen. It's an amazing Smart and Educational toy you can play in a way you never played before, acting in both physical and virtual realities by twisting shaking and tilting. For children to improve physical, mental and intellectual skills.
17" visual timer with large red disk that can be seen in big spaces. People of all abilities can easily grasp the concept of ‘elapsed time’ and ‘time remaining,’ creating less stress between transitions. Flexible applications with various durations, dry erase face, and time-blocking set markers.
- PolySwitch® setP™ Digital Temperature Indicators by Littelfuse, Inc.
Due to their small size, USB Type-C connectors are susceptible to thermal damage from contamination. Innovative setP Series Digital Temperature Indicators can disconnect power and help prevent damage. The device can be added to most USB-C cables to help protect USB-C links delivering 100W or more.
YoloBox combines the switcher with the encoder to simplify live stream in a multi-camera environment. For the video signal source, it supports 2 channels of HDMI, 1 channel USB, 1 channel SD card video, and 1 channel box with the same living account in different place. For usage, connect the photographic device to the YoloBox, then open the living streaming platform before live stream, your live show is starting now.
Bluefin™ is a pioneering wearable gadget to continuously monitor the oceanic environment (temperature, depth, salinity, pH) down to a depth of 1.7 km for more than 6 months. It is non-invasive and can be worn by both human and other species. It has a battery lifetime for 1 year, 36 cm2 is the maximum size and weighs 2.4 grams or less.
SideChef is an all-in-one home cooking platform that provides over 16,000 interactive smart recipes with recipe guidance featuring hands-free voice commands, step-by-step photos, how-to videos and built-in timers. SideChef offers in-app meal planning, grocery delivery and smart kitchen connectivity.
Goodix’s capacitive 2-in-1 solution of in-ear detection (IED) and touch control is used in all forms of smart earphones. The IED uses the capacitive sensing to actively detect the wearing status of the earphones. The capacitive touch sensor enables a touch-control function of the earphone with tap and slide motions.
Our unique brain-measuring technology allows us to advise the world’s leading firms on how to improve the effectiveness of their television marketing campaigns. We are able to measure real-time responses to stimuli in terms of long-term memory, engagement, emotional intensity and attention.
ALLIS is a one-of-a-kind software solution that profiles each camera sensor independently and diagnoses the sensor's technical imperfections. ALLIS is then trained via machine learning to strengthen the sensor by removing those deficiencies. This produces higher quality images than ever before.
AURORA, a micro eye tracking module developed by Ganzin Technology, can enable eye-tracking capability on clients' AR/VR/smart-glasses devices with minimum effort. It features in easiest mechanical design, smallest form factor, lowest power consumption, and most wide application scenarios in the market. AURORA will unlock the potential of eyes as the ultimate interface to the digital world.
- Monash University FODMAP Diet App (Updated September 2018 by Monash University FODMAP Diet
Researchers at Monash University of Melbourne, AUS, determined that common sugars and sugar alcohols in many foods are the cause of the symptoms of IBS. The Monash FODMAP diet, app and resources were developed to help those with IBS understand their trigger foods and live a near normal life. Monash is a world leader in IBS.
LifeFuels’ smart nutrition bottle turns ordinary water into a beverage packed with flavor and essential vitamins and nutrients. The three-part hydration system includes: a sleek, smart water bottle, flavorful and nutrient-packed FuelPods, and an app that tracks both hydration and nutrition. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNgXQYiUxIwtQdTobrs_NLtKpZq7Dr24O
The hydration platform is a connected ecosystem built to reflect how people drink water today, made up of three core components: a beautifully designed water dispenser, a companion, user-friendly smartphone app, and a reusable bottle tagged with a unique, personal QR code.
Wi-Charge’s R1 Light Bulb is the first DIY plug-and-play wireless power solution for smart home devices, simplifying consumers' lives by eliminating the need to use power cords or replace batteries. Installation is as easy as replacing a standard light bulb with a standard Edison socket.
For multi-person conference applications, Wireless Presentation System supports up to 16 simultaneous displays. The 16 input sources can be connected at any time for content display. JWR2100 is also an AC router with wireless 5G/2.4G and wired Gigabit Ethernet connections. It covers the entire array of platforms, whether it is PC, Mac®, iOS®, or Android™, all can achieve seamless access, at any time.
ScreenX is the world's first multi-projection theatre technology that allows a 270-degree panoramic movie-going experience. ScreenX expands the film from the screen onto the side walls of the auditorium, bringing the cinematic space to life.
MAX98390 smart amp with integrated Dynamic Speaker Management (DSM) algorithm efficiently delivers louder, clearer, richer sound at the lowest quiescent power in the market. The boosted, digital Class D DSM smart amp unleashes a system’s full audio potential by safely driving higher power levels (up to 5.1W) into tiny speakers typically rated for much lower power between 1W to 3W.
With CruzTV, eSports players can broadcast together, showing 4 different views on one screen. Teams have much more capability to coordinate and strategize together, giving them a strong competitive advantage.
Puppy Cube is a portable, ultra-short throw projector that turns any flat surface into an interactive touchscreen via a unique 10-point multitouch technology. The standalone entertainment system features built-in Android OS, a custom UI and a spectacular HD picture with a screen of up to 100 inches.
GoPro MAX is like no other camera in the world: t’s like having three cameras in one. Use MAX as a waterproof, maximum-stabilized single lens HERO camera, dual lens 360 camera or next-level vlogging camera with its built-in front facing display and shotgun-mic audio capabilities
PowerEgg X is an All-in-one autonomous personal AI camera with main features of smart image recognition tracking, image mechanical stabilization and simple video editing tool. It is capable of transforming into an AI Camera, a Camcorder, and a Drone.
- Yale® Robotic Reach NR/NDR035-045EB by Yale Materials Handling Corporation
The Yale® robotic reach truck is an industry-first, capable of autonomously depositing and retrieving loads up to 30 feet high and reaching into double-deep storage. Its high-lifting capability makes it ideal for operations facing shrinking labor pools and pressure to maximize vertical storage space.
GUSS is the world's first autonomous orchard sprayer. Designed for unmanned operation in almond, pistachio, citrus, and fruit orchards, GUSS safely navigates tree rows and applies fertilizers and other materials to improve crop health. This innovation allows a single user to monitor up to 8 GUSS sprayers at a time from the comfort and safety of a pickup.
The Courier 3030 stacker automates a wide variety of tasks, freeing workers to focus on more value-added jobs. Perfect for picking loads off the ground & at heights up to 72", it can be used in manual or automated mode, is operational from Day 1 & provides on-the-fly programming & reprogramming.
- MIT Hyperloop II by MIT Hyperloop Team
AirLev is a high-speed, frictionless vehicle designed to carry people or freight using its air levitation technology. MIT's student team built and demonstrated the first electric Hyperloop II at 2019 SpaceX-Hyperloop that zips from zero-to-200 mph on cushion of air.
A sustainable and cost competitive transport system, based on autonomous, electric trucks, that has the potential to transform road freight transport as we know it by reducing CO2-emissions by 90 %, lower operating costs by 60 % and radically improve road safety.
Our system imitates the agility and mobility that ants exhibit when carrying objects, each wheel of the System is like an ant that moves around independently being equipped with an independent power system as well as a power wheel with controller which means all of our power wheel models move autonomously as well as form into an optimal arrangement to carry objects collaboratively according to the shape /weigh of the objects.
Air Fom is a patented Hi-tech multiple layer insert that completely elliminates flat tires, pressure maintenance. Air Fom is super lightweight, very low rolling resistance and highly durable. Once you install Air Fom into your favorite tire you never have to worry about tire maintenance again.
The Ujet electronic scooter is not just a vehicle, but rather, an advanced tech solution that aims to address the challenge of smart mobility by combining design innovation and engineering. We aim to showcase our capabilities in the world of mobility through the use of new technology and advanced materials.
Scooter2Infra Safety System is the first-ever solution focusing on scooter safety. It consists of roadside facilities, Smart Pillars, and scooter devices, Smart Tags, to enhance road hazard protection for scooter riders. It watches road blackspots 24/7 and warns upcoming riders when hazard is detected. It is an interactive and scooter-oriented safety service that has been proved by 8,600 scooters to reduce accident up to 50%.
Insight is the first product on the market to collect, send, and manage advanced vehicles data over the cloud using edge computing. It greatly cuts down the time and cost that AV and OEMs use on transferring data from the vehicle to the computers. Insight offers AV/ADAS companies an edge over their competition, allowing them to develop features faster and decreasing their time to market.
Arbe’s proprietary chipset platform has resolved some of today’s most pressing radar challenges, which include eliminating false alarms, processing massive amounts of information generated by 4D imaging in real-time, and mitigating mutual radar interference. It is the first to enable highly precise sensing in all environment conditions.
The RS-LiDAR-M1 Smart LiDAR Sensor has its own embedded AI algorithm and SoC that transforms overpriced traditional LiDAR systems (also known as solely information collectors) to a full data analysis and comprehension system. It provides the best solution for autonomous driving with a streamlined design, low cost, and high stability and manufacturability.
The Artec Leo is the first AI-based 3D scanner to offer onboard automatic processing. It can provide the most intuitive workflow, making 3D scanning as easy as taking a video. As you scan your object, you can see the 3D replica being built in real time on Leo's touch panel screen.
Ontosight Explore is an AI-powered engine that enables and accelerates the exploration, detection, and building of various direct and indirect connections between drug, target, pathway, and disease. Our self-learning life science ontology has more than 30 million concepts and terms and brings together more than 1 trillion data connections.
Aisera is the industry’s first proactive, personalized, and predictive AI Service Management (AISM) solution that is purpose-built to automate tasks and actions for IT, HR, Facilities, and Customer Service delivering exceptional AI Service Experience to customers and employees.
Using AI and language insights derived from customer interactions, Persado guides customers through the ideas, concepts and words that inspire audiences, while informing strategic thinking with data-backed creative insights to drive ideation and campaign direction.
Aryballe’s NeOse Pro is a small, universal odor detection device that effectively mimics the human sense of smell through the capture and analysis of odor signatures.
IBM Watson Studio Desktop was created for business analysts and data scientists to help them prepare and analyze their data and build predictive models within a single environment. The platform addresses its users' needs by offering a streamlined workflow for data analysis and developing models, all in a secure environment to work in.
Conversational AI technology solves a big problem for businesses: how to immediately understand and respond to the needs of customers during sales conversations over the phone or via text. It also enables organizations to actually predict the needs of consumers, deliver highly personalized experiences and increase sales.
SentinelOne Ranger turns every protected endpoint into a network detection device that can identify and control every connected device on a network. Using AI to monitor access to every IoT device, Ranger autonomously protects and notifies of vulnerabilities, rogue devices, and anomalous behaviors.
Hunt-as-a-Service (HaaS) was designed to hunt for and stop intruders who have already defeated an organization’s existing security technologies. HaaS applies a human-machine approach to today’s sophisticated threat environment equipping its cyber defenders with advanced detection and proactive defensive technology to identify signs of planned and active attacks, allowing defenders to execute actions to neutralize threats.
The world’s first AI Autonomous Response technology, Darktrace Antigena intelligently contains cyber-attacks within seconds, preventing high-impact compromises without interrupting business. In March 2019, Antigena’s scope was extended across the digital business to cover both cloud and email — ushering in a new era of autonomous cyber defense.
- HARVI™ I TE by Kennametal Inc.
The patented HARVI™ I TE end mill sets new performance standards in metal milling, a key manufacturing technique that typically requires multiple tools. Now, machinists shaping the components for aircraft, automobiles and more have ONE tool to mill multiple metals, faster and more efficiently.
MIRDC developed a comprehensive, systematic smart solution for fasteners and rapidly expanded to fastener makers through cloud services for quick response and flexible production, reducing reliance on labor and providing real-time information for customized smart manufacturing solutions.
Having reliable cell service is essential for safety, productivity and staying connected. Often cell signal strength and connectivity is compromised due to obstructions such as steel and concrete building materials as well as proximity to cell towers. Wilson Electronics created weBoost cell signal amplifiers to ensure that everyone has access to safe and reliable cell service all the time, no matter where you live.
Arrcus is a modern-day OEM focused on democratizing the networking industry by delivering the best-in-class software with the most flexible consumption model at the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).
CoreXM delivers expert-built tools for accelerating customer experience, employee experience, and market research. XM solutions combine best practices, easy distribution, and standardized reporting/dashboards to enable faster configurations, study deployment, and data analysis.
IBM Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management is a first in its class platform that enables clients to streamline their business operations across multiple cloud environments. Through a single viewpoint users are provided with increased transparency, consistent governance, and application automation across all of their cloud infrastructures.
- X Line Objectives by Olympus Corporation of the Americas
Olympus has developed a proprietary lens polishing technology to manufacture X Line Objectives with ultra-thin convex and concave lenses. The X Line Objectives break optical barriers and improve optical performance such as numerical aperture, image flatness, and chromatic correction.
Goodix invented the world's first optical IN-DISPLAY FINGERPRINT SENSOR™ for LCD display. Goodix applies innovative optical system designs, proprietary algorithms, and the latest CMOS image sensor (CIS) design to solve the industry challenge of existing in-display fingerprint technologies not supporting LCD display.
Assure provides substantiation of part quality needed for volume production with 3D metal printing. It detects process anomalies, flags them, and highlights the corrective actions required so errors are not repeated. Through real-time, multi-sensor, physics-based detection algorithms, Assure delivers unprecedented traceability of part quality. This decreases variation and provides comprehensive documentation for validation.
The NX Gemini™ two-module-in-portrait (2P) horizontal single-axis solar tracker optimizes lifetime value and performance for solar developers and solar asset owners worldwide. Designed for ultra-high winds and challenging terrain, NX Gemini has the highest power density of any tracker on the market.
Powered by the Evolv Cortex AI™ software platform, Evolv Express™ is the only free-flow weapons detection smart enough to differentiate weapons from personal items while visitors walk through naturally. It screens 3,600+ people per hour, 10X faster than metal detectors, eliminating the need for venues to choose between safety and convenience.
Leidos’ Xpose Portable Xray (Xpose XP) system extends law enforcement, military, customs, and security personnel’s ability to search for and render-safe explosives, weapons, narcotics, and other contraband. The device provides multi-mission flexibility to capture small targets in real-time and larger targets using mosaic imaging panels.
The Battery Condition Annunciator App is the first-of-its-kind safety response mobile application that informs first responders of the hazard status of an energy storage system, including information on state-of-charge (SOC) and temperature of the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).
- Printed Battery - HP by Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited AND Neosen Energy
NAMI’s Printed Battery-HP is a thin and flexible battery made with eco-friendly materials. Developed with advanced materials designed for good printability and high electrochemical performance, the battery features low internal resistance and provides superior rate performance, allowing unprecedented power output with a compact form factor.
Quasar is the world's first bidirectional charger for your home that allows bidirectional charging between your home, the grid and your electric vehicle (EV). It enables you to feed energy from your EV back into your house or directly back into the grid.
A virtual power plant that orchestrates 1,000 residential batteries to support grid stability and reliability, whilst rewarding customers for using their solar energy for the benefit of all grid users.
xGrids is KEPCO's flexible power grid management platforms which comprise three sub platforms, which are platform of power grid analysis, platform of power systems integration and platform of intelligent application developments. xGrids made a power grid as a service coming up with a lot of benefits in electricity quality, cost reduction and many more perspectives.
H1500 series thermal pad is the next generation thermal interface materials, based on NAMI’s nanocomposites and material alignment technique, providing strong, directional and efficient heat transfer for superior thermal management system required for 5G telecommunication system.
Sorbent Polymer Extraction And Remediation System (SPEARS): a clean water remediation technology of scalable mat-lined spikes that absorbs toxic contaminants "like a sponge". SPEARS eliminates the need to dredge, transport and incinerate sediments, significantly mitigating costs and carbon emissions
RipeTime™ is developing a cost-effective solution to help reduce waste of fresh produce throughout the cold food chain. Our first of its kind sensor provides real-time, actionable data containing key information to help predict the ripening of fresh produce. This data will allow key decision-makers to create informed decisions which result in less waste.
Renmatix invented the Plantrose Process, which uses only water, heat and pressure to convert plant material into food ingredient Nouravant and beauty product ingredient Celltice to meet consumer demand for sustainable, affordable "clean label" food and personal care products. https://renmatix.com/products/products-list/beauty
Like Edison, Rohinni did not invent light, we simply invented a way to bring it to everyone. PIXALUX is the machine, jointly developed by Rohinni and K&S, that can place mini and micro LEDs on virtually any substrate. We have developed a placement process that is bringing micro LED technology to consumers in the products they use every day in consumer electronics, automotive and mobility, and display backlights markets.
The white Mid-Power LED features a unique Quantum Dot material with a narrow band red emission. Its high spectral purity enables excellent light quality with a minimum CRI of 90 while delivering record breaking efficacy (lm/W).
- The Turntide Smart Motor System by Turntide Technologies
The Turntide Smart Motor System, the world’s most energy-efficient, intelligent, and reliable electric motor, automation, and cloud control system, radically reduces energy consumption from the world’s largest consumers of electricity: buildings.
BrainBox AI is a unique technology combining deep learning, cloud-based computing and algorithms to support a 24/7 self-operating building. BrainBox AI is the first autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) technology for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC). Its vision is to redefine building automation and to be at the forefront of the green building revolution.
Leveraging the Internet of Things, TOTO and GP PRO innovated the PUBLIC RESTROOM OF THE FUTURE, providing consumers a clean, comfortable experience EVERY TIME. Gone are empty toilet tissue and paper towel dispensers, dripping faucets and leaking toilets. Now public restrooms are well maintained.
- VIE TECHNOLOGIES™ by VIE Technologies
The OPA Runtime Solution is a personalized, predictive maintenance system which increases asset reliability while reducing maintenance cost. A process-in-a-box, OPA provides everything needed to modernize and optimize a maintenance operation – hardware, connectivity, cloud analytics and an intuitive, condition and incident management app.
Despite ambitious company goals, facility managers often lack clear direction, expertise and tools to reduce water use. The free Ecolab Smart Water Navigator enables facilities to assess and improve water management through a simple assessment linked to action steps. www.smartwaternavigator.com.
Systema Leonardo is a circular economy based manufacturing technology that utilises otherwise environmentally destructive byproducts to manufacture high-quality building materials. At the same time, it substantially reduces the environmental impact of the resource-intensive conventional building material industry.
Loop is a circular shopping platform that enables consumers to shop for a wide range of everyday products in waste-free, durable, reusable packaging. It shifts ownership of the package from the consumer back to the manufacturer.
Our Italian RubberJet Valley company has installed the first industrial scale plant in the world for the 100%-recycling of OTR tires using a proprietary high-pressure water jet that breaks down large truck and mining off-the-road (OTR) tyres in an environmentally-friendly way. Please, see the video attached in this apply on the innovative Plant installed in the North of Italy based on our “High Pressure Water Jet” Technology.
- Great Stuff™ Smart Dispenser™ by DuPont Performance Building Solutions
This patented innovation has changed the game of foam dispensing. It solves the decades old problem of messiness and lack of reuse. The Smart Dispenser™ is usable for up to 30 days while eliminating messy foam drips. Using market intelligence and end user studies, we developed the Smart Dispenser™ as an innovative solution to make air sealing easier, cleaner, more precise and with less product waste.
Designed to be an all-in-one hydration sidekick, Drinkfinity combines a unique stainless steel, reusable bottle with a range of flavorful and functional pods that empower users to transform 20 oz. of water into their very own enhanced beverage.
- TetraBIN® by Sencity Corporation
TetraBIN is the first of its kind, an AI and IoT enabled interactive receptacle. TetraBIN refashions the trash cans and traditional information kiosks as an innovative piece of interactive urban furniture that encourages positive behavioral shifts and brings joy to the everyday necessity of waste disposal. TetraBIN also enables cities and local businesses to create new income opportunities by forging joyful engagements.
TheEcoDryer® with Sanafor® antimicrobial protection, is placed over a floor register or against a baseboard register, which allows heat/air to circulate throughout and to the top of the wet gear garment, drying from the inside out. Safe to leave 24 hours a day, using ZERO extra electricity in your home, school or office.
EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor creates smart workplaces that optimize the use of space through digital floorplans and occupancy analytics, improve comfort and employee experience and enhance productivity by the use of well-being analytics, and reduce facility service costs in new or retrofit buildings.
- ppod by Living Solutions, LLC
ppod the future in long term senior care. A portable senior environment you don't buy or maintain, ppod's are leased. ppod has the onboard care tools the growing 44 million family caregivers need. Less than 1% of US homes have the required design features to handle senior mobility. ppod allows seniors to age at home with family, with higher outcomes more affordably. Designed for all socioeconomic groups of seniors.
Curbless showers are in high demand for accessibility, necessity or pure design but very difficult and expensive to build. Rapid Recess is a set of brackets that allows anybody to create the most difficult part - the elevation difference between the shower pan level and the rest of the bathroom floor level without traditional expenses in money, time and material thus making it affordable for everyone.
LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime is a new design that will redefine STEAM education, all while instilling confidence and developing the skills needed for the 21st Century workforce through hands-on learning. It combines familiar LEGO® bricks, a programmable multi-port Hub, sensors, motors and the block-based visual programming language, Scratch.
zSpace Experiences delivers STEM lessons utilizing augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology, head tracking glasses, and styli. Students observe cause and effect, collect live data, and change conditions through lifelike, immersive lessons based on Next Generation Science Standards.
Everything you need for hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experiments for ages 8+. Each box activates thinking, questioning, inquiring, and original creation as we guide children through the “SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY & ENGINEERING DESIGN PROCESS.” Every box includes an ENGINEERING DESIGN CHALLENGE.
Molekule Air Mini is a new home air purification device that leverages the power of Molekule’s patented Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO) technology to destroy pollutants and deliver truly clean air. Air Mini is offered at a lower price point and perfect for smaller spaces up to 250 square feet.
Created to solve all of the problems with the 100-year-old technology of traditional screens, FlexScreen is the world’s first flexible window screen. Beautifully invisible, nearly indestructible, and incredibly easy to install, remove, clean and store - FlexScreen is the future of the window screen industry
Air.o is a revolutionary breakthrough in carpet—giving consumers a hypoallergenic, completely recyclable alternative to traditional carpet as well as offering retailers a simpler-to-install, easy-to-service product. Made almost entirely of recycled materials and 100% recyclable, worry-free Air.o is a great choice for families, and the planet.
- The Organic Skirt - The World’s First Digitally Customizable 3D Printed Skirt by Julia Daviy
The Organic Skirt is the first available in the market skirt, which production methodology is based on 3D design, virtual fashion, large-format 3D printing and a developed customizing software. The methodology permits to 3D print clothes with almost zero-waste using 100% recyclable TPE and deliver customized consumer products with perfect fit quickly.
Reebok’s Forever Floatride GROW is a trailblazing innovation in sustainable footwear – a plant-based running shoe that rivals the best performance running sneakers on the market. The product is the latest example of Reebok’s commitment to reduce the use of petroleum-based plastics in footwear by making products with plants.
- ProTect® by ProAgni Pty Ltd.
Patent pending antibiotic-free nutrition supplementation. The technology allows production systems to remove antibiotics from the feeding system without negatively impacting animal health or production efficiency. https://proagni.com/introducing-proagni/
Pivot Bio PROVEN™ is the first renewable, clean alternative to synthetic fertilizer that produced 99.5% fewer emissions than the current manufacturing process which emits 2% of the world’s GHGs and uses 1% of the world’s energy. Farmers achieve better outcomes with a lighter footprint.
The global agriculture industry is a diverse mixture of complex seeds. Crops can have selectively enhanced traits to optimize their yield and harvest productivity but are lacking in traceability. With Ontera a farmer and lab can quickly run a complete sample-to-answer diagnostic on seeds and crops to identify traits such as GM, mutations and plant health.
- Earlens® Contact Hearing Solution by Earlens Corporation
Earlens delivers audibility across the broadest bandwidth of any hearing solution on the market. As the world’s first and only nonsurgical direct drive technology, Earlens overcomes limitations of acoustic hearing technology for a richer hearing experience with unparalleled streaming sound quality.
With a beautiful, state-of-the-art design, and Eargo’s best sound fidelity ever, Eargo Neo enables the millions of people suffering from hearing loss to easily bypass the social stigma and broken distribution model of traditional hearing aids, and once again hear life in full, rich sound.
GN Hearing, in collaboration with Google and Cochlear, introduced a new hearing aid specification, Audio Streaming for Hearing (ASHA), making Android devices more accessible to those with hearing loss by allowing direct audio streaming while maximizing battery life. GN was first to offer hearing aids using ASHA.
- INNOVO® by Atlantic Therapeutics, LLC
Easy to use, comfortable to wear & FDA cleared, INNOVO® is a truly non-invasive, long-term solution that helps you safely treat stress incontinence by strengthening and retraining the pelvic floor muscles. Through patented Multipath® technology, INNOVO delivers 180 perfect pain-free muscle contractions in a pair of shorts. It's the only non-invasive pelvic floor exercise that treats the root cause of bladder weakness.
This lens solves for a significant unmet need for up to 32 million Americans. It came to life through a combination of cutting-edge technologies to create a seamless design of optical correction and mechanics resulting in a lens that is exceeding expectations for both comfort and visual acuity.
LetsGetChecked is a health insights company that allows consumers direct access to a wide range of health tests and clinical services from home. Founded in 2015, LetsGetChecked combines health data and diagnostic results to provide insights that enable better personal healthcare.
Nearly 12,000 premature babies are born in the U.S. annually with a naturally occurring hole in the heart that doesn’t spontaneously close shortly after birth. Abbott Piccolo is the first minimally invasive medical device approved to treat babies with this condition weighing as little as two pounds.
Willow forever changed the way women pump with the first ever quiet, all-in-one, in-bra wearable breast pump. Our life-changing breast pump discreetly tucks into a bra, without cords, dangling bottles, or loud sucking noises – freeing moms up to pump wherever life takes them.
TIS proud to have made this this ceiling Healthy Air Sensor—includes CO , CO2 and VOCs, temperature and humidity senor, a motion , lights intensity sensor, a microphone, 3 digital inputs, and 32 lines of logic and timers. This smart solution prevent Mold to grow on walls, detect CO or bad smell, act as baby monitor, prevent hot temperature that cause the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), connect to nurse call.
Beddr delivers precision sleep health to increase access, engagement and affordability for those with chronic sleep issues. Beddr targets the root causes of these via FDA-cleared SleepTuner(TM) sensor, mobile app, nationwide telemedicine network of sleep physicians and expert sleep coaches.
DFree is the first wearable device for urinary incontinence. DFree stands for “diaper-free” and helps to prevent accidents. DFree monitors how much urine is in your bladder with a non-invasive ultrasound sensor and notifies you when it’s time to go to the bathroom via an app on your smartphone or tablet.
The smallest and lightest wristband blood pressure monitor In the world. It is the cuff type bp monitor to press only 1 artery (radial artery) to have the stable signal for accurate measurement with smallest, sized 25mm(width) x 14mm(thickness) and weighted 43g. it has been approved by KFDA (Korean FDA) as a medical device with the tolerance within +/-5mmhg, based on clinical trial by the university hospital in Korea.
Bisu is a smart urine analyzer that provides personalized diet and lifestyle advice. It consists of a disposable test stick which is used to capture a urine sample, a stick reader which automates the test procedure, and an app which displays results in 2 mins with a set of recommendations.
Healium is open-eyed meditations that allow the user to SEE their feelings heal virtual worlds. Healium is powered by the user's own EEG brainwaves & heart rate via a brain-sensing headband or a smartwatch. In 3 peer-reviewed journals, Healium's AR and VR escapes have quickly reduced anxiety by a third in as little as four minutes potentially decreasing the need for pharmaceuticals for anxiety or pain in the opioid crisis.
This one-of-a-kind ECG Simulator is used in nursing and health science programs to train students on accurate placement of ECG/EKG leads on the body through rib palpation how to read 3-, 4-, 5- and 12-lead rhythms and how to recognize those rhythms on screen and in hard copy.
- WalterLorenz® Surgical Assist Arm by Zimmer Biomet
Walter is an electromechanical “third” arm that gives surgeons seamless control of the instruments in their operating room. This capability has the potential to optimize surgical outcomes, improve surgeon and staff ergonomics, enhance trainee learning, and widen access to surgical care.
The ORISE™ Gel Submucosal Lifting Agent is pseudoplastic/non-Newtonian viscous gel with blue dye in a 10 ml prefilled luer lock syringe used for the creation of submucosal cushions beneath polyps, adenomas, or early-stage cancers or other GI mucosal lesions, prior to excision with a snare or other suitable endoscopic device.
An ultra-thin, flexible, high-resolution single-use endoscope that enables access to multiple unserved indications and improves usability and diagnosis quality while eliminating the risk of infections caused by contaminated, reused endoscopes and dramatically reducing healthcare costs.
- The Future of Orthopedics: AUTOGRAFTA™ Synthesis of Living Grafts for Skeletal Reconstruction by Octane Orthobiologics Inc.
AUTOGRAFTA™ is a living tissue graft synthetically produced from a patient's cells via the Cocoon™ bioreactor production technology. Variants of AUTOGRAFTA™ address a range of debilitating orthopedic injuries and diseases to restore mobility and enhance quality of life. Applications include bone, cartilage and tendon reconstruction.
IsoSpeak is the first automated informatics software for advanced, single cell mapping which can reveal critical insights for advancing the future of personalized medicine. IsoSpeak uses machine learning techniques to reveal critical differences in cells that were hidden without this technology.
ITRI developed the manufacturing technology of the world's only biomimetic knobby magnetic beads, named iKNOBEADS, which perfectly suits for the ex vivo activation and expansion of human T cells.
- Easy Denture™ by Easy Denture
Fastest, most affordable, most accessible denture option available in the world. Totally new category in dentures (dentist or user customizable). 5 minutes and less then $400 vs 4 weeks $1,250.
The latest consumer-tech collaboration that’s disrupting a $12 billion industry? A 3D printed smile powered by SmileDirectClub and HP. HP and SmileDirectClub are mass producing more than 50,000 customized mouth molds a day using HP’s 3D printers. The partnership opens doors to democratizing access to affordable, convenient teeth straightening solutions.
Made from 100% purified, medical-grade cotton, Richmond Soft BiteBlock® is engineered to provide consistent pressure performance to protect patients from biting their tongue, cracking their teeth or compressing the airway device causing a decrease in oxygenation emerging from general anesthesia.
Cala Trio is the only non-invasive personalized therapy for essential tremor. The wrist-worn device is calibrated to each patient’s hand tremor and uses neuromodulation to provide relief. Cala Trio is a safe and effective therapeutic option to surgery or drugs. It is available by prescription.
TRIKAFTA (elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor and ivacaftor) is a single breakthrough medicine with the potential to treat the underlying cause of the disease for up to 90% of all people with cystic fibrosis in the future.
The Spiration® Valve System is an innovative endobronchial therapy that offers patients with severe emphysema, that are medically maximized yet still symptomatic, a customized, minimally invasive treatment option for lung volume reduction with a favorable risk-benefit profile. Patients treated with the Spiration® Valve System in clinical trials experienced improvements in breathlessness, lung function, and quality of life.
Rad-97® is a one-of-a-kind monitor that uses a sensitive fingertip sensor to continuously measure whether your body is getting enough oxygen when taking opioids and, working with other Masimo automation and connectivity technologies, alerts you, your caregiver and clinician when you are not. It also provides a variety of other noninvasive measurements and allows your clinician to monitor you from anywhere in the world.
Purpose built for healthcare, the Vocera Smartbadge is used by clinicians to communicate hands-free, send and receive secure messages, manage alert and alarm notifications, and get help in emergency situations with a touch of a button. The wearable, voice-controlled Smartbadge also makes it fast and easy to reach the right person simply by saying a name, role or group.
The MyCareLink Heart mobile app is designed to securely and wirelessly send cardiac device data to the Medtronic CareLink™ network via smartphone technology, eliminating the need for a dedicated bedside monitor or other remote monitoring hardware.
- The Axonics® System by Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc.
The Axonics System is a miniaturized neurostimulator that is implanted into the pelvic area to correct the communication pathway and restore normal urinary and bowel function.
The MAGNEZIX® CSc 4.8 is a magnesium-based bioabsorbable implant used in orthopedic and trauma surgery for the internal fixation of bones. This unique metal screw implant degrades in the body and transforms into bone and thus, eliminates the need for a second surgery for implant removal.
Senella® is a new generation of absorbable breast implant, made from a non-silicone-based biocompatible polymer used in the clinic for >30 years. Senella® guides the growth of natural tissue from lipoaspirate, which is derived from the patient's own body via a routine liposuction procedure
The Habib™ EndoHPB endoscopic radiofrequency ablation catheter is intended to ablate malignant or benign tissue in the pancreatic and biliary tracts, notably to perform endoscopic biliary drainage or decompression, prior to stent placement or afterwards, to clear an occluded stent.
There’s hope for cataract sufferers – not only to remove their cataracts, but also to restore vision. Introducing AcrySof® IQ PanOptix® Trifocal Intraocular Lens (IOL), the first and only trifocal lens available in the US. It is now possible to have 20/20 vision at near, intermediate and distance with one lens.
SAFETY ISOLATION BAG® the world's first ready to insert in-bag morcellation device with single or multiple instrument channel prevents the spillage of tissues during power morcellation and thereby prevents the chances of secondary and parasitic fibroids growth and also keep away the internal organs from the field of morcellation
The BrainRobotics prosthetic hand is the world's most advanced and affordable AI-powered prosthetic hand. It gives amputees the ability to intuitively control their prosthetic hand with unlimited gestures and grip patterns, making the prosthetic an innate extension of the user.
Socket-less Socket™ addresses prosthetic device interfaces which have remained unchanged for over 30 years. Utilizing lightweight and breathable materials and a minimalist design to conform to patients’ bodies, it provides greater comfort, improved range of motion and increased activity levels.
The Tactra™ Malleable Penile Prosthesis is a next-generation device designed around a nitinol core, facilitating efficient implantation of a durable system providing patients with a natural feeling, easy-to-use device.
QuantX Advanced is the first-ever, FDA-cleared, computer-aided diagnosis software for radiology. A clinical study key to the FDA’s approval of this product demonstrated that QuantX delivered a 39% reduction in missed breast cancers without a reduction in specificity, and a 20% overall diagnostic improvement.
Elekta Unity is the world’s first radiation therapy system to integrate high-field MR imaging with precision radiation dosing for cancer treatments. The state of the art system enables doctors to “see” both tumour and healthy tissue in real-time and adapt radiation doses at the time of treatment.
The 25 Liter Eniware Portable Sterilizer (EPS-25) effectively sterilizes surgical instruments and equipment for essential surgery without electricity, heat, or water. State-of-the-art nitrogen dioxide gas-based sterilization technology is being adapted for application in a rugged, portable form, affordable and functional in any setting. Cycle time 4 hours. Uses consumables for each cycle.
SciCan StatClave G4 is a class B vacuum sterilizer that incorporates both a pre-sterilization vaccum to improve steam penetration and a post sterilization vacuum to improve drying.
Abbott’s High Sensitive Troponin-I blood test measures a protein in the blood (troponin-I) that comes directly from the heart. When added to today’s standard of care, the test can help doctors more accurately know a person’s chances of having a heart attack potentially months to years in advance.
EsoCheck is a cell collection device that is designed to collect cells of a targeted region of the esophagus without the need for endoscopy. The sampled cells can then be subjected to any commercially available diagnostic test. When coupled with the EsoGuard esophageal DNA test is it more than 90% sensitive and specific to diagnosing Barrett's Esophagus (BE) a known precursor to Esophageal Adenocarcinoma (EAC).
With explosive growth in patient burden, diagnostic labs are under serious pressure. To help meet demand, Ortho worked with labs to design the VITROS XT Solution, which revolutionizes testing and increases speed and quality, doubling test density on proprietary, postage-stamp-sized MicroSlides.
8 Bottled Water Brands&mdashUnscrewed
Since 2003, PepsiCo's Aquafina has made clear that their water is not the stuff of exotic natural springs. "Our water is from public resources!" they assert&mdashand claim it's all the better, since even the springiest of spring waters leaves some debris behind (chlorine, microgrowth, etc). Their rigorous seven-step purification process, called HydRO-7, which includes pre-filtration, polishing filters, high-intensity light, reverse osmosis, charcoal filtration, polishing filters and ozonation, gets the job done better, they say.
Brand: Deer Park
Slogan: That's Good Water!
Founded in 1873, Deer Park first filled their bottles with water from a boiling spring 3,000 feet above sea level in the Appalachian Mountains. Today, the water comes from similarly categorized springs in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Maryland&mdashall expertly selected and distinguished for their natural geological features, such as precipitation replenished. Using natural sand and gravel filters, which act as a multilevel underground sifting system, produces the cleanest water of all, according to the company.
Slogan: From the Islands of Fiji&mdashNatural Artesian Water
Despite recent troubles&mdashincluding criticism for the negative environmental impact the bottle manufacturing process has, a self-imposed shutdown to curtail a Fijian-government proposed tax and a 40% company-wide layoff&mdashAmericans' love for the exotic water in the chic-to-be-square bottle seems to be running strong. Perhaps it's in their story (which, we admit, was enough to win us over). It goes something like this: In a far-away valley, at the edge of a rainforest, nestled in the depths of a volcanic chamber, buried under rock and clay. well, let's just say they had us at "valley."
Slogan: Enhanced with Minerals for a Pure, Fresh Taste
Released by Coca-Cola in 1999, Dasani caused a backlash due to claims that the company is making a profit from bottling plain-old tap water. According to their explanation of their manufacturing process, the water is drawn from local sources (with government approval), treated (or not treated) based on quality, filtered to remove undesirable taste, disinfected with ultraviolet light, sent through reverse osmosis to remove impurities (in the U.S. only) and enhanced with minerals including Epsom salt, potassium chloride and common salt to create its distinct taste.
Slogan: Natural Spring Water
Volvic water is collected from a string of ancient volcanoes in Parc Naturel des Volcans d'Auvergne in central France, where rainwater seeps very slowly underground through porous layers of lava down to a watertight granite bed. Its contact with rocks and minerals is what creates the bottled water's composition of minerals. The bottling system is fully automated, with water being transported through a stainless steel pipeline to a plant where it's bottled immediately without any exterior contact. The lack of post-spring filtration is said to preserve the water's natural character and purity.
Brand: Poland Spring
Slogan: What It Means to Be from Maine
Founded in 1845 and manufactured by a subsidiary of Nestlé, Poland Spring is America's leading brand of bottled water. As the slogan states, the brand's bottled water is derived from water sources throughout Maine, including Poland Spring and Garden Spring in Poland, Clear Spring in Hollis and Evergreen Spring in Fryeburg.
Slogan: Untouched by Man, Perfect by Nature
This French brand of water was first sold in glass bottles and originated from a spring that was thought to have healing powers. The water is still sourced from the same spring at the Alpine Foothills, where it's naturally filtered through 800-foot-deep mountainous dips of sand and gravel. Recently, Evian has begun a series of environmental initiatives, including RecycleBank (an award-based company that gives participating households redeemable points according to the amount of materials they recycle) and financial support for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
Slogan: Purity You Can Taste. Hydration You Can Feel.
This electrolyte-enhanced line of water, founded in May 1996, was initially only distributed in health food stores and independent retailers. By 2002, however, Smartwater was one of the top-selling brands of enhanced water, and widely available at large chain retailers around the country. Vapor-distilled (a process that removes salt and impurities) with added electrolytes, the water is purified using a scientifically controlled spin on nature's hydrologic cycle (the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth).
The day Swaps met his match
The focus on Art Sherman, with stories that seek to flavor who he is and how he thinks as he prepares his horse for a run at the Triple Crown, zeros in on May 7, 1955.
A better date might be Aug. 31 of that year.
In the oft-told story, Sherman was an 18-year-old exercise rider for the famed Swaps, who won the Kentucky Derby that May. In the lesser-known story, he was also the exercise rider for Swaps for the famous match race with Nashua.
On a rainy Thursday morning in the Belmont Park barns, as daylight arrived along with two reporters, the 77-year-old Sherman told the story.
“I was on the trip” from California to Chicago, Sherman said. “We were like three, four days [on the train]. We brought a couple of extra horses. We had like six. I had a sleeping bag and there were three horses on this side of me and three on the other. In the night, they’d dip in their water bucket and hit me. I looked worse than the horses when we got there. Jeez, what a trip.”
The race was scheduled for Washington Park. It was owned by Ben Lindheimer, whose daughter, Marje Everett, would eventually take over the operation and later move to California and run Hollywood Park.
Swaps had won the Kentucky Derby, but had not entered the Preakness or Belmont.
“I don’t think they had the money” for the entry fees, Sherman said.
Swaps was owned by Rex Ellsworth and bred on his farm in Ontario. When he won the Derby, he was only the second California-bred to do so, following Morvich in 1922. When Sherman’s California Chrome won the Derby this year, he was only the fourth Cal-bred, following Decidedly in 1962.
“They [the owners] had horses coming up and they were always short,” Sherman said. “Your paycheck was always late. I made $75 a month the first year, $150 the second and $250 the third.
“I was living high on the hog. If there wasn’t a lady feeding me at the Big W Drive In, I would have been in big trouble.”
Nashua, an Eastern horse, finished second to Swaps in the Derby and then won the Preakness and Belmont. The question then was as national as the sport: Which horse was better?
So came the inevitable, a $100,000 winner-take-all match race, although Sherman said he was certain Swaps’ owners were paid nicely, win or lose.
The event was a magical attraction. Not only were these among the best 3-year-olds of their era, but there was the East-versus-West dynamic. There were also two of the best jockeys ever. Bill Shoemaker, who went as Willie then, rode Swaps and Eddie Arcaro rode Nashua.
A crowd of 35,262 showed up. National reporters swarmed Chicago. Odds for Swaps were set at 3-10 for Nashua 6-5. For once, gambling took a back seat to the purity of competition. A total of $175,000 was bet on the race, less than all the other races that day at Washington Park, except the first race.
Unknown to most, and an element that has stuck with Sherman to this day, was that Swaps had a foot injury and wasn’t anywhere near his best.
“He shouldn’t have run the match race,” Sherman said Thursday.
He said Swaps had an inch-long hole and abscess on the frog of his foot that they filled with iodine and cotton and covered with a leather pouch to keep dirt out. The frog on a horse’s foot is a triangular-shaped area that serves as a shock absorber when he runs.
“To me, [running Swaps] was kind of unbelievably dumb,” Sherman said. “Swaps was too much horse for Nashua.… One had natural ability. The other, you kind of had to beat the crap out of him. I watched Arcaro work on him. He was cutting him under the belly, doing everything.”
Arcaro later said that he had found a soft path on the track about four widths from the rail. He said he put Swaps there by breaking first from the inside and pushing Swaps and Shoemaker out to that soft spot all the way around.
“I just don’t believe that,” he said.
Nashua won by daylight and was voted horse of the year. Swaps raced no more that year, but healed up and won eight of 10 races in 1956, including six carrying 130 pounds. Nashua ran with 130 pounds twice that year and lost both races.
At the end of 1956, Swaps was named horse of the year.
All of which adds up to a nice story with sizable significance for horse racing, which is under attack by PETA and its hidden cameras and the New York Times and its anti-drug reporting, as well as suffering from the all-too-frequent horror of horses breaking down and being destroyed on the track.
Sherman, a man on the doorstep of giving his sport a positive and legendary moment in its history, saw Swaps run when he shouldn’t have, has never forgotten it, said he was devastated, and added:
“If my horse wasn’t 100%, I’d have no qualms about not running him. I’d never do that.
In Pursuit of the Perfect Bowl of Porridge
In 2015, Lisa Williams was vacationing in Scotland when she stumbled across a glitzy bagpipe procession and a line of people in aprons holding flags from countries around the world. She took a closer look, inquired around, and discovered it was a porridge parade, celebrating the contestants of a world porridge championship.
“And then you go into the village hall [where the competition is held], and it’s decorated in tartan and heather and with all the flags from all the people and their countries,” she says. “It was amazing. I was hooked. I just said to my husband that I want to take part in this. I want to do it.” Four years later, Williams returned to Scotland, and her porridge was crowned the best in the world. “When they called my name out, I was absolutely stunned,” she says.
Like Goldilocks chasing down that perfect bowl, Williams is among a dedicated class of professional and amateur cooks around the world who compete each year to serve the best bowl of, essentially, gruel. They gather in the small village of Carrbridge, Scotland, on the edge of a national park in the Scottish highlands, for the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championship. Judges for the competition, which is split into “traditional” and “specialty” categories, are mostly recruited from the culinary industry, and rank each bowl by color, texture, hygiene, and taste. The “golden spurtle” refers to both the traditional Scottish utensil specifically designed for porridge-stirring, as well as the shape of the trophy awarded to winners.
The bagpipe parade to kick of 2017’s Golden Spurtle championships James Ross
What began as a tourism initiative in 1994 to attract winter crowds to the quaint, 700-person Scottish town has grown into an institution, drawing in hundreds of spectators and up to 30 competitors each year. “I read about it in the newspaper and thought that if this isn’t a joke and it’s for real, it’s the most silly and insane thing I ever heard,” says Saga Rickmer of Sweden. She signed up immediately, and went on to compete in the 2016 world championships and ultimately win the Swedish Porridge Competition, a national spinoff competition, in 2019.
This year, due to COVID-19, the competition will move online, with competitors submitting short video recipes and winners announced over social media on October 10 — World Porridge Day. But while the thrill of softening stodgy grains in real time might be missing, the weight of the endeavor seems to resonate more than ever. Anyone who has been cooking and recooking the same simple meals from pantry staples during the pandemic will understand the quest for the platonic ideal of gruel.
The 2020 competition will also be slightly different in that it will focus entirely on the specialty category, where pretty much anything goes. Competitors can add a bunch of milk, shape the oatmeal into tapas, brulee it, steam it, or bake it. Per Carlsson of Sweden snagged the 2017 specialty win with a cloudberry-liqueur porridge brulee. Neal Robertson from Scotland won in 2011 with a cinnamon and nutmeg-spiked porridge topped with a blueberry compote. Other wins have included a mushroom porridge torta in 2012 and a sticky toffee porridge in 2014.
Nick Barnard of London, a two-time winner in the specialty category, says the key to dressing up an award-winning dish is knowing what the judges like. “The Scots love sugar, salt, and fat,” he says. “So I’ll give it to them in spades.” Barnard won in 2019 with his maple pecan porridge, a mix of pecan butter, maple syrup, dry milk powder, and cream, all topped with pecans sauteed in ghee.
The tattoo on Carlsson’s forearm reads “Porridge Champion” Clarissa Wei
This year’s competition won’t include the traditional category, but normally competitors in this genre are required to make porridge with just three elements: oats, water, and salt. Minimally processed oats are a prerequisite precooked oats like instant and rolled oats are not allowed. Almost everyone who has won has used steel-cut oats and soaked the porridge overnight.
While it may seem simple by comparison, the challenge — and honestly, the fun — of the endeavor lies in elevating what’s widely recognized as an archetype of culinary austerity into something worth awarding a large spoon-shaped trophy to. Many home cooks believe all oatmeal tastes mostly the same, but it’s a point of pride for a porridge connoisseur to rise above this stereotype to make a truly distinguished bowl of oats.
“Many older people have grown up with this traditional, gloopy porridge and have a distaste for it,” says Carlsson, who also won the traditional category in 2018. “But I usually give them a sample of my porridge to try, and they say, ‘This isn’t porridge. This is something else!’” At his bed and breakfast in southern Sweden, Carlsson used to rotate porridge duties with two friends, and guests always complimented their meals on days when he cooked. Now Carlsson is behind the stove nearly every morning. A small corner of the dining room is also demurely decorated with porridge paraphernalia: a spurtle, a ladle, Swedish porridge merch and slogans, plus Carlsson’s own book of recipes.
Fans generally believe that the ideal oat porridge should be thick enough to offer some resistance, but smooth enough to go down easily. There should definitely be salt, but not enough to make you reach for a glass of water. It should be thick enough, but not at all watery. Not too much, and not too little. Not too cold, not too hot — just as Goldilocks would have it.
“It’s fascinating. In a competition, porridge is cooked 24 different ways, and they all taste different,” says Robertson, who has competed for a decade and occasionally judges at the Swedish Porridge Championship.
Saga Rickmer read about the competition in the newspaper and went on to compete twice since courtesy Saga Rickmer
Everyone is pushing for the coveted Golden Spurtle trophy, shaped like the ultimate porridge-making tool James Ross
Competitors cook porridge every day for months, even years, to drill down the minutiae of the stuff. “You start preparing pretty much the day of the competition for the next year,” says Williams. Carlsson even recruited outside help from Dr. Viola Adamsson, a medical doctor and food nutritionist who has written several books on porridge and made porridge for the Swedish Olympic ski team in 1998 and 2002. “She practically has a doctorate in porridge,” jokes Carlsson’s wife, Catarina Arvidsson. Carlsson and Adamsson trained via Skype and telephone several times a week for a month, perfecting the water-to-oat ratio.
Among niche porridge circles, conversation often lands on four critical elements: oat-to-water ratio, type of oats, and salt. “One part oats to three parts water,” Williams insists. “Soak the oats overnight and use more salt than you think you would. I use Maldon sea salt — the same salt the queen uses.” Williams prefers half steel-cut oats and half stone-ground milled oats from Hamlyns of Scotland. “You get a nutty texture, but it’s not completely nutty. It’s more of a smooth nutty,” she says.
Robertson agrees on steel-cut oats from Hamlyns, but he does one part oatmeal to 2.5 parts water. “I tend to use sea salt,” he says. “It’s a bit softer and a bit more forgiving. And you should always stir it anti-clockwise. It keeps the devil at the bay.”
Carlsson does one part oats and 4.5 parts water. “I cook it for at least 25 minutes, then it is allowed to swell,” he says. Unlike Williams and Robertson, Carlson uses Swedish steel-cut oats from Saltå Kvarn, which are creamy but toasted for a “nice burned flavor,” he says.
In opting for Swedish oats, Carlson throws down the gauntlet in a nationalist sub-debate among porridge cooks. “Countries mill their oats in different ways,” says Anna Louise Batchelor, who won the specialty title in 2009. “Bob’s Red Mill [in America], they sell a really lovely rolled oat that’s very coarse. It’s very shiny and flat and it takes a long time to cook. Scotland loves their salty oats. And in Sweden, their milling is quite rustic.” Batchelor prefers coarse oats from English brand Mornflake.
Even the namesake spurtle is a topic of debate. Unlike spoons, spurtles allegedly don’t drag and prevent lumps. Many swear by them. “If you want to whip porridge in a pan without getting it all over yourself, the spurtle is the best tool,” says Barnard. “It brings air and stops it from overheating at the bottom of the pan and distributes the salt.” In 2016, Bob Moore, the founder of Bob’s Red Mill, won using a handcrafted myrtle spurtle from Oregon, where he lives.
Charlie Miller, the current organizer of the competition, says more eccentric attendees often bring specialty equipment too. Pressure cookers, microwaves, and bain-maries are commonly spotted in the competition hall. “Neal Robertson one year brought water that he claimed came from a stream that fed his local whisky distillery,” Miller recalls. In 2018, competitor Lynn Munro brought oatmeal she milled herself and cooked it with water she harvested from the loch at her childhood home. One woman even grew her own oats for the competition.
“Some people are so serious, it’s quite charming,” Barnard says. “The Swedish dress up like Swedish milkmaids and make a lot of noise. Some people have spreadsheets. It’s a circus, really.” But competitors are accepted into the fold regardless of skill. “I met one man at the competition who had never prepared a bowl of porridge in his life,” Miller says, laughing.
Robertson commemorated his 2010 win with a tattoo reading “World Porridge Champion 10.10.10,” rousing envy among friends and competitors. “Neal Robertson had [a tattoo] and walked around showing it off. Then I thought I should get one as well,” Carlsson says. Shortly after his own win, Carlsson shocked his children by getting his forearm inked with the words “World Champion” spiraling around a ladle.
But beneath the braggadocio and heated competition, the Golden Spurtle is, at its heart, about a bunch of people hanging out in a room cooking oatmeal. “It’s just the best time,” says Rickmer, who often visits her fellow Swede, Carlsson, as a guest chef at his bed and breakfast. “Competing in porridge is so cozy and cute. Everyone is so nerdy, which I love.”
Even this year, as competitors dive deep into their individual porridge pots, in their own kitchens, in their own countries thousands of miles apart, they are bound by a shared appreciation of well-cooked grains and what they symbolize. “It’s an ancestral food,” says Barnard. “All cultures around the world have a type of gruel.”
As with any competition, there are plenty of tears and laughter. “When I won, I was absolutely stunned. My face was bright red and I almost burst into tears,” Williams says, beaming as she holds up her trophy. She says she plans on going back to Scotland as soon as the competition is held in-person again, this time to add a specialty category win to her victory in the traditional category. “I have my china all picked out already.”
Clarissa Wei is an American freelance journalist based in Taiwan.
15 Best Cleansing Oils to Clean and Soften Skin at the Same Time
Oils are a great salve for dry skin, and not just in creams and lotions. Enter the new category of oil facial cleansers: "A cleansing oil replenishes skin so it doesn't feel dry or tight," says Lisa Vela, a medical aesthetician in Santa Monica, CA. And it won't leave your skin greasy. "It sounds counterintuitive, but an oil cleanser combines with the oils on your skin and in your makeup, breaking them down so they're actually easier to remove," says cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski.
Meanwhile, traditional "foaming and lathering cleansers typically contain higher levels of surfactant to strip makeup and dirt from your skin," explains Julia Tzu, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. Cleansing oils keep your skin moisturized while purifying, and are less likely to irritate your sensitive face. This product is especially perfect for removing makeup: "Cleansing oils tend to be more gentle on the skin, but will remove even the most stubborn makeup," says pro makeup artist Tati Westbrook.
If the word "oil" instantly brings to mind clogged pores and rampant breakouts, don't fret &mdash "every skin type can benefit from cleansing oils &mdash even oily," says Westbrook. Dermatologists recommend oil cleansing, since they "are specially formulated to take away impurities in the skin while leaving a layer of moisturizing oils to prevent skin irritation," explains Dr. Tzu. To use, massage the formula onto your dry face and then rinse it off with several splashes of water.
At the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab, we test hundreds of skincare products each year, from cleansers to moisturizers, face oils and beyond. We test these products in our Lab using advanced imaging and moisturization-gauging technology and we send products out to consumer testers who report unbiasedly on factors including satisfaction, efficaciousness of cleansing, and how effectively each cleanser whisks away makeup and oil, and how skin feels (and looks!) after use. While we haven't run a cross-category test on cleansing oils in particular, we have rounded up our expert and dermatologist-recommended picks, including GH Beauty Award-winners and Seal-holders that remove makeup and gently cleanse acne-prone, dry, and sensitive skin types, and everything in between: