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Circulate on Fridays: Breaking down walls

Every week Circulate on Fridays aims to break down walls by sharing a combination of cutting edge and often close to ‘whacky’ video, podcast and reading content. This weekend is no different! We share a smartphone BBC film on biodegradable clothing, a Danish beer brewed partly using music festival urine, and much more.

The BBC’s Dougal Shaw has been to Sweden, where he visited Houdini, an outdoor clothing brand that creates clothing using only organic material sources, meaning that it can be broken down and composted at the end of the use. Watch this short video filmed exclusively using a smartphone.

“Living creatures are jolly useful”. The Economist becomes the latest publication to investigate and describe the potential offered by synthetic biology techniques across a wide range of functions.

Dubbed as “beercycling”, a Danish brewery has collected 50,000 litres of human urine from the Roskilde music festival to help produce more beer. The urine will be used as fertiliser for the brewer’s malting barley, eventually becoming a product called Pisner, which puns on the Danish single- “s” spelling of “piss”.

“Bikes, long an underdog on streets, will rule the roads eventually”, that’s according to Horace Dediu, a prominent disruptive technologies analyst, who has spent more than three years researching the future of transport. Matt McFarland has the full story on the inevitable triumph of bicycles over cars for CNN Tech.

It is sometimes argued that the benefits of self-driving cars, including increased safety, won’t have much impact until autonomous vehicles account for a significant percentage of the traffic on roads. However, a new study from the University of Illinois, highlighted by MIT Technology Review, argues that even adding a single robotic vehicle could have a positive impact.

“Forget AI. The real revolution could be IA”. What does that mean? Read this World Economic Forum Agenda blog post from Duke University professor, Murali Doraiswamy.

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Seb writes daily content for Circulate across the full spectrum of the website's topics. Previously he has spent five years as a freelance writer for a number of websites and blogs. You can e-mail Seb at seb[at]

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