DAILY INNOVATION BRIEF by Maryanne Kane, Journalist


By Journalists Edward Kane & Maryanne Kane 


                                                         Source:  Suaq Foundation - Rakus

  • International scientists have documented a wild orangutan in an Indonesian National Park that self-medicated and healed its wounds.  This is a world first. And it again underscores what we're learning about the astonishing intelligence of the wild creatures around us.  Here are the facts:
  • Rakus, a wild male Sumatran orangutan, suffered an eye injury during a fight with a fellow orangutan in a national park in Indonesia
  • Scientists documented the wild animal self-medicating the wound and he healed it within weeks
  • Rakus chewed leaves of a wild medicinal plant into a paste and applied it to the eye wound
  • Weeks later the wound was barely visible
  • The plant is used by humans throughout Southeast Asia to treat pain and inflammation
  • Rakus also applied the plant juice to a wound on his chest
  • He also used the chewed plant like a bandage to cover the wound
  • Such smart, strategic behavior in a wild animal has never been documented before
  • Scientists from the Suaq Foundation in Indonesia and the Max Plank Institute in Germany are the authors of these findings
  • Scientists are wondering if Rakus learned to do this from other orangutans or if he is simply brilliant.


                                           Source:  Pivotal

  • After years of promises from the flying car industry, the world's 1st commercial flying car will be delivered to customers in July in the US.  Here are the key facts:
  • It's called Helix and the developer is Pivotal, based in Palo Alto, CA
  • It has beaten rivals to become the world's 1st commercial flying car to hit the market
  • It's a 1-seater for personal air mobility and recreation
  • All-electric, vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL)
  • Cost $190,000
  • Does not require a license
  • Manufacturer does require buyer to complete a training course before getting delivery of the vehicle
  • Range on a charge of 20 miles
  • Top speed is 63 mph
  • Powered by 3 rotors
  • Company has another flying car for 2 people powered by 12 rotors under development
  • USAF is currently testing the vehicle for disaster and search & rescue use
  • Globally more than 1,000 flying car concepts are under development and quite a few will be coming to market in the next year or two.


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