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Five Things in Five Minutes
Friday 31 August, 2018

This week data gets a DNA makeover, roll call goes high-tech and we get coffee deliveries straight from the sky. Find out more in this week's Five Things in Five Minutes.

1. Store data in your DNA
Startup company Carverr is now using synthetic DNA to store data to protect its customer's digital currency, but this kind of data storage could be used for everything from bitcoin to word docs.

2. Facial recognition to mark school rolls
New startup LoopLearn is currently trialling its facial recognition student attendance service to keep track of students at select Victorian schools.

3. Tune into ParkTracks 
To ring in its 102nd birthday, the US National Park Service has released a 12-minute experience called ParkTracks taking you on an audio tour of some its best known parks. 

4. Vintage Apple to sell for $400k
If you thought your iPhone was expensive, a 1970s Apple-1 computer is up for auction and expected to sell between US$300,000-$400,000.  

5. Coffee delivery drones
IBM has just patented a coffee-delivering drone that can detect when people are tired and deliver them some much needed caffeine - but that doesn't mean it's coming to your office any time soon. 

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