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A day without coal-generated power in Britain

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April 21 was the first full day of coal-free power in Britain in 135 years. About half of the energy used that day came from natural gas, while the rest of the power was provided by nuclear, imported, and renewable energy sources. In fact, half of the power in the U.K. on a day-to-day basis now comes from renewables and nuclear. https://futurism.com/britain-goes-24-hours-without-coal-generated-power-for-the-first-time-in-135-years/

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Folding bicycle helmet

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You know that bicycle helmets save lives and prevent brain injuries. Unfortunately, they are inconvenient to carry around with you after rides and are easily stolen if left with your bike. Maybe you’re one of the millions of riders who doesn’t wear a helmet for this reason, even knowing the risks. The Morpher Helmet may be a practical solution. Due to an imaginative concept and design, the helmet folds flat so it can be stored easily in a backpack or briefcase. See https://www.morpherhelmet.com

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Getting the ideas people in the room

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IdeaSpies was very fortunate this week to have highly regarded director Naseema Sparks AM facilitate a Creative Workshop to generate ideas for its future development. The workshop was hosted by the innovative law firm Ashurst and the 26 attendees were carefully selected based on their ability to come up with ideas.

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Robot to help nonprofiteers apply for jobs

Robot to help nonprofiteers apply for jobs

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A digital tombstone to remember you

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This tombstone at first glance looks like any other, but after a few seconds it senses the presence of a person viewing the grave and displays an interactive screen. This screen can contain any kind of digital content, such as a film of your life, text, or still pictures. When there is nobody to interact with the gravestone it will then simply display your name, birth and death date the same as any other traditional gravestone, therefore saving energy.. https://www.springwise.com/cemetery-visits-interactive-twist/

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An “encore” career

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Neither young nor old, the vast population moving into midlife offers an extraordinary resource. Millions are determined to apply their experience to make a difference for others. And they are looking for a new model combining elements of work, service, and social impact – an “encore” or “encore career.” www.encore.org

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Clean drinking water from saltwater and sunlight

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Salt water is poured into the top container, which then gets heated by the sun and converted to steam by solar energy. The increase in pressure forces the steam to travel through a tube to the lower container where it re-condenses. The clean drinking water gathers at the bottom of the lower container. https://borgenproject.org/eliodomestico-water-purifier/

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A ban on alcohol supported by women

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Village women are enforcing a new prohibition law in Bihar, one of India’s poorest, most agrarian states. Since the law was introduced the crime rate has fallen sharply, brick houses are starting to be built instead of the usual mud huts and spending on things like motorbikes and appliances has risen significantly. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/15/world/asia/india-bihar-alcohol-ban-women.html?

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A hotel room that floats on water

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You’ll soon be able to sleep on a bed in a floating capsule and look into the stars while it drifts to an island overnight. That’s the experience a major theme park in Nagasaki Prefecture plans to offer you by the end of this year. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/06/business/huis-ten-bosch-inn-boast-spheric-sleeping-capsules-drift-isle-attactions/

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Making your environment interactive

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Lightform is a new technology that’s able to project different patterns and content onto individual surfaces. It turns any surface into a video screen-augmented reality without the headset. You could wrap a movie around your living room wall. Or cast one pattern on a vase and another on a chair. In one demo, Lightform technology projects glowing menu items onto a blank blackboard. https://lightform.com

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A 3D printed robot that medical students can use for practice

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A medical venture firm based in Japan, has teamed up with a University Hospital to create what could very well be the future of medical simulations: a 3D printed robot. This life-like robot is equipped with special sensors that allow it to give real-time feedback to trainees—as well as score their practice. http://www.3ders.org//articles/20170412-realistic-mikoto-3d-printed-medical-training-robot-developed-in-tottori-japan.html

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Creating water out of thin air

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Using only the power of the sun via solar energy and a metal-organic framework this new device is capable of producing 2.8 litres of water in 12 hours. http://www.deccanchronicle.com/science/science/150417/scientists-build-solar-powered-device-to-harvest-water-from-dry-air.html

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A water capsule you can drink

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Plastic bottles make it easy to transport water, but it takes energy to make the bottles. When you’re done with your drink, it takes more energy to unmake the bottle, as plastics won’t fully degrade on their own. Now a startup called Skipping Rock Labs thinks we can just skip plastic bottles entirely. It has developed a capsule called “Ooho!” for transporting water that is not only biodegradable, it’s edible. https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/247672-seaweed-based-water-pouch-aims-end-need-plastic-bottles

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Ice cream as art… deliciously visual

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Jared Goodman serves as the “Culinary Artist in Residence” at the Portland Art Museum (Oregon). That’s where he serves not-your-typical-ice-cream-shop sundaes for special events. His custom formulated ice creams and creations are inspired by works of art in the museum. http://www.opb.org/television/programs/artbeat/segment/jared-goodman-makes-ice-cream-sundaes-inspired-by-art

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A laundromat for the homeless provided by the Pope

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Pope Francis has opened a new laundromat for the homeless to wash and dry their clothing. The laundromat, near the Vatican, has six washing machines and dryers donated by Whirlpool. It will remain open four days a week and services are free. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1f6c5814a3df4dc29534fd85ca83e6e5/pope-francis-opens-free-laundromat-homeless

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Origami inspired kayak

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How do you design a kayak that can fold into a convenient, transportable package and still offer the performance kayakers demand? Face the challenge like an artist to break visual barriers and then break physical ones. The result is the Oru Kayak. https://www.orukayak.com

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A meal plan that helps you and disadvantaged children

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For around the same cost as your groceries FivePointFour say you can have healthy meals delivered to your home or workplace. For every meal you buy they give a meal to a child in need through The Hunger Project. www.fivepointfour.com.au

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Eye-tracking tech alerts sleepy drivers

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Australian company Seeing Machines is dramatically reducing fatal vehicle accidents with its eye tracking technology that can detect, in real time, when a driver is drowsy or distracted. http://www.australiaunlimited.com/technology/seeingmachines

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School desks from recycled cardboard boxes

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Aarambh is using discarded cardboard waste to create school bags which unpack into small desks — designed to improve the posture of children who are used to sitting and writing on the floor. https://www.springwise.com/india-cardboard-boxes-create-school-bags-transform-desks/

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