Special socks for the homeless

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Bombas has created donation socks which have a reinforced seam to make them more durable. They are treated with anti-microbial technology, so they deter fungus and don’t need to be washed frequently . They only come in black, which is more stain resistant. In February Bombas created an event called “60K day,” which was based on the concept that, on any given night, 60,000 people in New York end up at a homeless shelter. The plan was to bring individuals from 60 of New York’s hottest companies to visit a shelter and hand out 60,000 socks. https://www.fastcompany.com/40445016/how-one-sock-brand-is-helping-startups-step-up-their-social-good-game?

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A crewless ship

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The first automated, crewless ship is expected to set sail next year. The Norwegian-built Yara Birkeland is expected to lower operating costs by 90% and be zero admission. Dubbed the Tesla of the seas, the 1,000-container vehicle is expected to launch with a small crew, move to remote operation in 2019, and then transition to fully autonomous by 2020. https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/24/16018652/first-autonomous-ship-launch-2018?

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World-first bone glue

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Australian biotech startup Trimph has developed a new treatment for osteoarthritis, bone defects and maxillofacial disorders.  The company’s first product, TrimphDent, has been developed specifically for dental applications and aims to improve success rates and recovery from oral surgeries. http://anthillonline.com/australian-biotech-startup-produced-world-first-bone-glue-secured-3-4-million-funding/

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A wristband that accesses your critical medical data

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WRIXO is a high-tech ID wristband. In place of words engraved directly on the bracelet, a QR code directs medical professionals to your unique profile in the Cloud. It also contains a Near Field Communication, or NFC, chip embedded inside. All first responders have to do is tap their NFC-enabled smart device to the wearable, or if they don’t have NFC capabilities, scan the band’s QR code with their phone. From there, they can access personal data such as family history, doctors’ notes, current medications, emergency contacts, and blood type. http://mentalfloss.com/article/502682/id-wristband-stores-live-saving-medical-information-cloud

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Packaging that changes colour when food spoils

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A Brazilian company has partnered with universities in the U.S. and Brazil to create food packaging that will change color to alert you when it spoils. The package uses PH indicators to determine whether the food has spoiled. The first prototype of the technology was released last year–if successfully incorporated, it could help with problems of food waste and prevent consumers from navigating confusing labels. https://www.psfk.com/2017/05/packaging-changes-colors-to-alert-shoppers-when-food-spoils.html

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A tattoo that monitors your health

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Researchers have developed a tattoo ink that could provide real-time updates on your body’s health. You would have the ink tattooed onto your body and the tattoo would then change color according to the amount of the activating agent present. A tattoo using the ink designed to respond to glucose levels, for example, would change color from blue to brown your blood sugar level rises. https://futurism.com/color-changing-tattoos-could-help-millions-monitor-their-health-in-real-time/

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A new online course that combats binge drinking

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A new online course for schools called Climate Schools has been proven to halve the rate of kids binge drinking and delay drinking. My daughter did a project at school on binge drinking and found out that the way to help prevent it is to focus on negative reaction from peers rather than negative outcomes like headaches, or danger- a key reason I liked this approach. Binge drinking is a huge problem with kids today and needs a solution. More schools should subscribe to this course to help. www.Climateschools.com.au http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/four-personality-traits-that-predict-teen-drug-and-alcohol-problems-20170605-gwl4m1.html

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A straw that prevents date rape

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This straw has two strips on the end that can detect roofies (Rohypnol), GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid) and Ketamine, which are “overwhelmingly the most common club drugs” used on women. If even the smallest trace of drugs is present in a drink, the tip of the straw will turn blue. http://www.inspiremore.com/date-rape-straw/?

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An engagement on ice

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Engagements are popular at one of the world’s most iconic landmark locations, The Rink at the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan NY. You can ask him or her to say “Yes!” with three dazzling packages. Each offers exclusive ice time – when it’s just the two of you on the ice. https://therinkatrockcenter.com/engagement-on-ice

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Energy from your blinds

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These smart blinds automatically move with the sun and generate electricity. After you plug in the blinds they can power devices in your home, and even store power to use as an emergency power supply. https://www.springwise.com/smart-blinds-generate-electricity-using-solar-energy/?

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A 3D printed mobile home

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PassivDom uses a 3D printing robot that can print the walls, roof, and floor of a 380-square-foot model home in about eight hours. When complete, the homes are autonomous and mobile, meaning they don’t need to connect to external electrical and plumbing systems. https://futurism.com/a-robot-can-print-this-32000-house-in-as-little-as-8-hours/

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An energy community

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Brooklyn Microgrid is creating a local, neighborhood-powered grid that could operate in parallel to the main grid. One of the appeals of a microgrid is its potential to provide electricity to homes even if the main grid goes down. They are laying the groundwork for a future in which communities produce their own electricity based on a blockchain technology where neighbors can buy and sell solar energy that they generate. http://brooklynmicrogrid.com/

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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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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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Alcohol banned at major Sydney beachside parks and reserves

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Alcohol is now banned permanently at all Coogee beachside parks and reserves. The ban brings the beach in line with similar restrictions at Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte beachside parks. Alcohol is already prohibited on the actual beaches. Sydney is known for its beautiful beaches and residents want to keep them that way. http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/about-council/news/news-items/2017/march/alcohol-ban-at-coogee-made-permanent

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A smart jacket that wirelessly accesses your phone

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The latest advancement in wearable technology comes in the form of a Levi’s® Commuter™ Trucker jacket designed with Google ATAP’s Project Jacquard technology woven in. With a simple touch of a jacket sleeve, cyclists can wirelessly access their phone and favorite mobile apps to adjust music volume, silence a phone call or get an estimated ETA on their destinations. http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/commuter-jacket-levis-google/?

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