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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Toys that teach kids about plastic pollution

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Sea Shepherd has launched Pollutoys, a collection of plush toys created to teach kids about the plastic pollution issue. It’s a collection of eight adorable plush toys that can show the effects of pollution. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.dexigner.com/news/amp/29935

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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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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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Reusable rockets- a game-changer in space exploration

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Reusable rockets are far more cost-effective than the “disposable rockets” previously used, so cheaper space exploration is on the way. https://futurism.com/elon-musk-says-his-reusable-rockets-will-make-space-access-100-times-cheaper/

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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 new way to give light to disadvantaged communities

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The Liter of Light project teaches people in disadvantaged communities how to use recycled plastic bottles and locally sourced materials to light their homes, businesses and streets with solar energy. www.literoflight.org

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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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A public offer to solve a Government energy problem

A public offer to solve a Government energy problem

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A friendly home robot

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One of Kuri’s new powers is facial detection, which allows it to tailor its reactions and responses to respond to faces it sees. That means it can smile back at you and watch your face with its eyes while waiting for your next instruction. https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/07/kuri-the-adorable-smart-home-robot-can-now-detect-your-face/

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A replacement for feminine hygiene products

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Modibodi creates comfortable and fashionable underwear for active women. Made with innovative fibre technology, this underwear helps to protect women against common and annoying hygiene issues. https://www.nourishedlife.com.au/article/268805/all-about-modibodi-period-underwear.html

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Strip lights on the ground at a pedestrian crossing

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Bodegraven, in the Netherlands, has put strip lights on the ground at a pedestrian crossing — so people who are staring at their phones will see them, preventing them from wandering into traffic. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/02/this-dutch-town-has-traffic-lights-on-the-floor-because-people-are-staring-their-phones?

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Electronic petitions

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The NSW Government has initiated an inquiry into allowing electronic petitions. The inquiry was triggered by a petition of more than 107,073 people who were calling for a ban on plastic bags, but could not table the document in parliament without creating still more waste. Petitions signed by more than 500 people must receive a response from the relevant minister within 35 days. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/electronic-petitions-absurd-parliamentary-rule-requires-4000-pages-of-signatures-20170223-gujz41.html

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Street art from the 1800’s in Havana

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Wandering the narrow streets of Havana, Cuba we were surprised to see this mural showing life in the 1800’s. This approx 300m2 mosaic mural on Mercaderes Street is made up of 52 panels that depict 67 outstanding figures in the history and the arts in Cuba. The artist of the mural is Andrés Carrillo.

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Making contaminated water drinkable

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A University of Buffalo-led team of researchers has developed a low-cost, highly effective purification method that makes contaminated water drinkable. https://www.springwise.com/solar-powered-water-purifier-inexpensive-efficient/?

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