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Transforming land from barren to fertile

Transforming land from barren to fertile

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Creating natural light that heals

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This system uses LED lights to mimic natural daylight patterns in patient rooms, rather than the harsh lighting that patients normally experience in wards. Light levels gradually increase to replicate the soft glow of a morning sunrise to the bright light of mid-mornings, and then steadily decrease in the evening. Natural light has been clinically proven to improve patient wellbeing and sleep in clinical trials. http://www.lighting.philips.co.uk/systems/packaged-offerings/office-and-industry/healwell.html

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Smart shoes to improve your golf game

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Description: These smart shoes promise to help the golfer improve their game, by measuring balance and weight shift using pressure sensors in the sole, and presenting the data through an app on your phone. The Kickstarter campaign begins today. http://www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/iofit-smart-golf-shoe-news/#/2

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Repair cafes

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Description: We throw away vast amounts of stuff-even things with almost nothing wrong, and which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill quickly lost. Repair cafes are now spreading around the world to help you learn these basic skills again. Check if there’s one near you and if not, maybe you can start one? http://www.repaircafe.org

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A new way to help back pain

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Description: MyGolgi is a wearable device with a sensor that’s placed on your body which can provide feedback on your posture via your mobile device. It can warn you when you’re doing an activity that may aggravate your back pain, such as sitting poorly for long periods of time and lifting incorrectly. Through this capture of information during daily life, health professionals should be able to make more informed decisions about your pain and treat it more effectively and efficiently. It’s planning to be the world’s first biomechanical tracker that’s adaptable and able to be worn long term. http://www.mygolgi.com

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A male contraception

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Description: Results of this study could pave the way for men and women to share equal responsibility for birth control. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/27/male-contraceptive-jab-as-effective-as-female-pill-trial-shows

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Vote for your favorite NFP ideas

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Description: Google is supporting innovative Australian non-profit organizations that use technology to solve our greatest challenges. FishFace, for example is a mobile technology being developed to protect global fish stocks, the livelihoods of coastal communities and to maintain fish as a sustainable food source for people around the world. You can easily vote for your favorite ideas from the 10 shortlisted NFP’s. Voting ends on Oct 25. https://impactchallenge.withgoogle.com/australia2016

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Looking good in hospital

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Description: A new startup aims to make you look good in hospital by not having to wear the usual drab gowns. Their gowns are made from soft, breathable fabric in stylish designs and suit hospital requirements. Gowns are available for both men and women. http://www.hospitalglamour.com.au

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Making beekeeping less work & more fun

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Description: This new hive makes it easier for the beekeeper as well as the bees. The bees don’t even seem to notice when the honey pours out into your jars. Of course there’s more to beekeeping than harvesting honey. You still need to look after your bees and do all the normal things to keep your hives happy and healthy. Beekeeping is a fascinating, rewarding and addictive hobby for many people. http://www.honeyflow.com.au

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Where to invade next

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Description: In this documentary Michael Moore looks at the benefits of schooling in France, Finland and Slovenia. In Italy, he marvels at how workers enjoy reasonable hours and generous vacation time. In Portugal, he notes the effects of the decriminalization of drugs. Norway shows him a jail system that focusses on rehabilitation and results in low recidivism. In Iceland he sees how bankers were prosecuted after the financial crisis and how women now have equality to the benefit of society. He’s told that many of these ideas came from the US which has taken a different path.

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Indigenous stories brought to life on your phone

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Description: Digital Rangers is an augmented reality application that uses object, location, outline, and image recognition to trigger indigenous stories on your phone in a hologram-like way at cultural places around the world. http://www.indigital.net.au

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A refugee team at the Olympics

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Description: Since the modern Olympics began in 1896, over 200 national teams have vied for glory. Now, for the first time, a team of refugees is competing in Rio. The team includes two Syrian swimmers, two judokas from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a marathon runner from Ethiopia and five middle-distance runners from South Sudan.

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Dolls for smart girls

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Description: To encourage girls’ interest in STEM, MGA Entertainment launched four dolls to focus on each aspect of the field: science, technology, engineering and maths. Each doll in the line, known as Project Mc², comes with an experiment kit to inspire kids to play and learn.

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Free coworking space in exchange for digital skills

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Description: Blogfabrik in Berlin offers you a desk and a network of peers in exchange for text, images and film. It’s Germany’s first coworking space where bloggers, instagrammers, photographers and videographers pay for their workspace with content. http://www.blogfabrik.de

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A waste facility that blends in with the environment

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Description: T Park recently opened to treat HK’s sludge which is a by-product of sewage treatment. This wave-like building includes an exhibition hall where you can learn about the process as well as enjoy a spa. Outside you can visit a garden and wildlife sanctuary. The heat energy generated from the waste incineration process is turned into electricity that can support the needs of the entire facility as well as contribute to the public power grid. After incineration sludge is converted into ash and residues – a total reduction of 90% of the original sludge volume. You can book a visit at http://www.tpark.hk

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Grow herbs in your kitchen

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Description: Foop is a hydroponic agriculture kit, meaning that it allows you to grow plants not in soil, but in water. The plants grow from seeds in this toaster-sized box. It’s expected to be available later this year. http://www.cnet.com/news/the-foop-lets-you-grow-a-garden-in-your-kitchen/

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A small appliance that heats any liquid

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Description: Miito is being developed to heat any liquid in the vessel of your choice to the temperature you choose. It boils a cup of water in 60 secs- there’s no need to heat excess water in a kettle. Pre-orders are now being taken. http://www.miito.com

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