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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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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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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Eco-friendly solar-powered home… that floats!

Eco-friendly solar-powered home… that floats!

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An artistic unfolding of light

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Lumio re-imagines lamp light. It engages you by presenting the device somewhat like a magic trick. When closed, Lumio can sit on a shelf inconspicuously and appear to be a book with a wooden or fabric cover. Yet when opened, the rechargeable LED light shines through the “book’s” Tyvek pages with a warm glow. Because it isn’t tethered to an outlet by a cord, Lumio can sit on a table, on a bed and even outside on a patio. A leather strap that’s included with the kit can transform it into a pendant light suspended from the ceiling or even a tree branch in the woods. http://www.hellolumio.com

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Free “granny flats” as an experiment to address homelessness

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What’s an imaginative way to combat homelessness? Offer to build granny flats on citizens’ properties… for free. A local government in the state of Oregon plans to fund construction of up to 300 miniature (200 square foot) homes on residential properties in the next year. The only catch is that property owners must agree to lease the flats to homeless families for five years. Then, property owners can keep the structures at no cost for any personal use. http://www.wweek.com/news/city/2017/03/14/multnomah-county-hopes-to-build-granny-flats-to-house-hundreds-of-homeless-families-in-portland-backyards

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Need blood vessels for new hearts? Try spinach

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A step forward in ways to replace damaged or diseased human organs is by 3-D printing new organs. Successful trials are promising. Yet, a huge challenge is to create a vascular system to provide blood supply to those organ tissues. In the case of heart replacement, spinach might be the answer. The structure of spinach leaves may offer the answer as a viable blood vessel “plumbing” system. Check out the research at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/human-heart-spinach-leaf-medicine-science.

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