New tool to stop illegal fishing

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CSIRO has developed a world first web-based reporting tool that alerts authorities when offending vessels arrive in port. Countries will be able to sign-up to receive notifications, or directly access the portal, to search for vessels and then be provided with a report which highlights the suspicious behaviours involved so they can reverse the tide of illegal fishing and help rebuild depleted fish stocks. Illegal fishing is the third most lucrative crime in the world, after weapons trafficking and drug smuggling. https://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2017/Science-tackles-illegal-fishing?

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The smarter way to keep dry

The smarter way to keep dry

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A battery that would allow electric cars to be recharged instantly

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One of the biggest inconveniences of owning an electric or hybrid vehicle is how long it takes to recharge the batteries. Depending on the size of the battery and the speed of the recharging station, powering up a sustainable vehicle can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours. Researchers have developed a flow battery that would allow electric cars to be recharged instantly at stations like conventional cars are. This energy breakthrough would speed the switch to electric vehicles by making them more convenient to drive. http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/instantly-rechargeable-battery-for-electric-cars-2017/

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A new energy system for your house and pool

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Pooled Energy is a unique Electricity Retailer providing a new bundled service of electricity, pool automation and energy management. When you’re a Pooled Energy customer, Pooled Energy is the electricity retailer for your home, including your swimming pool. They will only sign you on as a new customer if you have a pool. Pools are managed individually for energy and water condition, and in groups to minimise load on the Grid. www.pooledenergy.com

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The world’s first trackless train

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The world’s first trackless train recently went on a trial run. Train tracks on city streets could be a thing of the past. China has unveiled a train that travels on ‘virtual tracks’. The Autonomous Rail Transit (ART) uses sensors to run along invisible tracks on city streets. The sensors send the information back to the train’s central control unit to help it travel smoothly. More than 300 people can ride on the ART, which is comprised of three carriages in its basic state. It has rubber wheels with plastic cores. The ART is powered by electricity, so it won’t give off carbon emissions as traditional trains do. Watch https://lnkd.in/fugXDa3

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Building on big ideas

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IdeaSpies presented today to top marketing students at a UNSW Business School Master of Marketing class led by Professor John Roberts. It was a great way to get feedback on objectives, target market and positioning. Based on their advice I’ve already changed the IdeaSpies tagline to “A hub for inspiration”. Watch this space for further improvements!

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A verbal assistant to help with autism

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Pollexy is a special needs verbal assistant that lets caretakers schedule audio task prompts and messages both on a recurring schedule and/or on-demand. Caretakers can schedule regular medicine reminder messages or hourly bathroom break messages, for example, and at the same time use their Amazon Echo and mobile device to request a specific message be played immediately. Caretakers can even set it up so that the person needs to confirm that they’ve heard the message. https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/pollexy-building-a-special-needs-voice-assistant-with-amazon-polly-and-raspberry-pi/

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The key to early cancer detection

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A new algorithm that detects the early formation of blood vessels could lead to early diagnosis of malignant tumours and improved success rates of treatment. To progress clinical trials in humans, CSIRO researchers are looking for 3D imaging technologies and partnering with a hardware manufacturer that can produce high-resolution images with safe levels of radiation for humans. https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/sciencesprings.wordpress.com/2017/05/30/from-csiro-new-software-key-to-early-cancer-detection/

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A Flexi diet that’s backed by science

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Traditional weight loss diets restrict our energy intake each day, while the flexi approach considers energy intake over the entire week. It also includes a flexi day where we can eat what we want. https://blog.csiro.au/enjoy-flexibility-and-freedom-on-the-new-flexi-diet/

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A free concert for hotel guests

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On the 25th of each month there is a free concert allowing guests to enjoy a performance by a young musician in the lobby of the Hotel Okura Tokyo. A glass of complimentary sparkling wine is also served. This is part of a program established by the hotel to support art and culture. http://www.hotelokura.co.jp/tokyo/en/mecenat/

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Fashion shopping in Japan

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In Tokyo I visited the Mitsukoshi Ginsa store. I was required to put a soft bag over my head to prevent getting my make-up on clothes as I tried them on, a clever idea, and I wondered why it’s not more widely adopted worldwide. I bought a top and asked to keep the bag so I could use it at home!

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A robot that tells you what to wear

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In the not-too-distant future it’s predicted that busy career women will rely on artificial intelligence to update their wardrobes. Jamie is a virtual shopping assistant that offers this service now. Through artificial intelligence Jamie learns about your personal style, while regularly sending you a curated selection of outfits tailored to your taste. https://www.jamieandi.com/

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Recycling hotel toiletries

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Every day millions of hotel toiletries are being sent to landfill around the world. Meantime poor sanitation is killing millions of people in the developing world. CleantheWorld now collects these toiletries and has distributed more than 40 million bars of soap to impoverished people in 115 countries. http://www.traveller.com.au/the-shameful-truth-about-what-happens-to-your-hotel-toiletries-gw4uge#ixzz4hI0rF0U0

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A house that can be folded up and transported anywhere

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IIT Madras students have developed a house than can be folded up and transported anywhere. It’s a two-storey house made out of metal frames and iron panels that can be unfolded and fixed to accommodate 20 people at a time. It can be set anywhere that’s flat; all you have to do is unfold its metal frames and start fixing the panels which will be the walls for the house. There are provisions for electricity and water supply as well. This construction should be especially useful when natural disasters render many homeless.

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Conserving sea turtles

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All species of sea turtle are now classed as endangered. In Sri Lanka you can visit a hatchery that increases the baby turtle survival rate from 1% to 10%. Eggs are gathered from the beach and buried in a protected area. When the baby turtles are hatched they are kept for two days then released at night on the beach. You can see and hold them at the hatchery with older examples of different turtles. http://www.srilankaseaturtles.com/

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Volunteers help drug-addicted babies with cuddles

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Babies in withdrawal who are held often require less medication and go home sooner than babies who aren’t. Cuddling helps them manage through their symptoms by making them feel safe and secure. Cuddle-care programs are now offered in many US states and volunteers are encouraged to join. http://educateinspirechange.org/health/can-volunteer-cuddle-drug-addicted-babies-order-help-heal/

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A win for public health!

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The World Trade Organization has upheld Australia’s right to impose plain-package label restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, dealing a blow to the cigarette industry. A WTO dispute-settlement panel backed Australia’s argument that the rules it set in 2011 don’t violate trade law because they qualify as a legitimate public health measure. More countries are now expected to introduce plain-package laws, one of the most popular ideas on IdeaSpies. http://www.ideaspies.com/clever-legislation-stops-branding-on-cigarette-packets/ https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-05-04/wto-said-to-uphold-australia-s-ban-on-cigarette-logos

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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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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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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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