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 robot that can deal with lawn, leaves and snow

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The world’s first 3-in-1 autonomous robot can mow the lawn, clean up leaves, and remove snow. It cuts and mulches the lawn a fraction of an inch every time, picks up the leaves before they pile up, and removes snow a few inches at a time while it’s still falling. It has a rechargeable battery and will automatically dock itself in its charging station when it needs a power boost. www.thekobi.com

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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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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 bike with a built-in bar

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A small wooden box is built to fit the exact dimensions of the negative space on a bicycle — and then gets filled with everything you need for drinks in the park. There’s even a tiny fold-out table. Of course, you could also use this for picnic supplies like fruit, cheese and a baguette should you prefer. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bike-has-built-in-bar-its-blowing-our-minds-sarah-ling

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The restaurant menu of the future- 3D

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No need to go out in the cold and dark to find those fresh herbs and salads.

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Designed to sit right on your kitchen bench, the UrbiPod (Australian Made and Owned) will provide simple, successful, stress-free fresh herbs and salads right next to where you cook, adding instant taste and home grown nutrition – all year round. https://www.urbotanica.com/

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A salad-making robot

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When you order a salad from Sally the Salad Robot, you can make a custom combination or choose from a handful of signature salads created by Chef Charlie Ayers, who’s known for being the first executive chef at Google. The menu rotates as seasonal ingredients become available. http://uk.businessinsider.com/sally-the-salad-robot-chowbotics-2017-4?r=US&IR=T

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A supermarket with rescued food

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This trial grocery store moves beyond sell-by and use-by labels to combat food waste and its impact on the environment and to combat hunger. It’s the first of its kind in Australia. Everything is free for those who can’t afford to pay for it. Or you can donate an amount you choose. Ozharvest rescue food that can’t be sold by supermarkets and food retailers due to being past its display by date but is still perfectly good to eat. They also rescue products which are surplus for a variety of commercial reasons, such as change in packaging or incorrect orders. www.ozharvest.org

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A water capsule you can drink

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Plastic bottles make it easy to transport water, but it takes energy to make the bottles. When you’re done with your drink, it takes more energy to unmake the bottle, as plastics won’t fully degrade on their own. Now a startup called Skipping Rock Labs thinks we can just skip plastic bottles entirely. It has developed a capsule called “Ooho!” for transporting water that is not only biodegradable, it’s edible. https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/247672-seaweed-based-water-pouch-aims-end-need-plastic-bottles

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A meal plan that helps you and disadvantaged children

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For around the same cost as your groceries FivePointFour say you can have healthy meals delivered to your home or workplace. For every meal you buy they give a meal to a child in need through The Hunger Project. www.fivepointfour.com.au

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Veggies reduce your stress levels

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New findings in Australia are consistent with numerous cross sectional and longitudinal studies showing that fruit and vegetables, together and separately, are linked with a lower risk of depression and higher levels of well-being assessed by several measures of mental health. http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2017/03/16/some-veggies-each-day-keeps-the-stress-blues-away.html?cid=em_se-apr-2017

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Making seawater drinkable

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New research from the University of Manchester developed a graphene-based sieve that can filter out salt from seawater. The graphene oxide membrane could be a cheaper and more efficient filter for desalination plants to use. https://futurism.com/scientists-just-figured-out-how-to-use-graphene-to-make-seawater-drinkable/

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Free fruit for kids at the entrance to a grocery store

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Woolworths in Randwick has trays offering free fruit for kids at their entrance. This clever idea is great for parents (keeps their kids quiet while they’re shopping) and great for the kids as well ( healthy food).

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Lab-grown meat to match the price of regular meat by 2021.

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High-tech meat makers like Memphis Meats strive to create all of the flavor and nutrition of meat without the killing. http://gizmodo.com/startup-makes-the-first-lab-grown-chicken-tender-and-du-1793299025?

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Land-based fish farms

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Imagine a world where polluting, resource-intensive cow, pig, and chicken farms are replaced with giant tanks of fast-growing salmon. Such a land-based farm already exists. https://www.fastcompany.com/3068608/world-changing-ideas/replacing-farms-with-fish-farms-the-odd-solution-to-both-hunger-and-cli

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Improving indigenous health by reducing sugar

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The mission of the Mai Wiru Sugar Challenge Foundation is to improve the health of Aboriginal people by focusing on the community stores that provide healthy food. They then hope to roll out the program to other Aboriginal communities across Australia. www.maiwirufoundation.org

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A spoon that cancels tremors

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This electronic spoon helps people with Parkinson’s eat by making small movements to compensate for tremors. https://www.google.com.au/amp/www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2014/9/11/6135313/lift-labs-purchased-by-google-electronic-liftware-spoon

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