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My Disability Matters Club – Online Social Community For The Disability Sector

My Disability Matters Club – Online Social Community For The Disability Sector

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A disability-led theatre company

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Raspberry Ripple is a Disability Led theatre company aiming to create compelling theatre of a professional standard using disabled and mainstream performers, writers, directors, designers and technical artists as well as a pathway into the mainstream performing arts for disabled performers. https://pozible.com/project/launch-raspberry-ripple-productions

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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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A solar powered machine that recycles waste into tiles

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This Trashpresso machine holds a complete mobile waste recycling plant capable of upcycling plastic and fabric waste into architectural tiles. A key element is the solar panels on its exterior, which means that it doesn’t require access to the grid or a generator to produce enough electricity for the waste upcycling processes. Another is its size that allows it to be moved nearly anywhere a tractor trailer can reach, including remote locations. https://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/solar-powered-trashpresso-converts-plastic-and-fabric-waste-floor-tiles.html

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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 vaccine for malaria

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is now one step closer to achieving their goal of eliminating malaria by 2040. Last week WHO announced that one of several potential malaria vaccines in development has made it through a crucial phase in trials and is now ready to be field tested. https://futurism.com/worlds-first-malaria-vaccine-will-be-given-to-thousands-of-babies-in-africa/

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Making political donations transparent

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A new platform from GIS People is operating in Queensland to show the public what donations have been made to political parties via an Electoral Commission of Queensland website. The system means citizens can now see donations within seven business days, rather than waiting six months. It has scope to be real-time in the future and other Australian states could follow. http://www.afr.com/technology/startup-gis-people-promises-to-lift-the-lid-on-political-donations-20170413-gvkebs#ixzz4fyUsz3tc

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Drones to detect sharks

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A practical flying car

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Terrafugia claim that The Transition® is the world’s first practical flying car. A folding-wing, two-seat, roadable aircraft, the Transition® is designed to fly like a typical Light Sport Aircraft in the air and drive like a typical car on the ground. It will run on premium unleaded automotive gasoline, fit in a standard construction single-car garage, and convert between flight and drive modes in under a minute. Orders are now being taken. https://www.terrafugia.com/the-transition/

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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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A solar powered boat in the Amazon

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This new boat will be used by the Achuar people within their territory of Ecuador and Peru which remains roadless and pristine. Walking and canoes that use gasoline are the main means of transportation for the Achuar. But their territory has a vast network of rivers and tributaries, and plenty of sun, meaning that an environmentally-friendly alternative to the gas boats – which do not reflect the Achuar’s commitment to protect their rainforest home – is now possible. https://www.pachamama.org/news/the-achuar-will-have-a-network-of-boats-and-solar-recharge-stations-in-their-rivers

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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 plane you can fly without a pilot’s license

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The first version of this “ultralight” aircraft somehow doesn’t require a pilot’s license and can avoid complex regulations. With current battery technology, it can fly about 15 miles before it needs to be recharged, though that range will increase as batteries continue to evolve. For now, it’s designed to be flown only above water, at a low height, to keep it as safe as possible. But other models that can fly over city streets are planned. https://www.fastcompany.com/40412335/imagine-a-world-with-empty-roads-but-with-skies-jammed-with-these-flying-vehicles?

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A machine that can generate and store electricity

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This Chemical Looping Energy on Demand System is said to be able to replace hot water systems and air conditioners, plus generate electricity, and store energy for when you need it. It uses natural gas to operate around the clock and create energy on demand. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/engineer-invents-chemical-energy-machine/8469704

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Solving the plastic waste problem with plastic roads

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Scottish startup MacRebur has one simple, clever invention to solve three world challenges: using millions of tons of waste plastic that sit in our landfill sites; reducing the millions spent on new roads, maintenance, and pothole repair; making our roads stronger and longer lasting. They launched in January 2016 and their new product has already been laid on roads in Cumbria and Dumfriesshire in the UK, as well as on a runway at Carlisle Airport. www.macrebur.com

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Sun Lounge with Sun Shade to block 95% of UV rays

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Description: The revolutionary Lettini Sun Lounge with adjustable Canopy. Top Quality innovative product Made in Italy. Style, Comfort and Protection all in One. http://www.myleisure.com.au

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A day without coal-generated power in Britain

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April 21 was the first full day of coal-free power in Britain in 135 years. About half of the energy used that day came from natural gas, while the rest of the power was provided by nuclear, imported, and renewable energy sources. In fact, half of the power in the U.K. on a day-to-day basis now comes from renewables and nuclear. https://futurism.com/britain-goes-24-hours-without-coal-generated-power-for-the-first-time-in-135-years/

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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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