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A wearable that helps you with EQ

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The tone of a conversation can drastically affect its emotional intent – conveying sadness, aggression or happiness through nuanced changes in pitch and intonation. While many of us may pick these up naturally throughout life, some people find this particularly difficult. An AI with the ability to navigate through nuanced social cues could lead to an improvement in the quality of life for these people. This can already be done with a Samsung Simband, a wearable device which collects and displays this information. http://www.wired.co.uk/article/mits-artificial-intelligence-could-solve-social-miscommunication

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Food from Electricity? Shocking new way to deal with world hunger.

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A Finnish research team has taken a step towards the future of food by developing a method for producing food from electricity. If scaling it up proves to be successful, it could help in the fight against world hunger and climate change. The researchers created a batch of single-cell protein that is nutritious enough to serve for dinner using a system powered by renewable energy. The process requires electricity, water, carbon dioxide, and microbes. After exposing the raw materials to electrolysis in a bioreactor, a powder forms consisting of protein and carbohydrates. Textures can also be changed by altering microbes. https://futurism.com/a-team-of-scientists-just-made-food-from-electricity-and-it-could-be-the-solution-to-world-hunger/

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Batteries that last indefinitely to track wildlife

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Self-sustaining batteries are needed for activities that use sensors. These include long-term tracking of wildlife.  CSIRO software aims to help devices operate in an energy-neutral way, so that the battery can last indefinitely or until its recharge cycles are exhausted. An example is a device attached to animals using collars that collects GPS data to understand their movements. It also has a tiny battery and solar panel to recharge each day. https://blog.csiro.au/make-batteries-last-almost-forever/

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World-first bone glue

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Australian biotech startup Trimph has developed a new treatment for osteoarthritis, bone defects and maxillofacial disorders.  The company’s first product, TrimphDent, has been developed specifically for dental applications and aims to improve success rates and recovery from oral surgeries. http://anthillonline.com/australian-biotech-startup-produced-world-first-bone-glue-secured-3-4-million-funding/

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Turning plants into batteries and house lamps.

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Imagine a lamp. Any lamp. Now imagine having to water it. Dutch product designer Ermi van Oers created Living Light: plants that double as lights. Or lights that double as plants – whichever way you prefer looking at it. The lights run on electricity generated by bacteria in the soil. Healthier plants produce more energy. If you take care of it properly, the Living Light will produce up to 0.1 mW. Enough to use it as a night lamp, but not sufficient to properly light a room. Imagine if we could use boulevard trees for powering street lights?

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Combinations of human and machine outperform either working alone

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AGCO’s executives think the new version of Google Glass helps tamp down suspicions that they are replacing workers with robots that does their job better. They say they’re helping them do their job better. For tasks they have mastered, workers don’t need to look at the Glass screen. But they can wake it at any time to see where a part must go, and even zoom into an object on the display for more detail. Glass tells them, for example, what kind of bolt is needed—a wrong-sized bolt could seriously damage a motor—and specifies which wrench to use and how much torque is required. https://www.wired.com/story/google-glass-2-is-here/

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Pet translators

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Pet translators that can turn woofs into words and make sense of miaows, might really be on the horizon, according to a recent report. A Futurologist who co-authored the report for Amazon, says he believes devices that can talk dog could be less than 10 years away. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/hear-boy-pet-translators-will-be-on-sale-soon-amazon-says?

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Restaurant gets fresh herbs from nature strip

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Chef Emile Avramides, a graduate of the exacting kitchens of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurants in London and Melbourne, has chosen a quiet shopping strip in Randwick to debut his Sydney restaurant, Clove Lane. A clever reason for this location is to grow fresh herbs for the restaurant on the adjoining nature strip. http://www.goodfood.com.au/eat-out/news/maze-graduate-to-open-clove-lane-in-randwick-20170309-guv1ld

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A dementia village

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Korongee village is a $25 million project being built in the suburb of Glenorchy in Hobart, which is expected to change the way we help dementia sufferers. It will feature a village structure based on a typical Tasmanian cul-de-sac streetscape that allows residents to feel at home and wander freely within a safe and supported environment. http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-19/australian-first-dementia-village-set-to-open-in-tasmania/8724772?pfmredir=sm

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Light from a plastic bottle

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Liter of Light, a project of the Philippines-based nonprofit MyShelter Foundation, provides light to poor households around the world with limited or no access to electricity ― by collecting plastic bottles, filling them with water and bleach, and sticking them into roofs. The bleach-filled bottles then refract the light from outdoors into the house, lighting up much like a lightbulb. To make the bottles work at night a small LED lightbulb is slipped into the bottle, which in turn is hooked up to a mini-solar panel. http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/plastic-bottles-electricity_us_596e64f4e4b0000eb1968bb5

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Ancient concrete a solution to rising sea levels

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The concrete in some structures off the Italian coast built by the Romans, a mixture of volcanic ash and quicklime, has withstood the sea for more than 2,000 years and is stronger than when it was first mixed. By contrast, modern concrete exposed to saltwater corrodes within decades. The composition of the Roman concrete is now being studied as a solution to rising seas from climate change. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/07/04/ancient-romans-made-worlds-most-durable-concrete-we-might-use-it-to-stop-rising-seas/?

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A new college program to launch encore careers

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A growing number of 55-plus adults seek opportunities to move from their career jobs to new ways of working and living in an evolving new life stage, that’s now being called “encore careers”. Despite widespread interest, few pathways to such post-career social impact work exist. A new 1 year college program in the US is providing this pathway. https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2017/07/17/the-new-college-program-to-launch-encore-careers/

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A wristband that accesses your critical medical data

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WRIXO is a high-tech ID wristband. In place of words engraved directly on the bracelet, a QR code directs medical professionals to your unique profile in the Cloud. It also contains a Near Field Communication, or NFC, chip embedded inside. All first responders have to do is tap their NFC-enabled smart device to the wearable, or if they don’t have NFC capabilities, scan the band’s QR code with their phone. From there, they can access personal data such as family history, doctors’ notes, current medications, emergency contacts, and blood type. http://mentalfloss.com/article/502682/id-wristband-stores-live-saving-medical-information-cloud

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Toys that teach empathy

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TwentyOne Toys makes toys for the 21st century teaching empathy, failure and creative collaboration. The Empathy Toy is a blindfolded puzzle game that can only be solved when players learn to understand each other. The Failure Toy is coming soon. www.twentyonetoys.com

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A network of creative spaces

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The first national network of shared creative spaces for makers and start-up entrepreneurs will be launching in Varna, Bulgaria. The workshops will be equipped with 3D printers, CNC routers, VR labs, Internet of Things, laser cutting and other advanced technology, as well as conventional equipment. The team behind the project is part of the global Makers Movement manifesto, unifying a network of more than 6000 collaborative spaces and more than 135 million people across the whole world. If you like the project you can support their Kickstarter campaign – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1365315937/innovator-creative-spaces

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