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A museum film experience

Il Cinema Ritrovato acts as a time machine, exploring three centuries of cinema, from the end of the 1800s to the start of the twenty-first century. You can discover never-before-seen works and rediscover those you’ve loved before with the screening of the best copies, newly restored, and with ideal projection conditions. The film festival has been held over 9 days in June for the past 14 years in Bologna.

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Train and attraction tickets offered without queuing

We have been on holiday for the past month in Tuscany. Apart from the wonderful attractions, food and wine, we’ve been very impressed with help we’ve received to buy tickets so we could avoid queues. Here you see an attendant who offered to arrange our train tickets to Milano when we reached the station including printing them out for us on the spot. Similarly outside the Duomo in Florence an attendant arranged our tickets. Nothing was charged for the extra service. This made our trip less stressful and more enjoyable.

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3D optical scanning to restore a masterpiece

Optical scanning has been applied to generate a complete 3D model of the famous unfinished Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci (Uffizi Gallery, Florence). Application of 3D optical scanning has proved to be of unique value for documenting spatial deformation suffered by panel paintings and can represent a reference tool for conservation. www.researchgate.net/publication/247095407_Painting_Survey_by_3D_Optical_Scanning_-_The_Case_of_Adoration_of_the_Magi_by_Leonardo_Da_Vinci

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FROM CHICKEN FEATHERS TO BIOPLASTICS

I am involved with an Australian Research Scientist who has found ways of using Chicken feathers to make plastics for a wide range of industries including : Mining – Construction – Automotive – Packaging – Cosmetics – Textiles and many more. The protein constituting the Chicken Feathers is KERATIN, that produces very strong and very light materials. Turning Chicken Feathers, being a waste, into usable materials, will be a First ! For more information:  michael@sinclairimportexport.com

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Making tram power lines disappear

The thick “spiderweb” of overhead cables needed to keep electrified light rail on the move is ugly, costly to maintain and requires a complex network of infrastructure and sub-stations. Now though, there’s a new development that could do away with overhead power lines and move everything safely onboard the tram. Supercapacitors are milk carton size devices that can store large amounts of energy, release it in fast bursts, and then recharge rapidly. It means a tram could arrive at a stop, be charged up with megawatts of power in a minute, then continue on its way. All without the need for overhead power lines. The CSIRO is working on a range of supercapacitor projects to do this with the Australian Government’s Rail Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre and the China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation https://blog.csiro.au/supercapacitor-magic-making-tram-power-lines-disappear/

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Personalised gifts while you wait

I first discovered this shop in Venice a few years ago and bought a personalised apron for our daughter. She recently discovered one in Syracuse Sicily. I’m now in Florence and there’s one here near the Duomo. Surprising that there are not more around the world. A machinist sits at the window and embroiders any name that you like on their items. www.ricamiveronicaroma.it

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Minimalist products focused on wellness

Brandless, the online retailer dedicated to minimalist and affordable products, is now expanding into the billion-dollar clean beauty market. It became popular last year when it cut out hidden middleman markups for home supplies. It found success in non-perishables and household cleaning products, and now it wants to bring that transparency to wellness-inspired personal care products. www.fastcompany.com/40586488/brandless-takes-on-the-ever-growing-clean-beauty-industry

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3D printed organs allow surgical pre-planning

A British hospital was the first in the word to use 3D printing to pre-plan a complicated transplantation of an adult kidney into a small child. Doctors scanned the father’s kidney and his son’s abdomen and 3D printed both so that surgeons could find out if the transplant was even possible, and then work out the best way to insert the organ. In similar cases where surgeons are worried that transplant organs will not fit, subjects need to be be placed under anaesthesia so that a surgical exploration can be carried out to determine feasibility. But with 3D printed models of the patient, the need for surgical exploration can be reduced because pre-planning can happen before the patient is on the operating table. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/05/17/surgeons-use-3d-printing-check-dads-kidney-would-fit-sons-abdomen/

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A robot fish that could revolutionise how we view the ocean

A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed a soft robotic fish that can independently swim alongside real fish in the ocean and take high-resolution photos and videos. It’s the first robotic fish that can swim untethered in three dimensions for extended periods of time. A robot like this can help explore a reef more closely than current robots. It has the potential to be a new type of tool for ocean exploration and to open up new avenues for uncovering the mysteries of marine life.” http://news.mit.edu/2018/soft-robotic-fish-swims-alongside-real-ones-coral-reefs-0321

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A 10 year vision for retail

Westfield global shopping centre group has presented its vision for the future of retail as Destination 2028. It describes the future mall as a “hyper-connected micro-city” which will go way beyond shopping to incorporate wellness enhancement and community involvement. It offers interior features such as sensory gardens and waterways, as well as spaces for wellness workshops, walkways with AI, magic mirrors, drones to deliver parcels and even toilets that can diagnose hydration and vitamin levels. The concept was developed after internal research highlighted consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness.. www.jwtintelligence.com/2018/06/enlightening-retail/

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