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Red line voting

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Red Line Voting is a new approach to engagement and voting with regard to UK stock market-listed companies. Its purpose is to enable far greater direction from institutional investors in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). It’s led by the Association of the Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT). http://redlinevoting.org/what-is-red-line-voting/

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A jetpack that lets you swim faster than Michael Phelps!

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Combining battery-powered motors and water is a recipe for electrocution. That explains why the two inventors of this jetpack spent the bulk of their time figuring out how to create a watertight seal for its battery compartment, which contained powerful lithium batteries. At top speed, the underwater jetpack clocked in at 6.25 mph, breaking Phelp’s record of 6 mph. www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/09/22/this-underwater-ironman-jetpack-lets-you-swim-faster-than-michael-phelps/?

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Hippo Water Roller Project

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The “Hippo Water Roller Project” was established in 1994 in response to the unique needs and constraints in terms of access to water of rural women and children across Africa. Now simply referred to as “Hippo Roller”, the broad social impact of this social enterprise has been felt in more than 20 countries, with a total distribution of 50,000 Hippo Water Rollers, and a reach of close to half a million people. Hippo Roller makes it extremely easy to collect water in tough rural conditions – up to 5x more water than a single bucket, by simply rolling it along the ground. Around 750 million people do not have easy access to clean water. Millions of women and children walk several hours each day to collect water with heavy 20l / 5gal buckets, balanced on their heads. www.hipporoller.org

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The world’s largest floating solar power plant

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It wasn’t too long ago that China had a reputation as a coal-guzzling, smog-blanketed polluter. But that is changing – and fast. Today, China invests more each year in wind, hydro and solar power than any other country on earth. It recently further underlined its role as the global leader in renewable energy by switching on the world’s largest floating solar power plant. https://www.google.com.au/amp/amp.weforum.org/agenda/2017/06/china-worlds-largest-floating-solar-power

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Really Well Designed Water Refill Station

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OK, most of us have seen something like this before – but what made me really wag my tail about this one is that it is multi-functional, serving as a bubbler, bottle refill station and dog bowl at the base; has a simple, robust construction; and it is *wheelchair accessible* http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/yourcouncil/mediareleases/counciltotrialwaterrefillstations

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World first- robot dentist fits implants

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A robot dentist in China has carried out the world’s first successful autonomous implant surgery by fitting two new teeth into a woman’s mouth. The implants were fitted to within a margin of error of 0.2-0.3mm, reaching the required standard for this kind of operation.The technology was designed to overcome mainland China’s shortage of qualified dentists and frequent surgical errors. The teeth were 3D printed. http://m.scmp.com/news/china/article/2112197/chinese-robot-dentist-first-fit-implants-patients-mouth-without-any-human

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Augmented reality on your phone

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The new iOS 11 introduces ARKit, a new framework that allows you to easily create augmented reality (AR) experiences for iPhone and iPad. By blending digital objects and information with the environment around you, ARKit takes apps beyond the screen, freeing them to interact with the real world in entirely new ways. It’s expected to make AR much more popular. https://developer.apple.com/arkit/

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Pop up shops becoming mainstream

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Short-term leasing agent Popupshopup is offering short-term leases to landlords as the retail leasing sector changes under the weight of retail disruption in major cities. Terms range from one day to six months. Tenants can search for space on Popupshopup’s website and sign for it online. This new concept gives emerging brands the opportunity to test product and experiences directly with shoppers. While long-term tenures of at least three years or more are standard more retailers are opting for shorter leases that serve their predominantly online business, much like startups favouring co-working spaces to fixed offices. www.popupshopup.com.au

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Giant golden bees on a skyscraper

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On a side of the Eureka Tower, on Melbourne’s Southbank, you’ll find a colony of giant golden bees. It’s a giant sculpture made from anodized aluminium. These creatures are a gleaming metaphor for a hive of frenetic activity and harmonious high-density city living. Eureka Tower is a 297.3-metre (975 ft) skyscraper that once was the world’s tallest residential tower when measured to its highest floor. It was surpassed by Ocean Heights and the HHHR Tower in Dubai. https://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/m/15356/queen-bee-eureka-tower

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Hyper-personalised sneakers

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Online retailer Shoes of Prey is expanding into the growing athleisure and “hyper-personalised” fashion market. with a new range of sneakers. Shoes of Prey allows customers to create bespoke shoe designs with 3D-model technology on its website. http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/fashion/shoes-of-preys-latest-business-venture-cements-2017-as-the-year-of-the-sneaker-20170919-gyk7aj.html

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Clothes that grow with your child

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Petit Pli creates advanced technical children’s clothing . Children grow 7 sizes in their first 2 years and this equates to wasted clothing. The versatile waterproof clothes made by Petit Pli are pleated in such a way that they can grow bi-directionally to custom fit a range of sizes. The continuous size adjustment is a new way of approaching garment design, one suitable to high growth rates and discrepancies in children’s sizes. Petit Pli uses technical materials that are ultra-lightweight, waterproof and breathable because children are very active. http://petitpli.com/

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Climate Change & Public Health – Threat or Opportunity

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Saturday morning 23rd September seminar in Sydney involving Nobel Peace Prize winner, Prof Jonathan Patz, Director of the Global Health Institute, Uni of Wisconsin will debate our options with leading Australian academics and advocates from 350.org, the Climate And Health Alliance (CAHA) and Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) Book via – https://www.humanitix.com/event/climate-change-public-health/

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