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Plastic eating fungi that could solve our garbage problem

According to reports, the mushroom’s plastic-devouring properties were first discovered in 2011, when a team of Yale undergraduates and their professor traveled to Ecuador for a research trip. They found the mushroom, microspora, in the amazon and were astounded to find that the fungus not only subsists on polyurethane (it’s the first plant to sustain itself only on plastic), but could do so without oxygen. That means it could be planted at the bottom of landfills and happily eat its fill of plastic for eons to come! https://www.newsweek.com/2014/12/26/plastic-eating-fungi-could-solve-our-garbage-problem-291694.html

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Windows as solar collectors

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Gender stereotypes banned in UK advertising

A ban on adverts featuring “harmful gender stereotypes” or those which are likely to cause “serious or widespread offence” has come into force in the UK. The ban covers scenarios such as a man with his feet up while a woman cleans, or a woman failing to park a car. The UK’s advertising watchdog introduced the ban because it found some portrayals could play a part in “limiting people’s potential”. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48628678

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Water bottle with cooling module

Thermoelectric coolers operate by the Peltier effect. The device has two sides, and when a DC electriccurrent flows through the device, it brings heat from one side to the other, so that one side gets cooler while the other gets hotter. The “hot” side is attached to a heat sink so that it remains at ambient temperature, while the cool side goes below room temperature. In this device cooling module is used to remove heat from water to make it cooler and then transferred heat to heat sink for heat dissipation. It can be used as water cooler.

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Keeping Language Alive

The International Year of Indigenous Languages is 2019. The Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) project celebrates, shares and preserves knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry, music, dance and art. PIFL supports First Nations students in creating poetry in first languages by connecting them to First Nations poets, Elders and Language Custodians on country. Our aim is to strengthen connections of First Nations students to country, language and community to empower pride in their cultural identities resulting in enhanced wellbeing. https://redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-first-languages/

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A story telling workshop that changes lives

Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre for marginalised young people aged 7 to 17.  Stories have the power to change lives. Research shows that quality arts-based learning significantly improves social and emotional wellbeing. The storytelling workshops have been designed by creative writing and literacy experts to build literacy, confidence, and creativity: essential skills young people need to shape their future. https://www.storyfactory.org.au/

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Digital Cash Settlement using Blockchain

Several of the world’s largest banks are in the process of investing around $50 million to create a digital cash system using blockchain technology to settle financial transactions. They aim to develop a system to make clearing and settlement in financial markets more efficient. The new system called Finality could launch in 2020. Blockchain, which first emerged as the software underpinning the cryptocurrency bitcoin, is a shared ledger of transactions maintained by a network of computers. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-banks-blockchain-exclusive/exclusive-banks-to-invest-around-50-million-in-digital-cash-settlement-project-sources-idUSKCN1SM2U0?

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Carbon Sequestering Seed Inoculation

SoilCQuest have an amazing seed technology which can sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide. This has the added benefit of improving soil health by increasing soil carbon levels which in turn promotes plant growth. This unique technology was discovered by examining the traits of plants that thrived in harsh environments. Find out more here https://www.soilcquest.org.au/

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A way to combat opioid abuse

Over almost two decades, Dr. O’Neil has implanted a device he invented, containing the drug naltrexone, into thousands of people who have traveled to his nonprofit clinic called Fresh Start in Perth, Australia. Dr O’Neil has pioneered the use of opiate antagonists in Australia for opiate addiction. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/06/world/australia/opiate-opioid-treatment-naltrexone.html

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