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Increasing tree cover may be like a ‘superfood’ for community mental health

A recent Australian study suggests, that ‘green space’ especially trees, enhances mental health. Adults with 30% or more of their neighbourhood covered in some form of tree canopy had 31% lower odds of developing psychological distress. The same amount of tree cover was linked to 33% lower odds of developing fair to poor general health.https://theconversation.com/increasing-tree-cover-may-be-like-a-superfood-for-community-mental-health-119930

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Smart Contact Lenses

Samsung has just been granted a U.S. patent to develop smart contact lenses capable of taking pictures, recording videos, and even beaming images directly into a wearer’s eyes. The lenses are designed to include motion sensors, which means that wearers could control devices with their eye movements and potentially give commands to their devices remotely when blinking or using their peripheral vision. @IdeaSpies https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2019/08/06/samsung-patents-smart-contact-lenses-record-video-let-control/amp/

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Connecting with others with kooky creations

Artist Phil Ferguson, known to his 130,000 Instagram followers as Chili Philly, became Insta-famous for posing in his crocheted hats — from pizza slices and burger buns to eggplants. Since August 2014 Phil has been creating crochet hats and posting them on social media platform Instagram with success. He now has over 100k followers and has been featured by Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Frankie Magazine, BBC and even on Instagram’s account itself. His kooky creations and pop aesthetic have been so successful he has been able to leverage his social media popularity into pay, monetising his practice. https://www.instagram.com/chiliphilly/

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Attaching Fitbits to Port Jackson Sharks to observe their behaviour

A group of scientists has just discovered how modern technology can be used to study sharks out in the open. The researchers wanted to gain an understanding of shark behaviour and their whereabouts in order to reduce the amount and risk of human-shark interactions. Now, Macquarie scientist Julianna Kadar has just found the best method of using tagging technology to do just that. The researchers gathered Port Jackson sharks from the wild and attached a Fitbit like device – acoustic accelerometers – on the sharks to monitor their movements. The data collected by this new technology has since confirmed new information about the breed. https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/august-2019/fitbits-throw-light-on-secret-lives-of-sharks

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Oyster mushrooms from coffee grounds

The average cafe produces 60kg of coffee grounds each week and 93% of cafes will throw them away. In landfill, these coffee grounds create greenhouse gasses (carbon dioxide and methane) which are contributing to global warming. BUT coffee grounds are quite valuable. They make the perfect growing base for oyster mushrooms! BeanCycled is providing grow at home mushroom farms as well as composting projects for preschools and community gardens. www.beancycled.com.au

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BLISS Deodorant – Zero Stains & Zero Toxins

An all-good, all-natural deodorant will keep you fresh all day. BLISS is aluminium free, paraben free deodorant that actually works – it glides on smooth and silky, leaves you feeling dry and refreshed, and being plant based won’t stain your clothes and is completely safe to use. The coconuts used came from the Solomon Islands which in turn supports the local community. Also, Diane the founder is passionate about the environment so the packaging is 100% plastic free and biodegradable. We are reducing plastic in the oceans one deodorant at a time. www.coconutmatter.org

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Practical action to reduce plastic in the ocean

Practical action to reduce plastic in the ocean

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urlpreviewbox url= “Blue is an environmental movie with a difference. It captures the disaster that is microplastics and how they are killing our oceans and us. However it’s upbeat about what each of us can do. At the end of the movie there was a simple and effective presentation about what each of us could do the next day, and every day to remove plastic from our lives. No preaching just simple, actionable and repeatable actions. Worth going to watch and learn. https://bluethefilm.org/”

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An app that allows you to read books in the blink of an eye

Has there ever been a book you have always wanted to read and learn from but didn’t have the time to read? Blinkist is an innovative app that solves that problem. It provides the key ideas and concepts from non-fiction books to you in the form of text and audio. They have experts who read books, who then create a 10-15-minute review of the book containing summaries, key insights and points. The tech company has already provided summaries of over 2,500 best-selling books, creating shorter version “blinks” for you to read or listen to them within minutes. https://www.blinkist.com/magazine/posts/meet-app-transformed-reading-1-5-million-people

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Fighting motion sickness using AI

ZF, a German supplier of car parts is working on advanced technology that will make someone less likely to feel sick on long journeys. Rather than curing the motion sickness, the purpose is teaching your car how to drive and avoid it. By analysing the correlation between motion sickness and the dynamics of the moving vehicle, the technology is intended to also store preferred driving styles of each passenger in order to prevent any triggers to feeling sick. ZF is wanting to reduce the feeling of motion sickness and discomfort – including dizziness, headaches and nausea. https://www.just-auto.com/news/zf-teams-with-scientists-to-combat-motion-sickness_id190113.aspx

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