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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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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A check of your reliability

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Our world has changed, and so has the way we compile, access and verify information. The problem used to be a lack of information – now there is too much. But the age-old question still remains: who can you rely on? CVCheck has conducted more than 1,000 checks for private and government organisations, employers and individuals across 190 countries, all available on demand. www.cvcheck.com

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A solar system that follows the sun like a flower

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Smartflower is a fully integrated, all-in-one solar system that can be installed anywhere. If you ever have to move it, smartflower can be packed up and moved to a new site. Its smart tracking makes the most of the sun’s rays to generate energy. When the sun rises it automatically unfolds and starts producing electricity for you. When the sun sets it automatically folds itself back into a secure position and waits for sunrise. http://smartflowersolar.com/

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Using AI to detect diabetic eye disease

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Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a serious eye condition that can cause vision loss or even blindness. It affects about one in three people with diabetes. CSR researchers have just finished trialling a world-first, artificial intelligence-driven technology that enables GPs to scan people for DR. This technology detected signs of DR as effectively as the ophthalmologist. It could reduce unnecessary referrals, potentially reduce waiting periods for patients, and help ophthalmologists focus on patients who need treatment and surgery. https://blog.csiro.au/eyes-using-ai-detect-diabetic-eye-disease/

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Melanoma breakthrough

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Australian researchers believe they have made an important step toward curing melanoma after its spread from the skin to the lymph nodes. Two international drug trials – led by investigators at Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) – have proven successful in preventing the spread of the disease in Stage III melanoma patients whose tumours had been surgically removed. If identified early, melanoma is easily cured via surgical removal from the skin surface. However for about 15 per cent of melanoma patients the disease has spread to the lymph nodes which is classified as Stage III melanoma. Australia has one of the highest incidences of melanoma in the world.  http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/11/we-now-have-ammunition-breakthrough-fight-against-melanoma

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Wave power

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Bombora is an ocean energy company in Perth, Western Australia. Their mWave converters deliver environmentally friendly, large scale energy for national electricity grids. Bombora wave farms can be deployed in coastal locations throughout the world. http://www.bomborawavepower.com.au/about-us/

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An automated bike tower

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Eco Cycle towers have been installed in Japan and the UK. There are two models, with one providing storage for up to 204 bikes and a smaller version that can store up to 58 bikes. Both models resemble small towers and can be installed either above or below ground. Once you have swiped your Eco Cycle Card to retrieve your bike, it is returned to you at ground level within 13 seconds. http://newatlas.com/eco-cycle-automated-cycle-storage/40496/

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A world-first for shark spotting

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Researchers from the University of Technology in Sydney have developed a drone equipped with artificial intelligence that can help identify and warn swimmers and surfers of nearby sharks. Over 30% of all recorded shark attacks worldwide happen in the waters surrounding Australia. http://littleripper.com/world-first-for-shark-spotting-algorithm/

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