An installation that protects a national treasure

A special technical installation, a sort of “artificial lung”, is at the entrance to the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy. The Chapel is a masterpiece in the history of painting in Italy and Europe in the 14th century. The special air-conditioned environment in the installation both purifies the air inside the Chapel and monitors its atmosphere continuously, in order to protect unique frescoes, some of the most important of all time. Groups of maximum 25 people wait at the door to the air-conditioned waiting-room to the chapel for 15 minutes, the time needed to stabilise the interior microclimate. They then enter the Chapel for another 15 minutes. Visits last a total of about 30 minutes. Automatic access doors open only once on entrance and exit, to allow stabilisation of the interior microclimate. http://www.cappelladegliscrovegni.it

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A creative way to offer a lucky door prize

Corban & Blair came up with an innovative prize and an innovative way to offer it at the Launch of IdeaSpies Enterprise at Ashurst in Sydney yesterday. The prize was for the best designed business card. The winner was Maria Martin (on the right) for her card as a Non-Executive Director of amaysim. It was judged as being designed to be noticed – easy to read and communicated the essence of the company. The prize, a Satchel, Luggage Tag and Card Holder, was designed by Corban & Blair- with linings designed by Indigenous Artist Lucy Simpson. It was presented by Gillian Corban. https://corbanblair.com.au/

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A camera that helps musicians practice better

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Musician’s Mirror helps players overcome bad habits and avoid injury. The computer vision based system watches its users practice and feeds back instantly, sounding warning notes to make them aware when they slip into bad habits. The system uses a camera, typically mounted on the music stand, to track the musician’s overall posture, or any part of their body that they want to concentrate on. http://www.arthurcarabott.com/musicians-mirror/

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Restoring old films to delight new audiences

Cinema Reborn is a new and different film event intended to shine a light on the long history of the art of the cinema, the world-wide activity of film restoration and the treasures that exist in the world’s film archives. It will be on from 3-7 May 2018 at the Australian Film Television & Radio School theatre in the Entertainment Quarter at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia. Twelve programs will be shown of either recently restored films using digital copies or, rarer, film archived-sourced 35mm film prints. www.cinemareborn.wordpress.co

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Panda conservation features in major photo competition

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The World Press Photo 2017 exhibition showcases the winners of the 60th World Press Photo Awards, which honours the photographs that have best captured the state of the world in the past year. In total, 152 photographs were selected from 80,408 images made by 5,034 photographers from 126 different countries. This photo, in the nature category, shows a keeper in a panda suit keeping a young panda away from human contact as part of training before being released into the wild in the Sichuan Basin, China. China’s efforts to eliminate poaching and to protect the panda’s habitat have played a large role in increasing numbers. www.worldpressphoto.org/collection/photo/2017/nature/ami-vitale

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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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Hearing aids that are as trendy as glasses

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Great to see Republicans and Democrats in the US offering bipartisan support to encourage new competition and innovation in a market that has been dominated by a handful of specialized companies. Their efforts could catalyze a sea change in the cost and design of devices for people with mild and moderate hearing loss, even making hearing aids look trendy so more people wear them. www.dopplerlabs.com

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Sculptures that walk on the beach

Sculptures that walk on the beach

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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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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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A 2,000 year old Egyptian mummy scanned

This mummy is on display at MONA in Hobart. Alongside it, in a separate coffin, you can see progressive scans of the body. It’s surprising that the skeleton has been preserved for so long. The scanning process can be applied to any volumetric dataset – not just mummies. For instance, you could now have yourself (alive or recently deceased beloved family or pets etc.) CAT-scanned and made into a hologram, a crystal paper-weight, or a life-size volumetric 3D prototype replicant. www.petermorse.com.au/2011/07/visualizing-pausiris-mona/

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