Turning Plastic Trash ‘Fished’ From Canals Into Functional And Sylish Furniture

Turning Plastic Trash ‘Fished’ From Canals  Into Functional And Sylish Furniture

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A smart helmet that detects a crash

Quin is a cheap, lightweight helmet with an integrated Bluetooth communications that doesn’t have wires, velcro speakers, dials, knobs or an exposed microphone, yet also detects a crash and sends for help. Its technology runs off a lightweight Arch chip with upgradeable firmware via a charging plug at the back of the helmet. https://motorbikewriter.com/quin-helmets-help-crash/

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A wind – proof umbrella

The problem with most umbrellas is that the hinges are the weakest points, making the umbrellas vulnerable to strong winds. The Senz umbrella is designed to redirect the wind, allowing it to float on a strong gust like a kite. There are no hinges in the design. Instead there is sturdy ribbing that’s nearly impossible to turn inside-out. www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2018/03/30/how-a-dutch-designer-unlocked-the-secret-of-a-storm-proof-umbrella/

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A prize for the most popular ideas

Corban & Blair are offering this beautifully designed travel wallet for the most popular ideas shared on IdeaSpies in April, May and June this year to help celebrate the launch of IdeaSpies Enterprise, a simple idea capture tool that encourages ideas from staff. Each travel wallet is handmade from naturally cured genuine vegetable tanned leather and includes a luggage tag and card holder. Simply post an idea you’ve seen on IdeaSpies and share it. IdeaSpies Weekly features the idea with the most shares over Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as Idea of the Week. The monthly winners will be chosen from the most popular Ideas of the Week for each month. The prizes will be delivered worldwide to the winners. Register here . If you post an idea you’re welcome to say “Idea Spy” on your bio, including on LinkedIn.

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A silver-based compound that could stop cancer from spreading

New research indicates that a silver- based compound is able to tackle the energy centre (the mitochondria) of cancer cells, preventing them from growing and spreading. The compound still needs to go to extensive clinical trials before it can become available as a chemotherapeutic agent. However the findings pave the way for a new chemotherapeutic drug that could be more effective and less toxic, with fewer side effects. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/novel-silver-compounds-offer-a-potential-cancer-treatment-breakthrough?

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The focus is now on Employee Experience (EX)

There are now signs that employee experience (EX) is the next priority for organisations, following the major emphasis on customer experience (CX). This is good news for staff! While CX is the sum of all interactions a customer has with a company, EX is the sum of everything an employee experiences throughout his or her connection with an organisation. Innovative leaders and HR teams are thinking beyond staff satisfaction and employee engagement to look at the entire employee experience. Successful organisations offer better employee experiences that attract better staff and keep them engaged.  They proactively design and manage EX, not just respond to annual staff engagement surveys. A key result is better customer service- a virtuous circle. Consumerism is now part of the recruiting process. Just as customers can choose from a variety of brands based on reviews they can search on the web, employees can also use online resources to choose potential employers. Websites such as Glassdoor make it much easier for prospective employees to assess the EX at a company they’re considering. We are now in a very competitive environment where the best people are in increasing demand. They are less likely to want to work in organisations where they are not valued and don’t have a voice to influence outcomes. Instead they want to work in organisations that value innovation and the role that they can play in it. According to a Gallup Report the percentage of adults who work full time for an employer and are engaged at work — they are highly involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace — is just 15% worldwide. While this is a problem it’s also a huge opportunity- business units in the top quartile of Gallup’s global employee engagement database are 17% more productive and 21% more profitable than those in the bottom quartile. How EX can be improved EX should be considered as a strategic priority by Management and Boards. Deloitte suggests that the EX journey in organisations can be mapped, perhaps using design thinking, just has been done for CX. Ford is an example of a company focussing on innovation, including CX and EX. Some suggestions to improve EX are to take a holistic view: define purpose; recruit staff that suit the organisation culture; provide staff development that suits their needs; move people more often; offer continuous feedback; consider work/life balance with flexible work options; review workplace design; hackathons; invest in an idea capture tool that gives people at all levels a voice in contributing ideas; and ensure leaders are well trained so they are receptive to suggestions and ideas as well as to developing their staff. In sum More and more people want to work in an innovative culture where work has meaning, brands have genuine value and new thinking leads to useful ideas being implemented. Purpose and passion are now the lifeblood of a successful organisation. There is a significant opportunity to increase employee engagement through EX. Organisations with innovative cultures embracing new thinking such as EX are the most likely to succeed. Innovation should involve all people in an organisation, not just a select few. IdeaSpies Enterprise is a new, fun and effective idea capture tool that’s designed to encourage ideas from staff. It’s been successfully trialled by KPMG Greater Western Sydney and was launched this month at Ashurst, a leading international law firm. You can see a video that shows how it works here. Lynn Wood – Chief Idea Spy

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The excitement of a motorcycle with the stability of a car

The C-1 vehicle is promoted as the future of transportation given so many more people are driving alone. It combines the excitement of a motorcycle with the stability of a car. The rear area is large enough to accommodate a passenger, or about as much baggage as you can carry on a plane. It’s considered a motorcycle, allowing you to easily slip through traffic, cutting up to 50% off commute times. It’s 100% electric, with a top speed of 100+ mph and a range of up to 200 miles per charge. It uses high torque in-hub motors to accelerate from 0-60 mph in about six seconds. http://litmotors.com/

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Using a mirror to copy a masterpiece

Inventor Tim Jenison attempted to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically. So he painted his daughter Claire in the same pose with a comparator mirror and the similarity to the original is striking. Now on display at MONA in Hobart as “Claire with a Pearl Earring” along with an exhibit showing the technique he used.

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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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Sydney helps redress Wikipedia gender bias

Women are the focus of only about 15 per cent of Wikipedia profile entries and comprise only about 10 to 15 per cent contributors. Various global initiatives have been launched to redress the imbalance, and the University of Sydney joined in this month with a “Women in Wikipedia: 2018 Edit-a-thon”, where about 50 students, staff members and volunteers created and updated entries on women — particularly Australian women writers, scientists and scholars. https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/sydney-uni-tackles-wikipedia-gender-bias/news-story/e40cecc8bfcb79953a7c1f6544dedbc2

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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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