Harvesting drinking water from air

Majik Water, captures water from the air and converts it into drinking water using solar technology. The process uses desiccants such as silica gels to draw water from the air. The gels are then heated up with solar power to release the water. The current system can generate up to 10 litres of filtered water per day, with the team looking to scale up to 100-litre systems at a cost of only £0.08 per 10 litres. The solar panels used for the prototype are the most expensive input on the device and Majik Water is looking for ways to drive those costs down. The device, which won first prize this year at the EDF Africa awards , could provide a solution for the 1.8 billion people predicted to have a shortage of water by 2025, according to the UN. http://www.majikwater.co/

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Mandatory childcare in disadvantaged areas

Parents in some parts of Denmark who do not send their children to daycare will lose family benefits. Denmark has adopted legislation making daycare mandatory for all children over the age of one in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and parents who do not comply will lose their family allowances. This idea could be helpful in other disadvantaged communities around the world, including in indigenous areas. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/denmark-makes-childcare-mandatory-in-disadvantaged-areas

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Free public transport

By summer 2019 all public transport in Luxembourg will be completely free. Luxembourg has the highest car-to-person rate of any nation in the European Union:- 662 cars for every 1,000 people. Every day the population of its capital city swells five-fold due to commuters. The hope is that eliminating all fees for public trains, trams, and buses will encourage more people to use those service. Not only would that decrease personal vehicle traffic, it would also be better for the environment. A few cities in Germany are also trialing this idea. https://futurism.com/luxembourg-public-transportation-free

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A library that lends ties, handbags and briefcases

A “Grow Up Work Fashion” lending library has recently opened at the New York Public Library Riverside branch to offer help when residents need it ahead of a job interview, graduation or other formal event. They can borrow up to two ties and one briefcase or one handbag for a three-week period, and all they need is a New York Public Library card. https://www.metro.us/news/local-news/new-york/new-york-public-library-ties-briefcases-handbags

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Capturing Stories & Memories

Tributes at funerals and memorial services are heard by all, but the informal stories and memories shared later are only heard by a few. These gatherings are unique – never before and never again to happen in this exact composition – extended family, friends old and new, work colleagues, all those moved to be there find themselves sharing stories and feelings. What if these recollections and priceless insights could be captured? The greatest honour of all – never to be forgotten is the service offered by “Your Story Of” recording on video stories and memories. Later you receive on a USB drive, a professionally edited short video of these stories, together with all the interview footage, as well as the names, email addresses and phone numbers of everyone who spoke to us – to follow up if you wish. The USB can be copied and shared. A family grieving, preoccupied or numb on the day, can find solace in the months and years to come discovering and rediscovering the influence their loved one had on others. Future generations would get to know someone so much a part of their family history, in a way they otherwise never could. For further details phone 0403032409 or email julietruman@ozemail.com.au https://yourstoryof.com.au/cms/

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Moscow subway ticket machine accepts 30 squats as payment

Moscow subway ticket machine accepts 30 squats as payment

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North Sydney to become Non Smoking- NS

North Sydney Council has passed a recommendation to make its CBD the first smoke-free business district in Australia. The ultimate aim is to make North Sydney the first smoke-free municipality in Australia. There are about 72,000 residents and this means all shared public spaces – streets, plazas and parks – will become no-go zones for smokers. It includes outdoor seating areas in front of restaurants and cafes. Smoking prevalence in the Northern Sydney local health district is 9.5 per cent, lower than the state average of 15.2 per cent. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/north-sydney-set-to-become-australia-s-first-smoke-free-cbd-20180925-p505xn.html

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The world’s first taxi paid by singing

Fortum Singalong Shuttle is the world’s first taxi that is paid by singing. The car keeps on moving as long as you keep on singing. The service is run on electric cars, so the passengers can enjoy the music without background noise and carbon emissions. It was piloted by driving festival visitors at Ruisrock festival, July 2018 in Turku, Finland. Carpool karaoke was popularised by the comedian James Corden’s viral segment where celebrity guests sing in his car. www.fortum.com/singalongshuttle

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A map delivered in 3D sound

Microsoft Soundscape is a research project that explores the use of innovative audio-based technology to enable people, particularly those with blindness or low vision, to build a richer awareness of their surroundings, thus becoming more confident and empowered to get around. Unlike step-by-step navigation apps, Soundscape uses 3D audio cues to enrich ambient awareness and provide a new way to relate to the environment. It allows you to build a mental map and make personal route choices while being more comfortable within unfamiliar spaces. dogs. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/soundscape/

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Restoring a tennis court to improve diplomacy

The Australian ambassador’s residence in Washington – known as White Oaks – is a Heritage-listed brick mansion built in 1923. It was once the home of George Patton, one of the most significant and controversial military figures in US history. It has a lawn tennis court that had fallen into disrepair. Joe Hockey, Australia’s ambassador to the US, thought this was a waste, since it’s the only lawn tennis court in Washington, and one of only a handful in the US north-east, so had it restored with the help of Westfield CEO Peter Lowy. Playing on grass is a dream of many tennis lovers and senior members of congress, military leaders and foreign diplomats have all played on the court over the past year. https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/how-australia-s-diplomatic-secret-weapon-was-almost-turned-into-a-vegetable-patch-20180914-p503o1.html

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