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An off-road wheelchair

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The HexHog is an off-road wheelchair offering unprecedented access to extreme terrain including hills, mud, snow and shallow water. This battery powered machine offers the freedom to go places you wouldn’t have dreamed possible. It allows wheelchair users or those with limited dexterity to enjoy the countryside and back country wilderness. www.hexhog.com

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Floating buildings made of plastic bottles that withstand storms

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Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to flooding, storms, and impact from sea level rise. An Amsterdam-based architecture firm called Waterstudio has come up with one possible solution: floating structures that can withstand storms made from thousands of discarded plastic bottles. http://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/11/these-floating-buildings-are-made-from-thousands-of-plastic-bottles

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Transparency in fashion retailing

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Online fashion retailer Everlane has focused on being transparent about its supply chain–including how much it costs to make each product. Its first physical store reflects this concept of transparency so there is no product in the windows. The brand is centered around people, and that is what you see when you look in. Also importantly Everlane has designed a point-of-sale system from scratch that creates a connection between your online profile and your shopping behavior in-store so your customer service is improved. https://www.fastcompany.com/40502731/everlanes-first-ever-physical-store-takes-radical-transparency-literally

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A borderless account

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TransferWise acts as a secure intermediary in an international bank to bank money transfer. You can pay with a bank transfer, debit and credit card. They charge a low and transparent transfer fee and convert your money at the mid-market exchange rate. The service particularly appeals to expats for payments internationally. www.transferwise.com

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A robot designed to do inspections

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The CSIRO robot called Zee uses six legs, each with spider-like joints, as a platform for a streaming camera and real-time 3D scanning. It’s capable of changing the direction of the camera using the motors in each leg joint – making it perfectly suited for inspection tasks. It can traverse completely novel environments with relative ease. https://blog.csiro.au/lasers-legs-robots/

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‘Miracle’ Mineral That Could Make Internet 1,000-times Faster

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A rare mineral discovered in Russia in the 1830’s could hold the key to boosting internet speeds 1,000 times faster than today. The mineral, perovskite, has a number of incredible properties. Perovskite (CaTiO3) is a calcium titanium oxide mineral. While scientists have known about the mineral for quite some time, researchers continue to find useful characteristics of this mineral. The mineral can use light instead of electricity to transfer data, allowing transfer speeds 1,000 times faster than current technology. This inexpensive and simple way to transfer data presents a multitude of opportunities to transform our digital lives in the future. https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/11/27/scientists-discover-miracle-mineral-that-could-make-internet-1000-times-faster

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Tobacco companies forced to tell the truth in advertising

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Major American cigarette manufacturers are now publishing anti-smoking ads to correct the misleading statements they made over many years about the effects of smoking, a move that complies with a court order filed in 2006. The ads explain that smoking kills and cigarettes are intentionally designed to get people addicted. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/big-tobaccos-anti-smoking-ads-begin-after-decade-of-delay/2017/11/21/8841d418-ce82-11e7-a87b-47f14b73162a_story.html

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