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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 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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Diamond coating to improve implants

Research at RMIT University has found that, diamond, as it is made from carbon, improves the biocompatibility of 3D printed titanium implants. Not only could a diamond coating lead to better biocompatibility for 3D-printed implants but it could also improve their wear and resistance. https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/rmit-3d-printed-implant-study-proves-bodies-thrive-off-diamonds-130360/

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An entirely new category of shoes inspired by natural materials, and an ongoing mantra to create better things in a better way.

A native of New Zealand, Tim Brown was always well versed in the magical qualities of merino wool. Inherently curious, he began asking himself why such a remarkable, sustainable resource was virtually absent in the footwear industry. And with that spirit of wonder, the Allbirds journey began. After years of researching and tinkering, Tim teamed up with Joey Zwillinger, an engineer and renewables expert. Together, they crafted a revolutionary wool fabric made specifically for footwear. MADE FROM NATURE -The footwear industry often overlooks Mother Nature’s materials in favor of cheaper, synthetic alternatives. We think it’s time to change that. au.allbirds.com

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Solar panels that generate power from raindrops

Solar panels are designed to convert sunlight into electricity. But when it’s cloudy or rainy, they’re useless. There are batteries, like the Tesla Powerwall, designed to store electricity for those cloudy days. But the technology isn’t effective or cheap enough to make using solar power worth it in regions that don’t receive a lot of sunlight. A group of researchers from Soochow University in China has come up with a promising solution to that problem: they’ve developed solar panels that can generate power from raindrops. www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/researchers-figured-out-how-to-generate-power-from-falling-raindrops-which-could-solve-the-biggest-problem-with-solar-energy?

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