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Making political donations transparent

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A new platform from GIS People is operating in Queensland to show the public what donations have been made to political parties via an Electoral Commission of Queensland website. The system means citizens can now see donations within seven business days, rather than waiting six months. It has scope to be real-time in the future and other Australian states could follow. http://www.afr.com/technology/startup-gis-people-promises-to-lift-the-lid-on-political-donations-20170413-gvkebs#ixzz4fyUsz3tc

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Drones to detect sharks

Drones to detect sharks

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An energy community

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Brooklyn Microgrid is creating a local, neighborhood-powered grid that could operate in parallel to the main grid. One of the appeals of a microgrid is its potential to provide electricity to homes even if the main grid goes down. They are laying the groundwork for a future in which communities produce their own electricity based on a blockchain technology where neighbors can buy and sell solar energy that they generate. http://brooklynmicrogrid.com/

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A solar powered boat in the Amazon

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This new boat will be used by the Achuar people within their territory of Ecuador and Peru which remains roadless and pristine. Walking and canoes that use gasoline are the main means of transportation for the Achuar. But their territory has a vast network of rivers and tributaries, and plenty of sun, meaning that an environmentally-friendly alternative to the gas boats – which do not reflect the Achuar’s commitment to protect their rainforest home – is now possible. https://www.pachamama.org/news/the-achuar-will-have-a-network-of-boats-and-solar-recharge-stations-in-their-rivers

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A supermarket with rescued food

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This trial grocery store moves beyond sell-by and use-by labels to combat food waste and its impact on the environment and to combat hunger. It’s the first of its kind in Australia. Everything is free for those who can’t afford to pay for it. Or you can donate an amount you choose. Ozharvest rescue food that can’t be sold by supermarkets and food retailers due to being past its display by date but is still perfectly good to eat. They also rescue products which are surplus for a variety of commercial reasons, such as change in packaging or incorrect orders. www.ozharvest.org

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A plane you can fly without a pilot’s license

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The first version of this “ultralight” aircraft somehow doesn’t require a pilot’s license and can avoid complex regulations. With current battery technology, it can fly about 15 miles before it needs to be recharged, though that range will increase as batteries continue to evolve. For now, it’s designed to be flown only above water, at a low height, to keep it as safe as possible. But other models that can fly over city streets are planned. https://www.fastcompany.com/40412335/imagine-a-world-with-empty-roads-but-with-skies-jammed-with-these-flying-vehicles?

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A machine that can generate and store electricity

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This Chemical Looping Energy on Demand System is said to be able to replace hot water systems and air conditioners, plus generate electricity, and store energy for when you need it. It uses natural gas to operate around the clock and create energy on demand. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/engineer-invents-chemical-energy-machine/8469704

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Solving the plastic waste problem with plastic roads

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Scottish startup MacRebur has one simple, clever invention to solve three world challenges: using millions of tons of waste plastic that sit in our landfill sites; reducing the millions spent on new roads, maintenance, and pothole repair; making our roads stronger and longer lasting. They launched in January 2016 and their new product has already been laid on roads in Cumbria and Dumfriesshire in the UK, as well as on a runway at Carlisle Airport. www.macrebur.com

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