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Plates that trick you to eat less

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A UK startup has come up with an idea that makes your plate look twice as full with food. Studio Playfool are hoping their creation could help a global challenge in relation to many people who overeat. Using visual trickery, the mirrored tableware, Half/Full, shows a mirrored image of exactly what is on the plate, tricking your mind into thinking you’ve eaten double what was originally there. As well as a mirrored plate, there’s also a cup and cutlery featured as part of the range, so you’re able to take part in any meal of the day. https://www.springwise.com/mirrored-tableware-tricks-brain-change-eating-habits/?

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A rental car that’s designed to entertain kids on long trips

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Hertz has introduced the world’s first colouring-in car. It’s fully upholstered with popular colouring-in book designs to keep the kids amused for hours. Travel experts at Hertz designed the car with families in mind, especially for those ‘are we nearly there yet?’ moments. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4747078/Hertz-unveils-world-s-colouring-car.html#ixzz4rJY2wIyB

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A brain-computer interface to treat stroke victims

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A preliminary study at the University of Adelaide in South Australia has shown the promise of brain-computer interfaces in treating stroke victims. The research, conducted by the University of Adelaide, showed that a stroke victim experienced a 36% percent improvement in a stroke-damaged hand, after 5 hours of treatment. Brain-computer interfaces are devices which can translate signals from the brain into computer commands. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05dq3hx?

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Converting carbon emissions into “green” concrete

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Mineral Carbonation International, an Australian company, is capturing carbon emissions and storing them in building materials, aiming to have a full-scale production plant by 2020. The carbonates and silica by-products of their process have the potential to be used in building products such as concrete and plasterboard to create green construction materials. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/25/green-building-materials-carbon-capture-technology-ready-by-2020-says-manufacturer?

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A camera that helps musicians practice better

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Musician’s Mirror helps players overcome bad habits and avoid injury. The computer vision based system watches its users practice and feeds back instantly, sounding warning notes to make them aware when they slip into bad habits. The system uses a camera, typically mounted on the music stand, to track the musician’s overall posture, or any part of their body that they want to concentrate on. http://www.arthurcarabott.com/musicians-mirror/

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Floating power plants

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Imagine a power generation facility that is connected to the local power grid but floating on water. Floating power plants can be designed to be easily transportable and positioned in ports, on rivers, in deep oceans or even in sheltered coastal regions to enable power to remote locations and to regions during natural calamities. It’s something that the Chinese and the Japanese energy experts have pulled off recently. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/floating-power-plants-look-future-energy-harihara-balasubramanian

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Carbon Nanotube Yarn – Electricity Generation from Body Movement

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Carbon nanotube yarn could help create battery-free wearables, powered entirely by their users’ movement. Imagine being able to harness the energy produced during your morning jog and using it to power a music player or fitness tracker. Researchers have developed a special ultra-thin yarn created from carbon nanotubes. It efficiently converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. The yarn can be twisted into elastic-like coils that allow the threads to generate electricity when stretched. The energy from one piece of yarn can generate 250 watts per kilogram when a number of them are bound together and stretched 30 times per second. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/carbon-nanotube-yarn/

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A white garden that celebrates the life of Princess Diana

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The whole approach to Kensington Palace has changed since Princess Diana’s death 20 years ago. It’s open and light, spacious and welcoming, hospitable and also fun. While 7 or 8 million people walk up and down the Broad Walk each year, only 100,000 or so used to visit the Palace Gardens. Now it’s a million. https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/how-the-white-garden-celebrates-the-life-of-princess-diana-20-years-after-her-death-a3620386.html

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