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A network of creative spaces

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The first national network of shared creative spaces for makers and start-up entrepreneurs will be launching in Varna, Bulgaria. The workshops will be equipped with 3D printers, CNC routers, VR labs, Internet of Things, laser cutting and other advanced technology, as well as conventional equipment. The team behind the project is part of the global Makers Movement manifesto, unifying a network of more than 6000 collaborative spaces and more than 135 million people across the whole world. If you like the project you can support their Kickstarter campaign – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1365315937/innovator-creative-spaces

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The world’s first hydro-solar power plant

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In Portugal the world’s first hydro-solar power plant has commenced operation. The Alto Rabagão dam, near the country’s northern border with Spain, added 840 floating solar panels earlier this year, Floating solar panels offer a means of expanding hydroelectric plants’ energy capacity without embarking on costly dam reconstruction. http://m.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/hydro-solar-plant_us_595f96dee4b02e9bdb0c0fa6

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A wearable device that could help us read minds

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What if you could “see” directly into another person’s brain? The ability to read minds, referred to as telepathy, is a concept that’s abundant in science fiction. It may however be possible courtesy of a brain-computer interface (BCI) — a wearable device that works like a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. https://futurism.com/this-wearable-mri-device-could-help-us-read-minds/

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Volvo to save the planet?

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Volvo has made the decision that all their cars will be fully electric, or at least hybrid, by 2019. Not one car solely powered by internal combustion engine will come off a Volvo production line by 2020. This will instantly change the charging infrastructure for electric cars. Currently you can fully charge an electric vehicle – one with a range of about 105 miles – in half an hour from a supercharger in a garage, however there aren’t enough superchargers. This move by Volvo will drive access to more high-speed charging points, as well as battery production and research and development into battery storage. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/is-a-carmaker-about-to-save-the-planet?

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Hearing aids that are as trendy as glasses

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Great to see Republicans and Democrats in the US offering bipartisan support to encourage new competition and innovation in a market that has been dominated by a handful of specialized companies. Their efforts could catalyze a sea change in the cost and design of devices for people with mild and moderate hearing loss, even making hearing aids look trendy so more people wear them. www.dopplerlabs.com

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Pour It Forward – Coffee Shop Only Hires People With Disabilities

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Bitty & Beau’s Coffee in Wilmington, NC (USA) is known for its warmth. At the heart of the shop’s popularity is its unique staff: Almost everyone who works there has an intellectual or developmental disability, ranging from Down syndrome to autism to cerebral palsy. For many employees, it’s their first job, and their joy fills the air. Nearly 70% of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities do not have jobs, these folks resolved to do something about it. https://www.bittyandbeauscoffee.com/  

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‘Muru View’ – Mapping of Places to Aboriginal Names on Google Maps

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Still in the Beta stage – but *very* cool! 🙂 Muru View (Muru – meaning path in Darug) is an interactive data visualisation drawing from the State Library of New South Wales Indigenous language collections. The data used in the interactive is over 120 years old, and is drawn from the survey forms collected by the Royal Anthropological Society of Australasia. Muru View dynamically uses data to display locations around New South Wales incorporating their Indigenous name and meaning that were recorded at that time, all using the Google Maps API in a way never done before. The result is an interactive online experience and a projected installation at the State Library of New South Wales itself coinciding with NAIDOC week 2017 in the first week of July. http://dxlab.sl.nsw.gov.au/making-muruview/

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