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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 Moore Park 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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Using social media to run a successful coffee shop

Making good coffee is only step one in running a successful coffee shop. Owners should also consider using social media for promotion. For example, competitions that offer prizes can be offered to whoever posts the best picture of their coffee from the barista. This should attract customers and also encourage the barista to make coffee that looks great as well as taste good! www.espressoworks.com.au

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A simple way to get customer feedback

This terminal has four plastic buttons adorned with faces ranging from a smiling dark green to an angry bright red. HappyOrNot is distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Push My Button, its sole reseller in the two countries. You may have noticed the terminals at overseas airports, in your doctor’s surgery or when shopping. Very interestingly this idea comes from Finland which is ranked #1 on the World Happiness Report published by the UN this month! towww.happy-or-not.com/en/

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Wine labels that come alive with AR!

When you have downloaded the “Living Wine Labels” app you can view The Walking Dead wine label through your smartphone to watch it come to life with augmented reality. The Blood Red Blend label has an image of Sheriff Rick Grimes staring down the undead. When the app is launched and pointed at the label, you see Sheriff Rick fight off the ‘walkers’. The Cabernet Sauvignon label features a horde of zombies, and they break out of the label onto your phone screen. When you point the app at both labels through the app, when the bottles are side by side, the characters fight each other. Designed for clever dinner party entertainment! www.skybound.com/the-walking-dead/news-events/news-eventsnew-walking-dead-wines-will-feature-ar-labels/

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The first 3D-printed home in America

The production version of the printer will have the ability to print a single story, 600-800 square foot home in under 24 hours for less than US$4,000. It’s designed to function with nearly zero waste production methods and work under unpredictable constraints (limited water, power, and labor infrastructure) to tackle housing shortages. It’s also designed to create communities in the developing world that include components like a school, clean water, and income opportunities. www.iconbuild.com/new-story/

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