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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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Giving streets back to residents

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Barcelona’s new planning strategy will restrict traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into ‘citizen spaces’ for culture, leisure and the community. The plan is based around the idea of superilles (superblocks) – mini neighbourhoods around which traffic will flow, and in which spaces will be repurposed to “fill our city with life”, as its tagline says. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/may/17/superblocks-rescue-barcelona-spain-plan-give-streets-back-residents

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Rent a designer dress online

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Glamcorner offers thousands of dresses from over 100 top international and local designers, ranging from size 6 to 22, delivered to your door. If the dress doesn’t fit or you’re just not happy with it you send the dress back with all tags fully intact, and they’ll either send out a different size for free or give you a full refund. They also offer an obligation-free try on option of up to 2 dresses for a small charge. www.glamcorner.com.au

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New cycling system powers America’s Cup win

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The radical move to cycle-style grinding stations let New Zealand take advantage of superior leg-power, rather than arm-power, to fuel the crucial on-board hydraulics system and win the 35th America’s Cup. The successful system yielded other benefits since it left hands free to tackle other on-board duties, including the intricate business of foil-trimming. The NZ skipper at 26 was also the youngest ever to win the race.! http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-27/new-zealand-reclaim-americas-cup-with-win-over-oracle-usa/8654286?

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A pool made from a shipping container

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A Canadian company has converted standard, metal shipping containers into pools and jacuzzis that can be installed above or below ground. A portion of one wall is cut away to make room for a viewing window. The pool also comes equipped with an interior partition made of sturdy, heat-resistant plastic that is used to separate it from a jacuzzi. https://www.dezeen.com/2017/05/03/modpools-repurposes-used-shipping-containers-swimming-pools-hot-tubs/

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Transforming land from barren to fertile

Transforming land from barren to fertile

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Creating natural light that heals

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This system uses LED lights to mimic natural daylight patterns in patient rooms, rather than the harsh lighting that patients normally experience in wards. Light levels gradually increase to replicate the soft glow of a morning sunrise to the bright light of mid-mornings, and then steadily decrease in the evening. Natural light has been clinically proven to improve patient wellbeing and sleep in clinical trials. http://www.lighting.philips.co.uk/systems/packaged-offerings/office-and-industry/healwell.html

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