A heritage art collection that encourages creative entrepreneurship

Art that was created during the 1970’s and 1980’s by South Africa’s Black artists, has been returned to South Africa by benefactors who had taken it overseas. It now forms a significant part of the Ifa Lethu Heritage Collection. The repatriation of art created by the struggle-era artists, now numbers 670 and required the involvement of 16 countries. Through its work over the last few years, the Foundation has successfully assisted 2,300 poverty stricken youth and women, delivering on benefits such as income generation through job creation and enterprise development. https://www.ifalethu.org.za/

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Ballet shoes that match the skin of non-white dancers

Britain’s oldest ballet shoe manufacturer Freed of London has created new pointe shoes in bronze and brown instead of just the traditional pink. The ballet gear makers worked with dance company Ballet Black, whose dancers are all of black and Asian descent, to create the new shoes. www.sbs.com.au/news/ballet-shoes-have-been-made-to-better-match-the-skin-colour-of-non-white-dancers

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A drone that leads the way in mapping underground

Hovermap technology allows drones to collect data in underground areas, or other locations in which GPS is not reliable. It’s the result of a decade of research from CSIRO’s robotics and autonomous systems group. The drones can be deployed without a human controller and can create 3D maps, record gas readings and take images and videos.. They are equipped with lasers, which let them detect the environment around them. The CSIRO ON accelerator program, was the catalyst for the commercialisation of the venture. http://www.emesent.io/

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Drone delivery services that are working

Drone delivery services that are working

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A new event that makes it easy to test ideas posted online

IdeaSpies and ReadyFundGo combined today to produce a new type of event at the Spark Festival that allows people to test their ideas by posting them on IdeaSpies. Seeing the ideas online made it easy for the group to offer feedback. Advice on crowdfunding was also offered by ReadyFundGo.. Eleven ideas were posted at the session and they were kept online afterwards if requested., The two best ideas won a ticket each to StartCon 2018 in Sydney.

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An AI lie detector that flags false police reports

Imagine this: You file a police report, but back at the station, they feed it into an algorithm — and it accuses you of lying, as though it had somehow looked inside your brain. That might sound like science fiction, but Spain is currently rolling out a very similar program, called VeriPol, in many of its police stations. VeriPol’s creators say that when it flags a report as false, it turns out to be correct more than four-fifths of the time. https://futurism.com/the-byte/lie-detector-false-police-reports

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Making bricks from human urine

Students at the University of Cape Town have created the first ever bio-bricks made of human urine. They mixed last night’s liquids with sand and bacteria to unlock calcium carbonate (a bonding agent) in the urine. The mixture is placed in moulds and hardens (surprisingly) at room temperature. Creating useable bricks out of urine is clever, but doing it without the usual energy-intensive firing process is outstanding. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-26/cape-town-university-researchers-make-bricks-from-urine/10432766

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Electric boats and trucks in national parks

We’re now in Chobe National Park Botswana Africa and are pleased that the Chobe Game Lodge, where we’re staying, uses electric boats for river cruising. They are powered by batteries overnight and use solar energy from panels on the roof as backup power. This means the boats are quieter and respect the surrounding wildlife and environment. They also use electric safari trucks for the same reason.

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Training that helps you understand the views of others

Virtual Reality training by Equal Reality allows you to literally see from the point of view of others, including those of a different gender, race, or ability-level. Using positional tracking systems, Equal Reality can replace your body with a virtual avatar. Controlling the avatar as if it’s your own body results in higher levels of understanding. https://equalreality.com/

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Music designed to help you focus, relax or sleep

Brain.fm is one of several companies using artificial intelligence to help you hone into a productive state of work, a. state of relaxation or a deep sleep,. While most music is designed to sound good, Brain.fm works with teams of scientists and engineers generating music that helps you achieve your desired state of mind. Human composers write and record the core sound tracks, and an AI engine mixes, matches, and remasters them into longer tracks. www.Brain.fm

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