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PropTech

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Free "granny flats" as an experiment to address homelessness
What's an imaginative way to combat homelessness? Offer to build granny flats on citizens' properties for free. A local government in the state of Oregon plans to fund construction of up to 300 miniature (200 square foot) homes on residential properties in the next year. The only catch is that property owners must agree to lease the flats to homeless families for five years. Then, property owners can keep the structures at no cost for any personal use. http://www.wweek.com/news/city/2017/03/14/multnomah-county-hopes-to-build-granny-flats-to-house-hundreds-of-homeless-families-in-portland-backyards
31 March 2017 by ideascape

Healthcare

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Need blood vessels for new hearts? Try spinach
A step forward in ways to replace damaged or diseased human organs is by 3-D printing new organs. Successful trials are promising. Yet, a huge challenge is to create a vascular system to provide blood supply to those organ tissues. In the case of heart replacement, spinach might be the answer. The structure of spinach leaves may offer the answer as a viable blood vessel "plumbing" system. Check out the research at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/human-heart-spinach-leaf-medicine-science.
30 March 2017 by ideascape

Wellbeing

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Alcohol banned at major Sydney beachside parks and reserves
Alcohol is now banned permanently at all Coogee beachside parks and reserves. The ban brings the beach in line with similar restrictions at Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte beachside parks. Alcohol is already prohibited on the actual beaches. Sydney is known for its beautiful beaches and residents want to keep them that way. http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/about-council/news/news-items/2017/march/alcohol-ban-at-coogee-made-permanent
29 March 2017 by angel

Artistic

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A garbage bin that's fun to use
Waste is a big concern for cities. Sencity seeks to fight this apathy by turning litter disposal into a game with its new TetraBIN, a connected trash bin that rewards you for tossing out your garbage. https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/04/tetrabin-smart-garbage-can/
29 March 2017 by IdeaSpies

Artistic

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Gold BMW spotted in Sydney
I spotted a gold BMW in Sydney near Chinatown last week, I've never seen a gold car before and wonder why there are so many silver cars but no gold?
29 March 2017 by oliver

Artistic

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A world premier trampoline experience free in the CBD
In Martin Place Sydney today you could see rehearsals for this colourful performance which goes till April 1. It's by Legs on the Wall who began performing in 1984 and have performed around the world since then, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
29 March 2017 by lynnwood