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NEONSIGNS.HK 探索霓虹 – 霓虹的製作

NEONSIGNS.HK 探索霓虹 – 霓虹的製作 | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
The eleven-minute film “The making of neon signs” is fascinating if you appreciate typography and industrial design. http://t.co/B2Q1bW2pBT
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Collection of news around technology trends and innovation, designed to make humans live better. (personal channel, 3rd party content, views are my own)
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Portable, solar-powered ecocapsules mean you can live rent- and electric-bill free, globally

Portable, solar-powered ecocapsules mean you can live rent- and electric-bill free, globally | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
The egg-shaped mini home goes on sale for pre-order at the end of the year.
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Cheap Satellite Receiver Offers a Free Way to Access Wikipedia, International News, and Other Vital Websites | MIT Technology Review

Cheap Satellite Receiver Offers a Free Way to Access Wikipedia, International News, and Other Vital Websites | MIT Technology Review | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
The UN estimates that 4.3 billion people do not use the Internet, mostly because the cost is prohibitive or their area lacks the infrastructure. Outernet’s free broadcast could give many of those people a way to access useful online information relatively quickly, says Karim. The World Bank has agreed to help roll out Pillar devices in South Sudan as a way to distribute educational material to schools. Teachers and pupils will still need to have devices or printers to make use of that information, though.

The designs and software for Outernet’s Pillar devices are freely available so people or companies can make their own versions. They currently cost around $150 to make, but that should fall below $100 once they are being made in larger numbers, says Karim.

Outernet is also working on a portable solar-powered receiver called Lantern. It can be hooked up to a dish to pick up Outernet’s existing signal and also has a built-in antenna designed to pick up a different kind of satellite signal that Outernet aims to switch on this summer. The company has taken orders for more than 5,000 Lantern devices. It has a grant from the U.K. Space Agency to have three small satellites made dedicated to broadcasting the Lantern signal. The first satellites and portable Lantern receiver devices are expected to be ready late this year.

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New Circularity Indicators Enable Companies to Assess Products in Context of Circular Economy | Sustainable Brands

New Circularity Indicators Enable Companies to Assess Products in Context of Circular Economy | Sustainable Brands | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Granta Design have launched new indicators which, for the first time, enable companies to assess how well a product or company performs in the context of a circular economy.
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Imbue The Magnetic Tea Infusing Vessel by WWU Industrial Design Kickstarter

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Inkjet-printed liquid metal could lead to new wearable tech, soft robotics | KurzweilAI

Inkjet-printed liquid metal could lead to new wearable tech, soft robotics | KurzweilAI | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Purdue University researchers have developed a potential manufacturing method called “mechanically sintered gallium-indium nanoparticles” that can inkjet-print flexible, stretchable conductors onto anything — including elastic materials and fabrics — and can mass-produce electronic circuits made of liquid-metal alloys for “soft robots” and flexible electronics.

The method uses ultrasound to break up liquid metal into nanoparticles in ethanol solvent to make ink that is compatible with inkjet printing.

Elastic technologies could make possible a new class of pliable robots and stretchable garments that people might wear to interact with computers or for therapeutic purposes.

“Liquid metal in its native form is not inkjet-able,” said Rebecca Kramer, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue. “So what we do is create gallium-indium liquid metal nanoparticles that are small enough to pass through an inkjet nozzle.

“Sonicating [using ultrasound] liquid metal in a carrier solvent, such as ethanol, both creates the nanoparticles and disperses them in the solvent. Then we can print the ink onto any substrate. The ethanol evaporates away so we are just left with liquid metal nanoparticles on a surface.”

After printing, the nanoparticles must be rejoined by applying light pressure, which renders the material conductive. This step is necessary because the liquid-metal nanoparticles are initially coated with oxidized gallium, which acts as a skin that prevents electrical conductivity.

“But it’s a fragile skin, so when you apply pressure it breaks the skin and everything coalesces into one uniform film,” Kramer said. “We can do this either by stamping or by dragging something across the surface, such as the sharp edge of a silicon tip.”

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PLASTIC WASTE MANAGEMENT IN AFRICA: LESSONS FROM SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

The report presents 5 different case studies of social enterprises working in the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) sector, with focus on the collection and treatmen…
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DIY Lighting: Upcycling Household Products to Quirky Light Fixtures

DIY Lighting: Upcycling Household Products to Quirky Light Fixtures | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
DIY electrician work has never been so much fun! Here are eleven projects from ordinary household items that can turn your ceiling light fixtures into a wo
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PDD works with Ocean Signal to create the world’s smallest personal locating AIS Man OverBoard device with integrated DSC

PDD works with Ocean Signal to create the world’s smallest personal locating AIS Man OverBoard device with integrated DSC | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
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Developing Countries To Grow 5.3% in 2014

Developing Countries To Grow 5.3% in 2014 | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
According the latest Global Economic Prospects Report the world economy will strengthen in 2014.
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Urban October workshop: Transforming our cities

Urban October workshop: Transforming our cities | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
On October 30, 2014, David Railsback (out of the Clifton Park, NY office) and I, Alison Schaffer (GS2013), hosted our very first Urban October Workshop in Syracuse as part of the SHELTER Program.  We were joined by a special guest, fellow Global...
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The hidden opportunity in container shipping | McKinsey & Company

The hidden opportunity in container shipping | McKinsey & Company | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
By taking advantage of savings and revenue opportunities, container lines can return to profit. A McKinsey & Company article.
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I was not aware that container business got under pressure the recent years.
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The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Inside the soul-crushing world of content moderation, where low-wage laborers soak up the worst of humanity, and keep it off your Facebook feed.
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Silverstone B-64 balloon still flying

Silverstone B-64 balloon still flying | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
The B-64 balloon launched at 06:51 GMT on July 12, 2014 from Silverstone is still in the air flying at just over 12,000 metres and transmitting on 434.500 MHz Contestia 64/1000 and also APRS. On Sa...
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Emerging Tools for Community-Driven Evaluations (SSIR)

Emerging Tools for Community-Driven Evaluations (SSIR) | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Eight tools for building inclusive, community programs to address health and other social issues.
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How Disruptive Power Lies at the Intersections #smact #digital

How Disruptive Power Lies at the Intersections #smact #digital | Human and Technology | Scoop.it

“ When I first started using the term “Combinatorial”, people thought I was making words up. Although I’d like to take credit for the word, I first came across it when reading The Second Machine Age,...”


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New Study Asserts Need for Global, Standardized Definition of Circular Economy; MacArthur Provides One | Sustainable Brands

New Study Asserts Need for Global, Standardized Definition of Circular Economy; MacArthur Provides One | Sustainable Brands | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Support is growing for a global standardized definition of the circular economy, as new research released today reveals many professionals working in this field remain confused by the messaging surrounding the concept.
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Rethinking the water cycle | McKinsey & Company

Rethinking the water cycle | McKinsey & Company | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
How moving to a circular economy can preserve our most vital resource. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Machine consciousness: Big data analytics and the Internet of Things

Machine consciousness: Big data analytics and the Internet of Things | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Companies aim to squeeze more efficiency from operations by cloud-connecting everything.
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Gutes tun und damit Geld verdienen

Gutes tun und damit Geld verdienen | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Sie glauben daran, dass sie etwas bewirken können. Sie glauben daran, dass der Einzelne einen Unterschied machen kann und mehr als ein Drittel aller Deutschen glaubt, dass der Umweltschutz das wichtigste Problem unserer Zeit ist....
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ZANO - the selfie Drone , kickstarted funded

ZANO - the selfie Drone , kickstarted funded | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Autonomous, Intelligent, Developable. Meet ZANO the world's most sophisticated nano drone - aerial photo and HD video capture platform.
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Energie-Revolution: Dieser Zurzibieter erzeugt aus warmem Wasser Energie

Energie-Revolution: Dieser Zurzibieter erzeugt aus warmem Wasser Energie | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Eine Idee aus dem Zurzibiet hat das Potenzial zur Sensation. Die Idee selber ist nicht neu, jedoch ist ein Augenarzt aus Bad Zurzach der Einzige, dem es gelungen ist, sie sinnvoll umzusetzen.
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Energy Breakthrough Uses Sun To Create Solar Energy Materials

Energy Breakthrough Uses Sun To Create Solar Energy Materials | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
In a recent advance in solar energy, researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible.
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Social Business Is Dead . . . | MIT Sloan Management Review

Social Business Is Dead . . . | MIT Sloan Management Review | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
Social media has changed business practice dramatically — but now the very nature of social business is itself transforming.
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NOAA removes 57 tons of marine debris from Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

NOAA removes 57 tons of marine debris from Northwestern Hawaiian Islands | Human and Technology | Scoop.it
10/28/14 — NOAA removes 57 tons of marine debris from Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
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