smogfreetowerLike a giant vacuum cleaner, the 7-meter tall Smog Free Tower sucks in polluted air from the skies above Rotterdam.  But unlike a vacuum cleaner, the building filters it using a patented ion technology and releases bubbles of smog-free air through its vents.

What’s more, the tower also turns some of the smog into jewelry.
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Handy Problem Solving Quotes

isolated-1052504_960_720Got a problem that you’re a stuck on? Haven’t come up with a work around yet? Well, give your brain a little rest and glance over these thought-provoking quotes on problem solving. They may even help to get your grey cells whirring into action once more.
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International_Space_Station_after_undocking_of_STS-132NASA may well have a lot of smart brains working for it, but the space agency recognizes that it doesn’t necessarily have the monopoly on great ideas when it comes to space research and getting into space.

Its latest open innovation project is to invite people from all over the world to contribute to the design of the Astrobee free-flying robot.

Astrobee is intended to help the crew on the International Space Station by performing such repetitive tasks as surveys and inspections.


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blog-jan-13-16Young Australians in Victoria are being invited to take the #SoberSelfie Challenge – that is ditching the booze for a weekend or fortnight period and taking photos of their hangover-free days.

The project was a winner in the VicHealth Innovation Challenge, a crowdsourcing initiative for ideas that promote healthy living, organized by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation(VicHealth).
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Crowdsourcing to Combat Superbugs

Human_neutrophil_ingesting_MRSAThe increase in the prevalence of antibiotic resistance is rarely out of the news. In a current report in The Guardian newspaper, the director of Antibiotic Research UK says that it is “almost too late” to stop a global superbug crisis.

A huge amount of resources is being poured into combating antibiotic resistance, including crowdsourcing initiatives.
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