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“..How now Fonterra cow?..”

“..is the question for dairy farmers – the Government – and the multi-national dairy company co-operative – - after last week’s front-page news that a pseudo milk developed in a laboratory could threaten New Zealand’s $17 billion dairy export industry. … Continue reading

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“..This Ring Reads Books And Magazines To The Blind..” (ed:..v. cool..!..)

“..Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired – - giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader … Continue reading

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“..America’s first soda tax could soon be approved..”

“..Berkeley California could become the first US city to tax sugary drinks. The Berkeley City Council unanimously decided last week to put the 1-cent-per-ounce tax on the ballot this November. Approving the tax would mean a major defeat for the … Continue reading

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tiny houses..?

“..a tiny but growing number of New Zealanders are resisting the trend towards McMansions – - by joining a ‘small house’ movement – - which originated in United States in the 1980s..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Make yourself a home … Continue reading

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“..25 Momentous Colorized Photos – That Let You Relive American History..”

“..One of Reddit’s more intriguing gifts to the internet has been a series of colorized photos – - that bring black-and-white memories back to life..” (cont..) go to source/story>> 25 Momentous Colorized Photos That Let You Relive American History.

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“..3D printed organs come a step closer..”

“..Australian and US scientists make major medical breakthrough in printing vascular network..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> 3D printed organs come a step closer | Science | The Guardian.

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“..Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014: the shortlist – in pictures..”

“..Spectacular images bring new perspectives on phenomena from the aurora borealis – - to nebulae as far as 7,500 light years away..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014: the shortlist – in pictures | Science | … Continue reading

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ed:..a cool site..on how to learn how to do stuff with websites..

(ed:..and it’s free..!..) (cont..) go to source/story>> W3Schools Online Web Tutorials.

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“..Patatap: the addictive art app that turns your keyboard into a music machine – interactive..”

“..Press any letter on your keyboard – - and as if by magic you’ll enter a soundscape and an art world of your own invention. Prepare to be amazed – and kill a lot of time..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> … Continue reading

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“..Living large in 150 square feet: Why the tiny house movement is taking off..”

“..It’s not about the tiny house – - it’s about the life you’re going to lead in it..” (cont..) go to source/story>> Living large in 150 square feet: Why the tiny house movement is taking off – Salon.com.

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“..wellington design company wins international award..for the sixth time..

“.. A Wellington company’s chair design has recently won gold in the marquee event at the “Olympics” of commercial interior design in the United States. Lower-Hutt based Formway Design – originally established in 1956 as Petone Engineering – won the … Continue reading

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“..The Exosuit Opens New Frontiers for Science..”

“..This high-tech diving suit will change the future of oceanography and medical science..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The Exosuit Opens New Frontiers for Science.

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vid of a baby morepork dancing while looking at self in mirror..

(ed:..is that enough clickbait for you..? ..and i never realised moreporks had such classy detailing on their feet/claws..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> Here Is A Baby Owl Doing A Little Dance, And It’s A Hoot.

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“..Aretha Franklin Set To Record Four Tracks With Andre 3000 – For New Covers Album..”

“..As Outkast continues their comeback tour across the country – - Aretha Franklin has summoned one half of the rap duo – Andre 3000 – - to help wrap up her scheduled September covers album..” (cont..) (ed:..an aretha covers-album..?..yum..!..) go … Continue reading

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“..Insane Jet-Powered Hoverboard Lets You Fly Over the Waves..”

“..Catching waves is rad. Flying 16 feet above them on a hoverboard propelled by a stream of high-speed H2O – - is radder..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Insane Jet-Powered Hoverboard Lets You Fly Over the Waves | Gadget Lab | … Continue reading

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“..MIT Invents a Radical New Way to Heat Buildings: Spotlights That Follow You..”

“..These infrared lights can reduce energy consumption up to 90 percent..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> MIT Invents a Radical New Way to Heat Buildings: Spotlights That Follow You | Design | WIRED.

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“..Britain’s cycle revolutionaries: the artisans who hand-craft bikes..”

“..New techniques and materials are bringing an old skill back into fashion – - as frames are sculpted to measure..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Britain’s cycle revolutionaries: the artisans who hand-craft bikes | Lifeandstyle | The Guardian.

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“..Fighter jet sound for electric Harley-Davidson..”

“..Instead of ‘potato – potato – potato’ – - think fighter jet on an aircraft carrier – - for the sound of Harley-Davidson’s electric prototype..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Fighter jet sound for electric Harley-Davidson | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..They’ve legalised it! – Reggae’s classic ganja anthems..”

(..jamaica has decriminslised marijuana.. ..here are some classic reggae pot-anthems.. ..to celebrate..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> They’ve legalised it! Reggae’s classic ganja anthems | Music | The Guardian.

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“..Has This Chilean Architect Figured Out How To Fix Slums?..”

“..Residents start with the gray concrete structure – and foundations – - then fill in the adjacent spaces with their own materials over time..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Has This Chilean Architect Figured Out How To Fix Slums? | Mother … Continue reading

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“..Harley-Davidson launches the ‘little black dress’ of bikes..”

“..The result is what Harley executives are hoping will become the staple ‘little black number’ – - in every woman’s garage..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Harley-Davidson launches the ‘little black dress’ of bikes – Motoring News – Motoring – The … Continue reading

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“..11 Mesmerizing 3D Chalk Art Masterpieces That Will Melt Your Brains..”

“..There are few joys quite like turning an everyday sidewalk into a gaping cave cascading with rainbow waterfalls. To achieve such an uncanny phenomenon – you can either experiment with some seriously hallucinogenic substances – - or stumble across the … Continue reading

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“..Finally – a Fair Trade Smartphone..”

“..Fairphone – the first fair trade smartphone – - makes its debut..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Finally, a Fair Trade Smartphone – Science and Technology – Utne Reader.

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“..Science Graphic of the Week: Incredible 3-D Map Shows 300,000 Molecules in a Single Synapse..” (ed:..this is very cool..and should engender a sense of wonder in the viewer..)

“..Synapses are the key to communication inside the brain. These microscopic gaps are where signals jump from one neuron to another. Your brain has trillions of them. Now scientists have created a 3-D portrait of a single synapse – - … Continue reading

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“..Reading Rainbow Is Coming Back – Thanks to $2M From Kickstarter..”

“..Reading Rainbow is coming back. As of today, a Kickstarter to bring the show back has raised more than double its initial goal of $1 million — enough cash to bring the educational program back as a cross-platform app – … Continue reading

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“..Microsoft’s ‘Star Trek’ voice translator available before the end 2014..”

“..Skype Translate demo showed real-time voice-to-voice translation between English and German..” (cont..) (ed:..now that is very cool.. ..a ‘jetsons’-promise finally comes to pass..) go to source/story>>> Microsoft’s ‘Star Trek’ voice translator available before the end 2014 | Technology | The … Continue reading

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“..Laila Harre to lead Internet Party..” (ed:..joy..!..joy..!..joy..!..as a mana member..i couldn’t be happier with this choice..)

“.. Former Cabinet minister and Alliance leader Laila Harre is set to become the Internet Party leader – - it is understood. Harre would not answer calls today – but sources close to Harre confirmed the selection – – and … Continue reading

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“..Give and Feel Good..”

“..For most – long-term benefits – - outweigh the short-term cost of giving..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Give and Feel Good.

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“..The Electric Skateboard of the Future Has Finally Arrived..”

“..A motorized skateboard—an idea so bone-headedly simple- – it makes you wonder why these things aren’t everywhere already..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> The Electric Skateboard of the Future Has Finally Arrived | Gadget Lab | WIRED.

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“..Easy drawbot how-to..” (video..)

“..nifty gadget that draws Etch-a-Sketch style pictures with two servomotors..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Easy drawbot how-to – Boing Boing.

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“..Lion – tiger – and bear – ‘like brothers’..” (video..)

“..Brown bear – lion – and tiger – - form strong bond after being rescued from drug dealer’s apartment..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Lion, tiger and bear ‘like brothers’ | Stuff.co.nz.

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“..5 Wildly Viral TED Talks – That Will Show You The Power Of Courage..” 

“..the best way to find courage in this world – - is to embrace your own unique voice..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> WATCH: 5 Wildly Viral TED Talks That Will Show You The Power Of Courage | TEDTalks.

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“..Mark Bekoff Discusses New Study Proving That Dogs Can Feel Human Emotions..”

“..Bekoff’s findings ‘suggest that dogs have a kind of moral code — – one long hidden to humans’. This moral code spans a whole range of human-like emotions – - which Bekoff gave further insight into..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> … Continue reading

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“..NASA releases ‘Global Selfie’..”

(..ed:..this is very cool.. ..in fact..it is very very cool..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> NASA releases ‘Global Selfie’ – Boing Boing.

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“..Super cool 1961 catalog of miniature models..”

“..Incredibly neat models of vehicles and other stuff – - are offered in this attractive Topping Inc. – - ‘sales miniatures’ catalog..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Super cool 1961 catalog of miniature models – Boing Boing.

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“..A Seductively Retro E-Bike – Yours for $5,000..”

(ed:..this is one very/seriously cool bike..) (cont..) go to source/story>>> A Seductively Retro E-Bike, Yours for $5,000 | Gadget Lab | WIRED.

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“..This just might be the most inspiring, riveting and definitive roadmap for clean energy independence..” (video..)

“..Solar Freakin’ Roadways..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Solar Freakin’ Roadways Electrify Clean Energy Generation (Video) | Jeff Biggers.

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“..Leonard Cohen : Anthem..”  (live..) (ed:..a highly-recommeded-watch..)

“..There is a crack in everything – That’s how the light gets in..” (cont..) (ed:..if you know anyone who likes mr cohen..send them this one.. ..they will say thank you/be grateful..) go to source/story>>>  Leonard Cohen : Anthem   : Information … Continue reading

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“..These Mind-Bending Photos Show The Reach Of The Human Imagination..” 

“..Photo wizard Erik Johansson reveals the secrets behind his mind-bending images – - which use retouching to blend real photos into imagined scenes..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> WATCH: These Mind-Bending Photos Show The Reach Of The Human Imagination | TEDTalks.

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“..Climate Group Backed By Billionaire Progressive Donor – Goes To Koch Brothers’ Turf..”

“..A political action committee backed by the billionaire climate change activist Tom Steyer – - has made reservations for a new round of TV ads in both Washington D.C. – and Wichita Kansas – - where Koch Industries Inc. is … Continue reading

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