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“..Music site serves up blasts from the past..”

“..If Lorde – Pharrell – Iggy Azalea – and Ed Sheeran aren’t your musical cup of tea – – or names you’ve ever heard before – – then a Victoria University student has just the thing for you. Design innovation … Continue reading

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“..Christchurch teenager Maya Payne is attracting international attention with her music..”

“..The year 13 Burnside High School student says she has always been drawn to music. “I started singing when I was 6 – I started songwriting when I was 11. It has gone from there” Payne says. On March 7 … Continue reading

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“..Kiwi tech firms get Branson bump..”

“..Two Kiwis will be jetting off to Sir Richard Branson’s Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa – after winning international awards. Auckland’s The Mind Lab was named best start-up at the Talent Unleashed Awards – - which were set up … Continue reading

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“..Tree grows 40 types of fruit..”

“..a tree that ‘grows over forty different types of stone fruit – - including peaches – plums – apricots – nectarines – cherries – and almonds..” (cont..) (ed:..very cool..!..) go to source/story>> Tree grows 40 types of fruit – Boing … Continue reading

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“..app promises free ‘strongly encrypted’ mobile voice calls..”

“..The open source software group Open Whisper Systems has announced the release of Signal – - ‘the first iOS app designed to enable easy strongly encrypted voice calls for free’. Download it now for your iPhone..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> … Continue reading

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a very cool caravan..

“..That afternoon he searched Trade Me and – unbelievably – up popped a 1930s caravan. From the photos it looked original – particularly on the inside with its beautiful varnished interior. Even the original exterior paint was intact. The caravan … Continue reading

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“..A Wild Proposal for Domed Houses Made of Inflated Concrete..”

“..’Binishells’ combine concrete and heavy-duty balloons- – to create visually stunning – structurally sound – - domed domiciles. Unlike traditional low-cost temporary disaster relief shelters – Binishells are intended to be permanent fixtures. The technique is speedy – and according … Continue reading

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“..You Can Now Pay 99 Cents to Read 15,000 Marvel Comics Online..”

“..Marvel Comics is opening the floodgates to their massive online comics archive – Marvel Unlimited — – for only 99 cents. For the next week a dollar will buy you a month of total access to Marvel’s online cache of … Continue reading

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a cat and a horse really really like each other.. (video..)

(ed:..this is cool…) (cont..) go to source/story>>> This Cat And This Horse Can’t Stop Cuddling, Might Be Love.

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“..David Bowie’s Enchanting Isolated Vocal Track for ‘Ziggy Stardust’..” (audio..)

(ed:..this is kinda cool.. ..the other bowie links in this piece are also worth checking out.) (cont..) go to source/story>>> David Bowie’s Enchanting Isolated Vocal Track for “Ziggy Stardust” | Brain Pickings.

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comment@whoar…glenn greenwald is coming to new zealand..for dotcoms’ ak town hall meeting..five days before the election..

ed..this afternoon..at the internet/mana meeting in west ak.. ..kim dotcom told journos’ quizzing him over the timing of his ak town hall meeting.. ..that the date is that date because he has international-guests coming for that meeting.. ..and he had … Continue reading

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“..Comcast’s worst nightmare: How Tennessee could save America’s Internet..”

“..Chattanooga’s public electric utility offers residents lightning-quick connections – - much to big telecoms’ dismay..” (cont..) go to source/story>>> Comcast’s worst nightmare: How Tennessee could save America’s Internet – Salon.com.

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internet/mana are packing out halls in the far north..

the harawira/harre/dotcom roadshow is rolling down the country.. ..and you’d hafta say.. ..they are both rocking and rolling.. ..and of course the roadshow rolls into auckland this wknd.. ..at 2 pm on sun aft @ the kelston community centre.. ..135 … Continue reading

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“..11 Simple Inventions That Could Change The World..”

“..So what are the little-known technologies that hold the power right now to transform the world for the better? We decided to find out – and give them their due..” (cont..) (ed:..the electric bike-wheel is very very cool…) go to … Continue reading

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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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