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World's First Floating City
Innovation Island for You
The world's first floating city project is underway. Non-profit think tank Seasteading Institute and the government of French Polynesia are spearheading the project. They've signed an MOU and a deliberative launch process is now happening. The floating city will be sited in waters off Tahiti. It will be autonomous, with its own government and cryptocurrency, the Vargon. The host nation is French Polynesia. It will include residences, hotels, restaurants, offices, medical research facilities, aquaculture farms and a green powerplant. They're designing the island to foster innovation. Estimated project cost: $167 million with construction expected to start in 2019.
Island Adventure in Paradise: Environmentally Correct and No Politicians
This is PayPal founder Peter Thiel's island adventure that started a dozen years ago and is now becoming a reality. Thiel co-created Seasteading Institute and provided seed money for it. There's a philosophical and environmental foundation driving this concept. It originally was conceived as a Libertarian Utopian Island with its own government, uncontrolled by existing nations. That autonomy remains with the Institute's hope that the island will start "to liberate humanity from politicians." The Institute also believe that the world needs to look toward the ocean for innovative solutions to rising sea levels, climate change, booming populations and poor governance. Their floating city is designed to address all of these pressing global needs for their residents.
Island Living with a Price Tag
Construction funding is being crowd-sourced by creating and selling a virtual currency. They hope to raise $60 million by 2020 to build a dozen buildings. They plan a foundation network of 11 platforms of reinforced concrete, capable of supporting 3 story buildings. Seasteading hopes to locate the floating island in shallow waters of the Pacific behind a reef break so they can design floating platforms at an affordable cost.
Floating Island with Mixed Use
The project includes 300 residences - all green and environmentally correct. They're targeting markets for residents, tourism, aquaculture, business parks, research institutes and a powerplant that would sell energy and water to the host nation. An independent company Blue Frontier will develop and construct the floating island and operate its sea zone. Seasteading Institute expects "a fresh start on the floating community by 2020." No pricing for the residences in paradise is listed yet on the website. But the Institute hopes there will be thousands of floating cities by 2050.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
New Invention: Tablet Toothpaste "Change Toothpaste" Potentially Cuts 900 Million Plastic Toothpaste Tube Throwaways Per Year
Tubes of toothpaste aren't something you think about but their impact on the global environment is hugely negative. 900 million toothpaste tubes are discarded into oceans and landfills globally every year. Importantly, it takes 500 years for them to breakdown, which means virtually every toothpaste tube created is still discarded someplace in the world. And, the tubes, which contain multiple layers of plastic, polymers and resins, can't be recycled. A company headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta Canada just came up with a solution in the form of tablet toothpaste.
"Paste with No Waste"
Entrepreneurs Mike Medicoff and Damien Vince are the inventors and founders of CHANGE Toothpaste. Their tablet toothpaste is an all natural vegan substance that works just like toothpaste but has no harsh chemicals. You pop the pill in your mouth, cr…