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The Winipeg Free Press, a newspaper in Canada, is moving some of their employees out of the newsroom and out into the world. They’ve opened a cafe called the News Cafe that in addition to serving coffee, the cafe hosts events, but also offers the public an opportunity to interact with journalists and editors who rotate in and out of the cafe weekly.
The Nieman Journalism Lab has more:
So, how do the journalists get any work done? “People ask me that a lot, actually,” said Wiebe.
“Social media is actually work that is well-suited to this type of environment. It’s a lot of small tasks,” she said. “Social media is about connecting with people, and if I’m going to be doing that, it makes sense to be doing that in a public way.”
She adds that chatting with people is part of her journalistic function — not a impediment to it. “It helps a lot that I have editors who are pretty supportive of the idea that talking to the public is my job,” she said. “That’s not time-wasting and taking away from my duties. That’s part of what we’re doing here.”
Don’t bother going to Jan Bredack’s new Berlin (Germany) supermarket if you’re looking for any of the following items: meat, fish, milk, eggs, honey, leather or wool. Veganz, as the shop’s name would suggest, is a strictly, 360-degree animal-free zone. It is also the first of its kind, at least in Europe, according to Bredack, the store’s 39-year-old owner.
Bredack, who until recently was a manager at Daimler, says his aim was to create a place where people with exacting diets could come and shop in an “uncomplicated” way. Veganz shoppers, in other words, don’t have to scour the small print on packaging to try and figure out what the products inside contain.
There are between 80,000 and 500,000 vegans in Germany.
Think swimming with the dolphins is exciting? How about swimming like a dolphin?!
Invented by French jet ski champion Franky Zapata, the Flyboard allows daredevils to leap in and out of the water like an aquatic mammal.
It can even do backward-somersaults.
Although it’s similar to the Jetlev released earlier this year, the Jetlev doesn’t let people dive in and out of the water. It’s also cheaper: the Jetlev costs $91,000, while the basic Flyboard model is $6,397.
- 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone.
- 1900 – The German liner SS Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse becomes the first ship to send wireless signals to shore.
- 1994 – Copyright Law: The U.S. Supreme Court rules that parodies of an original work are generally covered by the doctrine of fair use.
A prosthetic eye has gained clinical approval in Europe and is now available on the market in the UK, Switzerland, and France. The prosthetic is called the Argus II and is valued at $115,000. It functions to restore partial sight in those that suffer from degenerative eye disease. Though the Argus II now only restores partial sight, Robert Greenberg, CEO of Second Sight, manufacturer of the Argus II is confident that this breakthrough “marks the beginning of an era” of restorative vision technology.
Fast Company tells more about how the Argus II works.
The retinal prosthesis bypasses damaged photoreceptors with a mini video camera housed inside a pair of glasses. The camera sends signals to an implanted chip near the retina, which stimulates retinal cells and produces visual light patterns.
Second Sight’s system only works for people with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative disease, because the disease only damages the eye’s photoreceptors and leaves retinal cells intact. For these patients, the retinal prosthesis is effective enough that they can recognize objects, see people, and follow movements, according to MIT Technology Review.
Second Sight isn’t the only company working on a bionic eye. A startup called Retina Implant AG is also performing trials on a prosthesis to help patients with retinitis pigmentosa. But Europeans eager to get their hands on an implant now should find the Argus II in clinics in Switzerland, France, and the U.K. The device is expected to receive FDA approval next year.”
Photo by alanapost.
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