that repairs itself
One day in the future the clothes we wear might be able to mend
themselves. Scientists have created a special fabric that meshes
together when water and a bit of pressure are applied.
It is inspired by chemicals found in a squid's tentacles which allow
the creature to heal themselves quickly. By using those chemicals in the
fabric it is possible to make a material that stitches itself back
together when needed.
The scientists at Pennsylvania State University and the US Naval
Research Laboratory in Washington say this tech could be used to make
protective suits to help keep people like soldiers or farmers safe from
toilet open to public
Members of the public are being invited to use a solid gold toilet at
New York City's Guggenheim Museum. Italian artiste and sculptor Maurizio
Cattelan created the fully functional 18-carat gold lavatory, which he
has been titled America.
The interactive exhibit has been installed in one of the Guggenheim's
public bathrooms. Maurizio Cattelan hinted his creation was inspired by
economic inequality. The lavatory replaced one of the Guggenheim's
porcelain toilets in a one-person, unisex restroom.Visitors who pay
museum admission will be able to use it as they wish.
notes to help blind people
Australia has just released a new $5 bank note. There is a tiny new
feature designed to help people who are blind or visually impaired. The
A$5 note has two raised dots on both of its long sides, allowing those
who cannot see to identify its value.
It's the country's first note to feature the raised dots, and is
being hailed as a major breakthrough. "For the first time in the history
of Australian currency it will be possible for someone who is blind or
vision-impaired to just pick up a note and know instantly what it is,"
says Bruce Maguire from the non-profit Vision Australia organisation.
There is around 360,000 Australians who are blind or visually
The new design follows a petition started in 2012 by teenager Connor
McLeod, who is blind from birth, and his mother. It gathered more than
57,000 signatures and is being credited with persuading the Reserve Bank
of Australia to make the change. From next year, the Bank of England
will include raised dots on new £10 and £20 notes.
Source: (Kiwi kids News)