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FIVE THINGS: UNDER THE SEA

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FIVE THINGS: UNDER THE SEA
Friday 26 July, 2019

This week, we're celebrating aspirational and eco-friendly initiatives, including the rise of underwater museums. We also showcase bee-friendly bus stops, Airbnb's funky Wienermobile, an app that's making serious health strides, and a new airplane design ending the fight over the middle seat. 

1. UNDER THE SEA
A proposed underwater art museum on the Great Barrier Reef aims to take pressure off the reef and allow coral to recover. The Museum of Underwater Art will showcase submerged installations and sculptures, including a colour-changing figure which warns of warming seas and a coral-encrusted greenhouse. The artworks will line the Queensland coast, with the first to open in December 2019 on the Strand in Townsville. Underwater museums are having a moment, with Jordan unveiling its first-ever underwater military museum.

2. A HEALTH-FUL APP
A new app is breaking down communication barriers for Aboriginal patients undergoing dialysis treatment. The first real-time English to Aboriginal language translation app, 'Wangka Kutju' translates spoken English into spoken desert language, so patients have a better understanding of complex medical processes, without needing to read the information. 

3. HOTEL WIENER
Step aside the Avo-Condo, Airbnb has introduced the Wienermobile. In homage to National Hot Dog Day, the quirky accommodation is located in the hot-dog loving city of Chicago and offers sausage-inspired decorations and a snag-packed fridge. It seems food-inspired hotels are on-trend - an ice cream-themed hotel room opened in Helsinki earlier this year, followed by a second in New Zealand. 

4. FLIGHT COMFORT TAKING OFF
For those of us who dread the middle seat on a flight, a new design is set to make travelling a little more bearable. Set in a staggered layout, the proposed design positions the middle seat a few inches lower and behind aisle and window seats. That means more space, and an end to fighting over the armrests. 

5. BUZZ STOPS 
With more than half of the Netherland's bees endangered, the Dutch city of Utrecht has responded by transforming 316 bus stops into bee sanctuaries. Covered in grass and wildflowers, the 'bee stops' encourage pollination, store rainwater and capture fine dust particles from the air. 

 
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