Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
 
July, 25th 2014
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Take a cue from a beloved American childhood story – - “The Little Engine That Could” used the power of positive thinking to achieve her goal and climb the seemingly insurmountable hill that stronger trains than she had failed to scale.  Like the little train, globally we should all be reciting her mantra of “I think I can, I think I can, …” – and we will!

100% Of Dutch Electric Trains Could Run On Renewable Energy BY 2018

See articles on this topic in other publications from around the world (…and maybe find a way to combine your passion for transportation and a paying position within one of the companies/consortiums they mention?)

 

And, if youLittle Engine‘ve never read this charming book, click on the pic for a quick literature lesson  (nice work Professor Plotnick, University of Illinois at Chicago!!)

 

 

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Saint-Gobain has sponsored 7 student teams in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 challenge.

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The aim of this international academic architectural competition was to improve education and research in the fields of sustainable architecture and solar energy. This year, 20 student teams representing 41 universities from 16 countries and three continents have presented full-scale prototypes of the sustainable, comfortable, innovative and affordable solar energy houses they designed.

Take a look at the top contenders:

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Check out the career opportunities with Saint-Gobain

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As soon as all the materials were gathered to start the next phase of the project, pots were prepared and filled with dirt for the growth study. Research is being done still as to what amount of rye grass per pot to add, however, ratios of how much nutrients to give the plants has been decided. With all of the specifics with all the specific steps still being decided, here is a series of images to illustrate what was carried out so far.

A nursery cloth was carefully placed to avoid leakage of dirt in the water flowing out of the pots.

A nursery cloth was carefully placed to avoid leakage of dirt in the water flowing out of the pots.

To fill up all those pots, a wheelbarrow was filled to transport everything to the greenhouse.

To fill up all those pots, a wheelbarrow was filled to transport everything to the greenhouse.

Carefully, we placed each pot on a tray to measure all the fertilizer (leachate) that passes through the pots.

Carefully, we placed each pot on a tray to measure all the fertilizer (leachate) that passes through the pots.

Each prepared pot was carefully placed to maximize optimization of all the space used.

Each prepared pot was carefully placed to maximize optimization of all the space used.

The finished product - pots, pots and more pots.

The finished product – pots, pots and more pots.

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Sri Lanka – formerly Ceylon.  Geographically and historically significant for a period spanning over 3000 years.  Not often on the front pages of the US or even the European newspapers recently.  Diverse culturally, linguistically and religiously.  Deep traditions and tales of both prosperity & poverty.  Ever evolving with the rest of our spinning planet…

(take note of the many joint agencies in the city of Columbo and beyond mentioned in the article – all united in a vision of cleaner, greener planning and viability)

 Another revamped city Landmark to be opened

 

Click the emblem to learn more about this beautiful and exotic island country in the northern Indian Ocean  Sri Lanka emblem

 

 

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Before now it would take 2 hands (all 8 fingers and 2 thumbs) to screw in a light bulb.  1 set to hold the new bulb and the other to unscrew the spent bulb, then screw the new bulb in.  Well, things are changing.  Thanks to research at MIT you’ll have a couple of extra fingers to accomplish more with more.  You can use the robot fingers to hold that new bulb and your fingers on one hand to unscrew the bulb.  Now what to do with all of those biological extras…

Here’s That Extra Pair of Robot Fingers You’ve Always Wanted

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