Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
 
August, 29th 2014
10:49
 

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of PUSHBACK is: (#1) the action of forcing an object backward; (#2) resistance or opposition in response to a policy or regulation especially by those affected.  [Personal note:  lots of language has morphed around the globe - - being a language purist, I'd rather see pushback as a hyphenated word, but I don't think I get a vote!]

Most often we hear “pushback” used in the office or home environment to describe a “counter-offensive” in response to a proposed idea, suggestion, or (heaven forbid) chore to be done in the house – so definition (#2) is in play there.  In the aviation world, pushback relates to the primary definition (#1).

Read about the new system being developed in Germany to bring more automation to airline departures or PUSHBACKS

Pilot Ground Situation Awareness System (PGSA)

Make sure to check out the contact information for the companies at the bottom of the article (job prospects, maybe?)  Sorry, I didn’t see any advice in the article as to how to make your teachers, parents or boss give in to your pushback! You’re on your own there, I’m afraid :-)

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Swallow a pill and a tiny sensor in it transfers health information about your body to your smartphone. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Or does it?

There are MANY companies racing to produce the next big thing in medicine, from monitoring heart rate, diagnosis of small bowel and colon problems, diagnosing diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s, this technology is bound to advance the medical industry substantially.

One company, Proteus Digital Health predicts that half of medications will be digitized by 2020.

blog smartphone app

New pills and patches can make monitoring health as easy as checking an app on your smartphone. But could this put personal health information at risk?

See the many different applications for these different types of medical sensors

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As a follow on to the Vertical Farms blog post by Kimberly (published August 6th), read about this Thesis project from Philipp Hutfless who’s studying Industrial Design at University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt,  Germany.  He was inspired by a trip to Japan which sparked his desire to design a food system that could be sustained offshore.

Here’s a sketch of his work in his own words on the

James Dyson Foundation website:

 

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Another description of the project is posted on the Fast Company exist website  (They have all kinds of reviews, musings, op ed pieces and product information on their site – check it out) Floating Ocean Greenhouses Bring Fresh Food Closer To Megacities

 

 

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August, 27th 2014
5:27
 

Rather than spending a great deal of money to restore an old, abandoned swimming pool at a home purchased in Mesa, Arizona one family converted that pool into a food producing urban greenhouse. In 2009, the creation was one of a kind, self-sufficient miniature ecosystem. Today, Garden Pools are being built all over the world to research and educate others on the sustainable ways food grows. The Garden Pool combines, solar power, water conservation, and hydroponic gardening with raising tilapia fish and chickens. For more on Garden Pool.

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August, 26th 2014
6:37
 

Meg Grant, of Solar Fiber, and co-collaborators Aniela Hoitink, Marina Toeters, Ralf Jacobs, and Professor Derek Schlettwein from Giessen University are pushing the textile boundaries with the creation of solar fibers.

Wearable Solar is an unconventional sustainable answer to our increasing demand for energy and connectivity.

The Wearable Solar collection currently consists of two designs, a coat and a dress made of wool and leather, which produce energy through their integrated solar cells. When worn in full sun for two hours, both garments can generate enough energy to allow a typical smartphone to be 100% charged. The solar cell compartments can be opened and revealed to the sun when needed and folded back when they are not being used.

 

Wearable Solar Dress by Pauline Van Dongen

Read about these new products and others that harness kinetic energy to power our electronic devices

Solar Fiber would welcome suggestions or collaborations from people with expertise in this area (in either Dutch or English) – please email:  info@solarfiber.nl

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